Outer Banks Events l November 2014

A vacation on the Outer Banks in November is where to go for a slow down from the fast pace of holiday shopping, traffic, and masses of people in the malls. Driving across that bridge, traffic free, will automatically bring you the sigh of “finally, I’m home again”. That is one of many qualities I appreciate most on the Outer Banks, the empty beaches filled with nothing but peace, quiet, sea glass, driftwood, and puppies running free.

graveyard-of-the-atlanticGraveyard of the Atlantic Museum Volunteer Day

When? November 7

Where? Hatteras, NC

From 10AM – 1PM you can have a meet and greet with active volunteers, enjoy some tasty lunch, explore open volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to you. There will also be a guest speaker who inspires the room. Free admission.


fall_restaurant_weekFall Restaurant Week

When? October 31 – November 8

Where? Kill Devil Hills, NC 

If you can’t make it for Taste of the Beach, this is a smaller version that goes on in the Fall. Restaurants from up and down the beach put together a special menu at a special price and really let their talent shine. New this year, a Fish Taco Taste-off!

capehatterasanglersclub_0Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Fishing Invitational

When? November 5-8

Where? Cape Hatteras, NC

Founded in 1957, the Cape Hatteras Angler Club held it’s first surf fishing invitational. With intentions to bring visitors to the area, they wanted to show that surf fishing is best in the Fall. So keep an eye out for fishing lines when walking the beaches this weekend.

manns_harbor_holiday_craft_show6th Annual Manns Harbor Holiday Craft Show

When? November 7-8

Where? Manns Harbor, NC

The craft show is so big it’s indoors and outdoors. With well over 20 vendors selling holiday gifts, decor, jewelry, jams, jellies, and so much more, you could be here a while. Breakfast and lunch will be sold both days. Admission is free along with door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

obx-marathon-november-outer-banksOuter Banks Marathon & Half Marathon

When? November 7-9

Where? Kitty Hawk to Manteo, NC

This is one of the biggest running weekends on the beach. From Kitty Hawk, through Nags Head Woods, and ending at the waterfront in Manteo, this race sees it all, and so do it’s victims. There is a race for every distance runner in the family including a marathon, half marathon, 6 miler, 10k, 5k, and a family fun run!

pbrclassicPBR Classic Red & Blue Fishing Tournament

When? November 7-9

Where? Avon Fishing Pier, NC

Avon Fishing Pier hosts this First Annual PBR Classic Red & Blue Fishing Tournament. The pier will keep its doors open around the clock for this event. The main focus of this tournament will be on Red Drum and Blue Fish and the best part… cash prizes! Welcome party Friday night and an awards lunch Sunday with a raffle.

wagsandwhiskersgalaWags and Whiskers Gala

When? November 21

Where? Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head, NC

Why not come together and celebrate the unconditional love our animals give us? This is a great way to return what they do for us on a daily basis. Hosted by Pamlico Jack’s restaurant in Nags Head from 7PM – 11PM. Eat, drink, and dance as we all support the five awesome organizations that support our animals.

3rdannualsurfinturkeytrot_03rd Annual Surfin Turkey 5k

When? November 27

Where? Hatteras, NC

Hosted by Hatteras Village and presented by Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. What better way to begin your day of giving thanks than by running with your family and supporting a local organization at the same time? Hot pancakes and micro-brews await you at the finish line.

advice5kturkeytrot19th Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot

When? November 27

Where? Duck, NC

Sponsored by Advice 5¢ bed and breakfast, this is a great community tradition for the town of Duck. You can start your Thanksgiving Day off with a 5k run or walk with your closest friends and family. Registration opens up September 2nd at 6AM and with a 600-person capacity, it fills up quick!

chicamacomicosendofseasonfestivitiesChicamacomico’s End of Season Festivities

When? November 28

Where? Rodanthe, NC

End of season festivities!! It all begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28. Santa (yes, SANTA!!) will be here from 1PM-3PM. The season long raffle will finally be drawn, a ton of goodies and photos too. Free admission with the donation of a nonperishable item per person, if not then $2 admission.

hangingwithsantaobxHanging with Santa

When? November 28-29

Where? Nags Head, NC

Spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head, NC across from Jockey’s Ridge. They will hold their annual “Hanging with Santa” event from November 28-29. Snag a picture with Santa and a demonstration hang glider. As all of their events, this is free and open to the public.

kits-with-lites_0Kites with Lights

When? November 29

Where? Nags Head, NC

Kitty Hawk Kites welcomes you to celebrate the end of another great year and to bring on the holiday season. This will be held on the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge, across the street from their store in Nags Head. This is one of the coolest way to see holiday lights, flying high in the sky. Photo: Kitty Hawk Kites.

island-farm-pumpkin-patchIsland Foodways

When? November 28-30

Where? Manteo, NC

Come to Island Farms the days following Thanksgiving for fall food traditions and share how Roanoke Island families prepared for winter during the 1850’s. Activities will include hearth cooking, food preservation, candle making, ox drawn wagon rides and more. Admission $6, $5 with a nonperishable food donation.

If you are thinking about spending Thanksgiving, or anytime in November for that matter, you won’t regret it. The holidays are meant to be time spent with family and relaxing. Why not relax with your family on the Outer Banks? Check out Why Fall Vacations Rock and browse our homes to find your perfect Outer Banks Fall Vacation Getaway! Don’t forget to look at any remaining 2014 Outer Banks Vacation specials.

Outer Bank’s Top 10 Surf Spots

Top 10 Surf Spots

The Outer Banks is full of things to do.  I am grateful to live in an environment when asked: “what do you want to do today?” at least the first 5 to 10 things that come to mind are all outdoors, weather permitting.  From riding bikes, toskating, to playing volleyball, to fishing, to surfing – the Outer Banks adds its special touch to make all of these activities different than anywhere else.  Whether it’s the views of the beach, views of landmarks, sunsets along the sound, to sunrises over the ocean; everything seems better here.

suring-airSurfing is one of those activities.  OBX isn’t Hawai’i, where you have consistent waves, consistent swells, consistent trade winds, and ridable waves 360 days out of the year.  Everything is variable.  Variable winds can change the form and conditions of the waves within minutes of switching directions.  It’s all about timing here on the Outer Banks.  Right swell direction, right wind direction, best timing according to the tides, and whether you feel like surfing with a bunch of guys or take the waves less crowded.  “You have to strike while the irons hot” in other words.  Five AM surf sesh may be the only time the conditions are clean, come 7AM or 8AM the wind could switch and change everything. You’ll get out, turn back looking at the choppy mess out in the water in disbelief that you were just pitted all morning in clean, hollow barrels.

As far as winds go… You tell wind the by direction it’s coming from, not the direction it’s blowing towards.  You always want off shore (blowing from land) winds.  When the wind blows towards the ocean it pushes on the wave and helps it to stand up creating a nice face to drop in.  Depending on what spot you go to, the off shore direction may be different.  Now with that little background on surfing on the Outer Banks, here are what I would list the top 10 surfed spots as:

daniel-pullen-hatteras-top-10_01. Lighthouse l Hatteras, NC

Home of Professional surfer Brett Barley. For the surfers living in town, when you get to take off for the day and get in on some tasty waves down South, it’s a treat. Up before sunrise, cup of joe, boards loaded, and you’re on the way. The whole way down your anticipating your first sight of the ocean and the conditions it’s bringing that morning. This is a pretty well-known spot, so if you snooze, you will lose. Photo:Daniel Pullen

2. Ocracoke Island

Due to the hassle it takes to get there from the rest of the Outer Banks, these spots are usually left to the locals. Sometimes when you don’t want a crowded wave, Ocracoke holds a day of fun with wide open beaches.

3. Duck Research Pier l Duck, NC 

This spot will produce some of the most beautiful and yet heavy waves I have ever seen on the Outer Banks. Usually when there are waves it’s an automatic “let’s go down south”. Duck Research Pier never fails when it’s pumping.

nags-head-pier_04. Nags Head Pier l Nags Head, NC 

Nags Head Pier, depending on the direction of the swell and wind, can be good on both sides. It can and will be very crowded. If you decide to sleep in past 9AM and want front and center in that line up, you will have other plans that day… like waiting your turn.

avon_05. Avon Pier l Avon, NC

Avon Pier hosts the Gromprix Surfing Competition where groms from all over compete to win a free entry into the O’Neil/Sweetwater surf fest. This is a great spot to take the whole family with large beaches, pier convenient store, and fishing. Pictured here is Brett Barley charging the water with all the groms in a session with the pros. (grom: kids surfing 15 and under).

6. Lillian Street l Kitty Hawk, NC


Near the infamous Pelican’s Perch; One of the last houses standing along a stretch on the beach road. Cons: public parking available, this spot will fill up quick. Pros: there are no homes along this portion of Kitty Hawk, the beaches are uncrowded, wide, with lots of shells to be found, and waves to be had.

kitty-hawk-surfing-copy_07. Kitty Hawk Pier l Kitty Hawk, NC 

Located in front of the Hilton in Kitty Hawk, this is a great spot when staying at the Northern beaches. When the wind direction is right, this spot produces some nice barrels without the long drive down south. Kitty Hawk is also home to ESA Surfing Competitions throughout the year. They welcome all age groups to compete for a spot in the Masters.

8. Chicahauk l Southern Shores, NC 

Home to the Throw Down North of Town surfing competition. A surfing competition for all age groups, and an all around great family fun day.  Located right here in Southern Shores, it’s just a walk from most of our oceanfront properties.

jennettes_09. Jennette’s Pier l Nags Head, NC

Home to the WRV Outer Banks Pro where professional surfers from all over the United States come to battle it out for the grand prize and bragging rights. This spot ranks lower because it’s so well known, that usually when there is any kind of swell in the water, there will also be a ton of guys. It may be crowded, but this beautiful pier makes for a great spot when the waves and winds are hitting just right.

10. Hayman Street l Kill Devil Hills, NC 

A busy public beach access in the heart of Kill Devil Hills. Just about a half mile north of Avalon pier. With a lot of vacation homes, and one of the biggest beach public parking areas in Kill Devil Hills, this spot fills up quick. Depending on the swell direction, the sandbar, and the wind, this spot will break differently just about every time. Either way, this is a fun wave for everyone.

Stay Tuned: surfing etiquette to come.