From the sea to the sound, this North Carolina vacation spot packs plenty of fun
By JENNIFER CEASER
Last Updated: 10:54 PM, July 11, 2013
Posted: 1:58 PM, July 11, 2013
The Outer Banks, a thin strip of barrier islands off the North Carolina coast, is one of those rare places where you can spend the morning on the beach and the afternoon on the sound without having to walk more than a few hundred yards. Which means, if you’re feeling terribly lazy, you could sit in one spot and catch both the sunrise and the sunset.But with so much going on in OBX (in local parlance), it’d be a shame to hang out on a deck chair all day. Here are some must-dos in three of the most popular towns: Duck, Kitty Hawk and Manteo.GET THE DRIFT
The Atlantic Ocean and the sound can be less than a mile apart on OBX’s narrow barrier islands.
A replica of a 16th-century merchant ship, “Elizabeth II,” at Manteo’s Festival Park.
Thanks to wonderfully wide beaches that extend some 200 miles from OBX’s northern to southern tip, there’s usually a fair amount of real estate between your towel and your neighbors’ — even on busy days. But it’s heavenly before breakfast, when your only company are the quarrelsome ghost crabs, scurrying across the sand and popping in and out of their holes, along with a scattering of surfers and pods of dolphins enjoying the waves — all way more entertaining than any morning TV.PADDLE ONIf you tire of the sea, there’s a whole other body of water on the opposite side to explore. Book a kayak eco-tour of the bay at Duck Village Outfitters; two-hour guided trips introduce you to the natural world of the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest — including birds, turtles, snakes and, if you’re lucky, otters. (Single kayak, $33, double, $59, duckvillageoutfitters.net)TIMES GONE BYWho knew OBX had so much history? Manteo, on Roanoke Island in the Roanoke Sound, is where the first English child, Virginia Dare, was born in the first English settlement in America. (Tragically, everyone mysteriously perished; “The Lost Colony,” a depiction of their struggle, plays summers at the island’s Waterside Theatre, through Aug. 23, thelostcolony.org). Resembling a mini-Provincetown, downtown Manteo’s streets are lined with cute clapboard cottages housing galleries, restaurants, boutiques and flower-festooned B&Bs. Cross a small bridge to reach Festival Park, where you can board a replica of a 16th-century merchant ship, “Elizabeth II” ($8, adults, free under age 5), and catch a live concert at the outdoor pavilion (roanokeisland.com).GOOD EATSThere’s no shortage of fresh seafood when you’re surrounded by water — it’s just a matter of choosing how casual or upscale you want to go. On the fancier end,Kimball’s Kitchen (sanderling-resort.com), in Duck, offers dreamy sunset views over the Currituck Sound through floor-to-ceiling windows. Chef John Lawrence’s menu is nicely balanced between surf and turf; start with a dozen raw Virginia Lynnhaven oysters ($20); follow with the simply prepared local catch of the day (market price) or the generous rack of lamb ($36). Kimball’s also has one of OBX’s best wine lists. Or, keep your seafood feast cheap and get it to go: At Kitty Hawk’s I Got Your Crabs (igotyourcrabs.com), a half-bushel of local steamed blue crabs runs about $87 and feeds six; sides include corn on the cob and hush puppies ($2.50/order). Dine-in is also available. OBX doesn’t run on Dunkin’ — Duck Donuts (duckdonuts.com) makes your donuts to order; they’re served hot and hand-dipped (try thepeanut butter icing) with your choice of topping.BUY, BUY, BABYFor tacky T-shirts and cheap souvenirs, any of OBX’s ubiquitous Wings outlets will do. But for stuff you’d actually want, visit Duck’s side-by-side shopping “villages”:Scarborough Faire ( scarboroughfaireinducknc.com ) and Scarborough Lane . You’ll find trendy togs and swimsuits at Confetti Clothing Co. (252-261-5444) and its new, gently priced teen offshoot, Clothes Out 2 (252-261-1177); both fun beach reads and serious lit are stocked at the Island Bookstore ( islandbooksobx.com ). Cross the highway to the Duck Waterfront Shops ( waterfrontshops-duck.com) for discounted clothing at Barr-ee Station ( barreestation.com), indoor and outdoor toys at the Kid’s Store (252-261-3553) and local Sanctuary Vineyards wines atCandy & Corks (252-255-0600).SLEEP ON ITThe Sanderling Resort has been an Outer Banks mainstay for decades, but after a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, it’s feeling a whole lot fresher. There are now separate family and adult outdoor pools and a bright, open lobby with ocean views; cheerful orange umbrellas shade you at the new Sand Bar; two fire pits are the place to be in the evenings. There’s also an excellent spa (we like the luxurious “Barefoot on the Banks” pedicure, $75) and a kids’ club. (Rooms from $359,sanderling-resort.com)
Author:Mike Siers Phone: 252-489-3861 Dated: July 16th 2013 Views: 5,451 About Mike: Mike is a top producer in the Nations top Privately owned Real Estate company, Howard Hanna. With a...
About Outer Banks Real Estate Mike and Stacy Siers Howard Hanna
We could give you the scripted bio, but it is the age of Google. Believe me when I say if you are online, you can be found. I want to tell you what you may not know.
Stacy and I have been together for most of our lives. We enjoy being around each other so much we work together. I like to say she keeps me balanced. I have been fortunate to work for many people and companies throughout the Mid Atlantic region and feel that experience has helped me understand people and situations. I have been doing sales for about 20 years, construction during 10 of those years and have managed a few companies along the way. Stacy, operated a HVAC company, managed retail and restaurants. Stacy started in Real Estate in 2008, not the best time if you dare to remember the real estate crash. She motivated me to get my license in 2009 and I started in 2010. I looked at the bad real estate market as an opportunity. A time to learn the market from the bottom up. A time to learn how to sell real estate when no one could buy it. In one of my past jobs, I learned the who, what, whens and hows of sales. I could move products! When I bought my first house out of college, I learned this was one of the most important purchases I would ever make. So when we work with clients, it is about them. We want to know why you are looking, how you want to use the house or what you are selling. What memories you have made from this house. We believe real estate is about people and relationships. We are fortunate to build friendships through real estate. It usually means we go to a lot of dinners in the summer when folks are down. (I really love that part)
The wrap up, Stacy and I won't sell you a house on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. We will work with you, share our knowledge, provide facts and dig for information on every home you are interested in and hopefully grab a bite to eat and share the memories you are making!
"August 5, 2013......
To Whom It May Concern,
During the winter of 2013, my wife Amy and I decided to invest in a property at the Outer Banks. Like many, we vacationed here often and enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere and beautiful beaches. I spent countless hours searching MLS sites for various opportunities, making off-season trips and reading plenty of interesting and helpful articles..
Many of these articles promoted a Buyer Agent and, honestly, I thought I knew the value but many of the articles I found were posted by realtors. I knew I wanted someone to represent me when I found a house and didn’t need folks pestering me with sales calls.
I could not have been more wrong.
We engaged with Mike Nolan during one of our early searches. Mike took the time to understand what brought us here, what we were looking for and what a successful investment would be when we look back. Mike’s understanding of the market is extremely deep and his contacts up and down the peninsula are extensive. There are many people in the agent business as a second job or career, and many professional, but Mike’s understanding of the people and process proved invaluable.
We found what we thought was our property and Mike’s quick action and depth helped immediately to provide us first shot at the house. During the due diligence period we uncovered some issues that prevented us from investing. Mike talked it all through with us without pushing for a transaction and moving on as many may have done.
We started on a second home and knew immediately it was what we were looking for. Again Mike navigated us perfectly through the process. His response times were near immediate and he constantly communicated every step of the way. Just when we thought we were clear, a problem arose threatening our bid on the house. We were on the outside looking in as far as some were concerned.
We would not have this house today if it wasn’t for Mike’s professional depth, contacts and persistence. He had us protected the entire time and managed us through some rocky days. He educated other agents and was incredible in securing the house.
Thank you again Mike. And for any others reading this with interest in real estate investments, you will be in excellent hands with Mike on your team. Good luck in your search......