Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Outer Banks, Hatteras, NC

As we made our way up and down the road on Hatteras Island, this charming bright-colored art gallery drew me like a bee to honey. We stopped in, and Hatteras Art Indian Town Gallery has a great assortment of local art and hand-made items with a price range for all budgets. Learn more about their artists and artisans at: http://www.indiantowngallery.com/ If you need a bit of pampering, you can get a massage next door!

Hatteras Art exterior

Hatteras Art sign

Hatteras Art heron

Hatteras Art interior During our week on The Outer Banks, we tried to explore all the local attractions and of course we had to check out the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Hatteras Island. Learn more about it’s history on the National Park website: http://www.nps.gov/caha/historyculture/cape-hatteras-light-station.htm

There is a beach access at the park and it looks like there is pretty good surf judging by the number of surfers that were there when we visited.

Hatteras lighthouse beach shot

 

Hatteras lighthouse, Wally beachThese guys were playing with a “go pro” flying thing

Hatteras lighthouse go pro guysRiding the waves

Hatteras surfer on curl

Hatteras surferYou can walk around the lighthouse grounds for free, but if you want to climb the lighthouse, you have to pay. The day we arrived they had just finished the new coat of paint on the lighthouse.

Hatteras lighthouse Jamie

 

Hatteras lighthouse sign

Hatteras lighthouse thru trees

Hatteras lighthouse top hori

Hatteras lighthouseWe weren’t up for all those steps so sorry, no view from the top! The lighthouse keepers homes are a short walk away and house local history on the lighthouse and keepers.

Hatteras lighthouse keepers houses

Jamie and Wally Hatteras lighthouse selfieWe took an early morning aerial photography flight with Burrus Flying Services out of Billy Mitchell Airport in Frisco, and got some great shots of the newly painted lighthouse. (see upcoming blog for lots more from our aerial tour)

 

Hatteras Lighthouse hori best 1

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse post card, bestThat’s is for now! Stay tuned for our aerial photography tour. I just have to download and filter through the 800 photos I took during our hour flight first.

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The Outer Banks, Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, NC

We decided to drive up to Nags Head and Kitty Hawk to check out a few sights and have lunch one day. I had read about kite flying at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, so we went there first. Their big kite festival was going on the weekend we left, so I was sad to miss that. The park is located right off the main highway that runs through Nags Head, with the entrance on the left side of the road just past Kitty Hawk Kites.

The park is known as having the tallest natural sand dune on the eastern coast of the United States and is a favorite place for kite lovers and for hang glider training. There were lots of families there flying kites and playing on the dunes, running and rolling down the hills. Be sure and pack drinks and snacks if you plan on being there a while. http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/ Jockey Ridge park sign

Jockey Ridge dune info sign

Jockey Ridge, people on hill

Jockey Ridge big sky view

Jockey Ridge Wally and kites

Jockey Ridge guys running downhill

Jockey Ridge guys running downhill 2Hang gliding lessons

Jockey Ridge hang glider lessons

Jockey Ridge kite flyers, sky

Jockey Ridge kite maneuversYou can leave your shoes at the steps  Jockey Ridge shoe drop  Jockey Ridge Wally and view

Jockey Ridge Wally downhill

Jockey Ridge Wally running downhill

Jockey Ridge girls and boy playing

Jockey Ridge, girls going down and up

Jockey Ridge, girls rollingI was inspired to get a kite to fly back on our Frisco beach, so our next stop was Kitty Hawk Kites and they have kites from hang gliders to wind socks and everything in between. They also carry t-shirts, gifts, souvenirs, etc. I picked out a parrot kite and named her Polly

Visit their website for lots more info, locations and their online store: http://www.kittyhawk.com/Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites bldg & sign

Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites bldg ext

Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites hang kite

Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites indoor 1

Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites kite section

Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites kites & socks

Nags Head Kittyhawk Kites tees & planesIt was time for lunch, so we decided to get our raw oyster fix at Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille. It was a gorgeous day, so we sat out on their back upper deck that has a view of the water. The oysters were huge with a good flavor, and we also had a big salad and crab cake dinner, which I loved.

http://www.mulligansobx.com/

Nags Head, Mulligan's frontThey have a pet friendly patio area at the back door and plenty of parking in back.

Nags Head, Mulligans back view

Nags Head, Mulligan's inside dining

Nags Head, Mulligan's raw & steam board

Nags Head, Mulligan's upstairs bar

Nags Head, Mulligan's deck customers & server

Nagshead, Mulligan's menu

Nags Head, Mulligan's fireball corner

   Nags Head, Mulligan's oysters

Nags Head, Mulligan's plates  Nags Head, Mulligan's tiki bar

Nags Head, Mulligan's deck customersI loved their totem faces on the deck

Nags Head, Mulligan's tongue out totem

Nags Head, Mulligan's toothy totem

Nags Head, Mulligan's umbrellas  Nags Head, Mulligan's view from deck

Nags Head, Mulligan's Wally & platesAfter lunch, our last stop was the Wright Brothers National Memorial just a few miles north in Kitty Hawk. There is a museum with a gallery of paintings of people important in the history of aviation, as well as replicas of the Wright Brothers inventions.Wright Bros 1902 Hang glider

Wright Bros glider 1902 info

Wright Bros Museum, Wally

Wright Bros plane

Wright Bros Gift of Flight info   Wright Bros plane 2

Wright Bros plane pic

Wright Bros plane, painting, WallyAfter touring the museum, you can walk out to the sheds which replicate where they lived during their experiments and one was for their plane or glider.

Wright Bros museum and shack

Wright Bros shacksA guide stood at the rock that shows where their flight took place and she explained about their trials.

Wright Bros park rangerAn airport is just past the Memorial and I caught a plane in action.

Wright Bros monument, planeThe big memorial is a LONG walk from the museum or you can drive to the back corner below it and walk up from there.

Wright Bros plaque, obelisk

Wright Bros walk to monument

Wright Bros big monument

Wright Bros head statues

Wright Bros big monument, WallyThe view is quite nice from the memorial hill

Wright Bros view from obelisk If you have children, there is a little park with an airplane below the memorial.

I would recommend that if you have a few hours when you first arrive on the Outer Banks and are staying north or south, to go ahead and see these sites on your way in or way out to save a long drive during your stay.

That was enough tourist activities for us for one day, so it was back to Frisco and the beach!

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The Outer Banks, Avon, NC

After consuming a large amount of local seafood for several days, we were craving a burger, and online reviews led us to Burger Burger in Avon. Located in Kinnakeet Corner on the main drag through Avon, it was easy to find. We arrived and when we got inside, found it to be busy with patrons. We ordered a cheeseburgers, onion rings, fries and their acclaimed homemade lemonade and grabbed a table to await our food.

Avon, Burger Burger sign

Avon, Burger Burger exteriorThey offer burgers, sandwiches, salads and wings, so will surely have something for everyone in your group.

Avon, Burger Burger menuGet some lemonade – it was delicious!

Avon, Burger Burger lemonade sign

Avon, Burger Burger dining areaOur food arrived and our mouth’s were watering… the lemonade is GREAT!

It was delicious and we cleaned our plates.

Avon, Burger Burger food picWe bumped into Captain Bryan from the Albatross Fleet outside and he told us to be sure and visit his wife’s artisan gallery just up the street behind Burger Burger. This was a great after-lunch venture and I LOVE pottery. http://kinnakeetclay.com/

Avon, Kinnakeet Clayworks sign

Avon, Kinnakeet Clayworks buildingOne of their best-selling items is a Mason jar pottery flower frog in an assortment of colors.

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks mason jar frogThis awesome gallery is loaded with fabulous pottery from many local potters, as well as prints, jewelry, and more. What a great place to pick up a local keepsake or accent for your home!

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks aqua potterySwimming with cool stuff!

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks fish corner

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks blue sunflowers

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks clay necklaces

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks crab & cupsI loved these crab pottery pieces…

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks crab & shell dip bowl

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks crab dip bowl

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks crab vase, utensilsDrawer pulls are another popular purchase that is useful and pretty.

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks drawer pullsThese seahorse pulls had just been created in the workroom and await their glaze.

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks seahorse drawer pulls

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks fish plaques, stained glass

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks fish plaques

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks fish plate & vases

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks flower plaques

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks pink pottery

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks pottery mugs, misc

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks pottery shelves

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks pottery vases

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks rooster art

 

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks silver earrings

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks spoon rests table

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks spoon rests

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks sunflower & horse pic

Avon, Kinakeet Clayworks sunflower & tulips

Avon, Kinnakeet Clayworks cat paintings  Avon, Kinnakeet Clayworks fish & octopus

Avon, Kinnakeet Clayworks nightlightsAs you can see, they have something for everyone and even classes!

Avon, Kinnakeet Clayworks classes signAfter leaving Kinnakeet Clay, our next stop was Risky Business Seafood back on the main drag for some more seafood for dinner. They also have a location at Oden’s Dock on Hatteras. Here’s their website for more info: http://riskybseafood.com/

Avon, Risky Business Seafood Market sign  Avon, Risky Business Seafood building

Avon, Risky Business Seafood Market boat  Avon, Risky Business Seafood customers   Avon, Risky Business Seafood Wally & counterBesides seafood, sauces, etc., they also have some gift items

Avon, Risky Business Seafood crab glassesNow back to Carolina Treasure on Frisco for beach time…

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The Outer Banks, Buxton, NC

So after getting settled in at our Carolina Treasure vacation rental in Frisco, it was time to find the local grocery. We drove back up to Buxton and headed into Connor’s Supermarket to load up on supplies for the week. This is a great grocery with friendly staff and a really good variety with essentials to gourmet offerings. They also have a few aisles of beach accessories, sunscreen, dramamine and most anything you might need.

Buxton, Connors Grocery entrance

Buxton, Connors supermarket big view

Buxton, Connors deli

Buxton, Connors smile signI loved their old vehicle that was parked across the street one day.   Buxton, Connors truck & JamieNext stop was the local seafood market on the way back to Frisco. Buxton Seafood is located right under the water tower, so you can’t miss it. We got some fresh fish and shrimp for a few meals. Buxton seafood and towerWally was in the mood for sushi  one night, so we went to Diamond Shoals Restaurant for dinner. The fried calamari strips with marinara were tasty and the hush puppies moist and yummy.

Buxton, Diamond Shoals calamari strips

Buxton, Diamond Shoals hush puppiesWe had a sushi roll and tuna tower and they were good too. Buxton, Diamond Shoals sushi rolls

Buxton, Diamond Shoals tuna towerSome of the other sights in Buxton to visit and shop at include The Elegant Attic…

Buxton, The Elegant Attic

Buxton, Elegant Attic view

Buxton, Elegant Attic yardand The Old Gray House – which sadly were both closed on Saturday afternoon. I will definitely check them out next time we go!

Buxton, The Old Gray House front view

Buxton, The Old Gray House sign & tree

Buxton, The Old Gray House vert

Buxton, The Old Gray House side

Buxton, The Old Gray House boat    Buxton, The Old Gray House swing shed Book lovers will want to stop in Buxton Village Books… Buxton, Village BooksAnother day we had lunch at Pop’s Family Seafood Restaurant, a long-time local favorite.

Pops Raw Bar ext angleNothing fancy here, just laid back and local…we were there at opening time.

Pops Raw Bar bar & tables

Pops Raw Bar barRaw oysters to start with…

Pops Raw Bar oystersFollowed by a crab cake plate and fried shrimp with homemade slaw and hush puppies. Fried heaven! Yummy!

Pops Raw Bar, crab cake plate

Pops Raw Bar, fried shrimp plate

Pops Raw Bar bldg painting  Pops Raw Bar exteriorBack to the beach… Stay tuned for more Outer Banks

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A week at Carolina Treasure, Outer Banks – Frisco, N.C.

Frisco, Carolina Treasure life ring

We had a free week and on the spur of the moment decided to head to a new destination for us, the North Carolina Outer Banks. We had no idea what to expect and nowhere to stay, so I was searching vrbos along the way to find us place to stay. We wanted to be on the southern part of the Outer Banks near Hatteras as we did want to go fishing, so settled on Frisco. When we stopped off for lunch at Black Mountain outside of Asheville we stumbled across a nice vacation rental that had just posted a special for the week. We called and the owner nicely directed us to his property management company, Midgett Realty Company. We secured “Carolina Treasure” for the week and couldn’t wait to arrive.

http://www.vrbo.com/591120

http://www.midgettrealty.com/

We stopped off overnight to break up the 13-hour drive and arrived on Hatteras about lunch time to see if our rental was ready yet. Midgett Realty is a beehive of activity and looks like they manage many of the properties in that area, so if you’re looking for a vacation rental, check out their website for the easiest rental search. They needed a few more hours so we drove on down to the bottom of Hatteras where the ferry goes to Okracoke to check it all out. We were starved and the Billfish Bar and Grill at a marina was handy, so went in for lunch.

Hatteras, Billfish exterior view

Hatteras, Billfish marina boats

Hatteras, Billfish bar and fish

Hatteras, Billfish dining room viewView from our table by the window

Hatteras, Billfish view from window

Hatteras, Billfish menuFresh fish… ahhh!

Hatteras, Billfish food platesAn order up at the kitchen looked pretty tasty too.

Hatteras, Billfish order up We checked back at Midgett Realty after lunch to get our keys and moved into Carolina Treasure on Runboat Lane.

Frisco, Runboat road signPretty big for just the two of us, but with the discounted rate, it was in our budget. Several families could enjoy this multilevel house that is on the second row back from the beach.

Frisco, Carolina Treasure house ocean side

Frisco, Carolina Treasure house sign

Carolina Treasure side of houseHere is a good view from our aerial tour later in the week

Carolina Treasure aerial view 2, named

Carolina Treasure aerial shot 1Even a hammock to read or nap and there is a deck on both levels.

Frisco, Carolina Treasure morning hammockHere’s a few interior pictures but you can find many more on their vrbo page at the link above.

Frisco, Carolina Treasure living room

Frisco, Carolina Treasure kitchen

Frisco, Carolina Treasure house frontView from the deck at cocktail hour

Frisco, Carolina Treasure deck viewView of first row houses from Carolina Treasure’s deck

Frisco, Carolina Treasure view to water, housesFirst trip to the beach to check it out when we arrived. What pretty water color!

Frisco, Wally on beach, blue shirtKites are big on the Outer Banks and you can pick them up at any of the Kitty Hawk Kite store locations. I got a parrot later in the week. Families spend the day on this lovely beach, swimming, surfing, flying kites, playing games and relaxing. It was never crowded and we really enjoyed it.

Frisco, beach, kite

Frisco, beach walkers, pink & blueAn umbrella or tent is essential for extended stays on the beach. This one was in the house but would recommend bringing your own if you need more shade than just for one or two people.

Frisco, beach umbrella view

Frisco, Wally beach umbrella

Frisco, beach shot, dog walkingTons of shells!

Frisco, beach shell pile

Frisco, beach and house viewMorning visitors through the neighborhood – two bucks in velvet. Photos taken from our deck at Carolina Treasure.

Frisco deer on ocean

Frisco buck & surf

Frisco bird pints in sunny sand

Frisco, bird hunting, surf

Frisco, bird pair feeding

Frisco, bird pair flying, surf

Frisco, children on beach

Frisco, crab closeup

Frisco, crab facing

Frisco, Dog and crab standoff

Frisco, Dog barking at crab

Frisco, Dog looking at me, crab

Frisco, dog footprints  Frisco, fisherman and pointer dog

Frisco, fisherman and two poles

Frisco, fishing boat on water

Frisco, fishing poles and birds

Frisco, fishing poles and sandcastle

Frisco, Wally arms out on beachPolly my parrot kite

Frisco, flying Polly

Frisco, footprints and shellsAround the neighborhood…

Frisco, front tier houses

Frisco, buck in velvet solo

Frisco, buck talking

Frisco, buck with head turned

Frisco, Bucks in velvet sunrise

Frisco lobster flagI love everyone’s creative house names and signs

Frisco, Edie's Fish House sign

Frisco, Hooked on Frisco sign

Frisco, Nauti Sailor sign

Frisco, On Island Time sign

Frisco, Suaimhneas sign

Frisco, Wasabi sign

Frisco Hatteras Heartbeat sign

Frisco, hazy beach morning walkers

Frisco, Indian Blanket flower

Frisco, Jamie's feet and beerAn osprey with lunch

Frisco, Osprey with catch

Frisco, path over dune to water

Frisco, Pirate Booty towels porch

Frisco, pirate flag housetop

Frisco, plover and sandpiper

Frisco, pretty water view

Frisco, sand castle

Frisco, Sandpiper reflection 2

Frisco, sandpiper reflection

Frisco, sandpiper shadow

Frisco, shell and sand Frisco, Shells everywhere

Frisco, shells on sand

Frisco, vert beach shot

Frisco, Wally peeking over duneThat’s all for now…

Stay tuned for more of our Outer Banks excursions…

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