Island Art Shows 2015

Shows host over 20 LOCAL Outer Banks Artists and their wares. Each Island Art Show is a Benefit for a different Local Cause: from the OBX SPCA to the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association and more. Admission to these shows is FREE — we ask attendees to simply support our local artisans & crafters. Attendees can find everything from fine local art and prints to woodworks, photography, upcycled art, collage, handmade hula hoops, handmade soaps and body products plus more. Live local music and lunch will be available at each Island Art Show as well as Raffle tickets for one lucky winner to win a basket full of local arts and crafts donated by our participants. There will be event pages posted on their Facebook page … please feel free to LIKE their page and “join” the events to stay updated.

See more details on the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.


Cape Hatteras Makes Dr Beach Top 10 For 2015

Dr. Beach issues his annual list on the basis of 50 criteria, including water and sand quality. He recently began including beach safety, environmental management and bonus points for no-smoking policies. This is the 25th anniversary for Dr. Beach, also known as coastal expert and Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman.

Established in 1937, Cape Hatteras National Seashore was the very first National Seashore designated to preserve our precious barrier islands on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Home to quaint historic fishing villages and the nation’s tallest plus most famous lighthouse, Cape Hatteras made #5 on Dr. Beach’s list for 2015.

Read More at CNN Travel online.


USA Today’s “10 Best” Visits Alluring Outer Banks!

In a 10 Best featured article for USA Today, “10 Best Visits the Alluring Outer Banks.” The article notes, “When it comes to beaching it, everybody is different. Some sun worshippers long for action, a busy Boardwalk and plenty of after-dark activity. Then, there’s the Outer Banks. This series of North Carolina barrier islands attracts a mellower crowd. A strip of laid back beach towns connected by bridges, the Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is home to about 60,000 residents year-round. That number nears 500,000 during the summer and fall, vacationers drawn by powdery sand, stellar fishing and a shallow coastline dotted with historic wrecks. Most stay in the McMansions that line the beaches; six, seven and eight-bedroom homes that can easily host a multi-gen family getaway, a girlfriend’s weekend or a sporty man-cation.”

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Outer Banks “Things To Do”


Rodanthe Among USA Today Travel “Experience Beach” Section “Most Romantic Mid-Atlantic Beaches.”

Of Rodanthe, the article said, “Made famous by the romantic Nicholas Sparks novel, Nights in Rodanthe (which was turned into a movie starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane), this quiet beach in the Outer Banks provides the perfect backdrop for real-life romance. The windswept coastline is dotted with cottages, and the skies are filled with rare birds like white pelicans, thanks to a wildlife refuge bordering the town. The fishing pier is a beautiful spot to watch the crashing waves (some of the biggest on the East Coast), and it’s also popular for stargazing beneath some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi.”

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Bodie Island Light Station Among ’10 Best Lighthouses Around The USA’

Bodie Lighthouse on Bodie Island is among USA Today’s “10 best lighthouses around the USA.” A lighthouse website and app creator, Kraig Anderson first took a trip to see a lighthouse in North Carolina more than a decade ago, and has since visited every beacon in the country – that’s more than 750 depending how you define them. Of Bodie Island, the article notes, “This 156-foot Outer Banks beacon is often overshadowed by the nearby Cape Hatteras lighthouse, located on the same National Seashore. But its renovation last year, which opened the tower for climbing, makes it a must-see. ‘It’s stunning,’ Anderson says, and one of many standouts in the region. ‘The Outer Banks has the premier collection of lighthouses in the United States.'”

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Top U.S. Beaches for 2014 Revealed

Chosen using a criteria of 50 physical factors like “sand softness” and “air temperature”, Cape Hatteras returns to the official Dr. Beach’s Top 10 List:

1.    Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
2.    Barefoot Beach Bonita Springs, Florida
3.    St. George Island State Park Florida panhandle
4.    Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Oahu, Hawaii
5.    Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
    6.    Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Carolina
7.    Cape Florida State Park Key Biscayne, Florida
8.    Coast Guard Beach Cape Cod, Massachusetts
9.    Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina
10.    Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida

Sadly, the editors at USA Today Travel show photos of Virginia Beach VA & The Crystal Coast NC …

NOT AT ALL THE SAME as Hatteras Island & Cape Hatteras National Seashore!.

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