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Christmas on the Outer Banks! That’s a gift you should seriously consider giving yourself and your family. Miles of empty beaches to explore, bird-watching and even whale-watching, interesting and abundant shell collecting, and of course the ocean to lull you to sleep. Staying at the Cape Hatteras Motel this time of year is especially affordable,
Enjoy this delightful throwback, a ‘News Reel Short’ from back in the day when you went to the movies to get your entertainment.
Red drum fishing at Cape Hatteras begins about 2:00 minutes in on this historical gem of a VIDEO!
Can any of you fans share more memories about Harry and Snowball?
The story has been repeated time and again for decades. The characters have changed and they have come from all over the nation, but they have all packed loads of excitement and anticipation for this one and only destination.
Strap on the boards, fire up the van and take a spin back in time to relive a version of the journey that tweaks the chords of thousands of similar treasured beach memories from this vintage VIDEO, featuring classic soundtracks by Wishbone Ash.
Perhaps you even have details to share of your own Hatteras Odyssey?
With a nod to Major Henry Livingston, Jr. who wrote the Original Version
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all over the isle,
Not a creature was stirring, mile after mile.
The ghost crabs were snug in their holes on the beach,
Hoping that high tide would stay out of reach.
The surfers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of gnarly swells danced in their heads.
The crab-pots were hung by the buoys with care,
In hopes that some blue claws soon would be there.
When out on the dune there arose such a clatter,
The Park Service sprang up to see what was the matter.
Away to their vehicles they ran with their lamps,
And began an ascent on all open ramps.
The moon on the sand made quite a reflection,
While waves were crashing in every direction.
When what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a tricked out 4 by 4 and eight island deer.
With a little old driver hunkered down in the truck,
They knew in a moment it must be Old Buck*!
More rapid than kite boarders the deer hurried along,
And he whistled and shouted and sang them a song.
“Now Buxton, now Kinnakeet, now Salvo and Frisco –
On Rodanthe, on Waves, on Hatteras – let’s disco!
To the edge of the Point, to the top of the Light,
Let’s have a great time and party all night!
And like dry leaves before Matthew did fly,
They hit Highway 12 and continued on by.
He was dressed in a wetsuit from his head to his feet,
And he smelled like Skeeter Beater with a hint of DEET.
A bundle of seashells he had in his pack,
And a bottle of Kill Devil Rum in a sack.
He spoke not a word but took special care,
To bring a gift to the island and all who live there.
It had been a tough year, this the old man did know,
So his gift was one that didn’t require a bow.
He sprang to his truck and laid on the horn,
To make sure everyone knew it would soon be Christmas morn.
And we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
NO MORE STORMS, LOTS OF FISH,
And too all, a good night!
*Old Buck mentioned in this poem is a fixture of the “Old Christmas” celebrations still held in Rodanthe. Old Buck is a part of the fabric of the island.
Written by Janet Morrow Dawson, Buxton NC, 2016
Josh Gates joins leading archeologists, including author and historian Scott Dawson [son of Cape Hatteras Motel owner, Dave Dawson], as they investigate America’s first ‘missing persons’ case, The Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Following newly unearthed artifacts and clues, they dig for answers to this 400-year old mystery, including a jet ski ride to Scott’s Croatoan sites on Hatteras Island.
Cape Hatteras Motel has taken a few hits this year. Mother Nature was not always kind. But there have been so many other positives to celebrate, we felt this week more than ever was the right time to express our thanks!
First, we want to thank all of our guests. We thank our loyal guests who have returned year after year, sometimes over generations, because our motel holds special memories for you and your family. We thank our new guests who decided to give us a try and found a real love for our beach, our sunrises, and even our rocking chairs. We are grateful for every guest who came to our motel and indeed, traveled to Hatteras Island, because of who we are and what we have to offer, and did not complain because of what we don’t have or what we don’t offer. It is true that Hatteras isn’t for everyone. We are grateful for all of our guests who “get OBX” and wouldn’t go anywhere else!
We are thankful that beach re-nourishment will finally be on the way for 2017. We are thankful for a wonderful staff who are complimented regularly by our guests on how they go the extra mile to make someone’s vacation extra special, or how they handle problems and work to make things right.
We are thankful for our Facebook audience which has grown by leaps and bounds this year and has provided us with tremendous support during Hermine and Matthew. We know you really care about what happens to us way out here! We are thankful for guests who visit with us in the months from September through May, and have the opportunity to experience the Outer Banks in all of the seasons of the year beyond the summer.
We thank the local businesses who we support and who in turn support us. In a small community this reciprocity is vital. And we thank all of our service providers and vendors who work with us during the year, and who, in the midst of a busy season, we sometimes forget to thank.
We wish you all a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and we look forward to hosting you again very soon.