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Buxton Beach Nourishment Update – May 25, 2017

At a pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 24, Weeks Marine announced that the pumping of sand for the Buxton project is now estimated to begin in mid-June.

Representatives from the company reported that the subline for the project is en route and scheduled to arrive early next week. Once in Dare County, the subline will be assembled (approximately 8,000 feet of 30 inch steel pipe) and laid in place underwater. The booster pump, necessary to pump sand to the north end of the project area, will also soon be en route. The C.R. McCaskill, the cutter head dredge assigned to the project, will arrive once the subline has been placed.

The starting point for the project, where offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, is approximately 1,000 feet north of the northern boundary for the village of Buxton. Construction will initially proceed to the north until reaching the temporary resource protection area that has been established by the National Park Service to protect nesting birds. At that point, crews will move back to the project’s initial starting point and move south until the resource protection area is no longer in place and work will then resume to the north. After work is completed to the northern project boundary, work will resume to the south until the project is completed.

Once construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in approximately 90 days under normal conditions.

For more information, please visit MoreBeachToLove.com.

More Beach To Love Nourishment - Cape Hatteras Motel

Buxton Beach Nourishment Update – May 8, 2017

Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, has announced the first day of pumping has been postponed from the originally projected date of May 21 to sometime within the last week of May.

The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine has announced project construction will initially proceed to the north of the starting point.

The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

For more information about beach nourishment projects taking place in Dare County in 2017, please visit MoreBeachtoLove.com

Honoring Clifford Morrow - Cape hatteras Motel

“Honoring a Life Well Lived”

The Cape Hatteras Motel officially opened the “Clifford Morrow” Gallery last night. Located in the new office area, the gallery features the work of this Pennsylvania native turned OBX retiree who was the father of Jan Morrow Dawson, who along with her husband Dave, run the Cape Hatteras Motel.

Morrow, a distinguished artist throughout his career with the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, began a love affair with the Outer Banks, and in particular the Buxton area, with his family in the mid 1960’s. He knew immediately he wanted to retire there and made that happen in the late 1980’s. Once he and his wife Dolores moved to the island, he set up a studio and began to turn his talents toward capturing the beauty of Cape Hatteras. Through prints, pottery, sculpture, and more he created a special feel for the natural world that surrounded him here. He even used the unique shape of a wave to design the new altar at Our Lady of the Seas Church in Buxton.  His work was sold at several galleries in the area, until illness put a stop to his ability to work.

Upon his death in 2011 he left many items in his studio.  After Mrs. Morrow passed in October of last year, Jan and Dave began the bittersweet task of working through a lifetime of art work, which culminated in the creation of the gallery. In addition to Mr. Morrow’s work, there is a room of other beach art, and local products including salt from Hatteras Saltworks also made in Buxton, and “Skeeter Beater” – a product made locally to assist guests and locals alike with those pesky summer insects!

Whether you are a guest at the motel or just driving by, you are invited to visit the gallery, which is open anytime the motel office is open. Perhaps you will find that special something that reminds you of your happy place, to take home with you. Or maybe you would just like to see the work of an artist who found his happy place right here, and had the ability to forever share it with others.

 

Honoring Clifford Morrow - Cape Hatteras Motel

Honoring Clifford Morrow - Cape Hatteras Motel

Honoring Clifford Morrow - Cape Hatteras Motel

More Beach To Love Nourishment - Cape Hatteras Motel

Buxton Beach Nourishment Update – April 24, 2017

Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, plans to begin mobilizing equipment and pipes in early May. Equipment and pipes will be stored near the south end of the project area at the decommissioned US Coast Guard Base.

The first day of pumping sand is anticipated to be around May 21. The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine is coordinating with the National Park Service to finalize their plan regarding whether pumping will initially proceed to the north or to the south.  The whole project is expected to be completed within 90 days under normal conditions – approximately 55 days for the project area north of the starting point and approximately 35 days for the southern portion.

 

Link to the release on the Dare County website.

Buxton Thanksgiving - Cape Hatteras Motel

Giving Thanks At Cape Hatteras Motel

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.

Rusty's Restaurant Hungry for Hatteras - Cape Hatteras Motel

Hungry For Hatteras?

We have to smile when guests ask us if there are any good seafood restaurants on the island. After all, not only are we a sport fishing capital, but also the island’s history is all about the fish!  Commercial fishing was, and is, a way of life for many, many islanders and their families. The lives and stories of the watermen are a rich part of our culture here.

But back to the original question about where to go for seafood when on vacation. Here are some things we tell our guests to help them locate the restaurant that will serve the food they want at the right price point. Truly, on Hatteras Island, the restaurants all serve good seafood.  It’s what they do. So it really is a matter of what you are looking for. Is it a special occasion?  There are a few white table cloth restaurants with bars and wine lists that are perfect for a birthday, anniversary, proposal, or any other special event.

Are you interested in a sunset?  While we do not have oceanfront dining on the island, soundside choices are plentiful and every sunset is beautiful in its own way. Are you traveling with small children? Several restaurants have kid-friendly menus and early dining allows families to get in and out quickly before the later crowds settle in.  Do you want to eat where the locals eat? Some of our year-round establishments are favorites with those of us who do enjoy eating out on the off-season. Do you yearn for fried fish, French fries, hush puppies and slaw? There are places that cater to real down home southern cooking without frills.

Some places are experimenting a bit more with their menus and offer seafood with global twists and fusion cuisines.  Always ask for the fresh, local catch. Shrimp and scallops are usually plentiful and softshell crabs in season are awesome. Oysters from our waters are usually harvested in the cooler months but can be enjoyed at other times of the year and they are wonderful. From light and flaky flounder to more hearty blue fish or meaty tuna, there all sorts of fish to try. Be bold and taste something you haven’t tried before. Fresh fish are amazingly flavorful and healthy and with all the preparations that local chefs utilize, you can enjoy something different all the time.

And of course we do realize that many people do not enjoy seafood or have allergies, so rest assured there are plenty of meat choices, increasing vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, to-die-for pizza places, and many, many restaurants serve homemade desserts.

One thing is for certain, you will not go hungry here on Hatteras Island. Bon apetit!

 

Photo from Rusty’s Surf & Turf

Locate Restaurants & Specials from Corolla to Hatteras on the Restaurant page of Outer Banks Events Calendar.

 

Fattys Men's Journal - Cape Hatteras Motel

According To The Pros, FATTYS Is The MANLIEST Place To Go On Your FAT BIKE!

“Greasy Spoons

Most restaurants here close for the off-season, so we cooked most of our meals. Whenever we met locals, though, we’d ask for restaurant recommendations. Those led us to a few choice eateries, such as, Fattys where we chowed down on biscuits and gravy.”

Read the entire awesome article in Men’s Journal.

Checking In - Cape Hatteras Motel

Checking In

Probably nothing sets a positive tone for your vacation more than an easy, welcoming check-in process. There’s no question that your hosts bear a significant amount of that responsibility. But there are some important things you can do as the guest to make it all work out smoothly and efficiently.

1.       Please be sure you are checking in to the correct property. As strange as this may sound, it happens more than you might imagine. In many beach and resort areas properties have similar sounding names. Double check your confirmation letter. Print out a copy and have it with you so that if there’s a question about where you are staying, you will have the information right in front of you.

2.       Know when check-in time is and try to understand that sometimes a room can be ready for an early arrival and sometimes it can’t. Our check-in time is 3:00. At Cape Hatteras Motel we try to work with early arrivals as much as possible. If the room you are checking into was not rented the night before, then you usually can go right in. If it was rented, we can try to work with our housekeeping staff to push it up on the cleaning list.  In the busy season when we are constantly turning over a large number of rooms, it may not be possible to get you in until check-in time. However, you can always park in the lot, head to the beach, use the pool, or grab a bite to eat next door while you wait.

3.       Let us know, if you can, if you will be a late check-in (after business hours which vary from season to season). When you arrive you will find a packet on the office door with information on your room, directions to your room, and any other information you may need at that time. Your door will be unlocked and the keys will be inside your room. There will also be an emergency number if for some reason you have any problems. We ask that you come by the office as soon as possible the following morning to let us know you have arrived, and so that you can fill out the check-in forms.

4.       Please try to listen to any information provided by the desk clerk during the check-in process. While everyone is excited to get into their room and attention spans may wane after a long drive, often important information that is time-sensitive may be shared during check-in. Similarly take a moment when you get into your room to read the helpful information sheet provided. We have tried to anticipate most questions our guests have and provide you details which will make your stay even more enjoyable. If you have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to come back and ask us.

5.       If there is anything wrong with your room, let us know right away. Some things are very easy fixes (i.e. something forgotten during housekeeping, a light bulb burns out, etc.) Other issues may require more attention. If you let us know right away we can make arrangements to get it fixed, we can assign you to another room, or make some other adjustment.  By you letting us know, not only can we make things right for you, but we can also insure that the room is right for future check-ins.

6.       Breathe deeply and let your hard-earned vacation begin!

NC Mountains To Coast Bicycle Route Passes Through Buxton

The 16th annual ride, 450 miles (60-70 miles per day) scheduled Sept. 27-Oct. 4 2014, will begin in Sparta with overnight stops in Mount Airy, Reidsville, Oxford, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton, Manteo, and then finish in Hatteras Village. More than 1,000 bicyclists from 35 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada participated in last year’s ride. This year should be even bigger.

Make your Reservations NOW and enjoy the excitement!

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Outer Banks Makes Nat Geo “Drives of a Lifetime” Road Trips

Outer Banks Makes Nat Geo “Drives of a Lifetime” Road Trips

This itinerary takes readers on an inspiring 114 mile dream journey from Corolla to Ocracoke highlighting lighthouses, parks, refuges, monuments, beaches and historic places along the way: Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Jockeys Ridge State Park, First Colony Inn, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton and Ocracoke Island.

The closing “Road Kit” thoughtfully reminds travelers of the Outer Banks sweet spot months from April-June in the spring and Sept-Oct in the fall “shoulder seasons”.

After the winter you’ve had, you may be experiencing some pent-up demand for a relaxing road trip vacation yourself, so call us today to make your Reservations at Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton!

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