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4th of July on the Outer Banks | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

While America's official birthday might be July 4, 1776, we like to think that the Outer Banks had a pretty big role in helping form our great country—as it was the site of the first attempted colonization in the New World!

And, if Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, then the 4th of July might possibly be the biggest beach holiday. A great time to visit the Outer Banks with family and friends, temperatures range between 85 and 90 degrees (perfect beach weather!) and the water temperatures average around 72 degrees in the ocean and warmer in the sounds.

Celebrate the summer's biggest holiday this year on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Aside from our beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather, an Outer Banks Fourth of July getaway has plenty of spectacular activities that the entire family will enjoy.

From community races to family-friendly parades to dazzling fireworks, check out our list below of where you can find us on the OBX this 4th of July!


Independence Beer Mile
600 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills
July 3, 2022 | 10:00 AM

Wear your finest freedom wear and join the Outer Banks Brewing Station for an all American run during the Independence 1-Mile Beer Run on Sunday, July  3, 2022. A backyard party, costume contest, chip timing, and t-shirt are included with prizes awarded to the fastest male and female overall. This is an adults only (21+) social run.

Outer Banks Freedom 5K
102 Town Hall Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC
July 4, 2022 | 10:00 AM

The 8th annual Outer Banks Freedom 5k in Kill Devil Hills consists of a 5K, 1-Mile,  and Little Sparkler 1/4-Mile Fun Run. An all-American family and community event, custom designed trophies are awarded to the top male and female winners (1st - 3rd place) and event t-shirt and unique finisher medals are awarded to all participants. Race start and finish at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall. After the race, enjoy light refreshments during a post-race celebration.

This year, the Outer Banks will host four separate fireworks displays: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, Manteo (over the sound), Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island, and in Corolla at Historic Corolla Park. You can catch both the Nags Head and Manteo firework displays from atop Jockey's Ridge. 

Note: please read the NPS rules and regulations regarding beach fireworks in Dare County.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Fireworks Show
2111 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
July 4, 2022 | 8:00 PM

Celebrate Independence Day celebration with this fireworks display held at the Avalon Pier. Located at milepost 7, the surrounding beaches are the ideal spot for pulling up a chair, blanket, or beach towel and enjoying the show.

Town parking is free to the public, with multiple beach access points throughout the town. However, you should note that parking may be limited, so an early arrival may be key.

Town of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular
3335 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head
July 4, 2022 | 9:25 PM

Located in the heart of Nags Head, this spectacular 4th of July fireworks display over the Atlantic will leave beach-goers breathless. The fireworks will be launched off of the pier at milepost 11.5 on S. Virginia Dare Trail, and visitors all along the beach will have views of the stunning display over the ocean. Parking at or near the fireworks display site will be directed by the local Nags Head Police Department. (Those that want to drive are encouraged to park west of US158 in order to avoid crossing the major highway.)

Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and towels but are advised to stay off the dunes and to respect private property (like rental homes and privately owned gazebos) that may be adjacent to the beach.

The Town of Manteo Fireworks Show
2111 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills
July 4, 2022 | 8:00 PM

The Town of Manteo's Fourth of July celebration is filled with dazzling excitement each and every year! The streets are full of children and their families while neighbors and visitors alike join in the festivities including kids' games, decorated bikes, music, contests, and summer treats like apple pies. Afterward, head to the waterfront or over to Roanoke Island Festival Park to watch the fireworks.

Avon Fishing Pier 4th of July Fireworks Show
41001 Hwy. 12, Avon
July 4, 2022 | 9:00 PM

Celebrate your Independence Day with a bang at the Avon Pier and Avon Beach Klub on Hatteras Island. The 4th of July celebration will feature a collection of events—including an incredible front row view of the fireworks display from the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.

Historic Corolla Park Independence Day Celebration
1100 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla
July 4th, 2022 | 5-9 PM (or at the conclusion of the fireworks show)

What better way to celebrate America's independence than with live music, fun family activities, and a spectacular firework show on the northern Outer Banks? The Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism invites you to Historic Corolla Park for their annual Independence Day celebration! Activities begin at 5PM and conclude with one of the largest fireworks show on the Outer Banks at dusk. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase by local vendors including Mr. Joes Fun Food, Fork'et Me Not, On the Spot Creamery, and OBX Popcorn Shoppe.

Please note: no coolers, alcohol or on-street parking are permitted in the park. The Historic Corolla Park boat ramp is closed this day with no docking allowed. Dogs are permitted on leashes.


Town of Duck 4th of July Parade
1100 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla
July 4th, 2022 | 9 AM

The Town of Duck is excited to welcome the return of the annual 4th of July parade and community celebration! This one-mile parade begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane, travels east towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then continues onto Christopher Drive to end at Pamela Court. A community celebration featuring live music, cold refreshments, and the awarding of the parade trophies will be held immediately following the parade in the Duck Town Park. A family favorite for generations, be sure to bring your lawn chairs and grab a spot along the route of the one-and-only 4th of July parade on the Outer Banks!

Please note: no part of the parade will take place on Duck Road.


Guide to Outer Banks Fishing | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

The Outer Banks has so much to offer, not the least of which is world-class fishing. With a chain of barrier islands sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and multiple sounds, any fisherman—from novice to world-class angler—will find what they need to ensure a memorable fishing experience on the Outer Banks.

If you're an avid fisherman with your own gear (or even if you need to rent a rod or two), you can't beat surf fishing on the Outer Banks, which offers over 100 miles of beach to cast your lines. You'll want to make sure you have the right permit if you're over 16 (children under 16 do not need a permit to surf fish), while also ensuring you understand catch limits. Any OBX tackle/bait shop will be able to help you with these permits and rules, but you can also visit the North Carolina Marine Fisheries website for more information. And while you're at the tackle shop, make sure to pick the brain of their local and knowledgeable staff, as they will be able to guide you regarding the best times of day to fish, along with information about what's biting, tides, winds, etc. From May to September, you're most likely to catch bluefish, drum, spot, flounder, croaker, sea mullet, and Spanish Mackerel, but fishing in the fall and early spring will also yield results. 

If you're in the market to make incredible lifelong memories, we suggest booking an offshore charter fishing trip. From the predawn departure to the ride out to the gulf stream (with amazing sunrises!) to catching a big one, this day-long experience will not disappoint. During the summer months, you might catch marlin (blue and white), sailfish, dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo, and yellowfin tuna (their peak season is spring and fall, but you can catch them year-round). (Hot tip: even if you don't book a charter, it is 100 percent worth it to head to Oregon Inlet Fishing Center or Pirate's Cove Marina in the late afternoon to see the boats returning to the dock and throwing their day's catch up on the deck; it's always a fun time!). For more information or to book an offshore fishing trip, check out either Oregon Inlet Fishing Center or Pirate's Cove Marina. Both full-service marinas are brimming with impressive boats, the expert captains and mates who man them, and a store with anything you may need for a day on the water. Pirate's Cove even offers two restaurants on-site: Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar offers fresh, local seafood prepared in exciting and delicious ways with panoramic waterfront views of the marina and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Mimi's Tiki Hut, located on the deck overlooking the marina, is a bit more laid-back and features daily drink specials and live entertainment.  

If you're not ready to dedicate a full day to fishing, how about an hour or two? You could try pier fishing at one of the seven OBX piers that run from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras, where they offer daily, weekly, and monthly passes. Some of these piers also rent poles, gear, etc., so you don't necessarily need to bring your own. Have children or grandchildren who love to fish? The Avon Fishing Pier on Hatteras Island hosts a weekly "Kids Frenzy Fishing Tournament" during the summer, and Jennette's Pier teaches "Fishing 101" classes each week. Beyond the gear rental, classes, and tournaments, a few Outer Banks piers also have restaurants, bars, and even live music—a perfect place for your family to enjoy themselves as you wait for your big catch (or to celebrate afterward!). 

While the above information focuses on ocean fishing, don't sleep on the fishing opportunities in the Albermarle Sound. The water will be brackish, with salty ocean water flowing in from the Atlantic mixing with fresh water from nearby rivers, but will still offer plenty of fish to be caught. Outer Banks Sound Fishing offers a wealth of information on sound fishing, including what types of fish you're most likely to catch by month (for summer months, your best bets are Spanish Mackerel or Tarpon). For OBX sound fishing, you can bring your own boat, or there's also the option of booking a charter (half-day or even full-day). Finally, without the rolling waves of the ocean, there's a good chance you will avoid any potential seasickness when fishing in the sound, so it's a perfect chance to expose any newcomer to the wonders of Outer Banks fishing. 

Whether you're visiting the Outer Banks for a week in the summer, you're a year-round resident, or you're looking to make the Outer Banks your second home, make sure to take advantage of the fishing opportunities on the Outer Banks. From the amazing waters and varieties of fish to the local experts here to help, you will definitely be hooked. 

More helpful resources:

Guide to Outer Banks Fishing


OBX Relocation Resource List: Part One | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

So, you're thinking of relocating to the Outer Banks. First: excellent decision! Second: welcome! Finally: while we totally understand the habit to slip into a constant state of daydreaming about your new home at the beach, there are some pieces of information that you'll need to consider as you plan your move. And because the Outer Banks is chock full of friendly faces and neighbors helping neighbors, see below for Part 1 of our OBX Relocation Resource Guide, including some pieces of helpful advice to make your move and transition as easy as possible. 

Local Connections

Whether you're in the very early stages of your relocation to the Outer Banks or you're about to close on your new OBX home, we encourage you to take advantage of the locals' knowledge, either via social media or in-person if you've already moved. Here are some groups that will help with questions re: neighborhood, schools, activities, recommendations, etc.:

Know Where You're Going

Perhaps you've been coming to the Outer Banks for years for your summer vacation, and it already feels like home. You may know the towns, beaches, and main roads, but in case you don't (or you need a refresher):

  • Northern beaches: Corolla, Duck, and Southern Shores
  • Southern beaches: Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head
  • Hatteras Island beaches: Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras
  • "The Bypass": technically (i.e. on Google Maps), this is Route 158. This is the 5-lane (two driving lanes and one constant turn lane) bypass that runs from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head. It is the main thoroughfare throughout the Outer Banks (and it often has the traffic to prove it). The speed limit ranges from 45-50mph depending on what section, but people often go faster. (Don't let a speeding ticket taint your first few weeks here!) Our best piece of advice: be mindful when you drive on the bypass—particularly in the summer months, when many out-of-towners are making last-minute turns, stops, etc. 
  • "Beach Road": this is North Carolina Highway 12, the 2-lane road that parallels the beach in most places (but it runs all the way from Corolla to the North to Ocracoke to the South). On the northern beaches, the speed limit fluctuates between 25-45mph (with the fluctuation depending on the town and/or tourist season). On the southern beaches (Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head), the speed limit stays 35mph—and for good reason. Many people walk, run, and bike ride along the Beach Road. You'll also need to slow down or stop for families (and their accompanying wagons, beach umbrellas, etc.) crossing the road to access the beach (by law at designated crosswalks). Finally, seeing its close proximity to the ocean, Beach Road can be overrun with ocean wash during a bad storm, particularly in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and down on Hatteras Island. 

Popular Neighborhoods

Below you'll find a sampling of neighborhoods throughout the Northern and Southern Outer Banks beaches. One thing you may want to consider: many of these neighborhoods have a high vacation rental properties vs. year-round homes ratio. If you are seeking a neighborhood with many full-time, year-round homeowners, we suggest you check out properties in Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head. You can also speak with one of our experienced OBX real estate agents to determine the best Outer Banks neighborhood for you and your family.

Home Services

As you plan your move, you'll want to coordinate and set up your essential services to make the first few days in your new Outer Banks home as seamless as possible.

If you have some house or landscaping projects you want to tackle as you settle in, your best bet is chatting with your Realtor®, as he or she will be able to provide a wealth of knowledge and resources re: contractors, landscapers, etc. You could also search posts on the OBX Locals Facebook group or post in your neighborhood's NextDoor message board.

News Sources

Whether you turn to a screen for your news or still crave a newspaper on your doorstep, you can turn to these news sources to keep up-to-date with Outer Banks news and happenings:

Life Needs

While you're ensuring that your beautiful new home is, actually, livable, you'll also want to begin the research regarding your healthcare (and your children's and/or pets', if you have them). 

  • Hospitals: there is one main hospital on the Outer Banks (very creatively named, The Outer Banks Hospital). It's located in Nags Head, and, while on the smaller side (it has 21 general beds), it offers a breadth of services (see here for an overview). The urgent care options are located in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, and Avon on Hatteras Island.

  • Physicians: to find a new primary physician, your best bet is to use the "search provider tool" on your health insurance's website and then cross-referencing what you find with Google reviews (or even asking for feedback on one of the local Outer Banks Facebook pages). We'd recommend the same search option to find your new dentist, pediatrician (if needed), and any other specialist.

  • Veterinarians: if you have pets, you have a few options for veterinary services. From north to south: Martin's Point Veterinary Hospital in Kitty Hawk located just over the Wright Memorial Bridge as you enter the Outer Banks; Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital and Coastal Animal Hospital in Kitty Hawk; Gallery Row Animal Hospital and Sound Veterinary Hospital in Nags Head; and Roanoke Island Animal Clinic in Manteo. As you can see, if you live in Corolla, Duck, or Southern Shores, you will need to drive to the southern beaches to access a vet.

    And don't forget your dog license! All Dare County dog owners must obtain a county dog license for the current calendar year, and keep it securely attached with the current rabies tag to the dog collar or harness.


The Dare County Public School System serves approximately 5000 students in 11 schools. It is led by a 7-member Board of Education.

Public Safety

Other Helpful Resources

While we hope that this information will help as you plan your move and settle in, don't forget: you can always knock on your neighbor's door once you get here. The Outer Banks is brimming with friendly faces and will support and assist anyone who wants to call this beautiful place home. 

Ready to make the move to the beautiful Outer Banks and call our lovely barrier island home? With OBX homes for sale from Corolla, North Carolina to Manteo, NC to Hatteras Island and beyond, let the experienced real estate team at Coastal NC Realty help you find the perfect Outer Banks home.


24 Hours on Ocracoke Island | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

When many people hear the "Outer Banks" of North Carolina, they often think of Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores; or Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk (and the Wright Brothers!). Some vacationers might chime in about Hatteras (as the easternmost point of North Carolina, it's often mentioned during hurricane season). And while all of those spots are beautiful and have so much to offer, we're asking you not to sleep on Ocracoke Island. Check out our ideas below for how to spend 24 hours on the charming, pristine island of Ocracoke. 

To get to Ocracoke from one of the main Outer Banks beaches, you'll take Highway 12 (the main thoroughfare in the OBX). The ferry ride is completely free (woohoo!), but it is on a first-come-first-serve basis (we recommend getting there early to maximize your time on Ocracoke). The ride lasts about an hour.

While the Outer Banks is known for being laid back, Ocracoke Island takes this to new levels. Once you disembark the ferry, you'll find that the speed limit throughout the island is 20 mph! Due to very limited parking, we encourage you to ditch your car where you're staying for the night and explore the island via bike or golf cart. (Bike rentals? Try The Slushy Stand. Prefer a golf cart? Head to Ocracoke Island Golf Carts or Wheelie Fun Cart Rentals). There's also a free tram that offers a 30-minute loop around the island (from ferry to village). However, if you have a car that's able to drive onto the beach, that's a possibility too! (You'll just need to make sure you follow the rules and obtain the right permit.)

If you plan on heading to the beach, we recommend grabbing some beach snacks from The Variety Store. This is Ocracoke's go-to grocery store, where you'll find everything from fresh fruit and chips to grab-and-go sandwiches and wine and craft beer. (Yes, Ocracoke allows responsible drinking on the beach for persons 21+.) The Variety Store also has any of those last-minute beach needs like sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and stylish beach hats. If you want to pick up something other than sandwiches for a picnic lunch on the beach, we suggest the tacos from Eduardo's Taco Stand. (Hot tip: if you get to the island early enough, try the breakfast burritos from Eduardo's—worth the early ferry ride!)

If you'd like more than a towel for your morning at the beach, Ocracoke Island Beach Outfitters has chairs and other beach gear you can rent for the day. Feeling more adventurous? Ride the Wind offers surf lessons and kayak eco-tours, or you could choose to tour Ocracoke from the skies with Ocracoke Parasail.

If you need to stretch your legs after a morning of beach lounging, try heading over to the Ocracoke Lighthouse, constructed in 1823. While the lighthouse is not open for climbing, you can explore the grounds and the keeper's house. You could also venture to the Pony Pen, where you'll see beautiful horses that are descendants of Spanish mustangs from a shipwreck more than 200 years ago. If history is your thing, stop by the Ocracoke Preservation Society & Museum. Perhaps you want to pick up a souvenir or keepsake? Take time to wander around Ocracoke Village, where you'll find everything from trinkets to beautiful artwork from local artists.

After a day at the beach and exploring the island, it's probably time to check into your bed & breakfast or hotel (unless you've chosen to camp; all of those details can be found here). For one night, you may want to try one of the island's bed & breakfast inns, like The Castle or The Crews Inn. If you need a suite or even an apartment-style stay (perhaps you're bringing your kids for the night), try Blackbeard's Lodge (which also has a pool).

Once you've rinsed off the sand and saltwater, head to the boat ramp to catch the sunset and watch the boats come in with their day's catch. From there, we suggest enjoying a glass of wine or a cold draft beer on the deck at Zillie's or curbing those burgeoning hunger pains with a burger (and live music!) at SmacNally's or with some excellent seafood and the raw bar at Howard's Pub. In the mood for something a tad fancier? Try the innovative southern and creole-inspired dishes at The Flying Melon Cafe. Wherever you end up, you can look forward to a relaxed atmosphere at every restaurant on the island (flip flops encouraged!).

If you chose not to stay at a bed & breakfast, head over to Pony Island Restaurant for some traditional breakfast options (think eggs, biscuits, pancakes, etc.). Have more of a morning sweet tooth? You can find delicious cinnamon rolls and pastries at Sweet Tooth/Fig Tree Bakery and Deli (and maybe grab some fudge for the ferry ride back!).

After 24 hours on Ocracoke, you'll realize that this little island certainly has a lot to offer. Who knows…you might just decide to make this pristine, uncrowded, relaxed, and delightful island your home-away from home.

We can help with that.

Second home, vacation rental home, or investment property…let the experienced real estate team at Coastal NC Realty help you find the perfect Ocracoke home for sale.

For more helpful information about Ocracoke, check out this page from the Ocracoke Tourism Development Authority. 


Golfing on the Outer Banks | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

Known for pristine stretches of windswept dunes and rolling sea oats along picturesque beaches, the wide-open spaces of the Outer Banks of North Carolina aren't limited to our sandy shores.

Our unspoiled barrier islands—surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Albemarle and Currituck Sounds to the west—have quickly become one of the premier golf destinations on the east coast. Offering six professional OBX golf courses in a unique coastal environment, the Outer Banks challenges golfers to play their best game.

From the secluded tree-lined courses on the mainland to the coastal golf courses located on the beach from Corolla to Nags Head, check out our list of Outer Banks golf courses open to the public for the perfect OBX golf experience.

The Carolina Club

As you make your way to the Outer Banks, make sure you check out The Carolina Club on the mainland in Grandy, North Carolina. Winner of the "Locals' Choice" award for great golf on the Outer Banks, this meticulously manicured, 7,000-yard, par 72 championship golf course features a layout with generous fairways and superb bent grass greens that have been rated as some of the finest putting surfaces in the southeastern U.S.

The Carolina Club also offers an on-site restaurant that is open to the public and features a fully stocked bar with ABC permits serving lunch and dinner.

Kllmarlic Golf Club

Just down the road from The Carolina Club is Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powell's Point, North Carolina. Award-winning course architect Tom Steele's classic design creates stimulating challenges with an outstanding layout that sits among 605 acres of maritime forest and sprawling wetlands where golfers will play their way through canopies of giant oaks, pines, and dogwoods.

Consistently rated one of the top courses on North Carolina's historical Outer Banks, Kilmarlic was chosen to host the North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009 and was named a "Top 100 Course You Can Play in North Carolina" by Golf Styles Magazine. In addition to a golf shop on site, Kilmarlic offers golfers club rentals, lessons, a golf shop, and a clubhouse with restaurant.

The Pointe Golf Club

Sister course to The Carolina Club and voted "Best of the Beach" seven times, The Pointe Golf Club is a par-71 championship course designed with bent greens that are second to none and plush fairways that ensure perfect lies.

Before a round of golf, golfers should also be sure to check out the Pointe's practice facility, including a full driving range, practice putting green, chipping greens, and practice bunker to tune up their game. In addition, The Pointe Golf Club has a fully stocked pro shop and full-service bar and grille.

The Currituck Club

Discover a world-class Corolla, North Carolina golf course designed by the legendary Rees Jones. Featuring a breathtaking layout of flawless bentgrass greens that stretch across 6,885 yards of rolling dunes, wetlands, maritime forests, along with views of the Currituck Sound, golfers will find an environment that is challenging and aesthetically pleasing.

The Currituck Club was also rated one of the "10 Best New Places You Can Play" by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest recognized this Outer Banks golf course as one of the "Top 25 Courses in North Carolina." 

Duck Woods Country Club

Conveniently located in the heart of Southern Shores, NC at milepost 1 behind Kitty Hawk Elementary School, Duck Woods Country Club is an 18-hole championship course designed by renowned architect Ellis Maples. This OBX golf course sits on over 300 acres of maritime forest and embodies the picturesque, natural surroundings of the area with bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways that meander through beautiful woodlands, canals, and wetlands.

Featuring a full-service clubhouse with spectacular panoramic views of the golf course along with a lounge, dining, and banquet facilities, Duck Woods Country Club also offers a golf shop, PGA and LPGA golf instruction, club fitting, and PGA, LPGA, and USGA golf programs and events.

Sea Scape Golf Links

Designed by former PGA tour player and Masters champion Art Wall, Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina is an 18-hole championship course that borders the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest. This Outer Banks golf course showcases the natural beauty of the Outer Banks, with play along windswept dunes, maritime forest, and dramatic elevation changes that offer beautiful views of the Atlantic on several holes. Sea Scape Golf Links is open to the public year-round and offers club rentals, a fully stocked pro shop, and a restaurant on premises—Sandtrap Tavern—that serves breakfast and lunch and features a full ABC permitted bar.

Nags Head Golf Links 

Nags Head Golf Links, located off US 158 at milepost 15 in Nags Head, NC, is an 18-hole championship course designed by world-class architect Bob Moore. With tees and greens separated by rolling dunes and wild sea grass, golfers will discover a true Scottish links-style course where sand dunes, coastal winds, and rugged coastline create a distinct golfing experience. Calling Nags Head Golf Links "the longest 6,126 yards you'll ever play," Golf Digest went on to say the holes along the Roanoke Sound are "among the most beautiful in the Eastern U.S." 

Located on-site, the clubhouse features a golf shop as well as a restaurant and bar called The Players Grille.


10 Tips for Moving with Pets | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

You've got your packing checklist ready, the movers are booked, and you've forwarded your mail… but have you made plans for your pets?

Moving is a stressful time—not only for people but also for our four-legged family members. Amidst the chaos of cardboard boxes, packing tape, and moving trucks, you might not realize that your pets feel stress, too. Our furry friends take comfort in routines, and moving is the ultimate shake-up. When there's unexpected activity in the home or when a new environment is introduced, they can easily get anxious.

When it's time to move into your new house, whether it's across town or across the country, there are several steps you can take to make moving a happier, easier transition for everyone.

Read below for ways to make moving into your new home as stress-free as possible for everyone in your family—especially your pets!

1. Familiarize your pet with packing supplies and boxes.

To help your pet adjust to the moving process and having boxes around, start stocking up on boxes several weeks before your move. Place less commonly used items in the boxes and leave them open. Your pet might be curious at first, but soon they won't give them a second thought. Conditioning your pet ahead of time helps reduce disruptions as you get closer to moving day.

2. Avoid changing your routine.

Pets—especially dogs and cats—are creatures of habit. The more your schedule changes during the moving process, the higher their anxiety is likely to go. So, while you may be tempted to skip some of the everyday routines with your pet when you're busy packing and preparing for your move, it's important to keep your pet on their regular schedule. Not only will it keep their stress levels down, but it should also result in a happier pet in the long run.

Keep your pet's stress level down in the weeks leading up to moving (and on moving day itself) by:

  • Feeding them at the same time of day.
  • Continuing their regular walks or playtime.
  • Giving them a little extra love and patience (it's stressful for them too!).

3. Contact your vet.

Vets know a lot about helping pets manage stressful situations, so they can be an excellent resource for questions about reducing your pet's anxiety. In addition to talking about potential stress-reduction tactics or supplements to help ease anxiety, it's a good idea to book a visit with your vet a few weeks before you move to take care of the following:

  • Double-check that all vaccinations are up to date and obtain a current rabies vaccination certificate (if needed).
  • Make sure your pet is stocked up on any regular prescriptions.
  • Request a copy of your pet's medical files and records if you are moving away from your current neighborhood or city and will need to switch vets.
  • Ask your vet for a recommendation for a new vet if you haven't found one in your new community yet.
  • Ask about additional tests or vaccinations if moving out of state.

4. Find a quiet, secluded space.

Boxes, furniture that's been taken apart, piles of clothes… moving can quickly turn your home into a disorganized mess. While some clutter is unavoidable, it's important to keep at least one space clear and comfortable for your pet during the moving process (and especially on moving day). A small room, corner, or even an open closet will suffice as a safe haven they can retreat to when the chaos overwhelms them.

When moving day arrives, the best way to reduce your pet's stress is to keep them away from all the hustle and bustle. Ideally, a friend, family member, or kennel would keep your pet for a couple of days as you make the actual move, but that isn't always possible. If your pet must stay with you during the move, do your best to remove them from the action. This could mean putting them in an empty bedroom and closing the door or putting them in their carrier/crate in the garage or car. (Just be sure to take proper caution they'll be at a safe temperature with plenty of food and water if they will be there for some time.) Make sure you also check on them regularly and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would.

5.  Pack a bag for your pet.

Reduce the stress of moving for both yourself and your pet by having all the necessities nearby during your move—including while you travel and the time it takes to get settled into your new home. Pack an easily accessible bag with a water bowl and enough food, litter, toys, treats, grooming tools, etc. to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.

6. Pet-proof your new home.

A new home = a new place to explore! But, it can also mean unexpected hazards for your pet. It's a good idea to pet-proof your new home before your pet arrives. Here are a few pet-proofing tips to keep your pet safe in their new home:

  • Secure all screens, windows, gates, and doors.
  • Check the backyard—removing any plants that present a threat to your pet and inspecting fences for potential escape routes. 
  • If you have a balcony, ensure your pet cannot squeeze through or jump over the railing. 
  • Close toilet lids so small pets cannot fall in, and dogs cannot drink water that may contain chemicals.
  • Check for any pest control traps or poison that may have been left behind.

7. Time to hit the road.

If possible, you should transport your pet to their new house in your own vehicle. Using a carrier and/or crate, place your pet in the rear of the vehicle, with the crate securely fastened with a seatbelt and clear of any loose objects or boxes that could fall and hit your pet. You can also put a blanket over your pet's crate or carrier during the car ride to reduce visual stimulation, which may help reduce their anxiety.

8. Home sweet home.

We know you're excited to introduce your pet to their new home, but take precautions when transporting them to your new neighborhood; be sure not to open the carrier or crate until your pet is inside—because if they get out, they can easily get lost.

As soon as you arrive at your new home, prioritize getting your pet's space ready first. Place their crate/carrier or their bed in a comfortable spot that's away from all the unloading and unpacking but not so far that they can't hear you. (A room with a closed-door is best.) You don't want them to feel like they've been left alone in a brand new place.

Once all the unpacking is done, give them time to adjust by confining them to a section of the house, giving them lots of attention, and introducing familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do!

Once they feel comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house and give them ample time to get used to their new surroundings. Give your cat space to hide out in a dark place until they feel safe.

Most importantly, keep to a routine as much as possible to help your pet get back to normal. The quicker you bounce back to your normal routine, the faster your pet will begin to feel at home.

Note: Do not leave your dog unattended outside during this adjustment period. Dogs have been known to jump fences in an attempt to return to their old, familiar territory.

9. Update their info.

You're all settled in, so make sure you update your pet's collar/tags and microchip information with your new address (and phone number if that changed). It's also a good time to ask your new neighbors to recommend a veterinarian for your pet. Try to schedule an initial "get to know you" visit for your pets as soon as possible, so you have a vet in the event of a veterinary emergency.

10. Learn the leash/pet laws in your new city.

Each city/town has its own rules when it comes to pets; don't get caught off guard about leash and pet laws in your new hometown. Do your research, so you know what to expect.

Every pet is unique and has a personality all their own and, because you know your pet better than anyone, you can probably predict how smoothly the transition will go. Just remember: animals take their emotional and social cues from their owners. If you control your stress and frustration, it can help your pet stay calm alongside you.

Planning a move to the Outer Banks with your pets? With OBX homes for sale from Corolla, North Carolina to Manteo, NC to Hatteras Island and beyond, let the experienced real estate team at Coastal NC Realty help you find the perfect Outer Banks home.


Outer Banks Easter and Spring Break Events | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

Spring Break and Easter weekend are almost here—which means the Outer Banks is heating up with plenty of springtime events and activities the whole family will enjoy. From Easter egg hunts and butterfly festivals to kite shows, live music, and much more, don't miss these OBX Spring Break events.

Butterfly Festival
Manteo | April 1 - April 30, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Celebrate the magic of butterflies at the Butterfly Festival—an enchanting OBX event full of games, activities, and events for children of all ages (and kids at heart). Learn more about butterflies and experience these beautiful creatures up-close as they take their first flight inside the John White Butterfly Center at The Elizabethan Gardens. Program includes a keepsake Butterfly Keeper certificate and a handheld butterfly feeder­­­. Tickets must be purchased online only for this limited event, and each timed event will be limited to 25 participants.

Sheep Shearing Day
Manteo | April 9, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The harbinger of spring…sheep shearing day! The Farm's resident sheep will be hand-shorn at this event, just as they would have been so many years ago. The Island Farm herd is made up of two different sheep breeds: four Merino and two Romney. In addition to hand-shearing, visitors can expect to watch the entire process unfold, from washing wool, spinning yarn and weaving cloth. 

The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival
Manteo | April 9, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wines! Food! Music! Old world and new world wines from around the globe will be poured, accompanied by local fare served with warm island (southern) hospitality. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views and the engaging rhythms and smooth vocals from two stages set against the backdrop of the Roanoke Sound.

Flying Into Spring And Easter EGGstravaganza
Nags Head | April 15 - April 16, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Celebrate National Kite Month and the arrival of spring on the Outer Banks with Kitty Hawk Kites at this family-friendly event. The Flying Into Spring and Easter EGGstravaganza event in Nags Head is one of the Outer Banks' most popular Spring Break events—featuring massive 30-to-100-foot kites flying high over Jockey's Ridge, games, displays, an egg hunt, and pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Easter Eggstravaganza
Manteo | April 16, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Colorful eggs, beautiful spring colors, and baskets of fun always delight event-goers at this Outer Banks Easter event! The beauty of spring sets the stage for a fun-filled family event, where children explore the gardens looking high and low for sweet prize-filled eggs. Beyond the egg hunt, this Spring Break OBX event will also feature music on the great lawn, local vendors, and an onsite food truck. This event requires a timed-entry reservation (purchased online only) and is limited to 125 guests at each entry time. Standard admission prices apply.

The Outer Banks Bike Rally
Nags Head | April 19 - April 23, 2022
The Dare County Motorsports Charity Group (DCMCG), Vertigo Tattoo, and Outer Banks Harley Davidson have teamed up to kick off the 2022 Outer Banks Bike Week. Helping to raise funds for the DCMCG's Christmas Project for underprivileged children in Dare County, OBX Bike Week includes a bike show, vendors, a food truck show down, BBQ cookoff, and performances at the Nags Head Soundside Event Site and Vertigo Tattoo.

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon
Kitty Hawk | April 24, 2022 | 7:00 AM
The Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon is 13.1 miles of scenic beauty through the beautiful landscape of coastal North Carolina. Starting in Kitty Hawk, you'll run through Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve, alongside Kitty Hawk Bay and Colington Creek, and then down waterfront Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills. Next, you'll head over to the Wright Brothers National Memorial and finish out the race through the Nags Head Woods Preserve leading you toward the finish line and the Pirate Jamboree that will feature live music, food, fun, and beer.

Looking for something a little less strenuous? Try the First Flight 5K or Fun Run on Saturday, April 23, 2022. The 5K and Fun Run both take place at the historic Wright Brothers National Memorial.

These are just a few of the family-friendly events happening on the Outer Banks this Easter. Whether you are looking for family time in the sun, sand, and surf, sightseeing and exploring or just looking for some rest and relaxation, what better way to spend Spring Break than with friends and family on the Outer Banks?

And when you're ready for more than just a Spring Break getaway to the Outer Banks, contact Coastal NC Realty to learn more about how you can call the OBX home. From Corolla to Nags Head to Hatteras Island (plus, all of northeastern North Carolina) our real estate agents are experts in buying and selling a home on the Outer Banks. 


Our Favorite Hidden Spots on the OBX | Outer Banks, NC | Coastal NC Realty

The Outer Banks is full of popular attractions perfect for locals and visitors alike. But have you ever wanted to get off the beaten path and discover lesser-known areas of the OBX? If you're curious like us and want to uncover a few mysteries of our unique barrier island, you need to discover some Outer Banks hidden gems! From winged horses to magical butterfly gardens to six-toed cats, there's no shortage of hidden gems worth searching for on the Outer Banks.

And, with St. Patrick's Day around the corner, you can definitely consider these spots like your very own hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. From Corolla to Hatteras to Ocracoke Island, we're sharing some of our favorite Outer Banks hidden gems with you, so get ready to make a list and check all ten off the next time you visit our barrier island.

Currituck Banks Reserve, Corolla

Head north on NC 12 through Corolla and about a mile past The Whalehead Club and you'll find that the road takes a very sharp turn to the right, with a small parking lot on the left-hand side for visitor parking. From the small wooden gate in the parking lot, both trails begin on the handicap-accessible 1/3-mile boardwalk (2/3-mile round trip). The "Boardwalk/Sound Overlook" trail leads to a view of Currituck Sound with interpretive signs along the way. The 0.75 mile (1.5-mile roundtrip) "Maritime Forest Trail" departs from the boardwalk. (Look for a trailhead kiosk on the right side of the boardwalk as you head towards the sound.) The "Maritime Forest Trail" heads north through a maritime forest to the sound. Both trails have rest area benches along the way and are well marked.

Winged Horses

Drive along the Outer Banks and you may notice colorful winged horses standing majestically in front of several local businesses. Part of the "Winged Horse Extravaganza, " these horses were a community project sponsored by Outer Banks Press commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight on the Outer Banks.

From 2002 to 2004, 99 of these horses were installed outside shops, restaurants, schools, and many other places on the Outer Banks. Each has the same winged body shape, but beyond that, they are all truly unique—painted and appointed with beautiful creativity by local talented artists.

Sandy Run Park, Kitty Hawk

Open from sunrise to sunset and located in the heart of the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Preserve, Sandy Run Park is one of the largest maritime forests remaining in North Carolina. With1600 acres of marshland, waterways, and maritime forest, enjoy a leisurely and educational stroll on the wooden boardwalk—a winding half-mile loop that takes you through a large section of the Preserve, where wildlife and plants are abundant including yellow-bellied slider turtles, osprey, deer, otter, egrets, raccoons and even a nutria.

Along the boardwalk, you'll also find an observation deck and a pier for fishing (license required). The fishing pond is stocked with several varieties of fish, including brim and bass.

Beyond the boardwalk, you'll find two gazebos (at the first gazebo is a kayak and canoe access), a covered picnic pavilion, grills, and a basketball half-court. Below the pavilion is a canoe and kayak access deck.

Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden, Kill Devil Hills

Welcome to a quiet secluded area and a place of relaxation and visual beauty off the beaten path in Kill Devil Hills. Offering handicap-accessible trails, a sensory garden, a composting demonstration area, native plants, lawn test plots, a butterfly highway, and much more, the Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden was created to provide the community with horticultural education, to help with property enhancement and also as a memorial acknowledgment.

A beautiful gem in the heart of the Outer Banks, visitors will enjoy a winding pathway through the aquatic, dune, and butterfly sections that make up the garden. The Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden is open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk and is located next to the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills.

Six-Toed Hatteras Cats

Before we tell you about the cats, we must begin with a brief history lesson. On January 31, 1921, the schooner Carroll A. Deering was sailing from Virginia to the Caribbean when it ran aground on Hatteras Island. Conditions were so bad that a wrecker and a lifesaving crew couldn't reach the ship for four days, When rescuers were finally able to board on the morning of February 4, 1921, they found it abandoned. Everything of importance was missing, yet a table was set as if the ship's crew was preparing to eat. According to one source, the only living soul that greeted the rescuers was a six-toed cat that had somehow survived the wreck (and was later brought ashore by locals looting the ship).

While leads and theories such as pirates, gangsters, and general mutiny were pursued, the mystery was never solved. To this day, the fate of the Carroll A. Deering—known as the Ghost Ship—remains unknown. What does remain are the descendants of the 6-toed cat which can be found wandering around Burrus Red & White Supermarket or roaming the fishing docks in Hatteras.

Island Farm, Manteo

Embrace the pace of 1847 and watch coastal history come to life before your eyes.

A living history site that tells the story of the everyday Outer Bankers that lived on Roanoke Island in the 1850s, Island Farm tells the real story of the Etheridge family who first settled here—after the Lost Colony and before the Civil War and the Wright Brothers first flight.

Open April through November, Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, visitors can enjoy self-guided tours of the 1847 farmhouse plus unique programs along with demonstrations by interpreters dressed in period attire including woodworking, blacksmithing, traditional agricultural, food preparation, hearth cooking, weaving and spinning wool, harvesting and tending, farm and garden planting, sheep shearing, ox-drawn wagon rides, children's 19th-century toys and games, musket firing and so much more.

Pea Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Head south on NC Highway 12 after crossing the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, and you'll discover a pristine and undeveloped stretch of the Outer Banks—full of gorgeous views, serene nature trails, abundant wildlife, and a wide empty beach known for its exceptional shelling.

Stretching 12 miles from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 6000 acres of land and 25,700 acres of boundary water of the Pamlico Sound.

Named for the wild pea vine which grows there abundance, Pea Island was established in 1938 to provide nesting, resting, and wintering habitat for migratory birds, including the greater snow geese and other migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, and neotropical migrants; to provide habitat and protection for endangered and threatened species, such as Loggerhead sea turtles; and to provide opportunities for public enjoyment of wildlife and wildlands resources.

The Future House, Frisco

The only known Futuro house in North Carolina sits along a stretch of Route 12 on Hatteras Island in the town of Frisco. Full of UFO-inspired decor and items (plus a few alien faces peering from the saucer's portholes), the 26-foot wide pre-fab plastic flying saucer-shaped home arrived in two halves and was assembled on the land owned by Lee and Mary Jane Russo in 1970. There were fewer than 100 Futuros built during the late 1960s and early 1970s and only about half remain today, with the Outer Banks Futuro among them—serving various different purposes including a Boy Scout meeting place, magazine office, and "The Footlong Out Of This World Hot Dog Stand."

Visitors aren't able to enter the home, but can certainly pose in front of this out-of-this-world structure for a great photo opp.

British Cemetery of Ocracoke

In the early days of World War II, the Atlantic seaboard was especially vulnerable to German submarines as the US Navy was under-manned, under-shipped, and under-gunned. Lacking sufficient naval protection, Great Britain came to the rescue—sending a fleet of English ships and seamen to help.

On May 11, 1942, one of these British ships, the HMT Bedfordshire, was patrolling the coastline for German U-boats when it was struck by a torpedo. The ship sank along with all 37 sailors on board. While most of the bodies were never recovered, four washed ashore near the small town of Ocracoke.

To honor the four sailors, the locals on the island donated a small plot of land alongside the village cemetery to create a British Cemetery. Initially, it was unofficially cared for by the townspeople—thankful for the sacrifice of the sailors. However, later the grounds were leased in perpetuity to the British Commonwealth, for as long as the sailors are buried there, so technically the four men are buried on home soil. 

Each year, on the anniversary of the sinking, there is a ceremony for the sailors, with representatives of the British Royal Navy and the US Coast Guard. Plaques near the graves tell the story of Bedfordshire and list all the names of those who died along with a few lines from poet Rupert Brooke.

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