Photo caption: From left to right, Jimbo Ward, President, Ilona Matteson, and Beth Urch, Sales Manager.
Ilona Matteson, associate broker for Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals was named the company’s agent of the year for the second year in a row. Ilona also earned agent of the year honors in 2012. Ilona was licensed in the late 1990’s and became sales manager for Beach Realty in 2002. In 2006, she moved to Richmond, VA and was affiliated with a national coaching company where she excelled as a one-on-one coach for real estate professionals. The allure of the Outer Banks brought her back to the beach and she resumed her career in real estate sales. She quickly became a top producer and attributes her success to hard work, discipline and in-depth knowledge of the local market. Along with her successful career in real estate sales, Ilona also offers training and coaching to the sales team at Beach Realty & Construction.
top-attractions-logo Most people come to the Outer Banks for the many miles of pristine beaches and the laid back atmosphere which sets the tone for a relaxing vacation. In between sun-tanning and relaxing at your cottage, you will certainly want to check out one or more of the top Outer Banks attractions while you’re here. We’ve provided a list of the top Outer Banks attractions…
Northern Outer Banks Attractions:
Wild Horses of 4×4 Carova Beach
Take a drive on the wild side! 4×4 Carova Beach is home to the famous wild Mustang horses who have occupied this area for centuries. Accessible by beach driving only (4×4 vehicle required), however if you don’t have a 4×4 vehicle there are many companies offering wild horse tours daily throughout the Summer. Find groups of horses grazing in the dunes or hanging out on the beach. If you’re really lucky, you may even find one taking a bath in the Ocean! Best of all, you can rent a vacation home here! Browse 4×4 Carova Beach vacation homes.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
The Currituck Lighthouse – Climb 220 steps to the top of the historic Currituck Beach Lighthouse for an amazing view of Corolla and the Whalehead Club. View nearby Corolla vacation rentals.
Currituck Heritage Park
Currituck Heritage Park includes the Currituck Lighthouse, Whalehead Club and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Whalehead Club, a 1920s-era Art Nouveau-style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While you’re there, climb the light house and check out the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, offering seasonal educational programs. View nearby Corolla vacation rentals
Duck Town Park & Boardwalk
Duck Town Park & Boardwalk – Nestled in the heart of the town, the Duck Town Park features 11 acres of natural beauty. You’ll enjoy nature trails, a kids play park, an event amphitheater, stunning Sound views and access to the nearly 1 mile long Soundfront Boardwalk along the Currituck Sound. Browse nearby Duck Vacation Rentals.
OBX Waterpark (Coming 2017)
Scheduled for completion in time for the 2017 Summer Season, the OBX Waterpark will be a fantastic place to spend the day. Plans for the water park include two water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river for tubing and a surfing simulator. The park will be located in Powells Point just a few miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge.
The Outer Banks is home to several fine golf courses. In Corolla, you’ll enjoy the prestigious Currituck Club (view Currituck Club vacation rentals). On the mainland, take advantage of Kclub discounts on golf fees (view participating homes) at the Kilmarlic Golf Club. The mainland also offers the Carolina Club (Grandy) and The Point Golf Club (Powells Point).
Southern Outer Banks Attractions:
Kitty Hawk Pier
Kitty Hawk Pier – Open to the public year-round, the Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier is a great attraction for fishing, weddings & events, or a casual walk. You’ll find the Kitty Hawk Fishing pier on the Hilton Garden Inn property around MP 1 in Kitty Hawk. Browse nearby Kitty Hawk Vacation Rentals.
Avalon Fishing Pier – This historic fishing pier was built in 1958 is nearly 700′ feet long. Located around MP 6 in Kill Devil Hills, Avalon Pier is open seasonally for fishing and walking. Browse nearby Kill Devil Hills Vacation Rentals
Wright Brothers Monument
Wright Brothers Monument – Take a trip back to 1903 when Wilbur & Orville Wright took flight right here in Kill Devil Hills! The Memorial includes a museum, monument and reproductions of the brother’s aircraft. View nearby Kill Devil Hills Vacation Rentals.
Nags Head Pier
Nags Head Fishing Pier – Nags Head Fishing Pier is one of the oldest and longest surviving piers on the Outer Banks. You’ll love the convenience of their on-site restaurant and bait and tackle shop. Nags Head Fishing Pier is located around MP 11 in Nags Head. Browse nearby Nags Head vacation rentals.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Jockey’s Ridge State Park – Located at MP 12, Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the tallest natural sand dune on the east coast. Fly a kite, try hang-gliding or just relax and enjoy a spectacular sunset on the spacious dunes. Jockey’s Ridge is open daily, year-round and offers free admission and parking. Browse nearby Nags Head Vacation Rentals.
Jennette’s Pier – The new and improved Jennette’s Pier offers a fantastic on-site educational center, seasonal programs for visitors of all ages, and of course, fishing off the 1,000′ foot long pier. It is located around MP 16 in Nags Head. View nearby Nags Head Vacation Rentals.
Outer Banks Fishing Pier
Outer Banks Fishing Pier – For a fun-filled pier experience, make a visit to the Outer Banks Fishing Pier! Located in South Nags Head, the Outer Banks Fishing Pier is open seasonally for fishing and walking. You’ll love the on-site outdoor restaurant and bar with live music nightly during the Summer. Basic tackle and fishing supplies are sold at the pier. View nearby vacation rentals in South Nags Head.
Pea Island National Refuge
Pea Island National Refuge – Bird watchers and nature lovers should definitely visit the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. It is small in size, but huge in popularity among both wildlife and people! View nearby South Nags Head vacation rentals.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse – Standing 170 ft tall, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is open seasonally for climbing. Climb the 214 steps that spiral to the top for a breathtaking view of Ocean, Sound and sprawling nature, as most of its surroundings are National Refuge lands. Bodie Island Lighthouse is located on Rt. 12 South near Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. View nearby South Nags Head vacation rentals.
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center – If you like to fish, a visit to Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is a must. And if your schedule permits, a charter fishing trip out of Oregon Inlet is highly recommended. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is the home of the largest and most modern charter boat fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. A full service marina in Nags Head NC, Oregon Inlet offers a comprehensive fishing experience for the “old salt” or the vacationing fisherman.
Roanoke Island Outer Banks Attractions:
NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island
A perfect attraction for kids of all ages, The NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island is open year-round. Daily programs include marine life videos, live animal programs, audience participation games, demonstrations and more.
Elizabethan Gardens – The Elizabethan Gardens, located on Roanoke Island, is a Fanciful and elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. The Elizabethan Gardens hosts numerous family events and educational workshops throughout the year.
The Lost Colony
The Lost Colony – A long-time running Outdoor live theater performance, The Lost Colony is an incredibly exciting adventure the whole family will love. Daily performances seasonally, located on Roanoke Island. Beach Realty guests receive $5.00 off admission!
Marshes Light – A reconstruction of the original, the Roanoke Marshes Light is a popular visitor attraction in Downtown Manteo. Historical and educational activities are offered seasonally courtesy of the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
Elizabeth II – Visit the Elizabeth II, a replica of the historic 16th century sailing vessel, docked near Roanoke Island Festival Park. Snap a photo on a stroll of downtown Manteo or take a guided tour of the ship (offered seasonally).
Hatteras & Ocracoke Island Outer Banks Attractions:
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Ferry to Ocracoke
You’ve decided on which Outer Banks attractions to visit, but where will you stay? Search over 450 Outer Banks vacation rentals from 4×4 Carova Beach to South Nags Head. Browse Rentals.
Spend a week at the Outer Banks this Holiday season! If you thought the beach was only worth visiting in the Summer, you might be surprised to know the Outer Banks is also a popular Holiday destination! With many great Holiday events, Christmas light showcases and affordable vacation homes, the Outer Banks is a great place to consider for your family’s Holiday getaway. We’ve compiled a list of Holiday attractions on the Outer Banks to check out while you’re here…
WinterLights at the Elizabethan Gardens
Friday, November 25 Grand Illuminations – 6pm-9pm Join The Elizabethan Gardens for the opening celebration of WinterLights, a spectacular twenty-two night event of holiday lights and sights. Find holiday warmth and charm inside and out with festive food and drink in the “Embellished” Hall, and cozy fire pits on the Great Lawn as well as seasonal gift shop and plant sales. Non-Members: Adults $14, Youth (ages 6-17) $8, Youth (5 and under) $6. Members/Friends: Adults $10, Youth (ages 6-17) $7, Youth (5 and under) $5. For info or details, call 252-473-3234 or visit www.elizabethangardens.org. FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT: First Flight Middle School Chorus
November 26, 30 December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30; January 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
WinterLights presented by Southern Bank6pm-9pm
Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide. Adults $10, Youth (ages 6-17) $8, Youth (5 and under) $5. Extended passes available. Wednesday to Saturdays November 26 thru January 7 (Closed on Dec 24,25, 31 and Jan 1); For info or details, call 252-473-3234 or visitwww.elizabethangardens.org.
Kites With Lights – Nov 26, 2016
Nov 26, 2016 Jockey’s Ridge
Time: 4:00 PM
Price: Free Admission
Celebrate the holiday season with Kitty Hawk Kites. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, visit Santa and stick around for an amazing light display. Multiple 19ft+ kites flying high over Jockey’s Ridge sand, dune decked out in holiday lights. Stay warm with cocoa and cookies and enjoy other festive actives with the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew.
Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration – December 3rd, 2016
Join the Town of Duck on Saturday, for a town-wide celebration of family-friendly Yuletide cheer! The Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration takes place on the Duck Town Green (1200 Duck Road) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy live holiday tunes by Just Playn’ Dixieland, carolers from First Flight High School choir, Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire truck, and the lighting of the Town Crab Pot Tree. View Event Page on Facebook
Manteo Christmas Celebrations December 2, 2016 – December 3, 2016
207 Queen Elizabeth Ave.
207 Queen Elizabeth Ave.
Manteo, NC 27954
December 2, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Price: Free Admission
Celebrate Christmas on the OBX with some BIG little town Christmas celebrations including a boat parade, tree lighting, town Christmas Parade and more. For more information call the Town of Manteo at 252-473-2133 or visit: townofmanteo.com
Paulos Christmas Lights
Local Kill Devil Hills residents put on a fabulous Christmas lights spectacle open and free to the public! Santa even shows up some nights to take photos with the children! Christmas Lights at the Poulos house, head to KDH, milepost 9.5. Turn west at Pigman’s Bar-B-Que, it’s hard to miss. Dates and times for 2016 have not been posted yet but in past years you can tour the home nightly during the month of December.
Attend the Parade of Homes and win a painting by popular local artist, Marcia Cline! That’s what happened to one lucky resident of Yorktown, VA. Dana R. visited the Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals entry in the Parade of Homes this past weekend and submitted a raffle ticket for the drawing held on Tuesday. Over 650 people viewed this beautiful home before Hurricane Matthew came to town and we are pleased to report that our house suffered no damage or flooding. Come see this quality constructed six-bedroom home located in the heart of Duck and only three lots from the ocean. Make an appointment today!
Beach Realty raffled this beautiful Original work of art by Marcia Cline at their Parade of Homes entry.
Updates regarding visitor reentry will be announced as soon as a determination is made. No announcements are expected before Tuesday afternoon.
Full Dare County Bulletin:
Announcement Regarding Priority 3 Entry For Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses
Non-Resident Property Owners will be permitted entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet effective 2:00 p.m. today. This includes the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Nags Head, Roanoke Island and mainland Dare County.
Non-Resident Property Owners must show the “North of Oregon Inlet” reentry permit that was mailed to them by Emergency Management or have a current Dare County property tax receipt, which can be obtained online at the Dare County website www.darenc.com.
Non-resident employees of businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass. For information regarding re-entry passes and procedures for Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.
HATTERAS ISLAND – ACCESS INFORMATION
Restrictions for access to Hatteras Island remain in place. At this time, access is permitted only for the following – – –
Priority One – Essential Personnel – (Utilities, Government, Medical Personnel)
Priority Two – Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses
Hatteras Island Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses will be allowed access to Hatteras Island effective 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 11 with proper identification.
Non-Resident Property Owners will need to show their “South of Oregon Inlet” reentry permit or have a current Dare County property tax receipt. Non-resident employees of businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass.
Important Safety Notice For Those Accessing Hatteras Island – Use extreme caution traveling between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe due to large amounts of sand and water on NC Highway 12. NCDOT is working to address the situation. Until conditions improve, travel in this area should only be attempted in high profile 4-wheel drive vehicles.
We realize visitors are anxiously waiting to receive notice to enter Dare County. It is important for Dare County Emergency Management and local officials to ensure that infrastructure and services are in place to properly accommodate guests. Updates regarding visitor reentry will be announced as soon as a determination is made. No announcements are expected before Tuesday afternoon.
For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County and across North Carolina, visittims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877-368-4968. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visitwww.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.
Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visitingwww.darenc.com for updated information.
The Fall is famous for fantastic fishing. Whether you choose pier fishing, surf fishing or charter fishing, you’re bound to have a catch! Browse Fishing Piers
#9. Running Events
The Outer Banks Marathon (November 11 – 13th, 2016) and the Outer Banks Tri (September 17th – 18th, 2017) are two great reasons to visit the Outer Banks and achieve greatness by competing in one of these awesome events.
The Fall brings ideal temperatures for golf getaways! Choose from several prestigious golf courses on the Outer Banks! Browse Golf Courses.
#7 Music Festivals & Concerts
The Outer Banks has breathtaking venues for concerts & festivals!
The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival on Sept 21st – 24th, 2016 at Roanoke Festival Park.
The Duck Jazz Festival on October 8th, 2016 at the Duck Town Ampitheater.
The Mustang Music Festival on October 7th – 8th, 2016 at Corolla’s Historic Whalehead Club grounds.
The 2016 Parade of Homes will take place October 6th – 9th, 2016. It is a self-guided tour of some of the finest new homes on the Outer Banks! Tickets are only $10! One of our newest Beach Built homes will be featured. Come check it out! More information.
The Fall offers great fishing.. with that brings great seafood! You’ll enjoy fresh fish, crabs, oysters and other catches in our many local seafood restaurants. You may also consider coming for the Outer Banks Seafood Festival (October 15th, 2016).
#3 Less Traffic/Less Crowds
The main reason why the Fall is the locals favorite time of year! Since school has started for most, you’ll enjoy the beach mostly to yourself and you’ll get into restaurants with little to no wait!
#2 Affordable Vacation Homes
Weekly rates on Outer Banks vacation rentals drop dramatically in September and October. You can take advantage of peak weather at an affordable rate. Specials or deals may be available but Fall weekly rates are usually great to begin with and the best bargains book up fast! Search available homes for your Fall vacation now.
The Fall, especially September and October, offers ideal air temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The water temps are usually warm in the high 60s/low 70s (but this can change daily with the wind direction). When you live here year-round, September and October quickly become your two favorite months! Less hot and humid and more breezy! Come visit the Outer Banks in the Fall and you’ll understand.
Beach Realty & Construction is pleased to announce our newest Beach Built home, Sea Fever #3652, will be featured in the 2016 Outer Banks Parade of Homes! The 24th Annual Parade of Homes event will take place October 6th – 9th, 2016. The event is a self-guided tour many of many of the newest and finest Outer Banks homes, constructed by the Outer Banks’ best custom home builders. Tickets are only $10! More information and purchase tickets at: http://obhomebuilders.org/welcome-letter/
Where to stay?
Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals is now accepting weekend stays (3 night minimum) in many of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. Please contact us at 1-800-635-1559 and speak to a vacation specialist about a partial week rental for the Outer Banks Parade of Homes event or browse availability online: Partial week rentals
Featured Home – Sea Fever, located at 152 Marlin Drive Duck, NC
Will you Marry Me? OBX Style. With Outer Banks Wedding season right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of romantic Outer Banks proposal ideas that will make her say “YES!”.
Creative Outer Banks Proposal Ideas
Write “Will you marry me” in the sand or just drop to one knee during a sunrise or sunset walk on the beach.
Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune on the East coast. Located in Nags Head, you can spend hours roaming the vast sandy dunes while enjoying views of both the Ocean and the sound. We suggest bringing a blanket and picnic and finding an intimate spot to watch the sunset.
The Outer Banks offers several piers which are open to the public. Piers offer a romantic and semi-private setting for a marriage proposal, just make sure you don’t drop the ring!!!
After surviving the thrill of a lifetime, what better time to pop the question?
Kayak or Boat Ride
A kayak tour offers the perfect romantic setting to ask the big question.
Sailing or Dolphin tour
Set sail out in the open waters and surprise her with the question she’s been waiting for!
Climb to the top of one of the Outer Banks historic lighthouses or pop the question on the lighthouse grounds.
Hire a photographer!
There are plenty of Outer Banks photographers who would love to candidly capture your Outer Banks Engagement. We recommend Brooke Mayo Photography.
Popular Wedding Venues
If you propose on the Outer Banks, you should seal the deal here as well! The Outer Banks is a very popular Wedding Destination. The most popular months for Outer Banks weddings are April, May, September and October but weddings happen here year-round!
We have over 60 Outer Banks Wedding/Event homes ranging in size and location from 4×4 Carova Beach, Corolla to South Nags Head. Browse our wedding/event homes here. We also suggest recommending our Vacation Rentals to your out-of-town guests as their accommodations. We will work with your guests to find them a vacation rental nearby the venue. Many of our homes allow pets, offer elevators, private pools, hot tubs, and partial stays (3 night minimum). Browse our inventory of quality vacation rentals here.
The majority of Outer Banks brides choose to do a simple beach wedding ceremony followed by a tented reception at their vacation home. This option provides flexibility and convenience! However, the Outer Banks offers many great venues to hold a Wedding Ceremony and Reception.
The new bike path in Corolla is awesome! It connects Ocean Sands all the way to Lighthouse Drive in Whalehead! You can ride your bike or walk safely from your vacation home to Tim Buck II Shopping Center and Monteray Plaza. Not only is the path wide enough for large groups to walk together, but there are several portions where wood bridged walkways split North and South traffic to go around existing trees, which adds to the visual appeal of the path. Well done, Corolla! We love the new bike path!
When you live on the Outer Banks you get used to change… whether it be local businesses opening or closing, new homes going up, older homes torn down or the shifting landscapes of beautiful barrier island. I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of what’s new on the Outer Banks in 2016! Are you ready to book your Outer Banks Vacation? Start your search at beachrealtync.com.
Corolla Multi-use Path
The Corolla sidewalk/multi-use path is a much needed addition to the town of Corolla. It will stretch from Ocean Sands A all the way north to Albacore Street (the start of Whalehead). It’s going to be a MUCH safer season in 2016 with this multi-use pathway in place. We’re told completion is scheduled for the end of April. With the progress so far, I think they will make it!
Corolla Adventure Park
Only a few years after the first “Adventure Park” went up in Kill Devil Hills, a second is being constructed in Corolla. On the north end of Corolla you’ll find their newest climbing obstacle perfect for the adventure seeker! I personally have yet to see the set up but I imagine it will look similar to the First Flight Adventure park.
Dune Buggy Rentals
Our old flagship office in Kill Devil Hills is the new home to a Dune Buggy Rental business called, Buggin’ Out.