Welcome to the Outer Banks Monthly

Welcome to the July 2010 edition of the Outer Banks Monthly. Expect the same format as last month. Skipped June and going right to July, as May came out in the middle and a company trip to India broke down the timing. So off we go to July.

Ever been to India? If you have, you’ll understand my reaction ... WOW. A country of dichotomy. Very nice people, very friendly people, infrastructure a struggle, five people on a moped (for real!), and you better like curie or spicy food. It was a business trip, but also educational, and an eye opener, and a peak at what could be … and I was only in Bangalore. Thirty hours of planes trains and automobiles from door to door. Amazing. (BTW, don’t take ice in your drink … a lesson learned ;)

Alright, sit back and enjoy, and as always, if you have ideas for future stories, drop us an e-mail at Outer_Banks_Monthly@outer-banks-revealed.coml or use our Contact Us page.


Outer Banks Hidden Gems

This month I’ve decided to dedicate the space targeting vacationers to the Outer Banks to tell you about the OBX Hidden Gems series written by Judith Bailey, an artist living on OBX. With all that there is to do on the Outer Banks, there are some things that seem to get lost. What Judith has agreed to do is provide some of the secret and out of the way places that you might want to visit to avoid the crowds, but more importantly, to enjoy the solitude of the Outer Banks. Many of her paintings (some on display at the link above) are about the out of the way places. You may want to buy one of her paintings and enjoy your own Hidden Gem.


Hatteras Island is OPEN for Business

I feel compelled to write this additional piece this month based on a note I received from one of my readers to my Cape Hatteras Seashore Fiasco article. This note from “Mr. Natural” accused me of being blatantly political in my rant. I find it curious that when you don’t agree with someone else’s view, you are suddenly “blatantly political” and only capable of “ranting”. I also find it curious that when you accuse someone of this, you don’t have the guts to sign your real name. Apparently, open discourse is an ancient art.

Nonetheless, it is extremely important that when reading my article, that you do not get the impression that you cannot swim at the beaches in the towns of Hatteras Island. THAT IS FALSE. The beaches are open for business. What may be closed are some of the access routes to the beaches outside of the towns due to wildlife nesting. Please read my response to Mr. Natural and another to a panicked vacationer who had heard that Hatteras was closed. The last link will tell you how to tell which ramps are open and which are closed. Note that the “yellow” on the access in the towns of Hatteras are as it has always been … reserved for foot traffic. Don’t need sunbathers getting run over.




Outer Banks Survey Update

This month, the focus will be on the travel related surveys on the Outer Banks Revealed Survey Page Thanks to all of those who have participated!

Travel distance continues to be very close between the 5-8 and 8-14 hours people, with a combined response of 67%. OBX continues to hold its allure from near AND far.

84% of respondents still like the rental house over any other form of stay.

And favorite activity when you get to OBX? Yep, hit the beach (49%) and doing nothing (32%). (I am still partial to doing nothing … on the beach).

Don’t agree with the results? Follow the Outer Banks Revealed Survey Page link to cast your vote. Won’t take more than five minutes and we greatly appreciate your participation!


Outer Banks Homeowners (and Wannabes)

Our May OBX real estate report is starting to show some optimism for the market. This report is provided every month by Morgan Mason and Jean-Paul Peron of Sun Realty. If you are on either side of the transaction, it is worth the read and you might want to get these two on your side.


What’s New in Outer Banks Revealed?

Outer Banks Revealed continued expanding in new and exciting ways this past month. Below is an outline of those changes. Come on by and check them out for yourself and let us know your thoughts by sending us an e-mail. If you have questions or would like to see other things on the site, feel free to include that in your e-mail. Here’s what was added last month:

Sandy Run Park: This month’s installment of Judith Bailey’s “Hidden Gems”. You’ll love the pictures and the story of this little known park in Kitty Hawk.

Outer Banks Realty Report: April 2010: April 2010’s edition of the realty report provided by J-P Peron and Morgan Mason of Sun Realty. If you are thinking about buying or selling on the Outer Banks, check back monthly to see the latest market trends.

Outer Banks Realty Report: May 2010: May 2010’s edition of the realty report provided by J-P Peron and Morgan Mason of Sun Realty. Are we turning the corner? Read to learn of the positive trends.

Three questions came in this month on the Just Ask pages:

This is a great story about how one of the OBX rental companies stepped up to help a nonfamily group comprised of military personnel find their ideal vacation house.

This is the story and my subsequent clarification on Hatteras Island Beach Closings. Open for business!

Ria from New Jersey also reached out looking for some help on finding a place to stay on her OBX vacation. Check out the numerous responses to Ria.

Our story on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach closings continue to stir up some responses. Read the latest posts here.

Finally, Doug shared a picture from a winter OBX vacation gone by. Always nice to see the memories.


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