Welcome to the Outer Banks Monthly
Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2010 edition of the Outer Banks Monthly. Expect the same format as last month. The highlight this month was actually visiting the Outer Banks between Christmas and New Years. It is always great to meet people you know “cyber-ly” face to face, and I was able to do just that.
I got to meet both Morgan Mason and Jean-Paul Peron in the Sun Realty office up in Corolla. We had a great discussion, and, hopefully, coming soon, will be some pages from both Morgan and JP about their secret OBX. In addition, I am working with Morgan to see if we can round up a few of the mortgage brokers on the Outer Banks to have a round table to discuss where all of the investment money went. So, if you are thinking about buying property on the Outer Banks (or selling for that matter), you will want to stay tuned for that. It is clear from my brief meeting with them, that both Morgan and JP have a profound affection for the Outer Banks, and have boundless information. I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent together.
The other person I got to meet was Judith Bailey. Judith is the OBX artist who authors the OBX Hidden Gems pages. We actually met for lunch at the Red Sky Cafe. Lunch was good (as always), but the conversation was even better. I am looking forward to a future article Judith plans to write about the history of the inlets on the Outer Banks over the years. It may help explain why some areas seem to repeatedly have problems when major storms hit.
So, with that, 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.
Stay tuned for details of a new feature for Outer Banks Revealed coming soon! For all you Foodies out there, we are finishing up details around having a personal chef write about Outer Banks attractions through his eyes. The focus will be on Outer Banks food, recipes, and events, with a new article every month. And this will not just be for foodies, but perhaps provide some ideas for the rest of us. Should be a great section on the site! We are looking forward to launching it!
Calendar of Events Updated for 2010!
As you begin planning for your 2010 vacation on the Outer Banks, you may want to take a peak at all of the events planned for your entertainment. Everything from art shows to marathons and various running events, to kite flying and sand castle building competitions. And don’t forget about the other annual events like the production of The Lost Colony. To find out what is happening during your stay, check out the Calendar of Events page.
Outer Banks Survey Update
This month, the focus will be on some of the more mature surveys on the Outer Banks Revealed Survey Page Thanks to all of those who have participated!
The Outer Banks is clearly a drive to vacation destination, and this continues to be affirmed by our survey on driving distance. About 18% of those answering the survey say their trip is less than 5 hours, while 68% drive anywhere from five to fourteen hours (not surprising, then, seeing all of the Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York license plates). Even more amazing is that those living by more than a fourteen hour drive or have to fly to the Outer Banks continue making it their summer destination (13% of respondents).
Of those identifying their favorite thing to do on the beach, going to the beach is the most favorite at 50%, while “doing nothing” is a close second at 39%. I usually can do both of those simultaneously, so I wonder which category I fall into? So while you are beaching or doing nothing or both, make sure you leave time for some of the great sightseeing opportunities on the Outer Banks. And don’t forget to consider some of Judith’s great OBX Hidden Gems ideas to really enhance your stay.
Finally, the rental house continues to be, by far, the most popular place to stay while visiting the Outer Banks, with 90% of respondents making it their choice. (Unabashed commercial) When considering your next stay, consider our rental homes.
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
Part of our "vacation" trip to the Outer Banks this summer also entailed looking for some new furniture for our Duck house. We all know how these things take a beating, and the couches and love seat in the great room was looking particularly warn. Ok, maybe a little more than warn. Kind of reminded me of the seats on the clap trains that leave London out of Victoria Station ... the ones from the late 1800s where you can see ... well let me leave it at that. Anyway, it was time to have them replaced. So off my wife and I went to see what we can find. There had to be some kind of deal, some kind of no interest financing, something given this economy, right? Well, we found just that at Haynes Furniture in Kitty Hawk right off of the 158 Bypass. They have 40 months same as cash or two years interest free ... your choice. Might be an affordable way for you to give your rental that clean start for 2010. Talk to Becky or Michelle and tell them Dan sent you ... they might get a chuckle out of that.
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:
Outer Banks Pictures page: I’ve been remiss in keeping you up to date on some of the great pictures people just like YOU have added to Outer Banks Revealed. So take a look at some of the most recent. And if you have one, please add it in and tell a little story about it.
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