Welcome to the Outer Banks Monthly

Welcome to the March 2010 edition of the Outer Banks Monthly. Expect the same format as last month. As Looks like we are finally heading into Spring meaning … can Summer be far behind?? After this winter and the snow, let’s hope not! Spring sports should soon be upon, with my favorite, softball, kicking off in a few weeks. If you are into softball like I am, and, perhaps, have been roped into coaching, check out our new website Fastpitch Softball Coaching. It is filled with drills and advice on teaching your team the game. I know, that was a sneaky commercial. OK, back to OBX.

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.

This Month's Hidden Gem

I'm never sure where Judith Bailey is going to pop up, but this month is a particularly fun location. My oldest daughter like the Bodie Island Lighthouse best of all, mainly because it seemed so forgotten for years. Well, with the renovation underway, she may soon be able to realize her dream of climbing to the top and seeing out over Oregon Inlet. Well, this month, Judith happened to write about the trails around the Bodie Lighthouse that not even many of the locals know about. Take a read. Oh, and I am sending you the long way so you can check out some of her art. Good stuff!

Outer Banks Survey Update

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

The travel distance survey continues to surprise me. When I started it, I expected that the under 5 hours groups would far out pace the rest. This has not been the case. What I am seeing is that, of the respondents, 73% travel more than 5 hours. That shows you the appeal of the Outer Banks to those who don’t mind the hours in the car for that week of unequal serenity.

This links to one of the other surveys that asks what your favorite thing to do while visiting the Outer Banks. Again, 83% say there favorite thing is to either hit the beach or do nothing. I am very good at doing both at the same time;)

Finally, the favorite place to stay, by a large margin, is the rental house with 87% choosing it. However, the RV is starting to creep in with 9% choosing it as their favorite.

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

As promised, J-P & Morgan have begun their monthly rental market survey report. (Yes, not the bank, but J-P Peron and Morgan Mason from Sun Realty). Follow the link from the realtor page to get the latest monthly stats and commentary to see where things are heading. If you are interested in buying or selling, who better than J-P & Morgan? Look for the monthly report about 15 days after the close of the previous month.

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:

The Trails of the Bodie Island Lighthouse: This month’s installment of Judith Bailey's "Hidden Gems". Discover the hidden trails around Bodie Island Lighthouse that many of the locals aren't even aware of.

Where's the Beef?: Chef Wes lets us all in on that all important summertime barbeque: beef. Discussed are the different cuts of beef, just in time for the coming barbeques.

Anaphlaxis Kills Kids: Chef Wes informs is about that very serious killer as a result of food allergies. Make sure you ask while you are on vacation what the ingredients in the food are. Let's keep everyone safe this vacation season. That is the worst kind of surprise you can get! Outer Banks Realty Report: January 2010: This is the first in a series of monthly realty reports 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.

Reflections of a Lifestyle: Check out the latest picture contributed by Shelley Chamberlin, a professional photographer on the Outer Banks. To see more of Shelley's great work, check out this link.

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