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The next time you need a break, make sure to add plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. The barrier islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Hatteras Island, have something for everyone for a relaxing Hatteras Island vacation any time of year. You’ll find an abundance of things to see and do, and you’re bound to hear your stomach rumble while you’re at it all. While there are many brick-and-mortar restaurants ready to serve you, sometimes you just want or need to grab-and-go so the fun doesn’t stop. You’ll find a variety of food trucks serving delicious eats to satisfy your on-the-go appetite.

Crazy Johnny’s Bar-B-Que

For restaurant-quality bar-b-que on the go, make sure you add them to your menu. Their red truck is typically located in Buxton, across from Conner’s Supermarket. Enjoy classic eastern North Carolina BBQ including ribs, brisket, chicken, and more. Add on any of a variety of homemade sides and desserts, too. Locals warn that if you’re adding it to your menu for the day, make sure to get there early – once they run out of supplies, they pack it in for the day. You can also have them cater a private event if you’re having one during your Hatteras Island retreat.

Dizzy’s Ice Cream Truck

Ice cream trucks are some of the original food trucks. A classic ice cream truck, you’ll have dozens of frozen treats to choose from. Choose an ice cream sandwich, or ice cream bars with themes that include SpongeBob, Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many others. Pick something a little more unusual like a slushie, fudge bar, or push pop. They even have Frosty Paws ice creams for your pooch on a hot day!

Hatteras Bowls

Make waves with your day’s menu in Waves. Find the truck near the water of the Tri-Villages if you’re looking for a healthy snack. The truck camps out there all summer long, serving up Acai bowls with a variety of toppings, vegan ice cream, ice-free smoothies, avocado toast, and a selection of coffee and tea. Your selection comes in an eco-friendly bowl with an eco-friendly spoon, and both area biodegradable.

Hoy Lechon

Lechon means “to grill,” and the Rodanthe-based food truck takes it to heart. They dish up grilled pork, chicken, and beef and add Asian influences. The owners are of Filipino and Chinese descent and bring tastes like spring rolls, Filipino BBQ chicken, adobo fried rice, and more to the residents and visitors of Rodanthe. Pick up lunch or dinner, family-style meals, or book them to cater an event. Find them regularly at the Liberty gas station at the foot of the Jug Handle bridge into Rodanthe.

Stu’s Food Truck

The seasonally available truck is often parked near the foot of the Avon Pier. They offer breakfast and brunch to the residents and visitors in Avon, with options to start your day or keep you going through the afternoon. You’ll know you’ve found the cash-only establishment when you see the menu written on a surfboard standing next to the order window. Choose from homemade biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, veggie tacos, breakfast tacos, and more to start your day. For your afternoon fill-up, choose BBQ dishes, hot dogs, or their delicious pulled pork tacos.

Taqueria Las Ahumaderas

Another Rodanthe-based truck, you’ll want to head to the area around StingWray’s in Rodanthe for delicious on-the-go Mexican eats. Choose from Mexican classics like burritos, enchiladas, gorditas, nachos, quesadillas, tortas. You can also taste seafood with a Mexican kick including fish tacos and shrimp.

Uncle Frank’s Hot Dogs and Barbecue

They’re making waves with the traditional tastes of hot dogs and barbecue at this Waves-based food truck. The truck serves up hot dogs with some creative fixings. You’ll also be able to taste Southern-style barbecue with all the fixings available, too. Cap the meal with thirst-quenching soft drinks or a cold beer. Take a seat and enjoy your meal at the picnic tables nearby or devour it on the go. If you’re environmentally conscious when it comes to your barbeque, they focus on sustainable, high-quality ingredients for all their dishes. If you want your selection hot and ready to pick up and go, order ahead on their website.

Delicious Bites at Home or On-the-Go on Hatteras Island

While planning all the fun activities and adventures on your Hatteras Island vacation, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are at the top of the list. Book a vacation rental with Midgett Realty. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to an 11-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones can explore the mobile tastes of Hatteras Island.

If there are leftovers, heat them up in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy them in a beautiful dining room. Kick back in a spacious living area or take in the view from an outdoor space.

Contact us today to start planning a getaway to remember!

Take some time away with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day to enjoy an escape featuring plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of romantic island fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Hatteras Island, have something for you and your significant other to enjoy during a well-deserved Valentine’s Day respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out, with a myriad of year-round and OBX Valentine’s Day activities to choose from.

Dinner

Enjoy the tastes and flavors of Hatteras Island this Valentine’s Day. Several restaurants around the island offer delicious fare, any day of the week. Many of these restaurants are also offering Valentine’s Day specials that may include dinner for two, or a special lovers’ dessert to share. Contact your restaurant of choice to see what’s on the menu and if reservations will be required. You can also check whether they offer pick up or delivery if you’d rather celebrate in private.

Spa Day

Get the ultimate rest and relax during your Valentine’s Day retreat with your sweetheart. Spoil yourselves with a special spa day. There are several spas scattered around Hatteras Island that offer services like massages, body wraps or scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more. Select spas offer Valentine’s Day specials, many of which include a couples’ massage, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, or other treats. Select spas have just-for-men services that tailor services to his unique needs.

Beaches

The island means beach, any time of the year. During your Valentine’s Day escape, the harsh sun isn’t as intense, making it easier to stay out and enjoy the day a little longer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get your exercise together with a walk or run on the sand, or plant an umbrella and have a romantic beach picnic. If you don’t mind the cold waters, you and your loved one can paddle around on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe: check out the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. If your romantic vacation includes an increase in adrenaline and speed, take off together on a jet ski, or get your thrills above the water parasailing. Add in some private lessons together for a new skill while you’re at it with certified surf instructors can take you from land classes to catching your first wave on a traditional surfboard or windsurfing equipment by the time it’s time to head home.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you and your sweetheart are seasoned equestrians or first-time riders, you’ll be sure to enjoy this beach experience on your Valentine’s Day vacation. The breathtaking backdrop of the beach and waves of the Atlantic Ocean off Hatteras Island is a romantic “trail” ride you’ll want to add to your Valentine’s Day vacation itinerary. Call or email to make reservations with your preferred company, and be prepared to provide ages, heights, and weights of riders. That info helps them pair everyone with the horse that will be most appropriate for their needs. You can book a private ride or join other vacationers for a group adventure.

Bike Rentals

While you can hop in your rental vehicle and drive around the island, there are some places a rental vehicle can’t fit. For those nooks and crannies around Hatteras Island, rent a bike and go cruising. Many companies offer off-season pricing, making it easier and less expensive to rent the bike you want. Most companies offer helmets with their rentals, but you’ll have to ask about other extras like lights, baskets, water bottles, and anything else you may have on your bike at home. You may even be able to rent a bicycle built for two for some added romance.

Escape Hatteras

Use your love to work together this OBX Valentine’s Day. The activity has been growing in popularity, and you’ll want to add it to your Hatteras Island to-do list this Valentine’s Day. Located in Frisco, you can challenge yourself to stories like “The Crazy Keeper,” “The Spanish Flu,” and others. Each room is rated by difficulty and an ideal group is 2-6 participants. While they are open during the off-season, hours may vary. It’s a great activity for you and your sweetheart, or if you are on a couples’ Valentine’s Day vacation with others. Advanced reservations need to be made online.

Celebrate Love on Hatteras Island

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for you and your significant other’s trip to Hatteras Island this Valentine’s Day, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a top priority. Book a vacation rental with Midgett Realty. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom for your romantic Valentine’s Day sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a 6-bedroom home so multiple couples can share the Valentine’s Day island fun.

Prepare a romantic meal or any meal of the day in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a comfortable living space, or retreat to a private bedroom to relax the day or night away with the one you love.

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The year-round sunny and warm climate of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, added to the sand, sun, water, and fun of the area make it an ideal destination for your 2024 vacation. There are several islands to choose from as your ultimate destination, but Hatteras Island has plenty of fun activities for everyone. There is a myriad of Hatteras Island things to do and see to create a 2024 escape for you and your loved ones to look forward to, as well as look back on for years to come.

Beaches

An island escape, any time of year, means time on the beach! Whether you come at the peak of heat in July, or save your trip for the cooler winter months, there are ways you can spend as much time as you please out in the sun. Enjoy the many beach activities Hatteras Island has to offer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get some exercise with a walk, or run on the sand, build sandcastles with the kids, or settle under your beach umbrella with a picnic or a good book.

Water Activities

In addition to the many “on land” beach activities that attract you and your traveling companions to Hatteras Island, there is an array of fun water sports to enjoy, too. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. You’ll want to head toward the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuaries around the island. If you’re looking for an adrenaline boost or have a need for speed as well as water, take off on a jet ski. For a unique and memorable water experience in 2024, learn to “hang 10” with surfing or windsurfing lessons with certified instructors.

Avon Fishing Pier

Satisfy the anglers of the group and make sure they get some time during your 2024 vacation to cast a line. The pier stretches a lengthy 665 feet out into the Atlantic, and every inch is a unique fishing experience. Fishing off the end is bound to net you some interesting catches you won’t find closer to shore. It is one of two operating piers on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the other being Rodanthe Pier. Daily hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you and your loved ones are seasoned equestrians back home, or your 2024 trip to Hatteras Island will mark your first time on a horse, make the beautiful backdrop of the beach and Atlantic Ocean a “trail” ride to remember. Wander down the sandy beaches on horseback on the guided tour. When making reservations, be prepared to provide ages, height, and weight of riders. It will help pair you and all your traveling companions with the horse most appropriate for their needs.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

It’s a landmark that shouldn’t be missed! Make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The black and white structure protects sailors from one of the most hazardous sections on the entire Atlantic Coast. The green area around the lighthouse is always open to the public, but the iconic stair climb is currently closed to the public due to restoration efforts.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Head to nearby Bodie Island for a unique way to get your steps in. The 219-step indoor spiral staircase of the island’s lighthouse can be challenging: it’s the equivalent of climbing a ten-story building! The payoff is breathtaking views of Roanoke Sound. Tickets can be purchased online. Please arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled time. Guests must be at least 42” tall and no more than 260 pounds for a safe climb.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Learn more about the ocean surrounding Hatteras Island on your 2024 island adventure. The center is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, a beautiful drive stretching across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. The center is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village. Enjoy activities like a kayak nature tour, “Turtle Patrol” – where you’ll learn about the area’s sea turtles and view active nests. Find out more about birding in the Outer Banks, and other aspects of the unique ecosystem.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Built in 1901, the historic wood-frame structure was active as the area’s primary weather station until 1946. While active, the station provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location and farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast at the time. After active operation ended, the station saw several uses: a living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel and a research station by many of North Carolina’s universities investigating “concerning” marine invertebrates.

Fun Hatteras Island Things to Do in 2024

Start planning your perfect getaway to Hatteras Island for 2024 and book a vacation rental on Hatteras Island with Midgett Realty. Choose from a cozy 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to a sprawling 10-bedroom mansion for a trip that includes the all of your loved ones.

Prepare any meal or snack of the day in the fully equipped kitchen. After a day of fun, retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation.

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Harbor Point is a beautiful 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home in Hatteras Village. You’ll feel as if you stepped into a soundfront home away from home that’s also close to everything you came to see and do on your Outer Banks retreat.

Highlights:

Island Rejuvenation & Relaxation

Guests looking to relax in comfort and island oceanfront beauty during their getaway will find all they desire and more at Harbor Point. Plenty of indoor space coupled with outdoor space that puts you right at the waters’ edge makes for an easy and fun soundfront vacation.

Exterior Features

The deck wraps around the home so you can head straight inside or explore the outdoors. Enjoy your outdoor oasis. Step out back and take in the view of the sound, or splash around in the pool. Get some sun on multiple adjustable chaise lounges, Adirondack-style chairs, or picnic seating.

Interior Amenities

Step inside a spacious and welcoming foyer. Directly in front of you is a view of the home’s spacious wood deck and the sound beyond. Wander past the stairs and into the great room. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture natural light and frame the view of the sound. Take a seat on a comfortable couch or chair and enjoy the view, plan the day, or watch a favorite movie or TV show on the wall-mounted flatscreen TV. Enjoy the use of a fully equipped kitchen. Two doors access the kitchen from the living area, and there’s a convenient pass-through for snacks. The space features stainless steel appliances, ample counter space, and cabinets and drawers with all the basics.

There are multiple dining spaces. For more casual meals, choose the breakfast nook or bar seating for three in the kitchen. For more formal meals, the dining space seats ten near the fireplace. A second breakfast nook near the living room fireplace seats four. A sunroom with light streaming in from nearly every direction offers another table that seats six. A TV in the kitchen allows you to keep up on the news or a show while you cook.

For entertainment, head to the game room on the other side of the main stairs. The lounge boasts a pool table, comfortable couch, dining seating for seven, and a wall-mounted flatscreen TV. For your convenience, there is a second full, yet cozy, kitchen. Access the upper deck and picnic tables, as well as the private pool, or just look out at the beauty of the sound! The room also hosts the stairs to the fourth and fifth bedrooms on the second floor. Just outside the room is the laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer, and a bathroom with shower stall and single-sink vanity.

Down a short hall from the living area are two bedrooms. The first holds a queen bed, night tables with matching dresser with a flatscreen TV on top. The room has access to the sunroom. Kids will love the nautical theme and two twin beds with a night table between the second bedroom. There is also a matching tall and shorter dresser. The bedrooms are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom that has a separate toilet and single-sink vanity space, as well as a tub/shower combo. The half bath is also located nearby.

The master suite is up the stairs from the main entry. Climb the stairs to the loft/sitting area where you’ll find comfortable and cozy chairs overlooking the living space and out to a breathtaking view of the sound. Accordion-style doors divide the sitting area from the bedroom for extra privacy. The bedroom hosts a king bed, night tables, a dresser, a wall-mounted flatscreen TV, sitting areas, and a make-up table.

Enjoy morning and evening routines in the en suite bath. A raised jetted tub has a view of the sound and is separated from the walk-in shower. There is a separate toilet room and a double-sink vanity with a spacious counter. The bathroom opens to both the bedroom and the sitting area for easy access.

Another set of steps in the game room leads up to the final two bedrooms. The fourth bedroom hosts a king bed, night tables, a vaulted ceiling, and a dresser with a flatscreen TV atop. The large windows look out over the private pool and out to the sound.

Across the hall is the final bedroom, also perfect for kids. There are three twin beds, two-night tables, and a tall dresser with a flatscreen TV on top. The two bedrooms share a bathroom with a shower stall and single-sink vanity.

Sleeping Accommodations

1st Floor | 1st Bedroom – Queen + Full Bath (Jack-and-Jill)

1st Floor | 2nd Bedroom – Twin x2 + Full Bath (Jack-and-Jill)

2nd Floor | Master Bedroom – King + Full Bath

2nd Floor | 4th Bedroom – King

2nd Level | 5th Bedroom – Twin x3

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No matter when or how long you plan to stay in Hatteras Village, Harbor Point will give you all the fun, relaxation, and tranquility you’re looking for in your Outer Banks retreat and so much more.

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Second Chance is a beautiful two-story, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home in Waves. You’ll feel as if you stepped into a Hatteras Island home away from home that’s also close to all attractions and things to do in Waves, NC during an island vacation.

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Highlights:

Island Rejuvenation & Relaxation

Guests looking to relax in comfort and island serenity during their Hatteras Island getaway will find all they’re looking for and more at Second Chance. Plenty of indoor space is coupled with expansive outdoor space that puts you right near the water and makes for an easy and fun island beach vacation. You won’t have to pack up every time you want to enjoy outdoor things to do in Waves, NC, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated.

Exterior Features

Arrive at the home and take in the two-story structure. The wood exteriors have been weathered by time and the effects of Mother Nature. Also surrounded by natural vegetation, the home blends into the natural environment. There is a cozy under-home patio with steps that lead to a private deck. Open the door to the private master suite.

To unpack your things in the other bedrooms, head up the outdoor steps to the second level of the home. The expansive deck hosts multiple seating areas, as well as the entry to the rest of the home. Up a third flight of steps is a lookout tower deck – see out beyond the dunes to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean! On the street-facing side of the home, two bedrooms have access to the balcony over the ground-floor patio and deck area.

Interior Amenities

Step into Hatteras Island relaxation! The door opens onto the living area of the massive great room. Set your bags aside and take a seat on the cozy couch, loveseat, or armchair in beachy colors. Plan the day or turn your attention to the flat-screen TV above the decorative fireplace. Watch your favorite movies or TV shows.

Make your next stop the fully equipped kitchen. White appliances join expansive counters and a myriad of cupboards and drawers. Open any of them and find all the basics you’ll need to prepare and serve a delicious home-cooked meal. Share the meal around the dining table that seats six or grab a snack at the peninsula bar that seats four.

For your convenience, just off the kitchen is the laundry area with a full-size washer, dryer, and utility sink. Head to the lower level – it has a private entrance – for more fun. The game room has a full-size pool table, as well as a wall-mounted flat-screen TV to keep up with the game or your favorite TV show while you play.

At the end of a long day, choose a private bedroom. The master suite is on the lower level behind the game room. That means you have your own private entrance! After the fun and games are done for the night, slip into the king-size bed. There is a large night table with storage, as well as a lamp. A dresser with a mirror also holds a lamp, so either occupant can read and wind down before drifting off to sleep. There is another dresser, an open closet, and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV in the room as well. Stay comfortable! The room has its own air conditioning unit.

Keep your daily routine private. The en suite bath hosts a spacious shower stall and single-sink vanity. The rest of the bedrooms are accessed from inside the home, down the hall from the great room. The second bedroom hosts a wicker king bedroom set, two dressers, two night tables, and a flat-screen TV. There is also access to the balcony on the street side of the home.

The third bedroom hosts a queen-size bed, a night table with a lamp, and a dresser. The two rooms share a Jack & Jill bathroom that boasts a tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. The final bedroom is perfect for kids or a family wanting to stick together. It hosts two twin beds as well as a queen bed. There is a night table as well as a desk with a lamp. This room also has access to the street-side deck. This room shares the hall bathroom, which features a tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. There’s space for everyone to enjoy a Hatteras Island vacation!

Sleeping Accommodations

1st Level | Master Suite – King + ¾ Bath

2nd Level |2nd Bedroom – King + Full Bath (Jack & Jill)

2nd Level |3rd Bedroom – Queen + Full Bath (Jack & Jill)

2nd Level | 4th Bedroom – Queen, Twin x2

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No matter when or how long you plan to stay on Hatteras Island, Second Chance will give you the best chance at all the fun, relaxation, and tranquility you’re looking for and so much more.

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No matter what time of year you need a break, the Outer Banks has an array of things for you to do and see. Set your sites on the beautiful beaches and Christmastime fun you’ll find on Hatteras Island and create a Christmas island getaway that’s unique to you and your loved ones. The area alone is a reason to visit, but there are plenty more highlights and must-do or must-see things that will make the decision to head to Hatteras Island a no-brainer this Christmas on the Outer Banks.

Weather

No matter what time of year you visit Hatteras Island and the surrounding area, you’ll experience sun and warmer temperatures. Winter highs are in the mid-50s and lows are in the low-40s. That may still seem cold to some, but when the alternative is negative temperatures and snow, it’s like a heatwave in the middle of winter.

Elizabethan Gardens WinterLights

Do some island-hopping this Christmas and head over to Roanoke Island and the town of Manteo. There, you’ll find the Elizabethan Gardens and their WinterLights display. Billed as the Outer Banks’ #1 holiday attraction, it’s not to be missed during your Christmas retreat. The gardens are made merry and bright by thousands of holiday light displays throughout the ten-acre property. “Timed entry” tickets can be purchased at the garden’s website. The display is available, if weather permits, from 6-9 p.m. on select dates from November 17th – December 30th.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities on land that attracted you and your traveling companions to Hatteras Island, there are a myriad of fun water sports to add to your Hatteras Island Christmas itinerary. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, including toward the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuaries surrounding the island. If you‘re looking for an adrenaline boost or feel the need for speed on the water, take off on a jet ski. For a unique and memorable water experience, learn to “hang 10” and take surfing or windsurfing lessons with certified instructors.

Beaches

An island escape means time on the beach, no matter when you come. Spend plenty of time on the beaches of Hatteras Island this Christmas. The cool daytime temperatures mean you can spend some time outside enjoying the beach much longer than in the summer months. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get your exercise with a walk, or run on the sand, or dip your toes in the chilly water of the Atlantic, if only to say you “went in the water” during your Christmas vacation.

Avon Fishing Pier

Satisfy the anglers of the group and make sure they get some time this Christmas to cast a line. The Avon Fishing Pier stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic, making every inch of it a unique fishing experience. The pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Fishing off the end is bound to net you some interesting catches you won’t find closer to shore. You’ll notice the crooked bends of the pier that indicate the pier standing up to time and Mother Nature beating away at one of the only 2 operating piers on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the other being Rodanthe Pier. Expect to hook cobia, sheepshead, mackerel, and others.

Other Fishing Opportunities

While the Avon Fishing Pier is convenient in many ways, including services and the length it extends out into the ocean, there are other great fishing spots to choose from as well. Charter a fishing tour for some deep-sea fun. Stay closer to shore on a kayak fishing excursion, or never leave land and set up for surf fishing. Deep-sea species include red drum, cobia, king mackerel, tuna, marlin, and more. Staying closer to shore means hooking trout, drum, and croaker.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you and your loved ones are seasoned equestrians back home, or your Christmastime trip to Hatteras Island is your first time on a horse, make the beautiful backdrop of the beach and crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the island a “trail” ride to remember. You’ll wander down the sandy beaches on horseback, and some horses venture out into the water for an unforgettable beach experience on horseback! When making reservations, be prepared to provide the ages, height, and weight of riders. It will help pair you and all your traveling companions with the horse most appropriate for each rider.

Come Spend Christmas on the Outer Banks with Us!

These are just a few reasons you need to make Hatteras Island your Christmas vacation destination. There are plenty more, including a relaxing home away from home in a vacation rental provided by Midgett Realty. Book a cozy 1-bedroom unit all the way up to a sprawling 11-bedroom mansion near the beach. No matter which home you choose, enjoy expansive living spaces, a fully equipped kitchen – perfect for the holiday meal, and more.

Call us today to discuss reasons why you should start planning a fun-filled Christmas visit to Hatteras Island!

The year-round sunny and warm climate of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, added to the sand, sun, water, and fun of the area make them an ideal destination for a Thanksgiving getaway. Zero in on Hatteras Island. There are plenty of things to do and see to create an OBX Thanksgiving escape for you and your loved ones this year.

Chicamacomico Thanksgiving Week Festivities

The unique historic site of historic life-saving stations and outbuildings hosts a week-long Thanksgiving party that’s not to be missed. Family-friendly events include a pig pickin’, Santa visits, an outdoor reenactment of a Beach Apparatus drill, and more. The museum and gift shop at the site offer loads of educational and fun activities as well. The festival runs Sunday, November 19th – Saturday, November 25th.

Surfin’ Turkey 5K and Puppy Drum Run

Get some exercise and burn some calories before the big meal. The annual event, which is sponsored by Midgett Realty, is one of the area’s Thanksgiving holiday highlights and supports the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. The event starts at the Hatteras Village Civic Center, with the 5K beginning at 8 a.m. and covering a three-mile stretch around Hatteras Village. The Puppy Drum Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and covers just a half mile. Competitors in both races are encouraged to wear their holiday best costumes. On-site registration is available and includes a goody bag, T-shirt, and more.

Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show

Head over to Buxton to get into the holiday spirit. The show offers a wide range of arts and crafts by local and regional artists and craftspeople. Get some of your holiday shopping done or find your perfect Outer Banks souvenir. The show takes place Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Beach

An island escape this Thanksgiving means plenty of time on the beach! Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get some exercise with a walk or run on the sand, build sand castles with the kids, or settle under your beach umbrella with a picnic and a book. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, or get an adrenaline boost with a jet ski ride.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you and your loved ones are seasoned equestrians, or your OBX Thanksgiving trip to Hatteras Island will mark your first time on a horse, make the beautiful backdrop of the beach and Atlantic Ocean a “trail” ride to remember. You’ll wander down the sandy beaches on horseback, as well as in the water for an unforgettable beach experience! When making reservations, be prepared to provide the ages, heights, and weights of riders – it will help pair you and all your traveling companions with the horse most appropriate for each rider.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this Thanksgiving. The black-and-white structure protects one of the most hazardous sections on the entire Atlantic Coast. The green area around the lighthouse is always open to the public, but the iconic stair climb activity is currently closed due to restoration efforts for the staircase.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Do some island-hopping this Thanksgiving! Head to Bodie Island for a unique way to get your steps in. The 219-step indoor spiral staircase of the island’s lighthouse can be challenging – it’s the equivalent of climbing a ten-story building! The payoff is breathtaking views of Roanoke Sound. Purchase tickets online and arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled time. Guests must be at least 42” tall and no more than 260 pounds for a safe climb.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Learn more about the ocean surrounding Hatteras Island. The center is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. The center is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village, so it may also be an easy walk from your accommodations. Enjoy activities like a kayak nature tour, “Turtle Patrol” – where you’ll learn about the area’s sea turtles and view active nests or learn more about birding in the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Built in 1901, the historic wood-frame structure was active as the area’s primary weather station until 1946. The station provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location and farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast during the time it was in operation. After active operation ended, the station became a living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel, then a research station by many of North Carolina’s universities investigating “concerning” marine invertebrates.

OBX Thanksgiving on Hatteras Island

Start planning your perfect Thanksgiving getaway to the Outer Banks and book a vacation rental on Hatteras Island with Midgett Realty. Choose from a cozy 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to a sprawling 10-bedroom mansion for a Thanksgiving trip that includes all your loved ones. Prepare the holiday feast, or any meal or snack of the day in the fully equipped kitchen, enjoy a movie or TV show on an entertainment center, or get together to plan the day. Retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of the day.

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Enjoy water, sun, and warmth on your next vacation, no matter what time of year you need to get away. Pack your bags and point your compass toward the North Carolina coast and the Outer Banks, and then zero in on a Hatteras Island vacation like no other. Now that you’ve decided on your location, you’ll have to decide exactly where to stay. Put a vacation home provided by Midgett Realty at the top of the list.

Peridot is a beautiful 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home in Frisco. You’ll feel as if you stepped into a home away from home that’s also close to everything you came to see and do on a Hatteras Island adventure.

Highlights:

Rejuvenation & Relaxation

Guests looking to relax in unmatched comfort and style during their Hatteras Island getaway will find all they desire and more at Peridot. Three levels of indoor space coupled with expansive outdoor spaces make for an easy vacation with all the island fun and adventure you crave.

Exterior Features

The three-story home features a grand staircase leading to the second-level entry of the home. The gray-toned shingles of the home are a testament to time and weather. The ground level hosts a paved driveway area leading to a one-car carport. There is a ground-level entry deck making accessing the home after a long day at the beach quick and easy. Around the back, the ground level features an outdoor shower. On the second level, the covered deck features a hot tub, a porch swing, Adirondack-style chairs, and other outdoor seating. It is accessible from multiple bedrooms. The third-floor deck is accessed by the living space and the bedroom. It features picnic tables, Adirondack-style seating, and a breathtaking view of the water. On beach days, the home has a private boardwalk leading right down to the sand!

Interior Amenities

The first-floor entry opens up onto a small foyer with a coat closet to easily store your outdoor gear. Straight ahead is the game room. It boasts a pool table, fridge for snacks and drinks, and seating including a futon. Head up the stairs to the main entry level of the home, the small foyer offers a place to set your things aside while you explore the rest of the home. Between the second and third floor, you’ll find the half bathroom. Take the final set of steps up to the main living area and take a seat on the comfortable couch or loveseat. Enjoy time with loved ones or a favorite movie or TV show on the wall-mounted flatscreen TV with an entertainment center. Sliding glass doors open up to the third-floor deck and offer amazing views of the ocean. The fully equipped kitchen can handle your meals when staying in. A myriad of cabinets and drawers hold all the basic tools you’ll need, and spacious counters offer plenty of prep space. Stainless steel appliances round out the space. As far as dining seating options, there is a bar seating for three, a breakfast nook that seats four, and a main dining table that seats eight. Sit at the cozy game table and play a game of checkers, chess, or something else.

The second level of the home boasts four bedrooms. The first master suite hosts a king bedroom set with two-night tables, dressers, and a wall-mounted flatscreen TV. A cozy sitting area features two chairs and a table overlooking the beach view. The bedroom also has access to the second-floor balcony and hot tub. The en suite bath boasts a shower stall and separate Jacuzzi tub, as well as a double-sink vanity. Head down the hall to the second bedroom. It hosts a queen bedroom set with two-night tables, two dressers, and a mirror. There is a flatscreen TV on one of the dressers. The room also has access to the outdoor space.

The third bedroom features two twin beds and a dresser with a flat-screen TV. The fourth bedroom boasts a queen bed, a night table with a lamp, a dresser with a mirror, and a small entertainment table with a flat-screen TV. This room also has access to the outdoor space. The three bedrooms share a hall bath with a tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. The second master bedroom is located on the third level. It features a king bedroom set, a sitting area, a wall-mounted flatscreen TV, and private access to the third-floor deck. The en suite bath hosts a shower stall, a separate Jacuzzi bath, and a double-sink vanity. A final sleeping space is in the game room on the full-size futon.

Sleeping Accommodations

1st Level | Game Room – Full Futon

2nd Level | 1st Master Bedroom – King + Full Bath

2nd Level | 2nd Bedroom – Queen

2nd Level | 3rd Bedroom – Twin x2

2nd Level | 4th Bedroom – Queen

3rd Level | 2nd Master Bedroom – King + Full Bath

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No matter when or how long you plan to stay on Hatteras Island, Peridot will give you all the fun, relaxation, and island vacation memories you’ve hoped for and more.

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The year-round sunny and warm climate of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, added to the sand, sun, water, and fun of the area make them an ideal destination for your fall getaway. There are several islands to choose from, but Hatteras Island is full of fall fun for everyone. There are plenty of things to do and see to create a fall escape for you and your loved ones this year for Halloween on the Outer Banks.

NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

The Outer Banks is known for its fishing. This Halloween, make a tournament a part of your itinerary. Watch the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s (NCBBA) or register to participate! The tournament features over $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the opportunity to fish miles of naturally isolated fishing grounds along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The competition takes place between ORV Ramp 23 and Ramp 38 near Avon. Cast a line anywhere between the boundaries during the 60-hour contest. This year’s tournament runs Wednesday, October 25th – Saturday, October 28th, 2023, just in time for Halloween!

OBX Wind

While the Outer Banks is known for fishing – hosting multiple tournaments throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the islands are also a great place for other water sports. During your Halloween island adventure, take in the contest that is billed as one of the biggest windsurfing events in the country! The annual Wind Competition brings windsurfers of all skill levels together for a fun time on the water, and some friendly competition. Add the event to your Hatteras Island Halloween calendar, as it runs Saturday, October 28th – Saturday, November 4th, 2023.

Trunk or Treat

Enjoy Halloween in a safe environment. Rather than going door-to-door in an unfamiliar town, head to the event that takes place in the spacious parking area of the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon. It’s easy to find, right next to the Avon Pier. Participating cars will be decked out in spooky décor and offering a variety of candy and treats. Children and adults are encouraged to dress in their spookiest costumes to attend the free event. The event takes place 5-7 pm on October 31st, 2023.

Surf Fishing Invitational

One of the oldest fishing tournaments on the East Coast returns to the shores of Hatteras Island. Started in 1958, it is also one of the biggest tournaments, with hundreds of anglers descending on the southern Outer Banks. There’s an individual fishing tournament open to the public on Saturday, November 4th, or you can enter the tournament, which runs November 1st-3rd. More information is available on the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club website.

Beaches

An island adventure to Hatteras Island this Halloween means plenty of time on the beach! Daytime air temperatures remain in the 70s and 80s, and water temperatures in the 70s, you can spend as much time as you please out in the sun or enjoying all the beach activities Hatteras Island has to offer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get some exercise with a walk or run on the sand, or settle down under your beach umbrella with a picnic and a book.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as part of your Halloween trip. The black and white structure protects one of the most hazardous sections on the entire Atlantic Coast. The green area around the lighthouse is always open to the public, but the iconic stair climb is currently closed for restoration efforts on the staircase.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Learn more about the ocean surrounding Hatteras Island this Halloween. The center is also part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. The center is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village, so it may be an easy walk from your accommodations! Take part in activities like a kayak nature tour, join the “Turtle Patrol” – where you’ll learn about the area’s sea turtles and view active nests, or find out more about birding in the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Built in 1901, this historic wood-frame structure was the area’s primary weather station from that time until 1946. The station provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location, and farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast during that time. After active operation ended, the station has had several uses, including a living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel and a research station for many of North Carolina’s universities investigating “concerning” marine invertebrates.

Halloween on Outer Banks’ Hatteras Island

Start planning your perfect vacation for Halloween on the Outer Banks! Book a vacation rental on Hatteras Island with Midgett Realty. Choose from a cozy 1-bedroom for a spooky solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to a sprawling 10-bedroom mansion for a Halloween island adventure that includes all of your loved ones. Prepare any meal or Halloween snack in the fully equipped kitchen, or enjoy a movie or TV show on an entertainment center. Retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of a day filled with Halloween fun.

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You’re looking forward to a much-needed summer break this year and can’t wait to start the planning. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Hatteras Island is just what you need to kick back and relax, and the summer months turn up the heat and fun. We look forward to summer as much as you do! If you like celebrations mixed into your days, the area hosts many annual Hatteras events, festivals, and activities you can make a part of your trip’s itinerary.

Avon Farmers Market

The market takes place throughout the summer season and is a fun small event to add to the itinerary. Open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. throughout July and August, you’ll pick up unique local arts and crafts, homemade goodies, and fresh fruits and vegetables to add to your summer cookout menu.

Beach Klub Summer Concert Series

Every summer the Beach Klub hosts a series that includes local acts, tribute bands, and plenty of great music. The event runs Thursdays from late June to mid-August, you’ll hear 90s pop music, the Eagles, Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. The remaining dates are July 13, 20, and 27, and August 3, 10, and 17. Doors open for each show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Order tickets on the Koru Village Beach Klub website.

Zero to Hero Kiteboarding Camp

Keep the kids learning during summer break by learning a fun new skill that’s nothing like school and textbooks. Make one of the camps a part of your Hatteras Island summer getaway. With weekly camps throughout July and August, it’s easy to coordinate your trip to include one. The Kids Zero to Hero Kiteboarding Camp takes beginners from basics to self-sufficient kiteboarders in just a few days. If you can’t make the camp part of your plans, or if the adults of the group want to learn too, the sponsor – Real Watersports, offers kiteboarding lessons regularly outside the camp schedule.

Mirlo Rescue Anniversary

Over 100 years ago on August 16, 1918, the Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station in Rodanthe conducted what’s considered one of the most dramatic operations in U.S. Coast Guard history. The British tanker Mirlo was transporting a full load of gasoline from New Orleans to Norfolk when it struck a German mine off of Wimble Shoals. The series of following explosions caused the captain and crew to flee in lifeboats while the ship sank and set the water ablaze with a massive fire. The Chicamacomico station’s captain and crew of surfmen managed to save all 42 of the survivors. The Chicamacomico station was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1954 and has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

July Fishing Tournaments

The waters of the Atlantic off the shores of Hatteras Island are a prime fishing territory in the summer. You can go solo and cast a line in hopes of landing your next big fish story, or take part in one of the area’s many summer fishing tournaments. Celebrate the 20th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament in Manteo July 26-29. Register the evening of July 26th, or online before the tournament. The tournament is open to all boats.

August & September Fishing Tournaments

With summer in full swing, so are fishing tournaments. This year Manteo hosts the Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament on August 11-13, the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament on August 12-18, and the annual Youth Fishing Tournament on August 12. Many events offer online registration, as well as on-site registration.

Day at the Docks

Since fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23, the event is still part of the summer season. The event celebrates the history and culture of Hatteras Island’s working watermen. Taking place in the heart of Hatteras Village along the waterfront, festivities include fresh seafood, good eats, live demonstrations by working commercial fishing boats, live music, kids’ activities, and more. The event runs on September 15 and 16.

HICF Chowder Cookoff

On the heels of the Day at the Docks festival and all its delicious food, make sure to stick around for some of the island’s best chowder. Taste the best of area restaurants, caterers, and other local organizations’ best clam chowder. Claim your ticket to be a judge and wander vendor to vendor to sample all the chowders. The public votes for their favorite chowder and all proceeds from the event benefit the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HIFC). This year’s cookoff is September 16.

Hatteras Events and Summer Celebrations

As you plan your North Carolina and Hatteras Island summertime adventure, make sure to add your favorite events or festivals to the itinerary for your perfect vacation experience that’s unique to you and your loved ones. Make part of that planning by booking a vacation rental with Midgett Realty. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom suites for a cozy sweetheart getaway all the way up to a ten-bedroom home so you can enjoy your favorite Hatteras events with all your friends and family.

Contact us today to book your accommodations and start planning a Hatteras Island summer event-filled adventure to remember!

A couple of weeks ago a functional coastal warning display tower (weather tower) was installed/replaced at the US Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras Village, just across the street from our Hatteras Office! While you may be thinking that doesn’t seem terribly exciting, Hatteras Island (where the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current meet) was/is actually a vital location for weather forecasting, and according to the NPS, Hatteras was the only known wireless station in the US to have received the first distress call from the RMS Titanic! “Record of this transmission was lost to history for almost 100 years, and was only discovered in 2009 during a restoration project when it was found rolled up in a wall as insulation.” Pretty cool, right?!

Back in the day, before infrastructure and modern communication channels such as cable and social media, folks on the island received their news by boat or word of mouth and islanders learned to read the weather using observed patterns…and a few old wives’ tales. Little sayings like “Red skies at night are a sailor’s delight, but red skies in the morning are a sailor’s warning” would carry on for generations, but someone may very well look at you like you have two heads if you happen to casually mention that it must be about to rain because a toe that you broke 20/+ years ago is starting to cramp up.

Per the NPS: “The U.S. Weather Bureau, predecessor to the modern-day National Weather Service, established several weather stations and observation posts in North Carolina as part of a national network of weather stations throughout the late-1800s and early-1900s. Construction of the weather station in Hatteras was completed in 1901 and commissioning occurred on Jan. 1, 1902.

In the absence of modern early warning systems, weather stations like the one in Hatteras helped predict rough seas and severe weather. Weather observers often had just hours or minutes to warn residents of approaching storms using flags flown from the weather tower, and sirens. The new weather tower in Hatteras replaces a tower that was removed in the 1980s after it collapsed.”

As such, the station became a welcome tool for island residents and the return of its tower thanks to
Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s philanthropic partner, Outer Banks Forever, and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, has been well received indeed.

Learn more about US Weather Bureau Station here:
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/uswbs.htm

Hatteras Island wasn’t always a tourist destination. It wasn’t always a national park.

As young adults, brothers Stockton and Anderson Midgett wanted more for the beloved seashore they so lovingly called “home”. They grew to have unmatched experience in tourism as they inherited the Manteo – Hatteras Bus Line only two months into its inception due to their father’s unexpected passing. It was his vision to fill gaps in transportation before the time of paved roads and bridges on Hatteras Island, to which they, along with their older brother, Harold, would successfully grow for the next 35 years.

As infrastructure finally came to the Outer Banks, they realized they could continue their life’s passion of sharing the island with the outside world, and really make something of this hidden gem in the process. Staying within that realm of hospitality and tourism, Midgett Realty was born along with a variety of other business ventures, and an assortment of campaigns to promote them. The young entrepreneurs would play an integral role in establishing the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on January 12, 1953, and they would also take part in promoting the Dare Coast Pirates Jamboree, a costume-heavy celebration created to get people to the Outer Banks. Stockton, Anderson, and other prominent island fixtures would travel off-island in their pirate gear, sporting real beards that they started growing months in advance, to promote the days-long festival that would include dune buggy racing, dory racing, elaborate fish fries and plenty of drink! Their life’s work would be to shape Hatteras Island just as much as it shaped them, setting the groundwork for this place that we know and love today.

Laid to rest in 2012 and 2019, respectively, Midgett Realty is still owned and operated by the children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of Stockton and Anderson Midgett, touching every department, with guests frequenting from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond.

With deep island roots, when you stay with Midgett Realty, know that you are staying with THE local company on Hatteras Island. Locally grown, locally owned, internationally known!