Beach Buzz

Plan an Outer Banks Mini Vacation this Fall!

Ask any Outer Banks local what his/her favorite time of year is and I betcha it will be fall. There is something special about warm, lazy autumn days at the beach. September's average air temperature is in the low 80s and October's is in the low to mid 70s. Autumn is the time of year to enjoy amazing sunsets over the sound, pig out on fresh local seafood, and revel in the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. Can't get away for an entire week? Many of Sun Realty's Outer Banks vacation rentals offer Mini Vacations!

Yes, It's a Buyer's Market

So, we know you love the Outer Banks. Have you considered purchasing an Outer Banks rental home? In spite of the recent "doom and gloom" housing market news, real estate is known to be a wise long-term investment strategy. The name of the game has always been maximizing cash flow. Market prices are holding steady at 2003 levels and mortgage rates under 5%. Most lenders on the Outer Banks are requiring 10% to 15% down for loans under $420,000 and up to 20% down for larger loan amounts.

Mmm Mmm Crab Salad

Now this is some good stuff! Give it a whirl while vacationing on the Outer Banks or just enjoy a taste of the OBX at home. You'll need: 1 pound fresh crabmeat 1 cup macaroni sea shells, cooked and cooled 1 cup diced celery 1/2 cup mayo 3 ounces cream cheese 1 tbsp Worcheshire sauce 2 tbsp sherry 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1 teaspoon horseradish Directions:

Wright Brothers Memorial Waves Fee for 3 Summer Weekends!

If you're traveling to the Outer Banks this summer, you might get lucky enough to arrive during one of 3 fee-free weekends at The Wright Brothers National Memorial! In an effort to help families planning budget-friendly Outer Banks vacations, the park is waiving the entrance fee for the weekends of June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16. "During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families", stated Ken Salazar, Department of Interior Secretary.

Waterside Theater

During the summer, the Waterside Theater in Manteo has several activities for the family. Last year, my niece and I really enjoyed their production of Sleeping Beauty and having brunch with the cast afterwards. The play was not at all what either of us expected, but it was really exciting (it was a modernized, musical adaptation of Sleeping Beauty not the traditional story)!