It is to many vacationers an iconic welcome to the Outer Banks. Surrounded by grape vines-it’s home to Sanctuary Vineyards; the store is like no other retail environment we have ever seen.
The Outer Banks is one of the fastest growing wedding destinations in the country. It’s true that many other locations offer beautiful settings, so what are the reasons for the ever-growing popularity of the Outer Banks for destination weddings, family reunions and corporate events?
Our award-winning beaches and immense variety of waterfront settings and event homes certainly contribute to our growing popularity. But most importantly, as a community, we have chosen to make events, weddings and reunions an essential part of what we do well. As a result, there is a wide selection of professionals ready to assist—wedding and event planners, caterers, photographers and musicians to name just a few. Many of the people who work in event planning are members of the Outer Banks Wedding Association, the organization that presents the annual Wedding Expo.
If there is a mainstay of the Outer Banks dining scene it may well be Thai Room, located at milepost 8.5 on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills. Talk to most anyone who’s an Outer Banks resident or repeat visitor to our area, and they’ll rave about the Pad Thai noodles or the chicken with basil, which is a rather bland name for a spectacular dish.
Here on the Outer Banks we make a unique version of clam chowder. Hatteras Chowder is a simple broth based chowder that is perfect for a cold winter evening when coastal winds are whipping past our windows and the ocean pounds our shoreline.
Its origins are lost in the sands of time, but it has been a part of the Outer Banks diet for over 200 years. There are tales of family recipes being handed down from generation to generation dating back to the early 19th century.
One Outer Banks feature that makes it such a special place to live is how committed the community is to our children. Of course, many towns and municipalities may say the same thing, but here on the Outer Banks there is real evidence that this is the case.
The Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County (C&YP) is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The story of how the organization came into existence is a great example of what it means to be committed to the children of a community.