There is something extraordinary that occurs as we stand at the edge of a continent and contemplate the sea. A part of this connection is the seemingly endless horizon with occasional silhouettes of ships crossing the waters. We feel fortunate that the Outer Banks sand is soft and warm beneath our feet. The waves crest and roll to the shore with a rhythm that is soothing in its constancy.
On the east side of Croatan Highway (the Bypass) in Kitty Hawk, the Dunes Shops is a strip mall that looks like a snapshot from the late 1960s or early 70s. It was the first Outer Banks strip mall, and it was a pretty big deal when it opened. But, time passes quickly, and until three to four years ago, it was fading with the signs of age.
The Outer Banks has become one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States and for many reasons; the main one being its beautiful natural setting. Perhaps our location is a bit remote, but the Outer Banks is centrally located on the east coast, and there are literally hundreds of professionals who reside in our area who specialize in creating memorable and personalized destination weddings.
Frank Stick, one of the original real estate developers on the Outer Banks, became concerned that without protection of the natural landscape the beauty that made the Outer Banks a natural tourist draw would be lost to development. A strong case could be made that Stick was considerably ahead of his time since he began advocating for Cape Hatteras to become a national park in the 1920s. He was an interesting character, a world-renowned illustrator who turned his back on his profession and moved to the Outer Banks at the height of his creative powers.
The view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is extraordinary. To the east the Atlantic Ocean crashes into Corolla beach in channels of white-crested waves; to the south on the clearest days, the water tower in Duck, 13 miles south, is barely visible. Looking west, the Currituck Sound is dotted with islands near the shoreline, and then open water until it reaches the mainland.