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    At the historic Dare County courthouse on the Manteo Waterfront, the Town of Manteo will ring in the Christmas season with their annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  There will be music, a snow and fog blower, and Santa of course.  The program will include the Yule Log, the Echoes of Heritage, the Queen’s Singers, Felicia Byrum and her students, Bill Rea and his Christmas story for children, the Wright Tappers, Santa Claus, and the Jacqueline Pierce Quartet from New York City – and much more. Ms. Norma Mills and Miss Barbara Hird narrate the event. 

    On Saturday, December 9th, the 33rd annual Town of Manteo Christmas parade begins at 11:00 a.m.  The parade gets bigger and better each year and stretches throughout the town for all to see.

    Monica Thibodeau, Michelle Layne, Kristen Giuliano and Jamie Wilker attended the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference in San Diego, California on October 21st – 25th.

    Since 1985, membership to VRMA, a professional trade association for the vacation property management industry, indicates that the vacation rental company aspires to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and continues to learn the latest trends and developments in the industry. Consumers regard the VRMA logo as an indication of the professional management of vacation rental properties.

    VRMA hosts both owners and managers of vacation rental management companies as well as suppliers throughout the United States. Attendees may choose both general sessions and/or smaller workshops to discuss pertinent information affecting vacation rental management and operation. In addition, suppliers to the industry are available to demonstrate the latest products and services.

    The opportunities for learning, networking and improving existing operations are endless here.  Everyone involved has the same focus, which is very refreshing.  This venue is well worth the trip.

    If you are on the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving, start off your day by being a spectator for the 11th Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot.  Arrive in Duck before 9:00 a.m. to watch the trotters run a non-sanctioned 3.1 miles.  This event is open to all ages & abilities! Proceeds from participants support the Outer Banks Team in Training, part of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  For more information contact: 252-255-1050.

    The 2006 Inaugural Outer Banks Marathon & ‘One-Hill-Only’ Half Marathon happened rain and shine this weekend, Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th.

    The race consisted of both runners and walkers. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau sponsors the event.  Our very own Elaine Breiholz, a member of our technical staff, ran the marathon that began in Kitty Hawk and continued along the Albemarle Sound, swept the outskirts of the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, went through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest to the huge sand dunes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park, crossed the Washington-Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island, to the finish line in Festival Park in Manteo.  We are so proud of Elaine, she ran the race in less than 3 hours.  Way to go, Elaine!

    On Sunday, November 12th, the Half Marathon, sponsored by Gateway Bank, started at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and ended in Festival Park.

    If you watch the Today’s Show with Al Roker, you may have seen last year that Mr. and Mrs. Poulos of Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, won the National Christmas Decorating context.  Mr. and Mrs. Poulos are expecting another visit, but this time it is the crew from HG TV, on Friday, November 10th broadcasting live from 3:30 p.m. well into the evening.  The crew will focus on how the Poulos’s decorating year after year has brought such yuletide excitement to so many.  They will be interviewing people on the Outer Banks that stop by that evening willing to express their appreciation and memories of this wonderful Christmas experience.  We are very fortunate that Mr. and Mrs. Poulos provide all of us with a wonderful place to go to experience Christmas present and past.  Their hard work and attention to detail is so very appreciated.  If you have questions, call Jim and Ann Poulos at 441-1618.

    Our website, www.carolinadesigns.com , was developed and is maintained by our in-house technical staff.  Since 1997, Carolina Designs Realty has offered real time availability and weekly reservations via the Internet for over 300 premier vacation rental homes.  Every property page has multiple pictures, floor plans, pricing, inventory and thorough descriptions.  There are several search engines that allow you to find the perfect vacation home that meets all of your needs.  Elevators, theater rooms, rec rooms with pool and game tables are common in the homes that we offer.  Our property locator maps can show you exactly where the home is located in proximity with surrounding homes in our program as well as the ocean.  There is useful information located at the bottom of the home page as well as the blog page that you are on right now.  We are well known and respected for the superior quality of our website.  A plethora of information about the Outer Banks and Carolina Designs Realty’s properties are just a few clicks away.  We make it easy to select the dream vacation that you’ve been waiting for.

    You haven’t driven until you’ve driven on the beach.  It’s an awesome experience driving along the shore with the waves just feet from your path.  From October 1st to April 30th , drivers are permitted to tool their vehicles on the beach in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.  If you care to be a part of the caravan, go to a designated beach ramp and never drive on the dunes.  The speed limit is 25 miles per hour and be on the lookout for pedestrians who have the right of way.  In Nags Head, you will be required to get a permit from the town hall.  To obtain this permit, call 252-441-5508.  Let the good times roll.

    Planning to be on the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving?  If you are checking in to one of our premier vacation rental homes on Saturday, November 18th, why not start your vacation earlier that day by participating in the 9th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo that will take place at the Roanoke Island Festival Park.  Cash prizes up to $5,000 for 1st place and trophies will be awarded for ocean, sound, youth 15 years or younger and top lady angler.  The funds raised by having the tournament will be used to offer scholarships to Dare County in North Carolina youth desiring to continue their education.  For more information and to register, please call 252-441-7887.

    As a courtesy, Carolina Designs Realty offers a vacation rental protection plan for all weekly reservations.  The plan, product number: 008085 P2-P3 8/06, is provided by Insure America.  The policy covers loss of time from your vacation due to mandatory hurricane evacuation, death or illness in the family and some travel delays.

    To review the policy, visit the home page of our web site and look toward the bottom of the page.  Simply click on “Vacation Rental Protection Plan” and you can print the document.  For more information, call 1-888-409-7749.