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    The Outer Banks Wedding Association (OBWA) has the largest and oldest bridal event in the region.  In their ninth season, the Wedding Expo offers a self-guided tour of over 50 wedding reception sites and open houses as well as a showcase offering 120 vendors to choose from.  This event has proven to be an excellent resource for planning special occasions on the Outer Banks.  For more information, contact 252-480-3132.

    Bright and bold, Carolina Designs Realty proudly presents this year’s catalog.  Newly improved with a bound edge, the catalog exudes an extremely professional presentation of vacation rental homes on the Outer Banks.  The catalog is a nice accompaniment to our state-of-the-art web site featuring homes from Corolla to South Nags Head, North Carolina.  The catalog is displayed by area, advertising the homes within that area with pictures, a description and pricing.  There are area maps in each section showing where the vacation homes are located.

    If you are traveling to the Outer Banks for the holidays, remember that North Carolina travelers can dial 511 for information about road conditions and traffic delays caused by accidents or bad weather. The new toll free service is available statewide 24 hours a day and uses speech-recognition technology to retrieve information from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Web site database converting it to speech. Travelers verbally respond to options presented by the system and are led by a ‘drill-down’ process to the information they seek.

    Dial 511 is free unless your mobile telephone service charges you for the call. When you connect, you receive a greeting and you may hear an urgent message such as a statewide weather emergency, an Amber Alert or information about a wreck that has shut down a major highway.

    Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Nags Head local volunteer firefighters along with the Duck Volunteer Fire Department took advantage of some training opportunities on Saturday, December 16th in Duck.  The future site for the Town of Duck’s town Hall required the demolition of the old Herron’s Restaurant building.  This was a controlled burning exercise where the firefighters received instructions on different techniques on keeping the flames under control.  Now, the site is cleared and ready for construction.

    We are a consistent leader in occupancy rates with many repeat guests.

    We have extraordinary customer service in all areas, particularly property maintenance.

    We deploy a highly trained, in-house cleaning staff.

    We limited the growth in the number of homes that we manage from Corolla to South Nags Head.

    We have developed an intuitive, effective, and highly visited web site.

    We manage only high-end vacation rental homes.

    We have a great brochure that is widely distributed.

    We are an established, well-respected, family-run company.

    We have an in-house technical staff that supports our own custom software and web site.

    Our reservations and operations staff is friendly and has been extensively trained.  We know our vacation rental homes and we treat our owners and guests like family.

    We work with our owners to make profitable decisions about their property based on what potential guests look for in a vacation rental home on the Outer Banks.

    The week of August 26th is a very popular time of year for summer vacations on the Outer Banks.  To-date, we have 96 vacation rental homes available from Corolla to South Nags Head.  There are quite a few oceanfront homes, semi-oceanfront and oceanside vacation rental homes that will be scooped up in no time.  Take advantage of this tip and make a quick search for the perfect getaway for your family next year.  For some, this week is the last opportunity before school goes into session.

    For all pre-reservations taken throughout the year, the first half deposit was due at the beginning of December.  If the payment was not received, the reservation was automatically canceled and the week was placed back as available.  Now might be an excellent time to find the perfect vacation rental home if there was slim pickin’s when you last looked.  You may use one of the several rental searches on our website or call us today for your place in the sand on the Outer Banks next year!

    Before you take the troop caroling through the neighborhoods on the Outer Banks this Christmas Eve, plan on a nice dinner out.  Here’s a list of restaurants that will be open that night:

    Beach Bread Company, Kitty Hawk  261-7711

    Blue Point Bar & Grill, Duck  261-8090

    Dominos Pizza, Kill Devil Hills  441-1525

    Elizabeth’s Café & Winery, Duck  261-6145

    Firehouse Wine Cellar & Brewery, Kitty Hawk  261-5115

    Henry’s Beef & Seafood, Kill Devil Hills  261-2025

    The Left Bank, Duck  261-8419

    Life Saving Station Restaurant, Duck  449-6654

    Mulligan’s Oceanfront Grille, Nags Head  480-2000

    New York Pizza Pub, Nags Head  441-2660

    Outback Steak House, Nags Head  441-3981

    Port O’Call Restaurant, Kill Devil Hills  441-7484

    Shun Xing Chinese Restaurant, Kitty Hawk  261-5099

    The Sanderling Restaurant, Duck  449-6654

    Sunburns Sports Bar & Grille, Kitty Hawk  261-7833

    Thai Room Restaurant, Kill Devil Hills  441-1180

    Trade Winds, Kitty Hawk  261-3052

    Windmill Point, Nags Head  441-1535

    When viewing our web site, www.carolinadesigns.com , you will notice a tab called Locator Maps at the top of the home page.  When you click on this tab, you can choose to view any home in our inventory depending on the area where it is located.  There are maps covering the tip of Ocean Hill subdivision to the Southern most portion of Nags Head, North Carolina.

    Choose the area where a home is located and you can see exactly where it is in relation to the ocean as well as adjoining streets.  If you place your mouse over the property number, you can click on the number and it will take you right to the property page.  Here you will see the home’s photographs, description, inventory and available weeks.  The maps have been updated with attractive color schemes and fonts.

    Children that are in the Outer Banks area have a chance to visit with Santa in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on Sunday, December 10th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Fire Station at 1634 North Croatan Highway.  This will be the second year in a row that Santa has made this special visit to the station.  Come on out to get your picture taken with Santa!

    Santa will make his way to the Outer Banks area again in Duck, North Carolina, on Saturday, December 16th at the following locations:

    * 10:30 a.m. at The Waterfront Shops

    * 11:30 a.m. at Wee Winks Square

    * 1:00 p.m. at the Scarborough Faire Shopping Village