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    From your first visit to the Outer Banks, you have longed to return to the majestic beauty of the Eastern sea shore, the smell of salt in the air and gentle breezes.  This is the perfect place to bring the one you love to the place you love.

    Here are two options for making Valentine’s even more memorable while here on the island: 

    Enjoy an elegant evening at the Valentine’s Dance with your sweetie on Saturday, February 14th held at the enchanting 108 Budleigh in Manteo.  Reservations are $48.00 and can be made through The Lost Colony by calling 252-473-2127. 

    A very upscale restaurant, The Pearl, is holding a night to remember on Saturday, February 14th with sultry and swinging gypsy jazz, love songs and poetic declarations of the heart.  A Valentine Cabaret offers dinner, hors d’oevures and drinks for two.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  For all the delicious details, call 473-7154.

    To be eligible for our Early Payment Contest, pay today and be entered to win!  Time is running out, the last day to receive this offer is January 31stNot only can you secure your ultimate vacation destination for 2009, but also be eligible to have Carolina Designs Realty pay the total cost of your reservation!  The winner will be selected in February 2009 by a random drawing from all paid entries.

    This year, it could really pay to reserve early!

    Carolina Designs Realty, Inc. is proud to announce the following employees successfully completed their certification with Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) in Housekeeping and Inspecting.


    Those completing their testing and receiving certification for cleaning and inspecting are:

    Toni Sawyer-Housekeeping Coordinator

    Donna King-Housekeeping Coordinator

    Heather Stough-Housekeeper

    Jennifer Marcotte-Housekeeper

    B. J. Okleshun-Housekeeper

    Joan Bundy-Housekeeper

    Rachel Clouse-Housekeeper

    Elizabeth Eure-Housekeeper


    Those completing testing for housekeeping certification only are:

    Ann Johnston-housekeeper

    Diana Virgil–housekeeper

    Shawna Twist–housekeeper


    Those completing testing for inspecting certification only are:
    Joey Dellagrado–Inspector

    Judy Goodridge–Inspector

    Nancy Dellagrado–Inspector


    Currently Michelle Layne and Deborah Stone are board members and have both completed and passed all their requirements for certification as Certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals.

    Congratulations to all of you!

    Carolina Designs Realty is extremely pleased to have luxurious 2 and 3 bedroom oceanfront town homes and condominiums located in The Croatan Surf Club this year.  Newly constructed and available for rentals in April, our large 2 and 3 bedroom oceanfront town homes and flats are designed to exceed the expectations of our owners and their guests.

    Located in Kill Devil Hills, the resort style amenities include an expansive oceanfront saline pool and cut-stone deck, children’s pool and spray ground, vegetated in-ground hot tub areas and dune-top decks. Shoulder season guests will enjoy the lavish indoor pool and fitness center complete with mini-arcade and sauna. Each unit features granite countertops, cut-stone tile, exotic hardwoods, vaulted ceilings or 9′ ceilings, designer cabinets and upgraded fixtures and more! Carolina Designs is proud to feature these condos with private hot tub, fireplace, and upgraded mattresses, flat screen televisions in all bedrooms and living areas and an enhanced electronic game center.

    The pristine beaches of the Outer Banks consistently rank with the finest in the country. The beaches, countless restaurants and limitless activities are why the Outer Banks has evolved into a premiere vacation and family reunion destination.

    The Currituck Visitor’s bureau released information posted on The Earth Times, a business forum website. Indicating that Lochner MMM Group had announced their selection as the lead consultant for engineering and environmental services on the Mid-Currituck Bridge Private-Public Partnership project for the Currituck Development Group in partnership with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA).

    The seven-mile, est. 640 million project is intended to improve traffic flow between US 158 and NC 12. Additional improvements on NC 12 south of the bridge terminus for a distance of two to four miles, plus improvements on US 158 for emergency evacuation may also be required.

    Lochner MMM Group, LLC is a partnership of H.W. Lochner Inc. (Lochner), a respected US-based engineering firm with a local office in North Carolina for more than 20 years, and the Canadian firm of MMM Group Limited with extensive involvement in more than 18 Canadian P3 transportation projects. The partnership was formed to pursue large-scale public-private partnership transportation projects within the United States.

    Enjoy a glass of wine and an Italian dinner while listening to Virginia Opera’s Glenn Winters will preview their upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca.   Sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council, the Opera Talk Tosca will be held on January 23 at 6 pm at the Bistro at the Beach Bread Company at Mile Post 4.5 on the Bypass in Kitty Hawk.

    Dr. Winters is the Virginia Opera’s Community Outreach Musical Director, an accomplished musician and a lively, engaging presenter. He will use the Bistro’s baby grand piano and a CD recording of Tosca to take the audience on a tour of the opera’s musical highlights and explain why they are important. The opera recording he will use is a digitally remastered production featuring one of opera’s most celebrated Toscas, Maria Callas.

    Telephone the Bistro at the Beach Bread Company at 252-261-7711 for reservations.

    Housekeeping Manager designated
    Certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professional 

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    Carolina Designs Realty is pleased to announce that Deborah Stone, our Housekeeping Manager, has received the designation Certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professional (CVRHP).

    Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals, Inc., is a professional association of vacation rental companies that strives to increase the quality, service level, and professionalism of housekeeping to both homeowners and guests.

    Both Deborah Stone and Michelle Layne, our General Manager, now have this designation and are active board members with this organization.

    Congratulations, Deborah!  Your hard efforts and dedication to excellence are one important reason for our success here at Carolina Designs Realty.

    During the sleepy months of January and February, many of the entertainment venues slow down a bit.  But not the Outer Banks Music Showcase, they have two shows worth mentioning that are coming soon!

    Yes folks, Elvis will be in the building Saturday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m.   Sterling Riggs will make a comeback as the King for the “Elvis Tribute Show.”   You’ll get to hear all of his oldies but goodies and possibly get serenaded…

    No turning on the tube to see the American Idol competition when you can see the Outer Banks Idol Competition and Show right in your own back yard Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st at 7:30 p.m.  Bring your friends and family, because you as the audience will be the judges.

    To get in on all this fun, call 252.261.7505 to reserve your seat and/or cast your vote!

    Living in a beautiful place has great advantages.  Within a rock’s throw, you are at the beach, walking in the maritime forest, climbing the largest sand dune on the East coast, surfing the best waves on the East coast, learning where we first set foot here long ago is only the beginning… We have great schools; in fact, the Outer Banks Sentinel reported “Big news at First Flight Elementary School (FFES) located in Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks.  The school was recently named the North Carolina nominee for the National Title I Distinguished Schools Award for Exceptional Student Performance. Principal Margie Parker states ‘This recognition is particularly rewarding for the First Flight Elementary faculty and staff, parents and community who have quietly gone about their work of doing whatever it takes to ensure the success of every child. It also means a $7,500 award for FFES. Parker told staff the award ‘is an affirmation of your efforts to make sure every child is successful.’

    The Outer Banks is all about being family friendly.  We cater to families in the vacation rental homes that we offer, the shops, stores and activities that surround us.  This is a great place to raise children with a very low crime rate, great schools and so much!

    If you are traveling to the Outer Banks, 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.