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    The site offered tips on what to do in the Outer Banks from such reliable resources as Frommer’s, Travel and Leisure Magazine, New York Times, and Southern Living in a recreational playground with 800 square miles of accessible water, wind, and temperature conditions ideal for water sports, activities and outstanding natural scenic views from early spring until late autumn. 

    Year after year, visitors book their summer vacations in the Outer Banks mainly for the pristine beaches, fancy vacation homes and upscale restaurants that attract affluent travelers.  And… there is much, much more. 

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     Saturday April 23 at 8:00am 

    Join us for a special triathlon beginning and ending in Currituck Heritage Park. The “Pedal-Foot-Paddle” starts with a 7-mile scenic cycle through Corolla followed by a 2-mile run on the beach at low-tide, wrapping up with a 1-mile kayak paddle on the Currituck Sound. For the more leisurely-minded enjoy the fun event, “Land and Light”- climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, then stroll through the park ending at the front porch of the historic Whalehead Club. Contestants may participate individually or as a team. Register and Start Training NOW!  If you are not the athletic type then come be part of the volunteer team aligning the race route to guide & cheer the participants on.

    For more information call 252-453-0221 ext 1.

    Bound to be a sure crowd pleaser, we are proud to announce the upcoming Concert and Poker Run fundraiser sponsored by Carolina Designs Realty and The Outer Banks Brewing Station.  ALL proceeds benefit Outer Banks Realty for Life! 

    CARBON LEAF, a rock band with many influences and soaring in popularity, will perform at the Brewing Station Tuesday, April 19th.  Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at our office or at the Brewing Station.  The cost is $17 at the door which opens at 8:30 p.m.  The band begins at 9:30 p.m. 

    Carolina Designs Realty will sponsor the POKER RUN Wednesday, April 20th for an entry fee of $40 per bike.  The first bike leaves at 11 a.m.  Best Hand will win an Oceanfront Vacation for 2012 Bike Week and Worst Hand wins a Soundfront Vacation for 2012 Bike Week. 

    The Poker Run ends at our LAWNFEST featuring our Captain’s Captain America Bike on display, a horseshoe tourney, announcement of the Poker Run winners, raffles and much more!

    Carolina Designs Realty is very pleased to announce our Maintenance Department has moved to our Guest Services office in Harbinger, North Carolina, just one mile North on Route 158 after crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge.  Since opening the Harbinger office in 2006, our Housekeeping Department has performed all operations from this location.  Restructuring the design of the building, our Maintenance Department has relocated to this site and both Departments will now reside under one roof.

    With all departments integrated with fully operational computer and phone networking capabilities, our guests and owners will continue to communicate their needs.  Our service personnel and vendors greatly benefit from the merge of these departments.  We commend our managers for their diligence and demonstration of outstanding leadership in anticipating any obstacles, appropriately delegating new responsibilities in coordination with this move, ensuring a smooth transition.  These departments have established exceptional team building skills that will further strengthen existing and new programs for 2011.

    Carolina Designs Realty at Travel & Adventure Show in DC

    Carolina Designs Realty was a featured vendor at the Travel & Adventure Show on March 12th and 13th, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, showcasing our great selection of vacation homes. Monica Thibodeau and Jean Sherwood greeted more than 8,000 potential guests during the event and offered a chance to win a Vacation Giveaway at #023, Sea Hawk, a great home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

    This two-day travel extravaganza presented opportunities for authentic travel experiences, deals and giveaways, travel tips from experts and much more on travel destinations from around the world.  Participants enjoyed zip lining, diving, and cultural performances. We sparked some great interest in the Outer Banks and Carolina Designs Realty.

    New and Improved Jennette's Pier


    Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, 2011 for the grand reopening of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head!  Originally built in 1939 and known as the oldest fishing pier on the Outer Banks, after years of planning and construction, the new state-of-the-art, LEED certified, 1,000-foot concrete pier and 16,000-square-foot pier house will be christened and reopened to the public.

     Currently owned by the NC Aquarium Society, the complex will feature educational classrooms and programs, alternative energy demonstrations, live animal exhibits, meeting facilities, a snack bar and tackle shop, and displays and features for family fun and great fishing too!

     Check this website frequently for updates on grand opening events, fees and hours, activity calendars, facility rental options, employment opportunities, and other pier news.

    The Outer Banks YMCA invites you to the 14th Annual Polar Plunge, benefiting the “We Build People” scholarship program, on Saturday March 19th at the Ramada Inn in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.  The festivities begin at 12 Noon for the entire family; plunge into the Atlantic Ocean at 1pm and warm up in the complimentary hot tubs.  There will be fantastic individual, team and raffle prizes!  To register or find out more, call 252.449.8897.

    Road Trip: Duck, Get inspired during a spring visit to the Outer Banks by Anne Woodman

    “A lost colony, pirates, the first flight, lighthouses and an eerie moniker are all part of the history of the Outer Banks, a series of islands located off of North Carolina’s northern coast. In fact, its location as it stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as its wilderness, has made the islands ripe for firsts.”

    History, wild mustangs, Wilbur and Orville Wright first plane flight, beautiful sunsets and more are spoken here of the “one place where the shopping is treasured, the art is carefree, and the people are welcoming” on the Northern part of the off the beaten path part of the island.

     Stretching seven miles of uncrowded beaches and views of the Atlantic on one side and the Currituck Sound on the other, favorable quotes from local artists, town representatives and restaurateurs speak of how unique the town is in all it offers to visitors and residents alike.

    Visit “ to read the full article.

    This Saturday, March 5th Explore the historic Whalehead Club in Corolla, North Carolina, after the sun goes down and learn of distinguished visitors roaming the halls during the Moonlight Legends, Lore and Ghost Tour. Advance reservations are required. Call 252-453-9040 ext. 2.

    Outer Banks Family YMCA hosts the 14th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 19th benefiting the “We Build People” scholarship program. Through this program, over $244,000 was given to support children, individuals and families in our community in 2010. 100% of the proceeds support programs such as swimming lessons, memberships, summer camps, youth sports and Y-change programs. For more information, call (252) 449-8897.

    Kelly’s 3rd Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K begins at 9am on Saturday, March 19th  in Nags Head.  This 8K/5 mile run uses a point to point course through part of the Nags Head Woods Conservancy for a share of Kelly’s “pot of gold!”  Awards and post race celebration and hospitality are held immediately following the race at Kelly’s Tavern.

    Kelly’s 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 20th at 1 p.m. rain or shine on Virginia Dare Trail/Beach Road, MP 11.5 – 10.5 in Nags Head. The largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NC travels the greenest mile in the Tarheel state. Over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators enjoy an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands and creative marching/walking/motorized units.

    To find out more exciting opportunities for fun on the Outer Banks visit