Bring the Love of Your Life to the Place You Love

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. 

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The Clock is ticking…

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!

Housekeeper and Inspector Certifications

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

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Croatan Surf Club

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.

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Lochner MMM Group Lead Consultant for Northern Outer Banks Bridge Project

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.

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Outer Banks Opera Talk

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.

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Housekeeping Manager Designated

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.

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Year Round Entertainment from the Outer Banks Music Showcase

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.

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Beauty Beyond the Eye of the Beholder

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 FlightElementary 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.’

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511 North Carolina Travel Service

If you are traveling to the Outer Banks, remember thatNorth 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.

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