Five days a week, I make the trip from Currituck Mainland on to the Outer Banks. My 40 minute drive takes me over the Wright Memorial Bridge, through Southern Shores and then finally descending into the Town of Duck. Throughout the rental season, I drive to work surrounded by joggers, cyclists, strollers and shoppers that meander up and down NC 12 taking in the natural beauty of Duck. For many, this would be a distraction, but I genuinely enjoy working in a resort environment.
At Carolina Designs Realty, Saturdays are our busiest days. There’s never a boring moment. My desk faces the breezeway that connects the Sales Division to our Rental Office. Benches and chairs line the corridor, so it’s the perfect place for vacationers to escape the summer heat while waiting for cottage keys. There is a noticeable difference between renters checking in and guests who are leaving. The Outer Banks offers a retreat for many residing in larger, industrious cities. They are here to enjoy the natural beauty and relaxed environment found at our beaches and those leaving are visibly changed.
It’s my job to market and promote our rental homes and the benefits of vacationing on the Outer Banks, so interacting with guests is beneficial to me. They visit from across the country – as far west as California, from Canada and a variety of countries overseas. I enjoy inquiring where they’re from and why they chose the Outer Banks as their vacation destination. There is a common thread for most. They visit us because they love the tranquility, our clean beaches, the relaxed environment and renting premier homes that provide both luxury and comfort.
As keys are returned, parting words are often the same, “We had such a great time. We’ll see you next year!” It’s nice to see the refreshed faces and genuine smiles of families who have benefited from time away … and time together.