Coastal Gardening Festival

The 10th Annual Coastal Gardening Festival showcasing plants, jewelry, home décor, and yard art is just around the corner; Saturday, May 19th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Sponsored by Dare County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in association with NC Cooperative Extension, the Festival is held at 300 Mustian Street in Kill Devil Hills. With this year’s theme “Small Seeds yield Great Rewards”, come out to learn about gardening on the Outer Banks.  There will be educational displays and demonstrations addressing composting, recycling, container gardening, native plants and pruning. There are also children’s activities and tours of the Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden.

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Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day

First Flight Middle School sixth graders Sarah Downing and Dagen Gilbreath worked under the direction of Elaine Breiholz, our Property Manager, in participation of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day. The program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is designed to bring young people into the workplace to strengthen the connection between education and work as well as relationships between parents and their children.

Outer Banks ranked #1 Beach and #3 Best Active Destination in 2012 by!

Travel recommendation site announced winners of its inaugural 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. With 20 nominees in each of 10 categories ranging from Best Beaches and Best Foodie Destinations, to Best Ski Resorts and Best Museums, 10Best’s readers were asked to vote for their favorite locations in each category.

In keeping with the site’s focus, has announced the 10 winners in each of its travel award categories as determined by its more than one million readers. #1 pick for Best Beaches and #3 pick for Best Active Destination — Outer Banks, NC!

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Penny Pool Heat Promotion

Save hundreds of dollars by reserving one of our vacation rental homes offering pool heat for just a penny!

Please call our office to have pool heat added to your lease. Promotion valid for 2012 rentals that are booked between 2/14 – 10/23/2012.

Outer Banks Vacation Destinations for 2012!

All of us at Carolina Designs Realty would like to wish you a very happy new year!  There is still good availability for 2012. Please give us a call or visit our web site to see our great selection of premier vacation homes for a family vacation, retreat or personal getaway.

For over 22 years, Carolina Designs Realty has offered some of the finest beach homes North Carolina’s Outer Banks. We manage homes in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Nags Head.

 We pride ourselves on the quality of our homes and the personal service we provide.  In addition to wireless Internet, all homes are stocked with two sets of towels per bedroom, freshly made beds, and our welcome package of soaps, paper products and gourmet coffee. 

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PBS Network TV Travel Series on Families’ Vacation Destinations

Debuting this October, a new series on the PBS network TV travel series entitled “Getting Away Together” showing the growing trend in families’ gathering for vacation is now in production.

A different group of family members or friends is featured on each episode as they travel to a beautiful destination, stay at a luxury rental home and explore the area’s points of interest, unwind and spend quality time together.

Dare County and Currituck County tourism boards split the production costs as the series provides a great opportunity to market the area’s vacation home rentals.  Aaron Tuell, director of public relations at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau stated, “We identified some attractions and experiences that will help make the Outer Banks stand out in viewers’ minds as a great place to vacation.”

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Outer Banks Baseball

Take me out to the ball game tonight!  The Outer Banks Daredevils Baseball Club is one of 15 teams in the Coastal Plain League. The CPL is a summer collegiate baseball league offering experience for college players in a wood bat environment and a chance to refine skills for the pro level. Players come from Division I, II and III, as well as NAIA and junior college schools. It is sanctioned by the NCAA and Major League Baseball.  They play three or more home games each week in June and July beginning at 7pm.  The games are played at the First Flight High School Baseball complex just south of Wrights Bros. Memorial, off hwy 158 turn on Colington Road in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

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NC State Tax Rate Set to Decrease by 1%

Currently, the state sales tax rate is 5.75%. The North Carolina budget passed by the legislature in late May allows the temporary 1% state sales tax rate increase enacted by the 2009 General Assembly to expire.

Therefore, the general state tax rate decreases by 1% effective July 1, 2011; changing the rate to 6.75%.  Combined with Lodging Tax, weekly reservations are charged 11.75% tax for vacation rental homes in Dare County and 12.75% tax for vacation rental homes in Currituck County.