Outer Banks Link Love
We have a full docket of awesome OBX links for our weekly dose of Link Love; so no time for me to wax poetically. Let’s get down to business.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, when faced with good news and bad, I’m the type that likes to get the bad out of the way so I can end on a positive note. So, let’s start with the not-so-great.
Via Con Dios Stewart Couch
The Outer Banks lost a member of the family this week. The owner of Hatteras Realty, Stewart Couch, passed away this week while on a surf trip to Nicaragua. Here’s a link to one of the many stories about Stewart’s untimely passing. Stewart was raised on Hatteras Island and created one of the most successful businesses on the Island. I had the pleasure of meeting Stewart on a few occasions, and his sense of humor and smile were infectious. He will be missed by many.
It’s hard to follow that announcement, but let’s keep our heads up and charge on. One more link on with a negative tinge, and then I promise we’ll get rolling with some positive OBX links.
Hurricane Irene & Manteo
Hurricane Irene just won’t go away. I’ve mentioned Irene’s lasting effects in a recent post Link Love, and here’s another article about the lasting effects of that beast. This time we’re focusing on Manteo. Do you visit Manteo when you come to the Outer Banks? It is definitely worth the trip. An amazing little town – the real Mayberry – with art, food, history, shops, and a great waterfront. They were hit hard by the flooding from Irene, and the downtown area is still recovering. Next time you’re in town, consider a trip to Manteo – you’ll dig it, and they’ll appreciate your love.
Outer Banks Beach Driving
OBX beach driving has been a hot topic recently. There are a lot of strong feelings around the topic, and now you have a chance to take action. Here’s an online petition that is being passed around that is calling for “free and open” beach access. Take a stand.
6 Ways to Enjoy the Outer Banks
Here’s a great article from The Montrealer offering some great tips for enjoying the Outer Banks all year long. Yes, Canadians love the OBX too!
The Most Scenic Drive in America
While we’re on the subject of great press for the OBX, here’s an article from VisitSouth.com that proclaims that Outer Banks Scenic Byway the most scenic drive in America! Who am I to disagree?! Great choice VisitSouth.
Outer Banks Everyday Magic
Earlier this week I shared a guest post about the amazing Surfing for Autism event held on the OBX each year. I have also shared some great stories of Outer Banks Everyday Magic over the past couple months, and my favorite Magic story is Toys from God about Jordan, who also happens to have autism. While I’m at it, let’s add another level to this discussion. How about the Blue Mind ideas saying that the Outer Banks (ocean as a whole) makes us happy? Seems like a strong connection between the ocean, happiness, and a calming affect for people with autism. And here’s another great example, an article from the Autism Support Network discussing how great a trip to the OBX can be. Blue Mind indeed.
Groupon Makes it to the OBX…Finally!
Are you a fan of Groupon? Seems like a good way to get some deals. But I wouldn’t know because that trendy little site hasn’t made it’s way to promoting OBX businesses…until now! Boom! The OBX is on the Groupon map with a skydiving deal. What, you didn’t know you can skydive on the Outer Banks?! Yep…and now you can save $100 to boot. Thanks Groupon.
OBX History Buffs
The Outer Banks History Center is going to debut is 150th anniversary Civil War exhibit at next week’s (March 2) “First Friday” in Manteo.
Let’s close out with some OBX events…
- Have an urge to jump into 46 degree water? Yeah, me neither. But if you do, the Penguin Plunge is taking place tomorrow at the Ramada Inn in Kill Devil Hills, and it is for a good cause – raising money for the YMCA. Break out your wackiest costume and prepare to freeze.
- The Cash Pot Surf Series, sponsored by Arnett sunglasses, announced this week that they will be making a stop on the Outer Banks in August. Plenty of time to wax up the board and get a little practice in before the big event.
- Love the Outer Banks Wild Horses? Me too. Here’s a great chance to show some support. The 3rd annual “Night at the Races” is being held on March 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. It’s a fun night and a great way to raise some money for a great cause.
- Another wedding show is hitting the Outer Banks in a couple weeks. The OBX is such a fab place to get married (or have a honeymoon)…of course we need another wedding show. Brides, mark your calendar for March 24.
- Taste of the Beach kicks off in three short weeks. Four days of food, drinks and fun! For real, this is a great event…especially if you love food and drink…and who doesn’t?! Come on, you know you want to come. And to sweeten the deal (like that pun?), how about a free early check-in and late checkout from your friends at Seaside Vacations. You’re welcome.
- Last but certainly not least, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Are you aware that the Outer Banks has the largest St. Patty’s Day parade in NC?! I’m not sure how we measure these things, but that’s what I hear, and I’m sticking to it until proven wrong. Check out this raging parade…
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