International Halloween Film Festival comes to the OBX

Halloween is coming. The Outer Banks may be well known for it’s spooky history and ghost stories, but not so much as a Halloween destination. If you’re a horror movie and Halloween fan, you won’t want to miss the 4th Annual International Halloween Film Festival on the Outer Banks. 

Halloween Film Festival
The 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Film Festival is October 3rd – 5th, 2019

This 3 day event feature indie films from prominent and up-and-coming indie filmmakers from all over the world. There are prizes for the films as well. It’s like our very own mini Academy Awards!

This event features three days of Halloween fun with all kinds of film from super short to feature length. There are also question and answer sessions with the directors and stars, photo ops on the orange carpet and nightly meet and greets. There are even after hours parties featuring additional fan films not shown during the festival, costume parties, Scaryoke, and a whole lot more!

The movies are shown at the Outer Bank’s largest movie theater; R/C Theatres Movies 10. It features a 36 foot movie screen, stadium seating and all the concessions you’d expect from a movie theater. And of course, the theater has that ‘Outer Banks’ vibe. To buy tickets and see a complete movie list, visit OBX Entertainment’s website.

Plan your October Outer Banks Getaway today! We can help you find a vacation home to rent for a long Fall weekend so you can enjoy the many local events we have to offer — including the Halloween Film Festival.

Charter Fishing on the Outer Banks

For decades the Outer Banks has been known as a fishing haven with so many options — surf fishing, pier fishing, and even charter boat fishing. There are many types of charter trips on the Outer Banks to pick from; it can be hard to know what kind is right for you. This article will help you book the best Outer Banks Charter for you and your family to make great memories, and catch some fish.

What Does Your Group Need To Be Comfortable?

This is a question that has no universal ‘right’ answer, but rather an answer that is very ‘right’ for your unique group. For example, elderly people need to comfortable and have shade, while children need to move around.  The ‘right’ answer for your group is to choose a charter where everyone will have a good time.

Catch of the Day

Does Anyone Have Special Needs?

Special needs is a broad topic that covers everything from seasickness to sunburns to panicking if you can’t see land and a whole host of other issues as well. Sometimes, soundside or inshore charters work best, sometimes only a real ocean charter will do, and sometimes a dolphin tour, eco tour or pontoon boat is just the ticket.

The Bathroom Situation

No one likes talking about this one. I get it. But you’re going to be on this boat for at least half a day or longer, so it must be addressed. Larger commercial boats that go out in the ocean have a bathroom like an airplane bathroom; cramped, but private. However, many smaller outboard boats only have a seat cushion you pull up where the ‘head’ is under it. This works for some people, but not so well for others. If it matters to you, ask before you book.

What Do You Want To Catch?

What you want to catch also plays a part in the type of Outer Banks charter you book. For example, if you want to catch billfish, they are only in the gulf, so the decision of the type of charter you rent has been made for you. However, you can also catch tuna, croaker, stripers, flounders, crabs and many others. Ask the boat you’re thinking about chartering about the type of fish you’re planning to catch.

Kids enjoy catching fish too!

Is A Private Charter A Must?

When people think of charters, they often think of private ones. However, make up charters are also a thing. This is where a boat captain collects the names of a bunch of singles or couples who want to fish but not rent a whole boat. Then, when the captain has enough people, they let all the makeup people know so they can go out together.

Another option for a non-private charter is a head boat. This is a rather large sound-going boat that holds about 100 people.  Yes, you’re all competing for fish, but you will catch some anyway. The big advantages of head boats are the price, the lack of waves (since they don’t go in the ocean,) the normal bathroom and a lounge area to go in if it gets too hot or uncomfortable. It’s a great family-friendly option.

Charter Boat Fishing on the Sea Hunter

How Long Do You Want To Spend on The Water?

Charter boat trips come in three lengths; whole day, half day and two hours. A two hour tour boat only represents a small number of the boats, and they are sound boats, so you’ll most likely spend either a whole day or half day on the water. Sometimes you can dictate how long the charter is, but many times, your destination will dictate it. For example, going gulf fishing takes a whole day.  Decide on how long your group can stand to be on a boat before you book.

Do You Really Want To Catch Fish Or Do You Just Want A Day On The Water?

Do you really want to catch fish or just enjoy a day on the water? It’s possible to charter a pontoon boat with the purpose of just spending a day on the water and not catching fish. Pontoon boats can take you exploring nature, swimming, and tubing and drop you off at hard-to-get-to islands. And yes, they can catch fish and crabs too.  There are even private sunset cruises.

Day on the Water with the Pontoon Man

To Sum Up

When it comes to booking a charter on the Outer Banks, there are certainly a lot of choices. None of the choices are ‘bad’, but not all the choices are right for your family. Keeping these considerations in mind will help you make the best choice for you and for family so they can look back to this day and think about what a wonderful day it was.

Be sure to check out our Explore the Shore Program for discounts on activities including Charter Boat Fishing from local boats.

Fall Getaways on the Outer Banks

Fall is the absolute best time to visit the Outer Banks. The weather is great (less heat and humidity than in Summer), the water is still warm, the Summer crowds have left, and the shops and restaurants are still open. Best of all, the vacation rental rates are low–up to 60% off peak Summer rates! Gather your group and make a plan to getaway to the OBX this Fall. We make it easy with affordable weekend and weeklong stays.

Girls Getaways

Grab your besties and head to the beach for a Fall Getaway on the Outer Banks. Imagine spending the day lounging on the beach with a great book or catching up on some great conversation with your friends. How about a night out? There is plenty of entertainment even in the Off Season and wine tastings are available if you want to keep things a little more low key. Treat yourself with a rejuvenating trip to one of our local Spas or an incredible piece of art or jewelry from any one of the galleries and shops up and down the beach. The option to do everything the OBX has to offer (or even nothing) all weekend is yours!

Enjoy a little retail therapy on the OBX

Guys Getaways

We can’t leave the fellas out of an Outer Banks Fall Vacation. With amazing outdoor activities available including Golf (FREE at 2 separate 18 hole courses with the Atlantic Realty Fun N Sun Pass), Charter Fishing Trips to the Gulf Stream, Pier Fishing and even Brewery Tours, there is something for all the guys in your group! Who will be the daredevil to try hang gliding on Jockey’s Ridge or Skydiving with OBX Skydive?

Hang gliding lessons are available from Kitty Hawk Kites

Couples Getaways

The Outer Banks was made for couples! From the gorgeous sunrise and sunset views each and every day here, to the romantic walks along the beach, there could not be a more perfect setting to spend the weekend away with your better half. Tour the local historic sites and attractions such as the Elizabethan Gardens or Currituck Lighthouse for a perfect photo op or cruise on down to Hatteras or Ocracoke Island for an amazing day trip.

Wine glass on the beach
Outer Banks Romantic Getaways

The Outer Banks is the perfect Fall destination. In addition to all of the things to see and do here year round, Fall brings several annual events and festivals to the area including the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and Duck Jazz Festival.

Give us a call today! Our Vacation Planners would be happy to help you plan your Outer Banks Getaway. Can’t wait? Browse our Vacaton Rental Homes now.

5 Reasons a Beach Vacation is Good for your Health

It’s official. You’ve always known that you felt better at the beach, now there is actual scientific proof of that fact. It’s long been accepted that being in nature is a great way to lower stress. However, a study published in Health Place, shows that of all the nature you could ‘be in’, that the beach is clearly the superior choice. Here are a few reasons why.

Listen To The Waves Crashing

Waves crashing are a known ‘white noise’ sound, that calms the body and relaxes the nervous system. Many white noise machines are designed to mimic this sound, and the most popular ‘sleep tapes’ involve waves gently crashing on a beach. That sound, (known as ‘non-threats’ to the scientific community,) can help you achieve a conscious meditative state that is proven to both heal and strengthen you brain.

There’s Nothing Like The Feeling Of Sand Through Your Toes

You love walking on the beach, and it turns out it’s good for you too.  Walking in sand is more challenging to your body than walking on flat roads. However, since this ground works with your body in a natural, forgiving way, (unlike asphalt which is very unforgiving,) you’re less likely to strain yourself while getting a better work out at the same time.  Plus, you get to hear waves and smell ocean.  And there’s another bonus too. Walking barefoot in all that sand naturally sands off all the dead skin on your feet better than any pedicure. So not only do you feel better, your feet will look great in flip flops!

walk on the beach
Walking on the beach is soothing

The Ocean Is A Natural Spa Day

Ever notice how a day at the beach shrinks your pores, heals cuts, and makes your skin look better? It’s not your imagination, and it’s not simply because you’re happy. Its’ because the combination of iodine, salt and other trace minerals in ocean water work as a detoxifier, an antibacterial and an antifungal. There’s nothing better for your skin than ocean water. And when the warm sun opens up your pores, it does an even better job.  See, all the more reason to get out there and soak up some sun — Vitamin D!

There’s A Wide Array Of Exercise Available At The Beach

Not everyone likes exercise , but everyone loves playing on the beach. Whether you’re walking, running, playing Frisbee with the pup, volleyball with the kids, swimming, jumping waves, digging holes and so on, there are all kinds of ‘exercise’ you can do on the beach that simply feels like play.  You’ll feel better in both mind and body, and you’ll want to do your favorite ‘workout’ again.

Smell That Salt Air

Taking your first steps on the beach and inhaling deeply is practically instinct. And it’s not just your imagination that makes you feel better. It’s the air itself.  The quality of the air is purer on the beach. The air is actually infused with salt and negative ions that make it easier to breathe and absorb oxygen into your lungs.  And of course, the fact that you’re breathing deeper now that you’ve relaxed doesn’t hurt either.

Relax with an Outer Banks Vacation

Going on a beach vacation is something that has unending benefits. These benefits were well known to our ancestors, which is why 18th and 19th century doctors often prescribed ‘seaside getaways’. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for a doctor to prescribe one, (though wouldn’t that be cool,) you can just ‘getaway’ right now.

There’s still time to plan your seaside getaway to the Outer Banks either for a Summer Vacation or Fall Weeks. Check out our available homes here.

What’s New on the OBX in 2019

The summer season is just about here, and everyone is gearing up for our visitors.  So in keeping with that, let’s take a look at some of the new things available on the Outer Banks for the 2019 season.

The Casey Logan Disc Golf Course

Owned by the town of Kill Devil Hills, the new disk golf course is tucked away behind the First Flight High School and offers free disk golf for all.  This project was 8 years in the making and recently became a reality thanks to generous donors. Now, any time you want to play disk golf, you can just go to Kill Devil Hills and have a great time.

Shipwrecks Restaurant

A new restaurant is always exciting, and it’s even more exciting when you know the food is going to be good. Shipwrecks Restaurant is moving into the old Hooters building, and is brought to you by the people who own Sooey’s BBQ and Sandtrap Tavern.  The restaurant promises great food and a ‘retro’ Outer Banks feel. Recent tastings from the restaurant promise to have something for everyone!

Nu-Quality Ice Cream Shop

When you pass by the Food Lion in Southern Shores, you’ll notice a little yellow building. No, it’s not a bank. It’s a drive through ice-cream place. The owner has had a successful ice-cream business in Elizabeth City and is now coming to the Outer Banks. The ice cream shop will be open year round and have limited seating. However, everyone is excited about the drive through. It’s the only ice cream drive in on the Outer Banks, and will taste so good after a long day in the car.

Jumpmasters

Now in its first full year, Jumpmasters is the Outer Banks only indoor trampoline park. It features all kinds of fun activities like trampolines, climbing walls, and an American Ninja style obstacle course. Kids and adults love Jumpmasters. Atlantic Realty guests get to enjoy a free admission through our Fun N Sun Pass Program.

Jumpmasters Trampoline Park

Axe Throwing Lessons

Unleash your inner Viking and learn how to throw a real axe at a wooden target.  No experience required. You’ll learn axe throwing in a safe controlled environment from a master instructor. There’ no better adrenaline rush than learning to throw an axe with precision.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

OK, so this one isn’t exactly new new.  It’s now in its 5th season and is in a new location at the Ramada. It has a new menu which is a buffet. It also features a new mystery. So even if you saw it last year, come on by and see it again. It won’t be like last year, and it’s an experience you’re not going to have anywhere else on the Outer Banks.

H2OBX Waterpark

Now, in all fairness, this was here last year as well. But this year, they’re offering a NEW weekly pass to the park. That’s right. When you buy the weekly pass from Atlantic Realty, you can go as much as you want all day every day (between Saturday and Saturday) for your entire week for one low price.

H2OBX Waterpark

New Event Homes

Atlantic Realty now does event homes.  Currently we have three of them, with the possibility for more in the future. The Pine Island Lodge is our largest and sleeps 80 people with 28 bedrooms. Our other two event homes are Crew Quarters and Knot Home. Each home sleeps 38-40 people with 16 bedrooms each. All three homes have great amenities like a swim up bar in the pool, outdoor entertaining areas, gyms, game rooms, extra sitting rooms and so much more.

We hope you’ll check out some of these new activities on your next visit to the Outer Banks. Let our Vacation Planners help you plan your next Outer Banks adventure or start browsing Vacation Ideas here.

Outer Banks Tiny Home Festival

Have you heard about the Tiny Homes? They’re more than just a lifestyle, they’re a social movement. Tiny Homes are popular with people both for their relatively low cost and small environmental footprint.  As people become more socially aware and more interested in minimalism, tiny homes are really starting to take off.

In general, a tiny home is usually less than 500 sq feet, with some of them being as small as 100 square feet. They feature clever ways of storage and furniture layout such as drop down storage cabinets, living rooms with hidden storage, two floors, and living rooms that turn into bedrooms. Staircases, industrial piping, and vinyl or wood flooring and a many more options are available.  Some tiny homes are built to sleep four people.

The Sweet Pea Tiny Home will be on display at the Outer Banks Tiny Home Fesitval June 8-9

Some people think of Tiny Homes as ‘trailers’ but nothing could be further from the truth. A tiny home is more like their full sized counterpart, and their exteriors reflect this. Tiny homes can look anything from a dollhouse, to a Victorian, to a farmhouse even a chapel. Tiny Homes can be portable, since they do fit on hauling trailers, or they can stay in one place built on a foundation just like their full sized counterparts.  They also make great offices, mother-in-law suites, and craft houses.

There are even Tiny Home communities popping up, (one is planned on Hatteras Island.) These communities offer all the benefits of both the Tiny Home movement and the closeness of a real neighborhood. After all, all the neighbors already have one thing in common; a love of Tiny Homes.

Currently, there aren’t many Tiny Homes on the Outer Banks, but that will soon change…

The Oak Island Tiny Home will appear at the Outer Banks Tiny Home Festival June 8–9th

The Outer Banks is pleased to announce the Outer Bank’s first annual Tiny Home Festival. This event runs the weekend of June 8th and 9th and is going to be a great family friendly event. Tickets are low, $10 for one day or $15 for both days. There will be lots of tiny homes to see along with speakers, hosts, musical entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and plenty of arts and crafts vendors selling great stuff for your tiny (or regular sized home.)

A good time is guaranteed to be had by all. So stop by, see some great Tiny Homes, and enjoy a family friendly day full of fun, dreams, and great memories. And if you need a place to stay for the festival, be sure to check out our VacayYourWay program. These homes aren’t exactly “tiny”, but offer short stays year round when most vacation homes require full week stays.

Outer Banks Firsts that Last

Darius Rucker asked in his recent Billboard hit “For the First Time,” …when was the last time you did something for the first time…”  

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has a history of “firsts.” We were the first English colony in America – located on Roanoke Island and founded by Sir Walter Raleigh.  We were first in flight when John T. Daniels captured an image Orville and Wilbur Wright’s glider lifting off the dunes of Kitty Hawk in December of 1903.  We were the home of the first English child born in the new world – Virginia Dare.  And, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university to open its doors in America.  

Indeed our “Firsts” have a history of being memorable.  Recently, VisitNC, North Carolina’s Tourism Marketing arm, was recognized for championing North Carolina’s Firsts That Last campaign when it received a total of nine AAAwards from the American Advertising Federation.   The campaign prominently featured all of the firsts that are possible on the North Carolina Outer Banks and focused on one young family’s first visit to the ocean – reminding us that it is the simplest of “firsts” that are the most special.  

Whether it is your first time or your 50th time, find your Firsts with Atlantic Realty of the Outer Banks.  “

We would like for you to be a part of our summer campaign.  Share your “Firsts” photos with us on Social Media (FaceBook or Instagram)using #weAReOBX or email them to share@weAReOBX.com .  From all of the monthly photos that are received, we will hold a random drawing of 5 monthly winners (1 each month) for a package of vintage Atlantic Realty swag.  This campaign will run from May through September.  Join in the fun and share your firsts with #weAReOBX!

Disclaimer – by submitting photos you are allowing us, at our discretion, to use the photo in future marketing at Atlantic Realty

Depiction of the First Flight — The Wright Brothers Memorial