Explore History at the Elizabethan Gardens in North Carolina

Take a step back in time to a golden age in English history when you visit the Elizabethan Gardens in North Carolina. Come enter the time period when Queen Elizabeth I was the reigning monarch of England, and the first English colony attempted to settle in America. Explore the adventure, history, and sparkling blue ocean views in the Outer Banks when you book one of Atlantic Realty’s vacation rentals. The Outer Banks has something for all interests, and the Elizabethan Gardens are the perfect vacation activity for history buffs.

The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island

The History Behind the Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens are a memorial to the Roanoke colonists who lived on the site 400 years ago. This was the first English colony on American soil, but it did not last long. Shortly after the first English person was born in America, her grandfather returned to England for more supplies. He returned to find the colony abandoned and to this day, nobody is sure what happened to them.

During this time, Queen Elizabeth l was the ruler of England and the gardens are as authentic to that period as possible. Construction of the Elizabethan Gardens began on June 2, 1953, which is the exact date of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Elizabethan Gardens opened to the public on August 18, 1960, which was the birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English person to be born in America.

Top 7 Things To Do at the Elizabethan Gardens

  1. Since the Elizabethan Gardens are part of the North Carolina Birding Trail, this is an excellent place for bird-watching.
  2. Admire the gorgeous bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth I. Her parents were the controversial King Henry VIII, and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Queen Elizabeth’s 45-year reign was among the most popular in English history.  
  3. Visit the marble statue of Virginia Dare that Maria Louise Lande sculpted in 1859.
  4. Explore the Sunken Garden, which features an antique fountain with stonework from 16th-century Italy.
  5. Check the events page for upcoming events like the seasonal Virginia Dare birthday celebration. 
  6. Tiny travelers can check out the John White Butterfly Center and Discovery Cottage.
  7. Educational group tours are available for guests who want to experience the Elizabethan Gardens with guidance from a knowledgeable tour guide.

Plan your next vacation in a place booming with history and gorgeous ocean scenery. Book your stay today with Atlantic Realty and choose from our selection of luxury vacation rentals, with many options featuring amenities such as hot tubs and oceanfront pools.

The History Behind The Lost Colony

The Lost Colony debuted on July 4, 1937, during the Great Depression. Despite the hardships many people faced, it was a full house! The show was only going to last one summer. However, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt saw the show, it created national interest that assured its continuation. 

Fast forward to 2022, The Lost Colony is now celebrating its 85th anniversary at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theater. It is the longest running outdoor symphonic drama! The season started on May 27, 2022, and will conclude on August 20, 2022. Don’t miss your chance to experience American history! 

The Lost Colony Drama
The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama at Waterside Theater

Where to Stay

While getting your tickets, don’t forget to find a place to stay! Atlantic Realty has many great OBX vacation rental options that will exceed your expectations! We offer vacation rentals across the Outer Banks, from budget-friendly options to luxury condos.  

The Story Behind The Lost Colony Play

The mystery of the lost colony has sparked curiosity among historians and inspiration for TV shows, movies, and the annual play. The mystery began in 1587 when 117 pilgrims created the first English colony on Roanoke Island. Shortly after, Virginia Dare became the first English child born on American soil on August 18, 1587. Virginia’s grandfather, John White, returned to England 10 days after her birth to get more supplies. He never saw his granddaughter again.

He returned on his granddaughter’s third birthday to find the entire colony abandoned. The carvings “CROATOAN” and “CRO” were the only explanation left behind. Before he could explore further, a storm damaged his ship. He returned to England and never raised enough money to go back to Roanoke Island. 

5 Theories Of The Lost Colony Of Roanoke
  1. John White assumed the carvings meant that the Roanoke colony moved inland to Croatoan, or south to what is now Hatteras Island. 
  2. The First Colony Foundation found evidence that some colonists moved to or near Salmon Creek in Bertie County. The Choanoke king, Menatonon, permitted them to settle on designated lands where they could provide for themselves. 
  3. The Dare Stones are engravings from Roanoke survivors, with only the first stone found appearing authentic. It said due to illness and war with neighboring tribes; the colony dwindled to just 24 people who fled inland.
  4. In 1607, the Jamestown Colony members searched for information on what happened to the Roanoke colony. A Chesapeake leader told them he had all the Roanoke colony members killed in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  5. Historians Hugh Talmage Lefler and Albert Ray Newsome believe the Roanoke colony sailed back to England and got lost in the Atlantic ocean. In their book North Carolina: The History of a Southern State, they wrote that John White left a boat for them.

Atlantic Realty Rentals

We have plenty of rental options within easy driving distance to Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theater and other historical landmarks. Make sure to book your vacation rental through Atlantic Realty today to experience the history of the Outer Banks yourself!

4th of July Celebrations Around the OBX

There has never been a better place to celebrate the 4th of July than the OBX (Outer Banks) of North Carolina. Our barrier island community was the site of the first attempted colonization in the “New World,” 20 years before Jamestown. You and yours can celebrate our country’s independence right from America’s First Beach! 4th of July celebrations in the OBX boast incredible beach weather, warm ocean temperatures, and plenty of fellow travelers searching for a bit of a slice of historical paradise. 

Atlantic Realty has all the best OBX house rentals, perfect for starting your barrier island experience. Since 1982, generations of families have found relaxation, fun, and a place to truly get away from it all during their OBX vacations with help from our talented team of local experts! This 4th of July season, enjoy an affordable and adventure-packed vacation with many can’t-miss festivities along the scenic coastline. Keep reading for more details—

Girl on Beach with Fireworks
Spend Independence Day on the Outer Banks

Spend Your 4th of July in the Charming OBX

Of course, you can always indulge in some peaceful 4th of July relaxation at one of Atlantic Realty’s many gorgeous family vacation rentals. All of our properties are equipped with complete kitchens, so whip up a  delicious OBX-inspired dish and gather with family for a patriotic feast! Staying in oceanfront NC accommodations? We recommend bringing along beach toys and games, in addition to the two complimentary beach chairs you’ll receive with our Fun N Sun Perks Pass. Check out our “What to Bring” page for more useful vacation planning tips before Independence Day. 

Seeking some adventure with your family and friends? A 4th of July road trip to see all the best OBX festivities from Corolla down to South Nags Head will be just up your alley. See our recommend event lineup below: 

Corolla:  

Historic Corolla Park will be the site of the Independence Day Celebration, packed with live music, food, drink, and fireworks! Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. with free admission, parking, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. 

Duck:

The Town of Duck has an annual 4th of July Parade that winds through the neighborhood behind Scarborough Faire.  This year’s parade will begin at 9am on Monday, July 4, 2022.  

Kill Devil Hills:

 Folks love watching the stunning fireworks show held annually at the beaches around Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills. 

Nags Head: 

You and yours can head a little south, catching the showstopping Town Of Nags Head Fireworks Spectacular, blasting off over the ocean waves. Fireworks are even sometimes visible from Nags Head rental homes

If you are traveling with all adults (21+), consider participating in the Independence Beer Mile, presented by the Outer Banks Brewing Station on July 3. Start a new family vacation tradition and come celebrate the 4th of July with Atlantic Realty this summer. Our amenity-filled rental homes in the OBX are well-maintained and perfectly suited for all families and large friend groups. Save money by booking directly on our website today!

Have Some Fun ‘N the Sun with Atlantic Realty || OBX Vacations

Summers in the OBX (Outer Banks of North Carolina) will transport you worlds away from your everyday hustle and bustle. Our family-friendly vacation destination is made up of over 100 miles of wide-open shoreline, Southern hospitality, and a mix of quaint seaside villages boasting unique personalities and rich history. Although we are a short drive away from major cities and airports, our barrier island communities feel remote. The OBX is where our beloved country got its start, so it’s only fitting that your summer vacation traditions start here!

Enjoy the Ocean with an Outer Banks Vacation

The Best OBX Vacations Start with Atlantic Realty 

Atlantic Realty is truly where your barrier island experience begins, supplying families with the best places to stay in the OBX every year. Since 1982, multiple generations of families have joined us in enjoying waves of fun and quiet relaxation. We offer a wide range of OBX vacation rentals from Corolla to South Nags Head, centered on amenities, togetherness, and affordability. Whatever you’re searching for, we’ve got something in store for you. 

If you are looking for a family vacation spot void of crowded spaces and busy cities, we welcome you to start a new family tradition and indulge in a much-needed OBX vacation. This summer, the friendly Atlantic Realty team will help you get more bang for your buck with our guest perks. Get ready to stretch your OBX vacation dollars as far as they can go with our acclaimed Fun N Sun Perks Pass Program—

Vacation Like A Local with Atlantic Realty’s Fun N Sun Perks Pass

Our Fun N Sun Perks Pass elevates all OBX vacations, no matter the time of year. This program is an exclusive vacation amenity providing complimentary local attractions, activities, and discounts for guests staying with us. We offer such great value to ensure your OBX vacation goes beyond the doors of our fabulous accommodations and beautiful outdoors. Take your summer stay to the next level with one (or more) of our recommended recreational activities! 

Explore the Shore This Summer with Atlantic Realty

At Atlantic Realty, we already know you’re excited to head down to our barrier island community straight away to begin the best OBX summer vacation possible. With our Fun N Sun Perks Pass in your back pocket, your family and friends will be able to enjoy affordable fun. Book one of our stunning OBX vacation rentals online today! 

Host Your Family Reunion in the Beautiful Outer Banks, NC

We’ve all been away from our extended families for too long after these past few wild years! It’s time to grab your address books and start calling up your loved ones for a long-awaited family reunion in the beautiful Outer Banks, NC. You’ll be able to enjoy quality time with those you love along our communities’ gorgeous coastline. There’s something for every family member, young and young-at-heart, in the OBX! 

Family Reunion
Gather the family and head to the OBX!

Atlantic Realty, a trusted name in local vacation rentals, offers the best places to stay and host the most spectacular family get-togethers in the Outer Banks. Since 1982, multiple generations of families have escaped to our charming barrier island properties, enjoying ultimate relaxation and waves of fun. We have amenity-packed homes suitable for larger celebrations, from family reunions to corporate retreats. This year, allow us to help you plan and host an unforgettable Outer Banks family reunion. Keep reading for more useful information! 

Let’s Plan Your Dream Family Reunion in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is perfect for large gatherings and family reunions, with over 40 gorgeous miles of coastline and space for your family to comfortably spread out. Atlantic Realty’s affordable accommodations mean you can get more bang for your buck and focus on what really matters most: family! We’re also dedicated to making your OBX reunion getaway “worry-free,” offering a flexible payment plan for 2022. It’s ideal for large group vacations where multiple families may be chipping in on vacation costs. 

Our Event Homes

We have homes ranging from 1 to 28 bedrooms, all the way from Corolla to South Nags Head. Our group event homes in the Outer Banks come equipped with spacious gathering spaces, comfy bedrooms, and resort-style amenities, like pools and theater rooms. Planning a huge family reunion with over 40 family members? We recommend reserving The Pine Island Lodge, a stunning 28-bedroom home boasting generous ocean views, ample kitchen space, dining areas for days, and a huge sparkling pool. Head down the private beach access with your loved ones, preparing for days filled with beach games and good times! 

Love your extended family, but don’t want to stay under the same roof? We have curated a list of some of our Outer Banks vacation homes and condos located near each other. Every group will have their own space, with the opportunity to gather for photos, meals, and vacation excursions. You can find the list here

Large Event Services

Planning a family reunion or any large gathering can be stressful. That’s where our event services page comes into play! We have compiled a list of all our trusted local vendors, from caterers to event planners, who can help make any reunion a true success. You’ll never be alone in the planning process!

Additionally, our guests are treated to free or discounted daily activities with the Fun N Sun Pass Program. Set your family reunion apart from the rest by vacationing like a local! Our event homes and spaces go quickly, so start planning your perfect Outer Banks family reunion with Atlantic Realty now. Contact us today and book your dream family getaway by calling (877) 858-4795! We cannot wait to host you!

5 Outer Banks Inspired Seafood Dishes & Sides You Need to Try 

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is the ideal year-round destination, filled with charming seaside villages, exciting outdoor activities, delicious seafood dishes, and miles of open shoreline. You and your family can escape the typical vacation crowd of congested vacation spots, further adding to your overall experience. Break away from routine and enjoy a budget-friendly escape with the ones you love! 

Hushpuppies are an Outer Banks staple to accompany seafood meals

Atlantic Realty of the Outer Banks has all your family’s vacation needs covered, from affordable beach vacation homes to insider travel tips. We want to help you get more bang for your buck! Our properties have fully-equipped kitchens so guests can craft delightful family meals inspired by our coastal surroundings. The Outer Banks is all about good dining, so grab some fresh seafood and try the following five recipes at your Outer Banks house rental—

  1. Outer Banks Sunset 

This iconic OBX beverage can be made for adults or kids. No matter how you make it, sans alcohol or not, this colorful drink mimics the blazing sunsets that illuminate our shores every evening. Use any alcoholic beverage or kid-friendly substitute, just as long as it keeps its classic orange-red hue! We loved sipping these during family brunches. 

  1. Hatteras Clam Chowder

This simple broth-based chowder hails from the Outer Banks town of Hatteras. It’s an amazing dish to warm up with during chilly beach nights, filled with briny clams, potatoes, and chopped vegetables. We love how light and filling this chowder is—the perfect recipe to make for large gatherings. 

  1. Homemade Hushpuppies

No Outer Banks seafood spread is complete without hushpuppies! This tasty comfort food is an excellent side that can be found at any authentic Southern fish fry. Pair them alongside any seafood dish or gobble them up on their own. You may want to double this easy recipe as hushpuppies are known to disappear quickly. 

  1. Grilled Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna is available to catch all year long in the Outer Banks, with the best catches occurring between October and June. This fish is delicious with a great sear, accompanied by a nice marinade and lemon. With your rental’s charcoal grill, you can whip up this quick marinaded yellowfin tuna dish.

  1. Apple Uglies

Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe, located around one hour from the Atlantic Realty offices, created the fluffy miracles known as Apple Uglies. They are a dense take on an apple fritter, oozing with sweet apples, cinnamon, and coated with sugar. Even though they feel heavy, these apple uglies will melt in your mouth. This homemade recipe yields a slightly-differing duplicate of the original. 

Cook Up a Storm in Your Outer Banks House Rental

We at Atlantic Realty are excited to see all the yummy dishes you’ll create during your Outer Banks getaway. Your barrier island experience begins as soon as you step foot in one of our affordable house rentals. All homes come equipped with a full kitchen and other fantastic amenities. Book your stay with us online today!

Plan a Paw-sitive Spring Break in Pet-Friendly OBX

There’s no time like the present to start planning your family’s spring break! As we enter a new year full of possibilities and hope, folks all over the country are looking forward to a nice break from work and school. You all deserve it, including your furry family members. This year, head to the pet-friendly OBX, otherwise known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our barrier island communities offer a sweet reprieve from bustling crowds, hectic attractions, and essentially all things that can make spring break undesirable. The pet-friendly OBX will allow you to fully enjoy your short family vacation, with so many incredible attractions and activities. 

Kids and Dog on the beach
Pet Friendly Vacations are easy on the Outer Banks

Your barrier island experience begins when you stay with Atlantic Realty, where travelers consistently find the best places to stay on the Outer Banks. Since 1982, families have enjoyed spring breaks in our lovely OBX vacation homes, dotting the gorgeous shoreline. We’ll help you get more bang for your buck during your stay and we proudly provide several pet-friendly OBX vacation rentals. Follow our quick guide to a paw-some spring break adventure, all within perfect reach from your OBX vacation home—

Pet-Friendly Itinerary for Your OBX Spring Break

Your family’s spring break vacation can be rewarding for both humans and pets. The OBX has always been an incredible pet-friendly destination, drawing in visitors from all over! We have compiled a list of pet-friendly things to do to help with your vacation planning process. 

Where to Stay

Atlantic Realty has your vacation rental needs and wants covered! Our pet-friendly rentals ensure that you don’t have to leave your well-behaved pup behind this spring. We offer over 40 pet-friendly OBX homes, spanning from Corolla all the way to South Nags Head. There is something for every family, including great modern amenities and beautiful views. 

Where to Eat

What to Do 

Make sure to check out our helpful “Traveling with Pets” page for more valuable tips and tricks. You can also feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff for information! Book your pet-friendly OBX vacation home with Atlantic Realty online today—just in time for spring break!

4 Craft Cocktails to Enjoy in Your Outer Bank Beach Rental

Indulging in a delicious craft cocktail recipe is a great way of “coastal distancing.” It allows travelers to have fun at their own pace. Of course, Outer Banks is known for bars that sell some amazing craft cocktails. Thus, let us discuss which craft cocktail recipes that you can sample and enjoy in your private Outer Banks beach rental.

“Coastal Distance” with a craft cocktail you can make at home

Agave Roja

If you are craving a margarita, then Agave Roja is the place to start. Their craft cocktail recipes are spot-on and a must-try this summer season. They make margaritas with fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can order their Signature Margarita Mix by the pint or quart and enjoy the mix with tequila in your Outer Banks beach rental for some “coastal distancing!” 

Chili Peppers Coastal Grill & Pupuseria

Summer means fresh fruits and fruit cocktails. Head to Chili Peppers Coastal Grill & Pupuseria for some delicious and fresh Orange Crush. They make these drinks in many other flavors, like peach, mango, strawberry, and raspberry. Chili Peppers will even customize your order to-go!

NC Coast Grill and Bar

NC Coast Grill and Bar is known for its eclectic menu, which features craft cocktails, beer, and exceptional food. What’s more, is that now you can take away some of their signature craft cocktails. Their Bloody Mary mixes and mimosas are spot-on. 

Ocean Boulevard 

This upscale eatery and martini bar has been around for quite some time now. Ocean Boulevard offers upscale and casual dining at their restaurant too. But, you can also take any drink to-go. Their martinis are definitely something to try as they are just delicious!
Now that you know where to sample some of the best craft cocktail recipes, you can figure out your stay at Outer Banks. Opt for Atlantic Realty, which offers vacation rentals and oceanfront luxury properties. You can check availability online at Atlantic Realty.

10 Best Outer Banks Restaurants that Offer Takeout

The barrier islands located off the coast of North Carolina make for the perfect summer vacation. Sun, sand, and beaches, the Outer Banks has everything you can ask for. This quintessential holiday destination also has an amazing range of restaurants that you can choose from during your stay at Atlantic Realty. Let us explore some of the best Outer Banks restaurants that offer takeout.

Outer Banks Restaurants are offering takeout options for visitors

  1. NC Coast Grill & Bar

One of the newest restaurants in Duck, NC Coast Grill & Bar not only offers takeout (with online ordering) but also is currently offering indoor dining with 50% capacity. Take in the amazing water views and experience the chef-driven, fresh, and fit coastal cuisine. As an Atlantic Realty partner, NC Coast Grill & Bar offers free desserts to Atlantic Realty guests as part of our Fun N Sun Pass program. Just mention this promo and enjoy!

2. Argyle’s Restaurant

The perfect place for a wholesome breakfast or lunch, Argyle’s Restaurant is a farm-to-table restaurant serving fresh local seafood and an exciting range of entrees, too. 

3. Mulligan’s Grille

Mulligan’s Grille and Restaurant is located in the historic cottage row area of Nags Head (just past Jockey’s Ridge) and offers a wide variety of entrees sure to please the entire family’s palate (including pets). Their unique outdoor dining deck is pet friendly and Mulligan’s offers a complimentary dog meal with the purchase of an adult meal as part of Atlantic Realty’s Fun N Sun Pass Program.

4. Ashley’s Espresso Parlour

This cute coffee shop is a popular hangout in the area. Ashley’s Espresso Parlour is known for hand-roasted coffee beans and excellent brews.

5. Avenue Waterfront Grille

This fantastic Outer Banks restaurant has a nice casual vibe and serves some of the best seafood in the area. Avenue Waterfront Grille offers chef-prepared dishes for shellfish lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free eaters alike. 

6. Bad Bean Baja Grill

If you are looking for a casual place to have lunch, Bad Bean Baja Grill is it. They serve fantastic tacos, quesadillas, salads, and every other Mexican food you can dream of.

7. Barrier Island Bagels

Located at the Marketplace Shopping Center, Barrier Island Bagels serves some of the best bagels. You can also have some Acai Bowls and Homemade Smoothies if you like. Their bagels are never frozen and always fresh.

8. Bros Sandwich Shack

Bros Sandwich Shack is a restaurant owned by brothers who make some of the best food in the Outer Banks. You know a place has good food when they have a line of people waiting outside on the door every day for their fresh homemade burgers, pickles, and ranch dressing.

9. Freshfit Cafe

If you are on a diet, but still want to enjoy some delicious food, Freshfit Cafe is the place for you. This is a nutrition-oriented and health-focused cafe which fresh and balanced breakfasts and lunches.

10, Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

Offering some great beer brews, Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe is one of the best hangout beer places in the area. The food is also diverse and fresh & it never fails to disappoint.

Enjoy the Best Outer Banks Restaurants at Atlantic Realty

Enjoy dishes from the best Outer Banks restaurants near your North Carolina rental at Atlantic Realty. You’re in for an unforgettable family getaway experience at our oceanfront vacation homes. For more information, check availability online

Embark on an Outer Banks Horseback Riding Tour

Soak in the beauty of the Atlantic Coast from a different vantage point with an Outer Banks horseback riding tour near your vacation home. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options from which to choose when you make a reservation via Atlantic Realty. Whether you’re looking for a romantic ride on the beach at sunset with your significant other or an unforgettable equestrian family outing, you’re sure to have a fantastic time on an Outer Banks horse tour. 

Outer Banks Horse Riding for All Ages & Comfort Levels

One of the best things about horseback riding tours is that nearly everyone can do it. Most establishments do have age, weight, and height restrictions for the riders’ and horses’ safety but are otherwise inclusive. There’s no prior experience necessary for an equine adventure near your Outer Banks rentals. Choose the tour that best fits your interests and schedule, and treat yourself and your loved ones to a beautiful day on the Atlantic Coast.

Lighthouse Horse Rides 

Open year-round, Lighthouse Horse Rides offers a wide variety of tours, befitting all skill levels and interests. Their expert guides strive for inclusivity in ensuring everyone has a safe and memorable experience; they even offer handicapped accommodations for those who need it. If you don’t see a tour that speaks to you, consider their custom tour option, and build the perfect Outer Banks horseback riding outing. 

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding

If you’re staying in an Outer Banks vacation rental with your family, Hatteras Island Horseback Riding might be the perfect place for you. They specialize in giving family tours, offer family packages, work well with people of all ages, and they’re open year-round. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them about organizing a custom ride for the anniversary or proposal of your dreams. 

Reserve the Perfect Outer Banks House Rental for Your Needs

From romantic retreats to family reunions, Atlantic Realty has the perfect North Carolina rental for your needs. We even have an assortment of specials so that you can get the utmost fun and excitement from your stay in the Outer Banks. To learn more about our fabulous offerings or luxurious vacation rentals, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.

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