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18th Annual “Inshore Slam” Fishing Tournament

October 16-17, 2015 at the Manteo Waterfront


Participants compete for largest fish in four categories: stripers, flounder, puppy drum and speckle trout … plus there’s a single “Grand Slam” award for the individual who weighs in fish from at least three of the four categories, with the highest total weight.


Held on the first weekend in October with the expectation of more fish and warmer weather, the tournament commences on the Manteo waterfront, with docking available at the Maritime Museum, where registration will occur 4-7pm Friday October 16. A welcome social will include food, beverages and entertainment.


As a family event, promoters make it a special point to “take a kid fishing”. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in adult, women’s and youth divisions. A silent auction includes great prizes and gifts available for all tastes and budgets. Saturday night awards banquet will be fun for all with live music and a pig pickin’ by Chef Paul Mann & Crew.


This Manteo Rotary community fundraising event has provided over $260,000 in scholarships to deserving young people in Dare County. Bring the whole family out for great fun and support a great cause!


Details about this and more online at the Official Outer Banks Events Calendar.




Out Of This World Vacations … May The 4th Be With You!

Star Wars fans around the world are celebrating only 227 days until release of "The Force Awakens" ... which includes interstellar gatherings at Jockeys Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC. Read More ...


Transport yourself to Nags Head Inn and reach the Yoda level of vacation value.




10 Reasons To Visit The Outer Banks In North Carolina

You do have to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina to fully experience the beauty and wonder, but these images will go a long way to help explain why these barrier islands are so special to so many loyal visitors!

Reasons to visit include: activities, fishing piers, lighthouses, beach glass, shipwrecks, treasures, sunrise, sunset, dark night sky, surfing, wild horses, renewable energy.

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Outer Banks ‘Taste of the Beach’ SPECIAL!

March 19, 20, & 21, 2015
15% Discount Off Standard Rates
At Nags Head Inn Oceanfront
Use Promo Code TOB15


Flying Pirate 1/2 Marathon SPECIAL!

April 17,18 & 19, 2015
10% Discount Off Standard Rates
+ Late Check-Out Sunday for Race Participants
At Nags Head Inn Oceanfront
Use Promo Code OBXRUN


Bodie Island Named USA Weekend “10Best: Scenic lighthouses around the USA”

For its "Scenic lighthouses around the USA," 10Best offers a "look at some of the lighthouses throughout the country that you can climb and take a peek at their original Fresnel lenses, made in Paris." Among the notable lighthouses, 10Best says, "Like its popular neighbor, the Cape Hatteras Light Station, the Bodie Island Light Station (pronounced "body") in North Carolina's Outer Banks sports black and white stripes. A recent restoration reopened the light station to the public in 2013, and visitors can now climb its 214 steps to the top for stunning views and a look at its original 1872 Fresnel lens, with 377 glass prisms, weighing in at 9,000 pounds and valued at $2 million." [Please note the Bodie Island Lighthouse Tours run the third Friday in April through Columbus Day in October. The Bodie Island Visitors Center is open year-round.]

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Duck Jazz Fest Week Special Concert at Scarborough Faire


Please Don't Miss This …

Mojo Collins & Triple Vision Band
Playing LIVE at Scarborough Faire,
This Friday October 10, 2-6pm

If We're Lucky, Special Guest &
Town of Duck Jazz Fest Headliner,
Renee Marie, Will Join the Crowd
for a Song or Two in the Courtyard!

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USA Today Features Nags Head This “Webcam Wednesday”

Of Nags Head, USA Today says, "As another summer season winds to a close, stop in at one of the East Coast's best beach destinations, Nags Head. This fun, funky town facing the beautiful swimming beaches of the Outer Banks draws throngs of visitors throughout the summer and fall, and the webcam above will take you there live."


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Ribbon Of Sand – NC’s Outer Banks


If You Ever Have Trouble Explaining Why Our Outer Banks Barrier Islands Are So Special, Consider Sharing This Video Narrated By Meryl Streep and John Grabowska.

USA Today’s “10Best” Visits the Alluring Outer Banks!

In a 10Best featured article for USA Today, "10Best Visits the Alluring Outer Banks." The article notes, "When it comes to beaching it, everybody is different. Some sun worshippers long for action, a busy Boardwalk and plenty of after-dark activity. Then, there's the Outer Banks. This series of North Carolina barrier islands attracts a mellower crowd. A strip of laid back beach towns connected by bridges, the Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is home to about 60,000 residents year-round. That number nears 500,000 during the summer and fall, vacationers drawn by powdery sand, stellar fishing and a shallow coastline dotted with historic wrecks. Most stay in the McMansions that line the beaches; six, seven and eight-bedroom homes that can easily host a multi-gen family getaway, a girlfriend's weekend or a sporty man-cation."

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Outer Banks "Things To Do"