Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ocracoke Island waves

Today it was a beautiful sixty degrees and the waves at the beach were large and wonderful to watch. I was thinking that maybe you need a little bit of Ocracoke beach and the ocean right now... so I've posted this video to share with you, enjoy! Dec. 26 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fall Giveaway! has a new fall giveaway! Enter to win this beautiful panorama photograph of Ocracoke Harbor by artist Ed Hamilton. wouldn't this look great on your walls? This giveaway is over. Thanks to everyone who entered!

A four minute vacation on Ocracoke Island

Here's a pretty slide show of Ocracoke Island. So if you need a 4 minute vacation have a look:
Ocracoke Island Slide Show
from a series on WRAL "Tarheel Treasures"

Friday, September 4, 2009

Lighthouse View

This is one of my favorite rentals on Ocracoke Island. Like a fantastic view of the lighthouse? Located right on Ocracoke Harbor is Harbor View condo Ocracoke Harbor view website The best part of this comfy-chic condo on the Lake? The tiki bar! or maybe the sunsets. I can't decide. This a a great place to relax and unwind. Make your fall reservations today.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall on the Island

September on the Island is wonderful. I love fall. It's gotten a bit cooler but it is still perfect weather to spend a day at the beach. The sky this time of year is sometimes just amazing. Here's a photo of the Ocracoke Island water tower from the other night. The summer crowds have gone, there are some terrific vacation deals, this is the perfect time to visit the Island. Need Ocracoke information to plan your trip? Visit

Friday, June 19, 2009

FREE Art Giveaway!

A new giveaway! This month we are giving away a beautiful Ocracoke seashell suncatcher! Artist Alison Ellis makes these beautiful one-of-a-kind stained glass pieces. Visit Alison at Ocracoke Restoration at Spencer's Market this summer and she can make you a suncatcher from your own seashells.
To enter our giveaway visit
this giveaway is now over. There is a new one on our site.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

South Point Sunset

Ocracoke Island is one of the few places where you can see the sun rise and set over the water. It rises over the Atlantic Ocean and sets over the Pamlico Sound. My favorite place to view the sun setting on the Island is from South Point. On this day, I was the only one out on the point. I thought I'd share it with you now... Enjoy!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Things that are beautiful and poisionus

I saw this Man O-War on Ocracoke's beach last night. I stopped to takes some photos of it. You won't often see these unusual creatures (they are not jellyfish they are pelagic colonial hydroids) on the beaches at Ocracoke... but if you do, do not touch them! They are beautiful and they are very poisonous.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Ocrafolk Festival June 5-7 2009
One of my favorite things about Ocracoke Island is the local music. The first weekend in June every year is the Ocrafolk Festival. It is a wonderful weekend of music outdoors under the live oak trees with storytelling and art. It begins this year on Friday night June 5th with a community pot luck dinner fallowed by an auction. Music will fill the air for the next two days and this wonderful event is free. For more information about this event or to become an Ocrafolk sponser see their website: Ocrafolk Festival
This beautiful painting of the Ocracoke Lighthouse by multi-talented artist Kitty Mitchell is this years Ocrafolk artwork and it will be available on posters and Tshirts at the festival.
See you there!
For more Ocracoke events see our Ocracoke Island calendar of events

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Portsmouth Island

Last week I took a trip to Portsmouth Island. This Island is a 20 minute boat trip from Ocracoke Island, NC. The weather was warm and their were no mosquitoes! It was a beautiful day. Portsmouth Island was once a thriving shipping port town with many residents. It is now a ghost town. The last residents left the Island in 1971. The Island is owned by the National Park service.
You can visit the village, the visitors center, post office / general store, the church, the school house, and the life saving station are all open to the public. The village still has many of the original houses.
It is a peaceful place and I can imagine how life was once nice on this barrier Island. The beach is long and wide and mostly empty. Portsmouth Island is a great place for shelling.
If you are interested in discovering Portsmouth Island call Rudy Austin 252-928-4361 or Donald Austin 252-928-5431 and they'll take you out to the Island. They are native Ocracokers and will also tell you lots of good stories. Austin boat tours leave twice a day from the community docks in Ocracoke, NC. Enjoy this peaceful place!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ocracoke Island Weddings

We had a few days of cold weather but it seems to be over. The sun is out and shining today which makes me start to think about spring weddings. Getting married on Ocracoke Island can be wonderful. Couples come from all over to get married on our beach, another favorite spot to be wed is at our 1823 lighthouse. Very romantic!
Ocracoke Island wedding resources

Monday, March 2, 2009

Free Art Giveaway!

Ocracokes website, Ocracoke web is having its first art giveaway! You can enter to win this print of artist Sarah Cruse's "Feather Drifter" The print is from her beautiful painting of a sailing ship. This schooner would look great at your beach house or any other place you need a little bit of the Island and the Ocean. You'll find a link on the front page of the website to enter the giveaway, good luck!