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!