Monday, July 29, 2013

Pirates and a Pirate Festival

Learn Pirate games, when board games were actually made from boards
Pirates are a favorite bit of history for Outer Bankers and tales of old are repeated to young children as well as all the shipwrecks that dot our coast. In the late 1600s and early 1700s pirates used the Outer Banks as a central base of operations, intercepting ships carrying gold, silver, and other trade goods. The Outer Banks' barrier islands was the perfect spot to hide and store plunder. One of the most famous of these so called pirates was Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach) who made Ocracoke his home until his demise.

Come celebrate with us this August at the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirate fun will kick-off on Friday, August 23rd and continue with festivities on Outer Banks until its conclusion on Monday, August 26th. Join Kitty Hawk Kites as well celebrate the great pirate history of the Outer Banks, home of the Mid-Atlantic Graveyard! Learn about the local maritime history, enjoy a little pirate fight, and learn about the pirate code!

Capt and crew of the Sea Gypsy looking over a found map
While celebrating with the pirates don't miss taking the opportunity to go plunder like a real pirate! Pirate Adventures sails out of Manteo several times daily. Sail off on the Sea Gypsy and look for treasure, watch for other pirates and shoot off the water cannons to defend your ship and booty! This Pirate Adventure is available all summer long so there is no reason to miss a chance of a life time to be a pirate!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Can you say Chicamacomico?

Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete life-saving station site remaining in North Carolina and one of the most complete sites in the nation. Located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Chicamacomico has two stations and five outbuildings. The Chicamacomico Historical Association is a private non-profit organization who’s purpose is to restore, preserve and interpret the buildings and history of Chicamacomico Life- Saving Station, as well as the U.S. Life-Saving Service and its successor, the U.S. Coast Guard on the Outer Banks.

When visiting the Outer Banks, take time to visit this historical site and enjoy their Summer Porch Programs. Don't miss the Beach Apparatus Drill, The U.S. Life-Saving Service required all stations to practice this rescue method weekly. Chicamacomico is now one of only two places in the country— and the ONLY one to be performed by active-duty US Coast Guard personnel—that performs the complete Drill, including live black powder firing and live shot. Popularly known as the “Breeches Buoy Rescue Reenactment,” it remains the best show on the Outer Banks!

For more information on Chicamacomico follow them on facebook or visit their informative website
The Chicamacomico Historical Association owns and operates the museum site and the museum shop and raises its own funds. 100% of all admission fees, gift shop purchases, memberships, and donations go directly to the preservation, restoration, and operation of this historic site. Special thank you for allowing us to use their photos for this article.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What's Up at the Tar Heel Motel, Nags Head North Carolina

June 1st is fast approaching and with it comes Summer Fun and Beach Vacations! The first two weeks of June at the Tar Heel is still in the Spring Rates. Get a jump on the vacation and enjoy these great local events at the same time. Here are two great events coming up and just minutes away from us. Come for a quick weekend or enjoy a week of sun, sand and waves.

Saturday, June 8, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have fun fishing at the Family Fishing Tourney at Jennette's Pier! Anglers have a chance to win door prizes, and awards are presented for the largest fish caught. Cost is $15 for adults and $ 8 for children ages 12 and under. For more information check the link above. The Tar Heel Motel is a quick half mile walk - grab the kids and go!

Photo Credit Kitty Hawk Kites
The 31st Annual Rogallo Kite Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday June 8th & 9th at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head. The Rogallo Kite Festival includes two days of kite flying to honor Francis Rogallo, NASA scientist and inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions started the sport of hang gliding and his designs have carried over into the stunt kites, power kites and hang gliders that are flown today. Come out and see large kite displays, learn to fly various kites, kitemaking, and more fun activites! Kitty Hawk Kites is proud to announce that Kitebus Festivals will be at the Rogallo Kite Festival. This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nags Head & Tar Heel Motel, the perfect choice for families the past 50 years.

It's only the beginning of May and you can walk the beach at Nags Head and find sand castles at the surf's edge. Remnants of someone's perfect day at the beach on the Outer Banks. Who doesn't remember the excitement as a kid when we knew we were headed to the shore for the weekend or if we were lucky enough a whole week! Sun, sand, surf all day followed by miniature golf, go-carts and ice cream in the evening. Going to bed so exhausted, yet at the same time, full of anticipation for the next day's adventure.

Tar Heel Motel strives to keep family vacations affordable. We love seeing those smiling faces and hearing tales of the adventure that day - be it sailing a pirate ship, catching fish for dinner of the awesome sand castle they built by the surf's edge.

Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 Season is Here!

Winter is almost over and Spring is around the corner! We are shaking of the cold winter blahs and getting ready for the 2013 Season at the Tar Heel Motel. Opening weekend is March 15th, right on time for Kelly's Running of the Leprechauns 8K and 24th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Annual Parade marches down Nags Head on the beach road on Sunday March 17th at 1:00pm. The largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in North Carolina, it is always a fun and a big event for the Outer Banks.

Not big on running or parades? How about food? Glorious, scrumptious and delectable Outer Banks fresh seafood!! The 2013 Taste of Beach is on March 14th and runs through to March 17th. A long weekend of food, drink and fun! Make sure you check out the event list, you can choose them all or just a few. Don't wait long, they sell out quickly!

Oh and did I mention the St. Patrick's Day Manager's Special?  In honor of her Irish roots all guests booking a 2 night stay for this weekend alone (March 15-17th, 2013) will receive $5.00 off per night. Book your favorite room and add the Manager's Special to your reservation. Make sure you come in wearing green.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

2012 Season's End, 2013 Season's Beginning

Well here it is, our last weekend is right before us. October 28th, 2012 the Tar Heel Motel in Nags Head will close for the season. We are hoping it is going to be a great weekend to end the year. The first annual Zombie Beach Walk with film festival and Zombie Ball is right down the road from us.

It has been a lot of fun watching people pull over to take pictures of the marquee. Hopefully we will be able to get a few of the undead to stop for some photo shots before it's all over. We do have a Special Package for the last weekend so check it out online. Lots of scary fun going on, including the "Fear at the Pier" at Jennette's.

The weather is still holding to a beautiful 70 degrees and the fishing has been great the past two weeks. We've had a great season this year and can't wait until next year to see everyone again. Our opening date for 2013 is Friday March 15th, right in time for the St. Patrick's Day celebration. Online Reservations are available at all times so feel free to book your next trip at anytime during the year.Make sure you keep up with us on Facebook and the Blog. Contests, specials and upcoming events will be announced through out the winter so keep a look out.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kids and the Outer Banks

What are some of our favorite things to do with the family when visiting The Tar Heel in Nags Head on the Outer Banks? Here are our top 5 choices (besides the beach of course!)

1. Fishing - it isn't just for boys! The Outer Banks is known for fishing and you don't have to have a boat. Pier fishing is what we recommend for the budding fisherman. The piers have rental rods, all the bait and the fishing fee covers the NC fishing license. All you have to do is show up. Don't worry if you are unsure yourself, all the piers have seasoned fisherman that are more then helpful.

2. Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks. Who doesn't want to be a pirate? Join the motley crew on the Sea Gypsy for a unforgettable trip. After you sign up for the crew you will be outfitted in pirate attire, tattooed and boarded on to the Sea Gypsy. Sail out into the waters and find ye some treasure but not before a battle ensues and you have to fire your water cannons against the bad Pirate Pete. We aren't going to spoil this adventure so you'll have to go find out yourself! Make sure you call ahead and book reservations, this adventure books up. Captain Chum and his crew can be found on the Manteo Waterfront, only a 10 minute drive from us.

3. and 4. Go Carts and Putt-Putt Golf. You can't go to the beach and not do one or the other - or even both! There are several mini-golf spots through out the Outer Banks, all with their own theme. There a four that are located in Nags Head alone. Our favorite go cart track is Full Throttle Speedway in Nags Heads (right next to Mutiny Bay Mini-Golf). Full Throttle offers two tracks, an oval slick-track or a figure 8 track, and Indy style gas powered go-carts.

5. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The aquarium is a magical place where the kids get to see the Outer Banks in a whole new light. Not only will they see sharks but they will get a glimpse into our coastal freshwater as well as what is in our marshlands and so much more. There are several daily programs as well as camps and outreach programs. Make visiting the beach not only fun but educational too!

So there you have it, our top 5 picks for kids! Book your next stay here at the Tar Heel Motel, we you are only steps away from the beach. Our outdoor pool is another favorite of our guests, perfect place to unwind or cool off after a day of exploring. Next shout out we'll hit our top favorite places to eat! We hope to see you soon.