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May 25, 2017
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The Cottages are Getting Ready for Summer!

We heard you loud and clear and it’s a GREAT idea! So if you’re checking into either Tandem Cottage, Kemp & Olive or Bankers Cottage (Coming Soon!) in the next 10 days, you’ll get the benefit of a great recent guest recommendation.

We just purchased beach carts for the cottages!

They’ll hold 150lbs of your beach paraphernalia and will make the short walk over the dune even easier! The cart’s wide wheels do great in loose sand and they’re highly reviewed. We think you’re going to love them!

Thanks to two of our recent guests for this suggestion and keep the ideas coming!

Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

April 25, 2017
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Dog Friendly Beach: Nags Head NC

We made the list! Check out Coastal Living’s list of pup-friendly beaches in NC.

Nags Head is proud to be a d0g-friendly town. We’re so pleased to offer Kemp & Olive Cottage, Tandem Cottage and Bankers Cottage (Coming soon!) to our four-legged guests. Here are a couple of things to remember so you and your furry family can have a great visit!

  • “Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a least not exceeding 10 feet.”
  • Clean up pet waste immediately and dispose in appropriate containers.
  • Check here for pet regulations in other local municipalities.
  • Sandspurs suck. Staying out of unmaintained areas will be better on people and puppy’s paws.

Looking forward to having both of you with us soon!

Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

February 28, 2017
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Art’s Place

There’s another great OBX place that you need to try! Today I visited Art’s Place in Kitty Hawk for the first time. I didn’t know what I had been missing. It’s clearly a local OBX hangout and it feels like it would rival John’s Drive In, The Pier, Sam & Omies’ or Tortugas’ Lie.

 

I had seen it recommended in Best of the Beach for breakfast, but somehow just never made it there. After a barista friend recommended it to me again, I teamed up with a friend and decided to go this morning. I was a little nervous since their tagline is, “Local’s welcome, tourists tolerated, sometimes.”

 

This place is positively iconic. Stepping inside was like stepping back in Outer Banks time. You’ll just have to visit to see what I mean. The staff was very friendly and the food was WONDERFUL! We sat at the bar and ordered their breakfast sandwiches, which are “HUGE” (quoting the menu.) I can’t wait to go back for lunch or dinner. They were voted Best of the Beach for their burger in 2016.

We were invited (by same barista friends) to go to the Jazz night tonight, which is apparently wildly popular, but the evening filled up. Oh well, gives me something to look forward to next time.

 

Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

 

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

January 27, 2017
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The Outer Banks Hospital: Another OBX First

David hurt his knee a few weeks ago. It didn’t improve as quickly as we would have hoped, so we decided to get an MRI. A couple hours after the MRI, the doctor called and urged us to get an ultra sound. He was concerned about the possibility of a blood clot. Well, let me tell you, that got our attention! We were in OBX  at the time and so decided to go to The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head.

It was late in the afternoon on a Friday. The hospital staff facilitated the process and were incredibly friendly. The lady that administrated the ultrasound was professional and kindly informative, especially considering I was trying to act as though I wasn’t mildly freaked out (which I was.) The Radiologist even came in to reassure us when they weren’t able to get ahold of the ordering physician.

I don’t love hospitals nor do I frequent them often, but in this case, I’m very thankful Outer Banks Hospital was there. No one wants to think of needing a visit to the emergency room while on vacation.

Vacation. Relaxation. Emergency Room. Just checking. Nope, they don’t go together.

But,

Just in case, you have a great option. The Outer Banks Hospital, located just down the street in Nags Head at MP15. They’re there if you need them. We’ll pray that you don’t.

 

Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

December 14, 2016
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Off-Season OBX Restaurant Guide

Here’s a list compiled by “The Restaurant Guide to The Outer Banks” (with some of my favorites thrown in) of some popular OBX restaurants’ hours and days of operations. Just remember that this is not set in stone, and it’s always best to call before you head out to dinner (especially right around the holidays).

November 26, 2016
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Thankful.

Just stopping to count our blessings today. We have so much to be thankful for this year.

 

We’re thankful to our Father God, who has given us this opportunity. I pray we never take it for granted. We’re blessed to be Americans and live in a place that grants us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (my personal brand of happiness is spelled OBX!)We’re thankful for our wonderful guests that have allowed us be a part of their celebrations and memory making. We’re committed to your experience and count many of you among our friends and family. We’re grateful having been spared the worst of two named storms this season and we pray for those who are still rebuilding their lives. We are thankful for Mike and Lisa, our wonderful caretakers and their fabulous team. They love our guests and we love them for it! We’re thankful for our contractor Jimmy, his right hand, Jeremy who help us carry out our crazy ideas. Finally, I’m thankful for the “family” in “family business.” Couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do this on my own!

 

Wishing You Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

 

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

November 4, 2016
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It’s All Gravy: Great Italian in OBX

Our friends, Danny and Jane (fellow cottage court restorers) recommended us to a new favorite spot in Nags Head. It’s All Gravy opened up in 2014 and this place is for real! We went there last time we were in town.

The restaurant is clean, comfortable and the staff is very friendly. David ordered the Steak & Cheese, I got the Meatball Sub. DELICIOUS! Authentic is the word, made in house meatballs and sauce (gravy.) The bread is even locally sourced and the portions are HUGE! I was ravenous and only was able to finish half the sub. The other half made for great leftovers. We indulged a bit and got a piece of their (also made in-house) Tiramisu Cake. Five Stars.

If you’re in the mood for Italian, in the neighborhood, look no further! It’s All Gravy!
Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

October 15, 2016
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Post Hurricane Matthew: Our Own October Surprise

First, it was Hermine that came through on the Friday before Labor Day. She tipped over a few AC units at the condos and we lost some shingles at The Little Cottages. And then, unpredictable Hurricane Matthew.

 

It was forecasted to hit us, then to miss us, and then it hit us. It was an on again, off again, on again routine. We prepared the best we could and then waited. Areas that typically stay tight and dry were flooded with feet of water. Some locals are saying there has not been flooding of this nature since Ash Wednesday, 1962. Matthew is being compared to Hurricane Emily, 1993 and Hurricane Floyd, 1999.

 

Mike and Lisa were absolute heroes before, during and after the storm. We leaned on their recommendations heavily as we made preparations and advised guests with the best information we had.  There wasn’t an evacuation, but access to the island was restricted on Sunday. Graduated access was permitted until restriction was lifted and visitors were welcomed back on Tuesday morning. Thankfully, none of our guests were in town for the storm. We did our best to be sure they experienced the least amount of inconvenience possible. Some guests chose to cancel, others have decided to reschedule, which is exactly how our hurricane cancellation policy works. We are just thrilled everyone is safe and feel blessed that as of tomorrow, we will be back to normal.

Thankfully, the cottages and condos all stayed tight and dry, no flooding whatsoever. Kemp & Olive lost a few shingles and an AC unit at the condos was leaning a little bit. Considering Jennette’s Pier clocked a 96 mph wind gust, we are incredibly thankful. Amazingly enough, we never even lost power or cable at the condos during the storm!

 

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for us and the community. So many of you have reached out and that means a great deal to us. Please continue to pray for the OBX community and our state. NC has suffered the highest death toll in the U.S. due to Hurricane Matthew and in some areas of the state, the waters have not yet receded. OBX residents are resilient and by the grace of God and help from a neighbor, the community will dry out, rebuild and continue to be the place where the best memories are made.

 

Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

 

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

October 8, 2016
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Hurricane Matthew: Our Storm Policies

Here we go. It is hurricane season, after all, and this one is proving to be an active one. Hermine came through about a month ago and now, Matthew. The most recent projected models show OBX to be on the fringe of the storm. We’re still watchful and our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been and those that are now being impacted by the storm.

We were booked solid for this holiday weekend. Our guests have had some decisions to make. Some have opted to cancel or reschedule their trip, others are staying on, for now, experiencing what few people ever do, OBX bracing for a storm. Here’s a few things we’d like you to know about our storm policy:

  1. It’s about Safety: I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m curious about these storms. Perhaps that’s one motivation why folks stay in a questionable situation, but there isn’t any reason to put the lives of our first responders in jeopardy trying to get folks out of a spot that was easily avoidable. If there is a mandatory evac, we will not permit our guests to stay. Period.
  2. It’s about Accessibility: Once the winds are above 40mph, the bridges across the sound are closed. Translation: you couldn’t get here if you tried, unless you swim. (Not recommended.)
  3. It’s about the experience: Maybe the possibility of a loss of power, storm surge, no AC, a dinner of cold Pop Tarts and bottled water and 80mph wind gusts are your idea of a good time, maybe they aren’t. Just a  few things to consider when you’re thinking of riding out a storm.
  4. It’s NOT about the money: We make this part of the decision easy. When there is a named storm or event that is a safety concern for our guests, our policy is to offer a full or prorated refund or reschedule to another available date. Simple as that. It’s not a rainy day plan and you’re welcome to purchase trip insurance, but we don’t ever want finances to color your decision when your safety is at stake.

There you have it. The Outer Banks and our sister barrier islands are strong communities that have seen their share of storms. Storms become markers of time and measures of the resilience of the community. This is true of those who are still waiting for the storm to pass. They will come together, dry out, rebuild. It’s the nature of coastal communities. Salt water is in their veins and storms like this one are just part of the reality of these places we love.
Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,
Amy
Paisley & Pearl