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January 7, 2018
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Winter Storm Grayson: SnOBX 2018

It has been FREEZING in the Outer Banks since Wednesday, January 3rd. The temperature dropped in half Wednesday afternoon, it was reported the barometer dropped 59 millibars. Enter Winter Storm Grayson: a bomb cyclone that delivered snow, ice, winds of 40-50mps with gusts up to 74mph recorded at Jennette’s Pier. Crazy.

The result? OBX shut down for a few days. Temperatures hit record lows, snow and ice made the roads impassable, pipes froze, the tide crested at the dune line, Mike and Lisa wore socks and shoes. Nuff Said.

The good news: the temperatures are supposed to make it into the 40s tomorrow and will be in the 50s by the end of the week. We’ll thaw out just in time for the Wedding Weekend & Expo to come to town!

Wishing you Fair Weather (really) & Fond Memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

November 1, 2017
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It’s Officially the Off-Season!

But there’s still lots of great reasons to visit the Outer Banks.

1. Kelly’s & Pamlico Jack’s makes a mean Thanksgiving Turkey and Sweet Potato Biscuits (so you don’t have to.)
2. The Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights
3. Outer Banks Marathon, Southern Fried Half Marathon
4. Santa still visits OBX: Check out the parade schedules.
5. Because your family can join you and togetherness is a great gift!
6. Because your family can’t join you (Need a break yet?)
7. Kitty Hawk Kites: Hangin’ with Santa and Kites with Lights
8. The fish are biting!
9. Blue Moon and Duck Donuts are both open year-round!
10. The Outer Banks is a wonderful place to ring in the New Year!
We hope to have you as our guests soon!
Wishing you Fair Weather & Fond Memories,
Amy
Paisley & Pearl

October 9, 2017
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Little’s Backyard Fun!

Little Cottages has a great little (pun-intended) feature!

Bring your tried-and-true stories, marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey bars – Little Cottages has a fire pit! Actually, Littles has had a fire pit for the last two seasons and I love sitting around the fire with family and friends, but I underestimated how much our guests love it! I had one guest point out that I didn’t have the fire pit featured in the listing and it should be. Agreed.

Not only do we have a fire pit at Littles and four beautiful white Adirondack chairs, we’ve added a pair of corn hole boards. Sounds like to recipe for a perfect evening of backyard fun!

Wishing you fair weather and fond memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

June 15, 2017
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Welcoming Bankers Cottage!

Isn’t she a cutie!?! Located in South Nags Head, Bankers Cottage is named after the Bankers Ponies that have lived on the shores of The Outer Banks for more than 5 centuries. The original studio cottage was built circa 1945, added onto in the 70’s, and now restored to her former glory for 288sqft, part of the Tiny House movement before the Tiny House movement was cool!

Check out our listing here for all the pictures: Bankers Cottage

This project has been in the works for more than a year with new plumbing, electrical, kitchen, roof and front porch. The exterior structure of cinderblock walls, the awesome concrete floor (which has seashells from beach sand used to mix the concrete,) and knotty pine paneling are all original. Bankers Cottage is a pet friendly cottage and is located at the Hargrave Beach Access parking, so super easy walk to the beach!

Welcome Bankers Cottage!

Wishing You Fair Weather and Fond Memories,

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

 

 

June 1, 2017
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Duck Donuts Comes to Town!

Stop the presses folks, I have GREAT NEWS! In case you haven’t already heard…

Just when you thought the Nags Head Shopping Center that holds Fresh Market, The Dollar Store, The Cottage Shop and HomeGoods couldn’t get any better… it just did.

Nags Head is got its own DUCK DONUTS!!! Just think, hot, delicious cake donuts will be less than 5 minutes away. No more driving into KDH to get your DD fix. It’s now in your backyard.

HOORAYY!!!

Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories (and hot donuts!),

Amy
Paisley & Pearl

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