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Of all the duties I have with my job, this is the hardest, blogging. Not the actual writing, but deciding what to write about each time. So today I am just going to post about new places, OBX tidbits and anything else I feel like. 

I had to go over to Manteo today to get tags for a Suburban. While I am used to it, I bet newcomers to the Outer Banks are a little taken aback when they realize that the place to get license plates/new tags is located in the back of a pharmacy. Yes, really. Island Pharmacy. Very helpful people work there, which makes a tedious task almost pleasant. They are always busy and always very patient and easy to work with.  So, say HEY to Robin and Becky for me if and when you get there. 

Since we had to pass by Sam n' Omie's on the way to work, we stopped off and had breakfast. Again, friendly people. That is one of the reasons I love it here, we are nice. Almost all of us. If you have been coming here for a while you no doubt have heard of Sam n'Omie's. It is on the beach road in Nags Head, right across from Jennette's Pier. Very casual, very good food. 

More about great customer service; went to Miller's Seafood and Steakhouse the other night, first time since they opened for the season, and had a great steak. Yes, I love seafood but every now and then, I want a steak. Anyway, a couple came in and wanted wine with their dinner but did not know which one to pick. Their server, Brandy, offered to bring them samples of two, one white and one red, so they could choose. Great customer service. Millers' Seafood and Steakhouse is located on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills. 

Good news for those of you who like a pit fire on the beach. The Town of Nags Head does require a permit but now, you can apply for that permit online HERE. Weather is monitored as a  part of the process to determine if conditions are favorable after 5 pm and if so, the system will allow access to the form. Once you complete it online, and pay the $11 fee, an electronic permit will be issued. 

Runners rejoice. Lots of marathons will be happening this year. We have our own, the Village at Nags Head 5k, which happens on Thursdays in July, starting July 14. The last one is August 18. Everyone gets a shirt, and a medal. Registration never closes either. See more details and register online HERE. 

The 33rd Annual Nags Head Woods 5K takes place on May 7. Beautiful course through the Nature Conservancy Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. There is a new event this year, The Nags Head Woods Double, when one 5K just isn't enough. There is also the Village Realty 1 Mile Fun Run. Here is the PAGE you need to go to. 

While I have your attention, please visit our VIP page to see all the special offers and discounts you get when you stay with us. Discounts at restaurants, shops and local attractions like Island Farm in Manteo, First Flight Adventure Park, Elizabethan Gardens and lots more. www.VillageVIPS.com.  

If you are a fan of Bad Bean Baja Grill, note that they have moved and are now in Kitty Hawk, Milepost 3.5 on the bypass. Friendly place, wonderful food and very kid friendly. 

Speaking of kids, here is something that they will love; getting air-brush tattoos, corn-tows, feather extensions at Life On A Sandbar. they can also make sand art, which is a mold in the sand that you add sea glass and shells to. Very affordable, lots of fun and they have something to take home and remind them of their OBX trip. They have two locations; one at Milepost 12.5 in Nags Head, across from Jockey's Ridge. The Corolla location is in front of Lighthouse Bagels, in the blue kiosk. www.LifeOnASandbar.com

Our Annual Outer Banks Photo Contest will be starting later this month. You can enter as many photos as you like as long as they were taken here. Photos from any year are allowed too. We will host the contest on our Facebook page so if you have not already "liked" it, here is your chance. www.Facebook.com/obxvacations.  We have a good following and we will keep you up to date on what is happening, special deals, great photos, tips and news on the Outer Banks. 

If you will be here anytime from April 16 through April 24, you can take advantage of Free Entrance Days at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which turns 100 years old this year. 

Go catch your own crabs and shrimp, a great family activity. Capt. Marc Mitchum will take you aboard the Jodie Kae for a hands-on trip. Eat what you caught for dinner! Tow and four hour trips are available. Bring some snacks, drinks and sunscreen. OBXCrabbing.com. 

That is it for now. Until Next Time, I am

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