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Winner of Village Realtys Our State Getaway Contest Announced

Winner of Village Realtys Our State Getaway Contest Announced

Diane O’Hare of Advance, NC, is the winner of a week-long retreat to the iconic Stinson Ranch, as the winner of Village Realty’s annual Outer Banks Getaway contest in Our State magazine.

Outer Banks, NC. July 22, 2015

Diane O’Hare has been chosen the winner of Village Realty’s getaway contest, featured in Our State magazine’s May issue, awarding a one-week stay at the iconic Stinson Ranch in Nags Head. The home sits on pilings above and completely surrounded by the Roanoke Sound, where the sound of lapping waves relax the weary vacationer, offering a truly remarkable vacation experience. O’Hare and her family will enjoy their time at the Ranch in October, just in time for the relaxing pace of an off-season on the Outer Banks. Completing the prize package is a $50 gift certificate to Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, along with the week-long use of a pair of paddleboards, courtesy of Ocean Atlantic Rentals.

This will be the first time that Diane and her husband, John, have visited the Outer Banks. “We are so excited and have always wanted to go,” she says. “We’re looking forward to getting familiar with the area, seeing the sights, enjoying some good food and shopping. I’m sure it’ll be a very positive experience. Everyone I’ve spoken to at Village Realty so far has gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome. I absolutely love their blog!” Since winning, the O’Hares have downloaded the Village Realty OBX app to their smartphones, building anticipation for their vacation by looking through the exciting insider Outer Banks information and the inviting images of the Stinson Ranch. “I am looking forward to a glass of wine, while relaxing on one of the many decks. The views look amazing and since I am a scrapbooker, I will be taking lots and lots of pictures!”

The Stinson Ranch is a cherished home; the careful replication of a 116-year-old structure that was sadly destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The Stinson family, who purchased the property in 1963, worked earnestly to restore it to its former glory, maintaining the same familiar feeling of welcoming comfort. While preserving the charm of, and numerous relics from, the original Stinson Ranch, the new construction has received many modern updates, including an incredible outside shower, enchanting all who enter. Sitting at the end of a dock that stretches nearly 30 feet from land, the cottage offers a breathtaking 180-degree panoramic view and a variety of water access points. 

With two comfortable decks and a pier extending off the back, the Ranch will offer fishing enthusiast, John O’Hare, ample opportunity to cast his line from the comforts of home. He’s already making plans to purchase his NC fishing license, and one for his wife as well. “I’ll give it a shot,” Diane says, which was the same response she gave when asked about paddleboarding. “It’s all new,” she laughs. “That’s why it’s so exciting!” For more information about the Stinson Ranch, please visit

Village Realty has been committed to providing its homeowners and guests with extraordinary customer service since 1993. Representing nearly 600 vacation properties throughout the Outer Banks, the locally owned and managed company maintains high standards for its well-regarded vacation rental home program. The two check-in offices are located in Nags Head and Corolla, each with licensed NC Real Estate Brokers always on duty. For more information, please visit or contact Village Realty’s main office at 855.397.2430.