WIN A Free Tandem Flight with Corolla and Duck Parasail!

This summer we’re giving away HOT items from the best local businesses around town. This week we’re pairing up with Corolla Parasail and Duck Parasail to select TWO lucky winners who will each win a parasail ride for TWO!

You and a friend will enjoy a relaxing flight and breathtaking panoramic views of Corolla, Duck, the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean! Begin your adventure by sitting down on the back deck of the boat and let your Captain and First Mate do the work for you.


Corolla Parasail will have  you flying high above the iconic Currituck Lighthouse and Whale Head Club in Corolla, while Duck Parasail will take you for a cruise above the beautiful town of Duck.

Corolla & Duck Parasail allow you to go solo or fly with a friend — or two — as they offer single, double, and triple flights. Their 12 passenger “Ocean Pro”  boat can even hold your entire family! Corolla and Duck Parasail crew are CPR/First Aid Certified and follow WSIA industry standards so you can trust that you’ll be safe while you’re in the air.

For more info or to book, take a look at their website Corolla Parasail and Duck Parasail, Facebook Duck Parasail & Corolla Parasail, or Instagram. Read reviews of their operation on tripadvisor here. 

Enter here or click the pic below for your chance to win.  Contest ends 8/2!Enter Twiddy Endless Summer Giveaways

OBX Summertime Reading: Twiddy’s Staff Picks

Twiddy & Company Summer School is now in session! Whether it’s a student completing their grade school’s mandatory “Summer Reading List”, or an adult sitting under a beach umbrella with a paperback or Kindle in hand…reading books during the summer is both a rite of passage and a time-honored tradition. So we here at Twiddy figured we’d lend you a helping hand finding the perfect summer book to stash in your beach bag! Mystery, romance, comedy, fantasy, biography, non-fiction…no genre was off limits. So take a look at our staff members’ suggestions. Find something that strikes your fancy, and download it to your tablet or crack a book’s binding. We here at Twiddy are partial to our local Outer Banks family-owned bookseller: Island Bookstore (which has convenient locations for our guests in both Duck Village and Historic Corolla Village).

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“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough                       Staff Pick: Courtney W., Rentals Dept.

Synopsis: This #1 New York Times Bestseller by the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, David McCullough, tells the dramatic story-behind-the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

 

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“The Old Man And The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway            Staff Pick: Charles, Home Services Dept.

Synopsis: “The Old Man and the Sea” is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it’s the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal – a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.

 

beach_musicBeach Music” by Pat Conroy                                              Staff Pick: Toni, Marketing Dept.

Synopsis: The story of Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome, scarred by tragedy and betrayal. His desperate desire to find peace after his wife’s suicide draws him into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family’s past that can heal his anguished heart.

 

count_hatteras“The Count of Cape Hatteras” by Bruce Wilkins                   Staff Pick: Nate, Marketing Dept.

Synopsis: A young, innocent waterman from Colington Island is set up by a close friend and falsely imprisoned. He escapes 15 years later and returns to the Outer Banks with a massive fortune and a bottomless desire for revenge. Stretching from the wild horses of Carova Beach to the shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, this is a thrilling Outer Banks tale of vast danger and deep romance.

hurricane_sisters“The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank         Staff Pick: Erica, Maintenance Dept.

Synopsis: Deep in the heart of South Carolina Lowcountry we meet three generations of women buried in secrets on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned.

 

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“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari                                     Staff Pick: Ian, Concierge Group

Synopsis: A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

 

 

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“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee                             Staff Pick: Rosemary, Rentals Dept.

Synopsis: Sure, Harper Lee’s new controversial novel “Go Set A Watchman” is garnering all the press this summer. But why not reread the classic that started it all? The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it.

 

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“A Song of Ice And Fire” by George R.R. Martin           Staff Pick: Angie, Rentals Dept.

Synopsis: In the words of Mugatu, “Game of Thrones” is so hot right now. The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place on the fictional continents Westeros and Essos. The stories interweave a dynastic war among several families for control of Westeros.

mr_penumbras_bookstore“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan     Staff Pick: Sean, Tech Dept.

Synopsis: A tale of books and technology, cryptography and conspiracy, friendship and love. It begins in a mysterious San Francisco bookstore, but quickly reaches out into the wider world and the shadowed past.

 

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“You Are Not So Smart” by David McRaney                    Staff Pick: Bobby V., Home Services Dept.

Synopsis: An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name.

WIN A Twiddy & Company Beach Cooler Filled with Twiddy Swag!

This summer we’re giving away HOT items from the best local businesses around town. This week it’s our turn— enter to WIN a Twiddy & Company cooler filled with custom Twiddy swag!

We have the perfect beach picnic setup for you. This swag bag features 2 Twiddy towels, 2 pair of Twiddy shades, 2 Twiddy coffee mugs, 1 Twiddy JellyBox Bluetooth Speaker, 1 Twiddy beach ball, and 1 custom Twiddy insulated cooler bag:

To enter, click this link or click the pic below.  Contest ends 7/26!

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Outer Banks Events: August

Faire Days Summer Festival – 1177 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949

Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 & Aug 26

Every Wednesday, All Summer Long, June 3 – August 26, 1-6pm . FREE ADMISSION. Join us every Wednesday this Summer for the 5th Annual Faire Days Outdoor Festival Series, for family fun in the cool shade of our tree-lined Courtyard at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck.


Whalehead Wednesdays, Whalehead in Historic Corolla NC

Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 & Aug. 26, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Join the Whalehead Gallery, Sanctuary Vineyards, Vineyard on the Scuppernong and Corolla Wine as we present local, national, and international wines in a beautiful setting. Your $25 admission will get you a souvenir wine glass to sample 20+  featured wines along with a discounted coupon for a tour of the Whalehead mansion.  Wine Wednesdays are free for non-drinking adults and children. Bring the entire family to enjoy local talent every week! The Village Food Truck will be on site providing amazing food for purchase as you sip wine and watch the glorious sunset over the Currituck Sound.  There will be activities for children and pets on a leash are welcome. Parking is free!


Concert on the Green, Duck Town Park, Duck, NC

This evening concert series features a variety of free live music to entertain all. Bands entertain concert-goers on the Duck Town Green on Thursday evenings from June 25 through August 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. Coolers, picnics, and dogs welcome. Blankets and chairs encouraged. The August 2015 schedule of performances:


Outer Banks Pirate Festival, 3933 S Croatan HWY, Nags Head, NC 27959

Aug. 12th – 14th

Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirates of the Outer Banks and their friends will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scalawag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a part of Blackbeards’ Crew! visit kittyhawk.com for more information.

WIN A Family Portrait Session Courtesy of Milepost Portraits

This summer we’re giving away HOT items from the best local businesses around town. This week we’re giving away a FREE Portrait session for up to 15 people courtesy of  Milepost Portraits!


Milepost Portraits owner, Elizabeth Neal, specializes in portraiture (family, engagement, maternity), but also offers photography for small, cozy weddings. Capturing the intimate moments is what Elizabeth enjoys most. Preserve your time spent together with photographs that will make you smile for a lifetime.

Take a look at her website and new Instagram page for more photos and information.  Enter our contest by clicking the link here or the image below.  Like and share on our Facebook post for more chances to win.

 

 Hurry, this giveaway ends 7/19!

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WIN The Perfect Dinner Date for 2 at Kimball’s Kitchen!

PrintGet your relaxed dress wear ready!  Enter to win this week’s Twiddy Endless Summer Giveaway for the perfect dinner date for 2 at Kimball’s Kitchen in Duck, NC (alcohol and gratuity not included).

At kimball-s-kitchen (1)Kimball’s Kitchen you’ll be pampered to a true king’s feast with options like locally-caught seafood, prime steaks, handmade pasta, and more oyster varieties than you’ll know what to do with. Pair this with a  world-class wine selection, top-notch service and an unforgettable view and you have the perfect vacation dinner date.

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Kimball’s Kitchen menu and details are located here.  If you’re new to the area, Kimball’s is conveniently located across from the Sanderling Resort in North Duck.

This Giveaway ends Sunday night, 7/12! Like and share on Facebook to increase your chances. Good luck!

Enter our contest here.

Calling All Music Fans: In Search Of The Ultimate OBX Summer Playlist

Many moons sunsets ago, I was sitting on the upper deck at Howard’s Pub on Ocracoke Island. It was on this fateful night, while watching the pink sun disappear on the horizon with a cold drink in my hand, that I was educated on a colloquialism used by Ocracoke’s locals. “Ocra-coma”, I learned, is a term used to describe a state of relaxation so blissful that you almost feel as though you’re in a coma.

To this day, not only have I not forgotten that term, but I’ve actually embraced it, and come to realize that you don’t have to be in Ocracoke to experience this phenomenon. Any warm weather locale with friendly folks that offers cold drinks, and a relaxed vibe fits the bill. Of course, it also helps to have suitable music gently playing in the background to create the ideal mood and enhance your state of zen.

So I’ve assembled some of my all-time favorite songs for my “Ultimate Laid-Back OBX Summer Playlist”. My selection of songs range from no-brainer classics (Jimmy Buffett & Bob Marley) to more modern-day, lesser known songs/artists (The Thrills & Redbird) that I feel hold the same summer appeal. To make my list a song had to fit 3 criteria:

  1. It had to be a great song with a wide audience appeal.
  2. The song has to have a summer feel to it.
  3. The song had to have a relaxed, laid-back vibe. The kind of vibe suitable for slipping into an “Ocra-coma”.

Below are some selected highlights from the list. I would love to hear feedback from you music-loving Twiddy guests that have a perfect song that fits my criteria that I may have missed! Click this link to look and/or listen to the complete 60+ song Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/twiddyobx/playlist/5eg2rJmWAxkIBIIRZdmCFw


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Artist: Ryan Adams
Song: “Oh My Sweet Carolina”
Album: Heartbreaker
Why: If there was ever a state national anthem for NC…this should be it. If I was governor of NC, I would have speakers installed on the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge and this song would be playing on a loop during summer weekends while guests crossed the bridge upon their arrival.

otis_reddingArtist: Otis Redding
Song: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”
Album: The Dock of the Bay
Why: One of the greatest songs ever written. Plus, you simply can never go wrong with some Otis. The perfect musical accompaniment to watching a sunset on a dock, pier, jetty, deck or porch. Rocking chair optional.

 

van_morrisonArtist: Van Morrison
Song: “Into The Mystic”
Album: Moondance
Why: Another timeless classic that is just absolutely perfect on a summer day. Van Morrison is a legend, and this album is iconic.

 

 

velvet_undergroundArtist: Velvet Underground
Song: “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”
Album: Loaded
Why: My personal favorite Velvet Underground song of all-time. This song’s laid back vibe makes it very easy to slip into “relaxation mode” under a Carolina blue sky.

 

 

trafficArtist: Traffic
Song: “Dear Mr. Fantasy”
Album: Mr. Fantasy
Why: Steve Winwood’s soaring opening lines, “Dear Mister Fantasy, play us a tune. Something to make us all happy,” will instantly increase your chances of Ocra-coma mood enlightenment.

 

billy_braggArtist: Billy Bragg & Wilco
Song: “California Stars”
Album: Mermaid Avenue
Why: This song begs you to sing along to it. However, there’s only one acceptable way to sing along to it here in OBX. You must change the chorus from “California Stars” to “Carolina Stars”.

 

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Artist: Jimmy Buffett
ong: “A Pirate Looks At Forty”
Album: A1A
Why: You knew there was going to be some Jimmy B on this list…didn’t you? My personal favorite of his. I’m a firm believer that we’re all just pirates at heart…especially while habitating on a sandbar.

 

bob_marleyArtist: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Song: “Sun Is Shining”
Album: African Herbsman
Why: You also had to know that Bob Marley was going to appear on this list…right? Pretty much any song from Bob Marley’s vast catalogue could be included in a summertime playlist. The laid-back vibe and sun theme led me to pick this song.

 

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Artist: Waylon Jennings
Song: “Drinkin’ and Dreamin’”
Album: Turn The Page
Why: Sometimes it’s just nice to kick back and daydream with a cold beverage in your hand and your toes in the sand. Also, you need some Outlaw Country, because pirates were the original outlaws.

 

allman_brosArtist: The Allman Brothers Band
Song: “Blue Sky”
Album: Eat A Peach
Why: It’s not summertime in the south without some Allman’s and peaches in your diet.

 

roy_ayersArtist: Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Song: “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”
Album: Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Why: Because 99.9% of folks will agree that they love the sunshine.

 

 

the_thrillsArtist: The Thrills
Song: “Deckchairs And Cigarettes”
Album: So Much For The City
Why: This song has a blissful sun-drenched melody to it. OBX has deck chairs. And NC is home to Tobacco Road just a short drive away.