Win a $100* Gift Card to Kilmarlic Golf Club’s Golf Shop and Clubhouse

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Kilmarlic’s Golfboards have arrived – easily the coolest “golf cart” around town

Kilmarlic Golf Club offers a memorable golf experience unlike any other. Consistently kept in tournament playing condition, Kilmarlic was chosen to host the North Carolina Open in both 2004 and 2009 and recently named as a Top 100 Course You Can Play in North Carolina by Golf Styles Magazine.

To reserve a tee time, please call (252) 491-4220. To learn more about Kilmarlic Golf Club, check out their websiteFacebook or the OBX golf guide!

To enter our contest, click here and fill out the form: http://goo.gl/forms/tEtJ6MlYMy

Contest ends 6/28! Good Luck!

Enter To Win a Paddleboard Clinic for 4 with Nor’ Banks Sailing & Watersports


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in Duck, NC has been the premier watersports operation on the Outer Banks since 1979. With the largest fleet of sailboats to choose from on the Outer Banks and a smiling, highly-experienced crew happy to assist, you’ll have the vacation experience of a lifetime. They’re also well-known for their extensive list of water activities like stand-up paddleboarding, pontoon rentals, tubing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and waverunners.

Take a look at their website or Facebook for more information and pricing here.

Win a paddleboard clinic for 4 by entering our form here. Like and share our post on Facebook to increase your chances! Contest ends on Father’s Day, 6/21!

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2015’s Brand Spankin’ New Businesses In The Northern Beaches Of The Outer Banks

As a Twiddy Front Porch Greeter one of the most common questions that I get from repeat guests arriving for their vacation is, “What’s new to the area this year?”. For you folks that are always on the prowl for a new vacation adventure, here are 7 brand spankin’ new businesses in the Southern Shores, Duck and Corolla to add to this summer’s itinerary. Enjoy!

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Camp Cocktail
414 Cameron St, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 339-7189
http://campcocktailevents.com/

Welcome to Camp Cocktail, a one-of-a-kind traveling caravan bar. A beautifully renovated 1969 Shasta travel trailer is perfect for any event, so if you’re looking to create a lasting, unique image at your next celebration, you’ve come to the right place. They pull their camper bar up and bartend all types of events or gatherings: weddings, parties, business functions, promotional events…you name it. Camp Cocktail brings vintage elegance and style to you- anytime, anywhere. Get the party shaking! **Open now**

 


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 Zen & Zip                                       The Waterfront Shops  1240 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949       (252) 619-1973  http://shopzenandzip.com/

A new activewear boutique for women by women in the heart of Duck Village. They’ll bring you the latest fashion trends in Yoga/Studio, Golf and Tennis. Zen&Zip is your go to boutique where you’ll receive the service and style that meet her busy lifestyle. **Grand Opening slated for June 20th, 2015**


Ruff Haus        ruffhouse                                    Scarborough Faire, 1177 Duck Rd, Ste 14A,    Duck, NC 27949                                            (252) 722-1133                                                   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruff-Haus/1063742113654002

Dog Lovers will be thrilled to know that Duck Village now offers 3 different dog specific businesses (Outer Barks, Salty Paws Biscuits, and now Ruff Haus). The Carolina Ruff Haus is an eclectic outdoor doggie outfitter with focus on rugged, high quality, unique and ethically sourced dog and dog-people accessories. From the beach to the trail, the dunes to the dog park, you’re sure to find all you desire to meet your best friend’s every need at the Ruff Haus. **Open now**


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The Juice Jar                                                         1130F Corolla Village Rd, Corolla, NC 27927         (252) 453-0728               http://thejuicejarcorolla.com/

A brand new juice, smoothie and lunch spot located in Historic Corolla Village. The Juice Jar strives to provide their customers with the most natural and nutritious foods to satisfy their mind & body needs. **Open now**

 


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Duck Duck Burgers                       1121 Duck Rd,                               Duck, NC 27949                            

Good news for you burger lovers who have been missing your vacation burger fix since Baldie’s Burgers left Duck Village! Duck Duck Burgers will become the new spot in Duck Village to specialize in big, juicy burgers! Look for them in the same building as Sweet T’s and Duck Cycle. **Grand Opening in 2-3 weeks**


oliveoilcoOuter Bank Olive Oil Company Scarborough Faire,                           1177 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949       (252) 715-3782  http://www.outerbanksolive.com/

Outer Banks Olive Oil Company provides a wide variety of the world’s freshest premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, specialty oils, and vinegars.  Come and experience the largest and freshest selection of artisan oils and vinegars in the region. **Open now**


Southern Shores Pizza & Delisspizza  Southern Shores Crossing,                   1 Ocean Blvd,                           Southern Shores, NC 27949           (252) 715-3940 http://southernshorespizza.com/

The good folks behind Corolla Pizza bring their New York style hand tossed pies and authentic cheese steaks to Southern Shores! **Open now**

Enter To Win a Free Fun Family Portrait Session with Shooters at the Beach

This summer we’re giving away HOT items from the best local businesses around town.

This week we’re giving away a FREE family Portrait session with Shooters at the Beach (Up to $250 in value).

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AA-S6Shooters at the Beach is a team of professional photographers working with families from across the country to capture great memories of their family reunion, vacation, or wedding on the Outer Banks. Biff, Aaron, Tom, and Laura have worked on beach portraits and destination weddings since 1996 and it shows in their work. See their website or Facebook page for samples, advice, and how you can join the hundreds of happy families they get to meet and enjoy every year. 

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Enter here for your chance to win!

Hurry though this giveaway ends 6/14!

 

Enter to Win a Shrimp Boil for 10 from Outer Banks Boil Company!

OBBC- LogoThis summer we’re giving away HOT items from the best local businesses around town. This week’s giveaway is an Outer Banks Boil Company shrimp boil for 10!

 

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Outer Banks Boil Company is a locally-owned and operated business specializing in catering Carolina-style low-country shrimp boils. Why spend hours getting ready and waiting for a table when you can have someone bring local seafood right to you?  Kick back and let them do the work–just tell them how many folks you want to feed and they’ll bring the food, cook it, and clean everything when you’re done.  You’ll end up saving money, too! Take a look at what they offer here: http://outerbanksboilcompany.com/

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Feeling lucky? Enter here for your chance to win a boil for 10 with Outer Banks Boil Company: http://goo.gl/forms/Bya3Ox0ZZK  Hurry, this giveaway ends 6/7!

The Legend of the Duck Deer Cow

Ask any history buff, and they’ll tell you that The Outer Banks is rich in historical significance. Once upon a time swashbuckling pirates, Blackbeard and Calico Jack, roamed and ravaged these shores. Orville and Wilbur Wright, a.k.a. The Wright Brothers, were notoriously “First In Flight” in Kill Devil Hills. A number of historic Life Saving Stations once dotted our coastline. The Graveyard of the Atlantic serves as a chronological lesson on ill-fated ships. Fort Raleigh, The Lost Colony, and the word “Croatoan” give us a glimpse into a period thirty years prior to the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.

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But there’s one bit of Outer Banks lore that is less seldom told. It’s a legend that few visitors have ever heard. A tale so obscure that even many year-round Outer Banks locals have never heard it themselves. I’m referring to “The Legend of the Duck Deer Cow”.

Truth be told, the tale is rarely spoken of, because nothing concrete is known about the Duck Deer Cow. The origins of the Duck Deer Cow remain unknown. There are those that speculate that the deer cow is the result of a classified, sinister government experiment gone wrong, and that it has escaped some restricted area only to roam amongst us. Still others say that the Deer Cow is a magical spirit that harkens back to Native American times. It’s also been suggested that the Duck Deer Cow is none other than the reincarnated spirit of Blackbeard the Pirate himself. This theory almost makes sense seeing as the way the Duck Deer Cow playfully taunts those that catch a passing glimpse of him. “I sauntered across Duck Road late last night to get a drink. There were people with lights. They were loud, and did not see me,” the Duck Deer Cow once boastfully posted to his Facebook page. (Yes, the Duck Deer Cow has his very own Facebook page.)

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The other question that remains is what exactly is the Duck Deer Cow? Half deer, half cow? If so, why would such an animal chose to roam in a town named Duck? Could it perhaps be a run-of-the-mill deer that rubbed up against a beach cottage that had just been freshly painted white? Is the Duck Deer Cow perhaps the result of some odd, inter-species breeding? Nothing is certain, and no theory or hypothesis about the Deer Cow is set in stone.

Of course, there are those skeptical individuals that are less accepting of tales shrouded in mystery, or conspiracy theories. These people have suggested that the Duck locals should remove their tinfoil hats, and just accept that the Duck Deer Cow is nothing more than a piebald deer. A piebald deer, they “claim”, is a deer with a brown and white spotting pattern.

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Much like Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yetis, Chupacabras, and The Loch Ness Monster…the definitive truth to the shadowy enigma is somewhere out there. For now all we have are grainy images of the majestic phenomenon. The Duck Deer Cow remains somewhere out there…lurking and watching over us all.

Should you encounter The Duck Deer Cow during your summer vacation, please do not disturb him. We wouldn’t want him to cast a black magic spell on you or your loved ones. Instead, please capture a photograph or video from a respectful distance and submit it to us here at Twiddy & Company and on The Duck Deer Cow’s Facebook page.

An Afternoon in Duck with Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Enter to WIN 2 free passes for an afternoon in Duck with Outer Banks Restaurant Tours!

Exquisite food, wine, shopping & scenery. What more could you ask for? If you are a fan of any or all of the above then you would be in hog heaven (literally) spending an afternoon strolling through Duck with Outer Banks Restaurant Tours! Terry Bell, owner and operator of the company was kind enough to let a few of us from Twiddy join her for a memorable experience learning about the food and culture found in the town of Duck, NC.

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Ourselves and several excited visitors met at the Waterfront Shops at 10:45 am on a sunny Tuesday afternoon to begin a fun-filled day touring the town of Duck. The tour kicked off at Coastal Cravings where we were greeted with their world famous Crabcakes, paired with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The crabcake is a recipe that originated from the owner, Scott Foster’s mothers recipe. The  crabcakes are made with 98% locally caught crab coated with panko breadcrumbs and served with a homemade remoulade. This is the #1 selling item and after my first taste, I fully understood why!

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Don’t let the connecting gas station or quick service concept fool you…this is a place you don’t want to miss! Coastal Cravings offers a drive thru window option until 3pm for both breakfast and lunch menu items; as well as table service starting at 7am, seven days a week. Crabcake’s are not the only item this restaurant is known for, they have a number of fresh sandwiches including the Brie LT, all made with bread that is baked on site daily. If you are in the mood for seafood, don’t miss out on their Broiled platter featured nightly which includes, 4 ounces of local fish, shrimp, scallops and lobster all broiled to perfection.

After a great start at Coastal Cravings, the group got into gear and walked to our next stop at the Outer Banks Olive Oil Co. in the Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. This shop is new to the town of Duck and whether you are an accomplished chef or looking for a last minute housewarming gift, this is one worth checking out! Angel Dobler, the manager here at the shop and a well known chef in the area, greeted us with endless amounts of front table olive oils from around the world to try. During the tour, we learned all about the polyphenols present in the different oils and just how many infused oil flavors there actually are (coconut white basalmic & lime olive oil just to name a few)!

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 Angel prepared a salad for us that was tossed in the stores gremolato and traditional basalmic oils and finished with crushed garlic, parmesan cheese, pinch of salt & pepper and paired with a refreshing fruit juice.

Next stop on the list was the Outer Banks Popcorn Shop because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love popcorn? The popcorn shop has a location in both Corolla and Duck, NC, open from 7am-10pm daily. We tasted not 1, but 20 different flavors of popcorn during our tour! Every flavor from old bay, salt & vinegar to cheddar caramel were consumed for our satisfaction.  Every day at least 50 pounds of the 20 different flavors are made for guests. For those of you that are gluten free or health conscious, all of the popcorn, other than the Smores flavor, are gluten free and popped in coconut oil!

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Terry kept our sweet tooth’s satisfied for our 4th stop at Duck Donuts. Duck Donuts is a legacy on the Outer Banks and now has 4 locations here. The store offers made to order donuts with 11 different coating options. The Duck location that we toured is the only Duck Donuts that features a store side and a separate pick up side. During our tour we were given a breakdown of the donuts by Marissa and were able to select the donut and coating of our choice, then watch and learn the process of making the donuts. Each donut is made with wheat, corn & flour and is then fried in soybean oil and coated to perfection. You are sure to be hooked after your first bite, but don’t you worry, Duck Donuts now delivers!

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After savoring the last bites of our personalized donuts we took the scenic route on the Duck Boardwalk to Tommy’s Market for our next stop. On the tour we learned that the Duck Boardwalk stretches through the entire town of Duck, providing you with panoramic views of the sound while getting from point A to point B.

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Lucinda Hudgens, owner of Tommy’s Market for the last 16 years, readily greeted us when we arrived with freshly brewed Carolina Coffee (I highly recommend trying). We toured the shop, learning about the products they carry from all over the country, over 400 of those being from North Carolina!

We had the pleasure of meeting Miss Nancy who personally bakes cakes for Tommy’s Market and was originally “discovered” at the NC Food Show. She treated us to a delicious Double Chocolate Cake and Sour Cream Cake just to name a few. After visiting with precious Miss Nancy, we made our way over to Weeping Radish Farm Breweries station where we tried several micro-brews.

Whether you are interested in calling in for groceries to go for your vacation, looking for products from the top local vendors or in need of made to order sandwiches or salads, then this is the place for you!

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Our final destination for the grand finale was none other than Red Sky Cafe where chef Wes Stepp prepared a phenomenal shrimp dish for the group paired with a full bodied sauvignon blanc. Red Sky recently celebrated their 13th anniversary after Wes purchased the restaurant in 2002. They not only have a dine in location, but also do outside catering and have “on call chefs!”

Wes Stepp firmly believes in the mantra that the first bite of any dish is taken with your eyes, which he made true during our tour, serving up our dish in a lovely martini glass presentation.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to experience all that the town of Duck, NC has to offer by joining Terry on an Outer Banks Restaurant Tour! Enter here to win our contest here.  http://goo.gl/forms/P8C8jBRMFj Contest ends 5/31!