Whether you’re coming to the Outer Banks for some much needed down time or you’re coming for your family vacation, we have a stunning variety of Outer Banks beach house rentals that you’ll be completely pleased with. You’ll be able to enjoy amenities like being so close to the ocean that you can hear the waves crashing to shore. Many homes also have a beachfront swimming pool, hot tub, and Jacuzzi. You can count on these being beautifully decorated and fully appointed Outer Banks beach house rentals with well equipped kitchens, too.

Take in the Hang Gliding Competition from May 18-20, 2012, at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head, SC. This is the world’s oldest, continuous hang gliding competition and is not to be missed. If you haven’t attended one of these before you’re in for a real treat. It’s lots of fun whether participating or being a spectator. Hang gliding professionals from all over the world come to the Outer Banks to compete and have fun on Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Demonstrations, street dances and awards ceremonies are all features of this event. Families can enjoy a rock climbing wall, hang gliding simulator, kite making and face painting. A portion of the events proceeds will go to benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, a non-profit organization which supports the development of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com.

Mark your calendars for the Outer Banks Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts held on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The festival will be held at the Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills, located behind the Kill Devil Hills Post Office. Artists, handcrafters and woodcarvers will be featured indoors and outdoors. Admission is $1. All proceeds will be used to support club scholarships and community needs. Sponsored by the Outer Banks Woman’s Club.