Vacationers will notice a handful of sailboats at every local Outer Banks port, either saddled up to the docks or breezing across the harbor, en route to the nearest sound for a cruise, or to the continent-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to continue a long coastal voyage. Some vacationers are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas that offer all the comforts of home. Clearly, sailing lovers of all varieties have plenty of options, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise.
Themed on recycled and repurposed materials, Seagreen Gallery is one of the newest and most innovative art establishments on the Outer Banks. This is a great place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for someone who has everything.
Located on the Beach Road in a building that had formerly housed an old dance hall, the gallery is a large room filled with one colorful surprise after another: items decorated cleverly with vintage buttons; jewelry made from local seaglass or recycled glass from Africa; bracelets made from acai berries; baskets made from South African Zulu telephone wire; candle holders made from driftwood; vintage silk kimonos; handbags created with re-used fabric; old vinyl records and hub caps made into clocks; letters cut from license plates recycled into cool plaques, “IMAGINE” AND “EXPLORE,” rugs made from recycled fishing line from Alaska. There are also antique furniture pieces that add to a fascinating and exciting mix of merchandise in the store, which opened in October 2011.
Many of them are items that were rescued from attics of locals. For example, a table from the old Carolinian Hotel in Nags Head was offered for sale, and wall hangings and table art were recrafted from old yard and kitchen tools. The store also features work from local artisans and photographers, including prints from stellar Nags Head photographer Ray Matthews. More information about the shop can be found on Facebook.