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> destination spotlight Meeting Beyond the Beach: SINCE THE LATE 1500's the Outer Banks of North Carolina has welcomed groups with open arms. From the first English explorers to the Wright Brothers, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina hospitality has always been first and foremost. In 1900, Bill Tate, Postmaster of Kitty Hawk, NC, told the Wright Brothers: "If you decide to try your machine here & come I will take pleasure in doing all I can for your convenience & success & pleasure, & I assure you will find a hospitable people when you come among us." The Outer Banks has long been a place of discovery and adventure; known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic it is also where the first English colonists visited the new world. In addition to its well-known beaches, the area offers your meeting attendees many other opportunities to discover the area. Riding, Hiking and Biking Many choose to take the path less traveled and explore beaches and maritime forests on foot, where they discover hidden treasures in places like Buxton Woods and Nags Head Woods Preserve. Hiking trails also are offered at Jockey's Ridge State Park, Alligator River Wildlife Refuge and at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Others would rather wheel their way through the destination, which features several bicycle paths and wide paved shoulders on most major roadways. Wheeled explorers will find biking opportunities in Sanderling, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Roanoke Island. If riding horses rather than bicycles appeals to vacationers, 24 Fall 2015 they can enjoy scenic trail rides through Buxton Woods and peaceful, memorable rides along uncrowded beaches. Equine Adventures (252-995-4897) in Buxton has details of the rides. Reservations are required. Golf Gentle ocean breezes whisper an invitation to golfers to play on some of the finest year-round courses in North Carolina. The Outer Banks offers courses certain to challenge both experienced and beginner players. There are four public courses on the Outer Banks as well as additional courses in the surrounding region. Golfers at Duck Woods Country Club (252-261-2609) enjoy a semi-private 18-hole, par-72, Ellis Maples designed course that's routed through an array of canals and majestic greenery. The championship course is both visually stunning and supremely challenging. Just a short drive down the road at Nags Head Golf Links (252-441-8073), players are treated to an 18-hole Scottish-style championship course, where Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways complement the landscape and remain in good playing condition year-round. This course, which offers great views of the Roanoke Sound, also is open year-round at milepost 15 on the U.S. 158 Bypass in Nags Head. Get your swing at the Sea Scape Golf Links (252-261-2158), an 18-hole championship course, designed by former PGA tour player and Masters Champion Art Wall, that winds around the edge of the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest and provides beautiful views of the sea. Built in 1870, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse marks an underwater series of sand bars known as Diamond Shoals, a navigational hazard for sea-going ships, which extend past the Cape for about 14 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The Outer Banks' newest attraction, Jennette's Pier in Nags Head is an educational and recreational fishing pier with small meeting space, concessions and live animal exhibits. Operated by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore enjoys a wide variety of recreational uses, one being horseback tours along the Atlantic Ocean beaches provided by local outfitters. Recreation and Amusements While some vacationers are hiking, biking, horseback riding and playing golf and tennis, others are having fun at the destination's continued on page 26 Images courtesy of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The Outer Banks Experience

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Fall 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Thank You, GSAE Volunteers!
SAO Leadership Program Strengthens Association on Multiple Levels
Attending Athens
Purpose, Plan, Performance
Member Perspectives: The Undeniable Significance of the Handwritten Note
GSAE Summer Events Wrap-Up
Destination: The Outer Banks
Choices: There’s No Debating Our Leaders
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Fall 2015