Best of the Beach 2019 Around the Beach winners



Best Church

1st: Fair Haven United Methodist Church

2nd: Coastal Family Church

3rd: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Best Community Activist

1st: Monica Thibodeau

2nd: Tim Fitch

3rd: Beth Midgett

Best Local Athlete

1st: Katherine Schuster

2nd: Reagan Riddick-FFHS

3rd: Brett Barley – REAL Watersports

Best Local Author

1st: Greg Smrdel

2nd: Suzanne Tate

3rd: Audra Krieg – Outer Banks Mom

Best Nonprofit

1st: Outer Banks SPCA

2nd: Outer Banks Community Foundation

3rd: Outer Banks Hotline

Best Local Hero

1st: Pastor Tim Fitch, Fair Haven United Methodist Church, Rodanthe

2nd: Sam Walker

3rd: Rick Bateman

Best Local Personality

1st: Sam Walker

2nd: Geminthenighttime – Beach104

3rd: Lisa Brickhouse Davis

Best Local Radio Personality

1st: Kidd Kennedy – 94.5 WCMS

2nd: Moose and Jody

3rd: John Harper

Best Local Sports Team

1st: Obx Martial Arts

2nd: Manteo High School Varsity Football

3rd: First flight soccer

Best Local Social Media Feed

1st: Oregon Inlet Idiots

2nd: Edward from Twiddy and Company Vacation Rental Corolla NC

3rd: Four if by Sea

Best Local Website


2nd: Outer Banks Voice


Best Spot to Watch Sunset

1st: Jockey’s Ridge State Park

2nd: The sound

3rd: Bay Drive

Best Place to Surf

1st: Jennette’s Pier

2nd: Hatteras

3rd: Rodanthe Pier

Best Spot to Watch Sunrise

1st: Beach

2nd: Jennette’s Pier

3rd: Avalon Pier

Best Neighborhood

1st: Colington Harbour

2nd: Hatteras Village

3rd: Downtown Manteo

Best Place to Walk the Dog

1st: Nags Head Woods

2nd: Bay Drive

3rd:Manteo Waterfront Marina

Best Outdoor Adventure

1st: Kitty Hawk Kites

2nd: H2OBX Waterpark

3rd: First Flight Adventure Park

Best Psychic

1st: Ilona Matteson, Spiritual Giant

2nd: Bianca’s Readings

Best Place to Get Married

1st: Vista Creek Event Venue

2nd: The Beach


Best Place to Take Out of Town Guest

1st: Downtown Manteo

2nd: Ocracoke

3rd: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Best Place to Work

1st: Carolina Designs

2nd: Twiddy

3rd: REAL Watersports

Best Preschool

1st: Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church Preschool

2nd: Heron Pond Montessori

3rd: St. Andrews Preschool

Best Private School

1st: Outer Banks Montessori Collective

2nd: Wanchese Christian Academy

3rd: Heron Pond Montessori/K-12

Best Public School

1st: Kitty Hawk Elementary School

2nd: Manteo High School

3rd: Cape Hatteras Secondary School

Best Radio Station

1st: 94.5 WCMS

2nd: Beach 104

3rd: 99.1 The Sound

Best Scenic Spot

1st: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

2nd: Jockey’s Ridge

3rd: Ocracoke

Best Staycation Location

1st: Ocracoke Island

2nd: Hatteras Island

3rd: Duck

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Kari Pugh is digital director for, Beach 104, 99.1 The Sound, 94.5 WCMS and News Talk 92.3 WZPR. Reach her at