Outer Banks Articles & Shorts

If you’re like a lot of people – like hundreds of thousands of people – you love the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You might consider us presumptuous drawing this conclusion so quickly, and we would agree with you . . . except for the fact that we’re right. You love the Outer Banks beaches, the Outer Banks water sports, the Outer Banks towns, Outer Banks shops, the Outer Banks events and Outer Banks activities . . . everything about this place (you wouldn’t be on this site if you didn’t). We do too. And, lucky for you, we also love writing about the Outer Banks. Locals and visitors alike value our Outer Banks information.

Our local writers tell you how to negotiate dining out if you have a big crowd. We show you, step by step, how to pick a crab. We’ve written articles highlighting Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks or about charming Manteo on Roanoke Island or telling you the mysteries of Ocracoke Island. We cover the events happening on the Outer Banks – and, boy, are there a lot of them to cover! Outer Banks activities, everything from water sports to walking tours to lighthouse tours to birdwatching trips, are focal points. Businesses, rituals and legends local to the Outer Banks are detailed in our articles. You’ll find out how that restaurant got its name or the modest beginning of that now-booming business. We give you insider Outer Banks information about staying safe in the ocean, how to navigate those pesky turn lanes, which restaurants to check out for the best Southern cuisine in the area and resorts’ present and future aspirations. Our Outer Banks articles are good reading. You’ll feel like a local with all the knowledge you’re sure to collect! And we’re adding to them all the time. Click on in to learn about the Outer Banks from the locals' side!


Outer Banks Trees to Love

By Molly Harrison
"Trees give peace to the souls of men." - Nora Waln The Outer Banks is one of the best places on the planet to bask in the healing powers of Mother Nature. While most people might come here to connect with the watery elements of the world, these islands also offer plentiful opportunities to commune with trees. Trees... Read More

Comfort & Joy

By Molly Harrison
Cocooning yourself in lush cashmere on a brisk winter morning. Spritzing your pulse points with an enlivening Italian scent that brings to mind Positano. Slipping into your best-fitting pants on date night. Soaking in a bath of soothing French sea salts after a long day. The little things that create joy are highly... Read More

Holiday Gifting With The Cotton Gin

By Leah Wingenroth
Walking through the doors of The Cotton Gin feels like you’ve wandered into a wonderfully decorated beach house overlooking the water. Their carefully selected stock gives a sense of easy, coastal living situated between the sound and the ocean. By design, you too can create this atmosphere in your own home, whether... Read More

A Keepsake of Ocracoke

By Molly Harrison
One of the happiest journeys in life is the ferry ride to Ocracoke for a magical vacation. When you finally have to bid farewell to the island, it is gratifying to have a keepsake of your visit to take home with you. It might be a scallop shell or even a scotch bonnet that you found washed up on the beach. Or it... Read More

Your Hatteras Island Happy Place

By Hannah West
Over the past few years, more visitors than ever before have discovered the Outer Banks’ beaches as their new vacation oasis. As evidence, Cape Hatteras National Seashore saw more than 3 million visitors last year, the highest number ever recorded. Part of what is driving visitation to Hatteras Island and the Outer... Read More