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!


Come Sit on our Front Porch; Let Me Tell You of the Dreams We Keep

By Beth P. Storie
It’s fitting to title an article about how the waterfront town of Manteo was remade with a quote from Andy Griffith, “Come sit on our front porch; let me tell you of the dreams we keep.” On the floor of the legislature in the early 1980s, as the narrator of a slideshow of that name showing how transformation could... Read More

Eat, Shop, Sleep Ocracoke

By Heather Frese
There’s no end of wonders to the island of Ocracoke. From Blackbeard to wild ponies to miles and miles of some of the most pristine beaches on the East Coast, this little island has it all. But when you’re on vacation, sometimes you want to boil it down to the basics. Eat, play, sleep. Repeat. So come along as we take... Read More

Why Wait for the Town of Duck?

By Katrina Mae Leuzinger
What do you love about summer? The feel of warm sand between your toes? The cool breeze filled with the smell of salt from the ocean? How about a tropical drink sipped while watching the sun set over the water or perusing a quaint local shop on the boardwalk in search of the perfect vacation keepsake? Well, why wait... Read More

A Welcoming Vibe: Hatteras Island Boardsports

By Heather Frese
If you’re new to surfing, the atmosphere at Hatteras Island Boardsports will make you feel at home with the sport. Owner Kevin Scalia and his team are eager to share their love of watersports with newbies and experienced folks alike. The shop features watersports gear, rentals and accessories as well as popular... Read More

Vacationing Made Easy

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Whether you’re looking for an isolated cottage for a weekend escape with your sweetie or an oceanfront palace to house and entertain the entire family for a week, there are different qualities you look for when choosing a vacation rental. But how do you hone in on the best one for you? With Shoreline OBX, the emphasis... Read More