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!


Opening a Book Opens the World

By Molly Harrison
If you’re a reader, then you know there’s nothing like the delicious feeling of falling into a great book, staying up way past your bedtime to spend more time in a different world with characters and experiences far removed from your own. That’s the magic of books, their ability to transport us, expand our... Read More

An Adventurer's, Leisure-Lover's or Something-In-Betweener's Guide to Ocracoke

By Hannah Lee Leidy
For all its 16 miles and remote locale, Ocracoke offers up every inch of its sandy seashore, maritime woods and artisan community to vacation fun. The end result supports three types of beach getaways.  For starters, there’s the Ocracoke with a milieu of outdoor adventures and watersports. It features family-friendly... Read More

Great Moments at the Brew Pub

By Molly Harrison
It doesn’t seem that long ago that a cathedral-sized, lifesaving station-inspired structure being built along the Bypass at milepost 8.5 was the talk of the town. Adding to the intrigue was the new business’s concept as a gourmet restaurant/brewery – a rarity for eastern North Carolina in 2001. Little did everyone... Read More

Making Memories on the Water

By Molly Harrison
Is Your Family Ready For Adventure? Look no further than Crystal Dawn and Country Girl, two of the most trusted party boats on the Outer Banks, based at Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo, just over the bridge from Nags Head. These large party boats, also known as head boats, can accommodate numerous anglers or... Read More

Spring Awakening in Currituck

By Molly Harrison
A long winter is one thing, but a long winter during a pandemic is just about unbearable! Puzzles, board games, cooking in, sleeping late, heck even Netflix and Disney Plus are getting old - quick.  Thank goodness the warm days of spring are here. Back outside we go, sinking bare feet into newly green grass, basking... Read More