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!


An Insider’s Look at the Outer Banks Dolphins

By Hannah Lee Leidy
People flock to Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours for the opportunity to see dolphins playing, mating and even birthing in Roanoke Sound. And over the course of the two-hour tour, guests find the cruise not only fulfills their dolphin desires, but it also deepens their appreciation for the surrounding marshland, maritime... Read More

The Place Everyone’s Walking About

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Few places let you explore, on foot, the length of a town’s activities, shops and dining scene, not to mention entirely at waterside! The ability to do so in Duck lends to much of its unparalleled enchantment. Ditch the car and set out by foot or bike. Mosey between the galleries, boutiques and shops while strolling... Read More

So Cute in Corolla

By Molly Harrison
Long before Joanna Gaines made upcycling a household word, Karen Scarborough Whitfield pulled off a must-see repurposing project in Historic Corolla Village. In 2004 she transformed her father’s former garage into a retail shop called Spry Creek Home Accents, and in the past 16 years it’s become a favorite northern... Read More

Reflecting Life’s Changes Through Jewelry

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Tides change, sand shifts and the wind switches. Our lives follow a similar fashion, always evolving and developing as we make transitions and grow. Family heirlooms, precious mementos and simple everyday jewelry can do the same through the artistic eyes and skilled hands of Gail Kowalski. Since 1977, Outer Banks... Read More

First Stop: Atlantic Coast Cafe

By Molly Harrison
For countless Hatteras Island vacationers, the first stop on the island is always Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. It’s such a solid tradition that by the time they’re driving the bridge over Oregon Inlet, their mouths are already watering at the thought of baskets of piping hot fried shrimp, fresh fish tacos, ACC’s... Read More