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!


Hatteras Island: The Best of Both Worlds

By Molly Harrison
Stretched between Oregon and Hatteras inlets, Hatteras Island is a 50-mile-long island offering the rare and perfect combination of wild remoteness and all the things you need for the perfect vacation.  The majority of the island is undeveloped land, thanks to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Interspersing this open... Read More

Holiday Magic at The Christmas Shop

By Heather Frese
The holidays are, as the song goes, the most wonderful time of the year. To get into a holiday frame of mind at any time of the year, The Christmas Shop in Manteo is the Outer Banks’ beloved holiday shopping destination. The Christmas Shop has been offering beachside holiday magic for more than 50 years, so they know... Read More

It Takes a Village

By Dianne Beard
Few sights are more breathtaking and unforgettable than a wild horse prancing in the Outer Banks surf, perched high on a dune or feeding quietly in a field. Banker horses have roamed freely on the Outer Banks for more than 500 years, since they were originally brought here by Spanish explorers. One of the two last... Read More

CBD: A Healing Game Changer

By Maggie Miles
Gina Elko’s journey with CBD, a healing compound in hemp that does not cause a psychoactive effect, began in 2016 after undergoing a bilateral knee surgery that forced her to retire from her 22-year career as a firefighter. This entry into the world of CBD would not only become an integral part of her healing process... Read More

A New Day for Avon’s Studio 12

By Heather Frese
A bright, pretty building alongside N.C. Highway 12 in Avon promises to turn you into an artist once you step inside. This is Studio 12, established by longtime owner Carolyn Schena. The creative atmosphere inside coupled with its delightful adjoining coffee shop made the studio a must-stop for both vacationers and... Read More