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!


The Art of Being Local

By Beth P. Storie
Realtors talk about location, location, location, but with booksellers it’s local, local, local! The owners of our independent Outer Banks bookstores all say that books written by locals or set on these shores are some of their biggest sellers, both fiction and nonfiction.  Bookstore owners explain that local books... Read More

On the Soundside

By Molly Harrison
When people think of the waters of the Outer Banks, the Atlantic Ocean understandably leaps to mind first. The vast and mighty Atlantic commands our attention and is the main attraction of the Outer Banks for many people. But on the other side of the barrier islands is an entirely different watery world – a smaller,... Read More

Making Memories on the Water on the Crystal Dawn and Country Girl

By Molly Harrison
Want to have some fun? 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, they’re the closest and most convenient party boats to the beach communities of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills,... Read More

50 Years of Memories at Cape Hatteras Motel

By Molly Harrison
As owner of Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton for the last 50 years, Dave Dawson has been through all the ups and downs that Cape Hatteras can dish out. He’s cleaned up from nor’easters, rebuilt from hurricanes and shoveled enough sand to fill the Sahara, but he’s also fished epic bluefish blitzes, met friends from all... Read More

From a Funny Conversation to a Fantastic Restaurant

By Maggie Miles
Dirty Dick’s Crab House started out as a funny conversation between friends all the way back in 1970. Ken Hersey, founder of the establishment, had the idea while vacationing on the Outer Banks from his hometown in Northern Virginia. He realized that while this string of islands had a lot to offer, there wasn’t much... Read More