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!


Putting the Personal Touch on Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

By Hannah Lee Leidy
What images come to mind when you think about taking a safari-style tour in search of Corolla’s wild horses? Perhaps you almost feel the wind against your face as your open-air truck cruises through the sand. Or maybe you start anticipating the thrill of spotting these horses in their wild, natural habitats. But how... Read More

Beach Day Safety

By Molly Harrison
Ahh … the beach. There is no place more restorative and rejuvenating than that magical stretch of sand where the land meets the sea. It’s obvious that thousands of Currituck County vacationers agree. From four-wheel-driving on the sand at Carova Beach to swimming with the family at lifeguarded beaches around... Read More

10 Things You Can Do on Roanoke Island that You Can't Do Anywhere Else on the Outer Banks

By Molly Harrison
1. Mark the hours by the courthouse bell. The former Dare County Courthouse is the majestic centerpiece of downtown Manteo. While the building is no longer the site of judicial business (it’s now the home of the Dare County Arts Council and its stunning multi-artist gallery), the belfry still serves its historic... Read More

Town of Nags Head: So Much to Love on the Beach and Beyond

By Molly Harrison
With its 11-mile stretch of stunning Atlantic shoreline, Nags Head is understandably known for being a beach town. Its name has been synonymous with North Carolina coastal vacations since the early 1800s when residents of northeastern North Carolina began flocking to the coast to escape the inland heat. For nearly a... Read More

The Cotton Gin: Destination Recreation

By Hannah Lee Leidy
We live in a world where the convenience of online shopping and ever-evolving trends in merchandise pose an obstacle to brick-and-mortar stores. Driving to a shop, wandering through an emporium of themed rooms and delighting in their novel items is that classic concept we’ve long associated with shopping. It’s the... Read More