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!


Up and Away without a Worry

By Molly Harrison
Parasailing is one of the favorite activities on the Outer Banks, and at some point your kids are going to ask you if they can go. But how can parents feel good about allowing their children to be harnessed to a parachute and released behind a boat to fly high in the sky? The answer is simple. They can fly with... Read More

50 Years of Fine Tuning Outer Banks Vacations

By Molly Harrison
When it comes to vacation rentals, Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates offers the best of both worlds: the personalized service of a small, family-run company combined with the innovations you’d expect at a much larger enterprise.  From humble beginnings in 1968 to its current role of managing more than 500 quality... Read More

Southern Comfort & Sophistication

By Lexi Holian
When it comes to dining out on the Outer Banks, it’s not hard to see why Red Sky Cafe is a favorite among locals and visitors. The mainstay on Duck Road brims with Southern charm, from the intimate string lighting to the distressed wooden barn wall in the dining room, and Chef Wes Stepp’s cutting-edge coastal cuisine... Read More

Ocracoke Vacations for Four Types of Visitors

By Hannah Lee Leidy
There are vacation spots that brand themselves as romantic retreats and others that cater to the family-friendly experience. Then there are the spots that draw adventurous solo travelers. With so much variety between these vacation styles, how is it possible that this wide spectrum of groups all find themselves drawn... Read More

Visit the Ramada and Let the Rest Come to You

By Hannah Lee Leidy
When you go on vacation, you have expectations: You expect a fabulous location with awesome activities, space for the whole family to relax and amenities that put your mind at ease and your body at play. Since 1985, the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills has been doing just that for visiting families, couples and groups... Read More