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!


At Home in Corolla

By Molly Harrison
The first Corolla wild horse tour company didn’t start out on paper with a business plan and a pitch to investors or bank loan officers. The idea serendipitously started over margaritas on the pool deck at the Inn at Corolla Light and was formulated on an ensuing horse-viewing trip in a rusty Suburban. But let’s back... Read More

20 years of Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

By Lexi Holian
There’s a reason visitors call ahead to Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet before they even book their Outer Banks vacation. Like returning to your family’s favorite beach access each year, dinner at Jimmy’s is at the top of the summer bucket list for many foodies. As any longtime (or even brand-new, just-finished-dining) patron... Read More

Wear Nature's Best with Jewelry by Gail

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Gail Kowalski loves rocks. She can even pinpoint the exact moment she fell in love with them. When she was 6 years old, her neighbor’s driveway was recovered with shiny gravel, complete with uncut quartz that glittered when it caught the sunlight. She spent hours in that driveway, carefully picking through the stones... Read More

Not Just Here for the Beer

By Molly Harrison
As one of the Outer Banks’ original breweries – and the nation’s first wind-powered brew pub – Outer Banks Brewing Station draws its fair share of beer lovers. They come for the refreshing Olsch, the zesty Lemongrass Wheat, the easy-going Hoi Toider IPA or one of the other 100-plus beers they’ve brewed over the years... Read More

Finding Freedom

By Molly Harrison
Safe Havens from Slavery on the Outer Banks If you’ve spent even a little time on the Outer Banks, you’ve heard about the trials of the early English colonies and the Lost Colony, the origins of the Spanish mustangs, the success of the Wright brothers’ 1903 flight and maybe even the harrowing life-saving efforts in... Read More