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!


A Vision Reimagined

By Hannah Lee Leidy
An old-school inn on the sound in Manteo is finding a new groove. The Burrus House Inn at Manteo began operation back in 2005. Before then, part of the current building served as the home of then-owner Jack Burrus. He built the original cottage in 1976 and over the years added more rooms and features. During Burrus’... Read More

Changing Tides for the Corolla Wild Horses

By Hannah Lee Leidy
It is entrenched with history, photogenic as heck and constantly changing form with each passing year. No, we’re not talking about the Outer Banks; all these qualities apply to the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs of Corolla. These horses share a lot of similarities with the Outer Banks. Their history is deeply... Read More

Make Your OBX Happy Place Even Happier

By Molly Harrison
Head farther down N.C. Highway 12 to Hatteras Island, and you’ll find a vacation destination with less traffic, charming villages and warmer ocean water plus many authentic experiences and opportunities to discover a new Outer Banks Happy Place.   Amazingly, many seasoned OBX regulars – even ones who may have... Read More

Any Way the Wind Blows

By Molly Harrison
How Outer Banks lives are affected by and dependent on the wind. When I was growing up in central North Carolina, daily wind speed and direction were the farthest things from my mind. I didn’t think about the wind unless it was cold and uncomfortable, and to be quite honest, direction didn’t matter because I had no... Read More

Christmas in Edenton

By Beth P. Storie
The magic of the holiday season transcends time and age. The traditions preserved are elements that excite us, whether we’re 2 or 92. It’s that feeling of joy and nostalgia that hits you when you catch a whiff of spiced gingerbread or hear Bing Crosby sing "White Christmas". Edenton captures this magic like no other.... Read More