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 Beauty of a Brewpub

By Molly Harrison
Outer Banks Brewing Station wears a lot of hats – family-friendly restaurant, bar, yard bar, live music venue, nightclub, event venue, caterer, food truck, brewpub. It’s been a standout on the Outer Banks restaurant, brewing, nightlife and community scene since 2001, and nothing sticks around that long with moss... Read More

Shopping Traditions Return with The Cotton Gin

By Hannah Lee Leidy
It’s hard to imagine that a little over a year ago, a fire engulfed The Cotton Gin’s historic red, farmstead building. With the original store temporarily closed, shoppers sought out The Cotton Gin’s characteristic Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Simply Southern, Pandora, Scout, Vera Bradley and coastal beach decor and... Read More

For the Birds

By Molly Harrison
With an abundance of birdlife and public lands, the Outer Banks is a bird-watching hotspot. Sandpipers in the surf scurrying from approaching waves, cormorants on dock posts drying their wings in a breeze, a stock-still snowy egret fishing in a mucky creek along the bypass. Gulls cackling over restaurants and grocery... Read More

Where Fun is Always In Season

By Molly Harrison
Have you heard the secret about the Outer Banks off-season? Summer is the crowd-pleaser for obvious reasons, but Outer Banks insiders know that fall is even more appealing, kind of like a special members-only version of the Outer Banks. It’s when visitors have access to all the amenities and treasures of the Outer... Read More

Just a Walk Away in Duck

By Hannah Lee Leidy
No matter how much time I spend in Duck, the ability to stroll the town’s length never loses its enchantment. It’s one of the few places on the Outer Banks where you can walk a significant stretch with uninterrupted views of the water. The Boardwalk, managed by the Town of Duck, stretches along the town’s Village... Read More