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!


Meet the Locals: The Outer Banks Dolphins

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Who else shamelessly interrupts your friends and demands that they look at the ocean the minute you think you see a dorsal fin in the ocean or sound? Like so many people, I grew up loving dolphins. I had no exposure to the actual creatures, which made them all the more intriguing to me. I learned the Flipper theme... Read More

The Heart of Outer Banks Fishing

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Going to the Outer Banks Marina is like a step back into the Outer Banks of yesteryear. When driving over the Washington Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island, glance to the right. You see Manteo’s downtown, homes, condos and bustle. On the left, though, it’s a whole other world. The thick salt marshes stretch for miles,... Read More

Twilight Time

By Beth P. Storie
What time of day do you associate with the Outer Banks? Maybe you’ve never thought about it before, but as you do now you might envision a bright, sunny afternoon on the beach. Or, if you’re one of those early birds, perhaps your go-to scene is the sun rising on the horizon of the Atlantic, pulling up pinks and orange... Read More

A Piece of Ocracoke for Everyone

By Hannah Lee Leidy
In the summer, Ocracoke opens its arms and welcomes visitors eager to experience the island’s magic for themselves.  They ferry, boat or fly a private plane in and head to accommodations that encourage them to relax and settle into the island’s flow. Many opt to stay at the inns or bed and breakfasts because of the... Read More

Wrecked and Well-Read: What Outer Banks Booksellers Would Read on a Deserted Island

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Your ship sank, the plane crashed, you took a wrong turn on the kiteboard – whatever happened, the travel plan failed you, and now you’re stuck on a deserted island. As a glass-half-full type of person, I’m seeing nothing but unlimited beach time. It’s the perfect opportunity to tackle my ever-growing reading list. ... Read More