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!


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

A Place Where Everyone Knows Your Name

By Sandy Semans
While many beach businesses took their annual winter snooze to rest up for the arrival of the thousands of visitors that come to Currituck County’s Outer Banks every summer season, Tony Northrup, owner of Ike’s Bites ’n More, remained in high gear. “We’ve been busy!” says Tony. “We’ve made lots of changes to Ike’s... Read More

Putting the Personal Touch on Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

By Hannah Lee Leidy
What images come to mind when you think about taking a safari-style tour in search of Corolla’s wild horses? Perhaps you almost feel the wind against your face as your open-air truck cruises through the sand. Or maybe you start anticipating the thrill of spotting these horses in their wild, natural habitats. But how... Read More

Beach Day Safety

By Molly Harrison
Ahh … the beach. There is no place more restorative and rejuvenating than that magical stretch of sand where the land meets the sea. It’s obvious that thousands of Currituck County vacationers agree. From four-wheel-driving on the sand at Carova Beach to swimming with the family at lifeguarded beaches around... Read More

10 Things You Can Do on Roanoke Island that You Can't Do Anywhere Else on the Outer Banks

By Molly Harrison
1. Mark the hours by the courthouse bell. The former Dare County Courthouse is the majestic centerpiece of downtown Manteo. While the building is no longer the site of judicial business (it’s now the home of the Dare County Arts Council and its stunning multi-artist gallery), the belfry still serves its historic... Read More