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 more things change, the more they stay the same

By Beth P. Storie
The distance between the town of Manteo and the southern tip of Wanchese on Roanoke Island is only a little more than 5 miles. It’s a walkable distance, one that belies the present-day shifts in landscape and lifestyle. But what ties the two together is history, albeit of different ilks, and soon . . . tourism. “... Read More

Nowhere Else I'd Rather Be

By Molly Harrison
As a charter captain and boat owner with more than 35 years of experience fishing charters along the East Coast and in the Bahamas, Captain Mark Fann is about as water-logged as a human can be. He has spent the majority of his life on the water, sharing the joys of boating and fishing with those who aren’t so lucky to... Read More

Year after Year

By Lexi Holian
Miles of windswept beaches against a backdrop of ocean blue are often the first reason visitors choose to vacation on the Outer Banks. But for many, the decision to return each summer comes down to moments spent with family – from celebratory milestones in your favorite beach cottage to watching your children grow up... Read More

Exhilaration Central

By Lisa Loy
When most folks think of Kitty Hawk Kites, it is hang gliding, not necessarily kites, that comes to mind. Kitty Hawk Kites’ Nags Head location is just across the highway from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and passersby are frequently treated to the sight of foot-launched hang gliders gracing the sky above the largest... Read More

On Becoming Bob

By Heather Frese
Bob’s Wild Horse Tours is a bit of a fixture on the northern Outer Banks, the first company known for pioneering the popular safari-style open air vehicle and taking people past the end of the road to the open beaches and marshes where wild Spanish Mustangs roam. The charm of interacting with wild horses in their... Read More