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!


Town of Nags Head: So Much to Love on the Beach and Beyond

By Molly Harrison
With its 11-mile stretch of stunning Atlantic shoreline, Nags Head is understandably known for being a beach town. Its name has been synonymous with North Carolina coastal vacations since the early 1800s when residents of northeastern North Carolina began flocking to the coast to escape the inland heat. For nearly a... Read More

The Cotton Gin: Destination Recreation

By Hannah Lee Leidy
We live in a world where the convenience of online shopping and ever-evolving trends in merchandise pose an obstacle to brick-and-mortar stores. Driving to a shop, wandering through an emporium of themed rooms and delighting in their novel items is that classic concept we’ve long associated with shopping. It’s the... Read More

Up and Away without a Worry

By Molly Harrison
Parasailing is one of the favorite activities on the Outer Banks, and at some point your kids are going to ask you if they can go. But how can parents feel good about allowing their children to be harnessed to a parachute and released behind a boat to fly high in the sky? The answer is simple. They can fly with... Read More

50 Years of Fine Tuning Outer Banks Vacations

By Molly Harrison
When it comes to vacation rentals, Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates offers the best of both worlds: the personalized service of a small, family-run company combined with the innovations you’d expect at a much larger enterprise.  From humble beginnings in 1968 to its current role of managing more than 500 quality... Read More

Southern Comfort & Sophistication

By Lexi Holian
When it comes to dining out on the Outer Banks, it’s not hard to see why Red Sky Cafe is a favorite among locals and visitors. The mainstay on Duck Road brims with Southern charm, from the intimate string lighting to the distressed wooden barn wall in the dining room, and Chef Wes Stepp’s cutting-edge coastal cuisine... Read More