Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Cotton Gin

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!


Napa | Bordeaux | Tuscany | Currituck

By Katrina Mae Leuzinger
When it comes to fine wine makers, the Outer Banks may not be the first place that leaps to your mind. But that will change once you sample the amazing wines they’re making over at Sanctuary Vineyards in Currituck. On their 28-acre vineyard they’re growing 14 varietals of grapes, both classic European varietals like... Read More

When Shopping Was Special: Recapturing Joy at The Cotton Gin

By Katrina Mae Leuzinger
When was the last time a shop managed to surprise you? Modern shopping can be a joyless experience, with big box stores’ antiseptically neat rows of carefully labeled merchandise and blinding fluorescent lights. But what if you don’t know exactly what you’re searching for? What if you want to let serendipity be your... Read More

An Oasis of Country Coastal Living

By Lexi Holian
There’s a place just over the bridge in Currituck County that some would call a little slice of heaven. Set amidst more than 200 acres of working farmland and serene coastal vineyards, The Cotton Gin invites you to sip local wine in the shade of native pines, grab a light bite to eat and meander through the store’s... Read More

The Cotton Gin: County, Coastal & Cosmopolitan

By Hannah Lee Leidy
You know that point in any trip when you’re on the last stretch and the anticipation overwhelms you? Almost there, almost there…. For locals and visitors here, it’s that piece of highway right before the bridges – that landing strip to the arch that takes you over to your Outer Banks home. And sitting like a marker at... Read More