Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Tranquil House Inn

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!


Manteo Is

By Beth P. Storie
Tree-lined streets, lush green grass lawns, flowers Bed & breakfasts and inns that mirror the gracious island lifestyle and that are only a stroll away from the waterfront A waterfront downtown area bordered by a mile-long boardwalk A harbor filled with vessels, large and small, hailing from all over the place... Read More

Manteo: Quintessentially Quaint

By Jennifer Armstrong
When people describe the coastal town of Manteo, North Carolina, they often use the word quaint. Quaintness calls to mind old-fashioned sensibilities and a seemingly simpler time. It’s more than that, though, for quaintness suggests not just simplicity but also elegance and singularity, qualities one finds in... Read More

A Taste of Legacy

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Donnie Just passes through the doors at the restaurant 1587 with an energetic stride. It’s 5 p.m. and there’s a flurry of activity as everyone rushes to finalize last minute preparations for the Wednesday night dinner crowd. Donnie is upbeat as he takes a moment out of his busy schedule to sit at a windowside four-top... Read More


By Beth P. Storie
This is a jewel of a little town. Hugged by water and touched by limitless sky, Manteo feels as open as what surrounds it. Locals say hello and smile a welcome to visitors. The town’s kids can be watched joyously jumping off the bridge that leads to Festival Park in the summer heat. And every direction you look, there... Read More

A Little Taste of Tranquility

By Amelia Boldaji
When the husband and wife team, Don and Lauri Just, bought Tranquil House Inn on the Manteo waterfront in 1993, they thought they were prepared to settle permanently into a quiet life as island innkeepers. They quickly realized, however, that their location was much too special - and their ambitious visions for the... Read More