Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Issue 11: Summer 2016


Outer Banks This Week - Summer 2016 - Issue 11Take a moment to see how many songs you can think of about summer. (Wait, don’t read my list here until you’ve done your own mental inventory.) Hot Fun in the Summertime, Summer Breeze, School’s Out, All Summer Long, Summer Nights, Summertime, Summer in the City, Summertime Blues, In the Summertime, Summer of ’42 … ok, that’s all I can come up with off the top of my head. How’d you do? I find it interesting that there are so many songs about this time of year. If we were to attempt the same exercise about any other season, I don’t think we’d come up with as many. 

Summer is our season in a way that gets into our skin, and I don’t mean only sun-kissed bodies. We wear summer with many fewer barriers than winter. We open ourselves up to the warmth, the sand, to Mother Ocean without the arm’s length that often comes with cold. We dive in and let summer surround us. Perhaps that’s why we celebrate it so in song (and in poem too, btw). It’s a primal season, and we get back to our roots under the summer sun.

Those of us who live here deeply understand this pull, and it makes sense to us that the thousands of visitors who come to swim in the ocean and merge with nature are looking for what we locals chose to live around. We make room for them and know that the same filling up the soul process we experience every day of summer is theirs for the week or two they’re here. There’s more than enough to go around.

We’re so excited to bring you this Summer Issue of OuterBanksThisWeek.com magazine. It’s filled with stories about local businesses that give you a better insight into who they are vs. only what they do. You learn about the people behind the business and their motivations. As always, we hugely enjoy co-creating with these business owners and appreciate their enthusiasm and their trust in letting us help to get their word out to locals and visitors. 

Since our feature story is about novels set on the Outer Banks — and there are so many you need to read! — we encourage you to grab a chair, umbrella, some cold drinks and your favorite local book and head to that warm sandy beach to read away a summer day. You’ll feel renewed!

Happy summer, everyone!


Your Summer Reading List: Novels Set on the Outer Banks

By Beth P. Storie
Why on earth I went to Fort Raleigh so late at night by myself, I think I’ll never figure out. It seemed like a nice thing — to go walk in the quiet under the moonlight along a trail I had hiked many times under full sun. But, almost as soon as I got out of my car and started along the pine bark-covered path that led... Read More

All Coffee Is Good Coffee

By Lexi Holian
… when brewed properly. At Outer Banks Coffee Company, you’ll find much more than your standard Cuppa Joe. This isn’t a take-what-you-can-get kind of place. It’s a locals’ and visitors’ favorite where the world’s best Arabica beans are fresh roasted, ground and brewed before your eyes. Warm up to the front of the... Read More

Your Home Away From Home

By Lexi Holian
At the beach, our way of life is best likened to the ebb and flow of the tides. But some things are constant – like the familiar faces and welcoming smiles awaiting guests each season at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates. For nearly 50 years, the esteemed vacation rental company has had the same philosophy … to focus on... Read More

Outside The Ordinary

By Amelia Boldaji
If you love the original Urban Cottage, located in Duck’s Scarborough Faire, you’re in for a treat for 2016 and beyond — they now have a second location less than a block away that’s almost three times the size! Staying true to the shop’s core vision by specializing in home fashions that include a variety of... Read More

Bianca’s Readings

By Amelia Boldaji
No matter where we are in life, we can all use a little extra guidance from time to time. Whether you have questions about things such as love, business, health or family matters, well-known psychic and holistic practitioner Bianca can use her clairvoyant gifts to offer predictions about your future — with a little of... Read More