Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Issue 18: Fall/Winter 2018/19

I’m writing this Publisher’s Letter as rain pelts my office windows. I had one of those quick head turn, multi-emotions experiences just now: thinking about how much I adore a rainy day then quickly having the images and accounts of the suffering of our southern neighbors, mostly attributed to unprecedented rainfall from Hurricane Florence, fill my head. As an Outer Banks community, it’s clear how much their plight is in all of our hearts by how abundantly so many from here have given to help storm survivors. We all know that a 3-degree northward shift could have meant that we would have been the ones digging and drying out from Hurricane Florence. It wasn’t our turn this time. But it feels so significant the degree to which Outer Bankers have responded that I wanted to take some space here to recognize the effort and compassion. This obviously caring community is one of the things I appreciate the most about living here, and I’m sure it’s what many of our visitors feel when they come for their vacations. As my friend Jenn used to say, “Good On All Of You!” It’s officially fall now, and the seasons of spooky, thankfulness and cheer are quickly approaching. May you all – both readers and the fabulous businesses that are a part of this, our 18th, issue – rest easy as the leaves change color and drift and (maybe!) the snow falls on this lovely and generous place we call home.



Nest in a Treasure Trove

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Tucked away in the Magnolia Market Square in downtown Manteo sits a little haven of whimsy. Stepping into Nest is like entering a European marketplace that takes you to Paris, Provence, Indonesia, the Italian coast, San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. The artisan-crafted jewelry sparkles under the soft glow of... Read More

Running the Outer Banks

By Lexi Holian
There’s something exhilarating about any marathon, from the pulse of your heart when you take your starting stance to the final kick across the finish line. But here in coastal North Carolina, it’s both the spectacular scenery and the tremendous spirit of the community that attract thousands of runners from around the... Read More

A Destination for Every Occasion of the Year

By Hannah Lee Leidy
After Labor Day passes and the summer crowds return home, the folks at the Sea Ranch Resort maintain their dedication to every individual stay in the fall, winter and spring, giving each guest their own custom vacation experience. If 55 years in the hotel business has taught the Sea Ranch anything, it’s that the... Read More

Homes for the Holidays

By Beth P. Storie
Photos by Melody Leckie The picturesque, waterside town of Manteo lends itself well to celebrations with the walkable aspect of the streets, the friendliness of the locals, the postcard-worthy beauty of the restored historic homes and the new ones built to fit in and the waterfront area. It’s a town that dresses up... Read More

Make a Splash with the YMCA Tidal Waves

By Hannah Lee Leidy
On the Outer Banks, life revolves around the water. Think about how much we rely on the ocean and sound for our favorite activities: boating, fishing, paddleboarding, surfing, playing on the beach, splashing around the sound, Jet skiing ... does the list ever end? A necessity for enjoying each of these activities – in... Read More