Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Issue 21: Fall/Winter 2019/20

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!


From Gracious to Plenty

By Beth P. Storie
How Nags Head became the first beach resort in North Carolina. As you drive the beach road today, it might be hard to imagine a time when the preponderance of places to stay were only several gracious beach-style hotels, mostly found in Nags Head. But if you can go back in your imagination to the 1930s and early ’40s... Read More

Coming Home for the Holidays in Edenton

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Perry Como had it right: There really is no place like home for the holidays. Whether you’re a regular visitor to the town or a newcomer, time spent in Edenton during the holiday season brings a familiar sensation of coming home.  The historic waterfront downtown turns into a timeless display of Christmas beauty with... Read More

A 50-Year Ocracoke Tradition

By Molly Harrison
When Philip and Julie Howard set up a teepee on a piece of Philip’s parents’ Howard Street property in the summer of 1970 and began selling their handmade spoon rings and macramé necklaces, everyone thought they’d lost their minds. “Who in the world is going to come to Ocracoke and buy stuff?” Philip’s father wanted... Read More

Building a Nest within Your World

By Hannah Lee Leidy
Nest owner Nancy Seitz matches her passion for fashion and decor with her passion for traveling. Her excursions to Europe and more distant ports of call guarantee new products into Nest upon her return. Step out of downtown Manteo and into this little white cottage on the periphery of Magnolia Market Square. There,... Read More

Retail Into Recreation: A Revolutionized Shopping Experience

By Hannah Lee Leidy
A shopping trip often means hopping between shops, malls and even web pages to find clothes, beachwear, accessories, home decor, books and more. But imagine taking care of it all with time still for a wine tasting, a vineyard stroll, a hang glider ride and the chance to unwind afterward in the company of musicians and... Read More