Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Issue 28: Summer 2022

How many of you remember that song "Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Sly and the Family Stone? First stanza went like this:

End of the spring. And here she comes back.

Hi, hi, hi, hi, hi there. Them summer days. Those summer days.

As soon as I started thinking about this Publisher’s Letter, that song popped into my brain. We’re back to it, people! Back to those summer days, the hot fun in the summertime, and warm(ish) ocean. Doesn’t it seem like this season came around at record speed? For us locals, that could be because we didn’t really experience an off-season this year. Even in March there were waits in our restaurants … unheard of heretofore. We didn’t really have that off time where we got bored and were eagerly awaiting the return of the in-season. Yes, that’s both a blessing and a curse.

As more and more people discover the Outer Banks, we’re beginning to see the impacts. On the one hand, many businesses are switching from the mindset of a seasonal schedule to a year-round one. That means more income as well as more challenges in staffing and timing. Our natural environment, the very reason most people either vacation or live here, is also being challenged, as you can reasonably assume.

For everyone who loves the Outer Banks and appreciates the sacred nature of this place (which I assume is everyone reading this, otherwise you would have chosen to vacation or live somewhere else), it’s time for us to take a stand. Having our visitors here is welcomed, don’t get me wrong! Most of us depend on you for our livelihoods, so there’s definitely a symbiotic relationship at play.

But it’s up to all of us, locals and visitors, to protect this amazing place. We need to conserve water, leave no trash on the beach (or anywhere else), be conscious of our use of air conditioning and open doors or windows, preserve our dunes by not walking on them and put nothing in our sounds or oceans that doesn’t naturally belong there. If we all can become stewards of this environment and understand its fragility, we’ll have the Outer Banks that we know and love to enjoy for decades to come.

Let’s adopt a new slogan: The Outer Banks – Protect and Enjoy.




Shop, Play, Lift

By Anonymous
One thing people love about the Outer Banks is that it’s full of family-oriented activities. All families, whether visiting the Outer Banks or living here year-round, can find endless opportunities for entertainment and relaxation for all ages in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. The Golasa family welcomes your family... Read More

Outer Banks Bucket List

By Molly Harrison
Call it a bucket list, a wish list, things to do before you die … what’s on your life list of adventures, the things you’ve yet to experience but that you feel you simply must do? What fun, exciting and beautiful things are calling you? Out here on the edge of the continent, the Outer Banks is the perfect place to... Read More

An Evening Out with Sanctuary Vineyards

By Heather Frese
Sanctuary Vineyards sits on the shores of the Currituck Sound just 10 miles past the Wright Memorial Bridge in Jarvisburg. When you’re staying at the beach, this location makes for the perfect day trip to Outer Banks wine country. Sanctuary is a quaint waterside farm that grows European-style grapes on land the owner’... Read More

A 400-Year-Old American Mystery

By Beth P. Storie
We all enjoy a good mystery, even purely fictional ones. But what about the thrill of a real-life mystery? In fact, the oldest mystery in this country? Yes, we’re all drawn in, and that’s exactly what Don Bernardo understands about our human psyche and why he wrote The Lost Colony: Legend of the Snow White Doe, a... Read More

Old Traditions with a New Twist

By Beth P. Storie
If you were lucky enough to have been here in the 1970s, you probably see the Outer Banks through a very different lens than visitors or residents who are newer to the area. You remember a time when tourism was just beginning to take hold here and when the main draws were the mostly unpopulated beach, The Lost Colony... Read More