Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Issue 29: Fall/Winter 2022/23

First, pause and take a deep breath. Now another. I’m betting you haven’t had a lot of time for that these past three months, whether you’re a local or a visitor. Anymore, I think it’s probably only kids younger than 15 who see summer as the slow time of the year.

And now, wherever you are, take a moment to notice the trees around you. When I look out my office window, I see a two huge pecan trees, and this year they’re full of nuts (hoping a storm doesn’t knock them down before they’re ready!). When we decided to write the feature for this issue on Outer Banks trees, I think there were some skeptics in our office. It’s probably not the first thing you think about when you consider this area, right? But, as much as I was absolutely for the idea, and as much as I am personally someone who loves trees, I must say that my trees eyes, so to speak, were opened up with this feature.

For instance, I didn’t know there was actually a Live Oak Society and that several local trees are registered for their age and size. And I didn’t know that there was a live oak here that pre-dates the 400+-year-old specimen found at The Elizabethan Gardens; it’s estimated to be more than 500 years old, so it was already a centenarian when the 1587 colonists arrived!

When you think of trees that you see at the beach, what comes to your mind? A fun thing to do is to drive around and note every variety you find, even if you don’t know the official name for them. Maybe sketch them to create your own, cool Outer Banks nature guide.

One of the points of the feature this time is to invite you to see beyond the obvious here. Yes, the beach and sound are our crown jewels. But if you look past the water to these providers of shade, leaves, flowers and beauty, you’ll broaden your appreciation for this place and for the untouched and protected parts of the Outer Banks that look exactly like they did hundreds of years ago. Maybe you can add treebathing (basking under one that particularly calls you) to your sunbathing routine. And, at any rate, we definitely encourage you to Look Up!




Outer Banks Trees to Love

By Molly Harrison
"Trees give peace to the souls of men." - Nora Waln The Outer Banks is one of the best places on the planet to bask in the healing powers of Mother Nature. While most people might come here to connect with the watery elements of the world, these islands also offer plentiful opportunities to commune with trees. Trees... Read More

Comfort & Joy

By Molly Harrison
Cocooning yourself in lush cashmere on a brisk winter morning. Spritzing your pulse points with an enlivening Italian scent that brings to mind Positano. Slipping into your best-fitting pants on date night. Soaking in a bath of soothing French sea salts after a long day. The little things that create joy are highly... Read More

Holiday Gifting With The Cotton Gin

By Leah Wingenroth
Walking through the doors of The Cotton Gin feels like you’ve wandered into a wonderfully decorated beach house overlooking the water. Their carefully selected stock gives a sense of easy, coastal living situated between the sound and the ocean. By design, you too can create this atmosphere in your own home, whether... Read More

A Keepsake of Ocracoke

By Molly Harrison
One of the happiest journeys in life is the ferry ride to Ocracoke for a magical vacation. When you finally have to bid farewell to the island, it is gratifying to have a keepsake of your visit to take home with you. It might be a scallop shell or even a scotch bonnet that you found washed up on the beach. Or it... Read More

Your Hatteras Island Happy Place

By Hannah West
Over the past few years, more visitors than ever before have discovered the Outer Banks’ beaches as their new vacation oasis. As evidence, Cape Hatteras National Seashore saw more than 3 million visitors last year, the highest number ever recorded. Part of what is driving visitation to Hatteras Island and the Outer... Read More