Outer Banks Articles & Shorts

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!


These Roots Run Deep

By Molly Harrison
Most of us cannot imagine having the initiative, energy and passion it takes to succeed at running a single restaurant, so the thought of running five restaurants … well, that just seems crazy. But Outer Banks native Beaman Hines is one of those rare people who thrives in the face of such a monumental undertaking. As... Read More

Something to Celebrate: 100 Years of Whalehead in Historic Corolla

By Heather Frese
Cast your mind back 100 years, if you will. It’s 1922 and the world is just emerging from a pandemic. People are ready to embrace gathering, music and time with family and friends. Rapid social and political changes are taking place as people find their way into a new normal. Sounds a little bit familiar, right?... Read More

Growth by the Grain: More Beach to Love

By Beth P. Storie
Those of you who live here or are seasoned visitors know that these barrier islands, while being so beautiful, are truly very fragile. There are places on the Outer Banks that are less than a mile across from sound to ocean. And unfortunately, due to storms, erosion and ocean overwash, many beaches are narrower than... Read More

Historical, Accurate and Local: Corolla Bob and the Original Wild Horse Tour

By Leah Wingenroth
If you want to understand and uncover the true history of the Outer Banks, you must know the story of the wild banker horses that made these islands their home long before our beaches welcomed hordes of visitors eager for their summer vacation. Nearly 500 years ago, Spanish mustangs were brought over and left behind... Read More

Outer Banks Treasures in the Making: 45 Years of Jewelry by Gail

By Leah Wingenroth
A long time ago, at a beach not too far away, a ninth-grade girl who lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided that she wanted to live and work on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where her family visited every summer. “I used to tell everyone that I was from the Outer Banks but lived in Pittsburgh part time,” says... Read More