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!


Get your Kicks at Dirty Dick's

By Chris Huntemann
Even though much has changed on the Outer Banks over the last 30 years, it’s good to know that there are still some things you can count on – the beach, the lighthouses, the wild horses at Corolla and Dirty Dick’s Crab House in Avon and Nags Head treating both visitors and locals like family. Dirty Dick’s has been a... Read More

Refreshing a Tradition

By Molly Harrison
It’s hard to believe that something that began on Roanoke Island 85 years ago would still be a vital part of the Outer Banks experience today, but that’s exactly the trajectory of The Lost Colony, the Outer Banks’ much-loved musical under the stars. Since 1937 the outdoor drama has been telling the historical story... Read More

Brunch at the Beach and More

By Heather Frese
The owner/operator of Mike Dianna’s Grill Room is named neither Mike nor Dianna. Meghann Pauls, Corolla native, bought the restaurant in 2016 and kept the well-recognized name. “Most people think I’m Dianna,” Meghann says. “I always say, I don’t care what they call me as long as they come in!” Meghann has worked in... Read More

Explore the Soundside

By Heather Frese
Gliding across the Pamlico Sound in a kayak is an experience that perfectly captures what’s so special about Hatteras Island and a vacation on the Outer Banks – it’s a mix of relaxation, fun and adventure through stunning natural scenery and abundant wildlife, a day that’s guaranteed to crystallize into a standout... Read More

This Will Float Your Boat

By Molly Harrison
When it comes to family-oriented Outer Banks fun, there’s nothing better than getting on the water. And few people know more about all-ages fun on the water than the Foreman family. Owners and operators of Crystal Dawn head boat in Manteo, the Foremans have been entertaining families in the sounds around Roanoke... Read More