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!


A Tale of Mermaids, Wild Horses and Wine

By Dave Holton
It’s probably not a stretch for you to imagine that you’re on the beach right now, slathered in sunscreen, with one eye on your kids playing in the surf and the other on a book. In fact, maybe that’s exactly where you are, right now … nice, right?  But maybe you’d like for your vacation to be more than just nice. To... Read More

One Fish, Two Fish, Tilefish, Bluefish

By Dave Holton
October comes, and thar she blows, A whale of a feast, as ocean fare goes, Live music and art, big boats and learnin’, And tossin’ a mullet if that’s what yer yearnin’. Come one, come all to the annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival … Yes indeed, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, brought to you since 2012 by sponsors... Read More

Global Influence and a New Second Location: Travels with Open Water Grill

By Heather Frese
For six years now, vacationers and locals alike have celebrated Avon’s Open Water Grill, the waterfront stunner of a restaurant with dazzling views, a casual ambiance and delicious food known for its freshness and ingenuity. When you’re at the beach, a trip to Open Water Grill reminds you that you’re really and truly... Read More

A Buffet with a Mother's Heart

By Dave Holton
“I don’t take any of it for granted.”thump-thump… Liz Dowless runs Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet from a room on the second floor of the restaurant, a modest space with a desk, a chair and a computer. On a cold, off-season day she layers up with an extra jacket to keep warm while she works. It’s not what anyone would call a... Read More

Good Ol' Uncle Ike

By Dave Holton
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you had a good ol’ uncle to call on at some point in your life. Or maybe for you that good ol’ uncle was an aunt, grandma or grandpa. Whoever it was, you knew you could go to them no matter what you needed. But if you didn’t have such a person, you can experience what it’s like to have... Read More