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!


Crafts Aren't the Only Treasures Here

By Heather Frese
Ocracoke Island has a history as deep as the waters of the Atlantic. Legends of swashbuckling pirates, flaming ships, buried treasure, haunted houses and more abound on Ocracoke, and for Amy Howard, manager of Village Craftsmen craft gallery, these stories are more than legends; they’re family history. Six great-... Read More

Internationally Inspired: Open Water Grill

By Heather Frese
In its seven years on Hatteras Island, Open Water Grill has made a name for itself for serving inventive food with some of the most spectacular waterfront views on the island. A closer look at the process their chefs and managers use for menu development reveals a depth of passion, innovation and respect for their... Read More

A Dream Come True

By Molly Harrison
Walking up to the Granville Queen Inn in downtown Edenton for the first time might feel a bit intimidating. The stately Neo-Classical Revival home complete with two-story portico, paired Tuscan columns and wraparound porch suggests a grandiosity and magnificence not often found in this part of northeastern North... Read More

When the Food Network Comes Calling: Tortuga's Lie

By Heather Frese
When the phone rings and it’s a producer from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’re going to want to take the call. And when they say they’re interested in featuring your restaurant on an episode of the show, you’re going to think about it for a minute, especially since it entails closing down lunch... Read More

Bonzer Shack - A Dining Destination

By Molly Harrison
Locals don’t get a pass on real life just because they live in a vacation destination. For every visitor out there perfecting the art of leisure, there’s a local behind the scenes hustling to pay the bills. But the ol’ 9 to 5 in a place like the Outer Banks isn’t drudgery. The local working class still gets to have... Read More