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!


Hot Fun in the Summertime

By Heather Frese
The tall sweep of sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge is one of my earliest memories – the thick heat, the sticky grit on my legs as I held my mom’s hand and watched my dad run, jump, then drift through the air on a brightly colored hang glider. He had a t-shirt from Kitty Hawk Kites depicting the scene in pretty pastels... Read More

Bringing People Together with Jazz

By Hannah West
For two years Duck’s picturesque Town Green fell silent over Columbus Day weekend, a time of year traditionally filled with the lively sounds of the Duck Jazz Festival. But in 2022, the music returned and with it came more than 6,000 festival goers over the course of the holiday weekend. The 14th annual Duck Jazz... Read More

Find Treasure on the Corolla Outer Banks and Currituck Mainland

By Leah Wingenroth
Restless adventurers, relax! Around here you don’t have to look far to find the treasures that will satisfy your need for exciting new adventures and experiences. Currituck County and Corolla are jam-packed with hidden gems and historical artifacts ready for you to discover. Treasuring Northern Outer Banks History... Read More

Old Traditions and New Experiences at The Cotton Gin

By Leah Wingenroth
Whether you’re looking for gifts for your family or a treat for yourself, shopping trips can be a tiring, all-day affair, but there is a way to save yourself from all that driving around. Thankfully, The Cotton Gin stores have everything you could need in one place. Between their bounty of coastal decor, beach wear... Read More

From Firefighter to CBD Shop Owner: A Journey of Healing and Empowering Others

By Maggie Miles
Gina Elko, owner of House of Hemp OBX, discovered the power of CBD when a knee injury forced her to retire from her 22-year firefighting career, the last eight of which she was a captain at the Nags Head Fire Department. Originally from Maryland, Gina began her career as a firefighter after successfully passing the... Read More