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!


Worth 1,000 Words: Life through the Lens

By Molly Harrison
The renowned photographer David Alan Harvey, who lives on the Outer Banks by the way, is quoted as giving this photographic advice: “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” When a photographer rises to that challenge, you immediately know it. The photograph is more than an assemblage of subject,... Read More

The Joy of Music Making

By Molly Harrison
You may not expect to find a world-class music academy in a laid-back beach community like the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Ascencion Music Academy in Kill Devil Hills. Lifelong musical teaching artists and performers Gordon Kreplin and Cathy Pescevich Kreplin have built a year-round, highly... Read More

Another Way to Shop at Village Craftsmen

By Molly Harrison
Filled with the fine-quality American handcrafts of more than 150 artists, Village Craftsmen is an Ocracoke Island tradition. Over the last 51 years the gallery has garnered a loyal following of customers who come to collect the new works of their favorite artists as well as to see the creations of the up-and-coming... Read More

A Casual Yet Cultured Aesthetic

By Molly Harrison
Yes, it is possible to feel both cozy-comfy and cosmopolitan-chic at the same time, and Nest, a Manteo shop focusing on the finer things in life, is the place to discover this delightful juxtaposition. Inspired by passions for fashion, travel and the Danish philosophy of hygge, Nest owner Nancy Seitz stocks her store... Read More

Rich History and Great Style at The Cotton Gin

By Leah Wingenroth
It is a rare and special thing to have deep family roots on the Outer Banks. Though a bustling vacation destination today, these beloved barrier islands used to be a hidden gem, sparsely populated with year-round residents. The generational ties and history of the Wright family, longtime owners of The Cotton Gin, are... Read More