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!


Into the Mix: The Spice and Tea Exchange

By Heather Frese
Question: What combines a newly opened, locally owned, family-operated shop with a love of cooking, teas, exotic spices and accessories? Answer: The Spice and Tea Exchange in Duck’s Scarborough Lane Shoppes. Mother/daughter team Terry Bell and Megan Scott’s venture revolves around their mutual love of cooking. During... Read More

Discovering the Ultimate Hidden Treasure

By Heather Frese
When we think of treasure along the Outer Banks, our minds usually run to pirate ships and gold doubloons, but at Salvo’s newest shop the gem referenced in the name Hidden Treasures is Earth herself and the gifts she offers for healing. Essential oils drawn from flowers and herbs calm or energize our bodies. Stones,... Read More

Gaffer’s: Always Open, Always Fun, Always Local

By Heather Frese
Vacationing on Ocracoke usually beckons buzzwords like serenity and tranquility, but equally important to a holiday is a good dose of fun. No matter what time of year you’re visiting Ocracoke, and whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night, Gaffer’s meets your need for delicious food,... Read More

History’s Continuance: Ocracoke Restoration

By Heather Frese
There’s a tangible feeling of history when you step into Ocracoke Restoration, a small shop specializing in stained glass, jewelry, gifts and outdoor decor. Housed in a 1930s cottage restored by the owners, this shop combines exquisite items from the past such as estate and vintage jewelry with modern handcrafted... Read More

There’s Always Something to Do in the Town of Duck

By Katrina Mae Leuzinger
For a town that’s so small you can walk from one end to the other, there’s an amazing amount of stuff going on here in the summer time. All summer long you can find free events happening almost every day all around town. On Tuesday mornings you might take in a yoga class or take the kids to the children’s interactive... Read More