Outer Banks This Week Blog

Outer Banks information comes in many forms, but there’s no better way to learn it than through conversations with a local. The OuterBanksThisWeek.com blog is that local friend…even if you already live here! Every week, Hannah Lee Leidy gives the run down on Outer Banks activities, Outer Banks events, Outer Banks shopping – all the Outer Banks information needed to ensure that you have the best possible experience. And she does it in a conversational way that’s easy to read and entertaining. Outer Banks activities are numerous, and this blog gives you an insider’s scoop to help you plan your day. She leads you to all the Outer Banks events you won’t want to miss – sports, annual functions and holiday festivities. She gives you her input on the most exciting Outer Banks activities – the ones she loves, the ones she thinks you should love. If anything exciting or out-of-the-ordinary is happening during your visit – and there definitely will be something – this blog is your trusty guide to figuring out the whats, whens and wheres.

Nightlife, for example, is detailed here – what band is playing where, which scene is wild, which is chill. Festivals are also described – the ones that are old and loved and the ones that are new and anticipated. The amount of Outer Banks information offered here will keep you busy and in the know. You can find out what would be fun for you, your family or even your pets.

A fun touch of this blog is its conversational element. Hannah Lee always wants to hear from you! In fact, reader input can influence the basis of her next blog’s focus. So if there’s a topic or question you’re craving an answer for, let her know. Sit a spell and read through present and past OuterBanksThisWeek.com blogs. With all the Outer Banks information detailed for you, you’ll be the trusted source to all your friends!

Featured Blog

Outer Banks COVID-19 Update as of May 20, 2020

By Beth P. Storie | Wednesday, May 20, 2020
As guests are streaming into the Outer Banks for vacations, everyone is encouraged to remember that things are going to be different when they get here. New protocols are in place at restaurants, shops, attractions and accommodations. Here are the latest operating procedures. Restaurants With North Carolina entering... Read More

On Vacation? Recycling Dos and Don'ts on the Outer Banks

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Confession: I owe my roommate an apology. Yesterday morning I found his dirty Styrofoam to-go box in the recycling bin, and I made a big deal about it. I had to be reminded that approaches to sustainable practices vary dramatically – not just across the world, but also in the state and country – and he can’t help that... Read More

What You Should Know about Outer Banks Happy Hours

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Wednesday, July 10, 2019
One question I hear a lot on the Outer Banks is, “Where has the best happy hour?” First things first, visitors should know what makes this a different sort of question in North Carolina. Simply put, happy hours here are weird. The state’s ABC rules restrict eateries from allowing alcoholic drink specials during... Read More

Off-Beat Ideas for an Outer Banks 4th of July

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Plenty of us are swapping grill recipes, practicing for cornhole tournaments and scouting out the best places to view fireworks. Yep, it’s looking a lot like the 4th, and have you decided how to spend it? Many of us have our own traditions so tried and true that it’s hard to imagine a holiday without them. Personally... Read More

Fireworks, Music, Melon and More for the 4th of July on the Outer Banks

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Summertime peaks around the 4th of July on the Outer Banks (so it seems), and everyone I talk to – visitors and locals – all want that extra oomph that creates a festive occasion full of fanfare. When it comes to the 4th, I’m a stickler for tradition. I crave that smoky aroma of a fired-up grill and blast Creedence... Read More

I Rode the Ocracoke Passenger Ferry So You Don't Have To (But Why You Absolutely Should)

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Tuesday, June 18, 2019
In every conversation I had about Ocracoke Island this past winter and spring, news of the Ocracoke passenger ferry always inched its way in somehow: At first the ferry was happening … then it wasn’t. But then there was a solution … that needed additional tweaks. A flurry of excitement and questions circulated around... Read More