Outer Banks Articles

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 watersports, 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.

Outer Banks Articles Give You the Details

We write about 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 history 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 local’s side!


Nags Head History

By Editorial Staff
Most everyone has heard the old story about how Nags Head got its name. How, as legend has it, the early inhabitants of the sandy banks were not above tying lanterns around horses' necks (or their tails, one variation goes) and leading the animals up and down the  beach. Merchant skippers at sea, seeing the bobbing... Read More

Kill Devil Hills – History of the Wright Brothers

By Editorial Staff
The early history of Kill Devil Hills is indistinguishable from that of Nags Head and Kitty Hawk. In the old days they were all simply part the “the beach.” The Kill Devil Hills themselves, a region of large, moving dunes, were unpopulated, though a small community known as Rosepock existed during the 18th century in... Read More

A History of Hatteras Island

By Editorial Staff
In many ways Hatteras Island is the Outer Banks. In its more than 50-mile length is wrapped up the things for which the Banks are famous: solitude and unspoiled nature. In the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, comprising the northern end of the island, you can drive for miles, hearing only the sea and the call of... Read More

A History of Roanoke Island

By Editorial Staff
Few names in American history awaken echoes as "Roanoke" does. Roanoke Island ... this is where, four centuries ago, the curtain began to rise on English colonization in the Americas ... then dropped, never to lift again for that brave, small first colony. What happened to them? Where did they go and why? To... Read More

Kitty Hawk History

By Editorial Staff
The name Kitty Hawk is probably a corruption of the Poteskeet Indian word Chickahauk. It's a town typical of the northern Banks – that is, a study in contrasts. There's a quaint old Kitty Hawk nestled far back alongside the sound. There's a more recent, but visibly aging, Kitty Hawk beach, along the sea on the Beach... Read More