Outer Banks for Dogs!

We came across an article in the LA Times recently about pet-friendly cities, and doggone it! They didn’t list the Outer Banks… Here at Carolina Designs we’re willing to concede that maybe the Outer Banks, because it’s really a group of small towns and villages, did not quite rise to …

Favorite Winter Things to Do

Favorite Winter Things to Do Winter is certainly the slow time of the year on the Outer Banks, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Over the years, as more and more people have discovered the Outer Banks in the off season, businesses have responded. Now there are …

Oregon and Hatteras Inlets and the Hurricane of 1846

Sometime around 1825, the New Currituck Inlet closed for the last time, creating a rare—perhaps unheard of situation on the Outer Banks. From the Virginia border to the Village of Ocracoke, the Outer Banks presented a continuous ribbon of sand bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Roanoke Inlet—the passage the ships …

Legends of the Sandbar – Book Review

The images in Chris Bickford’s book Legends of the Sandbar are black and white, but his world is anything but monochromatic. The photographs are what shape the creative energy of the book, and although they are colorless, the images tell startling stories. Some of the photographs seem to leap from …

Studying Dolphins on the Outer Banks

Jessica Taylor has her dream job. As President and founder of the nonprofit Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, she is often on the water researching a marine mammal that fascinates her. “I think they’re so interesting. They’re so similar to people. Their societies, their relationships to each other,” she …

Legendary OBX Restaurants

The longevity of Outer Banks businesses and restaurants are a large part of this area’s charm. We wanted to highlight some of our favorite restaurants that have been OBX institutions for over 25 years – from burger bars to high end cuisine, these restaurants are loved by locals and visitors …

Outer Banks NC 12

As Highways go, NC12 isn’t much for moving traffic quickly. Yet it would be hard to find a more picturesque road anywhere on the east coast, or one that travels through so much history. It’s also a very important road, as it is the only surface route that links all …

More From The Sanctuary Vineyards

The coastal plain of North Carolina is not necessarily the first place most people think of when they consider fine wines. Maybe a sweet muscadine wine fermented from the native grape of the region…but a classic European vinefera in Currituck County? Too hot, too humid, not cool enough at night…there …