Outer Banks Sea Glass

Jewels of the Sand The storm has passed. The beach, still slightly damp from where the waves ran up to the dune line is littered with the detritus of the ocean—shells of every description, pieces of driftwood and the real treasure, small pieces of glass, scoured by salt and sea. …

Outer Banks Brewing Station

With a wind turbine marking its Kill Devil Hills location, and the unique look of a historic lifesaving station, the Outer Banks Brewing Station has become an iconic local landmark. Although the architecture and wind turbine (which really does provide around 10% of the power for the building) are unique, …

Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck

Shipwreck Mystery Solved – Taking the form of mystery novel, a team of marine scientists at the Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island appear to have solved the riddle of the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in the waters off Rodanthe on the Southern Outer Banks. The site is marked by a …

Outer Banks Fulgurite

Picture this: it’s July or August and the day is hot and humid. To the west white clouds appear, then become darker as a front approaches. Thunder is the first warning of the approaching storm, followed by flashes of lightning. As the storm passes over the beach or crosses a …

The Last Blue Noon in May

Local Outer Banks author Joseph Terrell is one of the nicest people you’ll meet —a true Southern gentleman. Which makes the inevitable murders of his mystery novels slightly at odds with his personality. His latest book, The Last Blue Noon in May, is the sixth in his Harrison Weaver series, …

Whales on the Outer Banks

The wild animals of the Outer Banks are not restricted to the land. Pick any pleasant day and spend some time on the beach looking out to sea and there’s a good chance a pod of dolphins will swim by. Dolphin, however, is just one member of the whale family …

Outer Bean Juice & Java in Kitty Hawk

Walking into Outer Bean Juice & Java in Kitty Hawk feels like coming home to comfort food. There is something about the space that feels cozy and welcoming. Perhaps its the aromatic scent of coffee that fills the air, or the chalkboards with menu selections, or the quiet conversations among friends …

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 …