Hatteras and Ocracoke Island Day Trips

Existing as it does on the edge of a continent, more than an hour’s drive from any major airport, the Outer Banks has a well-deserved reputation for being just a little bit isolated and refreshingly remote. Depending on where our visitors live, the Outer Banks may be a day trip …

Alive and Well from the Outer Banks

Mark Twain once famously observed, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” This may be reminiscent of how many people feel about the Outer Banks during the winter months but, in fact, that’s far from the truth. Yes, it’s true that activities have decreased and seasonal crowds have …

Outer Banks Community Parks

It’s easy to talk about the variety of recreation available on the Outer Banks. The list of obvious activities include the beach, our ocean and sounds, hiking, shopping … it’s a list that seems endless, and a good reason why we love living here and vacationers return year after year. …

Outer Banks Oyster Bar Hopping

About 20 years ago, someone had the bright idea that the best way to harvest Outer Banks oysters was to float a dredge or two out in the sound, scoop as much mud off the bottom as possible and sift everything out but the oysters. That worked spectacularly well for …

David Stick

For anyone visiting the Outer Banks in the summer, it seems like a thriving beehive of a community; the beaches are filled with thousands of people, the roads are clogged and businesses are booming. Yet, once the busy season winds down, the Outer Banks is actually a small and tight …

History of Outer Banks Bridges

Outer Banks bridges are in the news quite a bit these days. Local news, of course, it’s rare that this rises to the national level. With one of the spans of the Wright Memorial Bridge closed for maintenance until mid-May, and the Bonner Bridge crossing Oregon Inlet leaping a huge …

The Outer Banks, a Typical Melting Pot

Over a month ago I received an email from a local community college, College of the Albemarle (COA), asking me about the process for printing a magazine.  COA, it seems, has a very active English Department, and the students and teachers had printed a magazine of their work last year …

Outer Banks Birding

As the last days of summer give way to the beauty of autumn, the skies fill with thousands upon thousands of waterfowl making their winter migration to the sounds and estuaries surrounding the Outer Banks. It is a cycle that’s as old as time, and as snow geese spread their …

Best Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Autumn is here, temperatures are dropping, the wind is picking up, which makes it the perfect time to write about Outer Banks coffee shops. I’m talking about the real thing here, those places filled with the sound of compressed steam escaping from an espresso machine that fills the air with …

Life on the Outer Banks

Most every topic imaginable gets covered about the Outer Banks except the one that might be the most important, “What is it like to live on the Outer Banks?” There is a certain amount of logic to discussing this question, since ours is an economy dominated by tourism, so folks …