History of the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina seems to have risen from the sea approximately 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, making it a geologic infant. The first Native Americans arrived between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago, although this is simply speculation. From recorded history, the Outer Banks began with the arrival …

Really Cool Kids Activities on the OBX

Really Cool Kids Activities on the OBX There are very few places anywhere as family friendly as the Outer Banks. With miles of wonderful beaches and nature everywhere, it’s the perfect location get some good quality time together. Of course, when kids are involved everything changes, and what kids may …

Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Twenty years ago finding a good cup of espresso or a well-made cappuccino was a challenge on the Outer Banks. Now, not so much. The Outer Banks has not exactly become the Seattle of the Eastern Seaboard, but we do have our fair share of great coffee shops. We also …

More than Tourism – Important OBX Industries

Outer Banks’ Other Industries With its wonderful beaches and natural beauty, it’s no wonder the Outer Banks is one of the most visited places on the East Coast. With that kind of popularity, almost everything we do on the Outer Banks centers around our visitors, whether it’s property management and …

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 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 …