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 …

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 …

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 …

Art’s Place – Best Outer Banks Burger

Restaurants aren’t often regarded of as a slice of local history and lore, but there are always exceptions. Art’s Place in Kitty Hawk is the exception. Art Glidden opened his Beach Road eatery back in 1978, surrounded by some of the oldest oceanfront homes and businesses in Kitty Hawk. It …