Still Moving After All These Years

As land masses go, the Outer Banks is a pretty recent addition to the earth’s geology. There are a number of theories about how and why they formed, but no consensus. There is consensus, however, on their age— estimates put their formation somewhere between 4000-5000 years ago. Originally, they were …

Navigating Outer Banks Terminology Part II

Navigating on the Outer Banks is simple; everything is either north or south. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and extensive bays, estuaries and sounds are to the west. Even at it’s widest point, the Outer Banks is barely two miles across. Nonetheless, when asking directions and a resident …

Outer Banks Research Facilities

Throughout the years the Outer Banks has attracted more than its fair share of visitors, interlopers and those who choose to become permanent residents. Most arrive for the beauty of our beaches and relaxed lifestyle, others for water sports and recreation, fishing and hunting. More recently we’ve seen those relocating …

Five Surprising Outer Banks Facts

Every location has surprising nuggets of historical information and the Outer Banks is no exception. Here are five facts about this land by the sea that are likely not well known to those who reside outside of our region. 1. Mother Vine – The Oldest Documented Grape Vine in North …

Sounds of the Outer Banks

For those of us who migrated to the Outer Banks as adults, one of the most confusing parts of the local language was the casual use of the various sounds as a way to give a location. It’s still done today, and anyone who’s lived here ten years or more …

History of Outer Banks Town Names

Regardless of what pundits, experts, historians or local authorities may say, the name origins of many Outer Banks locations are nothing more than speculation. Some we know by fact. For example, Currituck comes from an Algonquin native American word meaning “wild geese” or “land of the wild goose.” The spelling …

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 …

Water Sports on the Outer Banks

In the Outer Banks, the spring and summer seasons are the perfect time to partake in some adventurous and exciting water sports.  There’s plenty of variety when it comes to choosing your adventure.  Whether you’re new to water sports or you think that you live on the water, there is …

Hidden Treasures of the Outer Banks

People stay at our charming Outer Banks rentals for more than just one reason.  They know that our Outer Banks rentals are beautiful, luxurious and packed with all the amenities that you’d need for a vacation home away from home. However, visitors also choose to rent from us because of …