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 …

Oregon and Hatteras Inlets and the Hurricane of 1846

Sometime around 1825, the New Currituck Inlet closed for the last time, creating a rare—perhaps unheard of situation on the Outer Banks. From the Virginia border to the Village of Ocracoke, the Outer Banks presented a continuous ribbon of sand bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Roanoke Inlet—the passage the ships …

Legends of the Sandbar – Book Review

The images in Chris Bickford’s book Legends of the Sandbar are black and white, but his world is anything but monochromatic. The photographs are what shape the creative energy of the book, and although they are colorless, the images tell startling stories. Some of the photographs seem to leap from …