Sea Glass Hunting on the Outer Banks

sea glass craft wall art

Sea glass is one of the coolest things you can find while strolling the beach aside from seashells. If you’ve taken a couple long walks on the beach, you may have found sea glass before and had no idea what it was or how it got there. Sea glass comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and can be found in various parts of the beach, but what is it? It begins as a regular shard of glass that gets tumbled repeatedly in the ocean waves, making the once sharp edges smooth and rounded and giving it a frosted appearance. READ MORE

Bringing Your Dog To The Outer Banks

outer banks dog friendly

If you’re bringing your dog with you to the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks you want to make sure you’re prepared and know everything you can to keep them safe and healthy. To make your life a little simpler, we’ve compiled a list of laws/ordinances, emergency phone numbers and other pet safety information for you. READ MORE

Recipes for Local Outer Banks Seafood Favorites

Outer Banks Seafood

When the Wright brothers were conducting their aviation experiments in Outer Banks in the early 1900s, food was scarce. There was only one grocery store in the area, and it usually had bare shelves. Orville Wright complained that he was living on condensed milk, one spoonful at a time. Orville would be delighted to know that today his beloved home has a reputation for some of the finest food on the Coast. READ MORE

Blackbeard’s Ghost: Fact, Fiction, or Otherwise

Blackbeard's Ghost

Beneath the waters off Ocracoke Island the restless soul of Blackbeard searches in vain for a final resting place. A spectral presence can be seen, it is said, searching the Pamlico Sound at Teach’s Hole, just south of Ocracoke Village.  So goes the story of Blackbeard’s Ghost, combing the waters, no doubt, for his head that Lieutenant Robert Maynard took with him when he returned in victory to Virginia. READ MORE

What You Need to Know About Outer Banks Surf Fishing in the Fall

Outer Banks Fishing

The fall in the Outer Banks is the best time to go surf fishing. At the end of the summer, the weather is cooler, and there aren’t fewer people. Of course, you don’t have to fish in the fall. Surf fishing is fun any time of the year. It can be a relatively inexpensive hobby compared to other activities such as windsurfing or kiteboarding. Here are the things you need to know about surf fishing in the fall in the Outer Banks. READ MORE

A Brief History of the Lighthouses of the Outer Banks

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

There is perhaps nothing as iconic to the Outer Banks as the lighthouses that stand above the shoreline from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. Soaring above the beach, they were some of the first guardians of the coast, warning mariners of dangerous shoals and treacherous seas. They maintain that function even today, their lights flashing distinctive patterns into the night sky and their particular color and paint arrangements giving sailors visual reckoning as they pass the North Carolina coast. READ MORE

Ecotourism in the Outer Banks: Oyster Reef Restoration

Ecotourism in the Outer Banks Oyster Reef Restoration

If you’re dreaming of a different kind of vacation, or a more active vacation, an ecotourism trip to the Outer Banks may be just what you’re looking for. Ecotourism is defined by the World Conservation Union as “environmentally responsible travel to natural areas in order to enjoy and appreciate nature and accompanying cultural features that promote conservation, have low visitor impact, and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local people.” READ MORE

Super-Cool Kid Activities on the Outer Banks

kid activities

When you think of vacationing in the Outer Banks the first thing that comes to mind is probably beach related activities. What you may not realize is the Outer Banks is consistently ranked one of the best family destinations and offers some super-cool kid activities not found elsewhere. READ MORE

Top 5 Outer Banks Coffee Shops

Tree House Coffee

Most people need a good cup of coffee to get their morning started, and everyone has a specific way to make the perfect cup. Your perfect cup could be as easy as a little cream and sugar or be something more complicated and long that is sounds a bit like a foreign language. While on vacation pleasing every coffee drinkers’ palette can be difficult, but there is a great personalized experience to be had for everyone and we have a list of our top coffee shops to visit in the Outer Banks that will make your vacation mornings memorable. READ MORE