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

Discover Nature with Outer Banks Land and Sea Tours

outer banks tours

Whether it’s your first time vacationing in the Outer Banks or you’re a regular visitor, one of the top ways to get to know North Carolina’s special barrier islands is to take a tour. Plenty of small group excursions highlight the best of land and sea in almost every area of the Outer Banks. Here are some of our favorite tours: READ MORE

Lighthouse not lighting.

Word came this week the venerable Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was malfunctioning.  The light stopped flashing this past weekend.

The Cape Hatteras light is known for flashing every 7.5 seconds, but the spindle motor that moves the light in its circular motion malfunctioned and it effectively darkened the light.  The Coast Guard, which maintains the light as a navigation aide, has been working on the problem since Monday of this week, but is not predicting when the light will be fully functional again. READ MORE

Memory Monday 11/24/14

Photo Memory Montage

This week’s Memory Monday Photo memory comes to us from Andrea Ehret of Easton, Pennsylvania who stayed with at Outer Banks Blue us this past August in the vacation rental property “Dreamer’s Paradise” in Corolla.   We actually should say “Photo Memories” because Andrea has taken some amazing pictures and shares with us 6 of the best shots we’ve seen in a while. READ MORE

Memory Monday 9/22/14

Having a Blast On The Outer Banks

This week’s Memory Monday Photo Submission comes to us from a visitor that forgot to give us her name.    Sorry we can’t give credit where it is due on the photos this week, but we enjoyed the pictures anyway. READ MORE

Memory Monday 9/15/14

More Fun Family Vacation Pictures

One of the real treats we get to enjoy at Outer Banks Blue is to provide hard working families a place to stay for their beach vacation.   That is what Memory Monday is all about here at “Everything Outer Banks.”   This week’s Memory Monday photo submissions bring that into view yet again. READ MORE

Self-Guided Lighthouse Tours Top the “Things to Do” List on Outer Banks

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Planning a Self-Guided Coastal Lighthouse Tour on the Outer Banks

Way back in colonial days, lighthouses were built to warn sailors of dangerous coastlines – whether it be rocky shores that would tear the hulls of ships or dangerous shoals (like those in the Outer Banks) that caused ships to run aground or wreck. READ MORE

4 Ways to Survive Family Overload on Vacation

You wait all year long for the one week you can relax, sleep late and do whatever your little heart desires. However, just a few days into your Outer Banks vacation, reality can come creeping in and threaten to ruin your well-deserved break. READ MORE

OBX July 4th 2013 Firework & Parade Information

Going on vacation the week of July 4th this year?  It is going to be amazing, and the memories will last a lifetime!       

The Outer Banks is the place to be this July 4th!  The morning begins with an exciting parade in the heart of Duck, NC.  Get there early, park, and walk to get a Duck Donut and have your beach buckets ready for candy & goodies!  If you are staying in Duck, just pack up the stroller or wagon and make your way to the perfect spot for your family!  The parade is followed by a day of celebration together with live music and refreshments.  READ MORE