The Growth of the Phrase “Outer Banks”

This week on “Everything Outer Banks” on Memory Monday, I am remembering the growth of this area and I am struck by the term “Outer Banks.” As a 46 year resident of the area I remember the day when I would tell people that I was from “Nags Head” because I didn’t have to explain where Kitty Hawk was (heaven help you if you told someone you were from Kill Devil Hills). The name Nags Head was known to most people I came in contact with as I grew up in the late 60’s and 70’s. Then there was a time when Kitty Hawk started gaining some traction among folks in Virginia and Maryland as a “known” destination, but starting about 10 years ago the term Outer Banks really started to take hold as the name for this place that we all love. READ MORE

Thinking of an Outer Banks Beach Wedding?

Spring time on the Outer Banks is definitely upon us, and in addition to the preparation of rental houses for the coming season we are also seeing weekend visitors increase. We’ve noticed here at “Everything Outer Banks” that some of those visitors are thinking about having their wedding on these mystical shores. READ MORE

Traveling with the Stars: Tiki Barber

In a recent USA Today Travel Section article former NFL All-Pro Running Back Tiki Barber identified Pine Island in Corolla on the Outer Banks to be his favorite vacation spot. Barber, who played for 10 years for the New York Giants, and currently works for NBC Television as a correspondent for the Today show and an analyst on Football Night in America first discovered the Outer Banks when he went to college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. READ MORE

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from the OBX

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from the OBX!

Did you know that the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the state of North Carolina resides right here on the Outer Banks? Yep, that is right. The annual Kelly’s Hospitality St. Patrick’s Day Parade is it, and it was held this last weekend in Nags Head. Stretching along a parade route of approximately 1 mile on the beach road at the 11.5 milepost were thousands of fans, friends, and fabulous folks from the Outer Banks cheering on all of the paraders in this 20th annual edition of the parade. READ MORE

No Consenus Reached on Beach Access

The committee tasked with assisting the National Park Service in the development of a long term management plan governing beach access in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area has failed to reach consensus and has adjourned. The committee, which includes 29 members selected by the National Park Service and representing various stakeholder organizations, has been meeting routinely since 2007 to reach unanimous consensus for a preferred alternative to manage the country’s first National Seashore, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

It was hoped this final meeting of the group would produce a consensus agreement, but in the end varying interests were unwilling to compromise to a point where consensus could be reached and deadlock was the only achievement of the committee. READ MORE