People are always asking us, “What is your favorite Outer Banks beach?” It’s a tough question to answer, because the truth is, we don’t have one. When it comes to the beach, or at least an Outer Banks beaches, all of them have a some characteristics in common. From Carova to Ocracoke all of our … Continue reading The Beach-Is There One that is the Best on the Outer Banks?
Welcome to the Outer Banks where, as the saying goes, we live on island time…except we don’t really live on islands. More like sandbars that have managed to rise from the sea. That really is what a barrier island is and the Outer Banks are barrier islands and like all barrier islands they are not … Continue reading Home Sweet Sandy Home–Life on a Barrier Island
The 150th anniversary of the founding of Dare County happened just a few days ago. There will be a full year’s worth celebrations to mark the event. When it was created there wasn’t much here, which has a lot to do with why Currituck, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties were willing to give up small pieces … Continue reading Dare County Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary–History and Culture Will Be Featured
If all goes as planned, sometime next year, probably close to summer, the Jug Handle Bridge that will by pass the S Curves just north of Rodanthe will have its ribbon cutting. The S Curves, just north of Rodanthe, is one of the most dynamic areas of Pea Island. There have been one or two … Continue reading Jug Handle Bridge at Rodanthe Is Taking Shape
Held the last weekend of January every year, the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is one of the must see and do events on the Outer Banks. The 2020 show marks the 42nd annual Frank Stick Show and for some time it was held at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head. But the … Continue reading Frank Stick Memorial Art Show Sets Record for Artists and Attendance
If it’s late January, almost February, on the Outer Banks, it must After Dark at All Saints Episcopal Church. Every February for at least the past 10 years All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores has been offering its classes on everything from food to music to art. There is something for everyone in the … Continue reading After Dark at All Saints Offers Something for Everyone
Thanks to a some generous help from some Virginia Beach friends and some really hard work on the beach in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, a lot of the sand dunes along the beach are looking better than ever. Donny King chef/owner of Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk got a friend of his up in … Continue reading 3000 Christmas Trees Help Stabilize Outer Banks Dunes
The weather finally turned cold today. Honestly with that northeast wind blowing at around 25, bitterly cold is properly how it could be described. It’s been a while since it has been this cold on the Outer Banks. It certainly has saved on heating bills, but the truth is, it is January and it is … Continue reading Are Harbor Seals Bypassing the Outer Banks This Year?
It’s such a simple idea it’s amazing that it works. After the holidays are done and all the trimmings come off the Christmas tree, create a new purpose for it. Place it at the base of a sand dune and let nature take its course. Here on the Outer Banks it’s become sort of an … Continue reading Repurposing Christmas Trees on the Outer Banks
They’re celebrating Old Christmas at the Village of Rodanthe today. It’s a tradition that goes back at least 250 years. Maybe even a bit longer, it’s hard to say. It all depends on when a group of isolated villagers in Colonial times along the Outer Banks were told that England had adopted the Gregorian Calendar—the … Continue reading Rodanthe Old Christmas – 250 Years of Tradition Keeps Colonial Customs Alive