2018 Outer Banks Magazine available now

For those of us who are lucky to live here, the Outer Banks enriches our lives in immeasurable ways. A good day is made better by a walk along the shore, a sail on Albemarle Sound, or flying kites at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. A bad day can’t even get traction because — once we step outside — we realize just how lucky we are to live on the Banks.

That’s also why so many visitors continue to flock to this string of uniquely special barrier islands that extend off the coast of North Carolina — and dream of one day calling this sandbar home.

The nature beauty and allure of the Outer Banks — as well as the indomitable spirit of the people who call it home — is captured in the pages of the 2018 edition of Outer Banks Magazine. The free, full-color glossy magazine hits racks today.

In this issue, the writers and photographers shine the spotlight on the people, the food, and the music that is the essence of the Outer Banks.

Writer Fran Marler and photographer Daniel Pullen take readers on a trip to Portsmouth Island, a small southern Outer Banks barrier island, located just south of Ocracoke Island.

Writer Dave Fairbank talks with a man whose family ties to the Outer Banks go back to the mid-1700s, and Phil Houseal catches up with a close-knit family on Colington Island, whose shared vision of turning the island into a destination is rooted in a love of coffee.

Readers will meet some of the creative individuals, like Nags Head’s Gail Kowalski, an award-winning jewelry designer whose work has been worn by Johnny Depp and other Hollywood heavyweights.

Music guru John Harper pays homage to an iconic Outer Banks tavern that recently shuttered for good, and he talks with an author about his experiences behind the scenes of the beloved historical drama “The Lost Colony.”

You’ll meet two laid-back OBX working moms who can toss some seafood into a pot and create unique and informal boil adventures in the peaceful surroundings of private homes for Outer Banks residents and visitors.

Food maven Amy Gaw works with local chef Bryan Whitehurst to turn fresh North Carolina shrimp into a veritable feast.

And veteran writer Mary Ellen Riddle explores the symbiotic relationship between birds and the Outer Banks, which is a haven for birders, and talks to internationally renowned sea glass expert Pembroke Bryant about the inherent value of old glass products thrown into the sea and tumbled smooth by the waves and currents.

Pick up a free copy today, and find out what residents already know: The Outer Banks is paradise in more ways than one.

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