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Time to share, again, some of my favorite places on the Outer Banks to find some unique, wonderful, fantastic gifts for friends, family or yourself. We have so many talented artists and craftsmen here that you can find that one of a kind gift pretty easily.

Dear Ms. Ima...I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing all the information and tips about the Outer Banks. Now, I need your help. Please. We will be coming to the beach this month. I have two children under the age of eight and a husband who loves to eat.

I would like to share some information about the North Carolina Center for Wildlife Education - Corolla's best attraction. There are three of these centers across the state - one in the mountains, one in the central Piedmont, and we are lucky enough to have one in Corolla.

Dear Ms. Ima...I want the inside information on where the locals eat. I have three kids, and they have good manners but we have all been in a restaurant with a screaming baby or a wild-child who is running amuck and ruining dinner for the rest of us.

Dear Ms. Ima, I just love the Outer Banks! We stayed there for the first time this year and rented a lovely vacation home in Kill Devil Hills; had a great time at Glad Tidings on Tanya Drive.

Last week, a production company out of Miami oversaw a location photo shoot at the Buchanan Cottage ( in Nags Head with a full crew and models from Self Magazine, which was doing an active li

Our part of the Outer Banks is the northernmost nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles. The mama turtle will come up on the beach under the cover of darkness, dig a hold, and deposit her clutch of 100 or so eggs.

If you have visited Corolla, you know that the part of the Northern Outer Banks called Corolla begins at the Currituck County line and continues 13 miles to the end of the road.

We have heard of the many shipwrecks that have occurred off the NC coast...and there were quite a few...from a long time ago and then more recently (think Bermuda Triangle). But there are other mysteries and tales and lore of other unexplained comings and goings here.

When you think of the Outer Banks (or OBX) you probably think about our beautiful beaches first..and we do have those. But, our "soundside" beaches are also a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the water, especially if you have little ones with you.