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There’s a reason that the Wright brothers picked the Outer Banks to take their first flight: reliable breezes, wide open, non-vegetated spaces, and 100-foot dunes—the tallest on the Atlantic coast—where even novices can fly safely before alighting in soft sand. Your first flight in a hang glider “might just change your life,” says Andy Torrington, who has been teaching the sport near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, since 1991.

As beach season — at least here on the America’s East Coast — comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on how planning a beach vacation requires a different way of thinking when you have little kids. It’s less about packing the perfectly curated selection of books (good luck trying to get any reading done!) or the just-right shade of pedicure polish, than it is about keeping your family happy and safe — and making things as easy as possible.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks may be known for surf fishing, over-the-top vacation homes, o — if you obsessively watch the Weather Channel this time of year — hurricanes, but after just a day on the ground in these barrier islands, you’ll see them in a completely different light.

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Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

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It worked for the Wright brothers, but what can wind do for beer? Sam Boykin shares the secret of the country’s first wind-powered brewpub. It was the Outer Banks’ strong and steady winds that attracted Orville and Wilbur Wright to North Carolina’s Kill Devil Hills. And while the Outer Banks Brewing Station may never measure…

And Baby Makes Three

Assistant editor Amy Alipio may be on maternity leave, but she’s still living the Traveler life. She filled us in on her recent trip to the Outer Banks: This was my second stay in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and although I like mini-golf courses and family seafood restaurants as much as anyone, next time I’ll…