Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ready, Set, Go! Spend a Day in Manteo, NC

When you end up with a day off, what is your go-to activity? For some, a coffee, book and blanket on the front porch sounds like a great idea. Others may choose to catch up on the to-do list and get things cleaned out or tend to the garden and landscaping. Perhaps you would choose to catch up with a friend or visit family and just maybe you are the type who would prefer to do nothing!

The White Doe Inn is located on Roanoke Island in the quaint, waterfront town of Manteo, NC. Beautiful beaches and a myriad of wonderful things to do and see surround us. Whether you are visiting us for a day, the weekend or longer or possibly are even a local looking for a new adventure, we thought it would be fun to highlight what you could do in our wonderful area.

Image of a person getting a spa treatment with hot rocks
Guests of the White Doe Inn start the day off in style with the most delicious gourmet breakfast. Our serene back deck and veranda is the perfect place to enjoy your meal. For a bit of indulgence and special treatment, we suggest booking an appointment with one of our soothing Spa services. A massage or facial will prepare you for the day ahead. Next, head over to the Elizabethan Gardens—get lost exploring the exquisite gardens and learn a bit of our area’s history. If you have some eager young ones along, it is worth stopping at the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island afterwards to check out the sharks and maybe even touch a stingray. Next, you’ll want to fill your hungry stomachs with a delicious lunch. There are many great places—it can be hard to choose! Get a super sand which at The Hungry Pelican or indulge in crab legs at Stripers Bar and Grille.

Image of the Lost Colony outdoor theatre in Manteo, NC
For the afternoon, get a once in a lifetime glimpse of the Outer Banks from the air on a Coastal Helicopters ride. View wild ponies, lighthouses and marine life—a truly memorable experience. If that inspires you to spend some time on the water, rent a kayak or take a fishing charter with an experienced guide who can show you the best spots. Make plans to take in the Lost Colony outdoor theatre show in the evening and learn about the true history of Roanoke Island. Before that though, make a reservation at 1587 Restaurant for dinner—if you show your Lost Colony tickets you can get 20% off your meal!

When your day is over, head back “home” to the White Doe Inn to relax and get refreshed. We love hearing about our guest’s adventures! Ask about our 24-hour butler's wine pantry, enjoy a cappuccino on the porch or read a book by the fireplace.  We are located close to all of the action that Manteo has to offer. The possibilities and fun are endless so make your plans to come and see us soon! Reach us at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Captain Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours – Manteo, NC

Logo fot Capt. Johnny's Outer Banks Dolphin Tours
There is something special about witnessing animals in their natural habitat. In the waters along the Outer Banks, we have the privilege of being able to catch glimpses of bottlenose dolphins that frequent our area. Dolphins are such beautiful, playful animals that capture the hearts of the young and old. Captain Stuart Wescott has a bursting passion for dolphins and for sharing that with others. This is why he offers dolphin tours aboard his boat, Captain Johnny.

Wescott is a 9th generation Outer Banks native and has a valuable understanding of the rich history of the area. His dolphin cruises begin in May and continue through October. The boat has a large viewing area so you don’t have to worry about finding a great spot and there is a sun protected area as well as a restroom on board. Starting in June the most popular cruise is the Guaranteed Dolphin Watch. This is a two-hour cruise on which you will be provided with a very informative narration along the way and may even witness dolphin mating and birthing.

two dolphins jumping out of the waterIf you are looking for a private charter cruise, you can choose the Pelican Island Cruise Bird Watch and watch commercial fishermen, see the Bodie Island Lighthouse, Osprey nests (many have chicks already), and Pelican Island, home to over 4,000 varieties of birds. If you would like a fun hands-on experience the whole family would enjoy, you can hop aboard the Shrimping-Crabbing Cruise. Finally, one of the most popular times on the Captain Johnny is The Sunset Dolphin Watch—the sun setting over Albemarle Sound while relaxing on a wonderful boat and dolphins in the background is simply the perfect setting. Get your tickets early for this one as it usually sells out fast!

You can find more information about this one-of-a-kind adventure on their website and if you are in town for the evening, a weekend or even a whole week, we would love to host you at White Doe Inn. Our relaxing, elegant inn along the shores of Shallowbag Bay is the perfect home away from home with all of the amenities to make you relaxed and refreshed. Plan your stay today and call us at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Brew Through Live 2014 Summer Concert Series

The Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, NC is a hub for summer fun. Full of Outer Banks history, family activities and recreation and located next to the Manteo waterfront, it is a fantastic place to visit. The park hosts a myriad of performances throughout the year and this summer the outdoor pavilion will come alive with performers being showcased in the Brew Through Summer Concert Series.

The summer lineup this year is truly top notch so mark your calendars now so you can be sure to attend each of these amazing waterfront concerts. Here’s what’s in store:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bruce Hornsby—Hornsby and his longtime band, The Noisemakers bring dynamic, soulful songs to the stage. With a style that brings in bluegrass, jazz and rock, Hornsby’s free spirit mixed with incredible talent on the piano is truly captivating. You may recognize his hits, “Mandolin Rain” and “The Way it Is.” Pat McGee Band and Chessboxer will the special guests this evening.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Live—This band has seen incredible success with over 22 million albums sold worldwide. They had many mega hits in the 1990s such as “Lightning Crashes” and “All Over You.” They are ready to showcase a whole new set of passionate songs for 2014 so this concert will be a treat if you are fan. The bands Cracker and Formula will be the special guests alongside Live.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gin Blossoms—This band put their mark on the music industry in the 1980s but have continued to impress with many smash hit singles throughout the years. They have a great quality to their songs and you may know them from songs such as “Hey Jealousy” and “Follow You Down.” They will be sharing the stage with the Spin Doctors and Scars on 45.

If you love music of all genres and would like to enjoy the concerts all summer long, you can also obtain a season pass so you can be sure you won’t miss out.  You can find more information about this summer concert series on their website.

Summer in the Outer Banks brings an endless list of things to do, places to visit, restaurants to try, and adventures to have. Come out and stay with us at The White Doe Inn—we are minutes away from all the fun and our bed and breakfast is the perfect place to rest and unwind at the end of the day. Call us at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information and visit us online to check out your accommodations. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

1964: The Tribute – Bringing The Beatles to Manteo, NC

Poster for 1964 The Tribute coming to Manteo, NC June 15, 2014
The Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island, NC is a long-standing treasure. It is home to The Lost Colony, the nation’s longest-running symphonic drama. While this famous drama opens its 77th season this May, we want to highlight another wonderful musical talent that will coming up: 1964: The Tribute.

This extremely talented and passionate group, labeled by Rolling Stones magazine as “the best Beatles tribute on Earth,” will be at the Waterside Theatre on June 15, 2014. This is truly one show that needs to be on your calendar this summer – especially if you have been a long time fan of The Beatles. Did you know that The Beatles are the album with the highest album sales in total in the U.S.? Almost 107,000,000 albums have made into homes, cars and portable players. Two times they even knocked themselves out of the top spot on the charts, had seven consecutive number one hit albums, and spent 175 weeks total in the number one spot on the charts; a record that no one has even come close to breaking.

1964: The Tribute keeps the Beatles era alive as it uses appropriate hairstyles, clothing, instruments and style to recreate a unique live Beatles concert. You will be transported by the harmonies of these talented musicians who have each found a way to truly embody the members of the original band. They have toured around the world and we are fortunate to have Manteo, NC as one of their stops this year. It will be a magical musical evening – don’t miss out!

Only five minutes down the road from this theatre is the White Doe Inn, a spectacular Victorian-inspired bed and breakfast. Make a weekend out of it all – take in the Beatles show, explore Roanoke Island and book your overnight stay with us. We have several lodging packages and luxurious suites to make your time here extra special. Call us today at (800) 473 6091 or (252) 473 9851 for reservation information.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shake it Up at the Shallowbag Shag Music Festival

Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival
Are you getting ready to shake the dust off those dance shoes, get the groovin’ going and take a step back in time at the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival? It is coming up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 and it is going to be an Outer Banks party you will not want to miss.

This kick-off to summer festival will be held at the outdoor pavilion in Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, NC, right across the breathtaking waterfront. Visitors will be treated to fantastic local food from Darrell’s Restaurant, Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille, and Basnight’s Lone Cedar CafĂ©—bbq, burgers, seafood, chicken, fish tacos and sweets from Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream will keep you dancing the day away. The festival of course would simply not be complete without the most popular beach music artists and this year we are fortunate to have:
  • The Carolina Breakers
  • The Holiday Band
  • Jim Quick & Coastline
  • The Embers
  • The Tams

This is such a great line-up, we are all in for a shaggin’ good time! The event will happen rain or shine and the music and dancing will start at 11:00am. There will be general admission at $25 but if you want a little VIP action, you can bump up to a $60 ticket, which offers VIP seating, preferred parking and a festival bag of goodies. If you have a whole crew of family and friends coming, you can even book your own private party tent. Hop on these special tickets fast as they are very limited.

A beautiful setting, great music, friendly people—what more could you ask for? Make plans to be here and if you need a top-notch, memorable place that is just around the corner, the White Doe Inn would love to have you. Our luxurious bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax after a day of adventure on the island. Contact us at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information.