Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach - NC

It’s almost upon us…four incredible days of amazing food, wine, entertainment, fun, and more. Now, if you are a true foodie you may have perhaps guessed already that we are talking about the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach. You are correct! We are so excited as this is the premier food and wine event of the year and is one you absolutely do not want to miss.

This year’s Outer Banks Taste of the Beach will be from March 17-20, 2016 so mark your calendars now. Before we get into all of the details, if you haven’t already booked a place to stay, our bed and breakfast in Manteo would make the perfect place to rest up and relax, and be your “headquarters” if you will, during your time enjoying the event. We still have room so book online today or contact us for further information. Now on to the important details!

If you are not familiar with this foodie heaven event, it is hands down the main occasion for Outer Banks culinary masters to show off. This four-day festival will have so much going on and so many events to attend it will be physically impossible to get to each and every one. You can purchase tickets to anything you would like so you can go online and plan out your entire food weekend. Enjoy fancy wine dinners, farm to fork experiences, cooking classes, wine tastings, cook-offs, showdowns, tapas crawls, brewery tours, progressive dinners, live music, behind the scenes tours, and much more. Restaurants and chefs will be competing for numerous awards so you know they will all be bringing their “A” game. Sunday, March 20, 2016 will be The Sysco Foods Taste of the Beach Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash. This will be one of the hottest parties of the weekend so get your ticket fast for that if you are interested.

There are so many great events on the Outer Banks that are worthy of planning a trip around—we hope to see you for this one!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Stripers Bar and Grille Tops the List in Manteo, NC

Restaurants are a dime a dozen and for the most part, you can go anywhere local and probably find a decent plate of food to fit the bill. One of the things we love about the Outer Banks is that anywhere “local” is guaranteed to be top of the line, award-winning, and highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. We are blessed with local chefs who are passionate, creative, and simply provide us superb dining choices. One of the best is Stripers Bar and Grille right here in Manteo, NC.

Stripers Bar and Grille tops the list as one of the best and the many awards they have one prove that. Just a few on their plate include 1st Place People's Choice & Judge Best BBQ 2014, #1 American Cuisine & Brunch TripAdvisor 2013, 3rd Place Best in Show Taste of the Beach 2014, and 3rd Place Best Outer Banks Catch Taste of the Beach 2014 to name a few.

This unique three-floor restaurant gives every diner a view overlooking the water. The first floor bar offers an outdoor patio and screened in porch, with boat slips if coming in by boat. The second floor offers spectacular views of views of Albemarle Sound and also has a full bar and the top floor offers even more breathtaking views with outside deck dining and inside seating. They truly believe that every person deserves VIP treatment and you will see this in the quality of their food and service. They also have some great events including Saturday Night Tapas and coming up on February 21, 2016, their 3rd Annual Stripers Bar and Grille Chili Cook – Off.

Great dining, superb shopping and a myriad of outdoor activities at your fingertips—the Outer Banks is a great place to get away! Book a mid-week or weekend retreat online today.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Trio Wine Beer Cheese Retail Shop & Bistro, NC

Kenneth and Melissa Hyman and John and Jennifer Minnich are the two couples behind a unique and very popular business in the area called Trio Outer Banks Wine Beer Cheese Retail Shop & Bistro. They started this business together with a mixed bag of passions but a common goal to start an incredible place people would love to visit, shop, eat, and hang out. The Hyman’s brought a vision to introduce visitors to the Outer Banks to the wine industry in North Carolina and share their love for interesting wine from around the world. The Minnich’s joined the venture with a great love for cheese and beer so it simply ended up being a match made in heaven…or…in North Carolina!

They have created a very special place that is worth checking out the next time you will be staying with us at our bed and breakfast. Trio is located in Kitty Hawk, NC, which is only a half-hour drive from us. They have an impressive retail shop that is fully stocked with a huge selection of wine, beer, and cheese from around the world. Whether you are a knowledgeable connoisseur or have no clue what to purchase, their knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you pick out a gift or the best
choices for a dinner party at home.

The d├ęcor here is tasteful and the ambiance is relaxed and inviting. You have a bar and grille feel with an upscale setting and for the variety and quality of products offered, the prices are very reasonable. They highlight different favorites each week and often bring in fantastic live music, which just adds to the fun atmosphere.

At their Bar & Bistro you can catch up with friends and
grab a quick bite or glass of wine or beer. They’ve got a great copper top bar, comfortable lounge area and plenty of tables to fit any size of group. You’ll find 24 selections of beer on tap and WineStation self-service tasting machines that allow you to taste any of their 24 wines in half or full glass options. Trio is open Monday-Saturday from 11am-11pm and Sunday from 12pm-11pm. It is a great place to pick up some unique items for your home or gifts for friends or family or just to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner out. If you go, we would love to know your favorite wine, beer or cheese!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Outer Banks Performing Arts Concert Series 2016

When the hustle and bustle of Christmas comes and goes, do you ever feel the post-holiday blues?The presents have been opened, the food has been eaten, and the extended family leaves for their respective homes. It can leave a person both exhausted and kind of down are we right? One of the best remedies is to find something fun to do and we have two concerts coming up we think you will enjoy. The Outer Banks Performing Arts Concert Series has two special concerts coming up and you’ll find all of the details below.

First up is the Valinor Quartet, happening Saturday, January 23, 2016. This four-piece band made up of talented musicians from Russia, USA, and England brings a very unique performance. They have a repertoire that “incorporates classical, jazz, popular and culturally diverse music including French, Russian, Klezmer, Tango, Gypsy Jazz and Film Soundtracks.” The variety of music that comes from the blend of an accordion, violin, guitar, and bass is extraordinary.

Second, if you are a fan of the famous folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, you will truly enjoy the “Simon and Garfunkel” Tribute coming up Saturday, February 20, 2016. Musical artists A. J. Swearingen and Jayne Kelli truly capture the sounds and memories of the famous duo. Kelli has a beautiful, angelic voice that harmonizes exquisitely with Swearingen’s deep baritone vocals. Throw in some superb guitar playing and you have a performance that brings the perfect tribute the real artists would be proud of.

Two great concerts to keep you busy this winter and since they both fall on a Saturday, they are great excuses to plan a winter getaway to the Outer Banks! Kill two birds with one stone as you can buy tickets online and then book your favorite suite at our bed and breakfast online at the same time. Look forward to seeing you all in 2016!

Friday, December 11, 2015

2016 Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo

For a bride to be the planning stage can be a ton of fun but also quite stressful. A great way to make all of your decisions in one day is to attend a wedding expo. If you have a wedding coming up and are looking to the Outer Banks as your venue of choice, you simply must attend the 18th Annual Wedding Weekend and Expo. It is coming up January 16-17, 2016, so save the date and keep reading for more details.

There will be nearly 200 vendors participating in this year’s wedding expo and they will be set up in both First Flight Middle School and High School in Kill Devil Hills, NC. If you are a bride with a wedding coming up in the next year you need to know that many vendors will be offering booking incentives and there will be a Dream Wedding Giveaway and five package giveaways. There will be no need to leave if you get hungry as the catering and restaurant vendors will have plenty of samples on hand.

In addition to the expo, there will also be a wedding tour. Wedding Weekend attendees will receive a map and the tour will take you to several wedding venues and restaurants throughout the Outer Banks. You will get to meet and visit with vendors on a more personal level and many venues will have the area set up like a wedding so you can get a visual on how your special day may look. A great reason to participate in this tour is that each venue will provide you with one more ticket to enter the giveaways—increase your chances of winning the Outer Banks wedding of your dreams! You can purchase tickets online or at the door on the day of the event. Find more information on the event website and get ready for a super fun weekend!

When it comes to lodging for the weekend, we have you covered as well. Our quaint and elegant bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax and unwind amidst your wedding planning. We are offering a 20% Special for brides staying with us for the Expo weekend - contact us today or book directly online.