Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Lost Colony Wine Festival – Outer Banks, NC

We have just celebrated the first day of fall and are excited for what this season will bring! What is your favorite thing about fall? If vacationing makes the list, we highly encourage you to consider coming over to the Outer Banks. Many around here will tell you it’s the best time to visit! The temperatures are mild and comfortable, the fishing is awesome, the crowds are lighter, and the winds are superb if you love watersports such as kiteboarding and wind surfing. We also have some great fall events such as the Lost Colony Wine Festival!

The Lost Colony Wine Festival is coming up soon on October 8th, 2016 and we’d love to have you stay with us for the weekend. It will be taking place from 12pm – 5pm at the Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh right here in Manteo, NC. Roanoke Sound, a picturesque piece of paradise between Roanoke and Bodie Islands is the backdrop for this event. While enjoying the stunning scenery, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious array of fine wines along with delectable gourmet food. Live entertainment will fill the air to add to your experience. The Roanoke Island Historical Association has partnered with The Virginia Dare Winery to put on this incredible event and proceeds will benefit the Lost Colony productions. For more information visit the event website.

Are you looking for the perfect place to truly escape? A place where the stresses of life can’t reach you and the beauty of Mother Nature compels you to relax and unwind? The answer is right here in Manteo, NC at our bed and breakfast. Whether you only have time for a weekend or mid-week retreat or can come for a full week getaway, we would love to be your hosts. Contact us anytime for further information or simply book online today.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

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What a fantastic summer we have had so far! With so much to do and see here on the Outer Banks, our guests, whether new or returning, have had loads of fun and will most definitely be back! The never ending sunshine, perfect weather, beaches, water activities, shopping, award-winning dining make this a memorable place to vacation. With fall around the corner, the fun doesn’t stop, especially with great events in the lineup such as the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival!

This year the Bluegrass Island Festival will be taking place September 21-24, 2016 at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The venue alone makes this a great festival to attend—a state historic park in Manteo, NC with a beautiful, expansive green space and pristine waters all around. It is a 27-acre island that has become a premier event venue on the east coast.

The line up this year is even better than last year with artists including The Willis Clan, Sideline, Salt & Light Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, the Darrell Webb Band, and many more. You can find a detailed schedule for each day here. In addition to the amazing live music, you’ll enjoy the delicious vendors that will be offering seafood, burgers, bbq, and more. You can buy a four-day ticket for $140 or single-day tickets at $45 and early bird sales are ending August 31st so you’ll want to get yours soon!

Our bed and breakfast is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the park making us a great place to call home during this four-day festival. We’d love to have you as our guest! Book your favorite room online today or contact us for further information.

Monday, August 15, 2016

1587 Restaurant: Fine Dining Favorite on the Outer Banks

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When you think of some of the best memories you’ve made, what comes to mind? Maybe they involve some special family times, a goal reached, or a bucket list vacation spot. We can guarantee a trip to the Outer Banks will provide many memory-making opportunities and in the world of restaurants, we have some of the best! One place where we are sure you will enjoy a memorable meal is a spot called 1587 Restaurant, right here in Manteo, NC.

1587 Restaurant has made a name for itself here on the banks due to its service, atmosphere and incredible cuisine. It is located on the serene and picturesque Manteo waterfront—giving diners the perfect setting to enjoy an evening out. The atmosphere, while elegant and sophisticated, is also relaxing as every seat provides sweeping views of the waterfront. If you are just looking for a place to grab a glass of wine or beer and a small plate or appetizer, their coppertop bar is a fun area in the restaurant and has a great variety of choices. When it comes to dining, the world-class chefs make every effort to create dishes that are creative and delicious—using fresh herbs, freshly picked vegetables from Outer Banks growers, and Atlantic seafood that just came off the boat.

Ready for some mouthwatering teasers to give you a taste of what you can expect at this restaurant? How about Seared Hatteras Vermillion Snapper or Mahi Mahi, Hereford Ribeye, Mattamuskeet Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Tomato Parmesan Soup, and Chocolate Pot de Crème or Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée for dessert? Let’s just go now shall we? They offer new specials every Wednesday through Sunday from 5-9pm so you can expect a different menu each time you go. We’d love to know your favorite dish the next time you go so we can share with our future guests!

The pristine Outer Banks are calling your name—have you booked your getaway yet? There is still time to sneak in some summer fun so book online today!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises on the Outer Banks, NC

If you are looking for a summer getaway that is buzzing with activity then we suggest you plan a trip to the gorgeous Outer Banks! Beautiful beaches, family-friendly entertainment, summer festivals, wild horses, and countless attractions and events just start the list of reasons you should come for a visit. The pristine waters are a big draw for those who want to enjoy swimming or relaxing on a beach and they are a fisherman’s paradise. If you enjoy being out on the water we suggest you check out Crystal Dawn Fishing & Cruises for a fun adventure!

Located in Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo, just a few minutes from our bed and breakfast, Crystal Dawn Head Boats offer both fishing and sunset cruises—perfect for all ages. Their mission it to take you on an excursion that you will never forget. On your way out to the fishing grounds you may catch glimpses of osprey nesting, pelicans hunting for food or dolphins playing in the wake of the boat. The excursions they offer include the Morning Headboat Fishing Trip, Afternoon Headboat Fishing Trip, Roanoke Island Sunset Cruise, Purple Martin Excursion, and private fishing trips and cruises.

The fishing trips are suitable for both novice and advanced anglers and they provide the bait, rod, reel, tackle, fish bags and fishing license. There are a variety of species that can be found in our local waters such as puppy drum, blues, sea bass, speckled trout, grey trout, croaker, and flounder. Tickets are sold in advance and you are encouraged to bring your own small cooler of snacks and drinks if you’d like and towels, bathing suits, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Visit their website for bookings, pricing, fishing reports and more.

It is not too late to book an end-of-summer getaway—click here to see all of our lodging packages and don’t forget to check out our Inn-Room Aromatherapy Massage Services Menu! Book your getaway online today or contact us for more information on planning a memorable vacation to the Outer Banks.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer on the Water With Kitty Hawk – Outer Banks, NC

At a place like the Outer Banks, the water is the place to be during the summer months. There is an endless amount of fun to be had and Kitty Hawk Kites is an amazing local company that has you covered when it comes to getting you out on the water. Check out just a few of the great services they provide—we suggest staying long enough to try more than one!

Kiteboarding – You can learn the essential basics for this exciting sport and they have great beginner kiteboarding equipment packages. It’s the ultimate way to fly across the water but easy enough for almost anyone to learn—just need a sense of adventure!

Kayaking – Kitty Hawk rents single and tandem kayaks as well as styles suitable for fishing outings. There are 8 rental locations throughout the Outer Banks, including right here near the inn in Manteo. They offer several tours that range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours in length and are perfect for an afternoon out on the water with friends.

Stand Up Paddleboarding – Often called SUP, stand up paddle boarding is a fun and relaxing way to get out on the water. The only equipment is a long board and a paddle and you can head out and glide to your heart’s content. They also offer tours and lessons if you are a bit shaky on giving it a try.
Jetpack & Flyboarding – New in 2015, these activities are for the true thrill seeker who enjoys a fun adrenaline rush! The Jetpack is exactly how it sounds – you have a powerful pack on your back that shoots water allowing you to literally fly around the water. They offer a 15-minute demo lesson to see if it’s an activity you would like to try. Flyboarding is similar but with this you have a special apparatus attached to your feet that shoots water and allows you to basically levitate high above the surface of the water and bodysurf if you will. Both of these new activities require a great deal of physicality and can be quite tiring but worth a try if you are up for a challenge!

Parasailing – Go single, double or triple on a parasailing adventure with Kitty Hawk. Fly up to 1200 feet and get a breathtaking view of the Outer Banks—it is an enjoyable and relaxing activity and one to try if you’ve never gone before.

Surfing – One of the best ways to enjoy the waves is on a surfboard. They offer surf classes and private instruction at four different locations.

Come on friends! The sun is shining, the weather is perfect, and all kinds of adventures are waiting to be had. We would love to host you this summer—whether for a one-night escape or a weeklong vacation, book online today and make this summer one you won’t forget.