Saturday, June 25, 2016

Outer Banks Distillery Tours – Manteo, NC

Whenever anyone has an excitement and passion for something it is contagious, don’t you agree? Someone selling a new product could stop you in the grocery store and even though you might not need or want it, you may find yourself trying it and then buying a bunch because the person was so enthusiastic about how good it is. Ask anyone who has been to Outer Banks Distilling his or her personal review and we guarantee every story you hear will spur you on to go check it out for yourself.

Outer Banks Distilling is a unique and very popular spot for locals and visitors to the area. Located in historic, downtown Manteo, it is just minutes away from our inn—you can walk there in less than 5 minutes. It is actually the first legal distillery on the Outer Banks and they offer a fantastic tour that includes a delicious tasting of Kill Devil Rum at the end. The old historic building serves as the perfect backdrop for this fantastic distillery, which was founded by four friends—two brewers and two bartenders with a lot of drive, passion, and creativity. They perfected the art of distilling with the help of classes and courses, and with three of the four hailing from Kill Devil Hills nearby; the name of their company came easily. 

Their distillery tours, which only cost a whopping $5, are available Tuesday through Saturday and both 1pm and 3pm each day. You must be 21 years old and you have to call ahead to reserve your time. No matter who ends up being your guide, you will find the tour informative and fun. They will explain all of the ins and outs of the distillery, the history of rum, and a bit of OBX history along the way. It is really fascinating how the distillery came to be and the rum of course is awesome! The pecan honey rum seems to be a favorite among visitors. 

Distillery tours, boating, relaxing on the beach, wild horse tours, hang gliding, fishing—we could go on and on about the many reasons to come visit our little piece of paradise!

Special!! Book a 2-night stay at The White Doe Inn and receive two tour tickets including a tasting to The Outer Banks Distilling--all of which is walking distance from The White Doe Inn. Come learn the legend of Kill-Devil Rum and ENJOY! Must request tickets when checking in or when making reservation.

Pirate Adventures: Find Lost Treasure in Manteo, NC

Summertime is all about letting loose, having fun and leaving your worries and work behind! There is a ton of summer fun to be had here on the Outer Banks—the list is long and there is truly something for everyone no matter what your passions and interests are. What we have to share with you today is a family activity that will bring out the kid inside of you—a chance to take an adventure that you won’t forget. On your next visit we encourage you to check out Pirate Adventures!

Pirate Adventures is based right here in Manteo, NC and is calling all “mateys” to come aboard. This experience involves a unique pirate cruise aboard the Sea Gypsy, a boat remodeled with every detail to make you feel as though you are on an old school pirate ship. You need to come with your best “Arrrrr” and be prepared for a unique, fun time with Captain Chum and Blimey. While most suited for kids 10 and under, the entire family will have a great outing on this pirate adventure. You will find maps, go on a treasure hunt, take on the bad pirates, have a water cannon fight, and get your own pirate name. The staff is fun and entertaining and will provide a true “adventure on the high seas” for your family.

After your time at sea, you can enjoy some bike riding, a trip to the North Carolina Aquarium, the Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, or simply relax at the beach with a great book under an umbrella. Take your pick – there is something for everyone here and we would love to host you at our bed and breakfast. Book your room online today or contact us for help planning a memorable Outer Banks summer vacation.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rogallo and Wright Kite Festivals – Outer Banks, NC

Alright friends, summer is right around the corner…June 20 to be exact! That means beaches, bathing suits, sunblock, flip flops, ice cream cones, and cruising with the top down are coming your way! We don't know if you have heard but the Outer Banks is THE place to be during the spring and summer months…well whom are we kidding, it’s fantastic here all year long! The summer is especially fun though because of great events such as the Rogallo and Wright Kite Festivals that are coming up pretty soon. Get all of the details below so you don’t miss out!

Rogallo Kite Festival

Date: June 10-12, 2016

Place: Jockey's Ridge State Park and Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

Cost: Free!

This festival pays special tribute to Francis Rogallo, inventor of the flexible wing. His inventions spearheaded the sport of hang gliding and you can see his designs have also been used in stunt kites, power kites and hang gliders. This festival will allow you to see some huge kite displays, learn some kite making for yourself, and even learn to fly some incredible kites.

Wright Kite Festival

Date: July 16-18, 2016

Place: Wright Brothers National Memorial and Kitty Hawk Kites in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Cost: Festival is FREE although entrance to the park is $7.

At this festival you will be able to first walk through the museum to gain some knowledge of the birthplace of aviation. From there enjoy the display of large kites, learn how to fly stunt and power kites, or bring your own from and join in on the fun!

Are you ready for some fun in the sun? It is always beautiful here on the Outer Banks – don’t let the season go by without planning a special weekend or full week getaway at our luxurious bed and breakfast. We can help you plan a vacation you won’t forget—book online or contact us for more information.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Outer Banks Island Opry Country Music Shows

Today we are highlighting some events that all our country music fans are going to love! If you are a true country music fan then you know about the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. It is a weekly stage show that started in 1925 bringing bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, and comedic performances to the stage and now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Well here on the Outer Banks this summer, we are going to have our own version with the OBX Island Opry Show.

The OBX Island Opry Show will be showcasing three separate concerts throughout the summer. The same organizers that put on the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival and the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival are behind this awesome new venture and we know you are going to love it. The shows will be held June 2, July 7, and August 4, 2016 in the outdoor amphitheater at Roanoke Island Festival Park. You can purchase general admission tickets as well as VIP tickets that include on-site parking and premium seating. Until June 15th you can get early bird discounts and then the tickets jump up ten dollars so don’t wait!

Line Up:

June 2, 2016– Collin Raye headlining with Dave Adkins, Lonesome River Band, Tim Cifers, and Croatan Highway

July 7, 2016 – Emily West headlining with Love Canon, Malpass Brothers, Boot Rooster, and Jonny Waters & Company

August 4, 2016 – John Michael Montgomery headlining with Sideline, and Flatt Lonesome, with more to be added!

If you are thinking about coming our way for one of these great shows, our bed and breakfast is the perfect choice for accommodations as we are only a half-mile away fro the festival park. You could even walk there and not have to worry about parking! Call us today before our gorgeous suites are all booked up—there is an amazing summer getaway just waiting for you!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Reach New Heights with Barrier Island Airplane Rides

Have you ever taken the time to hike to a high spot? Perhaps a cliff overlook or the top of a mountain where the reward is a panoramic, sweeping view of the scenery around you? It is breathtaking isn’t it? There is something unique about a view from the top and a view from a biplane airplane is one-of-a-kind experience. Barrier Island Aviation right here in Manteo, NC offer biplane airplane rides for both the thrill-seeker and those looking to get a “new perspective” of the Outer Banks.

Barrier Island Aviation has a lot to offer as they provide a wide array of services including flight instruction, aircraft rental, air charters, and of course our favorite, scenic air tours. In regards to tours, they offer biplane airplane tours Cessna air tours. A tour in their big red, vintage biplane is thrilling. The biplane, which has an open cockpit, seats up to two passengers in front of the pilot. Tours range from 5 minutes to 35 minutes and the costs range from $80-$300. Depending on the tour you choose, some of the sights you will see include Roanoke Island, Jockey’s Ridge, Manteo, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Wright Brother’s Monument, beaches, and more.

The Cessna is a high wing aircraft that seats up to three passengers. You can choose a 10 minute, 30 minute, or 1 hour flight and they range from $60-$235. In the Cessna they also offer an Ocracoke Lighthouse Tour fro $375 and a Cape Lookout Tour for $550. No matter which tour or airplane you choose, you will get to see breathtaking view of North Carolina’s Outer Banks!

This is just one of many activities to enjoy here. Spend the day in the air, on land at a gorgeous beach, or perusing the great shops downtown—there is something for everyone so book a one-night, weekend, or weeklong vacation today!