Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head, NC

It is no secret that the Outer Banks and seafood go together like apple pie and vanilla ice cream, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and movies and popcorn. Our little piece of heaven in North Carolina is a mecca for amazing seafood and the perfect way celebrate the bounty and love for it is with a festival!

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival will take place in Nags Head, NC on October 17, 2015. The festival gives the community and visitors a chance to honor and celebrate the area’s seafood heritage—it will be a fun and educational experience that the whole family will enjoy and if you are thinking that you are due for an Outer Banks retreat, this is a great reason to come on over. There is a great lineup of restaurants, Vendors, educational programs, and so much more—you don’t want to miss this!

Date:  Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time:  10:30am - 6pm
Place:  6800 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head NC 27959
Admission:  $3 per person
Sea Bucks:  $20, $40, $60 and higher incremental values*
* They suggest at least $20 per person for proper tasting experience at the event

Some of the fantastic restaurants that will be on scene with the freshest seafood you have ever tasted include Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar, Basnight’s Lone Cedar CafĂ©, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille, Sugar Creek Seafood, and Salty Dawg Smokehouse. At the cooking demonstrations you will learn fantastic new recipes you can try at home from talented local chefs and you will find over 40 artisan vendors with a huge variety of goods for sale. These talented artisans are not your run of the mill flea market vendors. You will find sterling silver jewelry, folk art, beach glass jewelry, ceramic pottery, stained glass, furniture, woodcarvings, photography, fine art, and so much more.

It is not too late to book your room at our inn for this fantastic seafood festival. You will find a warm and welcoming crowd of people in a scenic landscape that you won’t want to leave!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Soulful Sounds at the Duck Jazz Festival, NC

The town of Duck in the Outer Banks of North Carolina will be bursting with talent as the sweet soulful sounds of local, regional, and national jazz recording artists fill the stage at the 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival. If you are thinking that a fall getaway to the banks is exactly what you need then this is the perfect event to bring you over.

This unique jazz festival, happening October 11, 2015, is not only one of the premier events of the year; it is also a free one! Now where in this day and age can you go and listen to top jazz musicians for an entire day and not pay a dime? Businesses throughout the area get involved as well by offering jazz-themed events in the days leading up to the festival.

On the day of the festival, gates will open at 10am and the first artist takes the stage at 11am. Visitors are encouraged to bring everything and anything they need to be comfortable, which may include chairs and blankets, coolers with food and drink, and even your furry friends if you want!

This year performers include: The Bria Skonberg Quintet, Maceo Parker, The Monitors, The Mint Julep Jazz Band, and First Flight High School Jazz Band. Also, on Friday, October 9, there will be free Yoga on the Green with Village Yoga at 9:00 a.m. and an evening Movie on the Green at 6:00 p.m. for all ages.

The area provides visitors with an abundance of shopping, dining, and outdoor activities to enjoy so
you’ll have no shortage of fun during your time here. We also know that you need some down time to take care of YOU so relax and unwind with a stay at our gorgeous bed and breakfast. Book online today!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Outer Banks Kitesurfing: Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

Kitesurfing is an extreme sport that has been gaining in popularity over the years. It combines aspects of surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding, and gymnastic tricks all into one incredible, adrenaline-pumping sport. The Outer Banks has been affectionately called the “Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing Capital of the East Coast” so it is no surprise that it is the venue for the Cape Hatteras Wave Classic happening September 19-25, 2015.

One aspect of kitesurfing that has grown to become very popular is surf-style and the rolling ocean waves, consistent winds, ideal water temperature, and gorgeous weather makes Cape Hatteras, NC the perfect spot for this sporting event. The wave classic is an open competition so anyone is able to compete
for top bragging rights and prizes. The registration fee of $100 provides event shirt, a welcome dinner and party, awards dinner and party, and prize money purse. There will be a wide range of talented athletes competing and the judging criteria is 50% wave riding, 25% tricks, and 25% overall impression. Presented by Patagonia, this event is one you don’t want to miss whether you are a kite surfer or someone who loves to watch. Click here for an event teaser.

The Outer Banks is truly an outdoor paradise and in addition to riding the waves with your kite board you can try stand up paddle boarding, fishing, and beach life. A trip into town brings a host of dining and shopping options too—endless things to do and the perfect spot to vacation. Book a room for this wave classic or for a beautiful, relaxing fall getaway.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The SAGA Triathlon: Swim, Bike, and Run the Outer Banks

It may be the pristine beaches, award-winning restaurants, sailing, sunsets at Jockey Ridge, or the
coastal golf courses that bring visitors to the Outer Banks but this list is just the tip of the iceberg…or sand dune. Guests at our inn come from all over the country and beyond for all sorts of reasons, whether it be to play or relax but we have a lot of athletes that make their way here and one special event coming up is the SAGA Triathlon right here in Manteo, NC.

This triathlon will be taking place September 12-13, 2015 and our beautiful area on the East Coast is going to be buzzing with excitement. Registration is still open so whether you are a seasoned competitor or a novice wanting to spread your wings into the triathlon world, sign up before it is too late. There are three race choices: the Outer Banks Sprint, The Outer Banks Olympic, and the Outer Banks Half. You can also create and sign up a relay team for each of these events as well.

The swim portion will begin at the Old Swimming Hole on Roanoke Island; the bike will be a looped,
flat course outside Manteo and into Mashoes. The scenery on the bike ride alone will make this race memorable! The run is another loop through the airport and around the scenic Manteo area and the north end of Roanoke Island. Are you getting excited? Something else we want to note is that the Saga Triathlon is a nonprofit organization that will be donating 100 % of net proceeds to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation. If would like to volunteer for this event you can go on their website or call the office.

We would love to host you at our bed and breakfast whether you are an athlete who needs a place to relax before and after the race or family and fans that require lodging for the race weekend. It is going to be a great weekend on the Banks so book your room soon!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Down East Rover Sailing Charters – Outer Banks, NC

The beautiful waters surrounding the Outer Banks are what make this area so spectacular. While there are many on land adventures to have during a stay here, we think a sailing trip is an experience of a lifetime and one way to see this piece of North Carolina heaven in a whole different way.
The Down East Rover is a premier sailing boat that offers some amazing cruises and charters. This 55-foot topsail schooner was built in 1984 and can hold 25 passengers and two crewmembers. The above deck is perfect for charters and the cozy cabin is complete with a kitchen, salon, two bathrooms, and room enough for six people to sleep. If you are looking for a special romantic outing or a great adventure with a group of friends, give he Down East Rover a try.
Their charters leave from the Manteo waterfront and you can choose from a day trip (leaving at 11am, 2pm, or sunset), a leisurely sunset charter, or a private charter for a group event such as a corporate outing, bachelorette party, or weddings. Their sunset cruise is a very popular choice as the Outer Banks is a stunning location to watch a sunset. Adults and children are $40 per person and the trip lasts 2-2.5 hours. You are encouraged to bring your own food and drinks and they will supply the cups and ice! You can find all of their pricing and scheduling on the website and many reviews from very happy customers. We are sure it will be an experience for the memory books.
Once you get back you can relax in your private suite at the inn, stroll the local shops, or dine in one of the local award-winning restaurants. There is so much to do and see here—don’t let summer pass you by without a getaway to the Outer Banks!