Monday, December 15, 2014

Outer Banks Wedding Weekend Expo

The gown! The flowers! The food! The decorations! When you are planning a wedding there is so much to think of and organize that it can truly be overwhelming! If you have a special day coming up and you are gathering all the parts and pieces needed to make your dreams come true, you cannot miss the Outer Banks Wedding Weekend Expo.

Save January 17-18, 2015 in your calendars right now and make plans to attend this two-day expo. The Outer Banks is the perfect choice for a destination wedding and if you live here you will learn all that you need to know about how to create the wedding of your dreams. From 10am – 3pm each day you will be able to explore the world of photographers, caterers, reception areas, florists, cakes, and more. Each and every bride that purchases a ticket and attends the expo will have the chance to register for the Dream Event of their choosing. There will be a Dream Wedding Giveaway, a Dream Honeymoon Giveaway and many other amazing packages that could be yours! You will want to reserve your tickets so you don’t miss out on this great weekend.

The White Doe Inn in Manteo, NC is just a short drive from the expo and the perfect place to relax and unwind after each day of shopping, walking, planning, and having fun. Our gorgeous Victorian style inn on the shores of Shallowbag Bay offers an all-inclusive stay with all of the amenities you love at home and much more. Enjoy an in-room spa service or simply relax with a bottle of wine on the verandah or your private balcony. The wedding weekend will be here before you know it, so choose your favorite room and book now. If you are a bride to be, you will receive a 20% discount on a two-night stay the weekend of the wedding expo. You can view each of our beautiful rooms and check availability online or contact us at (800) 473-6091.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens – Manteo, NC

Would you like a little bit of Christmas light history? The tradition of using small lights to brighten a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th Century. At first small candles were used, then lanterns, and then in 1890 the first string of electric Christmas lights was invented by a man named Edward Johnson. A tragic fire from using candles on a tree challenged a man named Albert Sadacca to invent safe electric lights for Christmas trees. The idea took off and his company became the largest Christmas lighting company in the world.

We certainly cannot continue talking about holiday lights without mentioning the incredible Winter Lights display at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. The Outer Banks is a fantastic spot to visit during the holiday season as so many local places and businesses truly get into the spirit of the holidays and put on some wonderful events. The gardens are transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland with spectacular holiday displays and traditional d├ęcor. The entire display is simply magical and truly embodies the Christmas spirit—it is just a great place to spend the day. Admire miniature snow globes, gingerbread houses, a beautiful nativity scene, and more. Roast marshmallows around the fire pit on the Great Lawn, enjoy live music performances, and stroll around the Twelve Days of Christmas displays located throughout the gardens. Winter Lights will be open from December 2nd, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015 and the tickets are $10/adults, $8/children 6-12, and $5/children five and under.

Visiting the gardens at Christmas time has become a tradition for many people and tickets can go quickly so advance purchase is encouraged. Make some new memories and traditions this year by staying with us at the White Doe Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our inn in Manteo is just a short drive to the gardens and a host of other great restaurants, shops, and things to do and see. We are tucked in the private shores of Shallowbag Bay so we also offer total peace and privacy if you are looking for a place to relax and retreat from the hustle and bustle. We have a great winter season package—view our accommodations and check availability online or feel free to contact us at (800) 473-6091 if you need further information about our inn or the area.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roanoke Island Holiday Tour 2014 – Manteo, NC

Are you the type of person who anticipates getting your favorite Christmas tunes out as soon as
Thanksgiving is over? Once the stores turn red and green and shelves are stocked with holiday goodies, there is no turning back—Christmas is on its way! It is almost time to usher in the holiday season and one of the best events to stir up the spirit of the season is coming up—The Roanoke Island Holiday Tour!

We actually want to highlight the Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend, which also includes the Holiday Tour. Why just have one event when you can celebrate for a whole weekend right? Mark your calendars right now for Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th, 2014. The town of Manteo, NC is going to come together for a great Christmas weekend and you will want to be a part of all of the action. Friday night is going to kick off with the Christmas Flotilla along the downtown waterfront, followed by the Tree Lighting Program in front of the historic Dare County courthouse. Saturday starts off with a bang with a Grandstand Show and Christmas Parade. There will also be a decorating contest between the businesses and residents in town and the boats in the marina so you are sure to see some incredible displays come out as you stroll around town.

The Holiday Tour will take you Christmas Past at Island Farm, Manteo Preservation Trust’s Tour of
Homes, and Winterlights at the Elizabethan Gardens. Tickets for this tour, which are being sold at many locations, are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Get an extraordinary look into historic homes and sites and maybe even some holiday decorating ideas! The Elizabethan Gardens is also offering an incredible add-on as well – for $20/adults and $15/youth, you can enjoy a delicious and unique dinner holiday buffet either before or after your tour.

If you need further information, call (252) 473-3234 or visit the event website. Don’t let the holiday season pass you by without making time to visit the beautiful area of Manteo, NC. The White Doe Inn is a historic, Victorian bed and breakfast that is close to all of the action but also located in a peaceful, private setting along the shores of Shallowbag Bay—we are your perfect home away from home so contact us today at (800) 473-6091 or check availability directly online.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Island Farm Foodways – Exploring Historical Traditions

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, our thoughts are on tradition—the memories that flood back when you stop to think about your family and special traditions that go way back to when your grandparents were young. What are some of your favorite family Thanksgiving traditions? Perhaps there is one special dish that always takes center stage on the food table, or a certain activity that your family has always enjoyed. Traditions are things to be honored and remembered—they keep history and memories alive as we go about the busyness of life today.

The Island Farm is a special place that honors tradition and is dedicated to keeping it alive. Located just two miles north of Manteo, NC, visitors can experience life as it was before the Civil War. The farm has several special events throughout the year that we like to highlight, as it is a fun place for guests of White Doe to spend an afternoon. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the farm is hosting an event called Island Foodways on November 28-29th, 2014. From 10am to 4pm each day, you can come out and explore old-fashioned food traditions and learn how Roanoke families cooked their food and prepared for winter during the 1850s. Find out the secrets to cooking on a hearth and how they preserved the wonderful food they made. There will also be ox-wagon rides during the mornings. To support the Roanoke Island Food Pantry, the farm is offering $1 off admission if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

This is a great place to spend some time during or after your Thanksgiving activities—bring the whole family out for a day of fun. Even Grandma Betsy might learn something new! If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay during your time on the Outer Banks, the White Doe Inn in Manteo is a perfect choice. Whether you are alone, with a special loved one or need a place for the whole family, our Victorian bed and breakfast can provide an all-inclusive stay that you won’t soon forget. Rest, relax and enjoy all that our beautiful area has to offer. You can check availability directly online or feel free to contact us at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information. Make staying at the White Doe Inn a new family tradition!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cape Hatteras Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament – NC

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, founded in 1957 is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and enjoyment of marine life. It is located in the village of Buxton on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. To stimulate tourism during the fall season, the club hosted a fishing tournament in 1958 and it has been going every year since. In fact, it now holds the Guinness World Book Record for the largest surf-fishing tournament in the world!

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament will be taking place November 5-8, 2014. There are 120 teams of six that are invited to participate in the tournament every year—this year is full and there is a long waiting list but if you love to fish you can get your name in for another year! We wanted to highlight this event as there are still some great activities going on and it is an opportunity to meet other anglers, judges, and equipment companies even if you can’t participate in the tournament. For those involved, there are seminars, open houses, raffles, great food, fishing sessions and of course a brag night.

If you aren’t one of the lucky few to be in the invitational, there is still a great chance for you to try your luck during the Bob Bernard Individual Tournament on Saturday, November 8, 2014. It is $10 for adults and free for youth up to 16 years. This is open to anyone who wishes to fish. Awards and trophies are given out and since this tournament is going on in conjunction with the invitational, you will have the privilege of attending all the events going on, which includes the tackle show, cocktail hour, brag night, and awards dinner.

This is a great event that brings in fishing enthusiasts from all over to the Outer Banks. While you are here you will find great shopping, fantastic restaurants, and a host of other outdoor activities to do. You will also find that the perfect place to stay is the White Doe Inn in Manteo, NC. Just a short scenic drive from the tournament, our bed and breakfast is on the shores of Shallowbag Bay and is a gorgeous, relaxing home away from home. Contact us today for reservation information—check availability online or call us at (800) 473-6091.