Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Home & Garden Tour: Spring For the Arts, Manteo, NC

There are some places within the Outer Banks, NC that are truly set apart – historic treasures that tell a story of their own. The Home & Garden Tour takes place at just such a treasure: The Elizabethan Gardens, a true vision of beauty set on the shores of Roanoke Island.

The Elizabethan Gardens began construction on June 2, 1953; the date Queen Elizabeth II was crowned queen of England. The Gardens opened on August 18, 1960 and since then, dedicated visionaries and thousands of garden club members have worked to make this place one of the most beautiful and unique gardens in America.

The Home & Garden Tour, which is happening on May 10, 2014 is an annual fundraising event coordinated by the gardens and other sponsors, which provides guests a one-of-a-kind tour. You will be given an inside look at some of the most beautiful gardens, homes and historic sites around Roanoke Island. Each participating homeowner has partnered with an artist to display that artist’s work in their respective home. Relax and simply take in the sights or bring a note pad to write down all that inspires you along the way. What a fantastic way to spend a beautiful day in our little piece of heaven in North Carolina!


Date: Saturday. May 10, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the event

**An amazing buffet style salad lunch will be provided at the Elizabethan Gardens from 12-3pm.
** For further details, visit the event website or call (252) 473-3234.

There is an abundance of fun to be had here in Manteo, NC. The White Doe Inn is the perfect place for you to relax and rest your head during your time here. If you will be coming in for the Home & Garden Tour or simply for a weekend getaway, contact us for reservation information. Happy spring everyone!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eco-Adventure Challenge: The Outer Banks, NC

Are you the type of person who loves a challenge? Do you automatically reply, “Where and when?” when given a dare to do something? If you answered yes to these two questions, we have the perfect challenge in one of the most beautiful areas in North Carolina.

The Eco-Adventure Challenge is a two-day event designed to show you the scenic highlights of the Outer Banks, NC while you participate in a number of fun activities. The schedule for the challenge has been created by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, who have the true inside scoop on the best things to do in the area. It maps out specific activities to do in certain places but also gives the participant freedom with certain choices based on his or her own personal interests and desires.

Eco-Adventure Challenge Itinerary:

8:00 – Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant of your choice
9:30 – Take a 2-½ hour kayak tour through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
12:30 – Choose your spot of choice downtown Manteo, NC to stop for a delicious lunch.
2:00 – Make your way through a 1-hour stroll in the majestic Elizabethan Gardens.
3:30 – Free time to relax at your hotel – it is suggested to enjoy a walk on the beach and look for shells and beach glass.
6:00 – Dinner is at your choice of restaurant but the rule is to pick one with some good ol’ North Carolina seafood!
8:00 – End the day with a 1-½ hour Red Wolf Howling Safari at The Alligator Wildlife Refuge.

Day 2
7:30 – Breakfast at your restaurant of choice
8:30 – Take a 1-½ hour trail walk through Jockey’s Ridge State Park to view the tallest living sand dunes on the East Coast.
10:00 – Enjoy a 3-hour hang gliding adventure that includes lessons.
1:30 – Enjoy a picnic lunch at Jockey Ridge State Park-there are many places in the area that will deliver a boxed lunch to you!
3:00 – Enjoy a 2-hour bird walk and watch in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
6:30 – Cap the day off at a local restaurant of your choice!
For more information about this tour, email love@outerbanks.org or call (877) 629-4386, ext. 226.

For guests new to the White Doe Inn or old friends who can’t wait to come back, this two-day challenge is a great way to spend your time here in Manteo, NC. We would love to hear about your day’s adventures when you come back to relax in your private, cozy room at our bed and breakfast. Call us at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information or visit us online.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Island Farm In Manteo, NC Opens April 2, 2014

Are you ready to take a step back in time? The 2014 season at Island Farm opens April 2, 2104 and this is a special place to check out. There is something unique about being able to get a true glimpse back in time and experience how life was lived many years ago. This is the case at Island Farm, a historic place in Manteo, NC.

The Island Farm is a living history site that offers visitors a look into daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. For guests at the White Doe Inn, this is a great place to spend a day off. The Etheridge farmstead, which traces back to 1757, boasts a home considered to be the “oldest period restoration of a house on Roanoke Island.” Inside it you can see beautiful 19th-century furnishings.

A visit to this property will provide you with endless places to explore and things to do. There are nearly a dozen buildings, the family graveyard, a kitchen garden, grape arbor, island figs, and a cornfield. You may also run across a roaming chicken or two and see sheep, cows, oxen and ponies in the pasture. Interpreters dressed in period attire carry out daily activities. You may even get to take part in helping a blacksmith, farmer or cook! After you have enjoyed exploring the grounds, take some time to join in on the many hands-on activities and demonstrations that Island Farm has to offer:

Cooking                                                           Blacksmithing
Woodworking                                                19th-century toys and games
Wagon rides                                                   Farm and garden planting


2014 Season: April 2nd – November 29th
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday
Cost: $6 for six years and older, children five and under are free
Location: Island Farm

    P.O. Box 970

    Manteo, NC 27954
Contact: Call (252) 473-6500 or visit the Island Farm website.

We love helping our guests at The White Doe Inn, new and returning, find hidden gems in our beautiful area and the Island Farm is a real treasure.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Pioneer Theatre: A Historical Gem in Manteo, NC

The Pioneer Theatre has been a loved and cherished spot for locals and visitors to Manteo, NC. This carefully treasured theatre boasts being the oldest family-operated theatre in the United States. It’s English Tudor-style architecture and attention to detail brings each visitor back to the days of old.

Whether you need a romantic escape, some evening fun or a rainy day activity, the Pioneer Theatre is a great stop. It originally opened in Manteo, NC in 1918 by George W. Creef Jr. It moved to its current location in 1937 and has been owned and operated by Creef family ever since. They have worked hard to maintain the beauty of the building and to provide an entertainment experience that is family-oriented and affordable. There is a nominal fee for entry and refreshments are inexpensive so an evening here does not empty the pocketbook!

The interior has been recently remodeled with new, comfortable seats and drapes that enhance the relaxing, cozy atmosphere. The theatre is open Monday thru Sunday with an evening show each night from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Movies change weekly on Fridays.

Further Information:

Call the box office at (252) 473.2216 or visit this website for shows and times.

Pioneer Theatre

Among the many things that Manteo, NC has to offer, our guests at The White Doe Inn will find the Pioneer Theatre is a great place to visit. Go in your comfy clothes or dress up for an evening out and take in an exciting show during your stay. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Ton of Love Food Drive at North Carolina Aquarium

A Ton of Love Food Drive image explaining the details of the eventValentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to think of others. While your mind may be on flowers, chocolates and the Hallmark card that perfectly states your sentiments, there is something else you can be a part of.

The Ton of Love Food Drive is a way to show some love to others. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, NC is spearheading this event with a goal of collecting one ton of food for local families.

You have until Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, to visit the Roanoke Island Food Pantry to drop off your non-perishable food items. This dedicated food pantry helps local families all year and shelves tend be a bit sparse after the holidays. A few items will go a long way in blessing a family in need so raid your pantry at home or fill a couple of extra bags the next time you go to the grocery store.

Need some ideas?
  • Cans of soup and stew
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meats such as tuna and salmon
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice, beans and pasta
  • Coffee and tea bags

Visit the aquarium’s website or call (252) 473-3494 for more information.

This could be a fun way of getting the whole family involved in finding creative ways to help others. The North Carolina Aquarium is a great place that our guests at The White Doe Inn love to spend a day. Let’s support this great cause and spread some Valentine’s Day love!