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!

Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Hang Gliding Spectacular – Outer Banks, NC

One of the things we love about the Outer Banks is that it is a place to which people come back year after year. As owners of a bed and breakfast, this means we get to see old friends who come back to stay with us and locals get to regularly meet and greet familiar faces. There are also many annual events and activities that draw people to come and visit and one of the most popular ones, the Hang Gliding Spectacular is coming up May 13-16, 2016.

Taking place in Nags Head, NC, the Hang Gliding Spectacular is an annual event that is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year. The main motto is simply to have fun and this event lives up to its name. It is always the third week in may and 60 competitors from all over trek over to fly, meet up with old friends, and just enjoy a week of fun.

It all starts out with a Dune Competition where the pilots have to maneuver around pylons and land in specific targets. If the weather is just right they also have a duration competition, which is very exciting to watch. Everyone then heads over to Kitty Hawk Kites Flight Park for the Aero Towing Competition, which involves duration and altitude tests, beanbag bomb drops, and spot landing tests. They will also be offering hang glider demos and seminars here as well. To top it all off, everyone will gather for the Woody Jones Memorial Street Dance on Saturday night. There is also a Rogallo Foundation Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner every year to honor someone who has made important contributions to the sport. If you are a hang gliding you can still register for this event but for those just visiting, all spectators are welcome to attend the events. It is quite impressive watching these courageous and talented gliders take to the skies.

Check our blog often as we are always sharing about fun things to do and enjoy here on the Outer Banks. The sun is shining, the weather is perfect and the beaches are waiting! Book a getaway online today or contact us for further information about our inn or the Manteo area.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Outer Banks Segway Tours – Go Explore!

Spring is officially here and it is time to get out and explore! There is no better place for a spring or summer getaway than the Outer Banks and we have the perfect activity for you to try. Kitty Hawk Kites is an amazing local company that offers a host of incredible outdoor adventures but a popular new one is their Off-Road Segway Safari.

If you are not familiar with a Segway, it is a two-wheeled personal vehicle that is self-balancing, electric powered, and has a platform for your feet and an upright post in the middle with handlebars where you hang on. It is a very convenient way to travel around and becoming very popular in busy cities and towns. Besides being convenient, they are also really fun!

This Off-Road Safari Segway Tour is one of the coolest things you can do here and it really takes the meaning of “off-road” to a whole new level. This is a four-hour excursion so plan on a half-day or so for this adventure. You don’t need any experience and the guides will teach you all of the fundamentals before you begin and even guide you through a practice course. You’ll cruise up the beach in search of the legendary Spanish mustang wild horses. This tour costs $109 during off-season and $125 during peak season. You can also check out the Historic Corolla Tour and zip around through the historic district of the Whalehead Club and the Currituck Lighthouse. This tour is $53 during off-season and $59 during peak season. Lastly, they also have a two-hour Haunted Corolla Tour that takes place from 9pm-11pm Monday through Thursday. You’ll learn about frequent paranormal activity on the northern Outer Banks with a storytelling tour guide.

Doesn’t this all just sound like a blast? What a great way to explore the Outer Banks and see the history and scenery here. When you are done you can make your way back “home” to our private and relaxing inn. Enjoy a leisurely walk, coffee on the patio with some complimentary evening refreshments, and take in the beauty of Shallowbag Bay. Book your spring or summer getaway today!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours – Corrolla, NC

One of the most unique things about the Outer Banks, in addition to the lighthouses, beaches, award-winning restaurants, shops, and vast outdoor activities, is the fact that it is home to the Corolla Wild Horses. During your next visit with us we suggest taking a Wild Horse Tour to see these beautiful animals up close.

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours start from Corolla and take you right to the herd’s native habitat. Experience them first hand in an open air Safari-style vehicle and listen to the guides share all about the history of the area and the horses. Watching the herd of wild Spanish Mustangs run free along the beach is a special sight to see and one you won’t forget. These tours are fun and safe for the whole family. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride down sandy roads and over dunes in the wild, open area. The tours run five times a day starting in March and continue through November.

The two-hour open air Safari Tour costs $49 for adults, $34 for 12 and under, and $15 for three and younger. Those prices are for Memorial Day through Labor Day, which is peak season on the banks. Outside of those dates the costs go down slightly. You can book directly online and they often offer coupons on their website so be sure to check before booking!

Aside from sharing about this fun horse tour, we wanted to make sure we highlighted the history and preservation of these horses. They arrived with the early Spanish explorers in the 1500s and were abandoned when the explorers met resistance from natives and had to flee. The wild horses remained free and mostly undisturbed until the 1980s when a paved road was built through to Corolla. When this road was completed and traffic increased, the horses began to be hit by cars. In 1989 the Corolla Wild Horse Fund was created and they worked tirelessly to get the permissions and money needed to build a a sound-to-sea fence, install a cattle guard, and move the horses north. There has been a lot of effort over the years to protect these horses and today they roam free on 7.544 acres. These incredible horses aren't fully protected though and the smaller herd size poses a danger to its survival. If the number drops below 110, they could be at a high risk for being devastated completely - whether by hurricane, flood, fire, drought, or even disease. It would be an absolute shame to see them gone forever so if you are interested in joining forces in helping to protect these wild animals, please click here to learn how you can get involved.

Corolla is about an hour away from our bed and breakfast and many clients combine the wild horse tour with other activities in the area to make a full day of exploring! Some places we suggest checking out are the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, the Whalehead Hunt Club Historic Tour, and the Corolla Wildlife Museum. They are all located in the same area so you can hop from one to another very easily.

After your day full of adventure you can come back to your suite and relax with a glass of wine or cup of coffee. What a great way to spend the day! Book an amazing spring getaway online today—you will truly love it here!