Friday, November 18, 2016

Ladies’ Night at the Elizabethan Gardens

Have you been looking for the perfect evening out with your girlfriends? We’ve got something to tell you about so grab your mom, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, or friend—pretty much any special lady in your life and come over to the Outer Banks for Ladies Night at the Elizabethan Gardens.

In case you have never made a trip over here, the amazing and elaborate Elizabethan Gardens were initially designed and created for Queen Elizabeth I, so you can imagine that no design detail went by the wayside. They are located right here in Manteo, NC, not far from our bed and breakfast and a favorite local attraction that our guests really enjoy. This 10.5-acre public garden displays over 500 species of plants and you’ll find something new and beautiful during each season. The gardens put on some fantastic events throughout the year such as the Easter Eggstravaganza, Harvest Hayday, and WinterLights.

This year they have set aside three evenings, December 5, 9, and 12, 2016 for the popular Ladies’ Nights. From 5pm – 7pm you will be treated to champagne and delicious light fare as you enjoy some fun shopping in the garden’s store. Sales associates will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect holiday gifts and you’ll enjoy some wonderful opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Turn a special evening like this into a wonderful holiday season getaway at our inn. After a night of pampering at the gardens you can come back to your private suite, enjoy a full gourmet breakfast in the morning and another day of adventuring around town. It’s the most wonderful time of the take an Outer Banks vacation!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend 2016

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Whether you say “Seasons Greetings,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Buon Natale,” or “Froehliche Weihnachten,” we want to welcome you to the Outer Banks this holiday season! Christmas is coming to town! Pretty soon all of the hustle and bustle will be making this area come alive with holiday cheer and we would love to see you. There are a lot of great things going on but we wanted you to know about one of our favorites, the Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend, so you could start planning now for a memorable weekend getaway.

The Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, will be taking place December 3-4, 2016. It is THE event that kicks off the season in style and will get you into the holiday spirit—especially if you are one of those “bah-humbug” types! The Elizabethan Gardens, Island Farm, and the Manteo Preservation Trust have teamed up to put on this event, which happens to also coincide with the kick off of the WinterLights celebration. During this two-day celebration you will have the opportunity to enjoy singing and storytelling by the waterfront, a Christmas Parade downtown, a glimpse into Christmas in the 1850s at Island Farm, visits with Santa, and the Roanoke Island Holiday Tour where you can see beautifully decorated homes and attractions in Manteo and Wanchese.

If you are looking for the best place to enjoy the festivities of the Christmas season, look no further than the Outer Banks. We’ve got gorgeous weather, quaint shops, award-winning restaurants, and an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy. Our charming and cozy bed and breakfast is the perfect choice for accommodations as well! Book online today or contact us anytime for more information.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

2016 Outer Banks Shrimp Cook-Off

shrimp kabobs on a bbq

What draws you to pick a certain vacation spot? Perhaps you are an outdoors enthusiast and the number of things you can do outside is what guides your decision-making. Maybe you are one who loves arts and culture so galleries and museums are your thing or shops and boutiques where you can stroll and window shop to your hearts content is what makes a great location. Or, you may be the kind that just truly wants to escape—a place to relax and unwind and forget out the cares of this world. The truth is that the Outer Banks has it all! No matter what kind of getaway you want, our little piece of heaven offers something for everyone and if you are a true foodie, we’ve got plenty of amazing restaurants and fabulous events such as the Outer Banks Shrimp Cook-Off!

The Outer Banks Shrimp Cook-Off is an annual event that is held at the Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar in Kitty Hawk, NC, with a mission to raise money for The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. This year this very popular event will be taking place November 6th, 2016 from 12-3pm. This cook-off brings in as many as ten local chefs to compete for the ultimate prize of best shrimp dish through votes given by attendees. So far this year’s list of competitors include chefs from The Bad Bean Grill, Coastal Cravings, Beachside Bistro, Bluewater Grill, The Saltbox Café, Coastal Provisions Market, and Café Lachine. Tickets are $20 and you can purchase in advance or at the door. In addition to the cooking competition there is also an impressive silent auction.

Our bed and breakfast is a quaint and elegant historic Victorian home and is the perfect choice for accommodations during your time here. We offer a fantastic gourmet, homemade breakfast each morning, afternoon and evening refreshments, and concierge services for whatever you might need during your stay. Come see us this fall—it’s always beautiful on the Outer Banks!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Mustang Music Festival – Corolla, NC

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What a superb start to fall we have had here on the Outer Banks! We've got beautiful sunny days, great, mild temperatures, smaller crowds and plenty of things to do on any given day. Our guests often enjoy time at the beach, visiting museums, taking in wine tastings, adventure tours, visiting the historic lighthouses, and more. There is usually a great event happening around town as well, and we’ve got a fun one coming up called the Mustang Music Festival!

The Mustang Music Festival will be taking place October 7-8, 2016, at Whalehead in the town of Corolla. This is about an hour from our inn but the drive over is easy and scenic so definitely worth the trip! Whalehead is a grand, historic residence listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on 39 acres of stunning sound front property. They host fantastic tours and events all year round. This music festival in particular is a huge family-friendly event so all ages are encouraged to attend—they will have many fun activities going on for kids young and old. The gates open Friday at 3pm and the entertainment will go until 10pm and then Saturday the hours are from 12:15pm – 10pm. Around this time of year the average daily high’s are in the 70’s and the lows around 60 so dress accordingly for the evening weather.

If you happen to be in town October 6th, there is also a kick-off party you can enjoy from 5pm – 10pm outside Cosmos Pizzeria. This year the lineup includes some fantastic artists, which include Yonder Mountain String Band, Mike Dillon Band, Smooth Hound Smith, Empire Strikes Brass, and moe. Ticket prices vary and they are starting to sell out so get yours today if you plan on going This festival benefits both the Mustang Outreach Program in local schools and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund—two worthy causes!

Whether you are coming for a festival such as this or simply a weekend or mid-week getaway, our bed and breakfast is the perfect home away from home. Book online today or contact us for further information.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Lost Colony Wine Festival – Outer Banks, NC

We have just celebrated the first day of fall and are excited for what this season will bring! What is your favorite thing about fall? If vacationing makes the list, we highly encourage you to consider coming over to the Outer Banks. Many around here will tell you it’s the best time to visit! The temperatures are mild and comfortable, the fishing is awesome, the crowds are lighter, and the winds are superb if you love watersports such as kiteboarding and wind surfing. We also have some great fall events such as the Lost Colony Wine Festival!

The Lost Colony Wine Festival is coming up soon on October 8th, 2016 and we’d love to have you stay with us for the weekend. It will be taking place from 12pm – 5pm at the Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh right here in Manteo, NC. Roanoke Sound, a picturesque piece of paradise between Roanoke and Bodie Islands is the backdrop for this event. While enjoying the stunning scenery, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious array of fine wines along with delectable gourmet food. Live entertainment will fill the air to add to your experience. The Roanoke Island Historical Association has partnered with The Virginia Dare Winery to put on this incredible event and proceeds will benefit the Lost Colony productions. For more information visit the event website.

Are you looking for the perfect place to truly escape? A place where the stresses of life can’t reach you and the beauty of Mother Nature compels you to relax and unwind? The answer is right here in Manteo, NC at our bed and breakfast. Whether you only have time for a weekend or mid-week retreat or can come for a full week getaway, we would love to be your hosts. Contact us anytime for further information or simply book online today.