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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Days 2014 at Island Farm – Manteo, NC

pumpkins in a field
What is your favorite thing about fall? It would not take long to fill a top ten list! The beautiful red, orange, and yellow colors, the smell of pumpkin pie, crisp cool weather, wearing your favorite sweaters, hot apple cider…we could just go on and on! Island Farm in Manteo, NC on Roanoke Island is a true breath of fresh air. This living history farm interprets daily life in the mid-1800s. You can take a step back in time and learn about island culture, farming, slavery, fishing, windmills, and more. They have wonderful events happening all year long but they definitely pull out all of the stops for Pumpkin Patch Days 2014.

If you have a busy fall season, have no fear, as Pumpkin Patch Days will be taking place on every Saturday throughout October. When you get to the farm, you will have the opportunity to relax on an ox-drawn wagon for a ride to the pumpkin patch. Look for the biggest, the smallest, or the one with the most character—whether it is for baking, decorating, or carving you are sure to find the perfect one! If you are up for a little fun, try your hand at making a cornhusk doll or a handmade candle. Capture some memories in the scarecrow photo booth and check out all of the farm animals. If you are planning on coming on the last day, October 25th, throw on your favorite costume for a special prize from the farm.


Island Farm - 1140 U.S. 64 in Manteo, NC

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014

Admission is $6

Wagon hayrides take place from 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm

Farm hours are 10am - 4pm

For guests staying at the White Doe Inn this fall, there is absolutely no shortage of things to do, places to see, and areas to explore. This fall event is just one on the list and we can help you create a great adventure around Manteo, NC. Don’t let the season pass you by—contact us today for reservation information at (800) 473-6091 or check online for room descriptions and availability.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – Roanoke Island NC

Are you ready to bring in the fall with some toe tapping, heart thumping, sweet music to the ears type of festival? We are and we want you to join us! The Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival is coming up Sept 25-28, 2014 and will take place at Roanoke Island Festival Park. It is not too late to clear off your calendar and make plans to be here with us for this fantastic event.

This is the third year for this event and this time around promises to knock your socks off…or at least have you up off your chair dancing. First of all, if you play an instrument or want to just listen to the best strut their stuff, you will have to check out Jam Village. Located in the parking lot of Bluegrass Island, the band Banjo Island will on hand to jam with anyone looking to play and a host of vendors will be milling around with a variety of musical products. Two award-winning bands, The Roys and Nu-Blu will be the special guest artists at the Bluegrass Breakfast on the Oceanfront. A fantastic breakfast with these musical greats right near the beach is a picture perfect way to start the day. Tickets to this are still available so grab yours fast!

Another anticipated part of the weekend will be Boomgrass, which is the signature fireworks show completely choreographed to bluegrass music—it's a fireworks show like no other. Some of the artists in this year’s schedule include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, The Lonesome River Band, and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Are you getting excited? This is going to be an amazing fall festival and a great reason to spend some time with us on the Outer Banks. The White Doe Inn is a fantastic bed and breakfast close to all of the action but tucked along the shores of Shallowbag Bay, which brings some peace and serenity as well. Experience the beauty of Manteo, NC and our gracious hospitality. Contact us today for reservation information at (800) 473 6091 or (252) 473 9851 or check our availability online.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lighthouse Tour in the Outer Banks, NC

Did you know that the first lighthouse in the United States was the Boston Lighthouse built in 1716 on Little Brewster Island? Although it was destroyed during the Revolutionary War, it was rebuilt in 1783 and actually still stands to this day. When fog rolled in a cannon was fired to warn the ships of the rocky ledges. In 1820, bells were used instead and then in 1822, a French physicist invented the annular lens that would reflect and refract light from a single lamp. The history of the lighthouse really is incredible and a tour of the ones standing around the Outer Banks is a perfect way to spend the day and see the beauty of our piece of heaven here in North Carolina.

Just south of Nags Head you will find Bodie Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1847. It helped guide mariners from Cape Hatteras to Currituck Beach. Today it can flash a beacon over 19 miles across the ocean and is open for climbing, which is a real treat. Next, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, which is a twin to the Bodie Island one, is another one worth checking out.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, standing at 208 feet tall, is the tallest brick beacon in the country. In 1854 the lamp was fueled by whale oil, however today, it now uses two active 1000-watt lamps, which are visible for more than 20 miles. It is an important beacon that serves as a warning to mariners of the Diamond Shoals, which are dangerous shifting sandbars underneath. The Ocracoke Lighthouse is another worth seeing as it is North Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse. While it is not open for climbing, you can get there by a free ferry. Last is the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, which is easily accessible along the Manteo Waterfront. For the history buffs, the lighthouse also contains exhibits highlighting Roanoke Island’s lighthouse and maritime history.

This is a great reason for a road trip and the fall is the perfect time to get out on the open road and enjoy the beauty of Manteo, NC and surrounding areas. The White Doe Inn is beautiful bed and breakfast with all of the amenities you would want at your home away from home. Owner Bebe can guide you to the best shopping and restaurants to stop at along your lighthouse tour as well. Plan the perfect fall getaway now and contact us for reservation information at (800) 473-6091.