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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

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What a fantastic summer we have had so far! With so much to do and see here on the Outer Banks, our guests, whether new or returning, have had loads of fun and will most definitely be back! The never ending sunshine, perfect weather, beaches, water activities, shopping, award-winning dining make this a memorable place to vacation. With fall around the corner, the fun doesn’t stop, especially with great events in the lineup such as the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival!

This year the Bluegrass Island Festival will be taking place September 21-24, 2016 at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The venue alone makes this a great festival to attend—a state historic park in Manteo, NC with a beautiful, expansive green space and pristine waters all around. It is a 27-acre island that has become a premier event venue on the east coast.

The line up this year is even better than last year with artists including The Willis Clan, Sideline, Salt & Light Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, the Darrell Webb Band, and many more. You can find a detailed schedule for each day here. In addition to the amazing live music, you’ll enjoy the delicious vendors that will be offering seafood, burgers, bbq, and more. You can buy a four-day ticket for $140 or single-day tickets at $45 and early bird sales are ending August 31st so you’ll want to get yours soon!

Our bed and breakfast is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the park making us a great place to call home during this four-day festival. We’d love to have you as our guest! Book your favorite room online today or contact us for further information.

Monday, August 15, 2016

1587 Restaurant: Fine Dining Favorite on the Outer Banks

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When you think of some of the best memories you’ve made, what comes to mind? Maybe they involve some special family times, a goal reached, or a bucket list vacation spot. We can guarantee a trip to the Outer Banks will provide many memory-making opportunities and in the world of restaurants, we have some of the best! One place where we are sure you will enjoy a memorable meal is a spot called 1587 Restaurant, right here in Manteo, NC.

1587 Restaurant has made a name for itself here on the banks due to its service, atmosphere and incredible cuisine. It is located on the serene and picturesque Manteo waterfront—giving diners the perfect setting to enjoy an evening out. The atmosphere, while elegant and sophisticated, is also relaxing as every seat provides sweeping views of the waterfront. If you are just looking for a place to grab a glass of wine or beer and a small plate or appetizer, their coppertop bar is a fun area in the restaurant and has a great variety of choices. When it comes to dining, the world-class chefs make every effort to create dishes that are creative and delicious—using fresh herbs, freshly picked vegetables from Outer Banks growers, and Atlantic seafood that just came off the boat.

Ready for some mouthwatering teasers to give you a taste of what you can expect at this restaurant? How about Seared Hatteras Vermillion Snapper or Mahi Mahi, Hereford Ribeye, Mattamuskeet Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Tomato Parmesan Soup, and Chocolate Pot de Crème or Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée for dessert? Let’s just go now shall we? They offer new specials every Wednesday through Sunday from 5-9pm so you can expect a different menu each time you go. We’d love to know your favorite dish the next time you go so we can share with our future guests!

The pristine Outer Banks are calling your name—have you booked your getaway yet? There is still time to sneak in some summer fun so book online today!