Monday, August 24, 2009

New Spa Service ...Craniosacral MassageTherapy

New to White Doe Inn Spa Services is Craniosacral Massage Therapy. A gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system.

What is the Craniosacral System?
The Craniosacral system is a physiological system like the cardiovascular and respiratory systems that provides a physical environment in which the brain and spinal cord develop and function. The membranes and cerebrospinal fluid of the craniosacral system surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Craniosacral Massage ... How Does It Work?
Craniosacral massage taps into the inherent wisdom of the body which allows it to heal itself where possible. The system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Craniosacral massage therapists use a very light, soft touch to monitor this rhythem and pinpoint sources of obstruction and stress in the body. Once located the therapist will assist the natural movement and release of the restriction to thelp the body self correct.

Craniosacral Massage ... What are the Benefits?
It is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and alleviate a wide range of specific medical conditions including:
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Headache
  • Tension
  • Migraine
  • Chronic Fatigue

During your stay at The White Doe Inn schedule a session with one of our therapists and apply the 10% the Special Discount for Spa Services through September 30, 2009. Use the Promotion Code: SS-09.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Holiday House and Tena & Co

Manteo welcomes Kim and Wes Stetson back as they bring a new shopping experience to our town. Located directly across from the Christmas Shop on Hwy 264, the shop incorporates several unique businesses for one-stop shopping. If you are looking to decorate your home or planning for a special event you can find all your needs met here.

Holiday House is well known for their exquisite flora wedding and home designs. Now they have partnered with Tena & Co to offer home decor furniture and gifts as well as party accessories, table dressings, food, wine, party favors and more.

To create a permanent memory of your special event visit the Kristi Midgette Photography Studio located in the complex. Kristi is well known for her Wedding and Portrait Photography also specializes in family and children's photography. She is the Preferred Photographer for The White Doe Inn to shooting the Photo Memories Op Package available for our guests.

For Weddings and Special Events Planning meet with Anne Pond of Seaside Simplicity. Anne will help you with selecting just the right location and vendors that will provide the right ambiance for your occasion.

All in all, Holiday House, Kristri Midgette Photography and Seaside Simplicity are a great addition to the community and visitors to our area. Call 252-473-6938 for more information.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Roanoke Island ... Village of Wanchese

Many of our guests ask about the Village of Wanchese located on the southern end of Roanoke Island. Wanchese is still what it has always been: "a small harbor, inset in a wide brown thatch of marsh speared with lightning-scarred deadwood, a scattering of modest homes with nets and spool ends and skiffs in most every yard and a hard-working people who sail forth to the four corners of the earth yet still believe they can hold back the floodwaters of change that have engulfed the rest of the Outer Banks. [Manteo: A Roanoke Island Town by Angel Ellis Khoury]

I was born in this tiny fishing village over 6 decades ago in a home near "Mill Landing Creek" which is where all the fishermen brought their catch of fish to be sold. My Grandparents lived in Wanchese and my Grandfather made his living fishing the sounds surrounding Roanoke Island. My Great-Grandmother Minnie supported her family by mending nets for fisherman. It was a simple lifestyle, but one I remember with fond memories. The day I was born, is remembered with much humor since there was a great deal of excitement and commotion. Apparently, my Uncle Popeye (then a teenager) was pestering my Dad during the time of waiting. My Dad became quite up-set and tied my Uncle Pop to a tree ... just then I came into the world and my Dad forgot all about him in the excitement. They found him sometime later still tied to the tree.

Needless to say it was a great day. I was the first grandchild born into the family and immediately became the apple of my Grandmother's eye. I was truly blessed to have been born into a family whose values centered around "love of God, country, family and neighbors."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dream Retreat Weekend

We dream every night ... but what do our dreams mean and what are they trying to tell us?

Join David Gordon, Ph.D., Author of "Mindful Dreaming," and Dani Vedros, LCSW for a very popular retreat. This will be our third retreat providing a learning experience as well as a relaxing and fun getaway. Join us at The White Doe Inn for a weekend that you will find both serene and fascinating. Click Here for more information and registration.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Taking a Break from Work!

Working all the time is just not good for you, so says the "Littlest Innkeeper". So, when Sterling takes a break she goes to Nags Head for a stroll along the beach. You can do the same when you stay with us at The White Doe Inn ... and, when you return we will have delicious afternoon refreshments waiting for you.

Sterling is definitely our "Carolina Girl", bare feet and all. She can bring a little smile to anyone that passes her way.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Local Artist George Cheesman's Watercolor Prints

We have recently added a series of watercolor prints by local Artist George Cheeseman featuring various venues around The White Doe Inn.

There are now three views that are available in the gift shop or we will ship directly to you ... "The Inn", "Peacetrain 'Buddy, the Cat" relaxing in a rocker on the front porch, and our first seasonal print "The Big Pumpkin" for the fall. We will be adding other views to the collection and will keep you informed when they become available. They are available in Prints (11 x 14) or Notecards ( per pack).

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Elly's Famous Grits

For those of you that did not have an opportunity to meet or enjoy the special dishes prepared by our "Chef Elly" and for those of you that did have that opportunity ... we wanted to share with you what is happening in her life and one of her famous receipes.

Elly is now in Mexico City where she will be living with her new husband. We were so sorry to loose "our Elly" since she had become a very real part of our family. However, as we all know at The White Doe Inn, love does prevail! Ellie met and fell in love with Johnthan here in the states; however, Johnthan wanted to return to Mexico City to start a business and Ellie returned with him to start a new life! Elly has gone with our blessings ... and the knowledge that we are here for her if she needs us. Ellie's Mom, Louisa, is still with us as the "Head Housekeeper". Louisa, like Ellie, is part of our extended family and, like Ellie, she is an outstanding employee.

Elly at Manteo's Farmers Market selecting fresh fruits and vegetables to be used in preparation of the inn's breakfast.

We hope that you will enjoy "Ellie's Famous Grits Receipe". Many of our guests arriving at The White Doe Inn come with an opinion that they do not like grits ... most have surcome to this very southern recipe ... Now you can prepare them at home and enjoy a little southern comfort food. Easy directions are below!

Elly's Grits ... White Doe Inn Style

1 Tbsp. Bacon Grease
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Grits
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Sour Cream
1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream

In a saucepan, bring water and bacon grease to a boil. Stir in grits and salt, thenreduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5-7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add sour cream and heavy cream and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Serve with butter and/or cheese. Yields 4 servings.

Sneak Peak ... New Fountain ... Landscaping to Follow

Many of you have heard me say that The White Doe Inn is a "work in progress"! It's true, we are always looking for ways to make your experience at the inn even better. This week we added a beautiful three-tier fountain in the front yard adjacent to the wrap-around porch on the Turret side with a lovely swing. You can see the new fountain as you approach the inn on Sir Walter Raleigh Street, you can enjoy it from the wrap-around porch while relaxing in the swing or, even better, you can enjoy the sound of it's waters cascading down from the three cherubs while relaxing on your private balcony from the Turret Bedroom .

This has been one of the "To Do's" on my list and I finally found just the fountain I have been looking for ... from Davenport Concrete in Conetoe, NC (located between Raleigh and Manteo, NC). An interesting place to stop if you are traveling from western NC to the Outer Banks.

We also sneaked in a really pretty Mermaid Statue at the edge of the fish pond that is located in the private garden located just outside the Garden Bedchamber's private entrance.
At the White Doe Inn we strive to please the senses; sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. You will find fountains located in the privite areas throughout the inn's gardens.