Thursday, October 31, 2013

Celebrate the 2013 WinterLights at The Elizabethan Garden in Manteo, NC

Winter and holiday festivities begin soon in The Outer Banks, with the WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens, located just two miles from The White Doe Inn.  This lights spectacle invokes the warmth of the holidays as the air begins to chill, for new and repeat visitors of all ages.  You will find yourself walking along the garden paths in a true winter wonderland as the holiday lights illuminate the lovely Elizabethan Gardens with amazing displays.  Warm yourself by the open-air fire on the Great Lawn and gaze at the merry trees adorning the Gatehouse and Reception Hall. 

On November 29, kick-off the winter celebration with The Grand Illuminations, featuring food and drinks in Odom Hall.  This opening event has special admission rates: $15 for Adults, $9 for ages 6-17, and $7 for those 5 and under. 

The WinterLights season dates and hours are: Dec 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 26-28, and January 2-4 from 6-9pm Admission throughout the season is $10 for Adults, $8 for ages 6-17, and $5 for those 5 and under. 

The gardens also host special Ladies Nights, Dinner with Santa, and WinterLights with Santa events to make this most of this wonderful time of year. 

The Elizabethan Gardens are located at 1411 National Park Drive in Manteo, NC.  For tickets, call 252-473-3234.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

First Fridays on Roanoke Island - October 4, November 1, and December 6, 2013

Roanoke Island First Fridays continue on October 4, November 1, and December 6 to complete the 2013 season, and you won't want to miss a weekend!  This is a perfect opportunity for a date night, a night for the family to explore Manteo's Historic Waterfront, or a relaxing way to wrap up a busy day. 

Start your First Friday adventure with dinner at Avenue Grille, a waterfront restaurant specializing in fresh and local seafood.  Dinner can begin with refreshing Shrimp Avocado Salad to share and then try Blue Crab Bisque or Tuna Oscar.  No matter what you order, you'll enjoy a delicious meal that will leave you refreshed and ready to check out the First Friday exhibits.

After dinner, wander around the corner to Mellow Dog Gallery where you will find eclectic works by artists in a variety of media.  Browse paintings, jewelry, and other items.  Find modestly priced items that are perfect for your vacation souvenier.  You might even be lucky enough to meet Jake - the mellow dog.

Finally, find delicious local honey, micro-brews, and wines, stop in at Stock-Aide General Store before your First Friday adventure ends.  They carry everything you need - and everything that you didn't know you need.  Who can resist a local general store?

Return to The White Doe Inn and share your finds with us.  We can't wait to hear about what you saw during First Friday!