Saturday, August 23, 2014

Diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic – Outer Banks, NC

Perhaps you have been able to catch a show on the National Geographic Channel where they have taken you down to the depths and provided an up close look at incredible underwater ships that have been lost at sea. Each one seems to tell its own story and you can just imagine what it may have looked like when it sailed the waters above.

Diving and snorkeling are two of the most popular water activities here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our crystal clear waters offer great views for a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic. This is a region of the ocean just offshore where around 3,000 ships have been laid to rest. Unpredictable, powerful storms and ever-changing underwater sandbars have taken ships down and cost the lives of many crews over the years. Amidst the sadness of lost lives though is an underwater museum unlike no other. This is a true treasure for anyone who loves to snorkel or scuba dive. You may stumble across first colonial ships of the 1500's, and ships from the Civil War and both World Wars. The area also includes the most German U-boats sunk off any state coast in America. It is pretty incredible! After an underwater view, you can learn about these sunken treasures at the Graveyard of Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

If you are in need of any type of equipment, advice on where to go or instruction, the Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center can get you all set up. Whether you are up for scuba diving, spearfishing, kayaking, fishing, or even biking around town they have all that you need. They have a large variety of scuba diving classes from the beginner to the instructor.

Spending time on the Outer Banks is also not complete without a stay at The White Doe Inn Bed and Breakfast. Whether you will be here for a one-night getaway, a weekend retreat or longer, our historic Victorian home along the shores of Shallowbag Bay is the perfect place to relax and rest your head. You can take in all that Manteo, NC and the surrounding areas have to offer or you can just read a book and watch the world go by on the porch. Contact us at (800) 473 6091 or (252) 473 9851 today for reservation information.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge - Rodanthe NC

Just a short drive away from the White Doe Inn in Manteo, NC is a very special place--a place that makes the Outer Banks come alive and that will beckon you to stay until the sun sets. We are talking about Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe, NC.

This refuge that covers 13 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore land is definitely humble in its advertising. You won’t find huge neon signs pointing the way but simply an undeveloped, jewel in nature that offers serene nature trails and unmatched, gorgeous views. For guests who stay with us at the White Doe Inn, this serene haven is a perfect place to spend the day and explore. Grab a picnic lunch and your camera and you are all set.

The wildlife refuge dates back to 1937 when the government decided to save this parcel of land as a breeding ground and refuge for migratory birds and wildlife. In the early years visitors would flock to the area for fishing and hunting of ducks, geese, and fowl although today hunting is not allowed. Hundreds of thousands of birds make a pit stop on this stretch of land so you will still be able to “capture” some great bird species through the lens of your camera. There are nearly 400 species of migrating birds and other kinds of wildlife that it can be a whole new canvas of wildlife in front of you each time you visit. For bird lovers out there, the refuge provides a great list with pictures of all of the birds that you can look for.

The North Pond Wildlife Trail starts right behind the visitor’s center and has three observation platforms and a boardwalk that goes right over the turtle pond that is full of freshwater turtles! There is a boat ramp at New Inlet should you want to explore the coastline by kayak or canoe. There are also many guided interpretive tours and programs that you can take advantage of if you would like to get more of an up close and personal look of the area.

There is still time to fit in a getaway to Manteo, NC before summer winds down. We would love to have you stay with us at White Doe Inn. Our historic Victorian home is located close to all that you would want to see on Roanoke Island. Call us today at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information or you can check availability online.

Friday, August 1, 2014

4WD and Wild Horses on the Beaches of Carova, NC

The natural beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are just miles and miles of rolling sand dunes with all kinds of wildlife dotting the land, see and sky. Those of us fortunate to call this piece of paradise home simply can’t keep it a secret - we want everyone to know what a special place we have here in Manteo, NC. Surrounding the White Doe Inn is a host of fun places to go, delicious restaurants to try and adventures to be had. The beaches around us provide a serene place for a sunset walk, the playground for a family frisbee game and a soft place to rest your head while reading your favorite book. They also are the perfect place to go on an exciting 4WD adventure.

The beaches of Carova, north of Corolla are 4WD accessible-a place for driving enthusiasts to explore miles of shoreline. In addition to being just a fun thing to do, driving on the beach actually started as a means to get to some of the Outer Banks beaches. Before NC Highway 12 was built all the way to Corolla, following the sandy paths was the only way for visitors to get there. You can take your vehicle and explore until you find that perfect beach spot to spend the day. 

While you are north of Carova in your 4WD vehicle, you just may encounter one of the most well known and beloved residents of the area; the Corolla Wild Horses. These wild and beautiful horses, which have been stranded on the Outer Banks for centuries have been protected and allowed to thrive despite the development in the area. They are truly magnificent and while you will probably only get close enough to snap a picture, they are a true picture of beauty in nature. Always keep your eyes open--you never know when a few may be enjoying the beach right around the corner. 

The White Doe Inn in Manteo is perfectly located giving you access to all of the local activities. Whether it is just a one-night stop over, weekend getaway or a long family vacation, our home away from home has all of the amenities for a comfortable and relaxing retreat. We just want to warn you...once you come here are your eyes are opened to new beauty and experiences, you may not want to leave! Contact us today at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information. See you out in the sun and sand! 

PNC Bank 2014 Sandbar 5k – Kitty Hawk, NC

Getting out of your comfort zone is always a good thing—learn something new, meet a new friend, be exposed to new experiences that otherwise you would miss out on. Whether you are a runner or not, taking part in a charity race is always a great opportunity to not only work on your fitness but can greatly help out a worthy organization. This is the case with the Sandbar 5K—a charity running event on the Outer Banks that is taking place August 3, 2014.

One of aspects that make this a unique race is that unlike other 5K races that have you on pavement winding through a city or neighborhood, the Sandbar 5K starts and finishes on the wide flat sands in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. So much effort is put into making this event as fun and organized as possible. The dedication to making it such a great race is to further benefit the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. This is an organization raises funds to help Outer Banks families in crises and people with debilitating diseases.

You can find more on this event on the race website. If you are driving in for the race, make it a weekend getaway and stay with us at the White Doe Inn in Manteo, NC. We are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the starting line and a perfect home away from home to get relaxed and refreshed before the big day. There is an abundance to do on the Outer Banks so in your down time before the race you can walk, shop, hike, bike, fish, kayak and play your way around! Spend some time browsing our other blog posts to learn about all that our little piece of North Carolina paradise has to offer! Give us a call today at (800) 473-6091 for reservation information. Bring your running shoes and we’ll see you on the beach!