USA Today’s “10 Best” Visits Alluring Outer Banks!


In a 10 Best featured article for USA Today, “10 Best Visits the Alluring Outer Banks.” The article notes, “When it comes to beaching it, everybody is different. Some sun worshippers long for action, a busy Boardwalk and plenty of after-dark activity. Then, there’s the Outer Banks. This series of North Carolina barrier islands attracts a mellower crowd. A strip of laid back beach towns connected by bridges, the Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is home to about 60,000 residents year-round. That number nears 500,000 during the summer and fall, vacationers drawn by powdery sand, stellar fishing and a shallow coastline dotted with historic wrecks. Most stay in the McMansions that line the beaches; six, seven and eight-bedroom homes that can easily host a multi-gen family getaway, a girlfriend’s weekend or a sporty man-cation.”

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Outer Banks “Things To Do”

Roanoke Island Among USA Today Travel “Experience Beach” Section “Most Romantic Mid-Atlantic Beaches.”

Of Roanoke Island, the article notes, “Head to this tiny stretch of hammock and sand lying between the Outer Banks and the state’s mainland, just east of Nags Head … Guests at the inn adore its breeze-catching porches overlooking the romantic village next door, Manteo. Its revitalized downtown waterfront has blocks and blocks of arts-and-crafts cottages, Victorian homes, lush and low-growing trees, and a long history. Dozens of galleries, craft shops, and delis beckon passersby with garden sculptures, whimsical jewelry, and hand-dipped ice cream.”

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We Are Open After Arthur!

We welcome you to Tranquil House Inn & 1587 Restaurant as usual.

NC Mountains To Coast Bicycle Route Passes Through Manteo

The 16th annual ride, 450 miles (60-70 miles per day) scheduled Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2014, will begin in Sparta with overnight stops in Mount Airy, Reidsville, Oxford, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton, Manteo, and then finish in Hatteras Village. More than 1,000 bicyclists from 35 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada participated in last year’s ride. This year should be even bigger.

Make your Reservations NOW and enjoy the excitement!

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Outer Banks Makes Nat Geo “Drives of a Lifetime” Road Trips

This itinerary takes readers on an inspiring 114 mile dream journey from Corolla to Ocracoke highlighting lighthouses, parks, refuges, monuments, beaches and historic places along the way: Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Jockeys Ridge State Park, First Colony Inn, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton and Ocracoke Island.

The closing “Road Kit” thoughtfully reminds travelers of the Outer Banks sweet spot months from April-June in the spring and Sept-Oct in the fall “shoulder seasons”. Another tip we’d advise is to consider a Roanoke Island stopover on the waterfront in Manteo at Tranquil House Inn.

After the winter you’ve had, you may be experiencing some pent-up demand for a relaxing road trip vacation yourself, so call us today to make your Reservations at Tranquil House Inn!

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USA TODAY … Experience Outer Banks NC

Great overview … including Roanoke Island and Town of Manteo.



1587 Restaurant is pleased to announce exciting news for 2014! At our local’s request, we will be opening 5 – 9pm, Friday and Saturday nights beginning this weekend, January 10th & 11th through February 21st & 22nd for drinks and a small plate menu. Reservations are not accepted. Seating is limited and first come first serve. Gather your friends and neighbors and come support your local hotspot!

Thanksgiving Events – Winter Lights & Santa at the Aquarium

winter-lights-manteo-hotel-tranqil-house-innThanksgiving is a great time of the year to be on the Outer Banks and visit us in beautiful downtown Manteo at the Tranquil House Inn. There are several events happening for the week of Thanksgiving. Here are a few:

Grand Illuminations – November 30, 6pm-9pm at The Elizabethan Gardens -the opening celebration of WinterLights, a spectacular twenty-five night event of holiday lights and sights. Find sparkling lights and charm inside and out with food and drink in the “Embellished” Odom Hall, and cozy fire pits on the Great Lawn as well as seasonal gift shop and plant sales. Non-Members: Adults $15, Youth (ages 6-17) $9, Youth (5 and under) $7. Members/Friends: Adults $12, Youth (ages 6-17) $8, Youth (5 and under) $6. For info or details, call 252-473-3234.

Kites with Lights – Saturday Nov 30,2013 (sunset) – Watch the sky light up with Kites with Lights! As soon as the sun starts to set, go to nearby Jockeys Ridge and see huge lighted kites soar above the dunes.

Santa Under the Sea- Friday & Saturday– Santa is swimming with the sharks at the NC Aquarium on Friday & Saturday! Get your picture taken with Santa while he is under water, tell him what you want for Christmas, and write him a letter to put in the drop box. Check out the NC aquarium in Manteo for more information.
Come stay with us for Thanksgiving in the Outer Banks and enjoy the luxury of the best Hotel in Manteo!

Outer Banks NC among ‘best places to watch a sunset’’s Readers’ Choice contest found the Outer Banks one of North America’s “Best places to watch a sunset.” Of the Outer Banks, the article notes, “The East Coast is typically better known for its sunrises, but not so in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Set up your lawn chair facing west, and enjoy the show.”

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Have you visited our coppertop bar?

Did you know? Besides an extensive wine & beer list, 1587 Restaurant now offers a fully stocked bar. Come try some of our fun drinks like “Bikini Bottom” or “Wanchese Sour”. Try a “Sunburnt” – no SPF necessary or “The Queen B” Stop to say hello to Matt @ the bar, sit a spell, enjoy the “view” (ladies) and enjoy a cold one!!!