Time Required: 2 hours – multiple days
Cost: moderate pricing
Getting There: drive the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge over the Croatan Sound
Parking: street (metered and free)
Other Notes: It’s great place for lunch! Wear comfortable shoes.
Address and additional details at the bottom of this article.
My family has always considered the Outer Banks of North Carolina a special place. My parents and two sets of aunts and uncles honeymooned there (they even managed to stay in the same cottage). My cousin proposed to his wife there. We’ve vacationed there for as long as I can remember and even before that.
It was a “secret worth keeping” when my grandfather first wandered there. It is known today as a “secret worth sharing”. I have taken numerous friends with me over the years. One day, we hope to share the magic of the area with Sarah’s family.
We drove down July 16th with the rising of the sun. Like many beach towns, there are limited ways to get onto the beach, and traffic tends to bottle neck and the cars backs up. We’ve found the best time to get there is before 10 a.m., and we also learned that traffic builds up in two main spots: on the bridge over the Roanoke Sound and a few miles further north on Currituck Highway.
If you’ve never walked the shore town streets of Manteo, North Carolina, then you may not immediately know where to go. But, if you head toward the inlet, you’ll arrive where you need to me. We quickly became lost in Manteo’s small town charm. We came across the Full Moon Café and Lost Colony Brewery.
The Full Moon Café and Lost Colony Brewery offers relaxing atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. It is a a great place with affordable dining and enjoyable craft beers. We sat and chatted while tasting a few different beers.
One of the coolest things about visiting Manteo in the Outer Banks is that it is (as of now) still relatively untouched by commercialism and maintains the quaint charm people have come to seek in our fast-paced world. Its also historical, with frequent showings of The Lost Colony and nods to the Outer Banks’s history of pirates. One favorite place is Outer Banks Distilling, a very cute rum distillery that is proud of their work and has harnessed the local feel. Their featured Kill Devil rum is growing in popularity and availability, and touring the distillery is a fun experience.
A quiet visit to Manteo when you are in the Outer Banks is almost a must if you want to get a feel for daily life in the area. Check out their community calendar for events that might appeal to you during your visit. We got to visit a craft fair with the beautiful pier as a backdrop, and we will definitely make our way back there when we can.
Address: (Full Moon Cafe) 208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone Number: (252) 473-6666