By Beth P. Storie | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This is a jewel of a little town. Hugged by water and touched by limitless sky, Manteo feels as open as what surrounds it. Locals say hello and smile a welcome to visitors. The town’s kids can be watched joyously jumping off the bridge that leads to Festival Park in the summer heat. And every direction you look, there’s an interesting shop, beckoning restaurant, creative art gallery, fun attraction . . . and such beautiful scenery. From one spot on the boardwalk that surrounds the waterfront town, you can see Roanoke Island Marshes Lighthouse, Elizabeth II, flags fluttering, sails catching breezes and vessels docked alongside each other, a playground with prancing kids, a gazebo perched over the water, attractive bed and breakfasts and inns and people happily taking in all the pleasure this town offers. 


Scarborough Inn

Stay in Outer Banks charm amidst island history.

Scarborough Inn
524 U.S. Highway 64
(252) 473-3979

fragrances, sunhat and accessories at nest

Elegantly eclectic treasures for you and your home.

In Magnolia Market Square,
across from Tranquil House Inn
(252) 473-5141

A working pottery studio.

402 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
(252) 473-9400

Tranquil House Inn guest room

Breezy Porches, Southern Friendliness & Chantilly Comforts

The Tranquil House Inn
405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
(252) 473-1404

About the Author Beth P. Storie
Beth Storie first came to the Outer Banks for the summer of 1976. She fell in love with the area and returned for good three years later. She and her husband published the national guidebook series, The Insiders' Guides, for more than 20 years and now are building OneBoat guides into another national brand. After spending time in many dozens of cities around the country, she absolutely believes that her hometown of Manteo is the best place on earth, especially when her two children, six cats and one dog are there too.