Manteo Is

By Beth P. Storie | Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tree-lined streets, lush green grass lawns, flowers

Bed & breakfasts and inns that mirror the gracious island lifestyle and that are only a stroll away from the waterfront

A waterfront downtown area bordered by a mile-long boardwalk

A harbor filled with vessels, large and small, hailing from all over the place

A shopping experience that’s uniquely Manteo: locally owned, one-of-a-kind items ranging from estate and modern jewelry to books to exquisite home goods to stylish clothes to art and more. And, even better: easily walkable in the downtown area!

A downtown playground filled with giggling, happy kids

Art, art and more art

A town that celebrates holidays in grand style - July 4th, Halloween, Christmas

A caring community of locals who welcome visitors with smiles and openness

Home to some of the Outer Banks’ most popular attractions:  The Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, The Lost Colony, Island Farm, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Only 10 minutes to the beaches

Nightlife that suits lots of ages and styles: live music, pubs with craft beers (local!), trivia nights, ghost walks, bar gatherings, star gazing

Kayaking, SUPing, sailing, boating

Jumping off the town bridge

Connected from Pirate’s Cove all the way to the north end of the island by a bike/walking/running path

Manteo is an absolute jewel of a town that you will come back to time after time.


Historic waterfront inn in downtown Manteo
Roanoke Island Inn | (252) 473-5511 | 305 Fernando Street |

Outer Banks charm amidst island history
Scarborough Inn | (252) 473-3979 | 524 U.S. Highway 64 |

Homemade breakfasts every morning 
The Cameron House Inn | (800) 279-8178 | 300 Budleigh Street |

Homemade breakfasts every morning
The Tranquil House Inn | (252) 473-1404 | 405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue |


Functional, high-fired stoneware handmade onsite
Nancyware | (252) 473-9400 | 402 Queen Elizabeth Avenue |

Elegantly eclectic treasures for you and your home
Nest | (252) 473-5141 | In Magnolia Market Square, across from Tranquil House Inn |​

Sea glass jewelry, clothing, home decor and more
The Island Shop Boutique | (252) 473-6656 | 105 Budleigh Street |


Creative fare, wine and water views
1587 Restaurant | (252) 473-1587 | 405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue |

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.