Feel at home at this dreamy Bed & Breakfast in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
By Hope S. Philbrick
I really “got” the appeal of a bed and breakfast when staying here.
As a travel writer, I like B&Bs because each one is unique and that makes a better story. But when traveling and not working, I favor hotels for ease and anonymity.
Then I stayed at The White Doe Inn in Manteo, North Carolina.
I arrived at the end of a six-week, 5,000-mile road trip. To say I was exhausted doesn’t quite convey my extreme level of brain- and body-weariness. After breakfast, I was supposed to get out and explore Manteo. But I retreated to the privacy of my guestroom, flicked on the gas-log fireplace, slipped between crisp clean sheets on the uber-cozy bed, and fell asleep.
Like some combination of Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle, I fell into such deep zzzzzzzs and did not emerge until sometime the next day.
That was perfectly fine with innkeepers Bebe and Bob Woody. Nobody knocked on my door yelling, “Housekeeping!” No neighboring guest pestered me with conversation or luggage-banging. No dog whimpered or barked. Not even routine sounds of life outdoors—traffic, car alarms, birds, construction, storms—reached volumes that broke my slumber.
Sleeping in a room for more than a day can reveal the true appeal of a B&B: It feels like home. It feels more like home than any hotel ever could. And that’s when I really “got” the whole B&B appeal: You can relax more deeply. You can feel more connected to a destination by mingling with locals, such as innkeepers over breakfast. You can heed your new friends’ advice about what to see and do, or hang out on the front porch, library, or soak in the tub. You can make your time your own, just like you’d do if you were at home. You can slip away into quiet privacy, defy routine and expectations.
Between them, Bebe and Bob have more than 60 years of experience as rangers with the U.S. National Park Service. They know hospitality and the local area. Trust their recommendations. And trust them to let you be left alone if that’s what you need.
White Doe Inn is located in Manteo, which is on the shores of Shallowbag Bay just minutes from Nags Head. The Inn, inside a grand Victorian-era home, has welcomed guests for generations and is listed on the National Historic Registry.
Each of the eight guestrooms has a unique floor plan and distinct décor that utilizes family heirlooms, antiques, reproductions, and architectural features—all of which you’ll appreciate when your eyes are open. But when they’re closed, savor the comfort of the bed, welcoming ambiance of this safe haven, and the unspoken invitation to sleep as long as you need to feel refreshed.
- Free Internet
- Free parking
- Eight guestrooms and suites; King and Queen beds available
- Gas log fireplaces in each guestroom
- Two-person whirlpools tubs available in 3 guestrooms
- Balconies available in 4 guestrooms
- Four-course breakfast included
- Afternoon snack
- Complimentary use of bicycles & beach equipment
- Croquet, bocce ball & assorted board games
- 24-hour Butler’s wine pantry
- Coffee machine with specialty coffee drinks available 24-hours/day
- No smoking
- No pets
- In-room spa services available (additional fees)
- Rates from $100/night
- Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. Children under 12 not permitted.
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