Aug06

It’s your vacation, how are you going to fill your time when you #VisitNC?

Planning a vacation in North Carolina? Our website includes a wealth of information about hiking, biking, kayaking and our fascinating historical sights. But for the more adventurous, who don’t mind a bit of a journey we have compiled this list of thrilling activities nearby. Special thanks to Visit NC for this awesome resource of information!

  1. People are drawn to our beautiful state by the scenery and tranquility. We highly recommend Goose State Park (just 6 miles away). Featuring picnic areas, a swimming beach, eight miles of trails and a visitor centre. https://www.ncparks.gov/goose-creek-state-park/events-and-programs.
  2. Local cool dude and expert shredder Corbin runs wake2wake watersports. He’ll happily arrange some white water activities with his expert tuition. So hit the water today!
  3. A little over an hour away is Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday 10-4. Its history is filled with fateful events and colorful characters, and well worth a visit. 
  4. With so much history and legends, ghosts are a plenty in New Bern. The hour long Ghosts of New Bern tour is sure to haunt your memories! 
  5. Why not indulge in a dinner cruise on the “Belle of Washington”. She docks only 24 km from Bath Creek. Events are listed here
  6. If motor sport sets your heart racing, then Dixieland Speedway is for you! Although little further away at 1hr 40 minutes in Elizabeth City, motorheads are sure to enjoy the trek. 
  7. Try Hang-gliding at Nags Head. It’s a longer journey at almost 2hrs away, but an amazing experience to behold. 
  8. In Fayetteville, which is approx 2hr 20 away, your quest awaits amongst the treetops with zip wires. Challenge your courage and get your pulse racing with Zipquest Tours.
  9. At the Port of Plymouth Museum in Washington County (under 1hr away) you can learn about Civil War history. In particular, the 1864 Battle of Plymouth and the CSS Albemarle.
  10. If golf is your game, North Carolina has many impressive courses. One of the closest (1hr 25) and highly rated is Sound of Freedom Golf Course at Cherry Point.

Your vacation can be whatever you make it.

We’re here to help you have the best vacation ever! You’re welcome to share our relaxing and beautiful home for as long as you can. A delicious breakfast will fuel you each morning as you explore and immerse in our diverse and friendly state. For more information or to make a booking click here or call us on 252-923-9571 today!

Jul19

Summer has arrived here in North Carolina, and boy do we need to keep cool! We all know the general advice for coping in theheat, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, use AC, stay indoors as much as possible. But, we have compiled a list of some lesser known and rather cunning hints and tips. Meaning you can quite literally chill and enjoy the summer.

So without further ado, check out our 24 tips for keeping cool this summer!

Be Cool

  • Wearing light colors reflects heat, whereas dark colors absorb it.
  • Rather than stripping off, try long loose clothes made from natural fibres they also keep skin shaded and protected.
  • A wet bandana on the back of the neck with Peppermint oil on is a tour guide tip. Mint too is a cooling herb – good for in soaps or a cold lemonade!
  • Dampen the inside centre of a cap to cool your scalp. Use the peak to keep your neck shaded.
  • Wet socks sound horrid, but on the hottest days it’s a treat!
  • Try cold water on pulse points to reduce overall body temperature. Dab onto the temples, elbows and joint creases. Splash your face or run the water over your wrists.
  • Keep a battery handheld fan with you. Or try a damp washcloth, hidden beneath your waistband.
  • Before bed have a cold shower to lower your body temperature, this helps you get to sleep. When you wake try a hot shower to help you acclimatise.

DIY A/C

Cool… Open as many windows and doors as privacy permits! Pull the curtains to allow air to circulate and prevent the sun warming rooms up.

Cooler… Spray a sheet with cold water and hang in front of an open window with a breeze blowing through.

Chilled... Place cups of ice in front of an electric floor fan. This cools the surrounding air before it is blown toward you.

At home

  • If you have a ceiling fan, check it is running counter clockwise in the summer. This forces the room air down creating a wind chill feel. But do turn it off when you leave. As although the air being pushed around creates a cooling sensation, all that movement actually heats the air up.
  • Turn off as many electrical items as you can. Most electric objects give out heat, collectively it can really add up.
  • Wrap your pillow and sheet in a plastic bag and then put in the fridge throughout the day. When you come to sleep at night you’ll have a lovely treat awaiting you.
  • Paint walls in light colours to deflect heat.

In the car

  • Cover your shifter and steering wheel with a towel to prevent burns when you get back into the car.
  • Keep a cooler in the car, this is useful to put bought items in on the way home or for cold snacks and drinks whilst you are out.
  • Alternatively, use public transportation which is often air conditioned and keeps you out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.

Graze

  • Try eating refrigerated watermelon or cucumber it’s cool and hydrating.
  • Eat little and often. This way your body doesn’t have to get hot from all the energy used digesting a big meal.
  • Surprisingly, really spicy food can cool you down. Because it makes you sweat. Just be sure to drink plenty of water too!

Breathe

  • In Yoga, there’s a breathing technique that can be used to cool you down and reduce stress. Roll your tongue and breathe in through it (or pursed lips), then exhale through the nose. The saliva should cool the air before it reaches your lungs.
  • Hold a cup of ice next to your mouth and breathe into it. The cold air in the cup is forced out in a cooling breeze.

If all else fails…

Your body temperature drops when you sleep. So, take a nap, ideally in a wooded area. The shade is cooler, but so is laying on the ground. Because hot air rises, you’ll be away from the warmer air currents.

Our final recommendation – come visit us on the creek! Take a break from the heat on our porch, chill by the water and let life slow down a while.

To book, contact us today!

Jun15

Planning a summer vacation can leave you feeling overwhelmed. 

But we’re here to help with these summer vacation tips to help you plan a fabulous summer getaway.

VactionChecklist1. Stay organised as you go

  • Keep all your research and booking confirmations such as accomodation, activities, travel together and easily accessible.
  • Book as much as you can early. Not only are you likely able to save money, it means you can just show up and and enjoy.

2. Next, the details

Once you know when you plan to travel, and with whom, you will naturally end up with a shortlist of options for the “where.”

  • What you each need to get out of the vacation?
  • What do you want to spend your time and money doing?

Do some research, and take the time to go through reviews. Consider the activities that are going to help you get the most out of your summer vacation. 

3. Know yourself & your vacation limits

There is no point planning things that won’t be enjoyed. So think…

  • Do you enjoy trying new things?
  • How much travelling for day trips do you want to do?
  • How much do you want to spend each day?
  • Do you want to engage in a lot of activities, or would you rather rest, read and just chill out?

Be open and honest, allow for some give and take with whomever is going.

4. Be clever

Think about how to avoid the crowds.

  • Activities in the morning instead of at night?  
  • Early breakfasts with sunrise instead of dinners at sunset.
  • If possible, plan your vacation outside of peak season. Not only will it mean less crowds, there’s the added bonus of cheaper rates!

5. You’re not at home

Let that soak in…

Allow yourself to enjoy just being on vacation, slow down, breathe and take it all in.

6. Finish on a high note

Save something special to look forward to at the end of the vacation. It really helps avoid the ‘end of vacation’ blues! How your vacation ends goes home with you.

Have we inspired you to book your next vacation yet? Get in touch today, and come visit us at The Inn on Bath Creek. Our light is always on!

 

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Apr30

Blackbeard – Bath’s most notorious occupant was a plundering scoundrel, but he certainly left his mark. Here’s 5 pieces of gold to wet yer treasure hunting appetite before you come to visit…

  1. Blackbeard,  otherwise known as Edward Teach came from Bristol, England where he served as “privateer” for the British Navy during Queen Annes war of 1702-1713. This is why he named his pirate vessel “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, the wreckage of which was found in 1996 in Beaufort under 20 feet of water.
  2. He came to settle in Bath around June 1718, when he was offered pardon by Charles Eden the colonial governor.  Piracy was becoming less acceptable, and many say the pair brokered a deal to split profits. He didn’t stay terribly long but took his 14th Bride here, and was treated as quite a celebrity!  He brought prosperity to the town as he traded his spoils which attracted visitors from nearby. The thirsty seafaring cohorts that came with him certainly brought plenty of custom to the bars! He was invited to many a lavish dinner and threw rawdy parties at his home on Plum Point.
  3. His fearsome reputation came from his “reign of fear” during which he ambushed passenger and cargo ships in the carribean. He also once held the city of Charleston hostage via a blockade for weeks with his army of 300 pirates at his command. His appearance was deliberately terrifying, his face mostly covered by his blackened smoking beard, he wore a crimson red jacket the pockets were loaded with pistols and knives and belted around his hips he wore 2 swords.
  4. He broke his retirement and went back to piracy, but the British Navy brought him to a gruesome end in a bloody battle at his hideaway at Ocracoke. The autopsy recorded 5 bullet wounds and 20 severe cuts to his headless body.  He was defeated by the Britsh Navy’s Robert Maynard who displayed the head on his ship as a warning. Sightings are often made on a clear evening off the coast, of Blackbeards headless body swimming in search of his own head.
  5. Yet another mystery, is that following stormy nights strange tales are told by the occupants of Bonner house. Which is across the bay from Blackbeard’s old haunt Plum Point.  They speak of a ball of fire the size of a man’s head seen travelling back and forth all night from Archbell point to Plum Point. Perhaps it is Blackbeard’s restless soul pacing his old treasure bound steps?

We hope you enjoyed this bounty! The spirit of Blackbeard certainly still lives on in the area and and there’s still so much more to find out. In the area you will find ghost walks, historical markers, sightseeing tours, talks, the NC Maritime Museum and plenty more to fill yer boots with whilst here. Book your room now.

See you soon, landlubber.

Feb17

Considering travel this spring? We approve!

When we think of travel, we generally think of the summer season. Beaches, sunshine and long, lazy days are the perfect time to relax and unwind. But spring presents the perfect opportunity to witness the rejuvenation following a long winter while reviving your senses. Here’s five reasons why you should consider travelling this spring…

1. The Perfect Weather

Summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and autumn often includes unpredictable cold spells! Spring really can be the best time of year to travel around the U.S. You won’t have to worry about being in the sun too long, not to mention you can go out without putting layers of thick clothes on you. The moderate climate provides the perfect opportunity to walk around at your leisure on a cool, crisp spring morning.

Bonner House in the Spring
Daffodils blossom in the Bonner House

2. Flora and Fauna

Spring is the season of bright, eye-catching colors. Daffodils braving the crisp mornings, cherry blossoms blooming; there is a distinct vibrancy of colors as the world wakes up from its winter slumber. It’s a phenomenon even locals are very fond of.

3. Festivals Everywhere

It often feels in spring like the world is waking up. It brings with it a number of exciting festivals around the U.S. From music festivals, to festivals centered around the rebirth of nature (such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC), it’s a wonderful time to be outside.

4. Off-peak Means Better Deals

Prices during the summer vacation often skyrocket, with kids out of school and families eager to take advantage of the weeks off. It can often mean that top attractions are crowded and more expensive! But in spring, before the summer-rush has begun, prices are reasonable and the attractions significantly less crowded. It provides the perfect atmosphere to take in the local attractions without feeling rushed through.

5. Wildlife

Spring is a time of birth in many of the national parks around the U.S. It makes it a prime time for wildlife spotting – just don’t get too close!

Although we’ve listed five, there are plenty more reasons to travel in the US this spring. If you’re looking for the a place where you can rest, relax and enjoy your nation’s rich colonial history, consider Bath, N.C. for your spring getaway. At the Inn on Bath Creek, we love welcoming visitors from around the world to share a little bit of the magic that is Bath. Why not book your room today?

Oct30

Join us this Veteran’s Day

To show our appreciation and thanks for our military veterans, this Veteran’s Day the Inn on US FlagBath Creek will be offering veterans a free night’s stay.

Originally referred to as Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day was observed decades before it became a national holiday. The date originated as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the time that WWI hostilities were said to have ended.

The first observance of Armistice Day occurred in 1919. Originally, Armistice Day was in honor of WWI veterans who fought for peace. It wasn’t until 1938 that Armistice Day became a nationally recognized holiday. The decision to change Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day was based on the impact that military conflicts have had. The objective was to celebrate and appreciate military veterans of all wars, not just WWI.

Come join us on this Veteran’s Day to spend the day in an area bathed in its own US History. Allow us to show our appreciation with a free night’s stay.  To say thanks for keeping us safe, on November 10th we are offering one free night’s stay plus breakfast to any veterans (subject to availability).

Please give us a call on (252) 923-9571 or visit our Contact Us Page to book a reservation today.

Jul08

It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far. When considering what buying a B&B means, it’s hard to imagine exactly what you’re about to embark upon. Needless to say, it’s been an adventure so far. Between settling in to North Carolina and adjusting to the more relaxed way of life compared to D.C., it’s been more thrilling than we could have ever anticipated.

Along the way, we’ve been very lucky to meet some fascinating and lovely people, many of whom we hope will return to the Inn in the future! While we love the area, and think the Inn on Bath Creek is the perfect retreat from the ordinary, it’s always rewarding to hear that our guests feel the same way. It’s even better when they go to the bother of sharing their thoughts and reviews with the world online.

As a result of the reviews that people have left for the Inn on TripAdvisor, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that we have been selected for TripAdvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence! The certificate is a reflection of the reviews that our guests have left for the Inn, and for this, we are extremely thankful to everyone who has taken the time to share their experiences here.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

We look forward to continuing to provide our guests with superior service, and thank you all again.

Jul08

The Washington Daily News: The Voice of the Pamlico gives locals in the community an opportunity to recognize their favorite local businesses, individuals and organizations in their Readers’ Choice Awards. It is with great delight that we can announce that the Inn on Bath Creek has been nominated as a finalist in the category of ‘Favorite Bed and Breakfast’ in this year’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards!

The awards cover over 130 categories. They are an exciting opportunity for local businesses to get involved with the local community. We want to express our deepest thanks to everyone who cast their vote for the Inn on Bath Creek, and our highest congratulations to our fellow finalists!

The Washington Daily News will be publishing a special weekend edition on July 24th. Details of the finalists will be announced in this weekend edition. This edition will signal the re-opening of the polls to the general public where votes can be cast to determine the winners in each category.

Voting opens on the 24th of July, and runs through to August 25th. Individuals can cast one vote a day during this time period.

Thank you to everyone who has voted for us so far. We’d love to claim the title, but we need your help to do it! Keep your eyes peeled on our Social Media networks for the voting link, and get out there and get voting. Remember, you can cast one vote every day between July 24 – August 25.  Best of luck to all of our fellow finalists!