Valentine's Day
Feb14

This Valentine’s Day, why not indulge the senses? You can find the foods of love – right here in Bath and our surrounding areas. Simple pleasures really can express how you feel, and it need not cost a fortune.

Here are our top indulgent foods to enjoy with a partner this Valentine’s Day (or anytime for that matter!).

Chocolate  

In Raleigh we have Escazú Artisan Chocolates  who source their raw beans from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Peru. New flavors are constantly tried and artistic finishing touches are given to their confectionery. Their treats have previously won them a Good Food award (no surprise, given the creativitions comes from a pair of chefs).

Also in Raleigh is Videri Chocolate Factory . Their beans are sourced from Central and South America and where possible fair-trade and organic are selected. They offer chocolate tours, taste tasting and you can even bake your own creation for a loved one.

Other sweet spots to consider are…

Fish

If you prefer something savory, there are many fantastic eateries who pride themselves on using local produce. Because we are so close to the water, fish is an obvious choice. Our tops finds are…

Spoon River Artworks and Market located in Belhaven serves artful food in a unique environment. Unfortunately they suffered severe damage in the floods last year and hope to reopen soon. Keep an eye out as they will certainly appreciate support from hungry customers.

In the meantime Fish Hooks Cafe also in Belhaven and has a lunch menu or a buffet style menu and good reviews.

Alternatively there’s Washington Crab and Seafood Shack where you can buy produce to cook yourself or dine in. They offer “the best food around and a relaxing atmosphere to match. Recipes are authentic, time-tested and the ingredients are always fresh and from North Carolina.”

Italian or Steak

Italians speak a language of love, and their pasta dishes can be a culinary delight. If one of your prefers steak, then Marabella Pizza Grill in Washington can offer you both to a high standard.

Cocktails

If some liquid lubrication is your partner’s thing, why not be the designated driver and take them to try out what these hot spots have to offer?

In Washington you will find The Bank Bistro and Bar and The Hackney Distillery and Restaurant. Both serve fine dining and also the best handcrafted cocktails. Perfect if you fancy something more elaborate for a special occasion.

Cakes or Pastries

Rachel K’s Bakery in Washington is run from a historic building and has something sweet to tempt us all. Creating freshly baked, scratch made pastries, breads, sweets, and meals. They work with local farmers, always use high quality ingredients (and when possible those in season). These little pieces of heaven will make you smile and feel all the more in love.

We hope this has whet your appetite for a stay in our flavorful county. It’s a guaranteed love affair for your tastebuds! Plus, it makes a great Valentine’s Day gift. To book a stay with someone special, call us on 252-923-9571
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Pamlico Rum
Feb04

North Carolina has a long and exciting history splashed with liquor. It goes back further than the bootlegging moonshine days and even further than wicked old Blackbeard the pirate. Distilling is believed to have started in the 18th Century by Moravian settlers in Winston-Salem, on the site of what is now Old Salem.

Moving forward to more modern times, we have seen a glorious surge in craft beer and craft liquor distilling. In NC we have several high quality microdistilleries and larger ones too. They pour labors of love into their creations be it small batch gin, rum, whiskey, vodka or moonshine (only this time legally).

NC Rum & Beer Distilleries

It can make a fascinating part of your vacation to visit one of these distilleries. See the magic first hand and get to taste some of the varieties. If you’ve not tried moonshine before, NC is the place to do it! Explore the history of bootlegging and learn more about distilling on the Distill Tripping tourThe NC Beer Guys also offer up an overview of NC distilleries.

If beer is your thing then we also have many fantastic local breweries. This list of 10 North Carolina breweries should help provide some inspiration! (Be sure to to travel safe and designate a driver)

You may wonder what links the distilling of beer and liquor. Here in NC, we make both to a renowned standard. Although they taste so different, they both start with the same fermentable material. For beer it’s typically barley, for moonshine it’s corn. Liquor can be made with virtually anything, from fruit to potatoes. The processes are very similar, so if you know how to make good beer, you know how to start making liquor. Often the drink favoured by the company founder decides what they distill.

From Grain To Glass

People like to know where a products ingredients come from, hence the recent ‘farm to fork’ movement. Now, we have the ‘grain to glass’ movement; both are driven by the need for quality produce made from locally grown ingredients. Now that’s something to raise a glass to!

Here in Bath, since 2012 we have our very own rum experts Scotts Point Distillery. Our maritime roots certainly help flavour their passion for “Pamlico rum”. It’s smooth and light coloured, aged in oak barrels and made with quality US grown produce. We highly recommend you pick up some of their delicious booty to take back home with you after your stay in Bath.

To book your 2019 stay, call us on 252-923-9571 or click here to request a booking online. Then it’s just a matter of counting down the days until you are sat on our porch looking out toward the water with a glass of local liquor in hand.

Wright Brothers
Dec17

North Carolina is the home of so much rich and fascinating history. It’s also the place where dreams can come true. There’s little better proof of this than the Wright Brothers record breaking first powered flight that took place at Kitty Hawk on the Outer banks on the 17th December 1903. That’s an amazing 115 years ago!

 

Did you know that Neil Armstrong carried a piece of the original 1903 Wright Brothers plane to the moon with him?

The Story Begins…

These brilliant brothers from Dayton, Ohio ran a bicycle shop. The story begins with an interest in kites that developed into an interest in gliders. In 1899 Wilbur Wright started to learn about flight, prompting the duo to start making gliders.

After some research Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was chosen as a suitable location to test their glider. Postmaster Bill Tate had advised them of it’s constant wind, privacy and soft sand for landings. He also mentioned our North Carolinian trait of being friendly and happy to lend a hand.

The brothers shared their time between Dayton and Kitty Hawk. By the end of 1902 Wilbur and Orville had over 700 successful flights achieved, some exceeding 600 feet.

Next their attention turned to powered flight, for this, they knew they needed three things. Wings to keep the plane in flight and a control system to steer it, were two of them, which they had already tested on their gliders. The final thing was a light but powerful engine with propellers. Unfortunately, nothing suitable currently existed, so back in Dayton that winter they set about designing and building their own.

A Christmas Gift…

When they returned late in 1903, they faced many challenges but never gave up. Then, on that cold December day just as they were considering going home for Christmas – success!

  • Their first successful flight took place early in the morning lasting 12 seconds and travelling 120 feet.
  • An hour later 200 feet was the record.
  • At noon the famous 852 foot flight, lasting 59 seconds happened.

Shortly after this a gust of wind flipped the machine and it was damaged beyond repair. Luckily, nobody was hurt.

This tale highlights why the Wright brothers are renowned for their perseverance, curiosity and ingenuity. They were self taught engineers who succeeded in their dream to fly a powered heavier- than- air machine in a sustained flight. They helped changed the world that day.

Not content with their achievements and despite their celebrity status, the brothers returned to Dayton and got back to work, improving their plane and making several longer flights.

When they returned to Kitty Hawk 5 years later they set records again with their first two person flights. All thanks to the power of determination, teamwork and innovation.

Today, you can visit the “Flight Line” which is the very spot where the intrepid brothers took that momentous flight and you can see where they landed too.

You can also visit the national commemorative monument which is located in Kill Devil Hills. Click here to plan your trip. It’s a great day out for anyone in the area.

We look forward to your flying visit to our friendly state and hope that we can help your dreams come true too! Call today to book your stay 252-923-9571 or click here to book your stay!

romantic special
Nov15

Stuck on gift ideas? Why not try a romantic couples break

The Holiday Season is fast approaching. If you find you are stuck on gift ideas, have you considered a romantic couples break? You may wish to escape before the all consuming busy period begins, or perhaps you would like a cosy respite to look forward to as your reward.

There are many reasons why it’s important to get away just the two of you from time to time:

  • Having a break from the normal stresses of life can actually make you more productive on your return.
  • It can help a couple to reconnect and restore balance, giving time and opportunity for talking and simple things like enjoying a meal or an open fire etc .
  • Being in a different environment can help you breathe a little deeper and enable a perspective shift, so the small things no longer seem to matter. Having regular short breaks can strengthen long term relationships for this reason.
  • The chance to indulge in the simple pleasures of life and having time to really enjoy them can rekindle intimacy. Candlelit meals, walks on the beach, natural beauty, tasty food. It’s a revelation for the senses!

What do we offer to make your stay both romantic and magical?

We welcome you to stay in our charming Georgian home in historic Bath. We overlook Bath Creek, and are only minutes away from lots of activities and stunning scenery. Take a moment to Explore the Area and see just how much there is to do!

Our ‘Romantic getaway package’ is two nights of pampered luxury. We recommend upgrading this to include the extra privacy and indulgence of our spacious Calabash Room, which is situated on its own at the very top of the house. It features a king size bed and indulgent soaking bath as well as climate control and free WiFi.

Whichever room you select, the package includes a fabulous welcome bundle that awaits your arrival in your room. This bundle includes fresh flowers, a box of chocolates, small cake or other desert and champagne on ice with two glasses. In addition, each morning we will prepare you both a full home cooked breakfast.

A romantic getaway is a gift that keeps giving, even when you return home. If you would like more information or to discuss a date why not call us on 252-923-9571 or contact us today.

veteran's day
Nov05

To show our appreciation and thanks for our military veterans, this Veteran’s Day the Inn on Bath 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 11th 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.

Croatoan Mystery
Oct22

Given the ghostly time of year – with all hallows eve approaching we thought the local spooky tale of the  Croatoan “lost colony” would get you in the “spirit”.

This true story is a mystery from our North Carolinian history dating back to 1587 – it begins with the word CROATOAN carved into a tree and the disappearance of 115 people. It’s even been noticed by American Horror Story who seem to be including it in their sixth series.

Croatoan Mystery

In 1587 Hatteras island was known as Croatoan Island, its native tribe the Croatans. It’s about 80 km southeast of Roanoke, which is where the second attempt at establishing an English colony on American soil was located. At some point between late 1587 and August 1590 the entire population of 90 men, 17 women and 11 children vanished. Leaving only the word CROATOAN carved into a tree and ominously the letters CRO scratched into another. The mystery still remains unsolved.

The colony had met hostility from the Secotans tribe and their supplies were running low. Leader John White sailed back to England for help. He left behind his daughter and newborn granddaughter, whom he would never see again. When he left he had no idea he would be delayed in his return by almost 3 years due funds and the war with the Spanish. Or, that he would become the only known survivor of the “lost colony”.

He landed back at Roanoke on his granddaughters birthday but found nothing – other than the dismantled buildings and that message on the tree. There were no animals or belongings nor any bodies or evidence of battle or massacre.

He returned to England without investigating the Croatoan tribe – there is no given explanation for why.

Is it possible that the colony travelled and absorbed into the Croatan tribe? Archeological remains found from that area and from a site 80 km northwest and inland of Roanoke are being studied to try to answer that question.

Did they meet tragic ends? Gruesome suggestions range from cannibalism, disease, massacre and a failed attempt to sail back to england.

The Mystery Deepens

Here’s where it gets more eerie…

The Croatans were said to believe in a malevolent spirit from their land who could change people into animals – or trees!

And in these more recent mysteries, where the word CROATOAN appears – people disappear.

  • Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart scribbled it in her journal before her disappearance.
  • Horror Author Ambrose Bierce had the word carved into his bed before he disappeared. 
  • Poet Edgar Allan Poe uttered it on his deathbed in a delirious state.
  • Stagecoach robber Black Bart prisons cell wall was found to have the word scratched into it – he wasn’t seen again after his release.
  • An abandoned ship, ran aground at Cape Hatteras (close to what was Croatoan Island) in 1912, on the last page of it’s logbook – the word CROATOAN.

Is that spirit leading people to their doom, is it a strange coincidence, some secret society or long standing hoax? Could it just be a fascinating story that intrigued these people and drove them to isolation?

Will we ever know? So far, all attempts by historians, explorers and archeologists have fallen short.

You may lose yourself here, you could find yourself here. We’re sure you will never want to leave mwah hahahahahaha.

Readers' Choice award
Sep25

We are delighted to announce that for the third year in a row, the Inn has won the Readers’ Choice award. The Washington Daily News Readers’ Choice awards are designed to celebrate local businesses. This year, over 100,000 votes were cast across a number of categories, including Food & Beverage, Services, Shopping and more.

The Readers’ Choice awards first started in 2016. According to the Washington Daily News Advertising Director David Singleton, voter participation has increased year on year.

“What we’ve learned is that community businesses put a lot of hard work and endless hours into their dreams; more so than many of us realize. To that end, a contest like Readers’ Choice gives the local businesses an opportunity to see how they rate with local customers, and that’s the lifeblood of all local businesses,” Singleton said in the WDN.

The Inn was awarded ‘Favorite Bed and Breakfast’ in the Favorite Service category.

Winning ‘Favorite Bed and Breakfast’ for the third year in a row is a huge compliment. We wish to thank everyone that took the time to cast a vote. Most importantly, we’re looking forward to bringing you another year of award winning service.

Ready to book your stay? Click here to request your reservation now.

 

NASCAR, moonshine
Sep19

In this neck of the woods, our history is rich and sometimes surprising. PLUS, it’s not all pirates! North Carolina is famous for NASCAR – it’s part of our heritage. But not everyone knows the story of its origins. Bizarrely, the sport only came to be because of prohibition, specifically it’s alcohol restrictions. Which in turn gave birth to the western North Carolina moonshining culture.

Moonshining

Moon shine is so called because the bootleggers booze was made by the light of the moon. This was in hopes of the darkness hiding the smoke from the process. But the risk wasn’t just in the distilling process/making of the moonshine. Distribution was risky too. Times were hard and struggling farmers and the like relied upon whiskey sales to make some extra money. It was highly illegal and the possibility of being caught was very real. The bounty was transported via “runners” in their cars and speed, skill and a dash of recklessness were needed.  The cars needed to look normal or “stock” so as not to draw any attention. But they also needed to

  1. Carry a lot of the booze without it getting bumped about and potentially spilt.
  2. Be able to outrun police and tax officials who were hunting them down.

Drivers and mechanics modified the cars to fit their purpose. Suspension got altered to cope with the bumpy roads and prevent the liquor getting spilt. Internal modifications helped with carrying as much liquor as possible. Power upgrades were essential, when Ford’s V-8 became available it was a hit with the moonshine racket, being a powerful and easily upgraded engine. Something that Teetotal Henry Ford must not have expected! Drivers were on the front line, survival and evading capture were excellent motivators. They had to know every back road and trail both at day and night – even without the lights on! Highly skilled and fearless, they learned to make high speed hairpin turns and control skids. Perfecting techniques like the “bootleg turn” and more. Some even developed sneaky tricks to evade capture such as smoke screens, oil slicks and dumping tacks to puncture tires.

The NASCAR Competition Begins

Drivers began competing with one another in order to show off and to stay on top form. Driving became a part of who they are, pushing their abilities, tuning their cars to gain any power and speed advantages they could. As such even after prohibition ended they continued to organise races and appear at fairs where they could charge thousands of people who wanted to watch the spectacle. The modern NASCAR we all love was formed in 1947 when a meeting took place to create its rules and regulations. In time sponsors were found and the background of this racing institution was moved away from  and ultimately forgotten – in favour of becoming family entertainment. If motorsport sets your heart racing, then you may wish to travel to the Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte during your stay. There’s also many moonshine historical sights hidden away. Alternatively, you could relax on our porch with some local firewater and a good book on the fascinating story and just drink in the flavour of North Carolina. Book your stay by calling us on 252-923-9571, or click here to request a room online.

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!