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!

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!

 

blackbeard_large
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?