Mar21

Here at Bath Creek we’re so blooming excited for Spring to be back!

Now, of course we think it’s beautiful here all year round. But it has to be said that the parks and nature spots that we are lucky to be surrounded by, do quite literally come to life from March onwards. With splashes of color from the wild flowers dancing in the breeze, to the local wildlife busying itself with its new lives to nurture.

It’s enough to make anyone smile from ear to ear!

From one week to the next, treading the same walk can surprise you with its changes in the flora and fauna.

We have a number of blooms native to North Carolina and many others to be found too. First of all keep your eyes peeled for our state flower the Dogwood which can be seen from mid spring and often has white or pink petals. You can find it in woodlands or often it’s planted as an ornamental bush.

In April and May you may see the purple bloom of a native North Carolina showstopper, the Redbud (or Cercis canadensis) which is often found intermingled with Wisteria. You will likely find it on hiking trails or arching over the many highways all over the state.

It’s also possible to see Bradford pear trees and different cherry trees growing in the wild here too. Alongside the native varieties of the Wild Cherry or Black cherry (or Prunus serotina), you may even notice the aptly named Carolina Cherry Laurel (or Prunus Caroliniana) in blossom. (Just be careful as whilst these fruits are edible and the flowers are beautiful, some of the varieties have poisonous leaves.)

So when you come to visit our glorious haven this springtime here are some of our recommendations for a spot of natural therapy.

Then these other sites will require a little travel:  

If you love the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking or just to meander – we just know you will love the natural beauty here. This is why we encourage you to ‘spring’ over to Bath Creek where you can indulge your senses and your wellbeing all at the same time.

As your hosts we can also happily give you even more ideas for walks, beaches and places to visit or dine during your stay. To check availability why not call us on 252-923-9571 or click here.

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
today or
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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.

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.

 

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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.

Going green
Apr07

The Inn on Bath Creek has recently been awarded a Certificate of Recognition for our commitment to “Going Green”. The certificate was awarded by the NC Department Environment and Natural Resources.

The NC Green Travel award is designed to encourage the tourism industry to “Go Green”. It recognizes businesses that recycle material, excel in water efficiency, practice energy conservation, and therefore strive to practice green standards in all aspects of their housekeeping practices.

In the travel industry today, more and more visitors actively seek out properties that are committed to green initiatives. Eco-tourism is a growing phenomenon that we applaud. We believe that our environment deserves to be protected, and are delighted to be recognized for our efforts.

Some of the benefits of ‘Going Green’ eco-tourism include:

  • Increased environmental awareness.
  • Improving the local economy by supporting sustainable, local growth.
  • Natural resource management.
  • Improved understanding of local ecosystems, geology and biology.

The Inn on Bath Creek is the only B&B in Beaufort County with this recognition. Most importantly, we hope to lead the way in encouraging other business to go green.

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly stay in North Carolina, call us today on 252-923-9571 or click here to request a booking today.