The Mysterious Devil’s Horse’s Hoof Prints of Bath
Oct14

If you like a spot of spooky sightseeing, then let us entice you with one of our oldest and most notorious mysteries – the “eternal devil’s horse’s hoof prints”. This eerie earthly affliction has been present for over 200 years, and is only 3 miles west of Bath. 

Deeply set into the soft soil of a now forested area, all attempts to fill the hoof prints have failed. They stubbornly remain as a demonic reminder of a doomed soul who lost a bet with the devil. Nothing will thrive within any of the 5 prints that measure 6 to 10 inches wide and 5 inches deep. School children have tried leaving things inside the depressions, and every time the items vanish by the time the foolish trickster returns. Visitors to the site have apparently reported the same, spooky occurrence.  

The Story of the Devil’s Horse’s Hoof Prints

Accounts vary, but the story goes that the ill fated Jesse Elliot and a few friends were racing their horses along Bath’s main street one Sunday Morning. A darkly clothed stranger had appeared earlier that morning to challenge Jesse. His perceptive, faithful dog had growled in warning at this malevolent presence, but to no avail because Jesse was set on his course of action – he loved to race.

One version of events states that Jesse was heard to shout at his horse “Take me in a winner or take to me to hell”. To which the horse immediately dug its hooves deep into the ground throwing Elliot over the reins, where he slammed into a tree, broke his neck and mercifully died instantly.

Another version explains that although Jesse was winning the race, when he reached a sharp bend in the road his horse looked back and was spooked by what it saw. This is why it hastily halted and threw its rider to his peril.

Legend has it the horse could have been the devil in disguise or perhaps his mysterious rider was the descendant of fire and brimstone. Either way, the hoof prints remain and the saucer shaped depressions can still be seen today. The Fifth ominous mark is meant to be where the devil stooped to claim Jesse’s soul as his prize, then returned with him to hell.  

Scientists have tried to explain the depressions as perhaps caused by salt veins or vents for a  subterranean water pocket. But the hundreds, possibly thousands of people who have seen the hoof prints themselves attest that the legend seems to ring true. Whether or not you like to indulge in nefarious excursions to spooky places, when you stay at the Inn on Bath Creek this fall – we promise you a little slice of heaven in which to rest your weary soul. To book, call us 252-923-9571 or click here to request a booking online.

4 Must-See Historical Sites in NC
Sep24

Our little town Bath is a site of great historical importance. Founded around 1690, it was North Carolina’s very first town and port. It’s seen its fair share of colorful events from piracy and Indian wars to political rivalries. There’s plenty to see and do as our recent blog details here. The legend of our most notorious resident Blackbeard appeals to many who visit, but today we would like to draw your attention to 4 other must-see historical sites in North Carolina. 

4 Must-See Historical Sites in NC

  1. USS North Carolina Battleship memorial in WilmingtonLead ship of the North Carolina class of fast battleships and the first vessel of this type, this important memorial celebrates the lives of all those who served aboard her during WW2. As you tour all 9 levels of this massive ship, you can put yourself in the shoes of those brave men as you imagine steering the ship or firing one of the guns. She is permanently docked across from downtown Wilmington on Cape Fear river. 
  2. Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil HillsThe Wright brothers are famous for the first ever successful powered airplane flight. It happened on December 17th, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, after years of preparation and attempts. The memorial celebrates their persistence and ingenuity and you can see first hand where they took off and landed as well as seeing a sculpture of the plane and reconstructions of the original buildings. If you want to know more of the history of these great brothers accomplishments why not check out our blog Wright brothers dreams take flight. 
  3. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum, GreensboroA thriving archival center and teaching facility and museum, this site celebrates the non violent protests of the “Greensboro Four” that took place on February 1, 1960. These sit ins set about changes to the civil rights movement that year. There are 14 interactive exhibits to explore including photos, artefacts such as the original stools and lunch counter and video re-enactments. 
  4. Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern Although Bath was the capital of North Carolina at the start of the settlement, from the late 1700’s it lost its importance and trade. Between 1767 and 1770 a new permanent capitol was in construction – Tryon Palace which was built for Governor Tryon. It was reconstructed in the 1950’s and remains an extravagant historical site. You can really get into the spirit of the times with interactive experiences such as costumed interpreters and interactive exhibits in the history center. There are also more than 16 acres of 18th century style gardens to wander around. It makes for a splendid day out for all. 

If you are looking for a vacation with plenty of historical interest, we know that Bath Creek will keep you entertained. We are also a great base for exploring these other well known sites, plus we can highly recommend many many more when you come to stay. Bookings can be made here, or call us on 252-923-9571.

Irish Soda Bread
Aug15

One of the compliments we often get from our guests is how tasty our homemade breakfasts are. One stand-out favorite is our Irish soda bread.

Now, whilst we can’t share with you our Inn on Bath Creek secret ingredient – we can give you a simple recipe that you can follow. 

(Note: Do not use a liquid measuring cup for dry ingredients! 4oz weight = 1 dry cup.)

White Soda Bread

We recommend “soft wheat” flour (known as pastry/cake flour). You could also use the Irish flour Odlums.

  • 4 cups (16oz) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14oz buttermilk

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425 F.degrees and lightly grease and flour a cake pan.

Method:

  1. Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Gradually add buttermilk until you have a sticky dough.
  3. Place onto a floured surface and lightly knead the dough. (over kneading lets too much gas escape, so don’t overdo it)
  4. Next, press the dough into a round cake tin making it fairly flat and cut a cross shape into the top.  
  5. Cover the pan with another same sized pan (to simulate the bastible pot) and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the second pan and bake for a further 15 minutes. 
  6. You will know that the bread is ready if there is a hollow sound when you tap on the bottom of the bread. 
  7. Now it’s time to cover the bread with a tea towel and sprinkle water onto the cloth to keep the bread moist as it cools.

Brown Soda Bread

  • 3 cups (12oz) wheat flour 
  • 1 cup (4oz) white flour (do not use self rising flour)
  • 1½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz buttermilk (add slowly until the dough is moist)
  • 2 oz butter if desired

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 425 F.degrees and lightly grease and flour a cake pan.

Method:

The method is same only if you desire butter, rub it into the sieved flour mix until it is crumbly and then add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. 

Then, continue as with the white bread recipe. 

As your bread cools, why not pour yourself some coffee or tea ready to enjoy with a warm slice of buttered soda bread.

For more information or a gluten free recipe click here. Alternatively, why not visit us again and you can sample our delicious homemade Irish soda bread after a relaxing night’s rest. Call 252-923-9571 today to book your stay.

Jul16

It’s summer time! Here in North Carolina, that means we are right in the middle of one heck of a heatwave. Some days it can get uncomfortably hot, but have no fear we have put together our top tips to help you keep your cool this summer.

Safety First

  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion: dizziness, headache, excessive sweating, rapid or weak pulse, fainting, pale complexion. If you are experiencing these symptoms of heat exhaustion, try to move inside into an air-conditioned room. If you cannot go indoors, move to a shady area and drink plenty of fluids.
  • It doesn’t take long for the interior of a stationary car to get very hot. On a hot day, temperatures inside a car can reach a staggering 116 degrees F! Don’t shut yourself, your kids or your pets in a stationary car, even with the windows down the heat rises very quickly.

Basics To Help Keep Your Cool This Summer

  • Stay well hydrated during the hottest hours. Alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you so save these until the cooler evenings (if you have pets, keep checking that they have a supply of water too).
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing, ideally made from cotton.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and refrigerate overnight. Keep this handy and spritz yourself to cool off during the day.
  • Keep lotions in the fridge and feel the cooling, soothing benefit at the end of the day.
  • Take cool showers when possible to lower your body temperature
  • Wear a peaked cap or hat to shield your eyes from direct sunlight and protect your scalp from sunburn. Another trick is to pour a little ice cold water inside the cap then quickly flip it onto your head.

Outdoors / Getting Active

  • If you want to venture outdoors sightseeing or for exercise pick cooler times of the day such as early morning or evening.
  • Freeze water or juice in plastic bottles to take out with you the following day. This will defrost during the day and provide you with a chilled drink for hours.
  • Select cycle or hiking routes that have wooded or shaded areas along the way. Pack plenty of fluids including sports drinks with electrolytes (these replace body salts lost through sweat). Be prepared to cut your excursion short if you feel too tired or hot.
  • Take a few moments in the shade when you feel overheated. In urban areas, seek out the mall or a libraries to benefit from their ac. In rural settings or the beach find a tree or parasol etc.

Tasty Treats

  • Try putting fruit in the fridge for some cooling light snacks. Watermelon or fresh pineapple are particular treats that will also hydrate you.
  • NC is famous for our delicious BBQ’s, with seasoned meats and all the greatest dishes of our region. Cooking outdoors is a great tip because it keeps all the heat outside where it will easily disperse into the air.

Indoors

  • Try to block out as much sunlight as you can during the day, keep curtains and blinds shut. This will reduce the greenhouse style effect from happening inside your home.
  • When indoors, use ceiling or floor fans to circulate cool air around. Check ceiling fans are rotating counter clockwise as this pulls warmer air upwards.

The Inn on Bath Creek is ideally placed right next to the water, where you can choose from several activities that will keep you cool and entertained. Or if you fancy a slower pace, you can relax on our porch with a cool drink and watch the world go by without breaking a sweat.

To book your stay, call us today on 252-923-9571 or click here.

 

Inn on Bath Creek Home Sweet Home
Jul01

At the Inn on Bath Creek, our home is yours during your stay here in North Carolina. But did you know that our friendly state is also the home of some of the best known sweet treats out there? We really mean it when we say “Home sweet home!”

Pepsi

Founded in New Bern NC, in 1896 by Caleb Bradham, Pepsi was originally launched as “Brad’s Drink.” Bradham used to manufacture the drink in his drug store. It was said to help in digestion, and was popular for its taste. It was first renamed to Pepsi-Cola in 1898. The name was based on the Greek word for digestion, pronounced ‘Pepsi’, and ‘Cola’ from the kola nut.

A soda fountain enabled consumers in the small town to gather in a social manner. But by 1902, his product proved so popular that demand lead to more branches opening across the states such as Virginia and New York. Today you can still visit the original site and sample some soda from a fountain yourself!

Krispy Kreme

The first Krispy Kreme store opened in Winston-Salem July 13th, 1937. That’s 82 years ago! When you consider that it started during the great depression period, their success is amazing!

Creator Vernon Rudolph bought the recipe and initially sold his produce to local grocery stores. He ended up cutting a hole in his wall and started selling hot donuts directly to customers who were enticed by the delicious smells.

Fast forward to today, and Krispy Kreme has stores all over the world. Another fun fact about this company is that they sponsor a fun run each February in nearby Raleigh NC. The challenge? Eat 12 donuts whilst running 5 miles in an hour! All proceeds go to the local children’s hospital.

Cheerwine

Cheerwine is a soft drink popular in the southern states. In California, this ‘nectar of the tar-heels’ is a soda flavored by wild cherries. Created in Salisbury NC, by L.D Peeler in 1917, during the sugar shortage of WW1. The company has shown great resilience and continues to be run by the same family who are proud of it’s tasty produce. As they should be with two presidents having remarked of their like for it!

More recently, Cheerwine flavored ice cream was created and in 2010 a collaboration with Krispy Kreme led to the Cheerwine donut. After 100 years it’s still refreshing, why not stock up when you next visit? Maybe even  for the next Cheerwine festival celebration.

Come And Visit Our Home Sweet Home!

North Carolina has so much to offer, it’s a treat for the traveller and anybody with a sweet tooth. Ready to book your stay? Call us on 252-923-9571 today.

 

BathFest 2019 Music From Our Shores
May13

Bath, N.C. is a magical place full of history, mystery and fun. Each May, we celebrate all this and more at our annual BathFest. If you’ve been debating come to visit Bath, this is definitely the time to do so. BathFest 2019 takes place on Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 3pm and guess what – it’s completely free to attend!

What To Expect At BathFest 2019…

Music From Our Shores

Resounding across the air and the waves will be a musical journey through time. A collection of the sounds from our glorious state of North Carolina. The story told will span from the past all the way up to the present day, a musical treat that flows in a tuneful transition through time. Expect performances from both traditional and modern musical groups at the historical Bonner’s Point in Bath.

Arts and crafts

An art show featuring the works of Bath Elementary school K-8 students is set to entertain every art lover. There are also original works for sale from many vendors. Check out some more examples of the work that will be available here. There will also be delicious local foods available, provided by local civic groups.

BathFest continues to be a display of talent and unity each and every year. It’s success relies upon the dedication and skill of the many volunteers, vendors and visitors. Why not come along to BathFest 2019 and add to the atmosphere!

For updates and further information, please visit the Bath Historic Site’s Facebook Page.

Make the most of your visit by booking an overnight stay with us. The summer event calendar here at Bath is full of fun and interesting activities, it’s enough to keep you coming back for more.
Why not call us today on 252-923-9571 to discuss your stay, or click here to book.

5 myths about bnbs
May13

Bed and Breakfasts like the Inn on Bath Creek are becoming increasingly popular with travelers. And why not? BnBs offer a different atmosphere to your standard hotel-chain, and it’s the smaller personal touch that keep many guests coming back year after year. But for many, there are 5 myths about BnBs that may cause them pause for thought before booking into one. We’re here to bust the 5 most common myths about staying at a B&B.

5 Myths About BnBs

‘You won’t get any privacy.’

We deeply respect your need for privacy and our top priority is enabling you to have a pleasurable stay. As such we will not disturb you, and you will find most other guests will be busy enjoying their own stay. However, we are happy to hand over any local tips etc, all you need do is ask. There are also communal areas throughout the Inn, where you can kick back and relax during your stay. You’ll certainly appreciate the peaceful front porch area, with views over Bath Creek. 

Front Porch Inn on Bath Creek

‘There are strange rules and curfews.’

In efforts to keep all our guests happy, relaxed and safe we do have some house rules, such as no smoking other than on the front or rear porches. But it’s nothing that you wouldn’t ask of a guest in your own home. We ask that you consider other guests when coming in late or rising early. You can view our terms and conditions here http://innonbathcreek.com/terms-conditions/.

‘A BnB is not suitable for business travel.’

We have some frequent business travelers who find the Inn perfect for their needs. We offer a private study and wireless internet and limitless tranquility! To find out more visit … http://innonbathcreek.com/specials-packages/

Inn on Bath Creek Ocracoke Study

‘It’s expensive.’

We are transparent about our rates, starting from $130 per night for a double occupancy with breakfast. We even have special offers and a discount on stays of 4 nights or more. Unlike hotels, our prices do not fluctuate throughout the year and our rates are comparable to similar local stays.

‘Breakfast is nothing special.’

Here in the South, we love flavor and we take pride in preparing and serving a mouth watering treat each morning to fuel you for your day.(Please let us know your dietary requirements as soon as possible and will do our best to accommodate them.) Breakfast is served at our communal table and guests tend to make genial conversation and swap travel experiences. If you prefer to dine alone, perhaps on the sunny porch – just ask.

Inn on Bath Creek Breakfast

But don’t take our word for it. We’d love to welcome you to the Inn on Bath Creek to help you bush these 5 myths about bnbs for yourself. Click here to book your stay at the Inn on Bath Creek, or give us a call on 252-923-9571 today. 

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
click here

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.