Edenton and Manteo

Return to North Carolina's Outer Banks

  • Southern Pines | Edenton | Manteo | The Albemarle Sound | Lake Mattamuskeet


November 12 - 18, 2023


  • Charming boutique inn accommodations 
  • Historic house visits, including the Cupola House and Somerset Place
  • Eastern North Carolina’s charming “rural ideal”: quaint, friendly, slow-paced. Discover the scenic, underpopulated outback of the land between the Pamlico and Albemarle Sound, and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge – a birdwatcher’s dream!  
  • Lovely backroads drives, great local seafood, and fabulous stories on location!

Trip Description

Return to NC’s Outer Banks:  Edenton & Manteo

It’s a coastal pilgrimage, back by popular demand – join us as we explore North Carolina’s Enchanting East!  Spend two nights in idyllic Edenton – could this be North Carolina’s cutest and quaintest town?  It’s certainly an architectural treasure trove, and the oldest true town in North Carolina. Then, spend two nights in Manteo – home to a delightfully walkable waterfront, Elizabethan gardens, the lost colony of Roanoke, and the gateway to Cape Hatteras. Enjoy wonderful backroads drives and hidden gems coming and going as we discover the best kept secrets and stories of the Outer Banks.  



Day 1

We’ll depart the western Carolinas this morning, bound for northeastern North Carolina!

We’ll arrive in Southern Pines at our boutique lodging for one night, and soak up some of the area’s unique winter resort town history.

Overnight, Southern Pines.

Day 2

Today, we’ll reach Edenton – the “jewel of the Albemarle Sound.” From our comfortable bed and breakfast inn, it’s a pleasant walk around the grid of residential streets . . . and to beautiful Broad Street – Edenton’s commercial hub.

Dinner and overnight in Edenton.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the inn. Afterward, we’ll visit the elegant Cupola House, the idyllic waterside park – known historically as the Court Green – that includes North Carolina’s oldest courthouse and early town residences, and Broad Street.

Dinner and overnight, Edenton.

Day 4

After breakfast, we’ll bid adieu to our Edenton friends, then skirt the northern shore of the Albemarle Sound in the direction of Elizabeth City, and the Outer Banks proper.

Arrive in Manteo, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Overnight, Manteo.

Day 5

Highlights of our adventure will include a visit and tour of the Whalehead Club – a 1920’s mansion in the village of Corolla, and the new Currituck Maritime Museum. Nearby is an iconic Outer Banks image: the beautiful red brick form of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

Overnight, Manteo.

Day 6

The following morning, after breakfast at the inn, we’ll depart for points west. Our drive will include a stop for lunch, before we arrive home.

What's Included

  • Comfortable transportation
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Breakfast, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • All activities / admissions per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$3,439 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $815)

What's Not Included

Price does not include alcohol, other meals, or optional trip insurance.

..well-planned, from interesting and fun excursions planned each day, to comfortable lodging and transportation. Our trip leaders, Chumley and Khal, were impressive with their knowledge of each area we explored and gracious in their planning of every aspect of our trips.

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This trip departs from Greenville / Spartanburg, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere, please contact us to discuss travel arrangements, and we will look forward to assisting you!

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