Spring in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
Embark on this amazing journey as we explore North Carolina’s Outer Banks! From the majestic lighthouses to the gently swaying sea oats on the dunes, to the fabulous fresh local seafood and awesome sunsets, the beauty and mystery surrounding this fascinating group of barrier islands is sure to captivate you!
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- 4 Nights at the Ramada Plaza Oceanfront
- Admissions - Wright Brothers, Corolla Wild Horse Tour, Festival Park , Ferry to Ocracoke, Currituck Beach Lighthouse & Wild Life Center.
- 4 Full Breakfasts, 1 boxed lunch & 3 Dinners
- Meal Gratuities, Taxes & Porterage.
Monday , May 4, 2020 (Dinner included)
Departure from local pick ups and travel to the Outer Banks, NC.
Check in to Ramada Plaza Oceanfront – 4 night stay
Property offers 100% smoke free indoor corridor rooms. Rooms are beachfront with balcony’s. Free wireless high speed internet access. Indoor Pool with sun deck and beach access. Exercise Room, Hot breakfast each morning. All guest rooms feature hair dryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards.. Full service restaurant and lounge.
Welcome reception of punch and cookies and gift bags.
Dinner tonight at Sugarcreek Restaurant. Located on the sound, beautiful sunsets!
Day Two - Tuesday – May 5, 2020 - (Breakfast and dinner included)
Private Breakfast at the hotel. Moderate Walking - Walking is necessary BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF AREAS at EACH ATTRACTION/LUNCH to sit.
Depart with your guide for Wright Brothers Park and Memorial. This is where Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first powered airplane flight. The Visitor Center offers a full scale replica of the original plane - the “Wright Flyer”, and talks on the history of the Wright Brothers. Exhibits and a conducted trip to grounds which includes the Wrights’ 1902-1903 camp buildings will also be included in tour.
Departure for the village of Manteo on Roanoke Island. Lunch on own and free time in downtown historic Manteo. Stroll the boardwalk, browse the antique shops, or visit an artist’s studio. Tour guide will assist guests.
Tour ambassador will tell guests where to meet and walk across the bridge to Festival Park.
Departure for tour of the Elizabeth II, a representative of a 16th century sailing ship. You’ll meet sailors like those who sailed across the Atlantic in 1585. Dressed in period garments and speaking Elizabethan dialect, these interpreters bring the history of the voyages to life. At the Settlement Site, you will encounter soldiers bravely facing the challenges of the New World. By viewing the film The Legend of Two Paths, you’ll find out how the 1584 arrival of the English changed the life of the native Roanoke Island population, the Algonquians.
In the Roanoke Adventure Museum, you will find interactive exhibits exploring the 400 years of Outer Banks history since America’s beginning. You can spot a star with an astrolabe, meet the Algonquians through John White drawings, climb aboard a skiff and hoist her sails, meet a pirate who sailed with Blackbeard, learn about the lighthouses and lifesaving, experience duck hunting and take a shopping trip to a 1900s general store.
Return to property for some rest and relaxation or perhaps a walk on the beach, quiet time on your balcony or relax on the deck.
Dinner included at Captain Georges Seafood Buffet. From shrimp to crab legs, from oysters to scallops….something for everyone to enjoy. Included is the salad bar and she crab soup (hmmmmmmmmmmm good)!! (Also offering BBQ ribs, chicken and beef for those that are not seafood samplers). Save room for the dessert buffet!!
Return to property
Day Three –Wednesday May 6, 2020 (Breakfast, boxed lunch & HAPPY HOUR)
Guests may want to bring bags to collect sea shells.
Private Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart hotel with guide for FULL DAY and head to Ocracoke.
Be sure to dress for weather and wear comfortable shoes Moderate Walking
Take the ferry (motorcoach goes on ferry as well) from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island (once home to the infamous pirate...Blackbeard) and see the ponies that have been on this island for centuries. Before getting in line, quickly visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Located at the ferry docks, this museum is a work in progress. Exhibits now on display include artifacts from historical shipwrecks, unique beach finds and locally carved ship models.
While on the island guests will have free time to explore the many quaint boutiques, galleries, stop by the lighthouse for photos, and take a stroll along Silver Lake. We will stop by the beach once off the ferry to look for "treasures" and ENJOY BOXED LUNCH at the pony pasture.
**This beach has been rated the number one beach in the US…twice in the last decade).
While on the island guests can rent golf carts, bikes, scooters, golf carts by the hour…this is easier than walking if guests have difficulty.
Depart via your coach to the village for FREE TIME. Guests can enjoy the many shops and places to enjoy a beverage
FERRY DEPARTURE FROM THE ISLAND - DUE to the tide the ferry times vary anywhere from 1 to 1 ½ hours in length on the way back to the mainland
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. Moved back from the ocean in 1999 to protect it from beach erosion; the lighthouse is a national treasure. See the sport fishing vessels come in from the Gulf Stream at the Oregon inlet Fishing Center. It’s full of excitement as the fish are tossed out on the dock. Guests can climb if they wish at an extra cost. ($8.00) Weather permitting. MAJOR WALKING if anyone wants to climb to the top.
Departure for Bodie Light house – great for photo’s
Bodie Lighthouse had the rockiest beginnings. Disagreements over the location delayed the building of the first lighthouse for ten years. After a year, one side was a foot lower than the other so the lamp stopped functioning. Attempts to prop up the lighthouse were unsuccessful.
So, in 1859 a 90-foot-high brick tower was built as a new Bodie Island Lighthouse. In the early years of the Civil War, this lighthouse was controlled by Union troops. However, in 1861, Confederate troops slipped into the lighthouse and blew it up. The current Bodie Island Lighthouse was built in the model of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, except for having an exposed granite base. Even this lighthouse had a difficult beginning. Soon after it began operation in 1872, a flock of geese flew against the light, breaking glass panes and damaging the lens. Today, the lighthouse is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The lighthouse itself is not open, but the old keeper's house is open as a visitor's center and museum.
Return to the property. Happy Hour with two drink tickets (beer or wine or soda and appetizers
DINNER ON OWN THIS EVENING
Day Four Thursday MAY 7, 2020 (Breakfast & dinner included)
Private Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart with guide to Corolla Beach Lighthouse and Wildlife Center
The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is located between the lighthouse and the Whalehead Club. The educational facility’s theme of “Life by Water’s Rhythms” is developed by means of an 8,000-gallon aquarium stocked with local fish species, a collection of waterfowl decoys, hunting and fishing artifacts, and a “Wildlife of the Marsh” diorama. The Center’s feature film examines the importance of the water to the history of the region. A boardwalk leads to an overlook of Currituck Sound.
Wild Horse Tour
Welcome to Back Beach Wild Horse Tours in Corolla NC. The tours embark from Corolla NC, the last Outer Banks outpost before the road ends into nothing but stretches of wide beach. Guests will be provided a safe group fun to see the Corolla Wild Horses, descendants of the Spanish Mustangs brought to the New World by explorers as long ago as the early 1500s. Because we go to their native habitat, you have the chance to experience much more than just a tour to see these majestic beings; you also get stories about the history of this area, a chance to learn about the other wild animals and vegetation of this area…and sometimes even a pirate tale or two!
The guides are entertainers as well as expert horse spotters, and they know how to keep your entire crew engaged and interested. View the horses in our open air Safari-style vehicle
Travel 14 miles to Duck, NC
Lunch on own at the Sunset Grille and Raw Bar of Duck, North Carolina. Sunset Grille is located on the best waterfront property on the Outer Banks in the village of Duck.
Menu offers a wide choice of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps…..something for everyone . Hint: Try the She Crab soup.
Return to the property to enjoy a free late afternoon.
Dinner ….this evening will be a family style feast at Lone Cedar Restaurant, where every table has a view of the water (located on the causeway). The Basnight family welcomes you where only the freshest locally caught seafood is served, along with certified U.S. Family style feast of their famous crab dip, BBQ ribs, fresh lightly dusted local shrimp, sautéed tuna, sides, fresh baked corn bread and choice of the best key lime pie on the east coast or Hershey cake!
Day Five – Friday May 8, 2020 (Breakfast included)
Private Breakfast at the hotel.
Bid good-bye to your tour guide and depart for a stop at the Morris Farm Market. Group will enjoy this local market in business for almost 30 years! They have a kitchen where they bake pies and delicious fruit breads. They have wine from North Carolina vineyards and absolutely wonderful jams, pickles, relishes, fresh produce (think strawberries) and other products that are mostly made by hard working Southerners.
Depart for home and have a comfort stop and lunch on own and afternoon comfort before arriving back in the Northern Virgina, Marland area.