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Hester Family’s guidebook

Hester Family

Hester Family’s guidebook

Coffee Shops
Local Coffee In Manteo!
Awesome coffee and staff. Now, TWO locations. Walk to the first location located in "Lovin Life" Craft Shop or visit the downtown location. Local pastries available that are super delicious too!
Charis Coffee Company
107 G Budleigh St
Awesome coffee and staff. Now, TWO locations. Walk to the first location located in "Lovin Life" Craft Shop or visit the downtown location. Local pastries available that are super delicious too!
Been on the island for a while now. Also great coffee & staff. Large front porch to sit outside and enjoy the day!
Front Porch Cafe-Manteo
300 US-64
Been on the island for a while now. Also great coffee & staff. Large front porch to sit outside and enjoy the day!
Restaurants
We LOVE to eat, let us share some of our favorites close by!
Friendly staff, scratch made fare. From seafood to burgers; everything is delicious! Property is listed on the second floor of the waterfront shops downtown Manteo. You can also visit one of your hosts there at the bar!
Avenue Waterfront Grille
207 Queen Elizabeth Ave
Friendly staff, scratch made fare. From seafood to burgers; everything is delicious! Property is listed on the second floor of the waterfront shops downtown Manteo. You can also visit one of your hosts there at the bar!
Easy pick for all the family to enjoy. We particularly like sitting on the second floor and enjoying the beautiful water view. Wide range of options, consistent, and friendly staff! OPEN ON SUNDAYS!
Stripers Bar & Grill
1100A S Bay Club Dr
Easy pick for all the family to enjoy. We particularly like sitting on the second floor and enjoying the beautiful water view. Wide range of options, consistent, and friendly staff! OPEN ON SUNDAYS!
If you are up for a little drive; GO TO KILL DEVIL GRILL Or KDG as the locals call it :-). AHMAZING! Everything is scratch made, service is AWESOME, and they always have specials. Great times to go to avoid the crowd are late lunches and early dinners. 2-about 4:30. Dinner time service picks up around 5:30 and you will have to wait but always worth it. (TRY THE EGG ROLLS YUM!)
The Kill Devil Grill
2008 South Virginia Dare Trail
If you are up for a little drive; GO TO KILL DEVIL GRILL Or KDG as the locals call it :-). AHMAZING! Everything is scratch made, service is AWESOME, and they always have specials. Great times to go to avoid the crowd are late lunches and early dinners. 2-about 4:30. Dinner time service picks up around 5:30 and you will have to wait but always worth it. (TRY THE EGG ROLLS YUM!)
Looking for a great steak dinner? JK's is your spot. It will take you about 15-20 minutes but its well worth the drive. The ribs are to die for!
JK's Restaurant
1106 South Croatan Highway
Looking for a great steak dinner? JK's is your spot. It will take you about 15-20 minutes but its well worth the drive. The ribs are to die for!
This is our FAVORITE! Short drive on the beach road to Surfin Spoon; you will not be disappointed. Don't forget to leave a dollar in the ceiling! (You can read all about it when you get there!) Side note, the ice cream sandwiches are So delicious!
Surfin' Spoon Frozen Yogurt Bar
2408 South Virginia Dare Trail
This is our FAVORITE! Short drive on the beach road to Surfin Spoon; you will not be disappointed. Don't forget to leave a dollar in the ceiling! (You can read all about it when you get there!) Side note, the ice cream sandwiches are So delicious!
Great Lunch Spot for the family. Lots of variety, fun environment , dancing, and an ice cream bar with real "soda jerks". So much fun!
Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill
716 US-64
Great Lunch Spot for the family. Lots of variety, fun environment , dancing, and an ice cream bar with real "soda jerks". So much fun!
Great for lunch! Stroll in for a hot lunch plate or pick up a premade grab and go option! They also have kambucha, soups, desserts, and local retail! YUM YUM YUM!
Johanna’s ~Cafe Lachine
5000 South Croatan Highway
Great for lunch! Stroll in for a hot lunch plate or pick up a premade grab and go option! They also have kambucha, soups, desserts, and local retail! YUM YUM YUM!
To Do
Looking for something to do while you are here? Did you know there is more than just the beach? Let us tell you some of our favorites!
Fun Attraction, Great for all ages, beautiful space!
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
Fun Attraction, Great for all ages, beautiful space!
Why Airport road? Well...if you follow it to the end you will find an AWESOME "watering hole" or sound side beach. The locals love hanging out here. Calm waters, play ground, picnic tables, and you can watch the planes come in! Great fun place!
Airport Road
Why Airport road? Well...if you follow it to the end you will find an AWESOME "watering hole" or sound side beach. The locals love hanging out here. Calm waters, play ground, picnic tables, and you can watch the planes come in! Great fun place!
We LOVE Festival Park. Take a stroll along the water on all of the walking trails or venture into the museum. There is fun for all ages and you will learn a lot of Outer Banks History. You can also see the Elizbethean II that is anchored downtown Manteo. Fun spot
Festival Park
We LOVE Festival Park. Take a stroll along the water on all of the walking trails or venture into the museum. There is fun for all ages and you will learn a lot of Outer Banks History. You can also see the Elizbethean II that is anchored downtown Manteo. Fun spot
Looking for an amazing sunset? This is your spot! Really easy to get here; travel through town to the end of Manteo. Right before you get on the "Old Mans Harbor Bridge" there is an opening on the RIGHT for this soundside parking access. You can park your car and sit, or get out and explore. Either way, you will enjoy a beautiful sunset here and relaxing time.
North End Park
264 US-64
Looking for an amazing sunset? This is your spot! Really easy to get here; travel through town to the end of Manteo. Right before you get on the "Old Mans Harbor Bridge" there is an opening on the RIGHT for this soundside parking access. You can park your car and sit, or get out and explore. Either way, you will enjoy a beautiful sunset here and relaxing time.
So much fun! This place has been here literally forever and it is a great local outing. Tickets are only $7.00 and snacks are super cheap (popcorn is SO delicious) You need CASH. Movies change on Fridays!
Pioneer Theatre
113 Budleigh St
So much fun! This place has been here literally forever and it is a great local outing. Tickets are only $7.00 and snacks are super cheap (popcorn is SO delicious) You need CASH. Movies change on Fridays!
We have soo much fun here! Jump with our without the kids! Plenty of space to sit and watch. They even have a new "Ax throwing" area!
Jumpmasters
728 US 64/264
We have soo much fun here! Jump with our without the kids! Plenty of space to sit and watch. They even have a new "Ax throwing" area!
Shopping..Shopping..Shopping!
Outlets Nags Head
7100 South Croatan Highway
Shopping..Shopping..Shopping!
Church-Praise and Worship
Looking to visit church while on vacation; we would love to invite you to ours!
Lead by Pastor Stephen & Tiffany Wescott in a laid back welcoming environment. Praise & Worship is wonderful and the messages are too! 8:30a, 10a, & 11:30a Sundays! Or check the website for other events during the week.
Coastal Family Church
106 E Finch St
Lead by Pastor Stephen & Tiffany Wescott in a laid back welcoming environment. Praise & Worship is wonderful and the messages are too! 8:30a, 10a, & 11:30a Sundays! Or check the website for other events during the week.
Adult Beverages?
Looking to catch the local bar scene? There are a few spots that have to be on your list!
Rum Distillery in Manteo....Need we say more? Lots of Fun!
Kill Devil Hills Rum
716 US-64
Rum Distillery in Manteo....Need we say more? Lots of Fun!
Visit the brewery downtown! You can hang at the bar to sample their latest beer and/or grab a bite too!
Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe
208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Visit the brewery downtown! You can hang at the bar to sample their latest beer and/or grab a bite too!
Not just a sandwich shop....this is a great after hours bar too! Usually has live music and togo cups to take your beer outside!
Poor Richards Sandwich Shop
305 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Not just a sandwich shop....this is a great after hours bar too! Usually has live music and togo cups to take your beer outside!
Pool tables, beer, drink specials, oh and did we mention they serve pizza late! Awesome spot. Don't forget to grab an Uber or have a DD!
Lucky 12 Tavern
3308 South Virginia Dare Trail
Pool tables, beer, drink specials, oh and did we mention they serve pizza late! Awesome spot. Don't forget to grab an Uber or have a DD!
Want to Go To The Beach?
Let us make a few recommendations! Wear your sunscreen, pack a hat, wear sunglasses, wear shoes. You will be tempted to run the beach with your bare feet to your desired location but our sand is HOT! Travel with care :-)! Weather seems a little off? Don't get discouraged...Give it 20 minutes or so....Our weather changes quickly!
By far our FAVORITE access. It is a little bit of a drive. (20 minutes from the house) but it is so worth it! Bathroom & Shower Area are awesome, recently upgraded boardwalk to the beach, wide open beach areas leaving plenty of room even when it is "crowded". Want to take a break from the beach? Travel across the street and check out Bodie Light House! Word for the wise.....pack lots of water and a lunch because food spots are about 20 minutes from this location!
Coquina Beach
By far our FAVORITE access. It is a little bit of a drive. (20 minutes from the house) but it is so worth it! Bathroom & Shower Area are awesome, recently upgraded boardwalk to the beach, wide open beach areas leaving plenty of room even when it is "crowded". Want to take a break from the beach? Travel across the street and check out Bodie Light House! Word for the wise.....pack lots of water and a lunch because food spots are about 20 minutes from this location!
Sound side park access is available near the park entrance. We love this for small kids because the water is shallow and calm. Not very many sea shells if that is your thing but it makes for an extremely peaceful day! There is also an awesome museum that is great for the family. From the main park entrance you can also climb jockey's ridge from the backside and take in the amazing sound view! Don't forget to pack the kite!
Jockey's Ridge State Park
300 W Carolista
Sound side park access is available near the park entrance. We love this for small kids because the water is shallow and calm. Not very many sea shells if that is your thing but it makes for an extremely peaceful day! There is also an awesome museum that is great for the family. From the main park entrance you can also climb jockey's ridge from the backside and take in the amazing sound view! Don't forget to pack the kite!
First completely handicap accessible beach access! Great addition to the beach!
Public Beach Access - Ocean Bay Blvd
204 Ocean Bay Blvd
First completely handicap accessible beach access! Great addition to the beach!
We love South Nags Head beaches. A little less crowded then the main drag and you can also visit Fish Heads to fish, grab a bite, or a drink!
Fish Heads Bar & Grill
8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Rd.
We love South Nags Head beaches. A little less crowded then the main drag and you can also visit Fish Heads to fish, grab a bite, or a drink!
Museum's & Attractions
Looking to learn a little bit, We have those spots too!
Pea Island Life Saving Station Cook House! Moved from its original location; this property serves as a museum for the first and only all Black Life Saving Station in the Coast Guard. Learn about the surf man's heroism with private tours. Contact 252-489-0847 to arrange a tour!
622 Sir Walter Raleigh St
622 Sir Walter Raleigh St
Pea Island Life Saving Station Cook House! Moved from its original location; this property serves as a museum for the first and only all Black Life Saving Station in the Coast Guard. Learn about the surf man's heroism with private tours. Contact 252-489-0847 to arrange a tour!
Beautiful memorial for the Wright Brothers! Great museum, large park for walking or taking awesome pictures. Our tip is to go early, it get's HOT here!
Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N croatan hwy
Beautiful memorial for the Wright Brothers! Great museum, large park for walking or taking awesome pictures. Our tip is to go early, it get's HOT here!
Fun experience for the family. You can check in to climb too!
Bodie Island Lighthouse
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse
Fun experience for the family. You can check in to climb too!
Home to the "Lost Colony" outdoor drama, Elizabethan Gardens, and more! Fun location to explore
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Dr
Home to the "Lost Colony" outdoor drama, Elizabethan Gardens, and more! Fun location to explore
Fun interactive museum to learn about animals. They often have story time and guided tours too!
Coastal Nc Refuges Gateway Visitor Center
100 conservation Way
Fun interactive museum to learn about animals. They often have story time and guided tours too!