Yacht Life in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
By Shelley Seale
When we were planning our trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and saw the opportunity to stay on a yacht, we jumped at the chance. What a cool, fun, different experience! The Starry Banner has so many things going for it:
1) Comfort – The boat had all the amenities of home: you first stepped into a comfortable salon with a corner wrap-around couch, sound system and flat-screen TV. A few steps below that was a galley, with an equipped kitchen, head (bathroom) and a small sleeping space up front that would be suitable for a third person or children (12 and over only).
At the aft of the boat was the main bedroom, and it was beautiful. Small of course, as space on boats generally is; but this was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on. Dreamy!
2) Location – At the Manteo Marina of Roanoke Island, you are footsteps away from everything in the picturesque, exceedingly charming town. Restaurants, shopping, or just a stroll along the waterfront; it’s all right there.
You’re also just across the bridge from the Roanoke Island Festival Park and its Queen Elizabeth ship. The Lost Colony and other historic sites are a short drive away, as are other locations of the Outer Banks such as Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras.
3) Fun and Adventure –
We’ve all stayed in plenty of boring hotel rooms. This was something really unique, and it was a blast staying on a well-equipped boat for our vacation.
There was also an upper deck on top that was delightful for relaxing with a glass of wine or reading on pretty days. The yacht is self-serviced, meaning that no breakfast or maid service is provided but you have total privacy and the comforts of home.
There are also grills available at the marina for guest use, and bicycles which are excellent for getting around the town. The management provides an extensive guest booklet that tells not only everything about the boat but also local sites and restaurants.
The Starry Banner is docked at the marina in Manteo, a walkable town of clapboard buildings that house restaurants, shops and even a brewpub (the Full Moon, one of our favorite spots there). Everything in the town was literally steps away from the boat, which provided the perfect location to explore Roanoke Island.
Coming “home” to the Starry Banner, sleeping with the light lull of the water and enjoying a glass of wine on the upper deck truly made our visit to the Outer Banks far more special than it would have been otherwise.
The management company also has several adorable cottages for rent on Roanoke Island; you can find out more about them at this website:
Summer (High Season) May 16- September 30
$199.00 per night 3-night minimum or $1250.00 per week
Spring & Fall (Mid seasons) April 1-May 15, Sept 30 – October 31
$155.00 per night / 3-night minimum or $976.00 per week
Telephone 252-256-2662 or 804-640-4440
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Shelley Seale is an Austin, Texas-based freelance journalist who writes about lifestyle, travel, health, education, business, and nonprofit issues. She has written for National Geographic, USA Today, Andrew Harper Traveler magazine, Yahoo, CNN, the Austin Business Journal, Austin Woman, and many others. Her favorite quote is by Helen Keller: “Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”