Outer Banks Bicycle Tour
A luxurious bicycling vacation along North Carolina's Outer Banks & Albemarle Sound
1: Edenton, our rendezvous site, offers an idyllic waterfront village complete with beautifully restored historic homes.
As the first colonial capital of North Carolina, Edenton is the site of
much of the early history of the state and the nation. In 2003,
National Trust for Historic Preservation, named Edenton to its list of
America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of unique and
lovingly preserved communities in the United States. We start the trip rolling
with a 30 mile bike ride into the countryside north of town. Country roads
take us past cotton farms, swamps, and another historic town. You'll work
up an appetite, which will be satisfied by an outstanding gourmet meal
After filling up with a delicious hot breakfast, our leisurely morning ride takes you past rolling pastures and country farms.
enjoy our picnic lunch on the banks of the Scuppernong River, where we
learn more about the area ecology on the self-guided boardwalk trail
that leads into a cypress swamp. A brief shuttle takes us the rest of the way to the charming waterfront village of Manteo, our
home base for the next 2 nights. Manteo, named for a native American who assisted the first
English explorers is located on Roanoke Island, where the ill-fated
"Lost Colony" was attempted. We will never know what
became of those 116 colonists, who disappeared in 1587, but their legend
is respectfully remembered all over Manteo and Roanoke Island. The
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo commemorates this history,
and is home to the longest running outdoor play in America, "The
Lost Colony," which is reenacted every summer. Nearby
Festival Park is home to the Elizabeth II, a modern replica of the 16th
century ships that would have brought the English colonists to the New
World. You can see that and more by joining in our group kayak
tour starting at the Manteo waterfront. We paddle past the
Elizabeth II and into the salt marsh nearby.
3: Breakfast at The White Doe Inn is an elegant, multi-course
affair that will get us fueled for another day of bicycling. We then work off the wonderful calories consumed at breakfast by cycling north through island communities,
upscale shopping areas and hidden soundside streets. An optional visit to the Currituck Wildlife Refuge or an optional
hike to the fabulous views from the top of the Currituck Lighthouse is slated for the afternoon, or you may pedal back to
Kitty Hawk. We
will visit the historic site of
the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk.
Enjoy the fascinating ranger talk and walk the hallowed ground where
aviation history was made. We regroup for
hors d'eourves on the Manteo waterfront at sunset and dinner as a group at
the renowned 1587 restaurant. Click here
to see some of 1587's outstanding cuisine.
4: After another distinctive White Doe Inn breakfast, we shuttle
briefly back to the mainland where we bike back to Edenton. Rural
farmland and swampy areas provide the quiet backdrop for our final miles
together. At the Granville Queen Inn, showers and a final catered lunch will be ready.
Birders and kayakers will revel in the options available in eastern North Carolina: Merchants Millpond State Park, Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, and many other spots offer quiet, tranquil water. Several self-guided canoe trails are located in and around Edenton itself.
888.251.3206 (or 336-794-1054) or click here to request your reservation
Tailwinds P.O. Box 24716 Winston-Salem, NC
888.251.3206 or 336.794.1054