The Cove Bed & Breakfast
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We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Ocracoke, #5 among the Top 10 "prettiest small towns" according to a N.C. journalist poll in January, 2010. The Cove Bed and Breakfast Inn provides a quiet location for a great getaway just a couple of hours south of Nags Head, including the ferry ride.
Stretch out and unwind. The tastefully decorated rooms and suites, with their private baths, central air conditioning and large, furnished and private balconies offer a special setting for your honeymoon, anniversary, birthday or just being here.
Ocracoke Island’s informal lifestyle lends itself well to the Bed & Breakfast approach to Outer Banks lodging. The Cove B&B is a leading example of just such an Ocracoke Island Inn. Built beneath old live oaks in the “beach” style as a private duplex in 1992 and thus one of the island’s newer lodgings, The Cove took on its current form in 2001, became ours the following year, and the evolution was on. The need for more space led to the purchase of the adjacent Live Oaks Cottage for our on-site innkeepers in 2008, allowing the addition of a new first floor suite with a private entrance and screened porch. More outdoor space with water views was added in 2012.
Two wings of the duplex at our Ocracoke Island inn, Sunrise and Sunset, offer maximum privacy.
Our rattan furnished parlor offers to our guests lounging, TV, reading, games, and our outdoor dining area. As weather permits, we take advantage of our screened porch furnished with teak tables and chairs for outdoor dining and Adirondack and rocking chairs for snoozing and socializing. Solitude comes with each guest’s private room, bath, and furnished balcony.
Ample on-site parking is augmented by space for boat or other trailers at our owners’ “down creek” property, and their dock on the east side of Silver Lake will accommodate your kayak or smallish boat.
Guests may use our complimentary bikes to roam the village and our beach chairs and towels on trips to the beach. WiFi throughout The Cove is secure. Each afternoon our complimentary wine and goodie get-together is a popular way of transitioning into the evening fun. For those who can’t quite leave “the world” behind, we subscribe to the Wall Street Journal.
An Authentic, Gourmet Ocracoke Island Breakfast Experience
For the early riser, there is fresh French Roast coffee and a homemade treat at 7 AM, followed by breakfast at 8:30. The Cove’s incomparable full-plated and served hot breakfast is the hallmark of our day and is said by many to make lunch unnecessary. Offerings vary, including such delights as our special version of Eggs Benedict, stuffed french toast, pumpkin pancakes, casseroles, quiches, sausage or bacon, fruit juice, and our Cove-baked breads including Ocracoke’s unique fig cake. Our homemade fig preserves, from our very own trees, are a delight, and our our coffee pot is bottomless.
Let us know the day before if you need to leave before breakfast is served to catch an early ferry or to go fishing, or just explore the island. We will be happy to have the coffee ready to turn on and to have a “to-go” breakfast waiting in the refrigerator for you to heat.
If you have special dietary requirements, let us know in advance and we’ll try to meet them. Ocracoke has but one grocery store, but we are inventive and will deliver an Outer Banks breakfast you’ll remember!
- A queen size bed with bedside tables and lamps, with matelasse coverlets and shams
- Seasonally appropriate flannel sheets or 400-count white cotton sheets, with dust ruffle & matching pillows
- Private balcony with juniper Adirondack chairs and side table
- Full carpeting
- Private bath
- Central AC and ceiling fans
- Hair dryer
- DVD player (enjoy our selection of DVDs)
- Outdoor shower at the main entrance for after-beach rinsing
First visited by Europeans in the early 16th century, the Outer Banks and Ocracoke Island (earlier Wokokon or Ocreekok, and variants) became increasingly colonized by the English under Sir Walter Raleigh late in that century. In this era there appeared the fabled “banker ponies” whose decendants thrive still on Ocracoke at the “pony pens” on NC 12 north, under the care of Park Service staff.
The late 17th century saw the rise of piracy and smuggling along the Outer Banks, dwindling to a close following the celebrated death of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, aka Edward Teach, off Ocracoke in 1718. The site of this epic battle, a Cove called Teach’s Hole near The Cove B&B, can be visited by strolling thru Springer’s Point Maritime Preserve just down the road. Even today more information is being collected about him in the exploration near Beaufort of his sunken flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge. Drink deeply of widely available lore and memorabilia- the OPS Museum is a good place to start.
Ocracoke’s strategic location led to the development of Pilot Town where our village now stands surrounding Cockle Creek, later deepened and renamed Silver Lake. From here experienced mariners guided ships thru uncertain shoaled waters toward the mainland. Our Lighthouse, a short walk from The Cove and the second oldest continuously operating on the East Coast, was built in 1823 for the princely sum of eleven thousand dollars.
During World War II Ocracoke served as a U.S. Navy advanced amphibious warfare training center. A monument to these “beach jumper” operations is seen on Loop Shack Hill near the airstrip. and a number of the Navy’s concrete “ammo dump” roads are in use on the island to this day.
In our British Cemetery rest four of the crew of HMT Bedfordshire who perished in action against U-boat 558 on May 11, 1942. Each year on the anniversary of this sinking a memorial service is held with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy, together with British, Canadian, and at times German navies participating.
Protected by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Recreational Area from the massive development that befell many other beach areas, Ocracoke Island’s 16 mile length and 0.2-3 mile (diagonal) width remains a naturalist’s delight and vacationer’s marvel. Be prepared to enjoy it to it’s fullest.
The commencement of regular ferry service across Hatteras Inlet in the 1950s, together with the paving of NC 12 from the north end marked the beginning of large scale vacationing and increased populace in Ocracoke. Our 2010 census lists some 900 residents, and our highly rated Pre-K thru 12 school has about 150 students.
Further milestones in our recent history include the construction of our 3000 ft. airstrip (which at 5 ft. above sea level can almost serve to calibrate altimeters), ferry service from the mainland via Cedar Island and our county seat at Swan Quarter, neatly coordinated medical services consisting of our Health Center and Emergency Services together with both civilian and military mainland resources and transport, and the internet. All these and more have advanced the island from a pleasing albeit near-spartan existence to- presto (well, perhaps andante) – a place of modern comfort and security.
Why, we even have our very own radio station- WOVV 90.1, Ocracoke’s Village Voice, with our talented local musicians, occasional news, live local sports broadcasts and all.
For additional information on Ocracoke happenings and places, see www.ocracokevillage.com and www.ocracokecurrent.com. Exceptional coverage about beaches, Park Service, Hatteras and Ocracoke, will be found at www.islandfreepress.org. When you’re on the island pick up a copy of The Ocracoke Observer, widely available.
Getting to Ocracoke/Directions to The Cove’s Outer Banks Lodging
Our Ocracoke Island inn is accessible only by car ferry, private plane or private boat. Most people take one of the ferries. If you are arriving by private plane, let us know at the time of reservation and call us when you arrive; we’ll be happy to pick you up at the landing strip. If you will be sailing in on a private boat, let us know so we can provide you with directions to The Cove dock (we will, of course, be glad to pick you up from there as well).
If you are driving:
From points north, drive down the Outer Banks on NC Hwy 12 to Hatteras Village, from where you can board the free ferry which runs at least every hour (more often during busy times of the year) from 5 AM until midnight. This ferry ride takes approximately 40 minutes and lands at the north end of Ocracoke – from there, you will drive approximately 15 miles (continuing on NC Hwy 12) to reach Ocracoke Village. After arriving in the village, continue on Hwy. 12 until you see Lighthouse Road (look for the large white hotel (Island Inn) on the corner). Turn left onto Lighthouse Rd. Drive until the road takes a sharp left and becomes Loop Rd. The Cove is immediately on your left.
From points west and south, take one of the two toll ferries (about 2.5 hours) from the mainland, which cost $15 one way for a car (if you are towing something or driving a larger vehicle, such as an RV, the cost is higher). If you are traveling from the south, take the ferry from Cedar Island. Coming from the west, take the ferry from Swan Quarter. These ferries run on a set schedule, and reservations are necessary (especially during the summer months). The mainland ferries land in the village. After disembarking, you will turn right onto Highway 12 and follow it around a curve until you see Lighthouse Road (look for the large white hotel (Island Inn) on the corner). Turn right onto Lighthouse Rd. Drive until the road takes a sharp left and becomes Loop Rd. The Cove is immediately on your left.
You can get more information about the ferry system, including schedules and numbers to call for reservations online at http://www.ncferry.org or by calling 800-BY-FERRY.