An oceanfront getaway packed with U.S. history sites.

History on Roanoke Island
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The mysterious disappearance of the original 16th-century colonists of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, hasn’t tainted its sleep modern-day pleasures. Head down in late spring and early fall for ideal weather without summer beach crowds.

Lost Colony Theater

Every May, a team of 200 actors and designers put together a theatrical imagining of Roanoke’s doomed 16th-century settlement.

Pioneer Theatre

Catch the classic movie of the week at the vintage-1960s theater.

Great Gut Deli

Pick up a seafood sandwich or chicken Caesar salad to go, or settle in on the deck.

Bearded Clam Raw Bar

Fresh steamed shrimp goes down smoother with a cold one at this waterside pub and local hangout within Stripes Bar & Grille.

Scarborough House Inn

A short walk from Manteo’s downtown dock, the homey saltbox-style B&B has rooms reminiscent of Grandma’s.