When Vino & History Collide: Francis Ford Coppola’s Passion for Wine & History Takes an Outer Banks Twist

vino_1Upon a recent visit to Sweet T’s Coffee, Beer & Wine Shop in Duck, I came across two bottles of wine that immediately grabbed my attention. Being a discerning member of our local NC beach community, I immediately recognized that both bottles had labels with Outer Banks motifs. One bottle read “The Lost Colony“, the other “Manteo“. As it would turn out, there are actually four wines, with two more arriving this month, that bear an Outer Banks influence. I took a closer look at the labels, “Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, California (Sonoma County)”.

vino_2It seemed peculiar to me that a winery located on the west coast would brand itself after Roanoke Island, NC-based history. So I decided to do what everyone who has a burning question does…I “Googled” it. A few keystrokes and clicks of the mouse later, I had my answer. It turns out a pretty famous American film director is the pivotal player behind these wines. For years now, Francis Ford Coppola, when taking time off from making award-winning movies (most notably, “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now”) has a passion for making wine. Mr. Coppola purchased the former Geyser Peak Winery, and has recently reopened it under the name Virginia Dare Winery. The decorated director/winemaker is also a self-described “huge history buff, and a fan of folklore, especially when they meet shrouded in mystery”. Thus, the stories of Virginia Dare and The Lost Colony were inspiration and a natural fit for his newest winery.

Mr. Coppola created anticipation with a game of mystery and intrigue by individually releasing four wines at separate times prior to, and leading up to, the unveiling of the newest winery’s name.


Now that the veil has been lifted from the Virginia Dare Winery, it will release its two flagship wines later this month – Virginia Dare Chardonnay and Virginia Dare Pinot Noir.

For those unfamiliar with the historical significance behind these wine names, or just those that need a quick “refresher” course, here’s a quick lesson on the backgrounds behind the names:

vino_4Virginia Dare was born in the Roanoke Colony in what is now Manteo, North Carolina on August 18th, 1587. She was the first white, Christian child of English parents born in the New World. Today, a portion of NC-12, also know as “The Beach Road”, is officially named “Virginia Dare Trail”.

vino_5Manteo was a Native American Croatan Indian, the chief of a local tribe that befriended the English explorers who landed at Roanoke Island in 1584. In 1585 the English returned to Roanoke, arriving too late in the year to plant crops and harvest food, and Manteo helped the colonists make it through the harsh winter. He traveled to England on two occasions, in 1584 and 1585. After staying there, he was among those who sailed for the New World in 1587 along with Governor John White and his colonists, who founded the failed settlement later known as “The Lost Colony“. On Sunday, August 13, 1587, Manteo was christened on Roanoke Island, making him the first Native American to be baptized into the Church of England. Today, the town on Roanoke Island where “The Lost Colony” existed is named Manteo. An outdoor drama production of “The Lost Colony” has been performed every summer since 1937 on the same site where the actual events occurred.

The Lost Colony Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 weary men, women and children waded ashore and made history on Roanoke Island in July 1587, establishing the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas.

vino_6Recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh, among these settlers was John White, his pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare, her husband Ananias Dare, and the Indian chief Manteo, who had become an English ally during a previous visit in Britain.

They unloaded their belongings and supplies and repaired an old fort previously erected on the island. On August 18, 1587, Eleanor Dare gave birth to a daughter she named Virginia, thus earning the distinction of being the first English child born on American soil. Ten days later, John White departed for England promising to return with more supplies. It was the last time he would ever see his family.

Three years later, John White returned to Roanoke Island on his granddaughter’s third birthday only to find the settlement deserted, plundered and surrounded by overgrown brush. On one of the palisades, he found the single word “CROATOAN” carved into the surface, and the letters “CRO” carved into a nearby tree. The 117 pioneers of Roanoke Island had vanished into the great wilderness and into folklore.” [SOURCE]

vino_7The Tale of The White Doe & The Two Arrowheads: As Virginia Dare became a young woman, she naturally attracted the attentions of suitors. Among these young men were the noble Okisko, and a jealous sorcerer named Chico.

Chico was the first to offer his hand to the young Virginia Dare, but the maiden refused his advanced. Enraged, he used his dark arts to curse the girl, and transformed her body into that of a snow-white deer.

The mysterious white doe was often seen on Roanoke, sadly walking through the now-overgrown and decaying houses built by her people. The story of this beautiful, elusive creature soon spread to all the tribes on the islands.

vino_9Now, Okisko, Virginia Dare’s other suitor, figured that this white doe had shown up about the same time Virginia Dare had gone missing. Reckoning that his rival in love was a pretty hand at the dark arts, it didn’t take him long to figure out that this white doe was his own beloved. Seeking the help of a friendly sorcerer, he learned how to make a magic arrowhead from the mother-of-pearl lining of an oyster shell that would undo the curse.

But Wanchese had also heard of the white doe, and in a bid to prove his worth as a warrior he vowed to kill the rare creature. To this end, he pledged to use a silver arrowhead given to him by Queen Elizabeth when he had been in England.

Okisko and Wanchese, unknown to one another, both tracked the white doe for weeks — one pledged to return her to her true form, the other sworn to bring her death. And as it happened, they came upon the deer at the same hour of the same day, as she was drinking from a still, deep pool in the forest. Okisko saw his beloved, Wanchese saw his prey, and at the same time they both released their arrows. At the same time, both their arrows hit the heart of the white deer, Okisko’s undoing the enchantment and Wanchese’s bringing death.

Seeing what he had done, Wanchese fled the island in fear, but Okisko sadly carried the body of his beloved to the old fort built by the colonists and buried her at its center.

But soon by that pool where Virginia Dare died, a new vine sprung up, whose grapes were sweeter than any tasted before but whose juice was a red as blood. This was the scuppernong, the grape from which the first North Carolina wines were made.” [SOURCE]

Francis Ford Coppola has once again brilliantly retold another classic tale – this time not in a theater, but a winery. The magic and mystery of Virginia Dare and The Lost Colony history & folklore lives on through his wine…even if it is made on that “other coast” in California.

Introducing Our Biggest Home Yet The 28 Bedroom Pine Island Lodge

We’d like to introduce you to our biggest home yet, The Pine Island Lodge. With over 28,000 square feet of living space and over 14,000 square feet of decks this oceanfront beauty is ready for anything. Did we mention there is also a detached bridal suite?  Check out the pics below.


14,000 square feet of deck overlooking the ocean, sound and the large pool.
Relax under the sun or stars in one of the dozens of luxurious loungers situated around this little piece of paradise.
Hidden Spaces: Behind this front kitchen there lives a full commercial kitchen large that would make any chef drool.
The oceanfront Bridal Suite is the perfect place for the bride and groom to escape all the wedding chaos and enjoy some peace & quiet. The Suite features a king size bed master bedroom,  walk-in closet, wet bar and a private balcony.


This spacious Bridal Bathroom includes gorgeous tile details in the walk-in shower; as well as a double vanity and pedestal bathtub.
Enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of champagne while taking in the view from the Bridal Suite’s rooftop deck.
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The multiple, expansive decks at the Pine Island Lodge provide you with a panorama of ocean to sound views.
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A recreation room with pool & game tables, a kitchenette & bar, 21 seat theater room, kid’s playroom & fitness room provide more than enough indoor activities for guests of all ages to enjoy.
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Set up this spacious, screened in porch, located directly off of the dining & event room, that features a rooftop veranda offering sunrise views over the Atlantic & evening sunsets over the Currituck Sound.
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Even the level 2 deck has a sweet view.
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Dance the night away in the event room with retractable doors to let in the ocean breeze.

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The Pine Island Lodge includes a thoughtfully designed kitchen and spacious dining room with an abundance of tables & chairs to accommodate large groups.
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Big family? We’ve got you covered.
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This home features 28 master bedrooms all tastefully decorated to enhance a coastal ambiance & easily accommodate large groups.
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The third floor terrace offers more than enough set up & seating room for guests to enjoy the salt air & bright blue sea.
The detached Bridal Suite at night.
Rooftop ocean AND sound view deck.
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Plenty of relaxing spaces for everyone to wind down and enjoy the views or a nice fire.
Not a bad way to enjoy the morning. A little coffee and a good book over-looking the ocean.
Big kids or little kids can enjoy one of the multiple bunk rooms.

See all 186 pictures, availability and more information https://www.twiddy.com/homes/corolla/pine-island/the-pine-island-lodge.aspx or feel free to give us a call for more info 252.457.1190

*Not pictured – Full commercial kitchen and two elevators.

Top Reasons to Purchase Travel Insurance


Some things in life don’t go according to plan, and traveling is no exception. How many of YOU have ever changed, or even cancelled travel plans unexpectedly? Well, you’re not alone. About one in four American travelers experienced an event that impacted their travel while on vacation in 2014, according to a recent U.S. Travel Insurance Survey*. The survey showed that 98% of ‘impacted’ travelers report satisfaction with their travel insurance policies. Yep, insurance is available to help protect your trip investment in the event something unexpected happens. As long as it’s a listed, covered event, your travel insurance plan can help.

With the right attitude, and great travel insurance, you can rest assured that your trip will still be a memorable one.

Top Reasons to Purchase Travel Insurance

1. Trip Cancellation: Life is unpredictable and sometimes throws you curve balls at the most inopportune times. Situations come up and trips just need to be cancelled. This is never an easy decision and is often a stressful time. With travel insurance, your unpleasant situation can be a little less tense. As long as you’re experiencing a covered event under the plan, you can receive reimbursement for your non-refundable trip costs if you need to cancel.

2. Medical Emergencies: What can you do if it’s time to hit the road and you or someone in your party is seriously ill? If you must cancel your trip due to serious illness, travel insurance can actually cover your non-refundable deposits and/or prepayments. Having to deal with a major illness is stressful enough, at least you won’t have to worry about losing some of your pre-paid travel expenses.

3. Trip Interruption: It’s an incredibly unfortunate situation to be on vacation and get the phone call that you must end your trip early, or even experience an emergency while on vacation that sends you home. Whether it’s because of a severe family illness, a flight delay or cancellation, or another covered event, travel insurance can help. Plus, in addition to the coverage provided by your insurance plan, you also gain access to a 24 hour emergency assistance hotline to assist you if needed. Doesn’t that help you relax more while away on vacation?

4. Weather Emergencies: Mother Nature certainly has a mind of her own no matter what time of year and prime vacation season is no exception. Some of the best beach vacation months also happen to fall during hurricane season. Booking your trip in advance means you won’t know if there will be a storm, and once storms are out there, it’s hard to predict what path they will take. Travel insurance can keep you calm when the weather forecasters start getting riled up.

5. Lost Baggage: A trip to the beach isn’t much fun without a bathing suit. If your luggage is delayed or lost, travel insurance can cover the cost of lost, stolen or damaged items. Travel insurance can even reimburse you for necessary items you need if your baggage was delayed for more than 24 hours. Even without your bags you’ll be able to pile on the SPF and hit the beach.

*The USTIA survey results are based on an Ipsos poll of 1,005 U.S. adults ages 18 and older from Dec.2-4, 2014. Results are considered accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points of the U.S. population.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services. Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions. Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply. Travel Retailers may not be licensed to sell insurance, in all states, and are not authorized to answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. This plan provides insurance coverage for your trip that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by your travel retailers. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker. This notice provides general information on CSA’s products and services only. The information contained herein is not part of an insurance policy and may not be used to modify any insurance policy that might be issued. In the event the actual policy forms are inconsistent with any information provided herein, the language of the policy forms shall govern.

Generali logoTravel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.


Fun Area Activities for Columbus Day Weekend

It’s Columbus Day Weekend so that means it’s the last big hurrah for many businesses on the northern Outer Banks for the year. Here are some of our top picks for awesome events you don’t want to miss this weekend:

Thursday, Oct 8:

Outer Banks Parade of Homes
Take a tour of the some of the best beach homes on the island, including Twiddy vacation rental B965: Making Memories. Stop by any home on this list to purchase a $10 ticket and get information and access to 22 homes!

Friday, Oct. 9th:

Corolla Beer Garden End of Season Fundraiser
The Corolla Beer Garden is signing off for the season by hosting a nationwide Breast Cancer Benefit from Green Flash Brewery. Enjoy good brews, a free pig roast, live music, and more for a great cause.

Friday, Oct. 9th & Saturday, Oct. 10th:

Mustang Music Festival
Now in its third year, this FUN music-filled benefit for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is hosted at Corolla’s town park. With plenty of music, vendors, and activities for all ages, you’ve never seen a bigger or better event in Corolla. You may even recognize one of our Twiddy maintenance guys, Scott, up on stage with Lunar Test Drive! Tickets are $50/day or $85 for the weekend.
Kids 12 & under are free.  Music starts noonish and lasts all night!
Wanchese Woods and Psychopath
For those looking for something a little darker this weekend. Our two local Halloween productions kick off Friday on Roanoke Island. Prepare to be scared! Tickets are $15 per person (cash only). If you’re looking for something a little more kid-friendly, visit the Island Farm Pumpkin Patch.

Saturday, Oct 10:

Kitty Hawk Elementary Fall Carnival

This is THE carnival to go to. Enjoy inflatables, amusements, food and fun for the whole family from 10AM to 4PM.  If you want a chance to win adult prizes there are raffles ranging from  $1 to $20 with a chance to win a $6,000 vacation to the Caribbean!

Sweet T’s 3rd Annual Ducktoberfest

 This Saturday Sweet T’s in Duck Village will host its third annual Ducktoberfest. With 22 craft beers and live music, you won’t need to go anywhere else. The fun begins at 2:00PM and lasts til 6:00PM…surely the fun won’t stop there.

First Flight Rotary Oink & Oyster Roast

The Oink & Oyster is one of the Outer Banks’ biggest oyster roasts of the year.  With (nearly) unlimited oysters and smoked BBQ, both cooked on-site to perfection, this is one tasty event you don’t want to miss! Tickets are $25 a person, located at MP4 next to Longboards.

Sunday, Oct 11:

Duck Jazz Festival
   Grab your beach chair and head over to The Duck Jazz Festival at the Duck town park.  Starting at 11AM, they’ll have the most talented jazz musicians in the area hit the stage for FREE! North Carolina’s very own Maceo Parker headlines the event. Maceo played sax for the original James Brown band and at 72 years old is still playing gigs regularly.

We hope to see you around town! And if you’re still in search of a place for the  weekend, take a look at our website: http://www.twiddy.com to find the perfect vacation rental.  You don’t want to miss these great events!

5 Reasons Fall is Fabulous on the Outer Banks

It’s here! Fall is here! The air has changed, football is going strong, and pumpkin spice is in just about everything. It’s also the PERFECT time to pack up and head to the beach.

I know, I know. You probably thought once we got past Labor Day, it was time pack away the beach towels and beach chairs. No way! If you want to experience the Outer Banks of North Carolina like a local, plan your trip during the fall.

How does your own private beach sound?
This is probably my favorite reason to hit the beach once summer comes to a close. Planning your beach vacation after Labor Day means you will bask in the glow of the warm OBX sun on what feels like your private beach. If quiet, calm, relaxation is what you’re hoping for, I don’t know if I can think of a better time. The beach isn’t the only place you’ll notice the calm either. Local restaurants and shops that stay open during the off season will have more time and space to offer you an incredible experience.

Boardwalk in Fall Outer Banks NC.

You simply can’t beat the OBX fall weather.
North Carolina summers are hot and sticky.  Even with the infamous OBX breeze, sitting on the beach during the dog days of summer is HOT. Once that fall air moves in, everything just gets a little more comfortable. The average daily high is usually around 80 in September and still in the 70’s for October. With water temps still hanging out in the 70’s until the end of October, you have got some amazing beach weather.

There are SO MANY things to do!
No matter when you decide to plan your vacation to the Outer Banks, you will have no trouble finding something to do. This area is rich with history, natural beauty, and adventure. You can head to the Wright Brothers National Memorial to see the actual site where flight first took off. For the ultimate coastal nature hike, you can check out Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune system in the United States. (Just be sure to bring your sand board or hang glider if you have one. They ARE allowed. :)) Horseback rides on the beach, a trip to the new First Flight Adventure Park for obstacle course fun, or a fun day at the NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island. The list goes on and on.

Check out the fall festivals and events.
One of the best ways to visit the beach and live like a local is to enjoy the local festivals and events. With several annual events in the Outer Banks, you can enjoy local beers, food, and music.

Who doesn’t like a deal?
If your schedule has some flexibility, planning your beach vacation in the off season can really save you some money. Many of the local attractions offer discounts once September rolls around and you will have no trouble finding a deal on your accommodations. Twiddy is no exception. Check out the specials and available rentals to start planning your fall getaway today.

Announcing our LAST giveaway of the Summer – WIN A Dinner for 2 at The Lifesaving Station in Duck!

 Enter to win our final giveaway of the summer for the perfect dinner for 2 at The Lifesaving Station in Duck, NC (alcohol and gratuity not included).
Located in the original Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the LSS is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. Best of all, they’re open all year long for your enjoyment.
Not only do they have some of the best food around town, but the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff will make sure that you leave with a smile. The Lifesaving station also offers reservations through opentable.com, making your booking process a breeze.

 The Lifesaving Station menu and details are located here.  If you’re new to the area, the Lifesaving Station is conveniently located at The Sanderling Resort in North Duck.

Enter the Contest Here

This Giveaway ends Sunday night, 8/30! Like and share on Facebook so your friends can enter, too! Good luck!

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill!

Enter to WIN a $50 gift card from Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill!

Uncles Ike’s is a casual family friendly restaurant with AMAZING food. They’ve been serving homemade breakfast, lunch, & dinner 7 days a week since 2009, and offer a late night bar with activities including karaoke and live jazz music.

Take a look at their offerings here and like their Facebook page here.

Enter here for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Uncle Ike’s!
Hurry, contest ends 8/23!