Downtown Manteo, located just a few blocks off the main road of US Highway 64 on Roanoke Island, is a charming area rich with history as well as modern attractions. Charming buildings line the streets of this historic town, which is known as the birthplace of English colonization in America. This North Carolina coastal town is well worth a visit!
Shop & Dine in Downtown Manteo
For those vacationing in the Outer Banks, downtown Mateo makes for a great day trip. The downtown area of Mateo is located in a convenient stretch perfect for walking and browsing the boutiques, book shops, gift stores, and restaurants that can be found there. With its proximity to the waterfront, Mateo offers up a combination of scenery and practicality. The small-town feel, classic New England architecture, and unique independent shops make Manteo a great place to spend the day exploring and getting lost in a slower pace of life.
From clothing boutiques to art galleries, a variety of treasures can be found in Manteo. Wanchese Pottery is a simple cottage shop that sells homemade pottery and has been a mainstay in Manteo for years. The artists and owners are often at work at the potter’s wheel right inside the shop, providing insight into the skill that goes into these creations. Downtown Books is another favorite shop, where you’ll find a wide selection of written works, including many written by local authors and featuring the Outer Banks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a fresh New England seafood meal at Stripers Bar & Grille or a table overlooking the water at 1587 Restaurant. For quick bites and a bowl of clam chowder, Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop is also a favorite.
In addition to shopping and dining, Manteo is also home to a collection of popular attractions such as the Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Island Farm, and the Elizabethan Gardens. Watch the history of Manteo unfold at The Lost Colony, an outdoor waterside theater where actors reenact the English colonists landing on Roanoke Island in 1587. With over 100 actors, dancers, singers, and technicians performing under the stars, this is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
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