Southern Living Profiles Manteo

From great places to eat and live, Manteo is a great mix of small town and waterfront living on the Outer Banks.

From First Friday's to the Farmer's Market, Manteo offers plenty of things to do year-round and for Manteo is an excellent place to move and enjoy retirement living on the water, but off the ocean.

For more information on some things to do on your next visit to Manteo, check out Southern Living's profile:

If Manteo got any closer to the water, it would be taking a dip. Skirting Shallowbag Bay on the eastern side of Roanoke Island, it has a walkable downtown, with easy access to Roanoke Sound and the sand and surf of the Outer Banks. Because of its proximity to major beach destinations, Manteo sees lots of tourists every year and has more food, drink, shopping, and lodging than a typical town of its size.

Much of the downtown action follows Sir Walter Raleigh Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Those street names are telling. This place is steeped in history, but it’s not all Elizabethan costumes and historic reenactments. You’ll find some cool eateries and galleries behind Manteo’s historic store fronts.