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Status Update:

April 10th, 2018 by Fred Westervelt

For those of you who are curious- we’re vigorously pursuing our reorganization to include all operational aspects of The Cove. Do not despair- stay tuned!

Our weather mimics (almost) the upper midwest- we really haven’t tasted Spring yet. Hope springs (no pun intended) eternal!

Update for 2018

February 3rd, 2018 by Fred Westervelt

Defining our future is proceeding at a glacial pace. Sale as a B&B, sale as common property and leasing as either of these are on the table. Why, we may even come across an aspiring couple who have, as they say, always wanted to have a B&B.

To those who cheer us on- our appreciation. Meanwhile, Spring is just around the corner, and Ocracoke will soon be at its best.

News will appear here from time to time.

Ernie and Fred

And today…

December 16th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

Happie Birthday, Beethoven!

Our Status Update- The Cove closure.

December 3rd, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

The departure of John and Sharon Brodisch, our innkeepers, has delayed our reorganization indefinitely. Consequently, we are unable to accept reservation requests at this time. Also, to avoid surprise disappointments, we have cancelled those reservations already made for next year.
Pertinent updates will be added to this site as warranted.
Thank you for your interest in The Cove B&B.

Our Winter closure

October 6th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

Unanticipated circumstances have led us to close for the Winter beginning 1 November.
Happie Thanksgiving, Merrie Christmas and Happie New Year to all!

Looking ahead…

September 18th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

Aaaarrrgh! (That’s what pirates (the real swashbuckling kind) are alleged to have said when attracting attention (tho’ I don’t know anyone who can vouch for that…)

More relevant to the present, we’re looking ahead to the end of October (that’s called foresight) to the annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree- all manner of entertainment, exhibits, music, camping out. 27-29 October, on the waterfront. For the hardy, stick around and enjoy a genuine Ocracoke Hallowe’en.

Details will be forthcoming in the O. Observer and Current. More later

Unwind and Goodbye, Summer…

August 29th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

And here we are- Labor Day looms again. While the Gulf Coast struggles with frightful weather, our own subtropical tizzie will be well past, and the forecast for next weekend is delightful

We offer lots of Ocracoke music, the restaurants are humming and the beach can be yours.

Join us and unwind in preparation for Autumn.

Ocrafolk Festival! 2017- 2-4 June

May 23rd, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

Looming is the event of the season- the Ocrafolk Festival, organized and supported by www.ocracokealive.org. Music of all sorts, art, crafts, theater, storytelling, dancing and yummies- you won’t want to miss it!

I fondly recall the beginnings of this phenomenon, initially the Howard Street Festival, around the turn of the century. Several tables were set up in our front yard on Howard Street to provide info and registration, and the events were scattered up and down Howard Street in available space. Growth quickly exceeded room, and the Howard Street/School Road area became the locus. You should see it now!

Do come- you’ll never forget it!

Tomorrow- The British Cemetery…

May 11th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

… will be the site of the annual Memorial Service for those lost in the sinking of HMT Bedfordshire in May 1942. For more, see our post on 29 April, 2016.
Be there!

Happie Birthday, TJ

April 13th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), a giant among the many such of our Founding Fathers. Altho he, like all of us, had some faults, he left to us legacies that even today we revere and defend.

Activities of Interest in Ocracoke

April 3rd, 2017 by Fred Westervelt

Hey, y’all…

Just a quick premention of several events worth your attention in the next several weeks.

Clam Chowder Cook Off 15 April: . Yummy and exciting.
Easter Sunrise Service 16 April: be visually awed looking east and watch the sun emerge across the Atlantic.
British Cemetery Memorial Service 12 May. An annual tribute to WW II

More details for these and others will follow here and in The Ocracoke Observer and Ocracoke Current.


December 17th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

Once again, for the 11th year, the Christmas Season brings us the Annual Ocracoke Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil. Come to the Ocracoke Seafood Company Fish House 2 to 5 PM December 30. Traditional condiments and a Special Fish Stew will be included in the price of admission determined when the oysters are purchased.

Dessert and hot cider will follow from 3 to 6 PM at the Working Watermen’s Exhibit in Community Square. Islanders and visitors are asked to bring a dessert to share.

Proceeds help to fund the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association education and outreach activities.

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December 2nd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

How’s that for an entrée?

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we applaud the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven, born December 16th, 1770.

Happie Birthday, Ludwig. Your remarkable contributions live on.

Valiant, resilient Ocracoke…

October 16th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

At this time last weekend, following several days of what turned out to be overly optimistic predictions that Hurricane Matthew would drift eastward and largely spare us, Ocracokers were nonetheless battened down for the worst. And ’twas well they were.
The storm struck with full fury, with severe wind and major flooding thruout the village.
Recovery is proceeding, and we expect to back in good form by the 17th. However, a major disappointment for all is the resulting cancellation of this year’s Pirate’s Jamboree at the end of October. Much of the logistical underpinnings for that event has been badly compromised
Nonetheless, there will be lots to do and see, and the weather is gorgeous.
For details of all this see www.ocracokeobserver.com

Pirates to Invade Ocracoke!

September 29th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

Good legends are hard to squelch- and this is one of the best…

Re-enactment pirates, a la Blackbeard and friends, are returning to Ocracoke for the 4th Annual Pirate Jamboree October 28-30. This is Aargh and Avast land in spades, with dueling, a ship-to-ship running battle, encampments, handiwork and more.

These have been much fun in recent years, and as a dividend lead into Hallowe’en- costume contest, trick-or-treating and all. Safe and sane.

A complete schedule of events is available at www.ocracokevillage.com.

The Changing of The season

August 26th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

As we drift gently toward the exit of August we are reminded that just around the corner is Labor Day, the first Monday in September. But there’s more. Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 in recognition of the importance of labor organizations and their members. Who knew? But, in fairness, who really thinks of this- it’s a holiday!

On Ocracoke, as elsewhere, it marks the unofficial end of summer and it’s holiday mode. Youngsters will be returning to school, most of them elsewhere, thus disappearing from our beaches and roads. Shops, restaurants and lodgings will be less crowded. There’s a recovered calm about.

Ah, the solitude! Crossing the road is less an athletic event. The air is mostly friendlier, we turn our tho’ts toward the Pirates’ Jamboree and Hallowe’en, lawn mowing is less frequent. Relax. Fall fishing is the thing. Yesterday the beach was happily populated, the water 81 degrees, the surf gentle. My guess is that even the ferries will be more accommodating.

Join us? You’ll love it!

Smile, John Adams…

June 22nd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

For those who are curious, and for those familiar with these pages over the years, we are pleased to note that once again, after a brief interruption, Ocracoke will enjoy fireworks on Independence Day. Not on the 4th, but on the evening of the 3rd, to usher in the joy of freedom.

Thus, Mr. Adams- yep that Mr. Adams- will look down and be pleased that his prediction, in a letter written on 2 July, 1776 to his wife Abigail, will come to pass once again- that Independence will be “celebrated as the great anniversary Festival….with Pomp and Parade,…..and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from tis Time forward forever more.”

So Thanks, Mr. Adams. And to Mr. Franklin, who when asked what form of government he anticipated replied “A Republic- if you can keep it.”: we’re struggling a bit, but we’ll do it.

For details, follow www.OcracokeObserver.com. and www.ocracokecurrent.com

In Memoriam

May 26th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

As Memorial Day approaches my mind drifted into the topic. We know that the day sprang from the Civil War, and in my early days I recall aged veterans of that strife marching in parades. The Spanish War didn’t seem to play much of a part. Then World War I (“the war to end all wars”, remember?) contributed the ubiquitous poppy, and we each had one- stemming from Col. McCrae’s immortal “In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row…”

Then shortly along came World War II, truly world-wide with its terrible carnage. We hoped for no more, only to find ourselves in Korea, then ‘Nam- and on and on. There really have been no more intervals between wars- just a continuum of combat or threatened combat- you know the names- to this day. And those who have sacrificed so much are in one or another way with us still.

“Rest, comrades, rest and sleep;
We have the watch.”

Interrupt the barbecue and the beach for a moment, and think on it even if briefly.

In Memoriam- HMT Bedfordshire in WW II

April 29th, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

During the early days of World War II the shipping lanes along our East Coast became known, sorrowfully, as “Torpedo Alley”. Unescorted, many ships and crews carrying war materiel to Britain were the victims of German U-boats. Early on 12 May, 1942 HMT Bedfordshire, on anti-submarine patrol, was added to this list, torpedoed and sunk with all hands.

The bodies of four seamen from Bedfordshire washed up on Ocracoke shore, and were buried in what became known as British Cemetery, later ceded to the United Kingdom and tended by U.S. Coast Guard personnel.

Each May there is a memorial service, attended by representatives of The U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany. This year the ceremony will be held on 13 May. Should you be among those fortunate enough to be here, do plan to attend. You’ll never forget it.

And the winner is!

April 13th, 2016 by Sharon Brodisch



We recently had a Facebook contest where I asked former guests to submit a photo of something here at The Cove Bed & Breakfast, or somewhere here on the island. Congratulations to Amy Shuman, who sent a picture of John shucking oysters for happy hour; and Jill Seaman, who submitted a picture of one of our beach bikes waiting patiently for her return, at the bike rack at Springer’s Point. Both ladies will receive a fun Ocracoke prize package selected just for them.
** If you want to participate in any fun future giveaways/promotions/discounts, please “Like” us on Facebook.


Afternoon oystersBike at Springers Point


Dreaming of figs

March 23rd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

fig treesFor the last week or so, I’ve been watching the leaves emerge on our fig trees. I love the two trees we have in our front yard, they aren’t really my fig producers (that’s the old gnarly tree out back). But together they make a wonderful privacy fence for our guests when they are enjoying breakfast on a beautiful Ocracoke summer morning, or a glass of wine watching the sunset over the Pamlico Sound. Ahh, that is what makes me dream of figs, when I see those leaves I know that means summer will be here soon, my very favorite season of the year! You can already feel the air is getting warmer, I can hop on a bike with just a light sweater, the flannel sheets are packed up for another year, and I can throw open the doors and windows to let in the fresh Spring air.
So come on summer 2016, we’re ready for our figs!

A Brand Spankin’ New Year!

January 2nd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt

True, this is 2 days late… but this is Ocracoke.Our weather is delightful.

Trying to recall important happenings of earlier –16s, I didn’t do so well. 1616- Wm Shakespeare, Bard of Avon, dies; 1816- just after the end of the 1812 war; 1916- halfway thru the “War to End All Wars” (oof). And this year- yet to be written.

So- Happie New Year! Onward and upward, we can hope.

And Today…

December 25th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt

Merrie Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

A good time…

November 2nd, 2015 by Fred Westervelt

…time was had by all. A busy weekend, favored by super weather, The Pirate Jamboree exhibits, encampments by re-enactment groups, the sea battle in our harbor that mimed the demise of Blackbeard and the march past The Cove to Springer’s Point to memorialize the infamous pirate- all well done. The scholarly talks by history buffs  lent a sense of reality to it all.

And Hallowe’en- of  course. Costumed (such clever outfits)   Trick or Treaters, young and older alike, swarmed the Lighthouse Loop. At well northward of 200  they demolished the Cove’s popcorn supply and made a large dent in the backup lollipops.

The extra hour of sleep thanks to transitioning to EST was welcome. Ocracoke enjoyed and survived-now on to Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, let’s go to the beach!

Don’t Miss It!

October 16th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt

The Ialand has dried out, the weather is magnificent and fishing is great. So– prepare yourselves for the long awaited Pirates Jamboree at the end of this month,.

Refer to our note of early August, or browse thru Ocracokeobserver.com and Ocracokecuurrent.com for details.

And- trick or treat!