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.
Archive for the ‘Around the Inn’ Category
April 13th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt
February 5th, 2017 by Fred Westervelt
Why, love, of course. And what better time and manner to express this than a trip to The Cove on Ocracoke Island for Valentine’s Day?
We might even dream up a special something in honor of the occasion.
Think about it, and come see us!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
March 23rd, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
For 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!
February 1st, 2016 by Fred Westervelt
Now that our month of R and R is concluded, Ocracoke also stirs and swings into high gear for February- additionally noteworthy for Groundhog Day (the 2nd), Super Bowl L (oops, the NFL has rejected the Roman, thus it’s 50) on the 7th,Valentine’s Day (14th), several notable presidential birthdays, and ’tis Leap Year as well.
We drove on he beach yesterday- and had it all to ourselves for as far as we could see both ways. Almost calm “surf”, a few birds and absolutely silent. Nice!
December 16th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
Last year at about this time we launched Happy Birthday wishes toward Ludwig van Beethoven (yep ,born in Belgium). A remarkable man.
We can do no better in acknowledging this than to refer you to an earlier blog, that on 16 Dec 2014.
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December 4th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
Those of us old enough to recall it will never forget the stunning news of the Sunday, December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor which officially launched the U.S. into WW II. We had been following the Eropean war and that in North Africa, of course, and perhaps by whistling in the dark hoped that we could remain uninvolved.
As we now know, we had sub rosa long been playing a support role to Great Britain, but public sentiment was opposed to deeper engagement. Sound familiar?
“Those who cannot remember their history are condemned to repeat it”
October 9th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
At present the Hatteras and Swan Quarter ferries are operating normally, and taking reservations. There is standing water here and there, warranting care in navigating..
What a week!
October 2nd, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
To all who who read these presents, Greetings:
You who follow the weather will understand the problem- while Ocracoke is quite habitable tho’ wet, access to the Island is problematic. As a result, we have chosen to suspend making reservations thru Tuesday, 6 October Online reservations will be interrupted,for this period but open thereafter, and phone communications will be guided by our answering message.
For the present we shall be responding to email communications so long as internet service is intact
Thanks for understanding, See you later.
January 15th, 2015 by Fred Westervelt
The Cove is closed for the month of January, and the time will be well employed. In addition to allowing Sharon and John to wander more widely, we shall be catching up on maintenance work, steam cleaning the carpets, and warding off the ravages of our coldest month.
We look forward to welcoming you in February and beyond, and to a great year. Beach access shall have benefited from recent federal legislation, travel access from the north will enjoy improved roadways and, we hope, faster ferry voyages, and our favorite haunts and eateries will be well rested and rarin’ to go.
Happie New Year!
December 24th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
Merrie Christmas to all!
December 16th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
Born on December 16, 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was destined to become one of the preeminent composers of all time. His works reveal the power and complexity of a remarkable person.
A widely known anecdote, one of my favorites and well enough documented to dispel any tho’t that it is apocryphal, reveals that at the conclusion of the 1824 inaugural performance of his epic 9th Symphony, which he conducted, he had to be turned around to face the thunderous applause from the audience. For, you see, he had become nearly totally deaf in his later and most productive years, and could hear neither orchestra nor the cheering.
He died in 1827.
We quietly celebrate his life.
July 3rd, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
Remember the long-ago movie “The Man Who Cam to Dinner”, starring Monty Woolley – fell, broke a leg and stayed forever? Well, our guest may be uglier, but at least he won’t stay interminably. His name is Arthur.
About to be a Category 2 hurricane, Art (you see, we try to appease him with friendly familiarity) will land on us after midnight and be gone by noon on the 4th. Six of our guests will ride it out with us, so we’ll have to whip up a party- safely.
Sorry that this will disrupt planned visits as well as our Independence Celebration, that latter having been, at least in part, shifted to the 5th. Nature simply will have her way with us- part of what makes Ocracoke what it is..
Epilog (6 July): Art was far less damaging than had been anticipated, and cleran up is proceeding quickly. Full power is restored, and the Island is open to all. NC 12 from the north is limited in spots, but open. Whew!
Happy 6th of July!
May 1st, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
The several preceding entries into this Blog serve as introduction to the good news of the day. After some ten weeks of reorganization and prepping (what a lot is contained in those few words!) we are today resuming operations and looking forward to a new season.
The key to this is, of course, our new innkeepers It is often said that if you want something done, assign it to a busy person. We’ve done just that. John and Sharon Brodisch have long been active in business and community activities in Pennsylvania, and also have long been Outer Banks and especially Ocracoke enthusiasts. Add to that their their joy in hosting and you can see- they’re naturals. Keep your eyes on this spot for more details.
So, please welcome John and Sharon. You’ll love them just as we do, and you will be in good hands with them at the helm.
March 28th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
On 22 March, just 29 days after their unanticipated resignation, Lola and Vincent departed without fanfare. Our new innkeepers, Sharon and John, about whom more later, will be arriving in mid-April. As there is no baton to be passed from helpful predecessors they deserve some additional time to become settled in and acclimated.
We had developed a Plan B which would have allowed us to continue caring for those who sought a getaway during early Spring. This required the participation of an experienced innkeeper and others. Unfortunately, that person became unable last evening to fill the role, and Plan B collapsed. Plans sometimes do that.
Consequently, for the benefit of all involved we shall interrupt guest operations at The Cove B&B until the end of April. It is only fair to all that we emerge from this intact and excellent, not struggling to function. We shall be contacting those of you with April reservations asking that you defer your stay until May or later. We know you will understand, and we thank you.
February 4th, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
Our maintenance and R&R month was a bit more complicated than that, what with the deep cold, power outages and all. But- we’re blessed compared to much of the country, and all’s well.
Thru all this the new fire hall has been completed, and opening day is nigh. It’s magnificent, and a great resource for Ocracoke. Applause to the funding, planning and building crews!
Spring is just around the corner. Attention is turning to a few local ordinance issues, fighting off new ferry tolls, finding solutions to the ubiquitous puddles and preparing to enjoy the beach. Busy, busy. Come see us!
January 3rd, 2014 by Fred Westervelt
According to plan, as we do every Janueary, we have closed The Cove until 1 Feb. It’s a slow time of year, and all can enjoy the break. Ocracoke is an interesting place in the winter- good for “knitting the raveled sleeve of care”, altho’ that’s a bit dramatic.
This year, in addition to house-wide carpet cleaning, we’re having the exterior power washed, scraped, primed and repainted. Ocracoke weather is a bit hard on paint, and our unintentional slightly “camo” look needs to go.
Our online reservation service will be fully functional, and we will happily respond (fairly quickly) to emails and voice mails.
Happy New Year!
October 29th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt
Planning for major construction on Ocracoke is, albeit on a smaller scale, a bit like planning D-Day. Bringing together the scope of work, finding available contractors, delivery of materials and arranging for good weather cam be a real trick.
We’ve done it. To facilitate the task, and so that guests are not inconvenienced by the noise and mess, we’re closing The Cove for the period 3-16 November. The needs- some window work, several doors to be replaced, several decks to be refurbished.
Fear not- we’ll still be in touch thru all this- online reservations, email, phone, Facebook and all.
We’ll be back!
October 3rd, 2013 by Fred Westervelt
Beginning 1 October The President widely suspended funding for “non-essential” functions- including the Park Service. We’re sorry and are objecting thru channels. While driving on the Ocracoke beach, even those otherwise open, is forbidden, we are advised that walking on the beach seem to be overlooked- if one behaves. See www.ocracokecurrent.com , article “The Myths and Realities of the Government Shutdown” for details.
In addition, don’t forget about “our little beach” at Springer’s Point, just down the road from The Cove and about a 15 minute walk thru the maritime preserve. I was just there, and it’s delightful. Perhaps 100 yards of beach maybe 20 yards wide, white sand, calm and shallow water (sorry- no surf today). Perfect for splashing, sunning, snoozing, a picnic, or just being.
A good respite til the dust in Washington settles..
Epilog: On 17 October, in response to last evening’s Congressional antics, the Park Service began restoring aceess to our beaches to the status quo ante. Driving, fishing and funning are back.
April 6th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt
We’re approaching the season of increasing traffic on our roads, including the troops of youngsters honing their biking skills, many quite wobbly and some still on training wheels! Please- drive with care and observe our 20 mph (or less) village speed limit.
January 26th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt
Why, Love, of course. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to surprise that special someone with a trip to Ocracoke and The Cove B&B? With a little warning we could even scare up some flowers, chocolates and/or the bubbly. Think about it- it’s just around the corner.
January 6th, 2013 by Fred Westervelt
As you may read elsewhere on this site, The Cove has downregulated itself to idling speed for the month of January. Erin and Chad, together with son Carter, are off into the world for a fun vacation and well deserved R and R. Ernie and Fred are holding the fort with little to do other than an occasional phone call and tending to a few details..
Ocarcoke is as quiet as we’ve ever seen it- no vehicular traffic to speak of, few walkers and not many lights on in the evening. The beach his afternoon was very wide, flat save for a few “wheelie” tracks (careful, Judge Boyle’s watching) and not another soul in sight. Even the pelicans are resting.
Our online reservation service is, of course, at the ready for those wishing to make reservations for after 1 February. If you’ve not tried it give it a whirl- it’s easy to use and addresses virtually all needs. In addition, we will be pleased to return your call- simply leave a voicemail noting your needs and we’ll get back to you .