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A Brief Interruption….

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!

Our little beach…

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.

Take Care!

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.

What makes the world go ’round?

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 .




November 21st, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Thanksgiving celebration, we all in our own ways have much for which to be thankful. Sure, there are problems, imperfections and defects- to stretch it out, vicissitudes. But there’s almost always a bright side. This is when fortitude and family step up.

Here on the island the weather is receding, resources are up to snuff, the mail comes occasionally, people are happy. It is a mite difficult getting here- the anticipated repair of NC 12 from the North has been set back by high water and surf. If you are tempted to take advantage of the “4 x 4 only” access beyond Rodanthe be warned- it’s iffy and quite wet. For the determined there is available a trailering service who will bring your vehicle (and you) across when possible.

The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries are running- reservations are required and in demand. Please call us for guidance thru the process if you like. Look thru www.islandfreepress.org  and www.ocracokecurrent.com  for details and situation reports, plus lots of photos.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sandy Aftermath

October 31st, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. Once again, the weather gods have smiled upon Ocracoke. We had only several days of inundation, little significant structural damage and but a modest amount of needed cleanup. The beaches are open, ferry access via the mainland has been restored, and the village is emerging and humming. The Cove is fine.

Our friends on Hatteras Island have not been so fortunate, with major highway compromise at several places. Evaluation of this, and its repair, are underway, with the road from Rodanthe northward being especially problematic.  For frequent updates on all this, and more, see www.islandfreepress.org  and www.ocracokecurrent.com.

Of course we join the nation in being stunned by the carnage in the Northeast and westward, and extend to the devastated our prayers and wishes for recovery.



The Cove Gets a New Site!

June 5th, 2012 by Fred Westervelt

In June of 2012, The Cove Bed and Breakfast is pleased to present our new website!  You can now easily find all of the lastest news and events surrounding our beachside inn on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.  We invite you to find out all about our area or take a look at our private guest rooms.

Want to know what others are saying about The Cove B&B?  You can find our reviews on TripAdvisor – we are the #1 inn on Ocracoke!

Ready to leave the world behind and take the vacation of a lifetime on Ocracoke Island?  Check out our online availability calendar, and we look forward to seeing you soon.