A New Englander in NC: Elizabethan Gardens and Full Moon Brewery


One morning, we drove all the way up the Outer Banks to the Elizabethan Gardens. It was only supposed to take an hour and a half to get there, but the rain from the previous day had caused NC 12 (the only highway down the Outer Banks) to partially flood. The road was still passable, but there were anywhere from 1-8 inches of water covering the road in spots. It certainly made for interesting driving conditions, but the trip was well worth the effort.

The Elizabethan Gardens are gorgeous.

DSC00287Started in 1951 as a sort of growing memorial to the lost colonists of Roanoke Island, the garden was designed in the style of Queen Elizabeth I, who was queen at that time.

queen elizabeth I

We wandered around, looking at all the different flowers, plants, trees, and fountains.

DSC00279DSC00285DSC00288DSC00301 DSC00302 DSC00307I wished that more of them would survive in our northern climate!


Finally, we had seen it all. We’d even come across a gnome.


Feeling rather hungry by this point, we headed into downtown Manteo. We settled on the Full Moon Cafe as a late lunch spot, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. They brew their own beer (I particularly liked the Baltimore Blonde and Stone of Desiny) and make tasty food as well.

But they don't serve Bud Light.

But they don’t serve Bud Light.

The calamari, hummus, and crab dip appetizers were gone in a flash. The crab dip was especially delicious. They got the seasoning just perfect. The meals were very good as well. I ended up with a vegetarian hot sandwich, as by this point in the vacation I was suffering from a severe lack of veggies.

We took a bike ride down by the waterfront after our meal and finished the day by listening to a bit of a bluegrass concert. DSC00317By the time we drove home, the road had dried up a lot, so we were back in the beach house before too long.

About anewenglanderslife

Hi, I'm Elle. I live in a small town in New England. I love to cook, bake, eat, be outside and active, and go on adventures.
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