Going to the Outer Banks: Visit Manteo Booksellers
The first stop I make when I go to the Outer Banks is a little place tucked away on a side street in downtown Manteo, Sir Walter Raleigh Street. Looking for all the world like a sixteenth century English shop from the outside, Manteo Booksellers is everything a bookshop should be and more on the inside.
Steve Brumfield's smile welcomes you as soon as you cross the threshold. Then you enter a cozy world of books, books, and some more books. Best sellers, novels, non-fiction, children's and young adults. It is all there. Their specialty is beach books. I don't mean the trashy little paperbacks we love to read while sunning at ocean side, although those are there, too. I mean everything about the North Carolina coast: lighthouses, ships wrecks, pirates, folklore, The Lost Colony, fishing, shelling, birds, the Wright Brothers, EVERYTHING to do with the Outer Banks. Steve is also a great advocate for North Carolina authors. His events calendar is full of the book signings he hosts for those authors, some famous and signing their first book.
His enormous inventory is easy to browse, tucked in nooks and crannies throughout the store. The children's section is a bright and sunny spot in front of a large window. The books are shelved where little folks can reach. A child sized table and chairs invites young customers to sit and read a spell while parents look for their books in the grown-ups part of the store. Comfortable chairs with homey lamps nearby invite the grownups to sit and stay a spell while they read chapter ones.
Manteo Booksellers is the often the scene of festive events like Herbert Hoover Day which is held every August 10th. On that day there is live music, refreshments, and a Herbie trivia contest all to honor President Hoover, who was also an author and literary advocate.
Besides books, unique gift items including pottery by local artisan Jim Fineman, calendars, reading glasses, tee and sweat shirts, totes, mugs and hats with the store logo, journals and jewelry give you a wide choice of souvenirs to remind you of your favorite book store.
So when you get to Mann's Harbor turn left and never mind the big fancy new bridge. If you bypass Manteo you will have bypassed the birthplace of the New World and such important sites as Fort Raleigh, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Aquarium, Festival Park, and best of all Manteo Booksellers.
- Manteo Booksellers.com
Visit and order books and gifts, check the calendar of events.