Come into Manteo and take a right at any light.  Stop when you get to the water.  Now, look around you.  It's beautiful.  Such a great combination of old and new, serene and fun, laid back and entertaining.  A boardwalk that belts a beautiful waterfront town.  History nestled right beside brand new.  A hip arts scene vibrating against the backdrop of a quaint, walkable century old town.  Restaurants that can seat you  outside in the refreshing breeze and vibrant, unique shops that draw you inside to explore.  Nightlife comes in both the bar and moon and stars varieties.