These guest reviews are taken from the Guest Book in the salon of the Starry Banner, hand written by the guests who chose Starry Banner as their vacation rental over the last couple of years. There are more Starry Banner reviews that have been left on our vrbo site. If you stay on the Starry Banner, thanks in advance for your review (especially if it's a good one!). We read, appreciate, and learn from each and every one!
What a uniquely memorable stay! Thanks so much for letting us 'inlanders' get a truly coastal experience! We enjoyed a good beach day to Hatteras Island, toured the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and Cape Hatteras. We ended the afternoon on the beach, enjoying some fun and wild waves, with dinner at the tavern. I think we are expecting rainy days the rest of the trip, but are hoping to go to the gardens, shops, and festival, if weather permits. Great memories and it has only been one full day! Thank you!
Corey & Jen
Happy Easter! The sunrise service at the waterfront was lovely. A bit windy and chilly but very nice music and messages. We loved our time on Starry Banner, it was comfortable and cozy, a wonderful location to venture to the Wright Brothers Museum, Elizabethan Gardens, and the Aquarium.
Nest is a wonderful shop in town and Nancy helped me find some treasures. Coffee at Charis was a morning ritual and don't miss the Friday morning "cruffins". The Outer Banks is a special place and the town of Manteo allowed us to feel what it must be like to live here.
Thank you for the beautiful fresh flowers and the booklet on architecture.
Susie & Steve
We came here for our first return trip to North Carolina. We wanted to explore Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks, the Starry Banner was an excellent base to jump off from to see everything the coast has to offer. The two of us and our dog have been all over the country & world, and the Starry Banner was one of the most unique accommodations and experiences we've had on our journey together. The marina is quiet and peaceful; the boat sways gently in the water, it has a feeling of privacy while still being connected to the outside world. It is the perfect place to go with someone you genuinely care to be with.
This was one of the best experiences we've ever had, and one we will remember for the rest of our lives. We cannot wait for a return trip!
Timeless for Covid Times
During a time when we needed a getaway from everything COVID-19 in the city, Manteo and the Starry Banner more than supplied that respite.
We experienced a perfect blend of nautical magic and healing sun, sea salt, and fresh clean air blowing across the water. Now I fully understand the term 'Salt Life'.
The Tiffany is a marvel of vintage and modern convenience. Beautiful, comfortable, and harkens back to a time of Kennedy's Camelot.
Sitting with my morning coffee, camera in hand, as the sun came up was a treat I'll take with me always. I have felt spoiled, relaxed, and inspired. My cup is once again more than half-full -- I'm restored.
The quaint downtown allowed further surprises and convenience. Ice cream, local winery, great food, unique shops - it's all right here. We even followed the lead of the local children and jumped off the bridge a few times!
Thank you for providing this moment of good deep breaths and capacity to now return to positively impact those at home.
Mike & Cynthia
Staying on Starry Banner was a real treat for me! The boat has all the amenities anyone could possibly want or need, is comfortable in every way. The view in all directions is spectacular, with the charming town of Manteo just steps away, with interesting shops and restaurants to peruse. One feels one has stepped back in time, enjoying the experience of living in small town USA. Everyone speaks to each other with a smile. Having grown up in Florida, in a family who sailed in the Gulf and Tampa Bay, I simply loved being here on Starry Banner. Thank you, Katherine and Dan for making this possible! It was wonderful!
Thank you both for this unique opportunity on Starry Banner! We were here in Manteo to enjoy all of the holiday spirit. The tree lighting, parade, strolling through the charming shops and drinks on the Starry Banner with friends were all terrific highlights to our weekend stay. I will remember this charming adventure always with hopes of returning someday. Thank you for the attention to detail that made our stay superior in every way!
Katherine and Dan, Janet and I have been best friends since the early 70's and we were so looking forward to our new adventure and stay on the Starry Banner - It was more than we hoped it would be - What a beautiful setting and Starry Banner was so comfortable. Friday we ventured into Duck and Saturday Market at Wanchese, then Manteo was open to Trick or Treating in all of the businesses - What a great time of year to visit - winds, rains, and sunshine too- We watched movies and enjoyed cocktails on top of the Starry Banner. Our experience was so very special in every way and meeting Katherine and Dan was a treat and they both made us feel very comfortable and answered all of our questions. We learned some boating terms and Janed learned to stretch her legs loading and unloading (-: We had a lot of fun and laughs and as we ventured out each day we always looked forward to returning to the Starry Banner!
Sheila and Janet
What a unique and memorable time on the Starry Banner! This was out second yacht stay and only reinforced our enjoyment of boat life. We loved sitting up top and watching the sunset. The Starry Banner had everything that we needed and we loved being in the heart of downtown. This all made for a lovely 4th anniversary celebration. Thank you, Katherine and Dan!
Andrea & Robert
What a wonderful vacation on board the Starry Banner-- we could not have asked for more! The boat was just perfect -- surprisingly spacious, comfortable and so convenient to the town. Manteo is a great little spot - beautiful surroundings, friendly people and nice shops and restaurants. Thank you so much for sharing the Starry Banner with us! This is a trip we will never forget!
PS; The fresh cut flowers were beautiful!!
Jerry & Judy
Pandemic Escape! And anniversary celebration! Needed a beautiful, quiet place to escape and reconnect. Manteo and our stay on the Starry Banner fit the bill perfectly. Katherine and Dan were so welcoming and kind, thank you for your hospitality and sharing this wonderful place for us to stay! Explored Manteo and the rest of Roanoke Island while here as well as Corolla south to Nag Head. Beautiful place, warm people... what more could you ask for? Best wishes for continued success with the Starry Banner and all your endeavors.
Michelle & Sam
Wow! A whole week went by and we feel like we just got here. What a cool experience. Thank you so much for opening your water home to us. So much fun! Definitely want to come back, everyone was so friendly, including the neighbors at the end of the dock. It is true (if you read the previous entries) you can spend an afternoon on the flybridge taking in the sights of the marina and watching the children and adults jumping off the bridge behind here. Thank you again! To the next guests.... I hope you enjoy this experience as much as we did!
Jaime & Jimmy
We enjoyed our stay on the Starry Banner, so much room and a view to die for! Manteo is such a quaint little town. We usually come every year, been coming to the Outer Banks since I was a child! Hope to be back soon, all the best!
Tommy & Connie
What a spectacular way to celebrate our 28th anniversary. From the beautiful flowers that greeted us when we arrived to the lovely touches throughout the Starry Banner, we felt pampered!! It was delightful to get to meet you and enjoy Manteo. We loved kayaking and paddle boarding both here and at Alligator Wildlife Refuge - and there really are alligators (we came face to face with a couple of them!). Thanks for a unique getaway. We look forward to spreading the word! Thanks,
Jeff & Melanie
The boat was a great experience, and the weather was fantastic! Manteo is quite a charming town with such a rich history. Our favorite part was the upper deck, best spot ever to read a book... or three, also great stargazing.
David & Connie
We enjoyed our visit to Manteo and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but the highlight was definitely our stay on the Starry Banner and the hospitality of Katherine and Dan. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary here in order to repeat our honeymoon destination 50 years ago and once again had a wonderful time, probably did more sightseeing this time! Highly recommend Katherine and Dan's "Sunset Cruise" on their sailboat ( www.sailouterbanks.com ), what a great finale!
George & Cheryl
My husband retired June 30, 2021 and this was part of our first retirement vacation... what a way to kick off the next chapter in our lives! Thank you for a wonderful stay on your beautiful yacht... truly an experience we'll never forget, perfect in every way! Peace and big hug,
Matt & Beth
We had an amazing stay aboard the Starry Banner. Thank you so much for everything. The yacht is so well stocked, you thought of the smallest detail. We enjoyed visiting with you both, we will be back for sure and next time we will make sure to book a sunset cruise (If only to spend time with you two). Thank you is not enough to express our gratitude, nor are there words to express how much we enjoyed the trip. God bless you both and the little town of Manteo. Until we meet again,
Steve & Tammy
We really enjoyed our stay on the Starry Banner as we celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary! Everything we needed was provided and Katherine and Dan were such wonderful hosts! Even fresh flowers!! Manteo is filled with history and charm, including Festival Island, Ft. Raleigh, and the many shops & restaurants - visited the Lost Colony Brewery twice as well as great coffee shops! Also visited Corolla for the Wild Horse Tours and saw many, many horses, including a foal (one day old)! A unique and beautiful place to stay, beautiful woodwork, touches of home, and a great location for walking through Manteo. Thank you for sharing the Starry Banner with us!
Steve and Linda
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Starry Banner with Bill and me! It was the perfect anniversary week and a much needed rest. Katherine and Dan are the most gracious hosts, our card and flowers were greatly appreciated and beautiful. We will return again!!! When I finish this next round of cancer treatments I think this will be the perfect spot to give thanks and recuperate. Thank you so much.
Joan & Bill
What a truly great and memorable experience! We have always wondered what it would be like to live/stay on a boat. Thank you for providing that experience for us on the Starry Banner yacht. The location is great being centrally located to everything on the OBX. Also, thank you for the special touch of the fresh cut flowers. We had a great time!
Chris & Suzanne
What a memorable vacation! We absolutely loved the Starry Banner! The weather was perfect (except for one day - and it cleared in the afternoon). The location is great. We visited the Lost Colony Cafe multiple times and enjoyed the shops and walking the area! We hope to visit again sometime!
Don & Gina
Truly enjoyed the yacht Starry Banner! Thank you for making this option available for us to enjoy a relaxing few days! Cheers to you
Milo & Donna
Thank you so much Katherine and Dan. We had a lovely time on your yacht and exploring Manteo and the southern Outer Banks. A highlight of each day was cocktails on the bridge of Starry Banner, daily walks over to Festival Park and all along the boardwalk. This was truly the relaxing getaway we needed. Hope to see you soon!
Thea & Julie
Thank you for providing such an awesome and memorable experience! The location could not have been more perfect for a much needed weekend getaway after so many months of staying home! We decided to take our chances with the gas shortage and won! It was my husband's first trip to OBX and he loved it! We drove out as far as we could to see the beautiful horses, stopped at the Currituck Lighthouse, the Wright Brothers Memorial, visited Fort Raleigh and the Elizabethan Gardens, visited Festival Island and thoroughly explored downtown Manteo. Our most favorite experience was an Oregon Inlet tour via a BIPLANE! Wow! What an amazing view! We enjoyed meeting others at the marina and Poor Richards sandwich shop, really good people!
So until next time,
Drew and Becca
We are so glad to be back aboard the Starry Banner. Our last stay was wonderous. We learned to kayak and first time living on a yacht. This visit was the perfect ending for a year of troubles. All the paint and woodwork gleans from the painting and staining. The bed is so comfy, and everything - and I mean everything - we needed to fix our meals was on the boat. The weather cooperated and we saw lots of birds at Pea Island, kayaked in the nearby channels and read books on the flying bridge. Thank you for all you have done to make the Starry Banner our special getaway.
Sally & Kathy
Thank you for such a Beautiful / different experience. It has opened our eyes to a whole new nautical world. The Starry Banner has all of the comforts of home and the allure of a life outside of the real world. We loved our time at Manteo - in the South overall we now know what they're talking about when people speak of Southern Charm. These memories are with us forever. Thank you Starry Banner!
What a unique experience staying on your beautiful boat! We enjoyed the sunrises with a cup of coffee, the sunny breezy weather, finding cool stuff at a gallery / gift shop on Hatteras Island, the Aquarium, the quaint town of Manteo, and of course the beautiful beaches! Thank you for sharing your awesome boat with us.
Nora, Kenzie, & Montana
What a unique and fun experience! We stayed for a whole week in honor of my husband's birthday. This was my first visit to the OBX, but it will not be my last. Beautiful! And this from someone who spent 5 years of time on the Gulf. It was wonderful to walk to everything and to enjoy the lights along the boardwalk at night. So thankful to be able to bring our Golden Doodle with us, too. Everyone in the area is so nice, Sharon & Dan were the best hosts we've ever had with vrbo!
Many thanks! Joi, Harry, and Molli
Thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Starry Banner. This has been the perfect place to get away, social distance, and appreciate the beauty around us. Manteo and the OBX are still as wonderful as they always have been. Thank you Sharon and Dan
Dan & Pat
Sisters Trip - we so enjoyed staying on the Starry Banner. The boat was so steady during the wind. Great experience. We enjoyed Manteo and meeting such nice people and visiting these boats. Hope to be back again
Linda & Denise
Our first time to travel since COVID and we could not have enjoyed it more. Loved staying on the boat, perfect location. Manteo is the perfect vacation town, we will definitely be back!
Dawn & Jordan
Aug 23, 2020
Sharon & Capt Dan, Thank you so much for a wonderful week! Kim has been talking about Manteo and the wonderful folks for years, I'm so glad we got to experience it together on board the Starry Banner, we'll be back!
John & KIm
Aug 15, 2020
Thank you so much for the great stay here on the Starry Banner! We had a relaxing time on the yacht, enjoyed the quiet little town, and it's friendly people. We were well taken care of during our stay and will be back soon.
Thanks again, Erick and Jenny
Aug 6, 2020
We had a lovely and exciting adventure on the STARRY BANNER during Hurricane Isaias! We always felt safe and well looked after, appreciate all the nautical experts advising us and checking in on us. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality.
Matt, Anna, and Max
July 23, 2020
We so enjoyed our stay on the Starry Banner! We especially loved evenings on the upper deck, where we were entertained by a steady stream of kids jumping off of the bridge and swimming back to the dock. Staying on a yacht was a new experience and one we'll remember and cherish.
Thank you. Sheri, Barbara, and Easy (the dog)
July 16, 2020
Enjoyed our time here and the boat. Wonderful experience! Will certainly be back.
Chuck & Sandra
July 10, 2020
What a special boat and special 'spot' to watch all the activity! Sharon and Dan were great and took great care of us! A very 'unique' and special get a way.
Tom and Linda
July 6, 2020
July 4th getaway for us. Wonderful stay. Very welcoming first time experience of staying on a yacht. Thank you very much for accomodations.
July 2, 2020
We had such a great mini-vacation on the Starry Banner! It was awesome to sit out up top and enjoy the harbor views. The boat exceeded our expectations. Manteo is such a cute town, we definitely plan to come back!
Thanks, The H's
June 24, 2020
Thank you for sharing your special boat with us! My twin sister and I brought my daughter to celebrate her 1 year "new kidney" anniversary! So thankful and blessed, her bucket list to see The Inn@ Rodanthe was a highlight!
June 21, 2020
What a fabulous experience on the Starry Banner! My husband and I had a wonderful time. The best is being able to sit up top all day and a good portion of the evening.
Thank you. The W.'s
June 17, 2020
rA very strange year to say the least (Covid), but so happy for our stay. My daughter got married today in Manteo. The town will forever be in our hearts. Rained the first two days but the sun came out for the perfect day. Thank you for the memories and a great stay. We'll be back! Everyone here amazing and so friendly, loved the boat. God Bless and continued success with the Starry Banner, hope she floats for many more....
Darren, Kim, Katie, Savine
Nov 30, 2019
Thanksgiving get-a-way for us. We've been married for 41 years and finally we stayed overnight on a boat together. Thank you for sharing Starry Banner with us.
Andrew & Mary
Oct 25, 2019
Thank you for a wonderful boat experience, we met interesting people and our little dog met Hatch and Rudder! Enjoyed shops and driving the Outer Banks. Morning coffee and evenings were so way better on the water. Looking forward to doing this again. Your Starry Banner is lovely.
Craig, Patti, & Boo
Oct 14, 2019
Thank you for sharing your wonderful boat. Everything was wonderful and we hope to come back again. Lots of shops & food in walking distance - perfect location. Also did a Sunset Sail - highly recommend to anyone who wants to leave the dock.
Ron & Reese
Oct 6, 2019
What an awesome weekend! Arrived Friday afternoon and loved every minute. It was a bit windy but the Starry Banner held firm and all we felt was a little rocking. More like swaying in a hammock. Very relaxing. Our little chihuahua Sookie wasn't sure at first but settled in fine. And she loved walking around town meeting all the other doggies and their people. The one kitty-cat we came across wasn't real friendly, but Sookie tried. Everything on board was well thought out and more than we could have asked for. Such a great place. So close to so much to do. We parked and never got in the car the whole time. And Sharon was fabulous! Contacted me by email and was super responsive! Thank you again! I will be sure to do this again in the future.
Tommy, Tiffany, and Sookie
Sept 30, 2019
Wonderful long weekend on the boat. Manteo was a great choice as we could walk to shops, dinner, etc. A much needed rest!
Regards, Mark & Gail
Sept 17, 2019
Stayed on the Starry Banner for our 35th Wedding Anniversary. We had never slept on a boat before, had a glorious time!!! Took advantage of the fun things to do in Manteo. Ghost Tour, Capt Johnnie's Dolphin Cruise, Movie at the Pioneer Theater,,, But the best time was just sitting topside in the cool breeze watching the flag flutter... So peaceful and calm. Wish we could stay longer. Good Eats at 1587 & Lost Colony Brewery. Great coffee from 2 of the nearby shops. Thanks for opening the Starry Banner for us to enjoy!!
Mark & Dorothy
Aug 16, 2019
We had a wonderful visit here - love the boat and the surrounding area. Visited all the light houses! Took the ferry to Ocracoke, a very enjoyable day there. Thanks for letting us enjoy your beautiful yacht!
Bob & Michelle
Aug 11, 2019
We had a wonderful time on the Starry Banner! The mornings were amazing to watch the sun rise and we enjoyed all the friendly people we met! It was our first time in Manteo, we went shopping, ate at many cute sandwich shops. Shrimp was amazing! It was our daughter's 30 BD and last trip with her before her wedding! Great family time. The boat was clean, well stocked, new sheets and towels - service was outstanding. Thank you so very much!
John, Audrey, & Debbie
July 25, 2019
What a wonderful experience for our honeymoon! Thank you for everything. Such a beautiful boat in a beautiful place! Definitely hoping to do this again!
Betsy & Matt
July 20, 2019
Another great stay on the Starry Banner! More amazing family memories tucked away! Thank you so much!
July 4, 2019
Thank you for another amazing trip on the Starry Banner and for including me in the dock cook out and July 4th celebration
June 29, 2019
This has been absolutely awesome. The boat is beautiful and we'll always remember our time on board! We will definitely be back. Thank you for allowing us to spend time here
June 17, 2019
Checking out after 3 wonderful nights on the Starry Banner! This was a first for me and I enjoyed every moment on the boat. The A/C worked very well and everything was ship-shape! I particularly enjoyed spending time on the bridge looking out over the other boats and enjoying a moonlit evening. Thanks for letting me dock my little boat as well!!
Very best to you!! D & Y
June 12, 2019
This was such a fun and unique experience! We will definitely recommend this to friends. Island Perk Coffee Shop across the street was so friendly and the Orange Cranberry and Bavarian Chocolate doughnuts were great, so was the hot chocolate! Great walk across the bridge and did the tour of the boat. Once across the bridge if you take a hard left there is a great walkway that will take you out to the edge of the salt marsh. We visited Kitty Hawk / Wright Brothers (It was great) also drove to Cape Hatteras Light House and went to the top before flying a Kitty Hawk kite on the beach. Loads of fun!
Alan, Linda, & Natalie
June 10, 2019
The Starry Banner was the first boat either of us stayed on. It was and interesting and intriguing experience for both of us. We enjoyed being on the water and exploring the town of Manteo. We loved how the boat looked like a cute little apartment. Really well decorated and full of heart! Thank you for providing a vessel such as this one and for giving us a wonderful memory to remember!
Love, Sarah & Erin