Tranquil House Inn announces acceptance into the Select Registry

[January 21, 2022] Manteo, North Carolina – The Tranquil House Inn, a boutique waterfront Outer Banks hotel, is proud to announce its official acceptance into the Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, a diverse collection of independent, boutique properties.

“We are delighted to welcome The Tranquil House Inn and its owners, Carolina Retreats Vacation Group and the Harrington family,” said Select Registry CEO Mark Reichle. “The Tranquil House Inn will make a great addition to our diverse collection of independent, quality-assured, boutique properties.”

Built to complement the natural environment in 1988 the Tranquil House Inn reflects the look of a traditional 19th-century seaboard hotel. Here, you can choose from rooms, four-posters, queens, king beds, and even mini-suites with cozy sitting areas and separate bedrooms. Rich in history, this 12-mile island is home to the world’s oldest mystery, The Lost Colony. Steps away from your guest room, one can explore downtown Manteo boosting a 25-acre historical park, boutiques, book stores, and restaurants serving fresh local catches.

Guests of the Tranquil House Inn are encouraged to build new memories on land, air, and sea. Activities range from hiking the largest living sand dune on the East coast to seeing the wild mustangs that roam the Outer Banks and call the beaches their home. After an afternoon of excitement, relax in one of our adirondack chairs to capture a breathtaking sunset with a hand-crafted cocktail featuring local ingredients and showcasing Manteo’s local distillery. Come see firsthand why life on our sandbar moves slower.

“We are truly honored to be a part of the Select Registry Collection. The Tranquil House Inn is in a portfolio with some of the most distinguished independently owned Inns and Bed & Breakfasts in the United States. Recognized for our unique location, personalized service, and guest rooms that are prepared with careful intention. At the Tranquil House, we are not in the business of selling a hotel room on the Outer Banks; our focus is creating memories for families that will last a lifetime. Joining Select Registry shows our commitment to personal hospitality to our guests while allowing them the opportunity to explore other uniquely appointed inns that share the same vision of The Tranquil House” said General Manager, Ashley Vaught.

There are over 260 properties in the Select Registry collection that range from full-service inns and classic bed and breakfasts to stately mansions and manors, modern boutique and small luxury hotels, as well as lodges and luxury cabins. One thing they all have in common is that each property has passed the most comprehensive quality inspection in the industry to be inducted into membership.

About Select Registry:

For 50 years, Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America has set the standard for excellence in personal hospitality at independently owned inns and bed and breakfasts. Today, our upscale properties include over 260 lodges, luxury cabins, and boutique hotels. They’re located everywhere from backcountry roads to big-city neighborhoods, along coastlines and in heartlands across the United States.

About The Tranquil House Inn and Carolina Retreats:

The Tranquil House Inn, the iconic Nantucket-style property on the Manteo’s historic waterfront, was purchased by Carolina Retreats in 2020. The Inn offers 26 stately guest rooms, an award-winning onsite lounge and restaurant, 1587, and a premium Outer Banks location on the harbor in historic downtown Manteo. Owner, Mike Harrington, was a long-time resident of the Outer Banks and has fond memories of this property because it is where he proposed to his wife in 2005. Harrington intends to remain loyal to the OBX traditions that date back generations of a welcoming old outer banks friendliness with a touch of salt.

Carolina Retreats Vacation Group owns, operates, and provides third-party management services for high-end single-family vacation rental homes, condos, and cottages, boutique, limited-edition motels, and inns throughout the coastal regions of North Carolina. From marketing and rate management, owner accounting and guest hospitality services, and customized asset management and property service solutions, Carolina Retreats is the premier hospitality management provider on the coast of North Carolina. To learn more, visit