We Go Places: The Outer Banks

Sunset at Inn on Pamlico Sound
Sunset at Inn on Pamlico Sound Sara Kendall

A chain of barrier islands, the Outer Banks is an ocean playground for all ages. The locals refer to them as OBX and millions of people make these islands their summer destination. For your next visit to OBX, choose one of the following for a unique lodging experience.

Sanderling Resort in Duck

Sanderling Resort by Sara Kendall
Sanderling Resort Sara Kendall

Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Currituck Sound, the Sanderling Resort offers oceanfront luxury, first-class amenities, and stunning seascapes. Most guests stay in one of their 120 beautiful guest rooms and suites. But, for more space, choose from their five vacation homes - the largest with six bedrooms.

The Resort’s beach is stunning attraction, but don’t miss these other activities. Surfing, kayaking, or standup paddle boarding can be found at Kitty Hawk Kites kiosk, located beach-side, on the resort. Off-site activities like seeing wild horses in the Corolla Outback or taking to the sky by parasail can be arranged through the resort’s concierge.

For evening fun, go on a full moon kayak tour for a truly special time out on the water. From steel drums to acoustic guitars, enjoy live music by the outdoor fire pits. The North Wing fire pit is perfect for kids on Saturday nights. This is when tales are told of Atlantic ghost sightings while everyone enjoys s’mores, all compliments of the resort.

If Mom or Dad need some alone time, there’s a kid’s activity center available for drop offs twice a day. Kids can participate in arts & crafts, water games, or play croquet while parents can unwind at the spa or at the adult-only tranquility pool.

An experience every family should have is an underwater photography shoot in one of the Sanderling pools by Brooke Mayo Photographers. Your family will have stunning photographs sure to become amazing family keepsakes.

As Dick McAuliffe, General Manager of Sanderling Resort says, “You come here and choose to live happily.” I believe this can happen while vacationing here. And you can experience this great life year after year.

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Waves Village Resort in Rodanthe

Waves Village Resort Condos by Sara Kendall
Waves Village Resort Condos Sara Kendall

Hatteras Island’s Waves Village Resort’s cheerful, pastel-colored condos are perfectly situated on the Pamilco Sound. An ideal location for vacationers, the resort offers the best wind and watersports available on the Outer Banks, stunning sound front views, kiteboarding action by day, and beautiful sunsets by night.

Settle into one of the newly built three bedrooms, three bath condos. Each one has 1,600 square feet of living space, plenty of room to accommodate your family for a vacation. Gourmet kitchens, broad private balconies, and bubbling hot tubs are nice perks in each unit with Wifi available throughout the community.

Besides the family-pleasing condos, the village offers top-of-the-line retail store, a local cuisine restaurant, a well-stocked candy store, and beachy coffee shop. You could spend most of your vacation time right in the village - less driving time means more fun for you.

Kiteboarding at Waves Condos by Sara Kendall
Kiteboarding at Waves Condos Sara Kendall

With 25 different watersports available, it may be hard to choose. According to Christopher Nygard, Wind & Waves Concierge, the top three watersports are kiteboarding, standup paddleboard, and kayaking. If you need some instruction, you can sign up for a lesson with an on-site professional.

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The Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton

Inn On Pamlico Sound by Sara Kendall
Inn on Pamlico Sound Sara Kendall

For a more intimate lodging experience, try The Inn on Pamlico Sound. With just 12 rooms, this boutique hotel may be small, but its reputation is huge and growing. Steve Nelson, the owner says, “I haven’t spent a dime on marketing and 60% of his business comes from repeat guests and word of mouth.” His philosophy is if you don’t like it, you don’t have to pay. He listens to his customers and makes changes accordingly. His business philosophy has worked for him, because his reservations are strong and steady.

There are three different choices of rooms, from premium sound views to intimate garden views. Each room has a private bath, high speed internet, and televisions with DVD players. Children are welcomed, but they must be well-behaved children 8 years old and up.

Your day starts with a complimentary, three-course gourmet breakfast. For the rest of your day, go kayaking, standup paddle boarding, or grab a bike for a ride. These amenities are all provided, free of charge! Or, you can spend your time relaxing by their beautiful pool. When hunger strikes, fuel up on baked goods, stocked beverage refrigerators, and snack baskets located throughout the inn. However, you’ll want to save some appetite and indulge in a gourmet dinner at their fine dining restaurant, located on-site.

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