In 2005 was our first vacation to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. There is a feeling of “escape” being on this barrier island over 100 miles long.
One of my favorites is Hatteras Island, North Carolina. This “view” is overlooking the Pamlico Sound. There is nothing more spectacular then the solitary sunsets of vivid colors of yellow, orange and red during the summer. Hatteras is a unique fishing village with a mix of large luxury beach homes & flat top cinder block cottages along with the fabulous Cape Hatteras National Seashore of which the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse resides.
The name Hatteras is the sixth oldest surviving English place – name in the U.S. An inlet north of the cape was named “Hatrask” in 1585 by Sir Richard Grenville, the admiral leading the Roanoke Colony expedition sent by Sir Walter Raleigh. It was later applied to the island and cape as well, and modified to “Hatteras.”Hatteras is the name of the Hatteras Indians. It is also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic for the numerous shipwrecks off the coast.
In the past it has ranked the Top 10 Beaches in the USA by CNN, Forbes & the Travel Channel. It is approximately 133 miles & 2 hours 31 minutes (no traffic) from Norfolk.
There are unique locally owned motels/inns along with the beach homes available as well as several camp grounds available. I highly recommend the Inn at Pamlico Sound with its amazing views, highly acclaimed restaurant and top rated personal service by the Inn Keeper, Steve Nelson. They stay booked up especially during busy summer season, so plan in advance! They consistently win awards including Trip Advisor Hall of Fame 2011-2015! I highly recommend the JASMINE room as my favorite. Each of the rooms in this small inn is uniquely decorated with it’s own theme. http://innonpamlicosound.com/TheInn/
There is so much to do and see in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for all ages. Check out some of the websites below for more information: