Outer Banks Bed and Breakfast

Wanchese Inn Bed and BreakfastVisitors go to the Outer Banks for different reasons, and as a result prefer different types of accommodations. An Outer Banks bed and breakfast can offer visitors a quieter, family-style experience, with a bit of history, culture, and fun thrown in.

That doesn’t mean that staying at a bed and breakfast is dull. On the contrary, B&Bs on the Outer Banks offer a range of activities. Some may be as simple as bird watching along the beach or cycling to quaint, local village shops. Others include thrilling water sports and aero-tours.

Not every city or village on the Outer Banks offers B&Bs. Duck on the Currituck Sound offers a couple, as do Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Wanchese, and the village of Buxton on Hatteras Island. Both Manteo on Roanoke Island and Ocracoke on remote Ocracoke Island offer several bed and breakfasts, ranging from small houses with three bedrooms to large coastal mansions with over a dozen rooms and separate multi-bedroom villas.

Obviously, each Outer Banks bed and breakfast serves a morning meal, but meals in the South are an event. In addition to the morning repast of eggs, biscuits, grits, etc., and grits, many B&Bs also offer other succulent meals through the day, including lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks. Of course, fresh seafood is available daily.

Because B&Bs are individually owned and operated, the rules for minimum stay, deposit, preferred form of payment, cancellations, and refunds can vary among accommodations and from season to season. Many bed and breakfasts accept credit cards, and only require one night’s stay as a deposit. Other facilities prefer cash in advance, and may require as much a 50% at reservation, plus the balance prior to arrival. Many of the B&Bs on the Outer Banks have their own websites, which provide information on rates, deposits, and refunds. Some offer on-line reservations, too. Wise vacationers will be sure to understand all of the B&B’s policies before making final arrangements.

Vacationing at an Outer Banks bed and breakfast is becoming very popular, and currently boasts a room count of over 180. This popularity is good for the B&B industry, but could cause difficulties for the vacationers in the lack of available rooms. Like most of the Outer Banks facilities, the busy time for B&Bs is the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day, or Mid-June to Mid-August depending on the facility). Accommodations often require a minimum stay of two or more nights, and may demand a non-refundable deposit. Vacationers, therefore, are urged to book their rooms early.

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