Early vacationers to the Outer Banks once found only a handful of motels or motor lodges to accommodate the fisherman and adventurous families looking for an idyllic beach vacation. These early motels were often single or two-story, horseshoe-shaped structures with a swimming pool in the middle. Owned and operated by warm and friendly Outer Bankers they quickly became the perfect family vacation place they still are today!
Motels and motor lodges grew in popularity in the late 40s and 50s as more mobile American families set out to explore the country during their vacations. Looking for an economical and relaxed way to simply pull off the road and drive right up to the door of their room, motels provided exactly what these travelers were looking for. They sprouted up all over the landscape and especially in vacation places like the Outer Banks. And now, three or four generations later, families still return to the same Outer Banks motels for their summer vacations.
There is a variety of different style motels on the Outer Banks. Some offer a simple room with a bath and some provide grand multi-bedroom suites with full kitchens. Some still maintain their “retro” look, evoking the golden years of American road trips, but with all the modern amenities of the 21st century. They all still offer the same ease and comfort of days gone by – economical, friendly, and welcoming.
Outer Banks motels, if not right on the beach, are within short walking distance to the beach. Some have amazing sunrise or sunset views. Some allow pets. For one night or an extended stay, whether they are located overlooking the beach, right in the middle of the action, or in quaint villages far from the crowd, you can still find the perfect room for your stay on the Outer Banks at one of our wonderful motels.