“The Romance & Charm of Old Nags Head”
The calm peaceful atmosphere of the Outer Banks of North Carolina has attracted mainlanders since the turn of the 19th century. Nags Head, "the summer capital of Albemarle Society," emerged as the center of summer activity in the 1930's. Days were alive with sunbathing, fishing, boating and sight-seeing; nights were filled with dancing to big bands. It was in this era, in 1932, that the First Colony Inn was opened. With its wide two-story encircling verandas, the Shingle Style inn was known for many years as "the place to be" on the beach at Nags Head. An atmosphere of romance, charm and relaxation has always prevailed under its sweeping roof. By the spring of 1988, the "Grand Old Lady" had fallen into disrepair and was in imminent danger of destruction. The property had changed hands and the encroaching Atlantic Ocean threatened to destroy the inn. After efforts had failed to save the inn and it appeared there was no hope, the Lawrence family stepped forward in a last-ditch effort. With roots deep in the area, they felt that the inn was too valuable for the community to lose. In August, 1988, after overcoming a myriad of obstacles, house-movers cut the building into three sections and reassembled it over three miles to the south. In the three years of rehabilitation that followed, the exterior of the inn was returned to its original appearance, interiors were completely renovated, and modern conveniences were unobtrusively added. Traditional furnishings were selected to ensure modern comfort while maintaining the historic charm. Placed in the National Register of Historic Places, the First Colony Inn now stands on the coast at Nags Head as the sole-surviving "beach-style" hotel, welcoming new generations to the old-fashioned pleasures of the Outer Banks.
If you get a chance to stay here, take it! Step back in time - closest you will get to an old fashioned summer at the beach when life was slower but with today's conveniences. Very nice antique filled rooms with loads of charm. Can't wait to go back, a favorite for sure.
The First Colony Inn is a great choice for lodging on the Outer Banks if you want calm and relaxation. It's been around since the end of the 19th century, and has exuded a romantic North Carolina charm all these years later. The inn has been updated over the years and now it's on the National Register of Historic Places.
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