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While most people who come to the Outer Banks rent houses, there are a few resorts and small inns where you can stay. Keep in mind that many of the hotel chains have yet to reach these barrier islands, which is part of their beauty. Forbes Travel Guide’s editors suggest checking into one of these places to stay in the Outer Banks.
1. The Sanderling Resort & Spa. Situated on the northern reaches of the Outer Banks, The Sanderling Resort & Spa is designed to complement its natural setting by featuring an eco-center and low-rise, cedar-shingled buildings. Composed of three inns and oceanside villas, The Sanderling offers secluded beaches, conference centers and a full-service spa. To top it all off, its restaurant is housed in a historic U.S. lifesaving station.
2. Tranquil House Inn. Built in 1988 in the style of a 19th-century Outer Banks resort, this waterfront property offers a continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese with each of its rooms. Elegant dockside dining overlooking Shallowbag Bay can be found at its restaurant, 1587.
3. The Inn on Pamlico Sound. This boutique hotel is set inside a traditional beach house, with numerous decks to soak up the sun and admire the tranquil Pamlico Sound. Located within the village of Buxton, The Inn on Pamlico Sound offers easy access to the beach and plenty of watersports. If you’re looking to relax a bit more, book an in-room spa service.