Press Kit: Accommodations

After a day spent exploring the Crystal Coast, from kayak voyages to Cape Lookout National Seashore or diving to discover the mysteries lying within the Graveyard of the Atlantic, travelers looking for a place to rest tired eyes before their next Crystal Coast adventure find lodging that is both comfortable and reasonably priced.

Whether explorers witness the unparalleled beauty of the Shackleford Banks, delve into the rich cultural heritage of the Crystal Coast, trek into open waters on a kayaking or fishing excursion or catch a wave on the Atlantic coast, the accommodations are designed to be the perfect companion to each guest’s dream vacation.

Seaside Sand Castles
Opportunities for adventure do not stop with the multitude of exhilarating activities available to Crystal Coast guests. Travelers wishing to live like millionaires on an “average Joe’s” budget have the opportunity to rent one of the many opulent homes dotting the coastline. These deluxe digs range from quaint beach cottages to mammoth beach houses known locally as “sand castles,” with grand names like Bedazzled and Anna Victoria.

Guests are amazed by spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound, decks spacious enough for lively poolside parties, large, lavishly decorated bedrooms and bathrooms, convenient linen services and kitchens large enough to make Thanksgiving dinner.

For guests who can’t completely leave it all behind many homes feature home offices and some even have media rooms complete with theatre stadium seating. Additional beach house amenities include washers and dryers, televisions in almost every room complete with DVD and VCR players, SONY Playstations and gas or charcoal grills. Visitors wishing to experience the ultimate in luxury can rent a sand castle from any of the area realty companies, including Emerald Isle Realty, Bluewater GMAC Vacation Rentals and Century 21 Coastal Properties. Sandcastles are perfect for vacations involving a large number of people such as family reunions or holiday celebrations.

Ocean-View Resorts
Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Visitors seeking a relaxed vacation atmosphere find the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel situated along the shores of the Bogue Banks. Guests desiring convenient access to the beach love the “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” policy the hotel has adopted. The Sheraton underwent a massive multi-million dollar renovation in the summer of 2004 and is known as the largest full service hotel on the coast of North Carolina with 200 completely refurbished Atlantic-edged rooms. The hotel boasts the deluxe Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, indoor and outdoor pools, Shades by the Sea and Molly’s Beachside Bar and Grill restaurants, a fitness center and private 600-foot pier.

Bed and Breakfasts
Anchorage House
The Anchorage House, an 1883 Gothic Revival Cottage, welcomes guests with the pleasant sights and smells associated with southern hospitality, almost as if the original residents had never left but continued to bustle around the house.

A large living area filled with remnants of the former life of the house such as an ornate mantel, a gas stove and lovingly worn leather couches greet guests like old friends. The four guest suites of the inn each possess a style as distinctive as the guests inhabiting it, all with their own wrought iron beds, priceless antiques and wood burning stoves.

The Cedars By The Sea
It is no surprise that the Cedars is one of Fodor’s 15 Great American Bed and Breakfasts and is on Condé Nast Johansens’ 2003 list of Recommended Hotels, Inns and Resorts. The inn encompasses 11 guest suites, each with charming Victorian furnishings and decorations. Walking into the quaint Victorian lobby is like taking a step back in time, with a sweet, comfortable living room, delectable wine bar and dining room filled with the smells of a freshly cooked breakfast every morning. The Bristol suite features a large sitting room with fireplace and soft blue and rose color palette with handsome furnishings. The inn is situated along Front Street in the heart of the Beaufort historic district with a breathtaking view of Taylor’s Creek and the wild ponies of Carrot Island wildlife refuge frolicking freely.

The Pecan Tree Inn
Built in 1866 as a Masonic Lodge, guests staying at the Pecan Inn will find the quintessential southern inn experience with breezy wrap-around porches, a 5,000-foot English flower and herb garden and seven elegant guest rooms, including two suites with in-room Jacuzzis.

Each room features various Victorian inspired furnishings complete with cherry four-poster canopy beds, large antique armoires and ornate oriental rugs.

Inland Oasis
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites
The newest hotel to come to the Crystal Coast, the Holiday Inn Express features 75 sizeable guest rooms, cozy fireplace suites and a one of a kind presidential suite. Amenities include all the comforts of home with freshly baked cookies daily, free high-speed Internet access and fitness room with sauna.

Comfort Inn Morehead City
Just a shell’s throw away from fabulous fishing, wreck diving and that brilliantly luminous Crystal Coast water, the Comfort Inn Morehead City is ideal for guests on a tight budget but who still appreciate comfortable surroundings and an easy-going vacation environment. The Comfort Inn provides 101 cozy guest rooms perfect for active travelers to sit back and relax in between the next sailing excursion or deep-sea fishing expedition.

Year 2008
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