My wife and I went to stay at the Atlantic Street Inn in Kill Devil Hills (KDH) over Labor Day week to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. This was the first time my wife and I have ever been to the Outer Banks and we were curious about what we’d find. We found The Atlantic Street Inn on the internet and were greatly impressed by how reasonable its prices were so we decided to stay for four days.
The Atlantic Street Inn is a former lifeguard station a few blocks away from the Beach at KDH. Painstakingly restored by George the owner, the Atlantic Street Inn sits near Mile Marker 9.5 in between the Croatan Highway and the Virginia Dare Trail (Route 12). We arrived late in the day after a lengthy (9+ hours) trip from Pittsburgh and happily hopped into our room.
The first thing that you’ll notice when you stay there is the attention to detail that George put into his restoration of the Atlantic Street Inn is impressive. The rooms themselves are wall-to-wall wood, from the ceilings to the floor, impressively restored. My wife and I spent the night in the Master, which is located on the second floor and has a modest view of the Atlantic Ocean. The room is nicely decorated with amenities like a coffeemaker, a small refrigerator and a television. The bed is very cushy and comfortable to sleep in. Overall, my wife and I found the room to be very comfortable and very clean, which is what you want in a small, independent hotel!
The Atlantic Street Inn is about thirty yards from the beach. Beach access is very important to my wife and I: we looooove spending time at the beach on vacation. Our previous trips over the last four years have been to Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta, Kiawah Island and Chincoteague, Virginia. It was very easy for my wife and I to walk over to the beach in just five minutes or so and spend a few hours laying in the sun enjoying the surf. We enjoyed the beach at KDH as much as we could although Tropical Storm Hanna moved up from the Gulf and whipped up the waves. Even so, I’d describe KDH as being a place with pretty water (a light shade of blue-green water) but rougher than I expected.
There is a lot to do at KDH, between the terrific restaurants and the sights to see. Obviously make the pilgrimage to the Wright Brothers Memorial just a few miles up the Croatan Highway. The memorial is impressive, though Hanna cut our visit short. Another recommendation is to hop in your car and drive down Route 12 to Hatteras Island and the Oregon Inlet. Route 12 is very pretty, running through vacation communities like Salvo and Rodanthe before ending up in Hatteras at the Hatteras Lighthouse and the National Seashore. It was a very fun way to spend an afternoon.
Restaurants: There are a lot of terrific restaurants in the Outer Banks. I have a couple of recommendations to make.
Colington Café: tucked back behind the Wright Brothers Memorial, the Colington Café is a nice restaurant with a French twist. We ate there and were very impressed with both the friendliness of the service and the quantity of the food we received. Used to going to nice restaurants where a modest chicken breast costs $20? That’s not the Colington Café. Their portions were very nicely seized and their prices were very reasonable.
The Blue Point: Located in Duck (which is north of KDH and Nag’s Head), the Blue Point has terrific food: contemporary American and Southern cuisine with a very different twist. Located on the water facing the Currituck Sound, the Blue Point has a fun retro’50 diner look. The food is very inventive: cornmeal-encrusted fish topped with fried okra, a mellon salad with bacon … Delicious and very, very eccentric. I loved it.
The Kill Devil Grille: Looks like a place Guy Fieri might visit for his TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” from the outside, but the Kill Devil Grille is a fantastic restaurant once you walk through the front door. Large helpings of food and terrific specials abound. My wife and I had the good fortune to show up to eat on the evening of their half-off on bottles of wine special. If you stay at the Atlantic Street Inn you are just a few blocks away from a terrific dinner …
All-in-all, my wife & I enjoyed staying at the Atlantic Street Inn: it's just blocks from the beach, from terrific restaurants and from activities like the Wright Brothers Memorial and Mini-Golf. Terrific place to stay at, my wife and I shall return ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantic Street Inn (ASI) is an iconic, nautical Outer banks experience that caters to travelers seeking flexible nightly lodging one block from the ocean. Centrally located at Mile Post 8 in Kill Devil Hills, the Atlantic Street Inn is one block from he Atlantic Ocean. You’ll love the ASI because of the coziness, the comfy beds, the pergola and the kitchen. This is ideal lodging for couples, solo adventurers, weekend warriors and business travelers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlantic Street Inn Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, NC