Where do I start? I love this place. Here are some fun facts about Oscar's. Park in the front but enter through the back door around the left. An envelope with your name will be taped to the door with a map leading to your room and a note for you inside. Rules of the house are posted in your room (or bathroom.) wifi password is in the kitchen on the wall to the left of the amazing and gorgeous stove. The common areas are relaxing, soul-soothing and stocked with hundreds of interesting books. Art is everywhere. You will enjoy just exploring the house and studying all the art, artifacts and books in it. Guest book has poems and sweet notes in it in the kitchen. Use magnets to make your own refrigerator poem. Bug spray, aloe and sunscreen (even a pair of sunglasses) are by the door in case you forgot yours. The outdoor shower is BLISS; don't miss out. There are free bikes! No helmets, and some of them are a little well worn, but we parked our car on day one and biked everywhere until we left on our last day - using the bikes instead of the car was invigorating and improved our vacation so much more than anticipated. We biked one mile to the beach and a little further to a beach with restrooms. Other than the ponies, everything is easily bike distance. There are two patios and plenty of space for outside relaxation and dining. An umbrella to shield sun or rain and a hammock. There's a grill as well as an outside sink for fisherman. You can use the refrigerator and freezer for food and some guests kept food stacked neatly on the counter to share (or not - either is fine.) Breakfast will be healthy, fresh and not full of sugar, fat or grease. Example: we had polenta, scrambled eggs with avocados and salsa, a variety of toasts, butter, juice and coffee and tea. There's a moment of silence before you eat; very in the spirit of the house and prepares you for a peaceful day. Don't be shy; breakfast goes on the lazy Susan in the center of the table. You spin it around and serve yourself. We had enough food for seconds and even shared with one of the locals that stopped in. If you are a people person you'll fit in, and if you're more quiet (like me) you'll still fit in because the house has lots of "hiding spots" where you can tuck away and read, write, paint, nap or just relax. The rooms are neat, decorated in soothing tones with local art. The beds are sooooo comfortable. We had Claudia as our chef/keeper and she was awesome. She asked if we needed anything but she also sensed when we just wanted to kick back with vino on the patio and have some quiet. She brought a calm, nurturing energy to breakfast and was fantastic at steering conversation without forcing it. We went there to rejuvenate and it completely restored us, even on a short visit. Oscar's House will always be my Ocracoke home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oscar's House is a historic 1940's house built by the last island lighthouse keeper, located 1 mile from Cape Hatteras National Seashore, one block from Silver Lake harbor, and Ocracoke lighthouse. This house has been a B&B since 1984 and offers wonderful full healthy breakfasts, as well as free bikes, massage treatments, and lots of great guests. Join us on this beautiful island! ... more less