Oh where to start! My fiancé and I (actually she was only my girlfriend until this trip) stayed at the Captains Landing in July of 2007. This was our second trip to Ocracoke Island (which is wonderful). We stayed at Blackbeard’s Lodge the first year, which is nice in it’s own way, but does not compare to Captain’s Landing. I actually proposed the first day there and George and Betty (the owners) helped receive flowers (and hide them for me) and then assisted in placing them in the room while I was on the beach proposing. They were very accommodating to our needs. We actually missed the Swan Quarter ferry on the way over and our arrival was delayed by a few hours (if you ever take the appointment only ferries from Cedar Island or Swan Quarter, they are very strict about the arrival times…get there an hour early to avoid being cancelled!). Anyway, back to the hotel. George greeted us upon arrival and took the time to walk to the room with us and show us everything. The rooms are equipped with a full kitchen (including most utensils and cookware), a dishwasher, 1 and ½ baths, a spacious bedroom and a den. Both the den and bedroom have sliding doors that open to a huge balcony with a priceless view. The website says it all when stated that you feel like you are “on the water” here. The balcony overlooks a private boat dock and the water is less than 15 feet from your room. The staff cleans the rooms daily and you do not want for much while you are there! Bikes are offered free of charge for travel around the island and you can also check out DVD’s from George and Betty’s personal collection for those rainy days (DVD player included in the room). Also check out Betty’s gift shop (attached to the office). She is a true local and we enjoyed talking to her during our visit. We did have one issue with some neighbors making too much noise one night. When I reported this George and Betty were both very concerned and took care of the problem immediately. It was a small issue, but the way they handled it made it a “non-issue” after all. I cannot say enough about this place; you will not be disappointed. We felt like royalty and the location of the hotel (right on the water) was amazing. You can see the lighthouse from your room and experience Ocracoke and the “lake” in a way that you cannot anywhere else. The price is a little higher than some places, but it’s worth every penny!
On a side note, while your there:
Be sure and rent a kayak from Ride the Wind Surf Shop. We had it the whole week. You can chain it to a tree near their shop and use it whenever you want. It’s a lot of fun. We even explored outside the “ditch” one day and viewed Ocracoke from the “outside looking in”. Also…take a fishing trip with John Ferrara of A Fish Tale (on the dock at the Jolly Roger). He was the nicest man and we caught fish (at a time that fishing was a little “off” for everyone else!).
If you can’t tell, I LOVE OCRACOKE! Sara and I plan on going back on a yearly basis. It’s the most relaxing beach you will ever visit. If you like the hustle and bustle of a commercial beach, this ain’t for you! If you want to relax and enjoy a clean beach with incredible history, you should try it. Don’t tell too many people though; we don’t want this secret to get out too much!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eight waterfront suites, a spacious two-bedroom penthouse and a charming cottage overlook Ocracoke Island's scenic Silver Lake and provide panoramic views of the lighthouse and harbor life. Sea air and soft breezes enhance your stay at Captain's Landing; along with spectacular sunsets and views from your own private deck, so close to the water you may feel as though you are on a boat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Captain`s Landing Waterfront Hotel Ocracoke
- Captains Landing Waterfront Hotel
- Captains Landing Waterfront Ocracoke