One of our favorite destinations is the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and over the years we've stayed on many hotel and condo properties.
During our most recent trip, we drove from the south, arriving at Cedar Island and taking the ferry to Ocracoke.
With a year-round population of just under 1,000, Ocracoke Village is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of mainland living.
Ocracoke Village is on the National Register of Historic Places, with houses and buildings dating from the 1880s, along with more recent additions under the canopy of live oaks, cedars, and yaupons.
At just a little over a square mile, and surrounded by water, everything within the Village of Ocracoke is conveniently located for walking or biking. Access is by private boat, small plane, or NCDOT ferry.
There's no commercial zoning on Ocracoke, so businesses can be found among rental cottages and year-round homes. A 10 p.m. noise ordinance keeps the village peaceful. And it's true ... when we were there it was amazing how quiet the village became right after nightfall.
On our last trip to Ocracoke, we stayed at the Anchorage Inn overlooking Silver Lake. Many other lodging options are available on the island. We enjoyed hot, steamed seafood delivered to our door from Captain Puddle Ducks' Seafood Steamer Pots.
The photo below was taken at sunset over Silver Lake in Ocracoke.
Leaving Ocracoke, we headed north on NC Highway 12, crossed on the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry, toured Cape Hatteras, Roanoke Island, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills.
We are looking forward to our next trip to Ocracoke soon!
Arriving at the North Carolina state line near the Atlantic Coast
Welcome to Cedar Island ... Gateway to the Outer Banks
Cedar Island Rest Area & Information Center, and ferry landing to Ocracoke
Cruising aboard the Cedar Island to Ocracoke ferry in North Carolina
View of Silver Lake and Pamlico Sound in Ocracoke, seen from the Anchorage Inn
Ocracoke Island Light Station, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
View of the Ocracoke Island Light Station
Inside our suite at the Anchorage Inn in Ocracoke
Steamed crabs, shrimp, clams and more delivered to our door from Captain Puddle Ducks' Seafood Steamer Pots
Sunset over Silver Lake and Ocracoke harbor, seen from the Anchorage Inn
Cape Hatteras Light Station in the North Carolina Outer Banks
Bodie Island Light Station in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
The beautiful beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks, along NC Highway 12
Monument to Wilbur and Orville Wright at the Wright Brothers National Memorial