Learn About Our Outer Banks Inn and Ocracoke Island Location
Ocracoke Island’s informal lifestyle lends itself well to the Bed & Breakfast approach to Outer Banks lodging. The Cove B&B is a leading example of just such an Outer Banks Inn. Built beneath old live oaks in the “beach” style as a private duplex in 1992 and thus one of the island’s newer lodgings, The Cove took on its current form in 2001, became ours the following year, and the evolution was on. The need for more space led to the purchase of the adjacent Live Oaks Cottage for our on-site innkeepers in 2008, allowing the addition of a new first floor suite with a private entrance and screened porch. More outdoor space with water views was added in 2012.
Two wings of the duplex at our Outer Banks inn on Ocracoke Island, Sunrise and Sunset, offer maximum privacy.
Our rattan furnished parlor offers to our guests lounging, TV, reading, games, and our outdoor dining area. As weather permits, we take advantage of our screened porch furnished with teak tables and chairs for outdoor dining and Adirondack and rocking chairs for snoozing and socializing. Solitude comes with each guest’s private room, bath, and furnished balcony.
Ample on-site parking is augmented by space for boat or other trailers at our owners’ “down creek” property, and their dock on the east side of Silver Lake will accommodate your kayak or smallish boat.
Guests may use our complimentary bikes to roam the village and our beach chairs and towels on trips to the beach. WiFi throughout The Cove is secure. Each afternoon our complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres serve as a popular way of transitioning into the evening fun. For those who can’t quite leave “the world” behind, we subscribe to the Wall Street Journal.
Getting to Ocracoke/Directions to The Cove’s Outer Banks Inn
Our Outer Banks inn on Ocracoke Island is accessible only by car ferry, private plane or private boat. Most people take one of the ferries. If you are arriving by private plane, let us know at the time of reservation and call us when you arrive; we’ll be happy to pick you up at the landing strip. If you will be sailing in on a private boat, let us know so we can provide you with directions to The Cove dock (we will, of course, be glad to pick you up from there as well).
If you are driving:
From points north, drive down the Outer Banks on NC Hwy 12 to Hatteras Village, from where you can board the free (no reservations needed) ferry which runs at least every hour (more often during busy times of the year) from 5 AM until midnight. It’s wise to check status (1-252-986-2353). Waiting times are longest between 9AM and 4PM. This ferry ride takes approximately an hour and lands at the north end of Ocracoke – from there, you will drive approximately 15 miles (continuing on NC Hwy 12) to reach Ocracoke Village. After arriving in the village, continue on Hwy. 12 until you see Lighthouse Road (look for the large white hotel (Island Inn) on the corner). Turn left onto Lighthouse Rd. Drive until the road takes a sharp left and becomes Loop Rd. The Cove is immediately on your left.
From points west and south, take one of the two toll ferries (about 2.5 hours) from the mainland, which cost $15 one way for a car (if you are towing something or driving a larger vehicle, such as an RV, the cost is higher). If you are traveling from the south, take the ferry from Cedar Island. Coming from the west, take the ferry from Swan Quarter. These ferries run on a set schedule, and reservations are necessary (especially during the summer months). The mainland ferries land in the village. After disembarking, you will turn right onto Highway 12 and follow it around a curve until you see Lighthouse Road (look for the large white hotel (Island Inn) on the corner). Turn right onto Lighthouse Rd. Drive until the road takes a sharp left and becomes Loop Rd. The Cove is immediately on your left.
You can get more information about the ferry system, including schedules and numbers to call for reservations online at http://www.ncferry.org or by calling 800-BY-FERRY.
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The Cove B&B is a member of the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns, and of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.