Two Historic Outer Banks Motels Are Revitalized

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Renovations are complete and OBX guests are enjoying the Tarheel Motel in Nags Head and the See Sea Motel in Kill Devil Hills.

See Sea and Tarheel Motels-OBX, NC

“We wanted to save these motels and preserve a piece of the past.”

The Outer Banks Hotel Group came together as a result of a conversation between builders Scott Midgette and Phillip Meggs and developer David Maso, concerning the loss of hotel rooms along the oceanfront on the OBX.

“Listening to the conversation in the community about the lack of old-school motels on the Outer Banks, we thought it would be a great concept try to put a group together and buy a hotel or two, renovate them and put travelers in them,” Midgette said.

70 days later both had undergone a major facelift that brought the rooms, furnishings and exteriors into the 21st century while preserving the nostalgic retro look.

“We wanted to save these motels and preserve a piece of the past.”

The results are stunning. The Tar Heel, located in Nags Head, is designed to appeal to its traditional clientele, anglers and vacationers who prefer the Nags Head area of the Outer Banks. Room amenities feature; wet bar with fridge, Keurig coffee maker, microwave and convection toaster oven, offering all the comforts of a full kitchen in a compact size. The rooms were named for the fish you might hope to catch on an off-shore charter, including the King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi and of course Blue and White Marlins. Four of the king rooms are pet-friendly. The rooms in the main building all feature two queen beds so that four adults can stay comfortably.

The See Sea, located in Kill Devil Hills has a theme geared toward surfers and a younger, hipper crowd. In addition to the traditional motel rooms with same amenities as Tarheel, there are also three small apartments with full sized kitchens.

Here, the rooms are assembled around the pool, more like a little village than a traditional motel. Each space is distinct from the others, with several different floor plans to choose from. Some offer views of the pool and ocean, while others have a front porch or stoop for gathering with friends old and new. All are named with surfing in mind including; Swells and The Big Kahuna. The artwork in the rooms features dolphins, waves and the iconic Cape Hatteras lighthouse in its original location, which is, of course, a classic surf spot.

Both motels have newly remodeled pool areas and the new owners have provided gas grills, corn-hole boards and other games and amenities to encourage guests to mingle. The motels will be managed by Village Realty, an Outer Banks property management company. “It fills numerous niches for us from short-term vacationers to those who want to rent a room a day early or stay a day late to avoid the weekend traffic issues on changeover days.” -Maslin Seal, Village Realty Marketing Director.

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