By guest contributor Hannah Bunn, First Colony Inn
Long gone are the glory days of “Old Nags Head.” The days of dance halls and sleeping on the screened porch, of no air conditioning and mail arriving by boat. But all is not lost. You can relive the romance and charm of the bygone era with a visit to the First Colony Inn. This week, you can stop in to the Wedding Venue Open House and see for yourself. The inn will be open for venue tours January 13th through 17th.
Built in 1932, First Colony Inn was an oceanfront hotel built in the classic Nags Head style with its signature cedar shake siding and white wrap around porches. It offered sixty rooms with shared bathrooms, modest furniture and a nail in the wall to hang your hat, but nonetheless a perfect place to rest your head after a day of fishing, swimming, and beach combing as it was just steps from the ocean.
Threatened by modern development in the late eighties, the entire inn was moved 3 miles south of its original location in 1988, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and now sits on on a sprawling green lawn one row back from the ocean. It was remodeled to have 26 rooms–each with private bathrooms and all of the modern conveniences–while preserving its historic charm. Guests can feel the salt air coming through the breezeways, enjoy ocean views from the expansive porches, and kick back in the deck chairs to take in a sunset over the sound.
Today, we are honored to be stewards of the inn’s history, simplicity and charm. We love sharing this special place, especially with brides, grooms and their families on their big day. You can reserve our entire inn for your wedding in the midst of the natural beauty and splendor of our island for a unique destination wedding on the Outer Banks. The inn provides the perfect atmosphere for togetherness in the common areas as well as privacy in our charming guest rooms. We offer a private bridal suite upstairs in the Virginia Dare Library and an area for gatherings and receptions downstairs in the John White Breakfast Room. The property has a private path to the beach for beachside ceremonies and many of our couples choose to hold their ceremony on the grounds amid our flowering gardens or on the deck with the inn itself as the backdrop. Our expansive lawn can accommodate even the largest tent for an outdoor reception.
By reserving the inn and grounds, the entire property becomes your canvas to create the wedding day of your dreams along with cherished memories with friends and family. We aim to please with our southern hospitality, flexibility, and attention to detail.
Come visit our Wedding Venue Open House this week, January 13th-17th from 10am to 6pm daily (10am to 9pm Saturday, January 16th). Staff will be on hand to give tours of the property and answer any questions you may have about booking your wedding at First Colony Inn. We also have local wedding vendor information and recommendations on hand to help you in your planning process.
Visiting from out of town and looking for accommodations during your wedding research trip? We are offering a special rate of $79/night now through January 19th.
First Colony Inn is located at 6715 S Croatan Highway in Nags Head. For more information call (252) 441-2343 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org