The Anchorage Inn is an old-school hotel—actual keys attached to plastic diamonds, ice buckets in lieu of a fridge, long outdoor balconies furnished with comfy Adirondack chairs. Each room, equipped with two double beds, overlooks Silver Lake Harbor; from the higher levels, you can see the Pamlico Sound (and an amazing sunset). Blessedly, the TV has both Nick and the Disney Channel.
Ocraoke is a small village at the southern end of Ocracoke Island. You get around mostly on foot or bike (there are plenty of places to rent the latter, including the Anchorage.) In 2007, Dr. Beach named The Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach the number one beach in the U.S. It’s a short drive away and part of a national park (Read: the beach is strewn with plenty of seashells and you bring your own boogie boards.) Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is where the schooner Windfall, docks. They offer a pirate tour (geared for ye scurvy kids) at 4 p.m., and a sunset cruise every day in season.
Frankly, we could check into a hotel at home, and my kid would be happy as long as there was a pool. The Anchorage’s pool is on the small side, but it never seemed crowded. But the main perk of the hotel is its central location to the village’s amenities: a restaurant right across the street with a kids’ menu, the short walk to a small grocery store (fresh fruit, bug spray, beer), the docks, the funky stores.
Good to know
Howard’s Pub is the famed place to chow, but Café Atlantic, right next door to Howard’s, offers super deluxe food-and they have a kids’ menu as well.