An island hideaway accessible by ferry.
Exploring Ocracoke Island
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Set 26 miles off the North Carolina coast, windswept Ocracoke is a secluded escape, five miles via the Ocracoke Ferry from Nags Head, with long stretches of beach and cozy, romantic inns.

Back Porch Lunchbox

Pick up club sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and other provisions for a gourmet picnic on the beach.

Ocracoke Coffee Co.

Peruse the newspaper in this quaint house over home-baked morning muffins and java.

Back Porch Restaurant and Wine Bar

Fresh, locally caught bluefish and crab are on the menu. You can even dine on a peaceful screened porch.

The Castle B&B

The spacious, gabled rooms invite lingering for long, lazy mornings. The Lighthouse Suite includes a private fourth-floor cupola, with a wet bar and panoramic water views.