There is a stretch of tiny towns along the Outer Banks that project into the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of North Carolina. This setting creates a unique place to visit where you can soak in all the natural beauty and history. Shutters on the Banks in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, is a great hotel location right in the middle of the action.
Great location on the beach and central to restaurants and attractions
You can hear the ocean waves crashing as you look beyond the tall sand dunes from your window at Shutters on the Banks. From this launching point, it is an easy drive to local restaurants and the many attractions to be found along the Outer Banks. If you forgot to pack an essential item, plenty of chain pharmacies and stores are also within a couple of miles.
Comfortable guest accommodations
Comfortable furniture is sometimes rare in hotels but not at Shutters on the Banks. Sink into a padded chair and find just what you want to watch on the flatscreen television. Or, head straight to bed in a cozy, relaxing mattress with heavenly pillows and bedding. The decor is tastefully beach-themed and includes a work area, plenty of lighting, a coffeemaker and storage for clothes. Complimentary WiFi and a mini refrigerator are included with each guest room.
Grab and go breakfast with hot and cold foods
Packaged pastries and muffins have become commonplace since the pandemic began, but Shutters on the Banks goes a step further by providing an attendant who prepares and individually packages hot items, as well. One day you might find scrambled eggs and a biscuit, and on another day, eggs and sausage might be served. Fresh fruits, juices and coffee are also provided. There are a few socially distanced tables inside and a large covered outdoor area if you want to eat in the dining area. Otherwise, it is easy to carry your breakfast back to your room.
Free parking and other important amenities
Plenty of complimentary parking spaces are provided for guests at Shutters on the Banks, and both an indoor and an outdoor pool are available. High-touch areas are sanitized frequently, and housekeepers wear masks and gloves while cleaning the guest rooms. You may choose to opt out of daily room cleaning, but fresh towels are available upon request at the front desk. Tissue papers are mounted at common doorways to be used for touching handles and pressing elevator buttons.
Gazebo with unobstructed view of the sunrise
One of the most popular features of this hotel is the large gazebo placed a short distance from the guest rooms which provides a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. For early risers, the sunrise is spectacular. The gazebo also leads to the beach access which is the primary reason why people visit the Outer Banks.
Guest bathrooms with a separate vanity
Tub/shower combinations and the toilet are separated from the vanity area, which makes it easier for more than one person to get ready at a time. Hair dryers, shampoo, bar soap and conditioner are also provided.
Important history nearby
Wright Brothers National Memorial is the closest and arguably most important historic site in Kill Devil Hills. It is the spot where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their monumental flight in a manned machine in 1903. Admission to the memorial is 10 USD per person, and it is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is an hour or so away and tells the stories of some of the 3000 ships that have wrecked in this stretch of the ocean. Both the Bodie Island and the Cape Hatteras lighthouses are iconic places you will want to stop for photos. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a great place to get a good, aerobic workout while you see the tallest sand dunes in the Eastern United States. Stories about pirates will pique your interest in visiting Outer Banks Distilling where they produce Kill Devil Rum. After all, pirates and rum are practically synonymous.
Popular restaurants and shopping
If you enjoy raw oysters, then the Outer Banks is the place to be and Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar, in particular. You can order them by the dozen or by larger amounts. Kill Devil Grill, Mulligan’s Grille, Tortugas Lie and Blue Moon Beach Grill offer lunch and dinner menus and are within close proximity to Shutters on the Banks. Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant is a short drive away and has a significant connection to the Wright Brothers. Be sure to ask your server about it.
A special recommendation for shopping is the KDH Cooperative, an art gallery displaying the works of 50 local artists, at 502 South Croatan Highway. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 .m. to 6:00 p.m. You are sure to find wonderful gifts and souvenirs from your time on the Outer Banks.
A great lodging choice in the heart of the Outer Banks
Shutters on the Banks is comfortable and extremely convenient. It encompasses 2 different buildings with 86 rooms and 8 suites. There are no high-rise condominium complexes allowed, so this is a nice size property and a good choice. You won’t feel crowded, which is especially helpful when people need to stay further apart than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From its location on Virginia Dare Trail, you can find plenty to see, do and eat.