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The Inn at Rodanthe

A big thanks to Anna for writing a guest blog post. I hope you enjoy it!

Two weeks ago I visited the Outer Banks for the first time and spent a long weekend there. It’s a far drive from Charlotte, but well worth it and so beautiful.

We stayed on Ocracoke Island, which can only be accessed by ferry, and to get to the ferry we drove through all the little towns on Hatteras Island. One of these towns is Rodanthe, of Nights in Rodanthe fame.

The 2008 movie starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name) filmed in both Rodanthe and Wilmington, NC. The gorgeous beach house where the on-screen couple meets is an actual rental property called Serendipity. Here it is in the movie as The Inn at Rodanthe:

Unfortunately, in reality Serendipity was facing very hard times. The beachfront had eroded to almost nothing and the home had been declared a public nuisance by the county. The property had been for sale for two years and because of its state there was no rental income for repairs. Serendipity was in danger of being condemned.

The only option to save Serendipity was for it be moved. Just when it seemed as though all hope was lost, a buyer came forward. Ben and Debra Huss from Newton, NC closed on the home this past January and also bought a coordinating lot less than a mile south on Hwy 12. On January 18, 2010, Serendipity was moved to its new home. To see the You Tube move of the home click here.

I’d heard that a couple had rescued this beautiful home and I was so excited to drive through the town of Rodanthe on our way to Ocracoke. I kept my eyes peeled for the famous house but never expected to actually find it. Imagine my excitement when I spotted its blue shutters from the road!

Ben and Debra have done a tremendous job renovating and restoring Serendipity to its movie-exterior glory. They have added the famed blue shutters, decks and gazebos, and have decided to call it The Inn at Rodanthe. I was so happy to see that it has been so lovingly cared for, and even more thrilled when I found out that it is currently open for business!

I jumped out of the car and grabbed a brochure from the info box. The Inn can be rented by the week and rates vary depending on the season. It has six bedrooms, four and a half baths, a hot tub, wood fireplace, dishwasher, gas grill, wet bar and WI-FI. All of the rental information is available through Vacation Traditions.Ben and Debra had the movie in mind when designing the interiors as well. Replica doors from the movie

In the film

Richard Gere’s blue bedroom re-created

In the film

The view from the Inn

I think this story is absolutely enchanting and I hope that the next time I visit the Outer Banks, it will be to stay in The Inn at Rodanthe! Have any of you seen the movie or visited the area?

Read more about Serendipity’s journey at Island Free Press

Photo Credits: IMDB (3,4 ) Hampton Roads (5,6) Outer Banks Vacations (7) IMDB (10,11) IMDB (12,13) All other photos taken by Anna Clayton-Hall.

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