It all began in the fall of 2011 when I was looking for a reasonably-priced accommodation somewhere on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. It had to be oceanfront, family-oriented and clean. As a small-town newspaper editor and the mother of five children, my budget was very limited.
My brother mentioned a place he had heard of--the Seahawk Inn & Villas at Atlantic Beach--convenient to the bustling Morehead City yet still fairly secluded on the island. Before long, the younger kids and I were settled in a comfortable room at the Seahawk with a sliding glass door that opened onto a lovely grassy yard area with the beach straight ahead.
But in our haste to depart rural, mountainous Stokes County five hours away, I had forgotten my beach chair and was pinching pennies just to take this trip. Never fear--the generous Seahawk manager, Kim, overheard me talking about my dilemma. Before long, a beach chair was at my door with an attached note telling me to enjoy my stay.
That was the beginning of my love affair with the Seahawk.
Since then, I have been back a couple more times. I introduced my husband to the Seahawk when our anniversary rolled around in March 2012. It wasn't long before he, too, loved the place. I recommended it to my adult daughters who went down in April of that year, enjoying it as much as the hubster and I had.
My last trip there was in May 2013--a belated anniversary trip with the hubster. For the first time, we had a second-floor room, which I was immediately taken with. Yes, the first-floor rooms (every room is oceanfront) are great and so convenient--you simply open the sliding glass door and walk out to the pool, grilling/picnic area, hammocks/swings and beach. But I'm a sucker for a great view which the second floor provided. Plus, there was a private balcony with a table and chairs.
Yep, I was sold.
The rooms were clean, colorfully decorated and cool in the heat of the day. I appreciated having a mini-fridge for the take-home boxes I inevitably bring home from every restaurant I visit! My hubster is a TV freak, so he was very pleased with the nice TV and a great variety of channels. I found the beds and pillows comfortable--very important to me, the sleep freak!
When I took my kids to the Seahawk, they loved the pool. It was always clean and sparkling with plentiful lounging chairs sprinkled around it. I've never taken advantage of the grilling facilities outside (ME--cook on vacation? LOL!), but I saw lots of families enjoying them.
You may think this strange, but the hammocks were one of the biggest selling points for me! Oh, how I loved lying in a sturdy hammock with my hubster late at night, watching the stars and the moonglow trace a path across the ocean. My little boy and I particularly loved the double swing that overlooked the sea. One of my adult daughters confessed to me that she spent much of her time at the Seahawk in a hammock with a good book!
The turquoise blues and glowing yellows of the outside decor are pleasing to the eye--the prettiest place anywhere around that area, for sure. Even walking out to the beach each morning was a pleasure, with the decorative flags blowing in the spring breeze. And the beach area is awesome--spacious, clean, beautiful.
One of the best things about the Seahawk is that the grounds are immaculately kept and impeccable. Nothing is out of place, there is no trash and the look of it is pristine. And the management is so on top of things and super-professional while never losing their friendliness and caring attitude. You will always be greeted with a smile and cheerful voice in the beautifully-decorated office/lobby.
Nearby is everything you need for a great trip--a well-stocked grocery store, bait shops, great restaurants, shopping opportunities galore, even a movie theater. Of course, for me, the MUST is a Dairy Queen so that I may have my daily allotment of DQ Blizzards. You will be happy to hear (I know I was!) that there is a DQ very nearby.
So you would think all of this would cost you a fortune, huh? NOT SO! I found the Seahawk to be very affordable, especially in the winter season when rates are incredibly low. And when I say winter, I'm talking as late as March 31 when beach weather is often already very nice!
When I go back to the Crystal Coast for a few days (God willing!), the Seahawk is where I will be. Just writing this review has made me long to be back there right now--lying in a hammock, watching the white-capped waves roll onto the warm sand, hearing the peaceful roar of the surf, feeling the salty breeze ruffle my hair and the golden sun on my face . . .Well, you get the picture!
Although I enjoyed the convenience of my first-floor room last year, I believe I prefer a second-flo...
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