My family and I have stayed here twice in the past month. The first time we stayed one night after staying in a rental house for a week in Avon. The second time we stayed was for a quick weekend getaway. Both times we were extremely pleased that we chose Cape Pines. I have fallen in love with Buxton after staying here! Being able to walk across the street to the grocery store (Conner's Supermarket), walk down the street for ice cream or mini golf (Uncle Eddy's), and walk down the street for lunch or dinner or breakfast (Orange Blossom Cafe-get there early for an Apple Ugly) is heaven! Walking at night to get ice cream or play mini golf means you can see the beacon for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse--an added bonus! The outdoor pool was still open in mid-September and it was wonderful to still be able to swim in an outdoor pool. We fully took advantage of the other on-site amenities, such as the fish cleaning table, gas grills, charcoal grills, and picnic tables. Walk over to Conner's and pick up some items to grill for dinner and enjoy sitting outside and having dinner while the sun sets. Just bring bug spray since the mosquitos are fierce on Hatteras Island.
The owners live on site and obviously take pride in the motel and want their guests to feel comfortable during their stay. Each room seems to be unique, and decorated a bit differently, and the rooms are the cleanest motel/hotel rooms we have ever stayed in. I love the sea shell soap holders in the bathrooms. We purchased some to take home for our bathrooms at the Old Gray House gift shop, right next door to the motel. There is even a pathway that leads from the back of the motel to the gift shop. Don't miss stopping in at the Old Gray House. My kids (a teenager and a preteen) absolutely love going there and it is one of the most unique gift shops we have ever visited. Walk the paths in the rear of the gift shop and you will see all kinds of interesting items on display and learn a lot about Hatteras Island in the process.
I also love the fact that Cape Pines is an eco-friendly motel. They have recycling bins scattered throughout the property, next to the trash cans, and they use eco-friendly lightbulbs inside of the motel rooms, and even in the outdoor "porch lights" thoughtfully provided outside of each motel room. They also encourage you to reuse your bath towels, if you choose, to conserve water and energy.
I am not a dog owner, but part of the motel is pet friendly, which I'm sure dog owners really appreciate. How wonderful to be able to bring your dog with you on vacation and not have to worry about putting him/her in a kennel or finding someone to look after him/her. We have only stayed in the "no pets" area of the motel (completely separate from the pet friendly area), but I enjoyed seeing people walking their leashed dogs around the property in the pet friendly area--with big smiles on their faces, I might add. I did not hear any dogs barking, as a previous reviewer mentioned. Speaking of dogs, don't miss seeing Heidi, the owners' bulldog, skateboard out front. She does a daily "show" for guests at the motel. My kids videotaped Heidi skateboarding and the video is very popular with all of their friends back home! A previous reviewer also mentioned the presence of stray cats on the property. If this reviewer is familiar with Hatteras Island, he or she would know that there is a large stray cat population on the island. We have encountered many stray cats all over Hatteras Island, since we have been vacationing there for the past 10 years. We have seen many stray cats at each of our rental houses over the past 10 years. I like cats, and I found the cats hanging around at Cape Pines to be very unobtrusive. They would not even approach me, and I never saw them go anywhere near cars or the parking lot, or people for that matter, other than the motel owners. I would much rather see the owners trying to feed and care for these cats at their own expense, trying to make their lives a bit happier, than worry about whether a cat was going near my car. I guess my point is that the previous reviewer was upset that the owner of Cape Pines did not offer to pay for the supposed "damage" to his/her car from a stray cat. A stray cat could be lying on your car anywhere on Hatteras Island, or anywhere else in the United States, for that matter. It's obvious that the previous reviewer doesn't "get" the charm of Hatteras Island, which is the main reason we keep vacationing there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cape Pines Motel on Hatteras is in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are a small family owned and operated establishment, offering clean, comfortable rooms at a moderate price. Our rooms are so clean you would think your mother works here! Nestled in the heart of the quiet village of Buxton and situated in the midst of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our guests are able to enjoy over 100 miles of clean, white sand beach as well as easy access to shopping, sightseeing, and the wide variety of activities offered by the Outer Banks, such as OBX charter fishing in the Gulf Stream, surf fishing, OBX windsurfing at Canadian Hole, board surfing, kite-surfing, swimming, birding, shelling and kite flying.Bring the whole family - we offer a complete range of accommodations from motel rooms to suites with living rooms. And there is no need to leave Fido home alone! Pets are welcome in designated rooms (advance reservations necessary), limit 2 pets per room with applicable pet fee. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Pine Motel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Pines Hotel Buxton
- Cape Pines Buxton
- Cape Pines Motel Hatteras Island, NC - Buxton