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Advice 5 Cents, a bed & breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 Duck B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Recently stayed here with my wife for 4 nights. There are very few options for those that want a shorter stay than the typical week long beach rental. Advice 5 Cents is an excellent option. Location is great, right around the corner from the main dowtown area of Duck. Beach is an easy 0.4 mile walk and they provide beach towels and chairs so you don't need to bring your own. I found the inn keepers to be very friendly and helpful, even loaned us their personal cooler to take to the beach when ours broke. Breakfasts were excellent, generally consisting of fresh fruit and usually a hot item (quiche, pancake, etc), sometimes home made scones or blueberry cake, coffee and juice as well as cold cereal available for those that were still hungry (we certainly never felt the need). The place is immaculate and there is a very nice public area with puzzles, games, books, etc. This is an excellent option for those that want to spend time at the beach who aren't interested in the typical beach rental house.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

This place was a gem. Within walking distance to shops and restaurants and a short walk to the beach. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who is interested in a great alternative to the pricey hotels in the area. Clean, comfy and a great value!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank NJItalianAngel
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

Located a short walk to the ocean, spitting distance from Duck Road and the sound.

The rooms and entire house was spotlessly clean. Well appointed rooms and common areas. Comfortable living rooms for lounging in hot or bad weather. A nook for family games, which we played late into the night without disturbing guests. Extensive decking for guest use.

Breakfast is daily, fresh-baked, homemade pastries, cakes, muffins, biscuits, the like. Ours were delicious, hot from the oven. If you want bacon and eggs you'll have to find them elsewhere.

Beach chairs, towels, umbrella for use. Access to a pool and tennis court.

The proprietors are intelligent, urbane women who are a delight to talk to, and who pointed us in the right direction for fun and dining when we needed.

Since most lodging on the Outer Banks is vacation home rentals with 1 week minimums, Advice 5 Cents is a great option if you're only staying 2-3 days.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank asabnis
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

Dealing with the reservations was simple enough because the dates of our stay were completely void of any other guests, and we soon discovered why. This was our second stay at a B&B, and perhaps we were spoiled from the southern charm and delicious food with snacks in between in Asheville, NC- but hiding the "free" breakfast cereals in the locked kitchen after my husband began eating them...I mean...really? The living quarters were clean enough- I mean, not even the tiniest bit of dust in the corners, but the owner was just not amiable and the breakfasts...not incredibly appetizing. Overall, the accommodations were clean and the location was perfect, within reasonable walking distance to the beach, but if you are looking for a friendly atmosphere and good food, stay somewhere else and fix your own breakfast!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Candice B
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Reviewed May 16, 2009

Visited the Outer Banks this spring and decided to stayed away from the hub-bub of Nags Head. We were delighted to find this B & B tucked away in Duck where we could relax in peace and quiet. Lovely conversations at breakfasts. Appreciated the home made breakfasts and great coffee. We will be back this fall.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2009

B&B was very clean and the experience was quiet and relaxed. But in reality it was only an expensive motel room. Breakfast was less than a continental type found at basic hotels. Owner was curt and formal. B&B's that I stayed at had more personality. It was a good five minutes from the beach and closer to the town of Duck. I made comment to the owner relating to the "sprawl" of the outer banks and she found offense to this comment. Yet she was directly responsible to the cause. Anyway she took my money and I was off. Sad to see the small town growing out of bounds.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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5  Thank bransondog
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Reviewed November 10, 2008

Ok, i finally get it. This place is all about the Lucy character in the Penuts comic strip. If you're like me (Charlie Brown) and hate having the football pulled away just as you're about to kick, then you'll be disappointed in this B&B.

The place is very clean, and new, with good common areas to share with other guests.

BUT just as you're about to say, "hey, this really is worth the money" then something happens to remind you that Lucy's psychology is at work here. Crabby or non-existent innkeeper, poor communication skills, a take-it-or leave it breakfast (god help you if you don't favor processed overly sweet baked goods and crave a simple fried egg or yogurt with granola).

I had the room beneath the kitchen where you awake to stomping above on a tile floor,..well before breakfast is served.

I've had Days Inn room clerks and maids be more interested in my comfort than these folks.

If you want folks that will try hard to make you happy, stay at the Sanderling or another inn. Duck a high-rent place, and the beach is wonderful.

Just have your expectations down to the 5-cent level when you stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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5  Thank bootsrmade4wkn
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Additional Information about Advice 5 Cents, a bed & breakfast

Address: 111 Scarborough Ln, Duck, NC 27949-4500
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Duck
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Duck
Price Range: $175 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Advice 5¢ is located in the heart of Duck, just a short walk from the village and situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. The traditionally-styled Outer Banks home offers comfortable guest rooms, all with private baths and decks. Guests may enjoy the Sea Pines swimming pool and tennis court, along with the convenience of our neighborhood walkway to the beach. Stays include baked-from-scratch breakfasts featuring Advice 5¢'s signature coffee! Additional amenities include complimentary WiFi, beach towels, beach chairs, and refreshing outdoor showers. Seasonal rates, vary by room type, based on double occupancy (applicable state and local taxes additional). A 2-night minimum is preferred, but often a one-night stay can be arranged. A 50% deposit is required at the time of a reservation; a 14-day cancellation notice is required for a deposit to be fully refunded. Deposits for all holiday reservations are non-refundable. Open April through early November. ... more   less 
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Advice 5 Cents, a Bed & Breakfast Duck, NC - Outer Banks

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