When you think of beaches in the United States, North Carolina might not be the first place that comes to mind. But there are a lot of states in the US that have great beaches that might be closer to you than you think. When I was first asked to visit The Outer Banks in North Carolina I thought the drive would be a lot longer than it actually was.
Driving from Washington DC, it can take anywhere from 4 hours and 45 minutes to 6 hours depending on traffic. But 6 hours to a beach town doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. I like to listen to audio books while I drive, so I rather enjoyed my drive to and from the Outer Banks as I listened to A Little Life.
I only spent one evening and two days at the Sanderling Resort but would have loved another day or two to fully enjoy everything they have to offer.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE SANDERLING RESORT
+ The entire resort has been recently renovated. It’s nicely done and has a beachy feel that isn’t cheesy and makes you feel at home.
+ There are three pools, one of which is an adult pool. This is huge for me because I don’t have kids, and I don’t want to share a pool with them when I’m on vacation. I assume this would also be great for parents as well because then they don’t have to worry about their kids being too loud or bothering anyone since they have their own pool to hang out with all the other kids to play and have a good time, without people like me glaring at them if their kid is constantly screaming. One of the pools is also an indoor pool, so for bad weather that is an option if you still want to swim.
+ The resort is right on the beach. I’m all about direct beach access and being right on the beach. If I’m paying for a beach vacation, I want it to be right there on the beach. They will also set out chairs and umbrellas on the beach for you. While they are just chairs and not full loungers, you can still get some great beach time in.
+ There is a waiter at the adult pool from noon to 8 pm. So you don’t even have to leave to get a drink and food.
+ They have an outdoor fire pit that is lit until 10 pm, and when you arrive in your room there is a s’mores pack with graham crackers, a chocolate bar, and marshmallows for you to make s’mores at the fire pit. I LOVE s’mores so this was a unique feature that I absolutely loved!
+ The beds are comfortable and the room I stayed in was very large with an entirely separate living area with a couch, chair, and coffee table. There was a large closet, and a small kitchen table with two chairs.
+ There was good water pressure in the shower. Beach towns can sometimes be iffy on water pressure and for people who have thick hair that can mean a lot more time trying to get sand and shampoo out of your hair, but the Sanderling had great water pressure.
+ All of the staff was friendly, kind, and helpful.
+ The resort is close to several delicious restaurants, three that you can walk to, and a plethora of others just a short drive away.
+ They have a spa on site. I didn’t have a chance to try it, but I love the option and would absolutely use it if I were there longer.
+ They offer a lot of activities on site or will set them up for you. Things like paddle boarding, a jet-pack, and kayaking.
+ There are beach chairs on platforms on the top of the sand dunes, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach, but not have to deal with sand. It’s a great place to have your morning coffee.
THINGS TO KNOW
+ Only the top floors have a beach view over the sand dune.
+ I’m a light sleeper and the walls were a little thin but nothing to really worry about.
+ The wifi wasn’t the strongest. It was fine and usable, but not the super fast wifi I’m used to for uploading and downloading lots of photos. However most people probably only need the Internet for typing and things, not uploading and downloading, so it wouldn’t be anything to worry about. Also, you’re at the beach…maybe you should step away from the computer…
Overall I think the Sanderling Resort is a wonderful place to stay in the Outer Banks and I would absolutely recommend it. I think it would be great for families, couples, a girls trip, a solo recharging trip, and destination weddings. The adult pool was quiet and peaceful, and the beach wasn’t crowded at all.
I would stay for at least three nights so you can get the most out of what the resort has to offer while also spending a good amount of time relaxing on the beach or at the pool. You also might want to save a little time to explore the town of Duck and the rest of the Outer Banks.
This post was sponsored by The Outer Banks. All opinions are honest and are my own.
Photos by Meg Biram. Do not use without written permission.