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For those of you who have stayed at First Colony Inn in the past and those of you who have yet to experience this charming landmark, we are proud to announce that Village Realty of Nags Head, NC is now managing this historic treasure of the Outer Banks. Any of our vacation specialists will be happy to assist you with booking a reservation or any question you may have. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, please call 800-368-9390; after hours please call the Inn directly at 252-441-2343. Hours of operation vary depending on the season so please leave a message if necessary and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
Sarah Close is the General Manager and she and her staff look forward to assisting you and ensuring that your time spent here is memorable and relaxing. We may be reached by email here or by phone at 800-368-9390.
To view a printable brochure about First Colony Inn, click here.
To read testimonials from previous guests who wanted to share their experiences at First Colony Inn, click here.
We sell a variety of wines and beers. In addition, we can arrange for catered meals, picnic baskets, fruit and cheese baskets, flowers, etc. Whether you are staying at the inn or would like to make arrangements for a friend or associate who is staying with us, we are always glad to help. Click here for a list of special packages and services that First Colony Inn can provide for you. For more information, please call us at (252) 441-2343.
History of the Inn
The calm peaceful atmosphere of the Outer Banks of North Carolina has attracted mainlanders since the turn of the 19th century. Nags Head, "the summer capital of Albemarle Society," emerged as the center of summer activity in the 1930's. Days were alive with sunbathing, fishing, boating and sight-seeing; nights were filled with dancing to big bands. It was in this era, in 1932, that the First Colony Inn was opened. With its wide two-story encircling verandas, the Shingle Style inn was known for many years as "the place to be" on the beach at Nags Head. An atmosphere of romance, charm and relaxation has always prevailed under its sweeping roof.
By the spring of 1988, the "Grand Old Lady" had fallen into disrepair and was in imminent danger of destruction. The property had changed hands and the encroaching Atlantic Ocean threatened to destroy the inn. After efforts had failed to save the inn and it appeared there was no hope, the Lawrence family stepped forward in a last-ditch effort. With roots deep in the area, they felt that the inn was too valuable for the community to lose. In August, 1988, after overcoming a myriad of obstacles, house-movers cut the building into three sections and reassembled it over three miles to the south.
In the three years of rehabilitation that followed, the exterior of the inn was returned to its original appearance, interiors were completely renovated, and modern conveniences were unobtrusively added. Traditional furnishings were selected to ensure modern comfort while maintaining the historic charm. Placed in the National Register of Historic Places, the First Colony Inn now stands on the coast at Nags Head as the sole-surviving "beach-style" hotel, welcoming new generations to the old-fashioned pleasures of the Outer Banks.
Awards and Certifications
Awarded the American Automobile Association Award (AAA) 11 years in a row (1994 to Present).
Awarded the Gertrude Carroway Preservation for historic preservation by the Historic Preservation Foundation of NC.
Awarded a Bronze Award for Landscaping by the Town of Nags Head.
The First Colony Inn building meets all NFPA standards for fire safety. We are a 100% sprinkler protected establishment.
Reservation and Cancellation Policies
Reservations / Advance Deposits: Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Reservations including a Friday, Saturday, or holiday are subject to a minimum length of stay.
Cancellations / Deposit Refunds: Refunds are made for reservations cancelled seven days or more prior to your arrival date. (Late arrivals and/or early departures are considered cancellations).
Reservation for a Specific Room: While we attempt to honor requests for specific rooms, they may not be available for your party. In that case you will be assigned to a very similar room with the same bed arrangement. Note that we sometimes acquire new furniture or move furniture around as you do at home. Your room may not be exactly as shown in the pictures on this website or other promotional material. We hope that you will prefer any alternate arrangement.
Check In / Check Out: Check in after 3:00 P.M. Please telephone on the day of your scheduled arrival if you will be arriving after 10:00 P.M. so that we may give you some instructions. Check out time is 11:00 A.M.
Smoke-Free Environment: The First Colony Inn maintains a smoke-free environment. A cleaning charge will be assessed if there has been smoking in a guest room.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at the Inn, but we can recommend a local kennel.
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