Popular for smaller company meetings and corporate retreats, the Outer Banks are a chain of North Carolina barrier islands fringed with white-sand Atlantic coast beaches. These islands offer such diversions as crab feasts, oyster roasts, fishing, boating, water sports, beach games, and eco-tours by biplane and helicopter.
The 180-room Outer Banks Hilton Garden Inn is in the town of Kitty Hawk, right on the beach, with a ballroom seating 300, three meeting rooms and the 2,200-square-foot Kitty Hawk Pier House on the hotel’s pier.
One of the long-established beachfront properties, on 113 acres between Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, the AAA Four-Diamond Sanderling Resort and Spa has for three decades been beloved by families and popular with small-group planners. This May it will complete a multimillion-dollar rejuvenation to include the addition of two swimming pools, oceanfront guest rooms, a restaurant, and three redesigned and renamed bars.
Sanderling Event House will debut upgrades and reconfigurations to take advantage of ocean views for meetings and parties in May. Spaces include a boardroom, an executive suite and a 1,500-square-foot meeting/event room with a large outdoor deck area. Sunsets are sensational from the private dock and gazebo and the new Pavilion at Sanderling, which accommodates more than 200 for receptions.
Golf in the Outer Banks
Martin Ames of playobxgolf.com, an online portal for Outer Banks golf, says: “Groups staying at Sanderling Resort often choose the nearby Currituck Club golf course at the top end of the island for their outings. The Rees Jones-designed layout there winds through sand dunes, wetlands and maritime forests and along the shoreline.” The club is also located near the Hilton Garden Inn.
Just south of Kitty Hawk, the Scottish-style Nags Head Golf Links challenges golfers with several holes right along breezy Roanoke Sound. On the inland side across the bridge, a private haven for small groups is the Club Cottage at Kilmarlic, which sleeps eight in four suites, with a large living area and fully equipped kitchen. Cottage guests play the Kilmarlic Golf Club, a wooded course with water hazards on all but three holes.
On the southern end of the Outer Banks, a 15-minute drive from the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach and with three championship courses of its own, Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center lies on 2,000 coastal acres, as it has for more than 25 years. Sea Trail has more than 200 guest rooms, 48,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and puts on golf tournaments for 20–600 golfers. Two clubhouses and a PGA-sanctioned Golf Learning Center are available for a variety of golf activities.
Image: Beach near Nags Head, N.C.; courtesy of wikimedia.org
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