First Colony Inn

6715 South Croatan Hwy , Nags Head, NC 27959 USA (Show map)


First Colony Inn's comfortable elegance and friendly service welcome you to the beach. This inn was built in 1932 and operated as a Beach Hotel. Antiques and traditional furnishings, heated towel bars, remote-controlled A/Cs, television, telephones, beach towels and chairs are furnished for guests. Pool on the grounds (open early May to end of September , which also offer croquet, cornhole, picnic table, grills and a private walkway to the beach. Room service is available in-season from Pamlico Jack's restaurant across the street. Our innkeepers are pleased to help with plans for activities and special occasions such as honeymoons, restaurants. This Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers year round availability.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Summer vacation

4.4 on June 15, 2016

My wife talked me in to staying at the First Colony Inn this week. I have never stayed at a bed and breakfast so I am not sure how it compares to others of this type. Here is my thoughts anyway. We stayed in room 327 on the 3rd floor, it's a very old inn, and only has stairs as expected, but it wasn't that bad going up and down. Upon going to the room for the first time we reached the 3rd floor which is a landing more than a hall way, and when we opened the door the room was super clean. We had a view of the ocean which was nice. We never heard the other guest, but we had a storm that was loud from the room. The breakfast was not what I expected, there was a homemade breakfast pie each morning and a typical continental breakfast. I enjoyed the food, but I was expecting something more personal. Breakfast was served from 8 - 9:30, and we had to sit outside on a picnic table one day because of limited seating. There was a social snack of wine and cheese offered at 3pm each day but our schedule didn't allow for us to attend. If there was 2 things that I would like to see improved on before our next visit, it would be tables and chairs outside the back door of the breakfast area, and the wifi service improved, it doesn't reach the pool area, and it is an open network.

OBX paradise

5 on December 14, 2012

Extending a business trip, I traveled alone to the OBX. This was a perfect choice for my relaxing getaway. Loved the quiet atmosphere, wide porch and comfy chairs, quick walk across the dune for morning beach strolls. Perfect spot!

Preservation personified at the First Colony Inn in Nags Head, NC

5 on July 22, 2012

The people who work in the Inn are like old family friends. The rooms are charming, spotless and well-appointed. Delicious breakfast. Nice to have chairs and beach towels provided. There's nothing like sitting on the wide veranda and enjoying the breeze. At night there's a different magic atmosphere. I love this place. If you are beaching it alone there's no place better than here. Sadly the other historic hotels have gone by the wayside. The location is perfect, too, with less congestion than further north.

best vacation ever

4.6 on April 21, 2012

A friend and I came to Nags Head for a famliy member's wedding, being it was also our birthday weekend, we opted to make it a long weekend & see the sites, our stay at the colony was the best choice ever. The staff was great and very helpful with directions and recommendations for places to eat and things to see. We really enjoyed starting the day off with a wonderful breakfast with lots of delicious items to choose from. The porches were a great place to end the day watching the sunset. Would love to return for another visit, the colony will be the first call I make for a place to stay. Will also recommend the colony to all my freinds and family. Thank you again to all the staff for a wonderful vacation.

Our Honeymoon and Anniversary Spot!

5 on February 09, 2012

We stayed at this fabulous Inn on our honeymoon and have been back every year since on our anniversary. We can't say enough about the great staff and service we received, even in the middle of February! We stay in the same room each year and look forward to it immensly. The room was very clean and we felt right at home. Breakfast is always fantastic as well, Love this place! Chester & Alison

best place on the outer banks

4.0 on February 14, 2010

one of THE best places to stay, hospitality, cleanliness all first class.

Perfect for anniversary get-a-ways

4.8 on January 03, 2010

My husband and I have stayed here twice before on our anniversary. I was blown away by the atmosphere. It is truly a retreat and as beautiful as it is online. We will continue to come back.

Great Retreat!

4.4 on October 12, 2009

Great room & breakfast, very friendly staff and extremely relaxed atmosphere - we will definitely come back. Nick Loehr, Germany

Anniversary Weekend March 2009

5 on April 07, 2009

Stayed 2 nights in room 10. Actually our 2nd stay at the Inn and in room 10. Loved everything about First Colony from the courteous staff to the clean equiped rooms. Quiet and quaint but close to all attractions. Keith and Julie - Gloucester, Va.

A Lovely Stay and a Great Value

4.4 on April 02, 2009

We had a love stay at the First Colony last summer. The Inn itself is a charming historic Victorian with wide porches that catch the breeze. The location is perfect - 1 block from the beach and close to all major attractions. Nag's Head itself is much less crowded in the summer than the more popular northern end of the Outer Banks. The rooms were exceptionally clean; the staff was friendly and helpful; and the breakfasts were delicious. We were also happily surprised by the extra amenities such as free beach chairs and umbrellas, free boogie board and passes to the local Y with it's indoor pool, fitness center and child care. We will definitely be visiting here again

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Location Type

Across Beach Road from Ocean, on 4+ acres, Island, Small town


Norfolk, VA (ORF) 90 miles

Directions to property:

We are on US 158 at milepost 16 in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Wright Brothers Memorial, Fort Raleigh (The Lost Colony), National Seashore, Elizabeth II, Jockey's, Outlet Malls, Jockey's Ridge, Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Pool, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , YMCA access, Free Newspaper, Heated Towel Bars, In room Safe, Make-up Mirrors, Remote control AC/Heat

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Diving / Snorkeling, Art Galleries, Outdoor Theater, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Yes Babysitting is provided for our guests for free at the YMCA-
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends 2 nights, holidays 3 nights
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night deposit required with reservation. Reservations including a Friday, Saturday or Holiday are subject to a minimum of 2-3 nights.
  • Cancellations: 7 days prior to arrival date. Reservations are guaranteed for the full time reserved. Late arrivals or early departures are considered cancellations.
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  • Time Served: 8:00-9:30am
  • Serving Location: John White Breakfast Room, Room service available, Breakfast Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

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Special Package

Thursday Nights Free

Stay Sunday through Wednesday and Thursdays is free. May not be combined with other offers.

10% Discount to Military, AARP and AAA Members. May not be combined with other discounts or offers.

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