The village of Rodanthe brings to mind images of beautiful white sand beaches, sweeping dunes, abundant wildlife and crystal clear waters. Located on the easternmost point of North Carolina, Rodanthe is a part of the Tri-Village area that comprises the northernmost settlement of Hatteras Island and includes the villages of Waves and Salvo. Rodanthe was once known by the name of Chicamacomico but succumbed to a name change in 1874 by the U.S. Postal Service.
Like some areas of the Outer Banks, Rodanthe has a rich history from ages ago. It has seen its share of war when Confederate troops landed in the area attempting to re-capture Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, both of which fell during the Union's first southern naval invasion. After several attempts by southern troops to engage the Union soldiers, they were eventually chased northward from the area and the skirmish afterwards was mockingly known as 'The Chicamacomico Races.' Another historical point of interest in Rodanthe is the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station, which was the site of the world famous 1918 rescue of over forty men from the tanker Mirlo after it was torpedoed by the Germans. Visitors today can visit the Life Saving Station and view artifacts and pieces of shipwrecked vessels that were salvaged throughout the years.
A bit of local folklore makes Rodanthe particularly whimsical around the holidays. In the old days, English settlers used to observe a custom known as 'Old Christmas' every January 6. Legend has it that a mythical beast by the name of 'Old Buck' appears at the celebration which is still observed each year.
Movie buffs or fans of the famous writer Nicholas Sparks may notice when driving through Rodanthe that a certain house looks somewhat familiar. Indeed, Rodanthe has a little bit of Hollywood glamour to help it shine even more by playing host to many of the scenes shot in the Richard Gere movie, "Nights in Rodanthe." Visitors will recognize the Rodanthe Pier and parts of the village, but the most recognizable star would be the vacation rental home Serendipity, which was turned into the fictional "Inn at Rodanthe." After the film's release in 2008, this famous home was eventually moved due to damage from beach erosion and now lays further inland. Visitors flock to the area to take pictures of this famous location, and enjoy this piece of movie history.
Famous landmarks and beautiful beaches are not the only fun to be had in Rodanthe. Vacationers will enjoy the myriad of other activities that can be enjoyed in this Outer Banks village. Many water sports enthusiasts will want to visit Kitty Hawk Kites to rent some equipment to go kiteboarding, parasailing and sailing. Others will enjoy getting the opportunity to kick back, relax and watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers dance over the wave tops on the Pamlico Sound and marvel at their skills and flair. Avid fishermen will enjoy walking to the end of the Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, (also known as the Rodanthe Fishing Pier), and trying their luck at reeling in the next big catch.If you're looking for an Outer Banks village to enjoy a relaxing vacation with tons of fun activities and a little bit of enjoyable movie notoriety, then Rodanthe will be at the top of your list for your next vacation spot.