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Meet Hatteras Island's Most Famous Vacation Home: The Inn at Rodanthe

Discover your own magic and fame in Hatteras Island’s Inn at Rodanthe, now available with Outer Beaches Realty for the 2020 Season!

Nights in Rodanthe house facing ocean

The home’s name comes from the movie, Nights in Rodanthe, based on popular Romance novelist Nicholas Sparks’ book. Produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film focuses on the serenity of Hatteras Island from a cozy, oceanfront Inn situated on the Outer Banks in the quaint village of Rodanthe.

The lovely story of Nights in Rodanthe follows a woman who is filling in as the Innkeeper for a friend (Diane Lane) and a first time Guest of the Inn (Richard Gere) on a quest for a second chance at life and love. The two share their pasts, stories, and experiences during their time together at the Inn. If you haven't already, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out how the story ends!

Dining area and staircase from the Inn at Rodanthe featured in the film Nights in Rodanthe

The Inn at Rodanthe was built in the 1980s situated just 500 short feet from the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Over time, the home became dangerously close to the roaring waters. In protective measures against future storms, the Inn at Rodanthe was set to move in January of 2010 to a different oceanfront lot not far from the original site. Weighing a hefty 83,000 pounds, the Inn was carefully moved foot-by-foot by Expert House Movers, the folks who moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

While filming Nights in Rodanthe, blue shutters and wrap-around porches were added but later removed after production ended. Surprisingly, the interior scenes were produced on a soundstage.

New Owners have spent a lot of time taking notice of the micro-details within the movie that give the home its charm. They continue to evolve the interior and exterior of the Inn to match the film. They even included original props from the movie set and are locating more items and artwork for the house. It really does evoke a magical feeling, for sure! says the Owner. How neat is that?

"Love is the essence of a full and wonderful life."

Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe

When you arrive at the Inn, you’ll instantly notice the infamous blue shutters. Small details inside the Inn including antiques, floral wallpaper from New York, custom doors in the kitchen, fabrics, furniture, and more almost perfectly match scenes from the movie. On the second level of the Inn, you’ll find the notorious blue bedroom where Richard Gere stayed during his visit. Also, on this level, is the bedroom where Diane Lane slept in the movie.

The blue room form the NIghts in Rodanthe film

As you find your way through the Inn at Rodanthe, you’ll notice a considerable amount of attention to detail was taken to recreate the movie scenes from vintage wallpaper to original movie props such as lamps and an oak desk. You’ll feel as if you’re in Nights in Rodanthe as this homes interior has been kept quite authentic!

The takeaway from the Nights in Rodanthe book and movie is that it is never too late for a second chance at life or love. What better place to experience second chances than Hatteras Island? Whether you need a romantic retreat, a family escape, or a peaceful paradise to enjoy with family and friends, the Inn at Rodanthe’s magic awaits!

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