Last summer on our 12th Outer Banks family vacation, we took a chance and booked Sand Joy, after having stayed at the same place (The Quay) for several years. Our family is growing - four teenagers, three parents, and my mother and father-in-law, and we needed a bit more room, and we always want ocean front. When you try a new vacation location, there is always that uncertainty - will the house be nice? Will it be clean? Will everything work? The moment we walked in the door to this cottage, our fears evaporated, and we were in love. If you go to the beach to BE at the BEACH, this amazing cottage will not disappoint. My wife and I were blessed to have the 1st floor bedroom on the ocean side of the house, and there is nothing like awakening each morning to sunrise over the ocean. This cottage has a wonderful vintage vibe to it, and the owners have done a beautiful job with furnishings and decor. It's beautifully beachy without being over the top, or ostentatious. And, speaking of the owners, they are the 3rd generation of original builders/owners. That in itself says a lot about what makes this cottage special. The foyer has a wonderful collection of vintage Nags Head photographs and memorabilia. The furnishings are comfortable and in great condition, the bedrooms are roomy and comfortable, and the kitchen is bright and airy. We usually do about 50% of our dinner out, and 50% in, and we seated and fed nine people comfortably. Our absolute favorite time of the day was cocktail hour on the porch in the evening. The view, and the ocean access are outstanding. Needless to say, we are already booked for this summer (2014). This wonderful cottage is an absolute gem, and we whole-heartedly recommend it.
-Ted & Marci