The "Atlantic Effect"

Updated: Sep 10

Now that we’ve had the Atlantic Inn open for the summer months, it’s become clear that the magic that captured our hearts when we bought the inn and moved to Hatteras, is having the same effect on our guests!

It’s hard to explain, or put into words – there is just this incredible feeling of calmness, connection to our natural world (as opposed to the constant barrage of digital information, good, bad, and indifferent, that we are often constantly “connected” to), and a sense of “belonging”.

Is it the Atlantic Inn? – the century old structure, the aged wood paneled walls…. maybe it’s the comfy beds or the tasty, cooked breakfasts? Is it Hatteras Village? the wonderful residents, the fishing marinas, the incredible restaurants? Is it the Ocean, the salty air, the dancing dolphins, and soaring pelicans?.....or perhaps a magical combination of all three!

....I know this isn't a pelican, but I love this photo 🤗

These are pelicans....😁

Sometimes guests arrive and they are so obviously stressed out, even though they are supposed to be on vacation – Travel…. Work…Family…. Finances…Health…School…. whatever their crisis de jour may be - you can see it in their faces, in the tone of their voice, and in their body language.

…You just know that this person needs a vacation more than they may even realize – it’s time for the inn and Hatteras, to perform their special kind of magic 💗

It generally takes just a day or two - and then even the most frazzled, tired and stressed-out guests, begin to unwind. Shoulders relax, people stop checking their watches and looking at their phones all the time – suddenly not having the best, and fastest high-speed internet seems appealing…and not the end of the world as we know it, like it had seemed to be, the previous night on arrival. Time becomes inconsequential, many more things here are dictated by the tides, sunrises and sunsets, and the weather.... than by watches, clocks, and calendars!

Relaxing in a comfy chair on the front porch, sipping your mug of coffee whilst watching the morning ferry traffic go by, spending time catching fish on the beach, lazing on a beach-chair watching the surf, playing Clue, Monopoly, or Scrabble back at the inn, afternoon naps on top of a sumptuous bed, lounging in rocking chairs reading books, whilst enjoying the evening breeze, stargazing at night on one of the upper decks accompanied with a glass of wine and a piece of homemade key lime pie, are much more commonplace here, than sitting and staring at a 3 x 6in. screen, mindlessly scrolling through Facebook pages, wishing you were living someone else’s awesome-looking life (which on close examination probably isn’t as idyllic as you think).

Often, I’ll find a guest curled up on the large sofa in the library lounge, reading a book or writing a postcard, a wonderful way to chill out after a day in the warm North Carolina sun, hanging out on the comfy leather sofa in the main guest lounge with their chips and beer, watching football on our 75in TV, or guests simply becoming friends with other guests, over a glass of wine and shared adventures on these wild and beautiful islands in the Atlantic.