Like every good story this one starts with love at first sight…
Once upon a time, a first glimpse of one of North Carolina’s barrier island beaches transformed one child’s simple family vacation into something else entirely and a seed was sown to what was to become a lifelong dream of turning Sunset Beach into his home.
Realizing the Dream
In 2000, Dave Nelson finally fulfilled his childhood dream. He paid back – and paid forward – his childhood inspiration with the opening of The Sunset Inn on Sunset Beach, NC.
The quiet comfort of this small boutique inn overlooks the marsh out towards the Intracoastal Waterway and is just a short five-minute walk to the ocean.
This picturesque island (named as “One of Best Beaches in the World” by National Geographic) has a temperate climate without the brutal extremes of summer or winter. The Sunset Inn is the place to stay on Sunset Beach!
Where saltwater wilderness joins the Intracoastal Waterway ten uniquely decorated guest rooms and four grand rooms each overlook the quiet salt marsh paradise.
Screened porches lead the way to luxurious linens, wet bars, private baths, king-sized beds, authentic Southern breakfasts, and top-tier amenities that reflect the care put into each handcrafted, dreamy detail.
But modern amenities aren’t what draw in visitors like the tide. It’s the subtle, Southern elegance of this Sunset Beach Inn that is the real heart-charmer.
“We’re a throwback – we’re not modern concrete and steel, but wooden like the 1940s. We want the staff to treat people like they’re at home,” says Sunset Inn Owner Dave Nelson.
Meet the Innkeeper
The Inn’s manager, Andrea Ward has been with the Inn since the doors opened in 2000.
“Even during the construction phase, Andrea has overseen the details of managing The Sunset Inn and has coordinated over 50 on-site weddings, many successful retreats and welcomed thousands of guests, many returning for another relaxing stay at The Sunset Inn,” Nelson said.
“This is a team effort, I could not do this without everyone here.” says Andrea. Cynthia Morgan, Debi Echard, Kathy Robertson and Yesenia Rivera are all part of the exemplary staff. Kelly Clemmons creates the beautiful flower baskets and planters that make the Sunset Inn such a welcoming place to enjoy!
At Sunset Beach, you’ll find the first of Sunset Inn’s sea-delivered treasures: the Kindred Spirit mailbox. Neighbor to a driftwood-crafted bench, this fencepost mailbox is stuffed with snippets of world-traveler wisdom.
“Dear Kindred Spirit,” writes the ‘Child of Peace,’ “the beauty of this place brings me back again and again. I am at peace with myself when I am here.”
Each letter is written and received by visitors of Sunset Beach and its words do the very same work as the owner and staff: becoming kindred spirits with Sunset Beach, the sea, and each other.
Make your home in a place most only dream about at Sunset Inn.