SWAN BEACH is home to the wild mustangs
WATERSCAPE is found in the community of SWAN BEACH which is snuggled between the Currituck Banks and the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge (north/south) and the Atlantic Ocean and the Ablemarle Sound (east/west). SWAN BEACH is home to the wild mustangs, a pure bread strain that has decended from the Spanish mustangs brought over by the early settlers. Homes are nestled amongst native vegetation spattering the waterscape which only the great atlantic could paint. Here, you'll find the best of everything that comes with living on these sandy shores.
Luxury abounds from the heated Jacuzzi to the huge amount of extra living space that the wraparound porches provide...not to mention the front open deck reserved for sunbathing.
Nothing has been spared to make sure this home, with every appointment and detail, meets all your expectaions. A reverse floor plan maximizes those ocean views. The WOW factor permiates the greatroom with cathedral ceilings, juniper wood paneling and wainscotting. Double paned extra large windows make for a spacious and bright welcome for you and your guests. Here is where you'll fall in love. Here you'll find all the comforts to creat unforgettable memories of entertaining family and friends.
- Family Travel
Old Corolla Village
Technically Corolla is the small village center on the unpaved road behind the lighthouse, while the area around this village (including the lighthouse) is Currituck.
The village of Corolla was a thriving community that began to grow in 1875 after the lighthouse was built. The area was popular for waterfowl hunts (Duck is just down the road), and in 1890, at the peak of the market, 200 residents lived in the village.
After WWII, the population declined until the 1980s when a paved public road was opened to the area. Then, the development of the Currituck Outer Banks began.
You can still get a sense of the old village by walking in the shade of the oaks and pines on the dirt road on the west side of NC 12 behind the lighthouse. A few of the historic buildings from the old village remain and have been restored to look as they did when they were built. Several restored historic homes that have been converted into shops, so you can go inside, including the Lewark and Parker residences. A new building was built to look like Callie Parker's store.
A walking-tour map is available at many of the shops in the area or at Twiddy & Company Realtors, whose owners took charge of restoring the buildings. The restored Corolla Schoolhouse is on the tour, though you can't go inside.
"The walking tour will also take you past the 1878 U.S. Lifesaving Station that was moved to the village, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Lightkeeper's Residence, and the historic Whalehead Club."
- Historical Travel
SWANDIPITY...a state of being...in 4X4 Swan Beach
Searching for the perfect beach vacation? Close your eyes and think of gentle breezes, flat open spaces, white grains of sand and sun dappled waves caressing the shore. Centuries ago, explorers came upon the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and more recently people like you, looking for adventure have found their home by the sea. Corolla, NC is where shell seekers find natural beauty amidst luxury accommodations. Nestled between the wildlife preserve to the north, Penny Hill to the south, the Atlantic ocean to the east and the Currituck Sound to the west, Swan Beach offers many attractions and activities. ..so if you enjoy sun bathing, fishing in the surf or just reading under the bead-board ceilings of wrap-around porches...reminiscent of years gone by, you will find your needs fulfilled with an Outer Banks vacation rental. Be an explorer, be a part of the journey, be wild like the wild horses that you will find meandering amongst the rolling dunes and sun-kissed sea grass. ..they roam freely in the 4X4 area of the northern Outer Banks. These full blooded creatures are decedents of the Spanish Mustangs that sailed across the seas with the early settlers. They will share the beach with you, share the dunes with you and you might even find them sharing the shade between the pilings of your vacation home with you. Come to Swan Beach and you will find SWANDIPITY...a state of being while you call this resort get-away your home away from home.
Bedrooms: 5 7 Full Baths Sleeps: 12 Check-in: Sat
SWANDPITY is exclusively accessible by 4WD only and situated in Swan beach, this is a true one of a kind cottage that features Pottery Barn décor, hardwood floors, wainscoting and a kitchen tastefully appointed with stainless steel appliances and marble-top center island. Whether the wind is out of the north, south, east or west, you can find the perfect spot to call your own on the expansive wrap-a-round decks and porches. I DARE YOU, come explore and know that luxury will be part of the journey.
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
Just off RT 12 North in Corolla...
Just off RT 12 North in Corolla, you'll find WHALEWATCHER. North, east and south decks expand the living space of this Corolla retreat. Situated on a corner lot, located less than 600 feet from beach access walkover, WHALEWATCHER provides ocean views from the sunny open upper deck. On the lower covered deck you can soak in the 5-person hot tub. On the ground floor, Lob-Lolly Pines provide natural shade from the summer sun and this is where you can to cook up that barbeque for friends and family or just relax in the hammock. You’ll appreciate the doublewide lot when you realize the privacy it affords.
L1: Covered parking, charcoal grill, hammock; out-door shower. Undercover access to inside laundry room, second refrigerator and stairs to L2.
L2: MBR (K) with whirlpool full bath and private door to (north, east and south) covered porch and hot tub, 2BR (Q, 2BS) share a full bath, all w/ TV/VCR/DVD.
L3: MBR (K) w/ TV/VCR/DVD and semi private full bath, kitchen w/pantry, dining/sunroom sits 10, great-room w/wide screen HDTV/VCR/DVD, wood-burning fireplace, open decks (north, east and south).
Extras: 2 refrigerators, TV/VCR/DVD in all the bedrooms, book & CD libraries, games, answering machine, ceiling fans, hammock, covered parking for 2 cars
- Family Travel
Currituck Heritage Park
The Currituck Heritage Park, located at the Whalhead Club, has the original boathouse and pedestrian footbridge, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is also the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
If you haven't been here for awhile, there is a new designated parking area for visitors with over 200 parking spaces at the picnic shelter and public restroom areas in the Northeast corner of the park. Park visitors can now park their vehicles in the new areas and walk within the park by sidewalks and boardwalks. The old parking area behind the Whalehead Club has been removed; however, the boat ramp remains open to the public.
Currituck Heritage Park is a popular destination for weddings, family reunions, or just a day of leisurely fun on Currituck Sound. Whether you enjoy crabbing, picnicking with family and friends or enjoying a quiet sunset over the Sound, Currituck Heritage Park is the place to be! Learn local history and heritage along self-guided walkways or signup for an educational program that will be offered daily. Currituck Heritage Park is open from sunrise to dusk
- Sailing and Boating
- Budget Travel
Corolla Schoolhouse c 1890
I took this picture of the schoolhouse through the window across Bob, but when I saw it after the trip I thought it looked like a church. That's a hazard of taking a lot of pictures and not being able to label them right away.
At the time of the schoolhouse construction (the mid- to late 1890s), there was no public school. The children of government employees went to the privateGovernment School whose teachers were paid by their parents. This school was originally built on land donated by Edward Knight (who built the building now known as the Whalehead Club).
In 1999, retired Corolla postmaster, Norris Austin, was the only surviving Corolla resident who is a former student. Norris was the fourth member of his family to attend the school, when he entered it in 1944. By 1955, when he graduated, the enrollment had dwindled to fifteen and finally just five students, according to records. It finally closed in 1958
The school was moved to its current location in 1999. With the underpinnings of the old school exposed, it was revealed that the 19th century watermen who originally built the school, apparently used everything they could find - including large timbers from shipwrecks that were plentiful along the shores at that time.
"You can see the old wooden pegs, and there's no mistaking these support beams were once part of a ship," said Contractor Jim Andrews of Kitty Hawk. "They even used old iron nails that were obviously salvaged off of the beach."
Other exciting finds have been an old chalkboard and the original beadboard, dating back to the late 1800's. "We've found old doors in recesses behind walls and some of the original shingles," said Andrews.
The schoolhouse was returned to its original white color with cedar shingles.
This structure is listed on the walking tour of the old village, but it is a private office and not open to the public.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Corollas northern beaches, our little secret
I happen to be fortunate enough to live in the outer banks and love the "off season" solitude that can be had here.There is a little known spot that i love to go to.Let me describe how to get there: Drive north of Corolla on rt 12 until the paved road comes to an end. At this point you either turn around or if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle you get on the sand and and continue on for another 10 miles. At the virginia and North carolina border there is a fence. Park your vehicle at this point and walk north through the gates. Walk about three miles north (or if you ar an ocean kayaker paddle three miles north) along the duned coast line. At this point you will be at the most tranquil, beautiful beach you can find on the east coast of the United States. Wild horses run free in the False Cape state park but are not to be touched by spectators. make sure you arrive at this spot for the sunrise if your a dedicated sunriser. Please be sure to bring along your camera as photo ops are unbeleivable. Shell hunting in this stretch of beach is incredible on the outgoing tide. Bring a champagne picnic breakfast,a blanket and your travel companion for a morning to always remember.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
The Whalehead Club overlooking Currituck Sound was once the Outer Banks's biggest, most modern structure. The house was built as a private residence between 1922 and 1925 by a wealthy northerner named Edward Collins Knight and his wife, Marie Louise LeBel Knight. They originally called their home Corolla Island because the house was situated on an islandlike mound that was created when a circular canal was dug around the lot.
The Knights spent their winters and hunted with friends at Corolla Island from 1925 to 1934. The 23,000-square-foot house then sat empty for years. In 1969 the house was sold to Ray Adams of Washington, D.C., who named the home the Whalehead Club.
Now, the house is owned by Currituck County and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been restored to the way it looked in 1925. The multimillion-dollar restoration project began in 1999 with the replacement of the copper roof. The exterior was painted its original canary yellow. The interior has been completely restored, down to the paint, cork floors, Tiffany glass, and Art Nouveau details.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the house from May 1 through October 31 and during the weeks of the Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays (not on the actual holidays themselves). (Tours stop at Thanksgiving, so we were not able to go inside the house).
House tours take place daily from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Tours begin on the half hour and include a self-guided exhibition on display in the basement gallery. The tours last 45 minutes. Cost is $6.00 for adults and free for children eight and younger. A special "behind the scenes" tour is offered daily (by reservation only).
The museum shop stocks an interesting array of tasteful merchandise that is unique to the Whalehead Club, including handcrafted jewelry, picture frames, ornaments, and birdhouses made from the original copper roof shingles.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Looking out from our room you can see the area surrounding the house. There are not a lot of touristy type attractions. There are some stores and shopping area. The beach is beautiful. I am told there are wild horses on the island. Its a great place for a relaxing vacation.