This story begins like every good story starts: with love at first sight.
Once upon a time, a first glimpse of North Carolina’s barrier island beach transformed one child’s simple family vacation into something else entirely: a seed to what was to become a lifelong dream of turning Sunset Beach into home.
In 2000, Dave Nelson finally fulfilled his childhood dream. He paid back - and paid forward - his childhood inspiration with the opening of Sunset Inn. Only a five minute walk from the ocean in Sunset Beach, this custom-crafted dream has become an idol of world-traveler worship.
Where saltwater wilderness swallows the Intracoastal Waterway entrance on one of the widest beaches of the East Coast, 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. Its subtle, Southern elegance 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,” Sunset Inn Owner Dave Nelson said.