Ocracoke, of course, has a large number of rental houses, most with cable TV, Internet access, and other modern conveniences. There are a very few cottages that take you back to an Ocracoke Island of years gone by. The Hurricane House is one of those. (Click on any photo, below, to view a larger image.)
This house sits at the end of an unpaved road, overloooking Pamlico Sound. Guests enjoy sitting on the screened porch, looking across the marsh, and watching pelicans and other shore birds fly by.
They even have ring side seats for watching the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferries as they approach Silver Lake harbor.
But the grandest benefit of staying at the Hurricane House is the opportunity to witness some of the most spectacular sunsets on the east coast.
The Hurricane House is named for the account of a major storm penciled on the kitchen wall ("...5 pm Water coming into yard...10 pm Water to second step...12 pm Water to sills...")
The Hurricane House is truly a traditional old island home. It is comfortable, clean, and well cared for, but it has no TV, no microwave, no telephone, no dishwasher, and no A/C.
If you are interested in renting this house (I even understand that the week of May 30 is available) you can call the owner, Katharine Woodwell at 508-548-0680 (evenings & weekends).
If you're looking for a more conventional rental cottage go to http://www.ocracokevillage.com/ and click on "lodging."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter celebrates colorful islander Don Wood (1936-1998). You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042610.htm.