Experience the Film “Nights in Rodanthe” in the Outer Banks

Nights in Rodanthe is a 2008 romantic drama film based off of the 2002 novel by Nicholas Sparks. The film takes place on the Outer Banks in the small village of Rodanthe and the quaint seaside village is located on Hatteras Island. The film starred Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Though the film is based solely on Rodanthe, it was filmed throughout many other places in the Outer Banks.

Visitors to the tourist destination can experience Nights in Rodanthe on their romantic getaway as the movie was filmed right in the heart of the Outer Banks. Here’s how you can experience a real-life Nights in Rodanthe in the Outer Banks.

“Serendipity” | You might remember the famous beach house, “Serendipity,” from Nights in Rodanthe. It was the iconic structure and symbol of the movie. This stand-alone structure was built in the 1980s and at the time of construction, it stood about 400 feet from the ocean. You’ll notice from the Nights in Rondathe movie poster that that was no longer the case in 2008. As years went by, the ocean began to approach the beach house and in 2009, it was destroyed by Hurricane Bill. It has sinced been restored and relocated. You can visit the home and it’s a great photo opportunity.

The Hatteras Island Fishing Pier | There is a small store on the pier which was used during two scenes in the film. The pier, also known as the Rodanthe Pier, is another great place to visit. You can visit the pier for a casual stroll or go fishing.

Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry Terminal | It’s on this ferry that Richard Gere’s character arrives on Hatteras Island. The film captured both aerial and ground shots for this scene. The Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry is the most popular ferry route in North Carolina. It runs 24/7, 365 days a year and the trip is about 40-45 minutes as it sails between Hatteras and Ocracoke.

Old Oregon Inlet Station | During a scene where Richard Gere and Diane Lane are walking along the beach, the Old Oregon Inlet Station can be spotted in the background. It was an old life-saving station and in recent years, has received restoration and preservation to keep the building standing. Like “Serendipity,” it’s another wonderful photo opportunity.

North Carolina Highway 12 – “S” Curve | In the film, a scene was shot on this very highway with a herd of Outer Banks horses, also called “bankers.” While there are actually no wild horses in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, NC Highway 12 is still a beautiful drive and you can come along the S-curves that are just north of Rodanthe where the scene was shot.

About the Author: Jim is a guest contributor from Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals, helping visitors find Outer Banks vacation rentals, real estate options, and local accomodations.

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