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By: SandyClaws
12/6/2013 5:47 PM

When I was a kid in the 70s, my family vacationed in Nags Head, and we always stayed in the same motel. My parents can't recall the name now. There was a hardware store nearby, run by a guy who went by the name Smitty, and his wife. I believe they had a granddaughter named Holly, who I played with whenever we visited. I believe they lived above their store. My folks also draw a blank on the exact name of the store, so I thought

Can anyone fill in any of the blanks for me? Thanks!

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By: Radical Ed
12/8/2013 4:18 PM

Same with me and my folks. The motel we had stayed in is long, long gone but I have many wonderful memories from there. It was also in Nags head and it was called "The Beachcomber". Just a small motel right next to a giant high-rise with a seahorse on the wall.

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By: SandyClaws
12/8/2013 5:20 PM

Same with me and my folks. The motel we had stayed in is long, long gone but I have many wonderful memories from there. It was also in Nags head and it was called "The Beachcomber". Just a small motel right next to a giant high-rise with a seahorse on the wall.


Those are some of my fondest childhood memories! I saw pics of the Vivianna, and the interior room looked like one I remember but both my folks said they didn't think that was the place.

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By: StuckInDuck
7/10/2014 7:50 PM

Yes, SandyClaws, I remember it as well as a 70's kid! The store you're thinking of was Virginia Dare Hardware, and was right next to Wink's market. (They were the closest thing we had to a Lowe's and Harris Teeter back then!) The location is actually Kitty Hawk, not Nags Head, but both are still standing. The old hardware store (which was run by Smitty and Elizabeth Smith) is now the Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar. Go for dinner sometime, I'm sure you'll recognize it. Not sure if the motel you remember is still nearby but you'll be in the right neighborhood.

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By: judyk
7/10/2014 8:07 PM

Are you maybe thinking of Anderson's cottages and store?

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By: SandyClaws
7/10/2014 10:27 PM

Yes, SandyClaws, I remember it as well as a 70's kid! The store you're thinking of was Virginia Dare Hardware, and was right next to Wink's market. (They were the closest thing we had to a Lowe's and Harris Teeter back then!) The location is actually Kitty Hawk, not Nags Head, but both are still standing. The old hardware store (which was run by Smitty and Elizabeth Smith) is now the Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar. Go for dinner sometime, I'm sure you'll recognize it. Not sure if the motel you remember is still nearby but you'll be in the right neighborhood.


Thank you so much! I found some pictures, and although the building itself doesn't really look familiar, the surrounding area sure does!

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By: 11thAveGal
7/11/2014 2:37 PM

Yes, SandyClaws, I remember it as well as a 70's kid! The store you're thinking of was Virginia Dare Hardware, and was right next to Wink's market. (They were the closest thing we had to a Lowe's and Harris Teeter back then!) The location is actually Kitty Hawk, not Nags Head, but both are still standing. The old hardware store (which was run by Smitty and Elizabeth Smith) is now the Ocean Blvd Bistro and Martini Bar. Go for dinner sometime, I'm sure you'll recognize it. Not sure if the motel you remember is still nearby but you'll be in the right neighborhood.

The closet motel to the Virginia Dare Hardware is the Saltaire which was built and owned by the Stokes family for many, many years.

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By: kayaker
8/1/2016 12:30 AM

Might it have been the See Sea ?

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By: eugene
3/27/2017 7:10 PM

atlantis beach club

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By: box of rain
6/9/2017 7:50 AM

How about Journey's End? I think it was the first one you saw after coming across the bridge. Was right near where the Hilton is

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