bucket list: a weekend @ frying pan tower
People are always asking me where I’d like to go on vacation. I think it’s a valid question, seeing that I live in a place that loads of folks come for theirs. Frying Pan Tower has been on my list of dream vacations since 2010, when I read about some crazy guy named Neal, who bought the former the U.S. Coastguard Frying Pan Light Station on a whim. Frying Pan Tower is a lighthouse situated at the end of the Frying Pan Shoals, 32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C.
On the furthermost reaches of the southern Outer Banks, it sure is out there, and I think the idea of turning an old lighthouse tower in the middle of the ocean into a B&B is something that could only happen along coastal North Carolina. As this description of the experience from Garden & Gun tells it, it’s truly an adventure like no other. Who’s coming with me?
“After more than a year of rehab, Neal’s tower is now open for business, with room for up to fourteen guests. Amenities include 5,000 square feet of Wi-Fi- and HDTV-equipped living space, with kitchens, office space, fully equipped bathrooms (with piping hot showers), and spectacular 360-degree views. There’s also a skeet range, a Brunswick pool table original to the station, and a driving range stocked with ocean-friendly biodegradable golf balls.”