Enjoy the view from the wrap around decks accessed from every master bedroom or relax by the pool or hot tub. Situated on the south side of the house, the pool takes full advantage of the sun’s warmth, extending the pool season into late spring and early fall. The perimeter of the pool and hot tub are secured with a pull-up locking gate mechanism. If you’ve had enough sand for one day, but the kids still have grand castle designs, you can skip an afternoon trip to the beach by letting them lose in the secluded back yard which offers a sand pit volley ball court (commonly remembered by younger guests as a mega sand pit!)


Water, Water Everywhere! Whether it’s meandering the 1.5 blocks to the beach, soaking up the sun in the Private Pool (5/2/2015 - 10/17/2015) or glimpsing a shooting star from the Hot Tub, the Dolphin Inn has something for every water lover. So you can focus on what’s most important (relaxing and creating unforgettable memories!) we’ve tried to think of it all—8 Tommy Bahama back pack beach chairs (with mini coolers!), a beach wagon for hauling sand toys and towels, a hot water outdoor shower to rinse off that half of the beach that your toddler brought home in her bathing suit, and even a generous pile of beach toys for creating the perfect castle (or transforming Dad into a sand mermaid as he takes an afternoon nap). Since all beach access points in Southern Shores are reserved home owners and their guests, and Southern Shores town permits limit accommodations to no more than seven bedrooms, the beach is never overly crowded with day-trippers or filled by high-density hotels. Guests staying in Southern Shores do not need to pay fees or secure tags to enjoy this lovely four mile stretch of beach in the heart of Southern Shores.

Private 8' x 14' Amish-built Pirate Ship. Set in a spacious back yard, the Pirate Ship is not only a highlight for the ten and under set, but loads of fun for kids of all ages. Grandpa will love hunkering down in the belly of the ship, catching the youngest pirate as she careens down the fireman’s pole to rescue a distressed dolphin. Destined to be woven into the stories kids tell when they recall fun family vacations, this play set is always a hit. It's easy to keep an eye on the kids too--the ship is visible from the hot tub, sand pit volleyball court, and the middle and top decks of the house. Need more to tire out a restless landlubber or two? The Sea Oats Playground is conveniently located at the intersection of Hickory Trail and Sea Oats Trail.


Entertainment - Wow! Check out the Complimentary Entertainment Package for guests at the Dolphin Inn. No fees, surcharges or credit cards needed. As parents ourselves, we know that 9 High Definition LCD TV’s means a “bicker-free” experience as everyone gets to pick their favorite show. Sometimes people say it’s a bit excessive to have so many large flat screen/DVD combos—one in all 7 bedrooms plus the game room and third floor common room. But this is vacation after all. We want you to excessively enjoy yourself!

  • 9 HD LCD TV's
  • 9 NetFlix players
  • 9 Blu-Ray DVD
  • 9 Charter Cable Receivers with all 420 cable channels (click here for details) including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Sports Channels
  • High-speed Wireless Internet Service
  • Complimentary Long Distance Telephone Calls
  • 7 Sony Sound Soother clock radio with mini-plug for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad (in bedrooms)
In common areas (Living Room on top floor and Game Room on entry level floor):
Need to get unplugged? Set up the Celestron AstroMaster 70 EQ telescope for an unforgettable evening. It's perfect for celestial viewing (moon, planet and stars) and terrestrial viewing (checking out boats and dolphins on the water).

Appliances - Whether you’re vacation dining style is cooking with plastic (credit card carry-out from local pizza, Chinese, or BBQ), a grill master, or you’re secretly preparing for your debut on The Iron Chef--we’ve got you covered. Just want a good pot o’ joe to go with your warm Duck Donuts? You’ll be set, too.

The Dolphin Inn comes with Gas Grill, two full-size refrigerators, two microwaves (one refrigerator and microwave downstairs in the game room by the pool), dishwasher, washer/dryer, cordless phones, Central AC & heat, ceiling fans. Gas fireplace (Oct 31, 2015 to March 7, 2016). 

Cooks, secure your aprons! Here’s your tools:

KitchenAid mixer

14-speed Blender

Coffee grinder

Jumbo electric griddle (cook 12 pieces of French toast simultaneously)

4 Slice Toaster with bagel technology (toasts the cut side, warms the round side)

Coffee maker (with a timer)

Crock pot

Cuisinart toaster oven

Pezzetti Espresso maker

Four slice Belgian waffle maker

Presto hot air popcorn popper (for movie night)

Cuisinart Food processor

Oster 6.1 quart food steamer

Toastmaster Sandwich Maker

Aroma Rice Maker

Fondue set

Electric hand mixer

On-Site Sports: Full-size private beach volleyball court (doubles as a huge sandbox for the kids), basketball hoop on 1200 square foot parking pad (great for little ones to ride bikes and skate, too!), octagonal bumper pool table.

Nearby Sports:Included Civic Association membership grants guests free tennis at SSCA Tennis Club (Hillcrest Park near Hillcrest Drive and Sea Oats Trail), access to the Sea Oats Park/Play Ground, and extensive walking/biking trails.
Pets: Dog kennel under shade tree, We know your dog really is a member of the family and no family vacation would be complete if he was left home. But since everyone needs a break sometimes there’s a dog kennel in the private back yard situated under the shade of a tree (Fido is welcome inside the house as well!). And so no one feels left out, it’s within perfect viewing of the volleyball court and pirate ship. In fact, it has been known to double as a Pirate Jail where rogue pirates are forced to sit as they wait to walk the plank! Just keep in mind for pets and naughty pirates that afternoon sun can get very hot when it angles through the trees and peeks under the shade tree. Always leave water with your dog and do not leave unattended for long periods. Dogs barking outside can be disruptive to neighbors. With pre-approval, one mature dog is allowed w/$75 fee.

Baby Equipment: Baby jogger, high chair, booster seat, two port-a-cribs, bed rail, and monitor.

Miscellaneous: Iron and full size ironing board, hair dryer.

This is a Non-Smoking Unit

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