Address: 785 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC    Reservation Line: 252-928-4411

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Island Escapes: A Tailored Retreat for Two

Couples have been escaping to the Pony Island Inn for decades. We enjoy watching our guests find new places to love with the ones they love. 

The Journey Begins

Take a romantic stroll through the village of Ocracoke. Explore charming shops, art galleries, and boutiques hand in hand, discovering unique treasures along the way, such as The Village Craftsman. Here you can pick up a handcrafted souvenir to remember your trip.

Discover one of the many beaches nearby. We recommend Lifeguard Beach. Don’t take our word for it. In 2022, Dr. Beach designated it as the Best Beach in America.

Rent a Pony Island Express golf cart from the Inn and take a short ride over to the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Make sure to snap some romantic pictures with the Ocracoke scenery surrounding you. After you snap your pictures, stroll through Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. Discover the island’s untouched beauty as you wander along scenic trails, spotting wildlife and soaking in the coastal atmosphere.

Venture over to the historic Ocracoke Banker Ponies pen. These majestic creatures inhabit a serene 188-acre enclosure, safeguarded by the National Park Service since 1959. Witnessing their beauty is an ideal picture for your island adventure.

For the water lovers, take a kayaking trip with Ride the Wind Surf & Kayak or a sunset boat ride with Portsmouth Island Boat Tours.

Say cheers to your date night with dinner at Dajio, The Back Porch Restaurant, or Flying Melon.

End your evening with a romantic fire on the beach with your loved one. Ocracoke Beach Fires takes the stress out of private beach fires with fire set up, extra wood, and clean up. Opt for the S’mores package.   


Sands of Time: Tracing Ocracoke’s History

Ponies, pirates, and preservation, Ocracoke has everything that you can dream of when it comes to history. This itinerary will guide you through the best historic spots on the island.

Rent a Pony Island Express golf cart from the Inn and take a short trip to the Ocracoke Lighthouse. In 2023 the lighthouse celebrated its 200th birthday. While visitors are unable to climb the lighthouse, the grounds make for a great photo op.

Take in some World War II history by visiting the British Cemetery. You can also take a nature walk through the Hammock Hills Nature Trail.

Grab some lunch at Back Porch Lunchbox or Hart’s Hot Dog Hut as you continue your history filled trip.

If you want a fun spooky tour filled with history, Ocracoke offers a Ghost and History Tour. Learn all about the ghosts that haunt the island and their history during this fun and interactive tour.

Interested in wildlife? Visit the historic Ocracoke Banker Ponies. Legend has it they are derived from Spanish Mustangs that survived a shipwreck in 1565. The ponies have been protected by the National Park Service since 1959 and live in a 188 acre pen.

For a deep dive into the naval history of Ocracoke and island brogue, take a walk through the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

Trace the steps of the Civil War and visit the Fort Ocracoke Monument, a large granite monument that honors those who fought there. Its inscription on one side of the marker lists the men from Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands who served in the Civil War. The other side of the marker describes the significance of Fort Ocracoke.

Discuss the history you’ve learned about with dinner at Howard’s Pub, Plum Pointe Kitchen, or Ocracoke Oyster Company.


Fun-Filled Family Adventure: Your Ultimate Itinerary

Welcome to Ocracoke, where every day is an adventure! Here’s your guide to an unforgettable family-friendly vacation.

While you are checking in at the Pony Island Inn, learn about the exciting activities Ocracoke has to offer. Get insider tips from our friendly staff and set your itinerary for the day.

The Journey Begins

Start by visiting the Ocracoke Banker Ponies. The ponies have been protected by the National Park Service since 1959. Kids of all ages will enjoy an up close and personal look at the iconic ponies of the island. Pony Island Inn sponsors a few of the ponies in the 188 acre pen. 

Next up, go see the iconic Ocracoke Lighthouse known for its long standing history on the island as well as the surrounding scenery.

Just a short walk from the lighthouse, you can embark on a leisurely stroll through Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. Discover the island’s untouched beauty as you wander along the enchanting trails, spotting wildlife and soaking in the coastal atmosphere.

After your nature walk, head over to Kitty Hawk Kites to pick up a kite for an exciting beach day. Choose your favorite designs and get ready to soar alongside your family. If you are in the mood to shop around, stop in Harborside Gift Shop, Moonmaker Tea Shop, and more. You can then take a walk around to the dock and see Silver Lake just behind the shops.

Grab a snack on the way to the beach at The Fudge and Ice Cream Shop where you can cool off with a refreshing frozen treat. Choose from a variety of flavors and enjoy a burst of sweetness to kickstart your beach day.

Spend the afternoon at the beach, flying kites and soaking up the sun. Let the kids build sandcastles, splash in the waves, and make memories that will last a lifetime. If you are ready to come back and spend the afternoon at the Pony Island Inn, your kids will love our onsite pool.  

Satisfy your appetite with a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants close by! Jason’s Restaurant, SmacNally’s, and Ocracoke Oyster Company are all great options.


Your Next Team Adventure: A Group Business Itinerary

There’s no better place than Ocracoke Island to escape the daily routine. Here, your team can bond, strategize, and rejuvenate against the backdrop of a tranquil paradise. 

The adventure begins before you ever step foot on the island, as it’s only accessible by water or by air — so every way is the scenic route. There are both car and passenger ferry options between the three ferry routes. More travel information is available here.

The Journey Begins

Make the most of your journey to Ocracoke! Aboard the ferries, you and your team can gather on a lookout deck to take in the views, or even hunker down in the cabins for a few rounds of card games to pass the time. Just make sure you’re ready to catch a glimpse of the Ocracoke Lighthouse as you approach the harbor. 

Check-In

Once you’ve deboarded, head straight through the village on Irvin Garrish Highway to the Pony Island Inn. There, you’ll be greeted by our property staff which includes island natives such as a descendent of the highway’s namesake, Roger Garrish. After checking in at the office, your team can settle into their rooms and swap their cars for a Pony Island Express golf cart!

Sight-seeing

We believe that a well-rounded business retreat calls for some sightseeing to rejuvenate the mind and spark creativity. Ocracoke offers an array of enchanting sights that provide a delightful escape from the boardroom. For any plus ones accompanying your group, there’s much to explore during meetings, ensuring everyone has a rewarding and memorable time on Ocracoke Island. Here’s a few ideas for how to pass the time:


Only a few minutes drive from the inn, the award-winning beaches stretch out before you, offering moments of tranquility and inspiration. While you venture down the road to NC 12, visit the famous Ocracoke Banker Ponies, a living testament to the island’s history and the mascot of the Pony Island Inn. 

Don’t miss the iconic Ocracoke Lighthouse, a symbol of the island’s maritime heritage. Built by hand in 1823, it is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest in the nation. Fortunately for Pony Island Inn guests, we are just half a mile away from this beloved piece of local history. 

Now it’s time to soak in the serene beauty of Springer’s Point Nature Preserve. Golf cart parking is available right down the road from the lighthouse, next to Ocracoke Assembly of God Church. The 122-acre nature sanctuary features a 0.8-mile trail meandering through a diverse landscape of maritime forest, salt marsh, and wet grasslands, leading to a sound-side beach with legendary ties to Blackbeard the Pirate.

For another taste of nature, explore the Hammock Hills Nature Trail. And to pay homage to history, visit the British Cemetery, where the stories of World War II come to life. These sights offer a chance to recharge and connect with the island’s rich culture and natural beauty, enhancing your team-building experience and fostering creative thinking.

Team-Building

Before you dive into business, it’s important to set a foundation for effective collaboration and success. And what better place to build camaraderie than an island with endless possibilities? For those looking to relax and connect with nature, Ocracoke Beach Fires provide the perfect setting for conversations around a crackling fire amidst the ocean waves. Ocracoke Island Yoga offers a serene escape where participants can rejuvenate their minds and bodies. Meanwhile, Portsmouth Island Boat Tours provide a unique opportunity to explore the area’s rich maritime history and natural beauty as a team. Adventurous souls can enjoy Ride the Wind’s selection of kayaks, SUPs, and surfboards, while Gecko Sportfishing offers a thrilling angling experience. And for those intrigued by local legends, our Ghost and History Tour will unveil the island’s fascinating past. With these diverse options, we invite your group to create lasting memories and strengthen your connections amidst Ocracoke’s stunning backdrop.

Meeting Space

Now that you’ve had your fair share of fun, let’s get down to business! The Ocracoke Community Center is available for rent by contacting ocracokecommunitycenter@yahoo.com or calling (252) 928-3162. For larger teams or corporate events, the Berkley Barn is a substantial meeting facility available to rent for the day. For an unforgettable company meal, cater a low country boil from Ocracoke Catering Co

This itinerary is only a glimpse at the unique blend of productivity and relaxation you’ll discover in Ocracoke. Take advantage of our special offer: book 10 or more rooms during the off-season (October-April), and enjoy a generous 15% discount on your stay.* It’s our way of saying “thank you” for choosing Pony Island Inn as your retreat destination. We look forward to hosting your team as you work, bond, and thrive together amongst the breathtaking backdrop of Ocracoke Island.

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