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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.