32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C. There is a lighthouse located at the end of Frying Pan Shoals—formally the U.S. Coastguard Frying Pan Light Station. Today the structure is both an offshore hotel, 34 miles off shore to be exact, and a historical restoration project. Jody’s crew wanted to find out more about this:
The Frying Pan Hotel (formally Light Station) is also located at the southernmost tip of the much feared “Graveyard of the Atlantic” which stretches up to the Outer Banks of N.C. The shallow waters of the shoals. For about 110 years a lightship was stationed on the shoals, until the light station was commissioned in 1960. Although the advent of GPS found the station no longer needed in 2010.
The Frying Pan Tower, no longer a commissioned light station, was left abandoned until 2010 when Richard Neal, a software engineer from Mint Hill, NC saw a listing for the Tower on a government surplus sale site. The initial sale saw pricing exceed $500,000. But a provision restricting examination until after the purchase was completed led to a forfeiture of the auction. The subsequent sealed bid auction revealed Richard as the sole bidder. Sale price: $85,000! The Frying Pan Tower restoration project was born!
Today the Frying Pan Hotel serves guests looking for fishing and high-adventure, off the grid vacations. The hotel features eight ocean-facing rooms. Five of them have twin beds, three have queen beds. Basic meal supplies are provided, but ingredients for specialty meals need to be provided by guests. Visitors generally cook, eat and clean up together in the full-size kitchen, although a chef can be requested while making reservations. Transportation is not included in the $498 per person cost for three days and two nights. The hotel does provide recommendations for chartering boats it if guests do not have their own.