Living It Up on the Oceanfront

By Molly Harrison | Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Let’s face it: Almost every single one of us, whether resident or visitor, is here because of the ocean. We do whatever it takes to be beside the great Atlantic as much as possible, breathing in the salty air, listening to the breaking waves and relaxing in the cooling ocean breezes. 

That’s why Ramada Plaza By Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront is such a popular Outer Banks hotel. Situated on the beachfront in the heart of the Outer Banks, it provides a place to sleep, eat, rest, play and celebrate – all right next to the ocean.

Ramada Plaza Nags Head has been a trusted year-round accommodation for more than 33 years. It’s within walking distance of restaurants and shops and within sight of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. But what everyone most loves about this place is the oceanfront location. Hotel guests have direct access to a wide stretch of beach, and new this year, they also have the option to relax on a new, 30 x 40-foot deck overlooking the ocean.

Diners, whether they’re hotel guests or not, can enjoy the oceanfront Peppercorns restaurant and deck bar. And anyone planning a celebratory occasion can take advantage of the oceanfront banquet amenities.

A Ramada since its inception in 1985, Ramada Plaza By Wyndham rises to meet the professional standards of the Wyndham brand. Its affiliation with the Wyndham Rewards program means that guests can book through the national network for the best rates and to earn reward points that they can later redeem at this hotel or other Wyndham properties throughout the United States.

Ramada Plaza Oceanfront RoomWhile it may be affiliated with a well-known national chain, the hotel has the heart of a local accommodation. Hands-on owners and longtime local staff give the hotel the warm, friendly feel of a more intimate property.

The hotel offers 171 rooms, each tastefully decorated and appointed with a refrigerator, microwave, balcony, movies and WiFi. Always looking to enhance guest experiences, the owners are in the process of updating and modernizing all the rooms. Amenities for guests include an indoor pool, a fitness room, a 24-hour pantry and complimentary coffee in the lobby.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy family-friendly dining at the onsite Peppercorns Restaurant and Lounge for breakfast and dinner year round and additionally for lunch in the summer season – always with an ocean view. Peppercorns features American fare and seafood like crab cakes, chicken and shrimp ravioli and more. Chef Mark has added some exciting new menu items for the 2018 season.

Ramada Plaza Oceanfront DeckPeppercorns offers live musical entertainment every Friday night and karaoke every other Saturday. In season the Peppercorns Deck Bar is a stellar place for appetizers, lunch selections and cocktails until 5 p.m.

A highlight of Ramada Plaza Nags Head is its ability to host a variety of events. Full-service oceanfront weddings, conferences and events are a specialty here, and the hotel offers the services of a dedicated wedding and event coordinator as well as on-site catering.

In addition to the deck and gazebo, the hotel offers more than 3,000 square feet of event space that can be divided in several ways or opened to a ballroom that seats up to 260 guests banquet style. Peppercorns restaurant seats 100, and the deck bar is the perfect location for a small reception or cocktail hour. The new oceanfront deck can be reserved for weddings or parties of around 50 people. All of these event accommodations offer views of the ocean. 

Whether you want to rest, play or celebrate a special occasion on the Outer Banks, look to Ramada Plaza Nags Head to make your seaside dreams come true.

Ramada Plaza logoRamada Plaza By Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront
(252) 564-7222
1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills


About the Author Molly Harrison
Molly Harrison is managing editor at OneBoat, publisher of She moved to Nags Head in 1994 and since then has made her living writing articles and creating publications about the people, places and culture of the Outer Banks. When not working she practices and teaches yoga and spends as much time as possible outside and in or on the water with her husband and two children.