This ex-Coast Guard light station located off the coast of North Carolina once helped ships avoid nearby shallow areas, but today it functions as an extreme hotel with eight ocean-facing rooms. The light station, called The Frying Pan Tower, has become a new destination for those who enjoy off-the-grid travel.
Originally built in 1964, the tower housed about 20 Coast Guard cadets until 1979 it became obsolete in light of the invention of GPS. The rundown structure was restored in 2010 and transformed into a grungy hotel that includes rooms with original furniture and fantastic atmosphere. The entire restoration of the structure was conducted by volunteers and financed through contributions and the donation of needed supplies.
The Frying Pan Hotel is accessible via boat and plane-the $498 price-per-person, which allows visitors to stay in the offshore hotel for three days and two nights, doesn’t include transportation. Visitors can pick one of the eight ocean-facing rooms, five with twin beds and three that have queen-size beds. The hotel provides basic foods, but visitors are encouraged to bring ingredients for specific dishes and do their own cooking and cleaning up. Would you go?