First Guest In. Beacon Villas Vacation Rentals
Back in the day when I was still a rental manager, I remembered those first few weeks in a brand new, just finished being built, house....since sometimes there are things that are just not caught until someone actually spends the night in the house or condo or villa. And, typically that is the first guest. Which is exciting for them...I mean, hey, it is brand new, everything is bright and shiny. However, as nice as that is, there can be drawbacks. Noise from places nearby under construction, maybe the garbage disposal was not hooked up, one of the TVs does not work...you get the picture.
A few months ago I chose Beacon Villas to do a feature on. They are brand new and located within Corolla Light Resort. The first guest coming in was someone who has stayed with us several times in the past and I asked her if she would be willing to write about her experience. Good and bad. She said yes...and here you go.
"Our Beacon Villas Vacation!
When you are crossing the bridge at 10:30 and get a message on your Village Realty App that your house is ready, you know it’s going to be a good week. Picking up the keys was seamless and the ladies in the Corolla office were sweet and friendly as usual. We arrived at our townhouse to find it shiny new and clean. We were excited to be the first renters.
The downstairs entertainment area and bunk room made a perfect base for my 19 year old son and his friends. They shot pool, played card and hit the hot tub on a daily basis.
With 2 couples left to choose rooms, we both opted to stay on the main floor. Both masters are very comparable in size and the beds are both kings. There is another queen room on the upper level, but the spiral stairs seemed daunting, as both myself and my cousin have some family arthritis. I did go up there occasionally for a quite spot to read, but my favorite is the cuddly corner of the couch.
The kitchen was very well equipped. We found everything we needed for the week and it was all beautifully stored in places that made sense. There is a good sized pantry, so we didn't’t have to leave everything on the counters. The filtered water through the door meant that we did not have to buy bottled water.
The outside areas were a little tricky for us on this stay. Because of the continued construction, we were unable to use the front porch at all, except for drying our shell. The dust and noise were just too much for a person trying to relax. The outside shower also was inaccessible for much of our stay due to sod replacement. The back grassy area was great. We often sat out back while we grilled or just to read, talk and pass the time.
Corolla Light was excellent as usual. The new sidewalk down Shad street made it easy to get to the beach and it is just 2 gazebos over to the ocean front pool center. I suggest bicycles for your stay. We get ours at Ocean Atlantic rentals. They deliver and pick up! The bicycles make the trip to the beach, sound, Corolla Light Center and Whalehead Club very easy and quick.
Just across from the Beacon Villas and a few steps to the right is one of the many entrances to the nature path. This is an excellent way to get to the sound and see some really beautiful sunsets, ospreys and other water birds.
Here are some things I would suggest while on your visit to Beacon Villas at Corolla Light.
Take a wild horse tour! We took a combination kayak and horse tour. We used Back Country Safari Adventures. Our guide Terry went above and beyond to make sure we saw horses, birds, and even helped me find a whole whelk, which has been eluding me for 9 years. I would also endorse Corolla Outback Adventures; they do an excellent horse tour as well. We just wanted the kayaks added this year. Both companies are excellent.
Go shelling and hunt for seaglass.
Chase some ghost crabs across the beach at night with a flashlight (This is definitely an all ages activity.)
Climb the Lighthouse and visit the Outer banks Center for wildlife education in the Whalehead Club.
Eat some Cosmo’s pizza, Uncle Ikes seafood nachos, wine and cheese from Bacchus, and tacos and burritos from Mexikind. Lighthouse bagels is a must have and build your own steamer pot at Dockside North.
The only bad thing about staying in the Beacon Villas was having to leave. The time goes fast, so enjoy your beautiful, well appointed house, get out and enjoy the many activities of Corolla Light and don’t forget to bring your camera!
If you should need anything at all from good advice to a dustpan, just ask Village Realty. They rock!"
And, no I did not tell her to say that. I wanted her honest opinion and I felt she would do that. I was happy that they used their Village VIP card for Cosmo's Pizza and Ocean Atlantic Rentals. And Bacchus Wine and Beer Garden, cannot forget about liquid refreshments.