"Nights in Rodanthe" Holiday Open House at Serendipity on the Outer Banks

Time: Saturday, December 4 at 10:00am - December 5 at 6:00pm

Highlight of the holiday season! - ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ holiday open house at Serendipity – and a chance to spend a week there!

We watched while it was threatened by the encroaching Atlantic Ocean as the first house on the northern end of Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe. Many of us cheered when it was purchased by new owners and moved to a safer place about a half mile away. In fact, many lined Highway 12 to watch the house move on a windy morning last January. We watched as the work went on – inside and outside – to return the tall, imposing structure to its former glory as “The Inn at Rodanthe,” as it appeared in the popular feature film, “Nights in Rodanthe,” starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

Tourists pulled up by the dozens each day – and still do – to photograph the exterior.  Many longed to spend a vacation there.  Many locals and tourists want to see the inside renovations that copied some of the décor of the house in the film – even though only the exterior scenes were actually filmed in Rodanthe. And now you can see the interior of one of the Outer Banks' most famous beach cottages, Serendipity, aka The Inn at Rodanthe. And you can also buy a raffle ticket for a week’s vacation there.

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and the new owners Ben and Debbie Huss of Newton, N.C., will host a Holiday Open House at Serendipity on Saturday, December 4th - 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, December 5th - 1 pm - 6 pm. It will be the first public showing of the house since the renovation was completed and the house went on the rental market last May.  And the open house will kick off the raffle for the week-long vacation at Serendipity.The event is happening because the Husses want “to give something back” to the community they feel has welcomed them with open arms and embraced their plans to move and renovate the beach house.The couple can’t say enough about the islanders who have helped them – from the local sub-contractors who worked on the renovation, to officials who helped them get permits for the move, to owners of local businesses with whom they have become friends during the five months of work on the house – right down to the Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Department, which used its tall ladder truck to help them keep the pigeons out of the eaves at the top of the house.They wanted everyone who had admired their work to have a chance to see the inside, and they wanted to event to benefit islanders.

When they were told about the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, a 10-year-old, all-volunteer group that raises funds to help local cancer patients pay for treatment and medication not covered by insurance and also helps pay for patients to travel to cancer centers far from the island, the Husses found the beneficiary for their open house.  All of the proceeds from the house tour and raffle will benefit the cancer patients on the island that Ben and Debbie have adopted as a second home.

Hors d’ oeuvres from recipes in the foundation’s new cookbook, “Seasonings,” will be served, along with punch, and the cookbook will also be sold during the tour. Cancer foundation volunteers will take small tour groups through the four floors of the house, including the “blue room,” decorated to match almost exactly Richard Gere’s room at the Inn at Rodanthe, and the Diane Lane bedroom, a replica of the star’s room in the film.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 from HICF board members or at the Midgett Realty office in Hatteras village, Buxton Village Books, and at Vacation Traditions and Island Convenience in Rodanthe.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $20.The holiday tour will kick off a raffle for a week’s stay at Serendipity during the off-season, compliments of Ben and Debbie Huss and also to benefit the cancer foundation.  Raffle tickets will cost $25 each or three for $50. Tickets will go on sale December 4th. They will continue to be sold through the winter by board members or through PayPal at http://www.hicf.org/. The winner will be announced sometime in the spring at a date to be announced. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.For more information, contact Donna Barnett at [email protected]

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