Visitors to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will simultaneously be visiting the gorgeous Cape Hatteras National Seashore. One of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, the National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of shoreline, encompassing seven villages on Hatteras Island, and providing visitors with miles of undisturbed, scenic beaches as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.
It would take a set of Britannicas to say all there is to say about the Island Gallery and Christmas Shop. Experiencing a Renaissance, the original shopkeepers retired briefly to open the doors again in 2008. They worked hard to bring the grand dame back to her glory. A true wonderland, and locals' favorite, the 15 plus rooms and meandering halls are filled with Christmas décor, jewelry, art, crafts, linens, toys, books and antiques. Every room is decorated with antique furniture to create a one-of-a-kind ambiance.
Discover gifts, garlands and glittering lights galore. Looking for a trinket for someone who has everything? Choose ornaments for every hobby, occupation, occasion or enthusiast from the fisherman or The Simpsons lover to dancer or photographer.
Wander through several intimate spaces peppered with antiques for sale, which include clothing, statuary, paintings and unusual household items.
Only a few miles from the sea, the shop is awash with coastal soaps, carved decoys, glass sea life and breathtaking ornaments.
Hungry? Enjoy delectable fudge and old-fashioned candy. Add to your pottery and art print collection and visit the onsite jewelry artist. A Halloween Shop enlivens the second floor. Books appear throughout the sprawling venue creating interesting vignettes where one can pause and browse. Many of the tomes were relocated from Manteo Booksellers, which closed due to damage from Hurricane Irene.
Plan to spend time at the Island Gallery and Christmas Shop. Think of it as a day trip and one-stop-shop for the unique and magical. During December, the proprietors offer a handsome discount to all shoppers. Many a family started their ornament collection right here including baby’s first! Call for seasonal hours.