Why The Winds Is Unique
For those seeking something a little different than just a beach house or a typical hotel, The Winds Resort on Ocean Isle Beach might be what you are looking for.
A relaxing, laid-back, quaint and charming island resort atmosphere awaits to be enjoyed and experienced, Guests enjoy the cozy intimacy of a small property with the convenience of having everything they need for their stay at one place.
With a nostalgic beach cottage feel, The Winds offers many size options of oceanfront rooms, suites and four to six bedroom Island View Resort Cottages. Surrounded by palms, banana trees and hibiscus flowers, there are charming little nooks and pathways to discover.
Enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage at The Thirsti Tiki poolside, refreshed by trade-wind breezes as sounds of tropical music flow with the sounds of the palm fronds and the ocean surf
Ideal for romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, reunions, golf excursions or small meetings, the friendly and helpful staff does a great job of taking care of guests’ needs.
Maybe The Winds is so unique because The Winds is family owned and operated and our own children were raised here. Time after time guests say they feel like they are family and have been welcomed back to their home away from again.
The TripAdvisor review by Walter from Greenville, SC described it best:
“If you grew up in any part of the country where going to “The Beach” was a magical and wonderful thing and you are a Boomer like me, you will want to spend some time at The Winds. The wide, wide sand beach, the gardens outside the rooms and the familiar, cozy feel of the hotel produces a deja-vu experience that high rise mega-resorts can’t produce.”
The Winds History
In the 1970s Helen And Miller Pope came upon Ocean Isle. It was mostly undeveloped, with long stretches of windswept dunes crested by waving sea oats. Only the occasional screeching of sea birds interrupted the sound of the breaking surf. In such a delightful climate, they were surprised to discover so much undisturbed absolutely beautiful beach within easy reach of two jetports.
Miller had spent his adult life up to this time as a successful free lance illustrator. He had started out early, as a seventeen year old illustrator in Washington DC, on the staff of the Leatherneck Magazine, the official U.S. Marine Corps. publication.
The freedom from a regular job had made it possible for Miller and his wife to spend summers traveling on this continent as well as overseas. They had looked at beach property in the US, Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico and Morocco, but somehow nothing quite suited them until Ocean Isle came along.
At about the same time that the couple first visited Ocean Isle Miller formed a business to produce highly illustrated books for major publishers. The business was an overnight success. It was written up in publishing magazines and soon the list of clients included Readers Digest, Time Life, and most of the biggest names in book publishing. Miller, however, was unhappy because he was spending his time with business details instead of doing anything creative.
Helen, who had always found something lacking in every place they had considered, before liked Ocean Isle. On the first visit, she had turned to Miller as they were neck deep in the warm ocean. She announced “This is where I want to be.”
They had to return home to Westport Connecticut the next morning. But Helen soon returned alone, for Miller was too busy to leave. She purchased a seventy five foot lot for a beach house and Miller got to work designing a house. Then he decided to make it a duplex. Before long it was a fourplex.
They needed a name and when Miller was relaxing with a friend in the Bridgeport, Conn. airport he noticed the little napkin under his beverage bore the title “Four Winds Bar”. Voila! It was the perfect name for a fourplex at the beach.
With every visit to Ocean Isle, it got harder and harder to leave and the decision was made to sell the business in Westport and retire to Ocean Isle. It took several years to sell everything in Conn. during which time the Popes commuted back and forth between Westport and Ocean Isle, mostly by air. During this time more property was acquired and the Trade Winds, the East Winds and the Seawinds were built. It was a natural to call the assemblage “The Winds”.
The original building was located about one half mile east of the present winds complex. A storm in 1996 caused a lot of erosion and it had to be moved. The building is now on Shallotte Blvd. and is now owned by others.
Soon the couple’s children and grandchildren joined their parents at Ocean Isle. Their son Gary is the president and daughter, Debra, is the vice-president.
Sadly, Helen passed away in 2004.
Today the operations are under the care of Gary and Debra and our very capable General Manager Kathy McLaurin. Kathy was the first employee hired at The Winds and has been working there for over 30 years!
Some of the The Winds’ buildings have been around for over 30 years (most are much newer) and most properties of that age would be old and run down and we are anything but that. Our philosophy (going back to Helen and Miller) has always been you are either “moving forwards or backwards there is no standing still”. So every year the property undergoes renovations and upgrades. The latest being the addition of a new elevator.
We think our guest will agree that The Winds is “Ship Shape” and as nice a place to visit as there is.
We invite all to come by and walk around The Winds Resort, Ocean Isle Beach NC. Our gardens and ground, accommodations and amenities are truly unique in this area.