North Carolina’s Frying Pan Tower is remote, to say the least. The repurposed drilling platform sits about 34 miles offshore, where it was once used as a light station to warn incoming ships away from shallow waters. It’s since been purchased by a private owner, and now serves as one of the coolest B&Bs on Earth.
Guests stay in upscaled versions of the dormitory-style rooms used by the tower’s 20-person staff. This gets them access to a full kitchen, a rec room, and high-speed wireless internet. They also enjoy the tower’s driving range, skeet shooting, and its easy access to deep sea fishing. Divers often use the tower as a base camp for diving, as there are several ancient wrecks in the area.
If you go: A typical weekend stay (Fri-Sun) costs $498, and includes a ferry ride out to the platform and back (guests can also arrange a private helicopter ride for about $1,300). A full list of accommodations with a booking schedule is available online.
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