Could This Be The Most Dangerous Hotel In The World?
Published in Jul 2019 / Updated in Oct 2021
The Frying Pan Tower is dubbed the "graveyard of the Atlantic," and it's situated in the Atlantic Oceans hurricane Ally.
Adventure-seeking travelers who like their accommodations to have a little edge might have found their match in the Frying Pan Tower.
The Frying Pan is located 32 miles south of North Carolina's Bald Head Island. Formerly a lighthouse used by the U.S. Coast Guard, the tower was built in 1854 to help ships skirt Frying Pan Shoals
This shallow area is infamous for shipwrecks. In the early 1960s, the lighthouse was renovated into the steel structure that exists today. Over the next two decades, 20 Coast Guard cadets took residence in the tower. With the advent of GPS technology in the late 1970s, the lighthouse became obsolete, eventually abandoned.
In 2010 North Carolina native Richard Mill bought the property and begun the restoration. Standing 85 feet above the ocean in the heart of the Atlantic's hurricane alley.
With the structure being expensive to maintain, Richard asks guests for a donation to help preserve it for generations to come.
How Do Guests Get To The Hotel?
Hotel guests can travel to the Frying Pan Tower in one of several ways. Whether it's sailing their own boat, getting picked up by the hotel's schooner, or riding in style in a helicopter.
Each option carries its own level of excitement and expense. At $598 per person for a two-night stay, rooms aren't cheap. But the uninterrupted ocean views outside your window and array of daredevil activities are perfect for the thrill-seeking adventurer.