Amesbury, Massachusetts, (June 7, 2023) – Lark announces the debut of four new Lark Independents along North Carolina’s southern shore: The Beach House and The Starlite Inn in Carolina Beach, and The Admiral’s Quarters Motel and The Sand Dunes in Kure Beach. The independently-owned boutique hotels will now be managed and operated by Lark, growing its portfolio of Lark Independents to 18 hotel properties throughout the United States.
These newest additions to the Lark Independent roster build on the company’s recent investments in the Southeast region, joining three previously announced Lark Independent projects around Asheville, North Carolina: Asheville River Cabins (opened in 2022), The Radical (opening summer 2023) and Zelda Dearest (opening summer 2023) and the first Lark Hotels branded guest house in the South, Blind Tiger Asheville (opening summer 2023)
Rob Blood, the founder of Lark Hotels, introduced the Lark Independent program in 2020, after opening and operating more than 30 Lark Hotels on the East Coast and California. Lark Independent provides boutique properties with Lark’s signature support services and more than a decade of expertise in hospitality operations, personalized service, creative brand development, human resources, revenue management and more.
“We’ve built the Lark brand on perfecting vacation travel for our hotel guests, from Cape Cod and Maine to Nantucket and Stowe. As we continue to grow the Lark Independent portfolio, our team seeks out destinations poised to offer unrivaled experiences for all types of travelers,” said Rob Blood, Founder of Lark Hotels. “Much like the beach towns and mountains of the Northeast, we were instantly drawn to North Carolina’s natural serenity, contemporary urban settings and adventurous Blue Ridge Mountain towns. North Carolina is an ideal destination, and we look forward to working with our hotel partners there to bring the Lark spirit to life for their loyal guests and future travelers.”
Nestled by the shore in Carolina Beach, The Beach House is an oceanfront inn featuring 21 rooms and suites. Serving as a home away from home within a charming and peaceful beach town, The Beach House is steps from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk – evoking the nostalgia of a vintage summer postcard. In the same coastal community, The Starlite Inn is a newly remodeled property with spacious rooms and mid-century modern furnishings, providing travelers with a contemporary seaside getaway.
In the neighboring town of Kure Beach, The Admiral’s Quarters was originally established in 1984, as the south building on the property. Its owners took great pride in creating a quiet, casual oasis. The architecture has been maintained through to today, giving the motel a retro feel, while bringing fresh colors, new flooring and furniture, new kitchens and appliances.The Sand Dunes is a family-owned hidden gem that celebrates southern hospitality. The charming property extends a relaxed and picturesque beachfront stay for all types of travelers, thanks to a wide variety of room types. The Sand Dunes also features a large swimming pool with stylish chaise lounges, chairs and umbrellas with some of the Carolina Coast’s best views of the Atlantic.
“We are thrilled to join Lark’s family of independent properties, and look forward to working alongside their team of hospitality experts in this next chapter for our very special coastal hotels,” said Erik Hemingway, owner of The Beach House, The Starlite Inn, The Admiral’s Quarters Motel, and The Sand Dunes. “The team at Lark truly understands the needs of independent hotels, and is committed to preserving the qualities that make our family-owned hotels so unique for years to come.”
For more information on Lark Hotels please visit https://www.larkhotels.com/; for more information on Lark Independents, please visit https://www.larkhospitality.com/brands/lark-independent/.