But he continued to maintain his growing family's connection to its Southern heritage and family in North Carolina with yearly extended family "summer camps" on the Outer Banks.
In 1998 he and his wife bought land here and built an oceanfront house in the Sea Point development, a natural progression for a man with a decades-long attraction to the Outer Banks. But by 2011, finding himself with three grown daughters and only one beach house, Blanchard began perusing the Outer Banks real estate market hoping to purchase another beach house or two.
any of our favorite fairy tales are, at their core, stories of the transformative power of vision and perseverance.
The story of the Outer Banks Inn is similarly a tale of remarkable transformation.
With the assistance of Realtor David Weybright of Remax Ocean Realty (who had also helped Blanchard with the purchase of his first Outer Banks property), Blanchard became the owner of the Colonial Inn on Memorial Day 2011.