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Summer is extra sweet at the Outer Banks, North Carolina beach resort with The Sweet Escape experience

DUCK, NC (May 11, 2021)Duck Donuts and Sanderling Resort today launch reservations for a one-of-a-kind experience that promises to make the summer travel season even sweeter: a donut-themed guest room packed with donut-themed experiences, all baked together as The Sweet Escape. Popping up in time to celebrate National Donut Day (June 4), The Sweet Escape will be available May 28-June 30, 2021 – because one day just isn’t long enough to honor one of America’s most popular treats.

Guests checking into The Sweet Escape at the AAA Four Diamond-rated, beachfront Sanderling Resort will be indulged in all things donuts. An entryway lined in donut wallpaper will lead to a spacious bedroom area decked out in donut bedding and Duck Donuts-branded pillowcases, topped off with a collection of donut throw pillows for added comfort (and the sweetest dreams). Duck Donuts artwork will don the walls while donut seating and floor pillows will give an added space to lounge around. Picturesque views of the Outer Banks’ Currituck Sound will be framed by rainbow sprinkle curtains. Donut pool floats and Duck Donuts & Sanderling Resort-branded beach towels, plus a beachy welcome tote (lined with Duck Donut goodies to take home) will make this donut-themed getaway an indoor-outdoor affair.

Upon arrival, guests will find dozens of freshly made Duck Donuts conveniently set throughout the room for easy access (i.e. to feed those donut cravings all day and all night). An in-room coffee bar stocked with Duck Donuts coffee and donut decorating kits will also be available. For a customized sampling from Duck Donuts’ made-to-order menu of endless flavor and topping combinations, guests can schedule a donut wake-up call through a dedicated donut concierge.

The Sweet Escape experience also includes a taste of Duck Donuts history: a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the original Duck Donut stores in Duck, North Carolina, located just a few miles from Sanderling Resort.

“As the country begins to recover from an exceptionally difficult period and people begin returning to travel, our team knew we needed to make this summer extra special,” said Geoff Young, managing director at Sanderling Resort. “Part of what makes the Outer Banks such a unique destination is our local community and the experiences they create for those who visit – and that includes Duck Donuts. Sanderling is proud to be based in the hometown of the cult-favorite Duck Donuts brand and is excited to incorporate their story into ours. Our Sweet Escape program will definitely add that ‘something extra’ to make this summer a summer to remember.”

“We are delighted to kick off the celebration to one of our most anticipated and beloved holidays, National Donut Day, with our dreamy Sanderling Resort partnership,” said Russ DiGilio, Duck Donuts founder. “Donut lovers are in for a real treat this summer and we are thrilled to play a sweet role in helping to deliver smiles to those who are vacationing to the place where it all began for Duck Donuts, the Outer Banks.”

Sanderling Resort and Duck Donuts will wrap up their Sweet Escape program with a social media giveaway set to run June 22-June 30, 2021. One winner will enjoy a four-night stay at Sanderling Resort and a tote bag with Duck Donuts perks, including coupons for free donuts, plus cups, koozies, and more. Entries will be accepted on the @duckdonuts and @sanderlingresort Instagram pages.

Reservations for The Sweet Escape can be made at beginning May 11, 2021. Rates start at $599/night with a three-night minimum stay.

About Sanderling Resort

The AAA Four-Diamond Sanderling Resort stands as the only full-service resort on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Sprawled across 13 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and serene Currituck Sound, Sanderling has welcomed guests to its picturesque setting for more than 35 years. With 123 rooms and suites, plus five vacation homes, the resort is poised to accommodate all types of travelers: families, couples, friends, corporate and social groups. Sanderling guests enjoy a wide array of amenities, including two dune-side swimming pools that separate adult tranquility from family fun; an indoor swimming pool for an all-season escape; fitness center; oversized firepits; and the on-site Spa at Sanderling. The resort offers immediate access to a breadth of activities that immerse visitors in the Outer Banks experience, including beach, golf, boat tours, kayaking, horseback riding, bicycles, tandem hang gliding, and more. Sanderling’s dining options are plentiful and range from the causal three-meal-a-day Lifesaving Station to the oceanside Sand Bar and AAA Four-Diamond Kimball’s Kitchen. For brides, grooms, and meeting planners, Sanderling features more than 12,000 square feet of updated indoor and outdoor event space, offering a venue to suit every taste. Sanderling is the premier destination to experience southern hospitality and luxurious amenities in a relaxed, tranquil setting. For more information, please visit or call (877) 650-4812.

About Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts opened its first locations in 2007 in the beach resort towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with the intention to create an oasis for vacationers to enjoy warm, delicious, made-to-order donuts. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the company began franchising in 2013, and prides itself on sprinkling happiness to its guests through its unique in-store experience, exceptional guest service and a duckzillion donut combinations. As one of the fastest-growing donut franchise companies, Duck Donuts has more than 100 locally owned and operated shops across 21 states and one international location in Dubai, UAE. For more information, visit