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119 N Lord St, Southport, NC 28461-3819
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 05/11/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Southport
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5.0
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4.8
Located in coastal, historic & waterfront Southport, NC, the Robert Ruark Inn is within walking distance to all the restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, museums, parks, docks, movie sites and the beautiful WATERFRONT! Featured in Coastal Living Magazine, this beautifully restored Inn was built in 1890 & restored in 2008. The entire Inn is decorated in fine antiques from the spectacular suites (all with own bath) to the parlor, dining room and throughout. There is a lovely front rocking porch, a warm and inviting brick courtyard with rockers and small bistro tables and plenty of bicycles to tour Southport, NC. A full, delicious breakfast is served every morning, wine & tea with light hors d'oeuves are complimentary every afternoon and a 24/7 coffee/tea service available.Service is a high priority at the Robert Ruark Inn. Exquisite linens, Aveda bath products, tours of Southport aboard the Inn's six passenger golf cart and service, service, service. Exceed your expectations!
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SparkyinSouthport wrote a review Jan 2020
Southport, North Carolina289 contributions79 helpful votes
I was lucky to spend 5 nights at the Ruark Inn last week. The Inn is beautiful and Linda and Rick made me feel so welcome. Rick gave me a terrific tour of Southport with his famous golf cart tour. It was the perfect introduction to this charming town. They were also kind enough to take me to the car rental place about 15 minutes away so I could pick up my rental car. I used Uber to get to the Inn from ILM because my flight came in late. One of the reasons I chose the Ruark Inn (in addition to the terrific reviews) was because someone in a past review mentioned that Linda is a realtor and was helpful in their relocation. The purpose of my trip was also to look at Southport as a possible place for us to relocate. Linda was fabulous. I immediately felt comfortable with her and she knows the local market very well. She facilitated everything and made it easy. Both Rick and Linda know so much about Southport I was able to get many questions answered quickly. They also were helpful in identifying local resources - and places for dinner and other things that made my time in Southport so enjoyable. Breakfasts were wonderful and Rick adapted each breakfast to my needs. There were a number of very interesting other guests during my stay and we had several fascinating discussions! I stayed in the Charlotte Room and it was perfect. Home away from home. The bed was amazingly comfortable. Thanks so much Linda and Rick for a great stay. Thanks in large part to you both we will soon be residents of Southport!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Rick and Linda Pukenas, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Mar 6, 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your wonderful experience at the Robert Ruark Inn and in Southport! We enjoyed meeting you and are so glad you enjoyed the room, house, breakfasts, tour, service, etc. It always makes our day to hear our guests had a great time and that we were able to help them get to know "all things Southport!" We love sharing our historical home, our special Southport and our knowledge of the area. It's always an honor to help visitors become neighbors, too. Thank you for choosing me as your Realtor. I look forward to seeing you more and to having you as a neighbor. All our best always, Linda and Rick
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J3887UCkenb wrote a review Jan 2020
Emerald Isle, North Carolina1 contribution
We have stayed at the inn several times and always find it most accommodating. Lind and Rick are always there to help and serve us. We will definitely be going back. It is a quiet atmosphere and we always meet other guest at breakfast in the mornings. Breakfast is always delicious.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: All rooms are quiet, comfortable and clean. This is a B&B so you feel like you are at home.
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Jan 4, 2020
Thank you so much Ken for your review. We enjoyed seeing you both again and are so glad you enjoy the Robert Ruark Inn and our service, atmosphere and breakfast. We are always very humbled by the number of returning guests we have. It is one of our favorite things about having an Inn and being innkeepers. Thank you again for your review. All our best to you both and your family in the new year! Linda & Rick
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stacy B wrote a review Jan 2020
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We love visiting Rick and Linda. The Inn is so quaint. The breakfast is delightful and Rick’s tour of Southport is amazing! I highly recommend you visit! The town of Southport is a gem. Everyone is friendly And there are many places to shop and eat!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 4, 2020
Thank you so much Stacy for reviewing the Robert Ruark Inn and for your comments about Rick and me. We love seeing you both, too. It's always a pleasure! We enjoyed meeting your friends, too. You are all such a great group of people. I'm so glad you enjoy Southport as much as we do. We think it is a gem, too. All our best to you both and your family for a wonderful 2020! Linda &Rick
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Joe F wrote a review Jan 2020
Greenville, North Carolina105 contributions35 helpful votes
We stayed during new years eve. The B&B offers a perfect location for visiting Southport. The owners make every effort to accommodate their guests and to provide a welcoming atmosphere. The B&B is cozy and comfortable. The breakfast is substantial and very well done and delicious, too. Afternoon wine and snacks are provided, too. The rooms , though small, offer great privacy and are comfortable. The common area is well stocked with books. There are rocking chairs on the porch as well as a comfortable potion with gas fire pit for outside sitting. Bicycles are available to use as well.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Jan 2, 2020
Thank you Joe so much for your review of the Robert Ruark Inn. We enjoyed having you both here during the holiday and to celebrate the new year! We are so happy you enjoyed Charlotte's Room. I agree that although it is the smallest of our rooms, it is cozy and comfortable. The three large windows and the stained glass window add to its charm. Glad you used the fire pit, too. That's one of my favorite things to do on a brisk night. Thank you again! We hope to see you again one day! Happy New Year 2020! Linda & Rick
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Carol O wrote a review Jan 2020
Southbury, Connecticut1 contribution
I highly recommend the Robert Ruark Inn. The location is perfect and Rick and Linda are wonderful hosts! From the home-cooked breakfasts to the beautifully decorated and comfy rooms, I will definitely be returning!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Jan 2, 2020
Thank you Carol so much for the review. It was wonderful seeing you again; especially during the Holiday Season! We are glad you were able to enjoy Southport during the Holidays. Even though the chill is in the air, people are out walking, shopping, dinning and enjoying the waterfront. There were even many sail boats out yesterday (New Year's Day)! All our best in the new year! Hope to see you soon! Take care, Linda & Rick
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Anna B wrote a review Oct 2019
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This was my second time staying at the Robert Ruark Inn in the last year. Happy to say that since I last visited (August 2018). The quality and cleanliness has not changed; so clean! Rick and Linda are so kind and welcoming, and they remembered my mom and I from our previous visit. Rick gives a great tour of Southport as well. We plan to visit again next summer!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Nov 4, 2019
Thank you so much Anna for the review. It was so great seeing you again! We will look forward to seeing you again next summer! Thank you, too, for mentioning how clean the Inn is every time you stay. That is so very important to us. We feel that is a must. And...thank you, too, for mentioning Rick's tour. He has built up quite a reputation as the City's most knowledgeable tour guide. We love offering it to our guests as one of the values of staying at the Robert Ruark Inn. It helps guests get to know Southport so they can enjoy it even more! All our best always, Linda & Rick
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Rose0516 wrote a review Aug 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania18 contributions12 helpful votes
What a terrific stay: simple yet elegant. Our hosts were very cordial but also hands off allowing you to enjoy their Inn without interference but always available if needed. Our room was well stocked and very clean. Linens were fresh and breakfast was delicious. Ricks golf cart tour, no charge, around Southport is not to be missed and was a highlight. Make sure you ask for the Virginia room because the shower is a experience you shouldn’t miss!!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Aug 20, 2019
Thank you so much Rose for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you had a great time and enjoyed Rick's tour, too. It is always a huge hit. It really helps guests get to know Southport! That is so neat that you mentioned the Virginia Room shower. So many of our guests rave about it. I must admit that with a beautiful bathroom, large jetted shower, fireplace in the bedroom, king bed, large closet and other great features, this room does get reserved a lot. We are fortunate as each of our rooms has a delightful charm that makes them all unique and desirable. It helps a lot that our Inn was professionally decorated after its full restoration just 10 years ago. Thank you again for choosing the Robert Ruark Inn. We hope to see you again one day. All our best always, Linda and Rick
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Janet wrote a review Jul 2019
Surf City, North Carolina2 contributions
Loved our stay! Spacious beautiful room, perfect location! Easy walk to the waterfront and all shopping and dining. Linda and Rick were very welcoming and served a delicious breakfast. Can’t wait to visit again! Love Southport and love this Inn!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Aug 3, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It was great meeting you both. We hope to see you again one day. All our best always!!! Linda and Rick
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CindyJJ wrote a review Jul 2019
Matawan, New Jersey10 contributions6 helpful votes
We were in Southport for a wedding and booked a room at the Inn. When we arrived we were greeted by the owner and his lovely wife. The Inn was so comfortable, the decor was beautiful the rooms were clean and breakfast was provided every morning and cheese and wine in the afternoon. The inn had a tour of the town and offered bicycles for our pleasure. I really cannot say enough about this lovely Bed and Breakfast. We had a wonderful time and will return.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thank you so much Cindy for reviewing your time at the Robert Ruark Inn. It was so nice to meet you and your friends. It is so nice you could all travel here for your special friend's wedding. Very special. We hope we'll get to see you again one day and wish you and the newlyweds all the best. All our best today, tomorrow and always! Rick and Linda
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KnDSawyer wrote a review Jul 2019
12 contributions2 helpful votes
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The Robert Ruark Inn and it’s Innkeepers, Rick and Linda Pukenas are treasures. This historic home has been lovingly cared for and exudes welcome from the moment you set foot on the rocking chair front porch. The rooms are quiet, well appointed and the beds are heavenly. Breakfast is a delight with fascinating guests, some who come to speak at the Southport Maritime Museum, all seated around a sumptuous table set in bygone elegance. It’s just a short walk to the Norman Rockwell-esque downtown or to the ocean. It’s a convenient 5 minute drive to the Bald Head Island ferry.What’s not to love?
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Second floor is quietest but the downstairs room is fantastic.
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Response from RobertRuarkInn, Owner at Robert Ruark Inn
Responded Jul 21, 2019
Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us what you enjoyed the most and of your exerience staying at the Robert Ruark Inn. We love hearing from our guests and treasure knowing you had a great time. All our best today, tomorrow and always! Linda and Rick
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Frequently Asked Questions about Robert Ruark Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Robert Ruark Inn?
Nearby attractions include Southport Pier and RIverwalk (0.1 miles), North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport (0.2 miles), and Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Robert Ruark Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Robert Ruark Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Robert Ruark Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Robert Ruark Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mr. P's Bistro, Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen, and Moore Street Oyster Bar.
Is Robert Ruark Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.10 miles away from the center of Southport.
Are there any historical sites close to Robert Ruark Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Bald Head Island Lighthouse (3.3 miles).
Is Robert Ruark Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.