What a lovely inn! My husband and I continued our North Carolina after-Christmas trip with a visit to Southport. We didn't know when we left New Bern if we would stay overnight in Southport so I didn't make a reservation. Upon arrival we decided we wanted to stay overnight and found the Robert Ruark Inn. We appeared unannounced at the inn's front door was was warmly greeted by owner/inn keeper, Rick. He Invited us in and showed us the available rooms. We chose (or rather I chose) Virginia's room, the only guest room on the first floor.
What a lovely room and bath--king size bed, functioning gas fireplace, individual copper sinks recessed in two gorgeous antique vanities (lamps and a lighted make-up mirror on the vanities), large double shower with body jets and ceiling "rain" spray! We enjoyed the room so much that we stayed a second night.
After a sumptuous breakfast Rick took us touring on one of his large golf carts. What fun--even if it was cold and windy! (I'm a Nicholas Spark's fan so was naturally interested in seeing the filming locations of Safe Haven.) Rick had extensive knowledge of the historic homes and their backgrounds. Additionally, he had knowledge of filming sites of the various movies that were made in Southport.
We ate at the Cape Fear Restaurant on the water in downtown Southport--good local food and atmosphere. The following day we ate at the Fishy Fish Cafe, also on the water, and were entertained through the window by a porpoise!
Before leaving town we visited Moore's Street Market, which offered a look into the past of a small town market and cafe--yet offered current specialities such as cuppucino.
And lastly, across the street at the Dosher Thrift Store I found some last minute treasurers! (Proceeds from sales are donated to the Dosher Memorial Hospital and Nursing Center.)
We definately plan to return to Southport and the Robert Ruark Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the quaint village of Southport, NC and featured in Coastal Living in 2015 and 2013 , The Robert Ruark Inn is a beautifully restored Inn built in 1890 and restored in 2008. The entire Inn is decorated in fine antiques from the spectacular suites (all with own bath) to the parlor, formal 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 complete the picture. Whether touring or escaping for a weekend or few nights, the Robert Ruark Inn has the beauty, charm and service you should expect from any exclusive, elegant Inn. Come join us! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Robert Ruark Hotel Southport