My family took 2 rooms at Riverside Inn Motel and we stayed for 3 days. The rooms were very basic, but decorated very nicely. The hosts were very friendly and the cleaning help knew exactly what we needed every day. The motel is right on the water at Cape Fear just across from Oak Island and its lighthouse. We had a street-side room, so we didn’t have our own patio and swing, but there was a central patio and 2 swings for anyone who wanted to use them. To the left of the motel is the Cape Fear restaurant, a little park (no playground stuff), and a long pier for fishing. The restaurant is wonderfully rustic, but a bit pricey. To the right of the motel is a historic pilot tower and a little public beach. The beach has soft sand, but a few feet into the water there are millions of shells you'll be stepping on, mostly oyster. My 4 and 7 year-olds loved the little beach. They didn't seem to mind the shells much under their feet and loved collecting them. There was a walkway in front of the motel and all along the road there were historic plaques explaining the Civil War related history of the area, including a couple giant rusty anchors. Keep walking along the cape and you’ll come across fresh seafood places and another restaurant called Fishy Fishy, which I highly recommend. The town is lost in history as there are lots of little shops and no touristy places. Walmart and Kerr Drug is only a few miles away if you need stuff. My only grudge with the motel was no Wi-Fi. I couldn’t get any 3G network in the area either, so any internet was a snail’s pace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lois Jane's Riverview Inn, in the heart of Southport, NC, has the comfort, convenience and historic charm of a beautifully restored 19th century home. With views of the Cape Fear River, cozy rooms filled with period furniture and the wafting scents of a hearty, full southern breakfast, guests will feel as if they have come home. All rooms are non-smoking. ... more less