Lake Mattamuskeet is close by and birders know about the 100,000 Tundra swans, Snow geese, Canada geese, and lots of species of ducks that overwinter there. Hotel Englehard may be the closest. That part of NC is flat and sparcely populated. No fast food and only a few restaurants. The hotel is quaint. The owners are as nice as you could ask for and even let us use their computer since our laptop didn't work. They have a router for the guests. They have a restaurant and serve a great breakfast. The room was clean and adequate. Had a frig in our room. We had no problem with noise. Would not hesitate to visit there again.