My husband and I drove to Wilmington, NC from Pinehurst for the annual February camellia show. What a nice show! After that we headed for Southport, a trip that ended up being about an hour. This was a nice town! I only wish that we had more time to meander through the shops and back streets....I wanted to visit more of the nice looking restaurants too! We ate at "Mr. P's" which had good seafood. The only problem was some trouble with slow service, which was also experienced by another couple that we met. Fortunately, we were in no hurry. It was ok just to "chill" in the restaurant. The fudge shop was marvelous! There are also several antique shops which are fun to see.
Of course, this review is about the inn, so let's get back to that. Linda and Rick are wonderful hosts. They serve a lovely afternoon snack. They also served a delicious breakfast with quiche, fruit, and sausage. Coffee is available all of the time. There is a parlor for reading; the sun enters that room just right, and you could sit for hours reading! the outside porch with the gas pit are great too....Sitting and rocking on the front porch could also be a fine past time! We stayed on the first floor with a gas fireplace, comfy king bed, and a huge shower. This room was lovely, but without carpet you will get some noise from the upstairs and the kitchen. It actually reminded me of my childhood and hearing my mother fixing breakfast in the morning, which made it ok, along with the delicious smells.
Rick's golf cart tour of the town was incredible! He truly knows the town where he lives, including the many shows and movies that have been filmed here (including Under the Dome), the history, and places to go. The trip would not have been complete without this tour. If I was to go back to Southport, which I plan to do, I would stay again at this clean, wonderful and historic home (maybe try the room upstairs with the balcony), meander the safe streets on foot or on the inn's bike(s), and would go to nearby Bald Head Island...take the ferry (no cars allowed), and would hike it! Stay away on July 4th though, unless you love crowds. Understand the whole area is booked a year in advance for the week long festivities.
- 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