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Robert Ruark Inn
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

My wife and I just celebrated our 15th at this inn. We could not be more pleased with the whole experience! The innkeeper ( David ) was so friendly we felt like family instead of guests. The house itself is just beautiful and the room we stayed in was awesome, we had the Captain Adkins Room. The food David prepared was so tasty we will be dieting for the near future. All in all we would recommend this Inn to anyone going to the Southport area. We plan to return many times.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the smell of cinnamon bread baking and stepped into the charming atmosphere of the Robert Ruark Inn. David is the quintessential host with his instantly likeable personality and unpretentious demeanor. Guests instantly feel welcome here. Southport is a pleasant Southern riverfront town with restaurants and shops, yet it retains its maritime heritage. The Visitors' Center is a block down the street. I read Robert Ruark's The Old Man and the Boy to get a feel for the author's loving relationship with Captain Adkins and Hanson Ruark, his two grandfathers, and exactly what it was like living with them in Southport as a boy growing up in the l920's. The two best rooms at the inn require a choice between Captain Adkins' Room (with a small balcony on the second floor frontside) or Virginia's Room (on the first floor with a fabulous jetted shower). David's shrimp and grits for breakfast rivaled (and beat out) any fine dining shrimp and grits entree we have ever eaten, and we live in a similar NC seaport town ourselves! A most enjoyable overnighter enroute to visit friends in Charlotte. Thank you, David, for your hospitality.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2009

The Robert Ruark Inn is quite simply a great weekend destination to unwind and enjoy the scenic beauty and historic legacy of Southport, NC. To those of you not familiar with Southport, it is a small seaside fishing town 45 minutes from its busier neighbor to the north, Wilmington, NC. The Ruark Inn, has been completely restored, and retains all the Victorian charm of the house Robert Ruark himself spent many years enjoying...It's easy to see where Ruark the author drew some of his inspiration for his many books. The Inn proprietor David, is happy to share some of the many great stories regarding the Inn's history as well as Ruark himself. If that isn't enough to entice you to go, David is also a GREAT chef, and prepares individual breakfast dishes for whomever is in your group! Just sitting out on the veranda, and enjoying a relaxing breakfast, we met people casually walking by, and universally all complimented the beauty of the Inn! The people in Southport are some of the friendliest around! I cannot rate this wonderful Bed and Breakfast on a 5-point scale....How about a 6 then!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

We were pleasantly suprised with the room and accomodations. They were very clean and tastefully appointed. The innkeeper was very hospitable and provided information on local events and businesses. The food was exceptional from a gourmet breakfast to wine and cheese in the evenings. We spend a very relaxing weekend and enjoyed seeing Southport. But our most enjoyable time was spend enjoying the Inn, the innkeeper and the great food.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2009

For fans of Robert Ruark, world famous journalist and author of the best-selling “The Old Man and the Boy” and “The Old Man’s Boy Grows Older," a stay at the Robert Ruark Inn is a must. For those not acquainted with the author and his heartwarming stories of boyhood adventures in and around Southport, NC, exciting tales of African safaris and world travel, all visitors will enjoy the beautiful décor, the down-home, Southern breakfasts and the wonderful hospitality of the innkeeper, David Gale. Thank you to the fine folks at the Robert Ruark Inn for the great time my wife and I had and also for preserving and sharing an important legacy of America’s greatest outdoor writer. We will be coming back, hopefully soon!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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