Since 1800 when it was built as the summer residence of Benjamin Smith, founder of Smithville (Southport) and the 28th governor of North Carolina, this Federal-style mansion has looked out over the mouth of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. It served as summer residence for...more about The Brunswick Inn
Southport, NC Bed & Breakfasts and Small Inns
The quaint waterfront town of Southport, NC offers several bed and breakfast options all of which are located in picturesque homes with interesting histories. They are all located on shady live oak lined streets and two of them face the Cape Fear River as it rolls out to meet the sea. Lovely views of Bald Head Island, NC and Oak Island,NC their lighthouses and the varied water traffic can be had from the porches of the inns facing the water. All are within easy walking distance of Southport's restaurants, river walk, shops and museums.
At circa 1800, The Brunswick Inn, at 301 E. Bay Street, is the oldest Bed & Breakfast in Southport. A Federal style mansion, it was originally built as the summer residence of the 28th Governor of North Carolina. The Brunswick Inn has a whimsical resident ghost who sometimes makes his presence known by playing practical jokes. Tony was a harpist who played at the inn when balls were common occurrences. He drowned in a boating accident off Bald Head Island,NC in 1882 and has made the inn his home since! Each room in this inn has a private bath and a working fireplace. The Brunswick Inn was used in the making of several movies, including Summer Catch with Freddie Printz, Jr., The Wedding with Halle Berry and Pirate Kids.
Lois Jane's Riverview Inn (circa 1882) is located at 106 W. Bay Street and is owned and operated by fourth-generation descendants of the original owner. The inn is across the street from the old harbor pilot's tower and, like The Brunswick Inn, overlooks the water. The inn includes four rooms and the front rooms have access to the second floor balcony. Those interested in a bit more privacy might inquire about the Queen Deluxe Suite.
Robert Ruark Inn Bed & Breakfast at 119 N. Lord Street was once the home of Robert Ruark’s grandfather. Robert Ruark was a writer from Wilmington, NC who grew up visiting his grandparents in this home. You may be familiar with his book, The Old Man and the Boy, which details his adventures spent in the Southport,NC area during his visits here. He was known as well for his African adventures which were made into a movie years ago. All of the rooms in this inn have names and the Robert Ruark Room is decorated to reflect his adventures.
The Southport Inn (circa 1864), located at 119 N. Davis Street, was originally a Nordic sea captain's retreat. You will recognize it by the gingerbread trim on the exterior and inside you will find high ceilings with tongue-and-groove bead board patterned in concentric circles. The bedcovers are fine linens and each room has a private bath. Small pets and children are welcome at this inn.
Bald Head Island, NC Bed & Breakfasts and Small Inns
Marsh Harbour Inn at 21 Keelson Row, Harbour Village, is the one small inn on Bald Head Island, NC. Since it overlooks the Bald Head Island Marina, you can easily walk from the ferry to the inn. The inn includes three premium suites with views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are individual guest rooms as well as a meeting room for conferences or weddings.