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What We Love

  • A coastal TripAdvisor Hall of Famer in the Outer Banks, with award-winning breakfast and more
  • Staying at a TripAdvisor Hall of Famer with USA TODAY approval
  • Starting each day with the three-course breakfast that National Geographic Traveler called the Outer Banks’ best
  • Feasting on your catch of the day, when Café Pamlico cooks it up for you at night
  • Enjoying the complimentary coffee, snacks, kayaks, paddleboards, bikes, poles...

What To Know

  • Location on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore means direct waterfront views in most guestrooms
  • The floral-print bedding may not be for everyone
  • There are no individual thermostats to adjust the room temperature, but you can open the windows to let in a cool sea breeze
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A foodie-friendly waterfront charmer in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, with breakfast, snacks, fishing poles, home-theater access and more

The Lowdown

Somehow the sweet Southern lifestyle gets even sweeter in the Outer
Banks. The barrier islands off the North Carolina coast boast some of
the most beautiful views in the country – and there’s no better place to
take them in than The Inn on Pamlico Sound. This lovely soundside stay
is in the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame and on USA TODAY’s
2014 list of Where to Stay in the Outer Banks because of its warmth and
hospitality, all inspired by and oriented around the eponymous lagoon.
complimentary daily breakfast seems a natural place to start. This is
no small affair, boasting three hearty courses and an endorsement from National Geographic Traveler,
which voted it the best in the area. After filling up, you’re
encouraged to partake in any old-fashioned water sport you’d like, from
paddleboarding to kayaking, or stay on land and go for a bike ride.
Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic, snap a photo of Hatteras Lighthouse
and stay in and watch a movie in the theater. Or, head out fishing,
since whatever you catch, the delightful café will cook you for dinner.


Accommodations at the Inn at Pamlico are well-kept
and spacious, with a design aesthetic that will make you feel
immediately at home. In each, you’ll find quaint touches, like floral
prints, four-poster beds and cozy sitting areas, with lovely views of
the garden or the Sound. Choose whether you’d prefer a room with a king
or a queen bed; either way, you’ll have an individually decorated space
to call your own.


Pamlico is one of the top dining destinations in the Outer Banks,
serving up delicious, locally sourced ingredients in a space that
includes a beautiful dining room, a bar and a waterfront deck. For a
perfect start to the day, sit down to a three-course complimentary
breakfast, named the best in the Outer Banks by National Geographic Traveler.At
lunch and dinner, you’ll love the casual elegance and Southern flavors
on this eatery’s ever-changing menu. As evidence of its commitment to
the freshest fare, Café Pamlico even offers gourmet preparation of
whatever you caught out on the water that afternoon, making “catch of
the day” that much more personal. And what better way to cap off a day
of fishing than to have a world-class chef whip you up a beautiful
sound-to-table dinner?


Cape Hatteras
National Seashore is the ideal spot to get away from it all. The area’s
natural beauty lends itself to easy, unplanned days of exploring, and
the folks at the inn will happily help with suggestions if you need a
place to start. A short ride brings you to Pea Island National Wildlife
Refuge, home to great walking trails and diverse wildlife, and Cape
Hatteras, home to a historic lighthouse and awe-inspiring vistas.

How to Get There

The Inn on Pamlico Sound
49684 Highway 12
Buxton, NC United States


5.0 Excellent 1297 Reviews
Lovely restaurant overlooking Pamlico Sound
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Superb restaurant and cuisine with magnificent view. No ketchup on the tables here! Beautifully appointed, charming dinning room, lovely service and wonderful food. Nice wine list and food selections. Salads are fresh from their gardens which adorn the premises. We all had fish and it was cooked to perfection. Served with fresh vegetables and fluffy risotto. Will not disappoint!

A Week at the Inn on Pamlico Sound
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chosen for our trip because of their Tesla destination charger, The Inn turned out to be a real gem in Buxton on Cape Hatteras. World class cuisine, the atmosphere you've been searching for, staffed by top notch professionals who make you feel completely welcome from the moment you arrive until the day comes to leave, and sunsets over the sound that you'll always remember. Our next trip to the OBX will be centered around The Inn on Pamlico Sound.

Staying on Hatteras Island, Outer Banks - You won't find better than this.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

World class cuisine at the waters edge with amazing views? - here in the Outer Banks? - No that can't be possible. Well IT IS!!! After several days of less than impressive dinners we were blown away by the world class cuisine from Seth, Irena, Steve and the Team at the Inn on Pamlico Sound. These guys should be getting Michelin Stars for the quality of their food. And the location right on the water is outstanding. Don't waste your time with anywhere else on Hatteras Island if you want world class cuisine, stunning location and brilliant friendly service.

Amazing location
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Inn for two nights. The rooms were super clean and the host very nice. This was our first experience on the OBX and the Inn is the perfect place to relax and the sunset we saw was nearly perfect; you couldn’t have a better place.
We’ll be back next year.

Loved it
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent our anniversary here and were treated like royalty. Actually, we were treated like family and that's why this place is great. Everyone is friendly and there are lots of amenities. Dinner and breakfast are first class and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend it.