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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


hospitality at its finest

on the Outer Banks or the Main Land, you can't beat this Inn for accommodations. Rooms are flawlessly clean with all the amenities needed for a pleasant stay. They also have bikes, kayaks, a dock on the bay, movie room and a great cafe. Breakfast included is cooked to order by their chef. Superb preparation of the food. They also offer a bountiful dinner menu including wines, etc. Service from the staff is unsurpassed. I don't think you will be disappointed with Inn on the Pamlico.

Great getaway location!
Eric W

My wife and I spent a long weekend getaway at the Inn on Pamlico Sound. We love to get off the beaten path, and enjoy the smaller boutique hotels with excellent service and fantastic meal options nearby. The IOPS did not disappoint! Upon arrival Steve gave a quick tour of the facilities, including a good selection of reading material, theatre for those rainy days, the grounds which contains a garden of ingredients/herbs for the restaurant, and finally the room. There was a nice common sitting area with a fridge, afternoon cookies, and a carafe of local coffee in the mornings. The view of the sound was terrific with a long walkway to a dock overlooking the sound. There were two locations for firepits, one in a grassy area near the dock and the other on the sand on the other end of the property. The restaurant onsite was the one thing about our stay we enjoyed the most. Breakfast is included and was of high quality, the shrimp and grits were some of the best I've had! Dinner was even better with several choices ranging from lamb chops and steak to several kinds of seafood appetizers and entrees. Desserts were equally fantastic. We elected to eat off property one of our three evenings and discovered that the other options just don't compare.

The Inn is a short distance from the Hatteras lighthouse and provides beach towels and chairs for customer use. We also enjoyed taking the two person kayak into the sound from the property to watch the sunrise over the bay.

No detail is overlooked and it is obvious that Steve takes pride in the establishment he created and looks to improve or expand it routinely. The staff was friendly and attentive, particularly Dallas and the folks in the restaurant. For the price, you just can't do any better.

Great motel near Hatteras Light
Jim T

Our bike group stayed one night at the Inn on Pamlico Sound. We stayed in two of the buildings. The rooms were very nice, most faced the sound and there is a walkway to a pier at the shore.

Dinner there was great - an appetizer, entree and dessert. The food was great, my only concern is that the portions were large and most of us had leave some desseert, even though we had biked a good distance that day.

Breakfast the next morning had many choices. We all left well fueled for the next day's riding.