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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 1276 Reviews
Wonderful Stay at the Inn on Pamlico Sound
Reviewed 12 hours ago

We were feeling tired and winter-weary when we left home and really needed a break.. We had stayed at The Inn on Pamlico Sound previously so we knew this would be the perfect place to relax and unwind. Our room was simple but very comfortable with a fabulous view of the sound. We had a nice deck right outside our room so we could even walk out there and view the water. The public areas of the Inn are arranged to encourage relaxation with comfy chairs and yummy snacks. Everything about the Inn is wonderful, but I have to say that Steve and the staff stand out with their welcoming and can-do attitude. We will definitely stay there again in the future.

A very special experience
Reviewed 4 days ago

Steve and his staff are polite, caring, informative and thorough in creating an intriguing, restful travel break experience. The Inn is unique and elegant, but simple, the food at Cafe Pamlico is especially creative, nourishing and tasty too. A stroll along the dock, with coffee at dawn, on a clear bright day is never to be missed. Thank you Steve and Co!

Inn on Pamlico Sound Review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found a fantastic place to stay recently when we were in Buxton, NC and it’s called the Inn On Pamlico Sound. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Steve the owner we knew we found a great place. The location, accommodations,
and friendliness of the entire staff makes you feel very comfortable. It’s all right here - starting with the fresh pot of coffee outside your room to the wonderful breakfast that is served while watching the sunrise to your late afternoon coffee (or wine), cookies/snacks while sitting on the back deck watching the beautiful sunset.

Beside all of the amenities that’s provided there is also one fantastic restaurant on site! We stayed there for two nights and each night the meal was to die for! Beside the regular menu they had a special dinning experience each night that we were there. One night was Thai dishes and another night was specialty burgers. Our group got different dishes which we shared.

I highly recommend that if you should ever be visiting the Buxton, NC area that you stay here, you will not be disappointed!

Hatteras Getaway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming to Hatteras Island for 10 years and wanted to share the experience with my girlfriend. We looked online and instantly fell in love with this place. As soon as we pulled up we were immediately greeted by two of the dogs on the property. Being dog lovers we instantly felt at home. One of the dogs literally walked us right the the bottom stairway where the front desk was!!! The staff at checkin was super sweet and thats when we met another dog , Blue!!!! We knew from the first five minutes that this was our place!!!! We stayed in Sea Oats and oh my was this room romantic with a breathtaking view of the sound. We had a romantic dinner at the reataurant on the property and it was to die for. We had a scallop appetizer and the garlic shrimp pasta as our meal. Melissa was our server and she was the best!! We watched the sunset from our table and then spent the rest of the evening sitting on the dock drinking adult beverages!! The next morning we had the best breakfast ever, all included with the room!!! I didnt catch our server's name but she was wonderful!!! We met the owner Steve upon our checkout and what a great guy!! He commmented on how i opened the car door for my girlfriend!!! This place truly exceeded our expectations and we will be back for another getaway. Thank you to Steve and all his staff for sharing their home with us!!!

Fantastic view, excellent management, wonderful experience
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Check out this Inn's website for their mission statement: They operate by that, and it shows. They care about you, and they care about their employees. The view of the Pamlico Sound is wonderful. The bed was comfortable, the bathtub was huge, everything was spotlessly clean. Nice touches everywhere, such as mints, cookies and fruit snacks. Sweet dogs, nice gardens (which also provide food and herbs for the restaurant). The restaurant goes over and above to accommodate. They have water toys and bikes for free. We loved it absolutely.