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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 1216 Reviews
Heartfelt thanks
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'd like to thank the entire staff at Inn on Pamlico Sound and Cafe Pamlico for being such terrific hosts for the Dare County Arts Council's Rock The Cape concert on May 28. It rained torrentially ALL DAY but the event was still super fun for all who attended because of the hard work and amazing attitude of everyone on the staff. Beautiful location, beautiful people - I'd recommend this Outer Banks treasure to everyone.

Lovely Inn
Reviewed 4 days ago

Such a lovely Inn! I did not stay here as a guest, but know a few who did, and their rooms were lovely. They did a great job hosting a recently rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Even when faced with the wrath of Mother Nature, they shifted gears and made everything look so nice for the wedding reception. The food was good, but ran out of many things by the time my family and I went thru the buffet line. But overall, a truly lovely spot. The docks to the Sound made for a nice photo op, even on a cloudy day.

Thoroughly enjoyable stay
Reviewed 5 days ago

we spent two nights at the Inn and it was great. Great service, knowledgeable employees and delicious food. The employees went out of their way to help you. My wife has food allergies (Gluten and Diary) and the restaurant staff went out of their way to ensure everything was great. She had a fish dinner and said it was the best on the islands.

Amazing stop!
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great, relaxing stop on the way down the outer banks. Great food, people & views make for a perfect place to unwind. This was actually a return trip. New pool is great. They have paddle boards and kayaks free for guests use.

Great Dinner!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for dinner and it was excellent! Delicious fresh fish, yummy cocktails, wonderful service and a beautiful view. We had a large group and they were so kind and accommodating. A must if you are in the area!