Marsh Harbour Inn
What We Love
- A peaceful inn amid coastal Carolina wilderness on a car-free island, with breakfast and moreSharing the island with some of the animals that live here, like foxes and alligators
- Dining on daily breakfast and firing up the grill in the outdoor pavilion
- Looking out over the marina and Harbour Village
What To Know
- Room rates include free WiFi, golf cart usage and beach chairs
- Second floor rooms are accesible only by stairs so if mobility is an issue, request a room on the main level
- Bald Head Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Southport
Bald Head Island isn’t a private island, but it may as well be. With the quiet that comes from its no-car rule, it retains the feel of the remote haven for nature and wildlife that it’s always been. In fact, 10,000 of the 12,000 acres on this southernmost of the Cape islands also remain untamed beach, marsh or coastal forest, and within them are birds, alligators, deer, foxes and turtles. You may spot some of these creatures while vacationing here, or spy a dolphin jumping off the coast.
Slip effortlessly into this peaceful and remote style of living at Marsh Harbour Inn. The 10,000-square-foot property, which stands proud above Harbour Village and the marina, is inspired by manor estates past; in addition to housing romantic rooms and suites, plus a dining room for daily breakfast and outdoor pavilion for grilling, it’s right in the middle of nature. A creek is on one side and on another – you guessed it – marsh. So you’re really in the middle of the coastal Carolina wilderness – and if you don’t already feel worlds away from it all, this unique setting should do the trick.
Retreat to a simple but romantic room, with a coastal style that echoes the island’s. Room 6 and Room 8 are on the second floor; they both have two queen beds, as well as a sitting area with an armoire and TV. Room 20 is located on the ground floor, with two bedrooms; the master holds a queen-sized bed, while the second bedroom has twin-sized bunk beds. Its shared porch, to which you’ll have a private entrance, overlooks the harbor.
12,000 acre Bald Head Island has a nice remote feel to it, thanks to being accessible only via passenger ferry or private vessel from Southport. Beach, marsh and coastal forest make up 10,000 of its acres, so you can expect plenty of peace and quiet. The southernmost Cape Island is near the Gulf Stream and gets some of its warm waters, as well as year-round mild weather, so enjoy pastimes from kayaking and canoeing to hiking among the sabal palms and spying, around the island, for foxes, alligators and dolphins.
How to Get There
Marsh Harbour Inn is very clean and welcoming! We’ve enjoyed our peaceful late fall/winter visits. Some things to note: the Inn does NOT have golf cart covers and it has been freezing both times we’ve been. The fireplace wasn’t working and there are like maybe two places open on the island. The market closes at 2pm! That being said, it’s a great option for a work retreat or a romantic getaway (gotta have that cozy fire) and I’ve yet to see prettier sunsets this time of year anywhere. Definitely plan to UNPLUG!
We arrived late and the personal was so friendly. She showed us the room, the golf cart, the map and the timetable for the ferry. We were so well taken care of. We were recommended some restaurans nearby. The room was facing the marsch in the east so we had a spectacular sunrise. We found the place very eco-friendly. They had really been thinking how to save the environment. No plastic. The breakfast was on real china.
So exciting to go by boat to get there. It´s a lovely house. Perfect service. This lady was so helpful. The environment is amazing. We had dinner at Mojo´s. A restaurant nearby. Since there are almost no lamp posts you could see the stars. Our corner room with a balcony offered everything you could wish for. The sunrise over marshland was breathtaking. When you have a room there is also a golf cart included. It is really fun to drive around the island. Don't forget your to take a swim in the ocean. Great beaches on the southside.