Located on North Carolina's Crystal Coast, Beaufort is a quaint historic fishing town with beaches, golf, fishing, and a host of other activities located nearby. Regardless of whether you're traveling alone, with family, or with a group, you'll sure to delight in all the area has to offer.

Beaufort Historic Site

Located in the heart of the Historic District of Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, The Historic Site depicts 18th and 19th coastal Carolina. It has eleven buildings, nine of which are historic, on almost two acres. These include the Carteret County Courthouse of 1796, the Carteret County Jail c.1829, the Apothecary Shop and Doctor’s Office c. 1859. and the c. 1732 Rustell House that houses the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery. The Beaufort Historic Site offers a variety of tours, seminars, volunteer opportunities, and special events of interest for the whole family throughout the year. For more info call 252-728-5225.

Bogue Banks

The wide, sandy beaches of Bogue Banks offer the finest in resort accommodations and other attractions. Bogue Banks runs for 25 miles from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. This is one of just a few "East-West" beaches on the Atlantic Coast which means that the sun may be rising and setting over the ocean.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

These outer Banks are a beautiful 55-mile stretch of natural, uninhabited, undeveloped barrier island running from Beaufort to Ocracoke Inlet. Cape Lookout has a working lighthouse, as well as restored keepers' quarters. With no maintained roads, park facilities or water, the island represents nature at its purest. The Island is excellent for fishing, and is accessible by water ferries on Front Street.

The Beaufort Harbor Docks

Just three blocks away is the Historic Beaufort Waterfront and Docks, with many restaurants, bars, shops and live entertainment.  It makes for a great night on the town, and you never know when you’ll see some celebrities’ yacht like Michael Jordan or Martha Stewart.

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center

You can experience waterfowling heritage and traditions through exhibits, decoy carving demonstrations and special events, including Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend (1st Weekend of December), Diamond City Homecoming, Community Days, etc.  For more info call 252-728-1500

Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park serves a variety of interests; a modern bathhouse, boardwalk and protected swimming area, surf-cast fishing from the shores of the park and picnic facilities equipped with tables, benches and shelter. The history buff, moreover, will have definite interest in the restored "Old Fort Macon." The fort museum, bookstore, audio program and nature trail provide an even broader range of activities for Fort Macon's guests. For more info call 252-726-3775

Morehead City Waterfront

Recently renovated, the Morehead City Waterfront provides visitors with a feel of the deep sea. Observe the commercial fisherman as they prepare the day's catch for the market. The charter boat fleet is one of the largest and best on the Atlantic Seaboard and offers variety for the deep-sea enthusiast. The waterfront is also home to several legendary seafood restaurants, as well as many unique gift shops.

Rachel Carson National Sanctuary

The Rachel Carson National Estuarine Sanctuary is directly across Taylor’s Creek from downtown (Front St.) Beaufort.  The Estuary is a complex of small islands, and is home to wild horses, many varieties of shorebirds, foxes and migrating pelicans. The site features primitive swimming, shelling, and hiking, bird watching, and fishing. It is accessible by renting canoes or kayaks or by water taxi. For more info call 252-838-0883.

NC Aquarium

The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features a 300,000-gallon saltwater tank plus exhibits and animals from across North Carolina.  From the mountains to the sea…Feel the spray of a mountain waterfall.  Watch river otters play. Touch a stingray. Look a shark in the eye.  Meet native raptors and water birds.  Explore shipwrecks – without getting wet, to include a replica of the German Submarine U-352.  The U-352 is one of the more popular scuba diving sites off of our coast. Thousands of aquatic animals take you on a journey from the state’s grand peaks to the open Atlantic, much as a raindrop makes its way to the ocean.  Plan your visit now! For more info call 252-247-4003

Discount tickets are available at Discovery Diving.

The History Place Museum

This free museum is just over the bridge into Morehead City and offers exhibits and artifacts from the indigenous people of the region to the WWII era.  The museum is also home to a civil war library.  Guided tours are available.  For more info call 252-247-7533

NC Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort collects, preserves, researches, documents, and interprets the maritime history, culture, and environment of coastal North Carolina.   All of the museum's programs and exhibits, both general and specialized, interpret the state's cultural maritime history and offer a larger national perspective on coastal environment and barrier island ecology.  Free admission.  For more info call 252-728-7317

Neusiok Trail for Hiking

The trail winds more than 20 miles from a sandy beach on the Neuse River to a salt marsh on the Newport River. In between the trail crosses cypress swamps, hardwood ridges, longleaf-pine savannah and pocosin-shrubby bogs common to the Carolina Coast. Look for signs of those who walked before—from native Indians to early settlers, woodsmen and moonshiners.

Trail Map

Excursions

Along the waterfront is Beaufort's newest tour boat, the Crystal Coast Lady.   The Crystal Coast Lady is offering cruising and fishing trips in addition to class reunions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and even weddings.  They can be reached 252-728-8687.

Our stay at the Beaufort Harbour Suites was great. The suite was just what we needed. Nice kitchen and eating area. The whole place was very clean and comfortable. Full size couch, desk, comfortable chair and bed. Loved the covered porch areas. Wish we could have stayed longer.
I have now stayed at the hotel twice. It has been great each time due to the courteous staff and excellent accommodations. The two times I have stayed at the hotel were no less then an excellent experience and I cannot wait to stay there in Beaufort again.
I just wanted to thank you for all you did to help out with the SAC meeting and especially the accommodations! They were awesome and can't wait to stay there again in the future...but next time it will be for pleasure and in warmer weather!

We stayed during New Years Eve, and had a great time in beautiful Beaufort. The room was very spacious and modern with lots of little perks to make our stay that much better. You get the big city hotel feel with the small town charm. It was great and we can't wait to stay again!

Great open deck on the second level. Perfect place to hang out after a Beaufort pub crawl.

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Located on North Carolina's Crystal Coast, Beaufort is a quaint historic fishing town with beaches, golf, fishing, and a host of other activities located nearby. Regardless of whether you're traveling alone, with family, or with a group, you'll sure to delight in all the area has to offer ...read more

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Historic Beaufort

Historic Beaufort was founded in 1709 and is the third oldest town in North Carolina. Home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and past home to Blackbeard, and is rich with Maritime History. Beaufort is also an easy jumping off point for ferry services to Cape Lookout and Carrot Island part of The Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve.

Eco-Friendly

We have a made a very strong effort to build, supply and manage our Hotel in an Eco-Friendly manner.

Some of our efforts in the building of Hotel:

  • Rinai Hot Water Heaters
  • Low Volume Toilets

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