What I like about Beaufort is that it is small and not overdeveloped. I prefer this southern part of the Outer Banks on the Crystal Coast to other parts, mainly because Mr. Misadventures and I enjoy outdoor activities and our adventures seeing wild horses and shelling in Shackleford Banks were anchored by stays in beautiful Beaufort.
Just by the very nature of its size the choice of hotels in Beaufort (North Carolina, not its cousin in South Carolina!) is limited but there are options to accommodate all preferences (although not necessarily all budgets). I’ll share a list of the options for where to stay after I introduce you to The Inn on Turner.
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Truth be told, I prefer the anonymity of medium to large-sized hotels. I’m an introvert and while I do enjoy people’s company and meeting others when I travel, I also like my independence and freedom. These are things I personally feel like I don’t get when staying in a small inn or bed and breakfast. From time to time when there is someplace very special, I will “break” my rule. (Like Relais Christine in Paris, or some of the Relais Chateau properties we’ve stayed at in Brittany.) The Inn on Turner is one of those special places.
I first noticed the house on our first weekend in Beaufort when we were walking around waiting for our ferry to Carrot Island. Mr. Misadventures was taking photos of the lovely historical homes and I spotted the French flag waving proudly in the gentle breeze. I immediately looked up their website to find their French connection and went down a rabbit hole of food.
Why food? Well, it turns out that despite being a lovely inn with all the appropriate inn-y things and gorgeous seaside decor, the owner of IoT are foodies. Kim and Jonathan are huge supporters of the local farmers (so much so, they were rewarded with being listed in the VisitNCFarms app), their local businesses (such as sourcing their bread from the new French bakery in town (who I had the opportunity to interview), and look cal charities (like when the host special dinner parties and donate the proceeds). When something isn’t local (like mustard and truffles) it’s likely French due to the fact that Jonathan’s mother is French and his brother has an inn in the French Pyrenees.
Only for that would I recommend the Inn on Turner, but mais oui, there is more! There is the great location. One block from downtown, walking distance to everything! They have a lovely terrace, inviting living spaces, and adorable rooms with thoughtful touches everywhere.
You will need to plan ahead, they sell out fast. But in the off-season when we stayed is still lovely and we also were able to book a single night, compared to the 2-night minimum required most of the time, although trust me, 2 nights at The Inn on Turner is not a hardship! That means 2 nights of apéro, 2 mornings with yummy breakfasts!
And also 2 opportunities to dine in with exceptional meals prepared by Jonathan. There is a charge for these dinners they are not included in the room charge. Unfortunately due to our itinerary, we were unable to personally experience a dinner, but it is something I plan to remedy real soon. Until I will just drool over the photos.
Inn on Turner is located at 17 Turner Street in Beaufort.
So if you can’t get into the Inn on Turner where can you stay in Beaufort?
Here are your options for hotels in Beaufort NC:
- Inlet Inn: bring your binoculars and if you’re lucky to have a room facing the water you could see the horses on Carrot Island while you sip coffee on your patio in the morning or wine in the evening at 601 Front St.
- Beaufort Hotel: we stayed here twice and enjoyed the ability to sit out on our patio and enjoy the scenery.
- The Beaufort Inn (not stayed in) at 101 Ann Street.
- There are listings on Airbnb for homes or condos along the water or in the historic downtown.
- You can also go with a local vacation rental listing agent like BluewaterNC (Search All Rentals and then Location = Beaufort).
- These are bed and breakfast spots: Ann Street Inn (707 Ann St); Beaufort Harbor Suites (313 Cedar St); Pecan Tree Inn (116 Queen St.); Langdon House Bed & Breakfast
(135 Craven Street).
Things to do while staying in Beaufort:
- Have a beach day on Carrot Island, Shackleford Banks, or Cape Lookout. Enjoy the pristine beaches, collect shells, see the wild horses
- Cruise the Crystal Coast and watch out for dolphins!
- Rent a boat/kayak/canoe at Beaufort Paddle (424 Old Causeway Rd)
- Visit the Maritime Museum (315 Front St)
- Hop on a bike and do a Hungry Town Tour
- Hit the sky with Beaufort Parasail (I saw someone doing this, looks like a lot of fun!)
- Check out the historic homes in downtown
- Visit the Hammock House, claimed to be Black Beard's house (on Hammock Lane off of Fullford Street)
- Visit the Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground (400 block of Ann Street)
- Do the Beaufort Ghost Walk
- If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook author, swoon!) you can take a tour and see the film locations from A Walk to Remember and The Choice.
- On Saturdays, shop at the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market (300 Courthouse Square Carteret County Courthouse)
- Eat your way through downtown, then walk over the Les Ciseaux
That is just a sampling of what you can do in Beaufort. You see. You really do need more than one day and therefore a place to stay! I hope you take my recommendations into account, try out The Inn on Turner or any of the hotels in town and stay awhile!
How about you? Have you stayed at a hotel in Beaufort North Carolina? Any of the ones I suggested or the Inn on Turner? Do tell! Are you thinking about staying at the Inn on Turner or any other hotel in Beaufort? Do share!
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