Professional & Guest Reviews

“We found this special place three years ago, and it provided a perfect choice for the celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. It immediately became our favorite place to stay. The owner and staff have been very accommodating, the setting is fantastic, and the rooms and dining experience are fabulous”

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWER

“A favorite for honeymoon’s and romantic getaways…Innkeeper Steve Nelson has created a retreat that manages to be both casual and elegant…The Inn is locally renowned for its cusine…excels at special events, hosting weddings, private film festivals, and corporate retreats with equal ease.”

-Great Destinations, North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Crystal Coast, 1st Edition 2008

“In an area filled with beach houses and chain  hotels, the 12 room Inn on Pamlico Sound is a breath of freh air…This off the beaten path retreat is totally worth the drive…Be sure to wake up in time for the chef’s famous three course gourmet breakfast…”

-Bridal Guide, May/June 2007

“We spend every Valentine’s Day at this place because we are locals. It is very romantic and the food is very good. The price is in-line with a place of this caliber. I would recommend it if you are trying to impress your date or your spouse.”

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWER

“Splashed with sunlight and local artwork, the barefoot-chic inn is a bit pricey by island standards, but nearly everything is included. Borrow a free kayak or bike for a spin, indulge in the complimentary three-course breakfast by a four-star chef (Belgian waffles, anyone?), uncork a bottle of fine wine or take in a fiery sunset from your private deck.”

Ty Travels- Ty Pennington at Home, Vol. 1, No, 2, 2008

“Steve and his contagious personality have made the business flourish from a five room B&B to a full service, high end destination with a quality restaurant and unmatched charm, blessed with uncluttered views of the water.”

Profile Magazine, January 2010

“Waterfront inn on pretty sound-side grounds with nice rooms, a swimming pool, and an excellent restaurant.”

The Washington Post, August 7, 2014

“The dozen suites in this lovely inn offer stunning views of the sound and the innkeepers’ well tended gardens…The inkeepers pride themselves on the sumptuous three course gourmet breakfasts….”

Travel North Carolina

“If you’re looking to get away….The Inn on Pamlico Sound may be just the place…More than just a home base for a Hatteras Island visit, the Inn on Pamlico sound is a destination itself.”

-NC Boating Lifestyle, April 2007

“Waterfront inn on pretty sound-side grounds with nice rooms, a swimming pool, and an excellent restaurant.”

The Washington Post, August 7, 2014

The graciously sized accommodations have high ceilings, grand windows, and extra wide decks facing the sound…Cafe Pamlico has an extensive wine list…superb local crab cake appetizers and crab-topped flounder.”

-SouthPark Magazine, May 2012

“Our favourite place to stay was The Inn on Pamlico Sound, in Buxton. It’s owner, Steve Nelson, is passionate about food. We went horse riding on the beach and returned to enjoy a fabulous meal of lamb and locally caught tile fish…”

Times of London, September 5, 2009

“A serving of happiness comes with every room.”

Charlotte Observer, July 1, 2007

“For firey sunsets from a private deck, free use of bikes and kayaks, and one of the best breakfasts on the Outer Banks, bunk at The Inn on Pamlico Sound.”

-National Geographic Traveler, April, 2006

“Among lodging choices…is the very fine Inn on Pamlico Sound.  The Inn is right on the sound, with a private dock and easy waterfront access. The dozen suites are sumptuous and relaxing”

Moon Handbooks, North Carolina

“The Inn’s decks, docks and porches offer a view of the vast Pamlico Sound, and the view only gets better at sunset. This relaxed, 12 room Inn, noted for it’s complimentary breakfasts…gives you plenty to do on site…wrapped in the arms of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Each guest room has a different look

-Fodors North Carolina 5th Edition

” The seductive environment of the lower Outer Banks called out for a European-styled boutique hotel. Nelson’s vision, and his success in fulfilling it, marked a new era on Hatteras Island. The inn filled a void…travel and bridal magazines discovered the small hotel in its unspoiled setting and the word was out. Nelson’s inn attracted a clientele accustomed to more sophisticated fare…Cafe Pamlico is the prettiest restaurant on the island. Adjoining the cheerful yellow inn, the understated dining rooms open to a magnificent panorama of the sound with a lush marshland in the foreground. With a view this stunning, an ordinary meal would be acceptable, but Pamlico’s French-trained Chef Forrest Paddock isn’t about to let that happen. As we watched a glorious sunset over the water, we savored blue crab ravioli with mushrooms and shrimp in a sherry cream sauce, the tenderest seared scallops topped with lemon-horseradish aioli on a bed of succotash, then a switch to turf with roasted duck breast with blackberry balsamic glaze and a prime beef filet with a red wine reduction and roasted creamer potatoes. Cafe Pamlico is the only restaurant on the island to take reservations, so call…to ensure a table.  Then prepare to be enchanted.”

-Metro Magazine, July 2011