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NC River Cottages and Vacation Rentals

Wishing You Were Here….

Doors open to our homes when you visit the Heart of the Inner Banks in North Carolina, where the Pamlico River meets the sound.  Drum, Bass & Tarpon fishing, crabbing, swimming, water skiing, hunting, clay shooting-just a few of the activities waiting for you!  Vacation here and you’ll come home to stay where you can enjoy life slow and easy …or if you have to leave, you’ll wish you were here!
Washington, Bath, Belhaven-the BEST kept SECRET getaway!

Check out our incredible sunsets at our river cottages that you can enjoy for a couple of nights, a week or for an entire summer!  Our doors are ready to open here just for you!   
Why stay in a room, when you could stay on the river! 

Escape the fast pace and slow down…enjoy the outdoors in Washington, NC…. 

Boating: Enjoy an afternoon on the open water by arranging a sailing charter at The Carolina Wind Yachting Center. For those interested in learning how to sail their own boat, rentals of kayaks, Sunfish or Hobie Cats, visit The East Carolina Sailing School. Teach your children the love of sailing at the Little Washington Sailing Club, a weekly instructional program. Kayak rentals and tours are found at Inner Banks Outfitters. For a conveniently located marina and dock for your boat, contact Broad Creek Marina, McCotter’s Marina or the Town Docks in Washington.

Fishing: Pack up your fishing gear and prepare to reel in striped bass, flounder, red drum and much more. The crew of Fishibx welcomes all aboard for an unforgettable fishing expedition. Stop by East Side Bait and Tackle for local fishing knowledge, guides and supplies.

Hunting: If you are a hunter, you know Eastern North Carolina is loaded with game. Let Warren’s Sport Headquarters outfit you for your next expedition. Hunter’s Pointe Sporting Clays is a first rate shooting facility. In the Spring, Washington hosts the Wildlife Arts Festival and Decoy Carving Contest.

Family Fun: With options that range between the PCM Skate Park, art camp at the Beaufort County Arts Council, hiking, nature preserves, shark tooth hunts or just paddling around of the River, families are sure to experience an unforgettable and fun filled time. State Parks and Gardens: Plush gardens, nature trails, picnic tables and swimming access lure in visitors and natives to the state parks of Washington. Visitors can chose from Festival Park, Goose Creek State Park or Haven’s Garden. North Carolina

Estuarium: Get in tune with nature by strengthening your understanding of estuarine systems, sounds and coastal rivers. The North Carolina Estuarium features over 200 exhibits, aquariums and environmental artworks. A pontoon boat ride into the areas habitats and history allots visitors an up close educational opportunity. The Turnage Theater: Originally built as a Vaudeville Theater and, in later additions, was modeled after the Palace Theater of New York. The newly renovated Turnage is a vibrant addition to our downtown. Check the online calendar for live performances, movies and children’s events.

Golfing: The Cypress Landing Golf Course, just across the River, boasts a 4 Star rating from Golf Digest Magazine. For a tee time call: (252) 946.7788 ext. 21 Tennis: If tennis is your game, the Washington Racquet Club is the place for you. They are happy to schedule a court, a lesson or match you with a foursome for doubles. (252) 946-2582.

History: Take time to visit Historic Bath, North Carolina. Bath is the oldest town in the state, the first capital of North Carolina and home to the oldest existing church, St Thomas. Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard the pirate, called Bath home.

Music: Washington hosts a monthly fun filled evening of art and live music. Everyone is invited to participate in Music in the Streets. (252) 946-2504.

Events: The area is home to loads of fun festivals and events. Peruse the listings of events at Here are a few of our favorites: the Wildlife Arts Festival and Decoy Carving Contest, Croquet Tournament, Beaufort County Music Festival, Skateboard Contest, Holiday Flotilla, Summer Festival and Smoke on the Water. If you would like to be involved in supporting the environment and the ecology of River, sign up for the Kayakalon, a kayak, bike and run event. The proceeds support the Pamlico Tar River Foundation.

Group Functions: Washington has wonderful facilities for your wedding, reunion or conference needs. The Washington Civic Center, North Carolina Estuarium Center and Turnage Theater are available for large groups. Numerous lovely and historic churches are located in our town. East Carolina University: Get away from the hustle bustle of Greenville while visiting the University for graduation, football, medical service, business meetings or reunions. Washington is a brief 20 minute ride east of Greenville. 

Tantalize your tastebuds with  local cuisine

Backwater Jack’s: Live music, outside dining and a waterfront location makes this restaurant a favorite amongst locals. (252) 975-1090. 

Marabella’s Italian: Wonderful and freshly prepared Gourmet Italian dinners. Outdoor dining is available. (252) 946-0032. Blue Door Cafe: A delightful dining experience featuring homemade salads, soups and sandwiches. Drive into town or arrive by boat. Mimi is happy to pack a picnic or enjoy the waterfront view from her porch. (252) 946-6426. 

Boss Hog’s Backyard Barbeque: It wouldn’t be an Eastern North Carolina vacation without sampling our barbeque. The ribs, chopped pork barbeque and chicken are great. Don’t miss the hushpuppies and fried cornbread. It is easy to stop by and pick up dinner for your family, friends or reunion group. (252) 946-5251. 

Bill’s Hot Dogs: Line up at the screened door with the locals and order a bag of these famous hot dogs. Bill’s has been featured in magazines and on television. One bite and you’ll be hooked, just like the rest of us! (252) 946-3343. 

Frank’s Pizza: Eat in or take out at Frank’s. It’s a classic Italian restaurant featuring lasagna, tortellini, subs and Great Pizza. (252) 975-6050. 

Down on MainStreet:  Open seven days of the week for lunch and dinner.. a casual, family friendly restaurant serving American Cuisine… offering a full bar and daily lunch specials.  107 West Main St. Washington, NC 27889.  252-940-1988

The Hackney : A farm to table restaurant and gin distillery  that combines locally sourced seasonal ingredients with an eclectic culinary outlook.        

The Mulberry House: Restaurant | Coffee Shop | Rooftop Speakeasy | Brewery.

Two Rivers Ale House & Brewery: Light Food Fare & Great Brews.

The Bank Bistro: Every drink and plate is crafted from scratch with fresh, high quality ingredients.

Angi’s Mexican Kitchen: The best authentic Mexican downtown! Love the tacos with fresh cilantro! 126 W. Main. 

Rachel Kay’s Bakery: Cafe and Coffee Shop… the best pastries  – sweet and savory!

Parleys Sip and Steam: The best oyster bar , seafood, & charcuterie in Eastern NC! Outdoor seating and live music pretty regularly. 132 E Water St

Shep’s Grill: Small Town Diner Feel. Breakfast and lunch served seven days a week, breakfast served all day… 129 North Market St,