Maritime Museum at Southport January 17 Program about Bottlenose Dolphin!!!



This month’s program should be very informational and fun! Every Coastal Carolinian loves to hear about Dolphin! Many “thanks” to the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for always offering such great programs!!! See you Tuesday, January 17!!! http://!/75910-third-tuesday-evening-adult-program-dolphins-in-north-carolina-getting-to-know-them


Southport Winterfest was such fun!

Southport’s Winterfest was lots of fun yesterday! The Christmas House Tour, Holiday Market and Flotilla were great! Thank you City of Southport, Downtown Southport, Inc., Southport Historical Society and all those who made the Festival GREAT!flotilla


Robert Ruark Inn added to Southport Christmas Collection by artist Ricky Evans!

Ricky Evans chose the Robert Ruark Inn for this year’s addition to the Southport Christmas Collection! Rick and I were thrilled to find out and are so honored to have the Inn in the collection. Ricky is such an incredible artist. He and Debbie add so much to Southport, the entire area and well beyond! Beautiful painting! This picture is of the small canvas frame/ornament.robert-ruark-painting-by-ricky-evans

Halloween Southport Style!

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some vintage cars, costumes and pirates galore! Lots of fun with the Cape Fear Cruisers and their classic cars and lots of activities and contests during the day! Then…down at the The Provision Company in the Yacht Basin starting at six, lots of good foo, drinks and music. Watching the sailing pirates on the waterfront during the afternoon will be fun, too! Have fun! See you around town!14656375_1782321105374008_6695424017218832379_n

First ADA accessible kayak launch opens in Brunswick County

Very happy to see the attached article in the recent “Visit NC NewsLink.”
Photo courtesy of Hannah Leyva/Port City Daily)
First ADA accessible kayak launch opens in Brunswick County
Last week, a public launch was unveiled at William S. “Bill” Smith Park in Oak Island, reports Port City Daily. According to officials, it is the first Americans with Disability Act-compliant kayak launch in Brunswick County. A bench with pop-out shelves – one higher up at canoe height and one lower for kayaks – allows those in wheelchairs to move from their chairs to their watercraft. The park, which is part of the Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department, sits on a small creek off the bigger Dutchman Creek, which leads to the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s location on the tributary makes it safer for launching as it is protected from the wind and boat wakes that come from the Intracoastal. The kayak launch and the wooden area that leads to it, which people can use to fish from, was made possible through a Coastal Area Management Act grant administered through the N.C. Division of Coastal Management.

Thank you so very much!!!

We are so very grateful for all our guests and for all the recent calls we have received to see how we did through the storm. The Robert Ruark Inn and Southport overall fared so much better than other areas in our State and along the rick-and-lindasoutheastern coast.  The Inn and the City were back up and running the Monday after the storm. The weather has been beautiful this fall and we are enjoying meeting new guests and catching up with guests who have returned for their second, third and fourth visits!

Thank you again for all your kindness and thoughts.

We look forward to seeing you again and are always humbled by the support of our Inn and of us.

All our best,

Rick & Linda



October in Southport is a favorite!

Beautiful blue skies in Southport this week! We continue to pray for all those inland towns that are still dealing with flooding but are oh so very grateful that Southport was spared. It is nice to have guests back at the Inn enjoying the month of October which is gorgeous in Southport!  It’s truly one of our favorites here!rri

Southport is thankful for being spared!

The Happiest Seaside Town of 2015 (named by Coastal Living Magazine) was one of the luckiest Seaside Towns in 2016. We are so grateful that Southport was spared the wrath of Hurricane Mathew.  Many prayers and well wishes to all those (US and Caribbean) neighbors who did not fare as well.

We are so grateful to everyone who checked on us or kept us in your prayers and thoughts. Your calls & emails mean the world to us. We are so blessed to have such wonderful guests and are extremely grateful that our relationship does not end when you drive home. Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for your friendship!!!

The Inn & the City is up and running and ready to welcome former and new guests. We had time this week to get a few projects done so you may notice a new bed frame in Robert’s Room or a few other upgrades around the property.  We had found the nicely carved frame at our favorite Burgaw antique store and didn’t have the time to pick it up or the room empty to put it all together.  So…we took advantage of the down time and got some things down around the Inn.

We hope this finds all our friends around NC and the southeastern coast well and dry. Continued thoughts and prayers for all those affected in the US and Caribbean.

Hope to see you soon! Thank you so very much again!!!

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Southport Winterfest in December!

So many great events planned around Southport in December! Just a quick reminder for all our guests following our blog, we will start booking up for the December 9 & 10 weekend soon. We have three rooms left right now. This is the weekend with the parade (Friday night) and the Historic House Tour, Christmas Market & Flotilla (Saturday).

Attached is the flyer! Join in the fun! There are a lot of things going on other weekends, too!

All our best, Linda & Rick


Proud to Support Raise the Ruff Fundraiser for Paw’s Place

Paws Place Poster RTR 2016 – Final

As many of you know, Rick & I are passionate about doggy adoption and how it not only saves the precious lives of a dogs but it often saves human lives. At the least, an adopted pet can enrich and endear our lives!

We were blessed this April when we found and adopted Moby. He is a “Borgie:” Border Collie/Corgi mix. We love him to the moon and back. It is because of volunteers and endeavors like those of Paw’s Place that we were able to find and adopt Moby and our beloved Maggie. In their honor, we are proud to support this very worthwhile endeavor! We are also excited about the event. It sounds like a lot of fun!

Sponsorship Invitation letter – RTR 2016 – Final