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



Robert Ruark Inn reaches Service Excellence Milestone TripAdvisor!

We are proud to announce that not only  has the Robert Ruark Inn received Trip Advisor’s Service Excellence Award for the past five years, it recently passed a significant milestone according to TripAdvisor.

The Robert Ruark Inn recently received its 200th review of Excellence!

Linda Pukenas, one of the Inn’s owners said she and her husband, Rick are “humbled and grateful” for all the wonderful guests they have had at the Inn. She said she and her husband are honored to receive such feedback and look forward to welcoming and sharing the Robert Ruark Inn, Southport and the entire Cape Fear Coastal area with guests from all over NC, the southeast, the USA and the world.

Linda added, “It is a privilege to share our historic and maritime Southport with visitors. We love being able to welcome them to our circa 1890 Inn and celebrate the history in a quite, luxury-oriented atmosphere.  We feel fortunate to be able to share the Inn which was lovingly restored in 2008 and is maintained by  us  via many local craftsman and talented individuals to whom we are extremely grateful.”Robert Ruark Inn

Most of all, Linda stressed “We are so very grateful to our neighbors and the citizens of Southport who have supported our business throughout the years. We are thankful for Southport’s tireless and magnificent Visitors’ Center Volutneers & our wonderful Tourism Department headed by Randy Jones. We are also so very grateful to the Southport-Oak Island Chamber, the Brunswick TDA and all the businesses and citizens of Southport who make this City and our Inn so very special. ” She added, “Every day we are thankful for finding and being able to live in Southport. And…every day our guests tell us how much they enjoy their time here as well. It is a true blessing and very humbling.”


Fun in Downtown Southport August 5 & 6!

A lot to enjoy this weekend Friday, August 5 and 6 in Historic Southport! Highlights include:


Music in Franklin Park -free- 6-8

Friday Night Art Walk around downtown galleries & shops until 7 pm

Flag Lowering at Waterfront Park (sunset 8:08)


“This is Our Town” Clean-up at Nash & Howe Streets 9-12

Brunswick Arts Council/free performance in Franklin Square Park 7 pm (flyer attached)

Saturday, August 6

Saturday, August 6

Southport July 4 Celebrations are off to a great start!

July 4 Events

Free Historical Tours in Southport!

Looking forward to taking advantage of the free burying ground tour and extra hours at the Brunswick County Old Jail Museum! If you haven’t been to these two treasures and the Maritime Museum and the Southport Museum/Visitors’ Center you should make time now! These are great sources of history, interest, intrigue and fun!!!!


Jail Tours

Southport July 4 Celebration will be packed with Fun!

Southport shows signs of getting ready for North Carolina’s July 4 celebration starting next week!

We are looking forward to celebrating our independence and wonderful Country!

Have a safe and enjoyable celebration!!!