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Robert Ruark Inn Dec 22, 2010
My wife and I enjoyed an early Christmas present by staying at the Robert Ruark Inn for one night. This charming bed and breakfast is ideally located in Southport – it sits in a quiet neighborhood that is adjacent to all of the cool shops downtown (not that the town is that big and you can get too far away, but it is literally one block from the main attractions).
The Inn is named after its most famous resident, a columnist and author who died in 1965. Robert Ruark was utterly unknown to me before our visit and now I am intrigued enough to unearth some of his works. After gaining acclaim as a journalist for the Washington Daily News, Robert signed up with the Navy during WWII and served as a gunnery officer. He apparently acquired a taste for travel and adventure after this stint and several safaris to Africa inspired him to write and direct the movie "African Adventure".
Ruark’s grandfather, Captain Atkins, was a river boat pilot who built the house in the 1800’s and it is a beauty. There is a brilliant Victorian feel to the place and we loved the parlor, especially all decked out for the holidays. Four rooms are available, and being the only occupants, we scored the Charles Atkins room, the only one with a king size bed. It also boasts a walk in closet and an outdoor balcony. Our host, David, was exceptionally attentive and gracious, cooking us a great breakfast. A grand choice for lodging if you are dropping in on Southport!
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