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The Sunset Inn

9 North Shore Drive , Sunset Beach, NC 28468 USA (Show map)

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This elegant Inn is located on one of the most beautiful islands in North Carolina. Beautifully appointed rooms with king sized beds, private baths, private screened porches, rocking chairs, love seats, wet bars, and private storage rooms. Each room overlooks the beautiful salt marsh and Intracoastal Waterway and is only steps to the ocean. The Sunset Inn is removed from the typical hustle and bustle of commercialized beaches, yet, we are only 25 miles north or Myrtle Beach, S.C. and 40 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. Only five miles from Ocean Isle Beach, NC the immediate area affords you over 16 challenging golf courses and excellent dining. Comfortable and roomy with a relaxed atmosphere, our spacious coastal home awaits your arrival.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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Love The Sunset Inn!

5 on March 31, 2015

My room was the Charleston Room for three nights during a writer's conference. I felt so at home, so relaxed, so cared for by the staff and the exquisitely decorated room. A home away from home with the added bonus of time at the beach. Cherished every minute of my time at The Sunset Inn.

Escape to Nature

5 on March 31, 2015

I discovered the Sunset Inn last fall during a Writing Retreat and found it to be the perfect getaway! My room was beautiful, with a very comfortable bed and gorgeous views of the marsh. I felt like I had stepped into the old South with the long porches and rocking chairs outlining each floor of the inn.The staff went out of their way to see that every possible need was taken care of -- even cooking me a completely allergen free breakfast each morning. And the short walk to the beach where I saw glorious sunrises and sunsets completed the package. I can't wait to return!!

We Adore The Sunset Inn

4.2 on March 30, 2015

My husband and I have been staying at the Sunset Inn three to four times each year for many years. We love so many things about The Sunset Inn! The facility itself is so charming and very well built! The rooms are quite nicely decorated and impeccably clean! The screened porches that overlook the marsh have given us hours and hours of relaxation and spectacular views! The menus for breakfast are varied and always include hot, homemade items, sweets, fruit, and a variety of other items suitable for guests with any special dietary needs. We especially love the staff at The Inn who treat us like family and they meet our every need and beyond! We love going there every chance we get and The Sunset Inn is at the very top of our list of favorite vacation places!

A beautiful, welcoming coastal refuge

5 on March 30, 2015

When I am yearning for the peace and beauty of marsh views, sea wind, and sunrise and sunset walks, my number one choice is the Sunset Inn. Sunset Beach, which boasts fantastic sunrise AND sunset views and miles of unspoiled beach to walk, swim, fish, etc., is in my mind, the best North and South Carolina have to offer, and the Sunset Inn offers all one could want in hospitality, comfort, service, and surroundings. I'm proud to be able to offer writing retreats at this lovely inn every February and November -- my participants always have great things to say about their experience. Maureen Ryan Griffin,


5 on March 28, 2015

We've enjoyed this special inn for over a decade. We visit the Sunset Inn 1-3 times a year because it truly is the perfect getaway. Everything is consistent!! The staff is so welcoming and helpful, the rooms are immaculate, breakfast is always delicious, and it's so peaceful. The location is perfect as the beach is gorgeous and the surrounding marsh is full of wildlife. Wilmington and Myrtle Beach are close, shopping and great restaurants nearby, lots of outdoor activities to enjoy such as golf or biking, or just relax and take a respite from it all!! The Sunset Inn is so comfortable and is our home away from home!!

The Perfect Seashell at the Beach

4.8 on March 27, 2015

Sunset Inn is the perfect retreat at the beach. The accommodations are lovely as well as comfortable. Although each room has a visitor’s notebook complete with brochures for nearby activities and menus for local restaurants, the Inn’s staff has up-to-date information on special events, author talks and local concerts. True to its southern roots, the Inn has a wrap-around veranda on each floor and a delightful front porch – all complete with rockers, swings and Adirondack chairs – the perfect places to enjoy a delicious breakfast or just read a good book!

I go every November

5 on March 26, 2015

I visit the Sunset Inn every November to participate in a writers' retreat, and have done so for the past several years. The weather is usually mild, so a sweater or light jacket will do. The hotel staff is as pleasant and welcoming as any you would find anywhere, the rooms are always spotless and maintained in excellent condition. The rooms are individualized, each with its unique theme and décor, though the furniture is more or less the same from room to room. The beds are comfortable, the TV and A/C systems always work as designed, and I like the choice of sitting on the front balcony or the screened porch in back as the mood strikes me. The "on-site dining" is casual--breakfast and lunch only--and always delicious. I especially look forward to the eggy and sometimes cheesy breakfast casseroles (they seem to have a new recipe each time) and the coffee cakes, but there are plenty of choices for folks who prefer to avoid meat and eggs. Lunches usually feature very good salads and deli-style sandwiches. The inn is within easy walking distance of the beach, has a great view of the marshes, quick access to the mainland via the new (and aesthetically pleasing) bridge, and many good eating and drinking establishments within a few minutes drive. I would not bring children here (no pool, and the rooms are really designed for just one or two adults) but the Sunset Inn is an ideal spot for reading, writing, walking, thinking, meditation, romancing or just plain getting away from it all.

Refreshing Retreat!

4.6 on September 29, 2010

I spent a peaceful night in The Smithville Room. The marsh view was so relaxing and the sunset view was awesome, both from my bug-free screened-in porch! Breakfast was more than what seems to have become buffet/continental. It was served buffet-style, but was an excellent cooked selection. Staff was very accommodating, allowing me to use downstairs facilities after my day at the beach even though I had already checked out. Follow-up wonderfully refreshing! Will definitely stay again.

Consistently Wonderful!

5 on March 12, 2007

After staying in many B&B's, I find The Sunset Inn consistently wonderful and feels like home. The rooms are always immaculate, the staff warm and friendly, and the most comfortable sheets anywhere. I like not being formally served breakfast so that I have the choice of dining with others or privately in my room. The views of the marsh and sunsets are spectacular and peaceful on the private screened porches. The beach is a short walk on a quiet beautiful island. Looking forward to every return to The Sunset Inn.

"Perfect Getaway!"

5 on March 06, 2007

We just got back from three days at "The Sunset Inn", Sunset Beach, N.C. It was absolutely wonderful! So relaxing and peaceful and quiet! The Inn is beautiful, as are the rooms, and the staff is superb! I would highly recommend this Inn to anyone wanting to "get away from it all"...The rooms have screened-in porches over the marsh, and you can also see the Intercoastal Waterway from your room. We saw the most spectacular sunsets that I have ever seen! Sunset Beach is near so many places, so you do not lack in things to do, if you so choose. We loved walking down the beautiful, natural wide beach, to "Bird Island"...Well worth the walk! The breakfast that was served at the Inn was delicious! We will be going back for many years to come!

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Rooms & Rates

Standard Rooms

Each room has a different theme and décor with a king-size bed, wet bar, refrigerator, love seat and private screened porch with rockers overlooking the peaceful saltwater marsh. Amenities: •Private Screened Porch •Rocking Chairs •In-Room Mini Refrigerator •Wet Bar w/ In-Room Coffee Maker •Private Bath •Color TV with premium cable •March, ICW and Sunset View •DVD player w/free seasonal rentals •King sized Bed w/Pillow Top Mattress •Hair Dryer, Iron •Radio Alarm Clock •WiFi •On site parking •Non-Smoking Only •Complimentary Sunset Beach Pier Parking Pass

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $109 - $179

Nightly Rate: $109 - $179

Grand Room

Grand Room, One king sized bed with a larger loveseat area and color cable TV/VCR. The grand room has a Jacuzzi tub and a standard shower. Also includes a small refrigerator and wet bar area. Corner Screened porch overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway with porch swing and rocking chairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $209

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Location Type

Island, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Small town, Tropical


Wilmington, NC (ILM-New Hanover County) 45 miles

Directions to property:

From Hwy 17S, take a left at Hwy 904 in Grissettown. There will be a McDonalds on the corner. Keep straight for about 4 miles towards 179N until you reach Hwy 179 or Beach Drive. There will be a Food Lion on the right. Take a right onto 179 and go two miles until you reach the Sunset Beach Bridge which will be on the right. Cross bridge and the Inn is the first Building on the left, directly on the marsh. From Hwy 17N, take the Calabash exit on Hwy 179. Follow 179 for approx. eight miles until you reach the Sunset Beach Bridge. Cross the bridge and the Inn is the first Building on the left, directly on the marsh.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Videos, Wedding Facilities , Whirlpool tubs in four rooms, Microwave available in ice machine room, Complimentary popcorn available by microwave

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights summer weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: No
  • Cancellations: 7 days prior to arrival



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About the innkeepers

Andrea Ward has been with the Inn since the doors opened in 2000. Even during the construction phase, Andrea has overseen the details of managing The Sunset Inn and has coordinated over 40 on-site weddings, many successful retreats and welcomed thousands of guests, many returning for another relaxing stay.

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  • Time Served: 8:15 am through 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Mini Quiche
4 Large Eggs 1 Can Evaporated Milk 2 Tbls Plain Flour 2 cups shredded cheese Salt and pepper to taste Sausage, bacon, spinach, vegetables if desired or plain Beat eggs and blend in milk and other ingredients. Pour in muffin tins that have been greased or sprayed with baking spray. Bake in 350 oven for approx. 20 minutes. Check with knife or toothpick.



Special Package

Wedding Packages

Say “I do” at the beautiful Sunset Inn on the island Sunset Beach, NC. You may choose our beautifully landscaped grounds for your ceremony or the beach, which is a five minute walk from the Inn. This package is designed for 2 – 10 persons and includes: Minister w/simple ceremony Bouquet and boutonniere Complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast Photographs taken with the wedding couple’s personal digital camera Mid-week Price - $575.00 Weekend Price - $675.00 **add $150.00 for sand ceremony with keepsake, unique sand art heart, keepsake ceremony printed on certificate paper, choice of customized vows & triton conch shell horn announcement. Based on availability.

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9 North Shore Drive , Sunset Beach, NC 28468 USA (Show map)

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