Darlings By The Sea

329 Atlantic Avenue P.O. Box 254, Kure Beach, NC 28449 USA (Show map)


King Size Beds, Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Siberian Goose Down Comforters, a selection of King Size goose down pillows as well as acrylic pillows. Mirrored Whirlpool for Two, Custom soaps, bubble bath and amenities, spacious bathrooms with twin shower heads. Yacht quality interiors, Natuzzi leather Sofas from Italy, Rosario marble countertops, Brazilian marble entryways. Private Balconys. All this located behind the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. I am sorry to say that we do not accept BedandBreakfast Gift Cards or Certificates. We do not accommodate children or pets



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Best B&B ever.

5 on February 16, 2014

Splendid place to stay. Best B& B ever. Wonderful Jacuzzi, large comfortable room, enormous treat basket. Love the beach,the balcony, the extra details that add so much to our comfort and enjoyment! Anyone who would write a negative review about Darlings would probably not like heaven either!

Beach heaven

4.8 on August 01, 2013

A veranda overlooking the beach, a nicely appointed room, a quiet spot in a busy tourist town but only a 2 minute walk to the restaurants and shops, a beach entry across the street. How can you complain about this place for a beach vacation? They even have beach chairs to take across the street and bikes to visit local sites, like the historic fort and aquarium a couple of miles down the road. The food basket is a great idea so that you don't have to plan a time to be downstairs for breakfast. Good spot.

Sweet Solitude

4.8 on June 16, 2013

My husband and I visited Darlings By The Sea May 28-31. This place was wonderful! Extremely quiet, clean and comfortable rooms, service was outstanding and the breakfast basket delivered daily was awesome. Loved the fresh fruit platter and muffins. The location of the hotel offered beautiful views of the ocean and beach for our private balcony. This was our first visit to the Kure Beach area of North Carolina were we found it to be very pleasant and we would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a romantic getaway.

Wonderful, relaxing getaway

4.6 on December 06, 2012

What a fantastic place to just escape for a long weekend. Jim and Dee were very gracious hosts and afford you plenty of privacy. This isn't your typical B&B with a set breakfast time. A basket of goodies is delivered to your room every afternoon while you are out, giving you snacks and plenty of treats for a tasty breakfast at your own leisure. My husband very much enjoyed Jim's famous quiche (I'm a vegetarian). We'd definitely stay here again.


4.0 on October 14, 2012

Several times we have passed by The Darlings thinking how wonderful it would be to stay there. As a surprise birthday getaway, my wife made our dream come true. We were not disappointed! From the time we checked in until the time we checked out, we felt welcome and at home by Jim and Dee. The accommodations exceeded our expectations! The double-headed shower was fantastic; as well as the breakfast basket each morning full of goodies, especially the home-made quiche. We have recommended The Darlings to several of our friends and family members. We will definitely return!

October beach weekend

4.8 on October 07, 2012

What a wonderful beach getaway! If you want to totally relax and get away from the hustle and bustle, this is the place! The rooms are so comfy and clean. Jim & Dee are so pleasant and helpful! They are very organized! The rooms have a kitchenette, a dining area for two, lovely comfy sofa! The deck is amazing and we so enjoyed relaxing there and watching the tides go in and out! I loved having a breakfast basket delivered each evening to have breakfast whenever I was ready! There were plenty of snacks and a delicious breakfast of quiche, fruit, coffee, muffins, each day was different! We enjoyed the access to bikes, chairs, outdoor shower area, gym! We really pampered ourselves. Within walking distance to some fun places to eat! My husband and I can't wait to return.

The Perfect Place for R & R & R

4.8 on October 05, 2012

My husband and I have not had a vacation with just the 2 of us for quite some time. We wanted a Carolina beach vacation....but a standard hotel was not what I was really looking for. Searching the online maps for places to stay I came across a link to Darlings by the Sea at Kure Beach. It seemed to be exactly what we were looking for- our goal was rest, relaxation and romance. The numbers of units (5) and location - steps away from the surf - was perfect. We had never stayed at a B & B before and had no idea what to expect but after reading many of the reviews I was further convinced that this was the place for us. Jim and Dee are great hosts - they're there for your every need but never intrusive. Each day you go out to adventure you return to a clean and restocked room. We looked forward to our food basket each day. We enjoyed the fruit, muffins, quiche and much more - we were like little kids emptying a Christmas stocking. We had more than enough to nosh on and usually only ventured out for dinner. There are several great restaurants within walking distance if you so choose....walking to on the boardwalk and returning with a barefoot walk along the beach. Having a back problem, I am always concerned with how the bed and I will get along but it was very comfortable and I did not awake with back pain which was a joy. Although being on vacation...we arose each morning early and sat on the patio watching the sun rise over the ocean sipping coffee...what a way to start the day. Our reservation was for Sun-Wed night departing Thurs morning. After our first night, we both agreed that we wanted to extend our stay. I knew there was at least one more night available and we snatched that up immediately. We would have stayed a day or two more if there was a vacancy but alas we had to bid farewell on Friday morning. We are already planning to return in late spring. I could probably go on and on - make your destination Darlings by the Sea.

quiet and relaxing B&B

3.4 on October 02, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Darlings by the sea for our first anniversary. We had a wonderful stay and would recommend it to any couple wanting to get away to simply enjoy the beach without all the commotion. Several good resteraunts just a short walk away.

Wonderful Place!

4.4 on September 28, 2012

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great getaway!

A great place to stay.

4.6 on September 22, 2012

My wife and I found Darlings by the Sea to be comfortable, relaxing and an experience we will remember.. The Daily food Baskets were always fresh and delicious, with a great selection. The huge Whirlpool tub was a real treat. If we visit Kure Beach N.C. again we will definitely stay at Darlings

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Rooms & Rates

All Rooms

King Size Beds with High-quality linens and bedding, Whirlpool tub and shower for 2, Flat Screen TV w/Cable and HBO, DVD Player, Free Wi-Fi, Refrigerator, Microwave, Toaster, Keurig Coffee Maker, Blender, Beach Towels, Hair Dryer, and Private Balcony

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $269

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Location Type

Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town


Wilmington, NC (ILM-New Hanover County) 20 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Picnic area, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Parking , Exercise Room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Workout facility, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is allowed on your outdoor deck
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two Night Minimums apply on weekends and holidays.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: 7 days advance notice is required. All cancellations will be charged a $30 administration fee. Cancellations received less than 7 days prior to arrival will be charged for the first night. We do not accept Personal Checks or BedandBreakfast Gift Cards or Certificates for payment.(We can not be responsible for the weather but, if we cancel your reservation due to the occasional threat of a hurricane evacuation, there is no charge.)
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  • Serving Location: Breakfast Basket Delivered On Evening Before

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