Harborlight Guest House

332 Live Oak Drive , Cape Carteret, NC 28584-9268 USA (Show map)


"NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S TOP UNDISCOVERED INNS BY RENOWNED BED AND BREAKFAST GUIDEBOOK EDITOR, SANDY SOULE". Rest, Relaxation, and Romance by the Seashore. Slip away to the Harborlight Guest House on the Central North Carolina coastal town of Cape Carteret and relax in a tranquil waterfront environment. The inn is surrounded on three sides by water enabling all suites to have stunning views of Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. The Harborlight features six luxury suites featuring two-person jetted tubs and fireplaces. A gourmet breakfast is served daily in your suite or on your deck.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great a Hidden Gem

5 on January 13, 2018

Wonderful hidden gem at Cape Carteret. Great food wonderful owners.

3rd Stay at Harborlight

5 on January 10, 2018

George & Cindy Bond Barre,Vt (summer) Wilmington, NC (winter)

Restful Vacation with a Local Feel

5 on January 05, 2018

Everything about this place is great! The pictures here do not reflect the updating that has been done at the Harborlight Guest House. The breakfast every morning was incredible and they serve some of the best coffee I've ever had! Eating in our room was a real treat and the ladies that work there are very kind. The owners are very involved in everything that happens and are available to offer great places to visit and eat. We will be back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking time to write a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and are enjoying our updates! We hope to have new pictures up soon so everyone can see the new rooms! We hope to see you again soon!

- Dana (Owner/Innkeeper)

A Special Getaway

5 on November 24, 2017

We recently stayed at the Harborlight Guest House for a weekend to celebrate a birthday and to relax before the holiday season set in. It is a very special inn with gorgeous views of Bogue Sound and Emerald Isle beyond. The rooms are nicely appointed and spacious. The innkeepers have thought of almost everything to make their inn a pleasing home away from home. The breakfasts that Dana prepares and has delivered to your room are delicious, creative and beautifully presented. The inn is one of the cleanest and neatest we have stayed in and one of the most comfortable as well. If you find yourself on in Eastern NC, this inn should be one of your stops.

A suprising find

5 on October 25, 2017

Found this gem in Cape Carteret when looking for a nice quiet weekend getaway. It was perfect. We loved the suite, the breakfast and the owners. Dana and Perry are gracious and accommodating. They are completely dedicated to making your stay a great one. We will definitely go back again!

Second Stay - great water location

4.0 on October 23, 2017

The grounds are beautiful, a wonderful hammock to relax in and the outdoor patio furniture is very very comfortable. The indoor common area is well decorated and very comfortable also, plenty to do if you don't want to stay in the room. Great water access for kayaking and knowledgeable hosts for fishing information and advice. Located in a quiet residential area but close to restaurants. Nicely appointed uniquely decorated rooms.

Exceeds all expectations

5 on September 25, 2017

Unbelievable views from every vantage point; absolutely delicious breakfast brought to your room; every possible luxury accommodation available. Comfortable beds, large bathrooms, large rooms, beautiful private decks and seating; fireplaces for year-round coziness. Beach is so close, town of Swansboro nearby for shopping and good food. Wonderful hosts--can't wait to go back.

Harborlight review

5 on September 05, 2017

We have stayed at Harborlight guest house multiple times. We plan to continue to return several times per year. The view and the impeccable treatment that you receive from Dana, Perry and the entire staff is always amazing. Would recommend revisit to anyone looking for an incredible getaway.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We truly appreciate your kind words and we can't wait to share this with our team! We hope to see you again soon!

- Dana (innkeeper)

our stay

5 on September 03, 2017

Dana and Perry went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful.

Anniversary Getaway

4.6 on August 24, 2017

Harborlight Guest House is a gem on the intercoasral. Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by the manager Kathy. She made us feel at home instantly. The Shackleford room was even better than the pictures. We will be back for sure.

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Rooms & Rates

Shackleford Suite

This large, second-floor waterview room overlooks the westerly back channel of Bogue Sound and is a favorite for enjoying sunsets. The room offers a queen size bed, TV/DVD and refrigerator. The newly remodeled oversized bath features a 5’ shower.

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

Beaufort Suite

Located on the second floor this two-room, 700 sq.ft., waterfront luxury suite is surrounded on three sides by water. Enjoy the boats traveling the Intracoastal Waterway or the bountiful wildlife from rockers on the deck. The living room features a 42"x72" two-person whirlpool tub, gas fireplace, TV/DVD, refrigerator and a sunny dining area if guests prefer breakfast in-suite instead of deck side . The bedroom offers a king bed and TV.

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

Morehead Suite

This third floor waterfront suite features a large corner fireplace, king bed and a 72'X72" European spa tub with an underwater "mood" light. In-room refrigerator is also provided. The reading room is furnished with oversized wicker chairs to enjoy a good book. The view from this suite captures the romantic waterfront sunsets (also enjoyed from the suite's covered deck). Other amenities include TV/DVD.

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

Swann Suite

Located on the third floor with a westerly water view this beautifully decorated large third floor room offers a queen bed, TV/DVD and refrigerator. The bath has a restored claw foot soaking tub on an elevated platform plus a separate shower.

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

Carteret Suite

This two-room first floor suite offers westerly water views of Bogue Sound and is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset while warming by the fireplace in winter months. Breakfast is served in-suite or deck side. This room is handicapped accessible. The covered deck and brick patio with porch swing will lure you outdoors even in cooler weather. The living room has a queen-size fold out sofa bed, TV and fireplace. The bedroom features a queen bed, TV/DVD, a 60"x60" corner Jacuzzi and refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Emerald Suite

This three-room 860 sq ft waterfront luxury suite is surrounded on three sides by water! It is our largest suite and often referred to as the "Penthouse or Honeymoon Suite". Our Emerald Suite is located on the third floor and boasts a private wrap around deck, king bed, fireplace, and jacuzzi tub.

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

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Location Type

Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Morehead City, Swansboro, Oceanfront, Small town


Jacksonville, NC (OAJ-Albert J. Ellis) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Jacksonville area travel 1.5 miles east on Rte 24 past the intersection of Rte. 24 and 58. Turn right on Bayshore Drive (go 3/4 mile) - Left on Edgewater Court - Right on Live Oak Drive to Haborlight. From Morehead City area travel 18 miles west on Rte 24 from intersection of Rte. 24 and 70. Turn left on Bayshore Drive (go 3/4 mile) - Left on Edgewater Court -Right on Live Oak Drive to Harborlight.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Fort Macon State Park, Bear Island, Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Luxury suites offer fireplaces, jacuzzis and in-suite breakfast, Luxury suites-bathrobes, Luxury suites - VCR in rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Relaxation on Site, Shelling, Water sports, Barrier Island excursions, Local seafood dining, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No 16 years old & above
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card confirmation
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be received 72 hours in advance of arrival. Otherwise, one night will be charged to credit card.
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Dana and Perry

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 9 a.m.
  • Serving Location: In-room (some suites), Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Gluten-Intolerant and Other Dietary


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