Exploring the Coastal Magic of Inn on Turner: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Spring is in the air, and what better way to embrace the warmer weather than by embarking on an adventure along the stunning Southern Outer Banks? With its pristine beaches, fascinating wildlife, and iconic landmarks, Beaufort and the Crystal Coast offer a plethora of experiences for adventurous souls seeking to connect with nature. One such must-visit destination is the majestic Cape Lookout Lighthouse, where the rugged beauty of the landscape meets the serenity of the sea.

Standing tall and proud against the backdrop of a Carolina Blue Sky, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a beacon of history and maritime heritage. As you approach the lighthouse, the salty breeze whispers tales of seafaring adventures and coastal legends, inviting you to step into a world where time seems to stand still. Whether you choose to climb to the top for panoramic views of the surrounding islands or simply bask in its tranquil presence from the ground below, the lighthouse promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of its grandeur.

But the allure of the SOBX extends far beyond its iconic lighthouse. Venture further inland, and you’ll discover a world teeming with life and natural wonders. One of the most enchanting sights awaits you on the shores, where wild horses roam freely along the sandy beaches of Shackelford Banks. These majestic creatures, descendants of Spanish mustangs brought to the area centuries ago, embody the untamed spirit of the coast and serve as a reminder of the region’s rich history.

As you watch the wild horses graze and frolic in the surf, you can’t help but feel a sense of reverence for the beauty of nature. With each playful leap and graceful stride, they remind us of the importance of preserving the delicate balance of the coastal ecosystem for generations to come. As the first area lodging to receive Green Travel Certification by the State of NC we gently remind you to take with you what you need to our barrier islands ….but leave nothing behind.

Speaking of nature, wild and untamed, let’s not forget about the playful inhabitants of the sea – dolphins! Embark on a dolphin-watching excursion, and you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing display of agility and grace as these intelligent creatures leap and spin through the waves. Whether you catch a glimpse of them from the shore or embark on a guided boat tour, watching dolphins play in their natural habitat is sure to be a highlight of your coastal adventure. We offer guests numerous eco tour options that respect our coastal wildlife while providing you an incredible day of immersion.

Of course, no visit to our beautiful beaches would be complete without sinking your toes into the soft, powdery sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re lounging beneath the warm spring sun, building sandcastles with loved ones, or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge, there’s something undeniably therapeutic about the simple act of connecting with the earth beneath your feet. At Inn on Turner we know the secret secluded spots less visited by humans, more visited by nature. Book your escape to comb deserted beaches for seashells, view majestic egrets in flight, marvel at our wild stallions, and enjoy playful dolphins in the surf….for at Inn on Turner there is always so much to do and “sea”.

As you bid farewell to your visit, you’ll carry with you memories of rugged landscapes, breathtaking sunsets, and moments of pure serenity. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply craving a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Inn on Turner offers a slice of paradise that will captivate your heart and soul. So pack your bags, lace up your kicks, and get ready to embark on the ultimate springtime adventure at Cape Lookout and discover the magic of lodging with us!

Kim & Jon