About Oriental: Where To Stay

oriental location mapOriental, a 19th Century fishing village on the Neuse River near the Pamlico Sound, has been known for decades as “North Carolina’s Sailing Capital”. At ICW marker 181, Oriental is a popular stop for cruising sailors on their trek north or south.

Home port for 900 people – and some 2,700 boats – Oriental is also coming to be known as “North Carolina’s In-shore Fishing Capital”, as anglers can find a wide variety of sport and game species present year-round.

The Neuse River, 5 miles wide at its mouth, provides unparalleled year-round sailing while the village offers a fine selection of shops, restaurants, inns, B&Bs, marinas, boatyards and brokerages.

We think you will agree that Oriental is the perfect little town for a boat show.

Lodging for the Oriental In-Water Boat Show

Arlington Place (quiet spacious homes & cottages 8 miles from the show)
Burton Farm Road, Arapahoe
www.arlingtonplace.com or link on AirBnB

The Boonedocks (secluded private cabin with a pier, 7 miles from the show)
1108 Fork Point Road, Oriental
web: www.boonedocksmarina.com
email: innkeeper@boonedocksmarina.com

Beth Frazer & Associates (cottages, condos & homes for short-term rental)
502 Hodges Street, Suite 1, Oriental
web: www.bethfrazer.com
email: info@bethfrazer.com
** some properties have 10% off rental rates for boat show exhibitors **

The Cartwright House (quiet residential setting a block from LouMac Park & 3 blocks from the show)
301 Freemason Street, Oriental
web: cartwrighthouse.com or
email: innkeeper@cartwrighthouse.com
** offering boat show exhibitors 10% off room rates **

The Inn at Oriental (restful B&B three blocks from the show)
508 Church Street, Oriental
web: www.innatoriental.com
email: info@innatoriental.com
** offering 10% off room rates for boat show exhibitors **

Lazy River Cottages (private cabins right across the bridge from the show)
513 Oriental Road, Oriental
** offering 10% off room rates for boat show exhibitors **

Magnolia House B & B (tastefully restored historic home 3 blocks from the show)
500 Broad Street, Oriental
web: magnoliahouse-nc.com

Mariner Realty (rental villas near the Minnesott ferry, 7 miles from the show)
704 Hodges Street, Oriental
web: www.orientalncwaterfront.com
email: info@orientalncwaterfront.com

The Old Oriental Hotel (beautifully renovated historic hotel, 1 block from the show)
502 Hodges Street, Oriental

Oriental Marina & Inn (the boat show’s host with The Toucan Grill plus a Tiki Bar)
103 Wall Street, Oriental
web: www.orientalmarina.com
email: orientalmarina@msn.com
** offering 10% off room rates for boat show exhibitors **

Point Marina (on Broad Creek, a spacious clubhouse & ramp 10 miles from the show)
319 Old Lupton Road, Merritt
email: tysslisa@gmail.com

River Dunes Accommodations (gracious cottages, suites, “bunkies” 6 miles from the show)
web: riverdunesrealty.com/properties
email: frontdesk@riverdunes.com

River Neuse Suites (sweet suites on the river near Lou-Mac Park)
201 Mildred Street, Oriental
web: www.riverneuserentals.com
email: frontdesk@riverneuserentals.com
** offering 10% off room rates for boat show exhibitors **

Sail Loft Rentals (cottages, houses & condos near the show)
1000 Broad Street, Oriental
web: www.sailloftrentals.com

Southern Sky Lodge (boutique hotel catering to outdoor enthusiasts 6 blocks from the show)
901 Broad Street, Oriental
email: info@southernskylodgenc.com

Squidders Lodge (spacious pet- and fisherman-friendly space 20 minutes from the show)
1370 Pennsylvania Avenue, Vandemere

Tidewater Real Estate (all types of short-term lodging, many near the show)
22826 NC Hwy 55, Oriental

Transient slip rentals for the Oriental In-water Boat Show

Blackwell Point Marina (across the bridge from the show with slips to 50’ – limited
to masts under 45’)
354 Blackwell Point Loop Road, Oriental
email: blackwellpointmarina@gmail.com

Clancy’s Marina (across the bridge from the show – limited to masts under 45’)
309 Midgette Street, Oriental
252-249-2925 or cell 252-675-1410

Oriental Marina & Inn (transient slips at the Marina & at Oriental Harbor)
103 Wall Street, Oriental
web: www.orientalmarina.com
email: orientalmarina@msn.com

River Dunes (slips to 65’ with lodging available, about 6 miles from the boat show)
465 East Harborside Road, Oriental
800-348-7610 or 252-249-4908×2
web: www.riverdunes.com
email: info@riverdunes.com

Sea Harbour Yacht Club (slips to 18’x45’ in quiet surroundings 1 mile from show)
6020 Harbour Way, Oriental
Lisa Thompson at 252-249-0808
web: www.seaharbour.org

Whittaker Pointe Marina (1/2 mile from the show by water or 3 miles by courtesy car)
5001 Maritime Drive, Oriental
web: www.whittakerpointe.com
email: harbormaster@whittakerpointe.com

Camping/RV Parking

Bay River Campground/Marina (quiet natural setting with a boat ramp and fishing/crabbing pier, about 10 miles from the show)
672 Weaver Camp Road, Merritt
web: www.bayrivercampground.com

Oriental RV Park (cozy convenient setting 10 blocks from the show)
1201 Broad Street, Oriental

River’s Edge Family Campground (on Bay River, with boat ramp, pier and camp store, 15 miles from the show)
149 Tempe Gut Road, Bayboro
web: www.riversedgefamilycampground.com

Stonewall Campground (under mature trees with boat ramp & pier 9 miles from the show)
16301 NC Highway 55, Stonewall

Sailing instruction and boat charters

Bow to Stern Sailing (lessons & charters on everything from kayaks to 45-footers)
290 Blackwell Point Loop Road, Oriental
252-249-2424 or 252-474-6000

In addition to being North Carolina’s sailing paradise, Oriental and Pamlico County are becoming known as “North Carolina’s In-shore Fishing Capitol” too. One or more species can be caught here every month of the year.

Fishing guides

Bald Headed Bobby Guide Service (expert in local waters + Appalachian trout streams too)

Down East Guide Service (a team of great captains who find you fish from the Neuse River to Costa Rica)
1907 Paulette Drive, Morehead City

Endurance Charters (a professional waterman with local knowledge of sport fishing and duck hunting)
501 Oriental Road, Oriental

Pamlico Pirate Fishing Charters (Dave’s spent a lifetime on the water & has the knowledge to prove it)
481 Plantation Parkway, Oriental

Paradise Shores Adventures (an experienced guide for fishing trips, scenic tours, duck hunts & more)
457 Shortline Drive, Oriental

Spec Fever Guide Service (Gary is known for his light tackle & flyfishing charters)
9506 Connie Cove Road, Oriental


Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (“EWN”, served by American & Delta, with a general aviation facility, 35 miles from the show)
200 Terminal Road, New Bern
web: www.newbernairport.com

Also, please refer to the following for more information:

www.pamlicochamber.com, Pamlico County’s Chamber of Commerce and a good resource for background on the county.

TownDock.net, the boat show’s web host and Oriental’s unofficial news and weather website, with current events and info on local happenings.

www.townoforiental.com, government web site with info about the town.