The Inn on Bath Creek

116 South Main Street, Bath, North Carolina 27808
Innkeeper(s): Rich & Linda Karanian
  • Introduction

    The Inn on Bath Creek

    Nestled in North Carolina's oldest incorporated town, our delightful Bed and Breakfast offers a relaxing retreat from the ordinary. Whether we are your ultimate destination or simply a pause on your journey, you'll enjoy gracious hospitality, a comfortable bed and delicious full breakfast.

    Our home is a pleasing mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings, done with an artist's touch. Each of the four guestrooms offers a queen size bed, private bath and individual climate control. Our coastal history was the inspiration in creating the uniquely decorated guestrooms.

    The Inn on Bath Creek porchSit on the front porch, enjoy the cool breezes and views of Bath Harbor as you sip a glass of sweet tea. We have just what you need to get away from your busy life. While you're here, you may want to rent a boat from the local marina to tour the area waterways or take the walking tour of historic Bath. Whether you're interested in golfing, fishing, boating, duck hunting, touring our beautiful historical surroundings or just plain relaxing, we're sure you will enjoy your stay with us.

    The Inn on Bath Creek sign

    About the Inn

    When visitors to The Inn on Bath Creek comment on the great restoration, we have to tell them that although the home looks like one of the historic buildings of old Bath, the inn is actually only a few years old. Built in 1999 to be a bed and breakfast, the inn has the charm and detail of an older home with modern amenities like zoned heating, air-conditioning and bathrooms that were not converted from closets.

    The property does have a long tradition of providing hospitality to travelers, however. We stand on the site of the old Buzzard Hotel (charming name, we know) a building that was roughly the same age as the nearby Bonner House. Efforts to secure the property for inclusion in the historic Bath site were unsuccessful and the hotel was demolished around 1980. Kudzu vines took over the property until the Brooks, a local family, envisioned and built the new inn.

    The Inn on Bath Creek living room

    About the Innkeepers

    Since coming to Bath several years ago, we have made the inn our own, decorating and adding personal touches. Like many of our guests, we were seeking an escape from the crazy pace of our lives and looking for a better quality of life. The best part is that we get to stay more than a weekend. Both of us love the outdoors and the eastern coastal wetlands. Both of us spent time in small towns growing up and longed to get back to a place where the things we enjoy are right out the front door. Don’t be surprised if our neighbors treat you like old friends. They welcomed us the same way.

    Rich & Linda Karanian, Innkeepers

    The Inn on Bath Creek dining room

    Hope you like a big breakfast

    Blueberry pancakes prepared from scratch, country ham and Swiss quiche, asiago and cilantro scrambled egg wrap, French toast with carmelized bananas and pure maple syrup… getting hungry yet? These are just a few of the dishes Rich and Linda prepare to rave reviews. Breakfast begins with fresh fruit, coffee or tea and a selection of juices followed by homemade baked goods, breakfast meats and a hot entrée. Vegetarian options available. Let us know if you have special dietary needs and we’ll be happy to make adjustments.

    The Inn on Bath Creek study


    For business travelers or those who just can’t quite leave it all behind, we offer wireless Internet access, or the chance to check e-mail and send or receive a fax.

    Guest Rooms

    Each of our guest rooms offers either a queen size or King size bed and private bath. All rooms include a full homemade breakfast. Click the photos below for a closer look.

    The Inn on Bath Creek breakfast room

    Common Areas

    In addition to their rooms, guests can enjoy the common areas of the inn. These include the dramatic living room with its attached sunroom, perfect for socializing with other guests; and a cozy sitting room on the second floor, just right for curling up with a good book.

    Business Travelers

    Why stay in a hotel when you can enjoy our home away from home? We can work with you on special extended stay packages. Wake up to a good homemade breakfast before heading off to work. Wireless Internet and fax access. Call for pricing.

    The Inn on Bath Creek at night

    Extended Stay

    Book 4 nights, pay for three and a half. Book 7 nights, pay for 6.

    A great idea for family vacations or for guests exploring the wider eastern NC area. Mention this special when booking.

    Gift Certificates

    Wondering what to give this holiday? Treat someone you know to a weekend away. The Inn on Bath Creek gift certificates are sure to please just about anyone on your list. Available for single or multiple night stays.

  • Parties, meetings & events

    The Inn on Bath Creek fireplace

    Let us play host so you can enjoy the party. Our inn is perfect for small gatherings like Bookgroups, Clubs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Business meetings. We can accommodate up to 20 people indoors.

    With the holidays coming, consider something special this year at The Inn on Bath Creek. We’ll set the mood with holiday music, and tastefully decorated rooms. Catering can be arranged or you can bring your own. We will work with you to make your event something to remember.

    Rates: Rent the inn by the hour. Includes use of the ground floor common rooms, porches and A/V system. Weekends: $250/hour. Sunday-Thursday: $200/hour.

  • Things to do and see

    lake peer

    The Bath area beckons you to get out and enjoy yourself.

    Historical Activities

    The Inn on Bath Creek is the perfect base for exploring the unique and fascinating history of the region. As North Carolina’s oldest town, Bath is rich in history. John Lawson, a well-known explorer and surveyor, laid out the original town in 1706. The town's 12 settlers allocated a place for a church, courthouse, and a marketplace. St. Thomas Church was erected in 1734. It is still in use today and is the location for many weddings. The Palmer-Marsh House is one of the oldest existing houses in the state, constructed in 1744. Built in 1830, the Bonner House overlooks the waters of Bath Creek joining the Pamlico River. The Van Der Veer House was constructed in 1790. This home is now the site of a museum exploring the life of Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the Pirate, who made Bath his home before his death in 1718.

    Events from the Bath Historic Site can be found here.

    The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources operates the Historic Bath Visitors Center as part of the state historic site and offers tours of historic homes and buildings. Services include a free orientation film. The original town limits are the boundaries of a National Register historic district. You can take a self-directed walking tour or we have bicycles available for our guests.

    The town of Bathrecently had its tri-centennial celebration!

    An excellent source for the history of Bath can be found at this site.



    From kayaking to sailing to sport-fishing, Bath offers many ways to get out and enjoy the water.

    Boating & Sailing

    Although we are hidden away in a quiet cove, it’s possible to sail out from Bath Harbor and travel the world. Sailors love to stop in for a night, take a warm shower and eat a hearty breakfast before traveling on. The State Dock called Harding's Landing is conveniently across the street. There is no docking fee.

    Boats are available for rent or charter at the Bath Harbor Marina just down the block. Sailing lessons are also available.

    Kayaking & Canoeing

    The waters of the Pamlico area some of the best flat water estuary paddling to be found anywhere. We have kayaks available for our guests to explore the waters of Bath Creek.

    There are paddling trails in nearby Goose Creek State Park as well as many other inlets and rivers to explore in the area. We have maps of local waterways and can help you plan a route.

    bikes available at the inn on bath creek


    Whether you are an avid touring cyclist or happy to poke around town on a one-speed cruiser, we can help you discover some great pedaling options in the Bath area.

    Several marked bike routes pass through the Bath area. Long country roads and interesting side trips make for a pleasant ride or a serious workout depending on your style. For more information on eastern North Carolina bike routes, visit the North Carolina DOT bicycling site.

    At the Inn on Bath Creek, we offer single-speed bicycles (and helmets) for our guests to use free of charge while staying at the inn.


    Parks and Refuges

    Eastern North Carolina is home to many natural areas. From walking trails to the annual swan migration, nearby parks and refuges offer endless opportunities.

    Goose Creek State Park

    Just six miles from Bath, where Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River, this beautiful State park offers picnic sites, a swimming beach, and miles of hiking & canoeing trails through coastal estuary and pine forests.

    Birding - Lake Mattamuskeet

    Visit nearby Lake Mattamuskeet, largest natural lake in North Carolina and winter stop for thousands of migrating Tundra Swans.
    A good time to visit Mattamuskeet NWR is in December, for Swan Days, the local birding festival. Take a guided van tour around the various impoundments and pools. Waterfowl often spooked by humans on foot are less nervous when approached by vehicles. Tours last about an hour, during which time vans slowly wind through the roadways, giving ample time to view and photograph the thousands of ducks, geese, and swans nearby in the water.

    Swanquarter Refuge & Gull Rock Game Land

    Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge is composed of islands and coastal marshlands containing potholes, creeks, swamp forests, and tidal drains. This brackish marsh ecosystem is dominated by black needlerush and other marsh grasses. Tens of thousands of canvasback, scaup, bufflehead, redhead, and ruddy ducks winter in adjacent bays and are visible from the Swan Quarter/Ocracoke ferry as it leaves Swan Quarter and passes by refuge waters. Many bird species nest here, including egrets, osprey, and other raptors. The refuge contains a stand of old-growth bald cypress that supports a great blue heron rookery. This protected land is an important corridor between Pamlico Sound and Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

    Located east of Swanquarter refuge, Gull Rock Game Land contains a diversity of wetland habitats, including brackish marsh, pond pine woodland, nonriverine swamp forest, and low and high pocosin. The natural area is home to 63 breeding birds, black bear, and American alligator. Canoeing and boating are great ways to see these marshes, offering good viewing of the waterfowl, but windy days can make for rough water in the more exposed areas.

    Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge (252) 926-4021

    Gull Rock Game Land (919) 733-7291

    Information courtesy of the Nature Conservancy.

  • Location

    Bath is a little over 2 hours from the Raleigh-Durham airport and 3 hours from Norfolk, just far enough to get completely away.

    We are 6 miles from the Bayview ferry and 45 miles from the Swan Quarter ferry to Ocracoke Island, making us the perfect stop along the way for travelers to and from the Outer Banks. We have schedules for all of the NC ferries to help you plan your excursions.

    For boaters, a state dock called Harding's Landing offers deep water access just across the street from The inn. There is no charge for docking overnight, but there is a three day maximum stay at the dock. No facilities at dock.