River Dunes

Oriental, NC

Discover the best of coastal living at River Dunes in Oriental, NC, home of the 2022 Southern Living Home.

Grace Harbor, a full service 400-slip, world-class marina, serves as the centerpiece of the Harbor Village and the perfect launching pad for adventures on the water.

The Marina and the Community are situated in an unparalleled location, boasting 14 miles of waterfront on the Pamlico Sound and mouth of the Neuse River, with direct access to the ICW.

Stay for a weekend in one of our charming guest cottages and dine in the Harbor Club, relax by the pool, play a game of tennis, bike through the Village or paddle out with family and friends.

If you are only visiting for the day, grab a ticket and tour the 2022 Southern Living Home, grab breakfast or lunch in Yawls Café, shop in Red Rickshaw or Grace Harbor Provision Company, and explore our two Southern Living Inspired Community Neighborhoods Boathouse Row and Summer Place.

River Dunes offers a place to unwind, entertain and enjoy the outdoors. There is something for everyone to enjoy whether staying for a day, a weekend, or living the coastal life full-time.

Quotes on the 2022 Southern Living Home in River Dunes:

"A sanctuary on the waterfront, River Dunes is the perfect place for this year's Idea House – a family-friendly destination with gorgeous scenery and a community that holds the standards of the Southern Living brand. We're excited to bring our new and returning sponsors back to North Carolina and share the ways in which their innovative products are creatively showcased in this year's house." - Diedre Finnegan, VP, Publisher of Southern Living

"There's never been a more exciting time for home design, and this year's Idea House reflects the ideas and innovations that are changing the way we live. As the name suggests, there are ideas in the architecture, the interiors, the products, and the details, but it all adds up to a beautiful home that's designed to inspire."- Sid Evans, Editor of Southern Living

What we Love about River Dunes

River Dunes is a coastal village in Oriental, North Carolina, with a harborside view and southern warmth that embraces you as soon as you arrive. Surrounded by acres of land conservancy full of towering pine trees and centered around a serene harbor off the intracoastal waterway, River Dunes is an unexpected oasis to relax, recharge, and enjoy.

Whether you arrive by land or by sea, you’ll experience just how wonderful this nautical hideaway truly is. All it takes is one visit to fall in love with this place and renew both your mind and spirit. The luxurious amenities complement the natural beauty of our surroundings to provide an unforgettable guest experience

Highlights and Amenities

Coastal Architecture & Southern Living Inspired Communities

-THE 2022 Southern Living House is open for tours July 15- December

Grace Harbor

-Full Service, 400-slip Marina 

-Private Yacht Club and poo for members and guests staying in River Dunes


-Private Dining in the Harbor Club featuring locally sourced ingredients and seasonal menus

-Yawl's Cafe in the heart of Harbor Village and open to the public


-Swimming or participating in a group fitness class in the Harbor Club pool

-Bike riding through the community

-Paddleboarding in the Harbor

-Kayaking through the backwaters

-Playing a Game of Tennis

-Becoming a member of the River Dunes Community Garden Club 

-Becoming a member of the River Dunes Book Club

Spa & Fitness

-Natural Elements Spa offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures by appointment

-The Fitness Center is open to members and guests

Shopping & Retail

-Red Rickshaw: Interior Design & Home Goods 

-Grace Harbor Provision Company: Locally sourced foods, boutique items, River Dunes Merchandise & general provisions