River Dunes

Oriental, NC

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

Situated in an unparalleled location with 14 miles of waterfront overlooking the Pamlico Sound, Neuse River and the Intracoastal Waterway, the community is known for award-winning architecture, walkable streets and luxurious amenities. At the heart of the Harbor Village, you’ll find Grace Harbor, a 400-slip world-class marina, perfect for adventure on the water.

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

If you are only visiting for the day, grab breakfast or lunch at Yawls Café, stroll along the Harbor Walk, shop in The 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 life at the water’s edge. There is something for everyone to enjoy; whether staying for a day, a weekend, or as a full time retreat on the coast.

What we Love about River Dunes

River Dunes is a coastal village just outside of Oriental, North Carolina, with stunning water views and southern warmth that embraces you as soon as you arrive. Centered around a deep water Harbor and surrounded by acres of conservation property  with winding creeks  and stately pine trees on the river’s edge, River Dunes is an unexpected oasis to relax, recharge, and enjoy.

Guests arriving by land are greeted by four sweet ponies and river views. Guests arriving by boat pass the bespoke architecture along the Channel.  Regardless of how you get to River Dunes,  it only takes one visit to fall in love with the slower pace and southern charm. The coastal architecture complements the natural surroundings to create an unforgettable experience.

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