Beaufort | April 25 - April 28, 2024

Beaufort, Featuring Harkers Island

Experience the charming allure of some of the most picturesque spots along the North Carolina coast as we tour waterways, learn the area’s history, and dine on local cuisine.

An inspiring getaway featuring historic Beaufort and beautiful Harkers Island. Join Our State and experience the charming allure of some of the most picturesque spots along the North Carolina coast as we tour waterways, learn the area’s history, and dine on local cuisine.

April 25-28, 2024


Package Includes:

  • Three nights at the new Beaufort Hotel NC
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel on Thursday featuring local cuisine
  • Friday dinner in downtown Beaufort
  • Local lunch Saturday
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Local experts on our tours
  • Our State tour director
  • All sightseeing and admissions per itinerary


Itinerary Highlights:

  • History of Beaufort’s Craftsman-style homes by Craftsman expert Dr. Dan Krautheim
  • Double-decker bus tour of Beaufort with local guide
  • Tour of the buildings at the Beaufort Historic Site
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island – conversation with a native historian
  • Ferry to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and free time to explore
  • NC Maritime Museum


Detailed Itinerary:

Thursday, April 25

  • 4:00 p.m. — Check-in Beaufort Hotel
  • 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.Our State welcome | Hotel Lobby
  • 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception followed by dinner at the hotel | Horse Island Room / Bird Shoal Room

Friday, April 26

  • 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast at your leisure | 34° North Restaurant
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. — History of Beaufort’s Craftsman-style homes by Craftsman expert Dr. Dan Krautheim | Beaufort Hotel
  • 10:30 a.m. — Leave for Beaufort
    • Double-decker bus tour of Beaufort with narration from a local expert
    • Lunch on your own, plus exploration and shopping time along the waterfront in beautiful Beaufort. Restaurant suggestions and maps provided
  • 2:30 p.m. — Tour NC Maritime Museum, featuring Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit and “Echo — The Whale” exhibit
  • 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. — “An Oyster, Art, and Seaside Supper” at 127 Middle Lane Events — the bounty of Beaufort comes to life with an oyster experience with Mason Allen from Changing Tide Oyster Company, local art exhibit with Heather Sink from Craving Art Studio, and a delicious meal from Seaside Sensations Catering all at one of Beaufort’s most picturesque boutique event venues.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Return to the Beaufort Hotel for a relaxing evening on the porch overlooking Taylor’s Creek or indoor lounge, or turn in early to get ready for tomorrow’s adventuresome day

Saturday, April 27

  • 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast at your leisure | 34° North Restaurant
  • 9:00 a.m. — Leave for Harkers Island
    • A private presentation with a local
    • Self-guided tour of the museum included
    • Cape Lookout Visitor Center
    • Box lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. — Island Express Ferries depart for Cape Lookout for a brief tour and free time to explore
  • 4:00 p.m. — Depart Cape Lookout for Harkers Island to head back to hotel
  • 6:30 p.m. — Farewell dinner at the Beaufort Hotel

Sunday, April 28

  • 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. — Brunch at your leisure | 34° North Restaurant
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Our State departure gift and fond farewell | Hotel Lobby
  • Noon — Check out

* Please note: This is tentative schedule. Times for the various activities are subject to change.

Tour Rates:

Package price based on double occupancy: $1,860 per couple; inclusive of taxes, gratuities, and valet parking

Single package rate: $1,240; inclusive of taxes, gratuities, and valet parking

For reservations or more information:

Trey Hardesty at the Beaufort Hotel


Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email

COVID-19 Travel Precautions – Update:

Effective January 1, 2023, Our State highly encourages, but no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters for travelers on our domestic tours. This policy goes into effect for international travelers on April 30, 2023. We will keep all participants updated of any changes to these requirements.