Beaufort | April 13 - April 16, 2023

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 13-16, 2023


Package Includes:

  • Three nights at the new Beaufort Hotel NC
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel on Thursday featuring local cuisine
  • Dinner at Beaufort Grocery Co., a local favorite for more than 30 years
  • 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 Karen Amspacher, native and director
  • Ferry to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and free time to explore
  • NC Maritime Museum


Detailed Itinerary:

Thursday, April 13

  • 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 14

  • 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
    • Tour of Beaufort Historic Site with docents
    • 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
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. — Dinner at Beaufort Grocery Co., a local favorite for 30 years
  • 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 15

  • 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. — Breakfast at your leisure | 34° North Restaurant
  • 9:00 a.m. — Leave for Harkers Island
    • Visit with Karen Amspacher, director of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and native of the island
    • Self-guided tour of the museum included
    • Cape Lookout Visitor Center
    • Lunch on your own with delicious offerings from a local food truck serving fresh regional cuisine. Time to be announced
  • 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 16

  • 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: $1,820 inclusive of taxes, gratuities, and valet Pparking

Single package rate: $1,220

For reservations or more information:

Trey Hardesty or Kimberly Earp 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:

At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.

Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:

Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.

We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.