5. River Forest Manor—Belhaven, NC
How many Victorian mansion restaurants can boast a world-famous smorgasbord and visiting celebrities such as Walter Cronkite, James Cagney, and Robert Ripley? River Forest Manor can. Its melt-in-your-mouth Southern cooking makes this restaurant a hit. "We cater to the transient-boat crowd traveling the Intracoastal Waterway," executive chef Christian Brown notes, so customers continually come back. The private marina in back of the manor has two dockage areas that are free for diners to use: a 120-foot T-dock and a second one with 34 individual slips. Featured in Country Inns of Old South and National Geographic, this manor (once a duck hunting lodge!) has attracted guests since 1941.
River Forest Manor
This article originally appeared in the August 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.