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River Dunes award-winning master plan embraces gathering spaces, spectacular water views, year-round boating and outdoor living. Enjoy an authentic coastal lifestyle in a natural setting.
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Our award-winning, 28 acre inland basin marina on the Intracoastal Waterway has over 400 slips for power boats and sailboats alike. Right up the coast from Oriental, North Carolina, the River Dunes marina offers year-round boating, floating docks, and outstanding onshore amenities. The protected entrance channel opens into Broad Creek, a natural deep-water creek just off the ICW and Neuse River.

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The Harbor Club

The River Dunes Harbor Club is an exceptional private yacht club overlooking Grace Harbor, located in the heart of the River Dunes boating community. Members enjoy an award-winning marina, outstanding service and stunning club facilities. The experienced Chef draws inspiration from locally sourced ingredients and offers seasonal menus featuring North Carolina products and cuisine. Open to Members and River Dunes’ overnights guests.

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Yawls Cafe

In the heart of the Harbor Village, Yawl’s Cafe offers fresh food and great views. Choose a seat inside of our cozy cafe and smell the fresh coffee brewing or grab a table outside on the patio or under an umbrella to enjoy the open breeze. Either way, you’ll be able to look out over the harbor and watch the boats float by as you enjoy an omelette, wrap, sandwich, or other scrumptious breakfast or lunch option.

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Natural Elements Spa

At Natural Elements Spa, you’ll find a spa with service offerings including massages, manicures, pedicures and facial treatments open to all. With a true sense of place, you’ll nourish your soul, strengthen your body and relax at River Dunes.

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Grace Harbor Provision Company

The Grace Harbor Provision Company, in the center of the Harbor Village, is the community’s day-to-day information center, retail hub, and design center. It’s an excellent stop to make on your visit to learn more about the community!

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The Red Rickshaw

At The Red Rickshaw, you will find an intimate showroom and the offices of these Southern Living Designers. Discover beautiful home furnishings, accessories, and other unique coastal interiors. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, transitional, cottage, or “down east,” they focus on every detail. The Red Rickshaw collaborates with a variety of architects and several builders at River Dunes, assisting with the interior and exterior of your home as well as design and placement of architectural and decorative elements.

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“I love this place! Beautiful views, quiet and peaceful roads, kayaking, paddleboarding, and cycling. The atmosphere is so relaxing.”

– Five Star Google Review

Village Life

Youll find traditional coastal architecture and a growing Harbor Village that draws from the rich heritage of boating and life on the coast. River Dunes is a place for enjoying the back porch with neighbors, the peace of an early-morning run and fellowship on the docks in the afternoon.

Recreation & Exploration

Want to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of Harbor Village? We have nature trails off of Preservation Road on our acres of conservation land so that you can be one with nature while youre here.

River Dunes has bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, and more available for Members, Overnight Guests and Residents. Just a few steps away from the village center are tennis courts to work on your backhand and the newest amenity- pickleball courts!

“What we found at River Dunes was a respect for the land, waterways and wildlife along with a desire to live in harmony with it.”

– P. Skaar, Resident

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Flat roads and scenic views make our area ideal for cycling. Swing by Grace Harbor Provision Company to grab a bike with friends or family and see all there is to see around the harbor, village center, and neighborhoods.

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We want our guests to enjoy the natural beauty and hundreds of acres of conservation that we cherish at River Dunes. Nature trails start down Preservation Road and wind through wooded forests so that you can take in the full experience of the outdoors here.

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Kayaks & Paddle Boards

Available for Harbor Club members and overnight guests, River Dunes has a selection of kayaks and paddle boards to spend time on the water without a boat. They make the perfect morning or afternoon activity for your family and friends when you stay at River Dunes. Stay in the calming waters of Grace Harbor or venture out to the ICW for more open waters and views of nearby shorelines.

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Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs

The swimming pool and hot tubs overlooking Grace Harbor are open to members and overnight guests. Spend time in the water or lounging on a chair while watching the boats sail in and out of the channel that leads out to the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy a poolside cocktail, beverage, or snack from the cabana bar during select hours. The cabanas along the side of the pool offer the perfect amount of shade to get out of the heat. If you’d rather, grab a reclining chair across the way to soak up the sun.

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Fitness Center

The Fitness Center, open to members and overnight guests, contains a state-of-the-art cardio theater, plenty of strength training equipment, a studio floor with streaming for on-demand and live classes, studio yoga, barre and spinning. Steam rooms and saunas can be found in the men and women’s locker rooms to top off your workout.

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Tennis & Pickleball Courts

Right past Boathouse Row and across the street from the pavilion, you’ll find har-tru clay tennis courts and River Dunes’ newest amenity – Pickleball Courts - that are professionally maintained with windscreens, automatic lighting, parking and bike racks for a morning set or an organized round-robin.

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Billiards & Games

On the first floor of the Harbor Club is a lounge for members and overnight guests to enjoy. Play a friendly game of billiards on the pool table or compete in a board game in the lending library.


Spa + Fitness at River Dunes

We make it easy to stick to your fitness routine or take the time to relax at River Dunes. Set in the heart of the Harbor Village, our 4,000 square foot Wellness & Fitness Facility overlooks the Neuse River and the well-appointed Grace Harbor Village & Marina.