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Find Your Own 'Safe Haven' in North Carolina (Josh Duhamel Not Included)

February 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM | by | ()

This weekend, Safe Haven, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, will take movie-goers on a tour of Southport, N.C., where the movie was filmed last year.

Here's a look at where to eat, what to stay, and what to do on your own romantic Southport getaway.

Where To Eat

Safe Haven stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough had an on-screen date at one Southport's most popular restaurants, Ports of Call Bistro & Market, located at 116 N Howe Street. The restaurant serves a Mediterranean lunch and dinner menu, including tapas you can order at the bar. They also serve a traditional Southern Brunch on Sunday. Take a look at their menu or make reservations at portsofcallbistro.com.

Where To Stay

The Robert Ruark Inn was included in one of the festival/fair scenes they filmed for the movie last summer and they embraced their role in the movie as much as they do the role they play in Southport's history. As its name suggests, The Robert Ruark Inn was once the home of one of Southport's most famous residents, author and columnist Robert Ruark.

The bed and breakfast has four rooms available to rent, starting at $130 a night in the off season (a.k.a. right now). You can take a look at their rooms or make reservations at robertruarkinn.com.

What To Do

Last July Safe Haven took advantage of Southport’s annual North Carolina Fourth of July Festival and incorporated their shoot into the parade and fireworks show. They also staged a second parade to get all of the shots they needed later on.

The festival is one of the largest annual events in North Carolina and brings 40,000 to 50,000 people into town during Fourth of July week each year. See this year's calendar of events (as they are announced) at nc4thofjuly.com.

[Photo: IMDb]

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