Open All Year! • Walking & Culinary Tours Available Rain or Shine!
We live here, we love it here, and we want to share Beaufort with you.
While pirates and old homes are a part of Beaufort, there’s so much more to our little seaport destination.
Cruiser bicycles provide the perfect laid-back transportation to tour Beaufort.
Want to snap a few pictures of a historic home, wild horse, or unusual landmark? We’ll pull over and stop whenever possible.
The Story behind Hungry Town Tours
Every tour is a casual exploration.
It’s the South, we’re in no great hurry. See something you want to explore? We’ll try to stop and take a look.
We’re passionate about sharing what makes Beaufort great and wanted to create a tour that even we would want to take.
Hungry Tours Tours is owned and operated by hospitality and culinary professionals Betsy and David Cartier.
Hungry Town Tours. What's in a name? Learn why we use the Hungry Town in our name? Click here.
We're in the hospitality business.
So, we take fun seriously.
Plat of Beaufort 1713 - by Richard Graves
The above image may have been an early draft; note the
calligraphy doodles or scribbles including "Hungry Town."
Hungry Town and Fish Towne were some of the early names
of Beaufort, North Carolina.
fishermen and farmers,
promoting sustainable foods.
So, it was a natural to use one of the early names of Beaufort for our business - Hungry Town Tours.
"Hungry Town" or "Hongry Town" are written in several places on the plat, possibly as a comment state of affairs in 1713 Beaufort. Few documents exist from this time and it appears that very few people were living in Beaufort when Blackbeard arrived in 1718.
This plat from 1713 shows the layout of lots and streets. The street names are still in use today.
- North Carolina Office of Archives & History
We offer historic Beaufort walking tours and bicycle tours throughout the year. Hungry Town Tours is the perfect way to see Beaufort, North Carolina.
By bike or on foot, you'll get an insider's look at where the locals go and what they do.
We’ll keep our bicycle tour groups small (usually 2 to 8 guests) so that everyone can see and experience what they’d like as we cruise through town. Our walking tours accommodate up to 15 people. Group tours can be larger.
Promoting sustainability from ‘spoke to fork’...
You'll learn more about these organizations on our culinary tours...
The organization's mission is to sustain the livelihood and heritage of the Carteret County fishing industry through public marketing and education. As a member of Carteret Catch, we connect consumers to local fishermen at the restaurant table on our culinary tours. carteretcatch.org
An award-winning community supported fishery (CSF) that links fishermen on the coast of North Carolina to consumers by delivering fresh local seafood to the Triangle. walking-fish.org
Since its inception in 2004, Fishtowne has focused on buying local seafood harvested by local fishermen. We are proud to help bring locally caught seafood to your dinner table through Fishtown Seafood. It's the perfect stop for taking fresh seafood home or to your vacation rental. Special requests welcome. fishtowneseafood.com
Carolina Mariculture Co.
Owned and operated by Jay and Jennifer Styron, Carolina Mariculture Co. is a small, family-owned, North Carolina oyster farm located on Cedar Island. They raise oysters using mariculture practices: buying seed from a hatchery and raising them to market size in floating cages on their lease in Core Sound. Available year-round at Fishtowne Seafood, these oysters have been described as "the champagne of Downeast." carolinamariculture.com
We love Beaufort,
we love our local history
and, of course, we love food.
Hungry Town Tours is the first business in Carteret County accepted into the NC GreenTravel Initiative. We have combined green from “spoke to fork” by creating a culinary tourism experience through working with local seafood restaurants – all while promoting nature-based travel.
There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.
In May 2013, we started with three different bicycle tours. Today, the sightseeing tour company offers fourteen different walking, bike, culinary, and history tours. Open year-round, we also offer private and group tours.
A 35-year hospitality veteran and Beaufort resident, Betsy will guide you through Beaufort like you have never seen it before. Her hotel and culinary background, combined with her hospitality skills, will provide you with a unique insight into the local scene.
Unique year-round experiences
and award-winning guided tours
of America's Favorite Town.
We have invested the time to create a tour based on Beaufort's rich history. To ensure our tours are accurate and historically correct, we work with local researcher and author Mary Warshaw. She has been a great resource for us and her books on historic Beaufort are available in our Welcome Center.
We feel very fortunate that our customers have embraced what we are doing at Hungry Town Tours. We often hear that our tours are the highlight of their vacation. We find locals also use our tours when they have family and friends come to visit. What a great way for people to see why Beaufort has been named "America's Favorite Town" by the readers of Travel + Leisure.
As a small business, providing outstanding customer service is the cornerstone of our success. We are proud to have received the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. This is the second year in a row we have received this prestigious award. It is a true source of pride for us at Hungry Town Tours.
We are very proud of our ranking on TripAdvisor as the #1 Activity in Beaufort and on The Crystal Coast. We consistently rank in the "Top 5 Activities" on the North Carolina Coast. We do not take these honors lightly.
Our customers often go back to the our partner restaurants for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch during their vacation. We rotate our restaurants depending on the day of week, time of year, and type of tour.
Discover what makes Beaufort
such a delicious destination.
You won't leave hungry.
We guarantee you'll be back for seconds.
Unlike many food tour companies, we focus on bringing you to a smaller number of restaurants rather than trying to go to seven or eight. You get to really experience our local North Carolina cuisine.
While most of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported from other countries, you'll have the opportunity to try fresh fish from North Carolina, and from right here in Carteret County.
We look forward to touring Beaufort with you!
Learn where the locals go, what the locals eat, and hear some of the more unusual stories about Beaufort that you might not hear on a typical tour. Think of us as your insider connection to the best that Beaufort has to offer.
Whether you take a walking tour or bike tour, our tours are different. We have spent hours researching and working to provide you with the best tour of Beaufort. We also add a little folklore as well.
Our food tours are similar to a progressive meal with plenty of food. Our restaurant partners focus on providing higher quality local ingredients, food with integrity and fresh produce for both seafood and non-seafood diners.
Olde Beaufort Farmer's Market
The farmers provide high quality local food to Beaufort and the surrounding area ever Saturday, April thru November. Hungry Town Tours is a market sponsor. beaufortfarmersmarket.com
Hungry Town Tours promotes seafood availability to consumers looking for
fresh local fish with these partners...
North Carolina Sea Grant
Providing research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities, North Carolina Sea Grant provides Hungry Town Tours with seasonal seafood availability guides. ncseagrant.org
The Beaufort waterfront from inside our Welcome Center
Co-owners David and Betsy Cartier
Local shrimp boats in Beaufort
We pride ourselves in working with restaurants offering fresh, local products that support our local fishermen and farmers by promoting three Beaufort-based organizations.
If it's your first visit to Beaufort, we guarantee it won't be your last. That's why we have so many different tours.
You can pedal through 300 years of history, or step back in history with our walking tours.
On Location: Jay Styron explains to Betsy Cartier how oysters are harvested at Carolina Mariculture Co.
first green business.
Hungry Town Tours featured in more
than 35 regional and
We continue to be humbled by the amount of press coverage we have received in our first three years. Hungry Town Tours has been featured in more than forty-five publications, regionally and nationally.
Be sure not to miss the Hungry Town (Bike) Tours – guided peddles through Beaufort on retro-chic bikes.
...one of my fave spring and summer activities is biking,
and a stellar guide is Hungry Town (Bike) Tours.
— Cooking with Paula Deen
We are amazed how the media and our customers have embraced our award-winning tours, especially our culinary tours. In 2016, we look forward to more upcoming articles including Everyday with Rachel Ray.
You can check out our complete list of media coverage by going to our Current Press page. Here's a few quotables...