Summer is in full swing, but the kids are headed back to school soon so now is the prime time to book an Emerald Isle vacation and still enjoy fun in the sun with fewer summer travelers.
We’re sure you’d be able to comprise a list of fun things to do, but here are some suggestions we have to get that list started. With these, you’ll be sure to enjoy your vacation and home away from home on the Crystal Coast.
While you’re in Emerald Isle, a vacation must include some of the best eats and treats on the east coast. With more than 20 restaurants in the area, picking places to treat yourselves to breakfast, lunch or dinner is simple.
Sampling the local seafood fare is always a good place to start when you’re this close to the water. There are a variety of restaurants with water views that serve up some of the freshest seafood straight from the Atlantic.
Restaurants like McCurdy’s, in Atlantic Beach, and Blue Moon Bistro, in Beaufort, have seafood certified by Carteret Catch, a local seafood company that ensures it’s verified eateries are only offering locally caught fish and shellfish. For a list of Carteret Catch restaurants, click here!
And if you’re not interested in seafood, check out our list of restaurants that includes steakhouses, burger joints, ice cream and dessert parlors and more.
For the foodies out there, check out our calendar of events here that highlight dates set for meet and greets, food and wine festivals and even beer and wine tastings.
With the “schools-out” season dwindling down at the end of August, right now would be the best time to book your rental and take advantage of the less crowded beaches and local parks.
While on the beach, think about planning some activities like lounging in the sun with your favorite cocktail or refreshing beverage, having a waters-edge picnic with an Emerald Isle sunset/sunrise background, or even going for a walk on the Bogue Inlet Pier.
Aside from the beach, there are a number of local parks that are chocked-full of things to do while on your vacation. A hike through Emerald Isle Woods Park, fishing at Cape Hatteras National Seashore or wildlife watching in the Croatan National Forest are great ways to truly enjoy the outdoors.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum is a great place to start for your history fix about coastal living and the early days of Emerald Isle, including wartime stories and a permanent exhibit about the famous pirate Blackbeard’s ill-fated ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Winter Monthly Rentals
With more time on your hands, why not hit snooze on your vacation, and plan to stay a little longer?
Emerald Isle Realty has a selection of winter monthly rentals perfect for extending your stay a couple of weeks or even if you have plans of spending the fall, winter or spring seasons on the Crystal Coast. View these listings here.