A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Enter for your chance to win a relaxing escape to the welcoming shores of the Crystal Coast! Your getaway will include a two-night stay at the Lighthouse Inn & Suites,

Madison County Championship Rodeo

Enter for your chance to win a relaxing escape to the welcoming shores of the Crystal Coast! Your getaway will include a two-night stay at the Lighthouse Inn & Suites,

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Enter for your chance to win a relaxing escape to the welcoming shores of the Crystal Coast! Your getaway will include a two-night stay at the Lighthouse Inn & Suites,

Emerald Isle Coastal Getaway

Enter for your chance to win a relaxing escape to the welcoming shores of the Crystal Coast! Your getaway will include a two-night stay at the Lighthouse Inn & Suites, a brand new, boutique hotel located in the beautiful community of Emerald Isle. The Lighthouse Inn & Suites offers family-friendly Southern hospitality combined with luxurious comfort. You will also enjoy an upscale dinner for two at the Caribsea Restaurant, handcrafted breakfast or lunch at another locals’ favorite spot, The Village Market, stand-up paddle boarding through the breathtaking canals of Bogue Sound, provided by Emerald Isle Paddle Tours, and a fine-quality spirits tasting tour at Bogue Sound Distillery.  


The Crystal Coast has something for everyone! Located on North Carolina’s southern Outer Banks, the authentic coastal experience features waters of crystalline purity bordering sandy, sparkling beaches. From eccentric history steeped in legendary tales of swashbuckling pirate adventures and ghostly encounters, to wild horses roaming the same shores for centuries and generations reflecting Southern tradition.

To understand the real coastal experience is to feel the tranquil sea breezes gently blowing across glassy waters, to stroll the historical streets of a quaint maritime village saturated with memories of the past, and to dine on “fresh from the docks” seafood at one of the many locally owned restaurants.

Named the “No. 1 Beach in North Carolina,” by Coastal Living magazine and USA Today, your host community of Emerald Isle is known as the most prominent of the banks on The Crystal Coast. Lush greenery that covers much of the area — located at the western end of the Bogue Banks — provides a sense of escape. Accommodations dotting the coastline range from quaint beach cottages and condominiums to mammoth beach houses known locally as “sandcastles.” Visitors have the freedom to spend their days dining at casually elegant restaurants, shopping at fanciful boutiques filled with coastal treasures, or simply sitting on the sand and enjoying the sound of the waves rolling in with miles of un-crowded coastline.

It’s both a place and a state of mind representing a departure from the ordinary and arrival at the extraordinary.

This story was published on Nov 01, 2020

Our State Staff

Our State Staff

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