Island Eats: 12 Flip-Flop-Friendly Restaurants

Relax. Sandy toes, salty hair, and big appetites are welcome here. Whether you’re looking for a shrimpburger, a fish taco, or a double-scoop ice cream cone, these restaurants know that a beach vacation should never stray too far from the sea.


Stuck on Summer: Saltwater Taffy

Lazy beach days are never long enough. But for a taste of the season that lasts and lasts, saltwater taffy comes pretty close.


Flour, Butter, & Love

Mornings with the family behind Belcross Bake Shoppe in Camden promise hot biscuits and a warm welcome.


Phydeaux in Chapel Hill

When your pet is in need of pampering, leash up and head to a Triangle-area store designed for the furry, feathered, and fabulous.


The Shack in Corolla

Coffee shop by day, beer garden by night: For beachgoers in the northern Outer Banks, The Shack is an all-day affair.


Downtown: Greenville

A revitalized Uptown district is helping this college town become a trendy city that stands on its own.


Beyond the Beach on the Hammock Coast

Wander beneath Spanish moss, go for a swing in a rope hammock, and eat to-die-for she-crab soup at this peaceful coastal escape two hours south of Wilmington.