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.
Lazy beach days are never long enough. But for a taste of the season that lasts and lasts, saltwater taffy comes pretty close.
Mornings with the family behind Belcross Bake Shoppe in Camden promise hot biscuits and a warm welcome.
When your pet is in need of pampering, leash up and head to a Triangle-area store designed for the furry, feathered, and fabulous.
Coffee shop by day, beer garden by night: For beachgoers in the northern Outer Banks, The Shack is an all-day affair.
A revitalized Uptown district is helping this college town become a trendy city that stands on its own.
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.
Head across the border into South Carolina and spend some time horsing around in this picturesque equestrian town.