A Weekend Away-Emerald Isle, NC

 

This past week was the beginning of school, the beginning of the final semester.  So, as a girl full of wanderlust, and a weirdly odd weekend off, I took to the coast.  The emerald coast that is.

Emerald Isle has been calling me home for the past 6 years.  I’ve been coming to the crystal coast, escaping the cold winters of Pennsylvania, since 2010.  It’s been love ever since.  This weekend though, I invited my friend, Sandy to join in on this little escape.  To say it was a perfect getaway is an understatement.

We arrived and went for a walk in the sand to watch a beautiful sunset-one full of God’s beauty in every single aspect.  We enjoyed dinner, drinks and a night in.

Some of the colors we witnessed in the sky were unlike any other Carolina sky I’ve ever seen; and I’ve had my fair share of gorgeous sunsets here in the south.

Sandy 1

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Then the day after, we had coffee and scones for breakfast and followed the morning with a little exploration all over the island and part of the mainland. One of the best places we visited is a little town named Swansboro.

Seats

 

Swansboro has been a favorite of mine for the past few years.  This town is small, to say the least.  But it’s full of charm, water, animals, shops, and history.

Swansboro

Swansboro has a ton of charm! It has a seaport that dates back into the early 1700’s.  This town has been able to keep the majority of it’s historic charm, largely because the town itself, did not grow during the large lumber-boom the way it’s neighboring coastal towns did (Morehead City and Beaufort).

Our favorite spot was the Saltwater Grill, it’s a restaurant right on the water overlooking the port.  If you ever get a chance to visit, you need to try their Philly Cheesesteak Eggrolls.

Philly Eggrolls

I mean look how appetizing they are.  And paired with chipotle ranch, it makes them that much better.  And of course, who could forget the drinks?

Drinks

Mimosas and bloody mary’s? Yes please! Enjoying a great afternoon with an amazing friend, and delicious food is a perfect way to end this weekend getaway.

Saltwater Grill Sandy Dinner

Self

It’s nice to know that you don’t always have to fly or drive very far to escape from the rushes of daily life.  This weekend could have easily been only a day trip, but I’m so full of gratitude that it was more than a day.  Sometimes when you have this overwhelming need to get away, just take a day or two to head somewhere else, go somewhere new.  Get a new view, change your perspective and get near the water.  This little island is somewhere that has always felt like home, it’s always been familiar to me and yet every time I visit I learn something new about this part of the world.

I’m so grateful for having an opportunity to enjoy a little escape from school, even if it is only the beginning of the semester.  I hope to be able to take more trips throughout this semester than I have been previously.  Traveling is a high priority for me for 2016 and I’m grateful that only 16 days into the New Year and I’ve already taken to the roads.

Where are some of your most anticipated destinations? Happy traveling friends!

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