Over the weekend, my friend and I had the unique opportunity to visit the beautiful shops and beaches of the Crystal Coast! The Crystal Coast is located in North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks. It's home to 85 miles of gleaming Atlantic beaches, a herd of wild Spanish mustang horses, the graveyard of the Atlantic, a towering lighthouse, the No. 1 National Park Beach, Cape Lookout National Seashore, swashbuckling maritime heritage and more.

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Waterfront

To start our trip, we first ate a late lunch on Front Street at Moonrakers, followed by shopping along Front St. in Beaufort!

The Coastal Blonde Moonrakers Exterior

The Coastal Blonde Moonrakers Rooftop

Lunch or dinner with a view is a must on Front Street, Beaufort! Several shops and restaurants back right up to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Boardwalk

Took a minute to shop around the cute Beaufort Mercantile Co. which is home to local hand made gifts, paintings, and a bar cart in the back to enjoy a drink while watching the boats come in and out!

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Mercantile Shopping

You simply cannot beat this view from Beaufort’s Front Street! The tranquil waters are right out of a dream.

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Waterfront

Grab food to go, a snack or Brick Oven Pizza from the Black Sheep!

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Front Street

Every city needs a cute General Store! Pop in for some flavorful ice cream!

The Coastal Blonde General Store

Most shops have pirate gifts and swashbuckling themes making it fun for adults and kids to shop!

The Coastal Blonde Scuttlebutt

Make sure to check out all the Holiday decor and take a seat in Santa’s chair while walking along Front Street!

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Christmas Lights

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Santa's Chair

Enjoy small plates, big plates, and great wines over at Aqua! Highly recommend the Tomato Tart appetizer and the Pork Porterhouse over gnocchi entree!

The Coastal Blonde Aqua Tapas

The Coastal Blonde Aqua Plates

Stopped by some vintage stores before heading to the “Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market.” The farmer’s market has its special Olde Fashioned Holiday Market under the oaks on the Carteret County courthouse grounds, featuring music, and servers with ready-to-eat food!

The Coastal Blonde Olde Beaufort Farmer's Market

The next day we made sure to grab a espresso martini from Cru Bar and Wine store before headed to some more shops!

The Coastal Blonde Cru Bar Martini

A must see is Fishtown Brewhouse! This unique Brewery sits on the corner of Front Street and has seasonal beers on tap that are all delicious, there is a beer for everyone!

The Coastal Blonde Fishtowne Brewhouse

We enjoyed dinner and drinks over at Ruddy Duck Tavern in Morehead City on the way home that night and it was the perfect end to the day. The shrimp scampi was divine!!

The Coastal Blonde Ruddy Duck

Spent our last morning with brunch and one more visit to the Front Street Shops! Picked up a lot of pirate toys for the boys and some goodies for myself!

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Shopping

Had to check out this festive decor one more time during the day!

The Coastal Blonde Beaufort Christmas Lights

A view from our beautiful four bedroom house located directly on the beach! It was less than a 100 foot walk to the white sands on Emerald Isle! Thank you to Emerald Isle Realty for making our rental feel like home! Immediately upon entry it was very clean, vibrant and full of coastal life for us to enjoy. Visit them here for all their beach rentals and vacation homes!

The Coastal Blonde Sunset

A huge thank you to The Crystal Coast for the wonderful and warm visit! Outside of serene natural settings, The Crystal Coast was an exceptional destination for holiday shopping and sips. Charming boutiques dot the coastal communities and make holiday shopping a breeze. Local eateries touting an array of festive spirits lend an opportunity for plentiful R&R. So head to the coast, and check off your Christmas list this season. Happy Holidays!

xx The Coastal Blonde, Michelle Marie 

The Coastal Blonde Christmas Tree