Build your weekend getaway on the overnight trip itinerary but with two major distinctions: book a room at a bed & breakfast or inn, and with a whole weekend at your disposal, you can do even more.
CHECK-IN TO A B&B
Bed & breakfasts offer cozy accommodations perfect for a weekend retreat. Feel at home while exploring new adventures all along the coast. They’ll even make sure you start your day off right with homemade breakfasts from delightful innkeepers who know the latest scoop on local events, things to do and the best way to plan out your weekend. Beaufort, in particular, has a nice collection of “home sweet homes” to check-in to, and with plenty of things to do nearby, you’re never far from the action.
ON THE WATER
With warm water and bright, sunny days, but little humidity to deal with, fall is the ideal time for a long, quiet paddle along scenic paddle trails (or even a surf lesson if you’re feeling sporty). Taylor’s Creek, Bogue Sound and Down East’s Core Sound offer great paddling this time of year and your Instagram feed—filled with skies as blue as the water you’re paddling—will be the envy of all your friends. Don’t forget to tag #MyCrystalCoast.
Fall is also a great time for fishing, which means fishing tournaments. Throughout October and November, you’ll find a school of fishing tournaments with both inshore and offshore trophies. Cast a line for flounder, redfish, speckled trout, king mackerel and more from onshore or at deep sea. And, if you land “a big one,” take home one of many cash prizes. Or, take out the competition and cruise with a fishing guide to the perfect spot for that perfect catch. You can even take a kayak fishing class—kayak, tackle and rods included.
TOUR HISTORIC BEAUFORT
For some inland action, a bike tour of Beaufort, “America’s Favorite Town,” is a beautiful way to get a look at the historic buildings, small-town streets and waterside drives that make this town so lovely. And if you combine it with a food, history or sightseeing tour, you’ll experience Beaufort from two sides. If you feel pressed for time (or if you just don’t want to pedal around), take a double-decker bus tour that gives you a dose of humor along with local history, and it goes right by a building that the pirate Blackbeard once called home.
DINNER BY THE SEA
When the sun sets, dine in style at one of many sit-down seafood spots, which range from family-owned seafood joints to white-tablecloth restaurants with chef-driven menus. Since you’re right on the coast, the seafood is fresh and many restaurants use locally grown ingredients, making for dishes rich in taste and local heritage.
At the end of the day, relax on the B&B’s porch then snuggle into your high thread count sheets and fall asleep to the sounds of the seaside, waking up to fresh air and coffee the next day.