Charmed Living: The Crystal Coast Accommodations
Low key luxury shines along North Carolina’s central shore and after a day spent meandering The Crystal Coast, travelers looking for a place to rest tired eyes before their next coastal adventure find lodging options to suit every lifestyle and budget. Whether explorers witness the unparalleled beauty of Shackleford Banks, delve into the rich cultural heritage, catch a wave on the Atlantic coast or trek into open waters on a kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing excursion, the accommodations are designed to be the perfect companion to each guest’s imagination vacation, providing a “dream home away from home.”
Seaside Sand Castles
Opportunities for adventure do not stop with the multitude of exhilarating activities available to guests of The Crystal Coast. Travelers wishing to live like millionaires on an “average Joe’s” budget have the opportunity to rent one of the many opulent homes dotting the coastline. These deluxe digs range from quaint beach cottages to mammoth beach houses known locally as “sand castles,” with grand names like Seas the Day and Camelot by the Sea.
Guests are amazed by spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound, decks spacious enough for lively poolside parties, large, lavishly decorated bedrooms and bathrooms, elevators, convenient linen services and chefs kitchens large enough to make Thanksgiving dinner. For vacationers who can’t completely leave it all behind, many opulent homes feature home offices or media rooms complete with theatre-style stadium seating and plush sofas. Additional beach house amenities include gas or charcoal grills, private pools and hot tubs, flat screen TVs galore, pool and ping-pong tables, industrial-sized kitchens, saunas and more.
Visitors wishing to experience the ultimate in luxury can rent a sand castle weekly or monthly from any of the area realty companies, including Emerald Isle Realty, Bluewater Vacation Rentals, Coldwell Banker and Atlantic Beach Realty. Sandcastles are perfect for vacations involving a large number of people such as multigenerational escapes, family reunions, group getaways, wedding parties or holiday celebrations.
DoubleTree Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Having opened in summer 2013, after completing a massive multi-million dollar renovation, the DoubleTree Atlantic Beach is known as the largest full service hotel on the coast of North Carolina, touting 200 guestrooms all featuring private balconies and ocean views. Debuting a modern, beach-chic ambience that appeals to leisure travelers and those seeking a fresh, sophisticated setting for meetings and events. The 300-foot pier allows guests to take in unparalleled views of sunrises and sunsets, enjoy sightings of dolphins that call the area home and also creates a perfect setting for intimate weddings and receptions. Guests desiring convenient access to the beach love the “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” policy the hotel has adopted.
Bed and Breakfasts
Quaint bed and breakfast cottages in Historic Beaufort allow visitors to immerse themselves in historic surroundings, with the ultimate in personalized comfort. No detail goes overlooked with handmade quilts adorning antique canopy beds and halls echoing with memories of the past. Their small stature allows staff the freedom to interact on a personal level greeting guests each morning with aromas of a hearty breakfast.
The Anchorage House, an 1883 Gothic Revival Cottage, welcomes guests with the pleasant sights and smells associated with southern hospitality, almost as if the original residents had never left but continued to bustle around the house.
A large living area filled with remnants of the former life of the house such as an ornate mantel, a gas stove and lovingly worn leather couches greet guests like old friends. The four guest suites of the inn each possess a style as distinctive as the guests inhabiting it, all with their own wrought iron beds, priceless antiques and wood burning stoves.
The Cedars by the Sea
It is no surprise that The Cedars is one of Fodor’s 15 Great American Bed and Breakfasts and was featured by Southern Living as the best area hotel in 2015, and is also featured on Condé Nast Johansens’ list of Recommended Hotels, Inns and Resorts. The historic inn personifies Beaufort’s salty charm and encompasses 11 guest suites, each with charming Victorian furnishings and decorations, mixed with modern touches. Walking into the quaint Victorian lobby is like taking a step back in time, with a sweet, comfortable living room, delectable wine bar and dining room filled with the smells of a freshly cooked breakfast every morning. The Bristol suite features a large sitting room with fireplace and soft blue and rose color palette with handsome furnishing, while the Eastlake Room is favored for its soaking tub and proximity to the upstairs porch offering breathtaking views of Taylor’s Creek and the wild ponies of Carrot Island wildlife refuge frolicking freely.
The Pecan Tree Inn
Built in 1866 as a Masonic Lodge, guests staying at the Pecan Inn will find the quintessential southern inn experience with breezy wrap-around porches, a 5,000-foot English flower and herb garden and seven elegant guest rooms, including two suites with in-room Jacuzzis. Each room features various Victorian inspired furnishings complete with cherry four-poster canopy beds, large antique armoires and ornate oriental rugs.
As seen on The Weather Channel and NBC’s The Today Show, this family-run harbor-front bed and breakfast hotel is situated in the historic waterfront district, and is a one-minute walk from the Beaufort Docks and the ferry, a four-minute walk from the North Carolina Maritime Museum and a half-mile from US Route 70. The cozy rooms have simple furnishings and decor, and come with free WiFi, TVs with cable channels and mini fridges. Some have extra features including vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and private porches or window seats with harbor views. Free perks include a continental breakfast served either in-room or in the third-floor balcony lounge, parking and WiFi. Boat slips are also available for a fee.
Bask @ Big Rock Landing
As Morehead City’s first downtown hotel, newly opened in May 2015, the condo-style offering features 53 spacious suites and guestrooms in the heart of Morehead City, ideally situated on the Intracoastal waterway at the Big Rock landing — one of the most famous points for fishing on the East Coast. Arriving at bask entices a mood of anticipation for the experience to be encountered, from the array of attractions, eateries, nightlife and the most incredible views from this 10-story building. Bask Hotel also features meeting and banquet facilities, upscale room furnishings, and a new hotel experience to revive the senses and send guests away refreshed and renewed.
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