Our Journey to the Emerald Isle

After our honeymoon to the Oregon coast I did a series of blog posts about our travels there.  I love being able to document our travels for the blog.  Not only is it a great way to share our trip with others, but it is a wonderful way for me to assemble and display our pictures… which I am usually so bad at!  You can read the posts on our Oregon trip here, here, here and here.

In the last week of October 2015, we took off to spend eight days in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  While we knew we wanted to go somewhere on the east coast, we had been quite undecided as to exactly where we wanted to stay.  Eventually, we ended up choosing Emerald Isle because the rental property we found there was our favorite, and we could not have been more pleased with our destination!


Bogue Pier

Emerald Isle is located in the Outer Banks along the coast of North Carolina.  Since we were there in the beginning of the off season (late October), it was much less crowded and truly felt like a beach community rather than a tourist destination.  The island is long and narrow, so you are never far from the beach and we explored many of them.


Emerald Isle is a fisherman’s paradise and beach fishing is huge there!  Driving vehicles on the beach is permissible (with a permit) and fishermen with their gear can be spotted almost everywhere.  Nate was able to try his hand at sea fishing and he loved it!  It really was one of the highlights of the trip for him.  He caught about a dozen fish, and although we threw most back, we did cook one up along with some shrimp and it was fresh and delicious!



Several guidebooks had warned us that there would not be many shells in the area, so we were excited to find that the shell hunting was fabulous!  We picked up many beautiful shells and I was thrilled to find several large ones, even though most had some small pieces missing.


We rented our house through Homeaway, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone! It was beautiful and up-to-date, and was the cleanest rental we had ever stayed in!  The owner was friendly and responsive, and even left us a Yankee candle as a welcome gift!  You can click here to get the rental details.


The seafood restaraunts on the island were only average, although several were closed for the season, but we found a lovely café for lunch and breakfast and a great restaurant with fabulous gourmet burgers.

On our rainy days we visited Fort Macon, a Revolutionary and Civil War era fort, and traveled to Wilmington to tour the battleship USS North Carolina.  The island also boasts a renowned aquarium, but we did not make it there.

Fort Macon


We had a wonderful vacation and we loved that you could really feel the relaxed pace of island life.  We spent the week exploring all the beaches that the island had to offer, sea fishing and touring the island.  Hopefully one day we can return to Emerald Isle, and revisit the amazing memories we made there.


Spanish Moss



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  1. This looks like lots of fun. It’s always nice to know where there is a good beach!

  2. This looks like lots of fun. It’s always nice to know where there is a good beach!

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