We stayed in Whispering Pines Rv Park in Newport, NC, from there we drove to places like, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Elizabethtown, New Bern, Morehead City, and Atlantic Beach which are part of the Crystal Coast (or the southern OBX) The park was nice and accessible to all these places.. I took time to run and when it wasn’t I biked inside.. yup.. I got this bike trainer, that I’ve used once or twice now.. totally worth it.. mmm….maybe 😀
Our weekend in Beaufort, NC… One of the weekends they had a boat building competition, that was really fun to watch.. I think we were really watching to see if they sank.. kinda sad, but FUN! The the other good finds where this little mobile library you see pictured above and The Backstreet Pub (a really cool brick building full of history, used to be a now century old bakery for the restaurant on the main street, but now offers live music and a nice speakeasy vibe! We also found (with my google investigative skills) and drove by Black Beards house, we were definitely creepers as there were people currently residing in it. A couple days after that we went to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and saw Blackbeard’s Film, it was actually pretty interesting and well done.
One of our favorite finds near Newport, NC was Harrika’s Brew Haus a gourmet little beer store with a beer garden and stage in the back! You could go for a tasting and live music or just get a good beer recommendation and take out. Right next door there was the wine version and also a cute place but we preferred Harrika’s vibe best.
My favorite part of this trip was going to Shackleford Banks Island, there are ferry’s that will take you there, and with a little convincing Denny, Juan and I were off after we stopped for “refreshments” and a good local sandwich to enjoy in the island. It was only a 15 minute ferry ride there and once you were there it was your job to find the horses… glad it was a perfect day since it can become an excursion under the sun… once you’re there it’s just you, the beach, the horses and the island… I loved every second of it… I even took the time to pick up some seashells and create my own wine-chime pictured above.