|Discover the gem of a coastline and stay in bed and breakfast in the beautiful North Carolina Crystal Coast! The coastal area is a paradise of sun, sea and sand, with some of the best stretches of white sand on the entire state’s coast with excellent world-class fishing within the many surrounding barrier islands and plenty of maritime history that make up the Outer Banks.|
You’ll also find vestiges of a bygone plantation era, atmosphere of colonial times, fabulous opportunities for beach and water-sport activities, champion golf courses and top class tennis centers. Explore the area’s rich history and scenic beauty this authentic coastal region has to offer, each town and locality exudes a different charm and character, but all offer the opportunity to discover museums, shopping, nightlife, succulent fresh seafood and superb bed and breakfast, a natural paradise where memories are made! The North Carolina Coast area offers a wealth of activities and is a vast playground for all the family to enjoy. Wilmington, a movie-making mecca and home to the majestic Battleship North Carolina that stands quietly with dignity in the docks across from historic downtown and beckons visitors to walk her decks and envisage her daily life as fierce combats broke out in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Wilmington, a busy resort steeped in history and boasts many natural attractions, the Cape Fear River played a major influence in the formation and evolution of the city. You’ll find beautiful antebellum homes lining the shaded streets, horse-drawn carriage and trolley tours are available to help you admire the magical sights, excellent shopping, outstanding restaurants and there are antiques shops waiting to be discovered. Furthermore, a view of the river is available wherever you go and the stunning nearby beaches combine a sensational setting with super bed and breakfast in the North Carolina Coast providing outstanding amenities.
Visit the tip of the Outer Banks where the Wright Brothers made the world’s first successful airplane flight in 1903 around the dunes at Kitty Hawk. The National Memorial is located at the eastern-most end near Edenton the site of the October 1774 "Tea Party", a town rich in architecture, history and St. Paul’s Church, the first church built in North Carolina. Another little-known treasure is the Sweetgum Swamp Trail at Nags Head Woods offering guided kayak tours, hikes and wildlife walks in the maritime swamp forest which is a rare deciduous type of forest that only exists in 4 other places elsewhere in the world. The tranquil, fascinating world of The Sounds and Outer Banks is where you’ll find fishing in abundance providing too much prime fishing ground for the serious angler to ignore. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, near Buxton, has some of the country’s cleanest and least crowded beaches, not to mention plenty of places for surfers and sunbathers, or try pier fishing where the pier juts out into the Gulf Stream making it the perfect place for on and offshore fishing. Visit the lighthouse and if you are feeling energetic, climb the staircase for a splendid panoramic view over the Ocean, at the top, look out for Diamond Shoals Light, a very interesting warning beacon 12 miles out to sea. There are free ferry rides that provide the only connection between Hatteras and Ocracoke, the town’s tidal basin and harbor is the perfect historic fishing village with wonderful beaches, surrounding the islands you’ll see a handful of tiny picturesque fishing villages. Another beautiful area is New Bern consisting of narrow islands it offers stunning views of wildlife, swamps and indigenous forests. A wonderland place to visit is Pettigrew State Park, located just a few miles north of Belhaven, where more than 60,000 acres of water and 1,200 acres of land can be found; nature lovers and history buffs alike will love the vast expanse with its over-sized cypress trees, draping Spanish moss, sweet gum forests and to add to the enchantment, a cloud of mystery shrouds the park’s Lake Phelps. Believed to be 38,000 years old, scientists have debated the lake’s beginning for centuries. Fed only by rainfall, the lake has an average depth of 4.5 feet and a beautiful, clear appearance – quite a contrast to many other lakes in this region. Small boats or canoes in particular, are the best way to experience the swampy river where floating visitors may hear camera-shy alligators grunting from hiding places behind cypress trees, river frogs croaking or startled beavers slapping their tails on the water’s edge. Nearby is Beaufort, a quaint seaport brimming with charm, history, a boardwalk and tree-lined streets.
However, a leisurely stroll along the river-walks through the historic district will allow you to observe and admire the landscapes, architecture and gardens of this small colonial coastal town. Some of the most interesting architectural landmark is of a religious nature, exemplified by the Victorian Ann Street Methodist Church, a Gothic Revival St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Carpenter Gothic Chapel AME Zion Church. The Town's Old Burying Ground, shaded by live oaks, is one of the most picturesque cemeteries in the State. Other quaint towns and villages to explore and admire are Carolina Beach, Southport, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Hertford and Manteo, all offering exquisite scenery. You can find a variety of Bed and breakfast in places where you can indulge in a myriad of pleasures surrounded by the natural beauty of the North Carolina Coast.
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