Plan a North Carolina Winter Vacation for the Holidays

Plan a North Carolina Winter Vacation for the Holidays

The start of the holiday season means many places across the country are preparing for colder weather and snowy days. A holiday on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is the perfect place to get away from the cold in exchange for sunny days at the beach. Leave ice-covered windshields behind and enjoy the mild temperatures of a North Carolina winter this holiday season.

The Weather is Warm; the Beaches are Beautiful

What’s the best thing about a North Carolina winter? Temperatures on the Crystal Coast rarely reach freezing. These mild temperatures allow you to experience the best activities in the area year-round. Here are just a few ways you can enjoy the warm weather together during the holidays:

Celebrate with Holiday Events on the Coast

There are several North Carolina winter events sure to please when vacationing for the holidays. The beginning of December brings the annual Gingerbread Festival, a Christmas Candlelight Tour and so much more. Each town offers various events throughout the season, such as breakfast with Santa and spectacular holiday parades.

If you are interested in learning more about holiday events, then please read our December Calendar of Events for more information.

Photo of one of our Crystal Coast vacation rentals

The Best Choice: Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

Since the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones, you’ll want a spacious rental to host your getaway. At Bluewater Vacation Rentals, we have over 900 properties on the Crystal Coast, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place for your North Carolina winter getaway. The first thing you’ll want to do is decide which town to stay in. Would you like to be on the mainland in Swansboro or Beaufort? Or, would you like to stay in one of our island towns like Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, or Atlantic Beach? Browse all of the distinctive areas on the coast to discover which beach community is right for you! 

The next questions you should ask yourself are how many bedrooms you’re looking for and what kind of amenities you’ll need. Choose to stay in a luxury oceanfront home with direct access to the beach or a charming cottage. Whatever property you choose, you’ll have plenty of space to gather in the living room and bake festive treats in the kitchen together. With so many vacation rentals to choose from, you’re certain to find one that’s perfect for the holidays at Bluewater!

What is your favorite thing about celebrating the holidays on the Crystal Coast? Let us know your favorite festivities in the comments below!

Dog friendly establishments on the Crystal Coast

Dog-Friendly Places on The Crystal Coast

Dog friendly establishments on the Crystal Coast

Dog-Friendly Places on The Crystal Coast

If you’re a dog lover, you know it isn’t always easy to find pet-friendly places while you’re traveling. Today, we’re sharing dog-friendly places on the Crystal Coast so you and your dog can have a worry-free vacation with us.

restaurants that are pet-friendly on the crystal coast

Dog-Friendly Establishments

The Growler 

This local bar has plenty of beer and good times! With lots of different beers on tap and others in constant rotation, this place is perfect for everyone. Oh yeah, your pup is welcome too! Bring your pup inside to enjoy the bar or outside for games and fun!

Carolina Home and Garden

This nursery is filled with gorgeous plants and landscaping and inside they have a boutique and store! Friday and Saturday nights are filled with wine, beer, music, and your pup! Dogs are very welcome to come and enjoy as well.

Muttigans Coffee

This pet store/coffee shop is an island favorite! Their dog-themed lattes and the dog-loving atmosphere are perfect for a morning coffee with your best friend. They have two locations; one in Swansboro and one in Emerald Isle.

The Trading Post

This southern food restaurant is also dog-friendly outdoors! Located right on Emerald Isle this place is perfect for a night out with your dog! They have an outdoor area with corn-hole and games to enjoy as well!

Mythic Brewing

This beer garden bungalow is a perfect place to bring your pup! Enjoy some beers with your furry pal! Its located in Cedar Point and is a highly recommended stop with your dog.

34 North

Enjoy drinks, live music, food trucks, and a game of Cornhole in their outdoor patio 

Bring your dog to the crystal coast

Take Your Pup To the Beach

  • Dogs are always welcome on the beach
  • Dogs must be on a leash on all public beaches
  • Make sure to clean up after your dog

Dog-Friendly Activities

  • Take a ferry ride and explore the Barrier Islands, Cape Lookout, and Shackleford Banks
  • Take a “w-a-l-k” on the bike path in Emerald Isle

Pet-Friendly Parks and Trails

  • Emerald Isle Park Trail
  • Fort Macon State Park
  • Hammocks Beach State Park
  • PAWS Bark Park

Dog treats you can make while on vacation

Cool Treats for your Dog

Peanut Butter and Berry Puppy Pops

Blend yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, and berries in a food processor. Pour the liquid mixture into a mold. Freeze for 2-3 hours and enjoy!

Watermelon Carrot Pupsicles 

Cut up some watermelon and carrots and make sure there are no seeds. Puree starting with the carrots and then add the watermelon chunks. Pour into a mold, freeze until solid, and devour! 

Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals on the Crystal Coast

Don’t forget, we have over 185 pet-friendly vacation rentals where dogs stay free. Find the perfect place for you and your best friend!