Backyard patio designs

Effortless Outdoor Entertaining Ideas to Transform Your Patio

Commonly, we see pictures of outdoor entertaining ideas designed for Spring, Summer, and Fall- however, we believe the true gem is all about winter outdoor entertaining! The colder weather doesn’t have to mean bringing the party indoors, especially with views like ours! You can have an effortless outdoor gathering in just minutes!

Some Simple Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for You

Brace yourself for an outdoor extravaganza as we share some simple yet fabulous outdoor entertaining ideas for the chilly season. Who said winter was all about hibernating indoors? Let’s break free from the cozy confines and embrace the crisp air with these cool suggestions that’ll turn your backyard into an additional space you and your guests will love!

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Cozy Corners and Blanket Bundles

With winter in full swing, transform your patio into a slice of paradise full of warmth and comfort. Scatter soft blankets and cushions on your outdoor furniture to create inviting nooks. Encourage your guests to snuggle up with really simple (yet comfortable) throws and enjoy the crisp winter air. Picture your friends gathered around a fire pit, wrapped in blankets, toasting marshmallows (or wine), and sharing stories under the beautiful clear skies.

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Luminous Evenings with Outdoor String Lights

Lighting is key for creating a magical winter ambiance. Hang outdoor string lights across your patio to add a touch of sparkle. Not only do they provide a cozy glow, but they also effortlessly elevate the outdoor living experience. Imagine an outdoor dinner party with the soft twinkle of lights overhead, creating a festive and inviting atmosphere.

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Fireside with a DIY Hot Cocoa Bar

Enhance your outdoor party experience with a DIY hot cocoa station near the fire pit. A bar cart stocked with mugs, various cocoa flavors, and delightful toppings will make your outdoor dining table the center of attention. Level up your hot cocoa with a quick trip to Bogue Sound Distillery– they will have the perfect way to spice up your hot cocoa. Encourage guests to customize their cocoa creations while enjoying the warmth of the fire. Implementing outdoor entertaining ideas has never been this sweet- or simple!

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Sip and Savor with a Stylish Bar Cart

Bring the indoor bar experience outside with a well-stocked bar cart. Incorporate winter-themed drinks to keep the party spirits high. This outdoor living addition not only serves as a practical and stylish focal point but also ensures that refreshments are within arm’s reach. Now, having friends over becomes an easy, enjoyable, affair.

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Warm Up Your Outdoor Entertaining Idea With Grilling

Extend your outdoor entertaining ideas into the winter by firing up the grill. While many associate grilling with summer, winter barbecues can be just as fun! Enjoy the labor of the grill without all the heat. Grilling adds an extra layer of warmth to your patio gatherings. Consider marinating meats with seasonal flavors like rosemary and thyme, and grill up some winter vegetables for a cozy and delicious outdoor dining experience. With friends nearby, winter grilling becomes a memorable and unique addition to your outdoor living space.

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Coastal Cuisine – Oyster Roast and Seafood

In true Crystal Coast fashion, we couldn’t talk about outdoor entertaining without highlighting a good ole Oyster Roast. Set up a designated area for shucking oysters or boiling a medley of seafood delights. The briny aroma and the communal act of cracking open shells create a lively atmosphere. Add some really simple sides like bread, melted butter, and perhaps a squeeze of lemon for a dinner packed full of flavor. This entertaining idea brings a touch of the beach to your winter patio, making it a real crowd-pleaser for friends and family alike.

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Bluewater Bliss- Finding Your Ideal Winter Patio

At Bluewater, we understand the significance of creating captivating spaces, and winter patios are no exception. Our team at Bluewater is dedicated to helping you discover your patio oasis. For some, the kitchen is a big selling point but for outdoor enthusiasts, a beautiful spacious outdoor area is a must! We specialize in helping you discover homes that offer exceptional outdoor spaces, perfect for winter gatherings. Whether it’s a cozy corner just big enough for a fire pit, or a spacious backyard for winter barbecues, we understand the importance of outdoor living. Let Bluewater guide you to the ideal property where your winter patio dreams become a reality, creating lasting memories in your new home.

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Round-up of the Top Crystal Coast Food Trucks

The Crystal Coast is a foodie paradise, especially when it comes to Crystal Coast food trucks. From fresh seafood bites to mouthwatering burgers, there’s a truckload of flavors waiting for you!

We’ve put together a rundown of must-try spots along the NC Coast for your next quick bite fix! Whether you’re a local, want to be a local, or just visiting the Crystal Coast, make sure to hit up the coolest food trucks that come highly recommended. Time to satisfy those taste buds on your seaside journey!

Top Crystal Coast Food Trucks

Let’s dive into a world of delicious delights – because every visit to the NC Coast should be accompanied by fantastic food!

The Burger Bus

Embark on a flavor-fueled adventure with The Burger Bus, a one-of-a-kind food truck that’s not just serving burgers; it’s crafting culinary masterpieces! Picture this: succulent, gourmet burgers paired with perfectly seasoned fresh-cut fries and a tantalizing array of extras. Get ready to elevate your taste buds – this isn’t your average food truck experience!

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Check out The Burger Bus Facebook page for their updated schedule of where they will be on the Crystal Coast! Look out for the Burger Bus to be at A Place at the Beach a lot this summer!

Garden of Eaten

The Garden of Eaten food truck is a local family-run delight dedicated to dishing out fresh, chef-inspired wonders! They are known for a tantalizing menu that spans from wood-fired pizza to mouthwatering seafood bites, ensuring there’s something to delight every palate. Step into a world where flavor reigns supreme, and let the Garden of Eaten treat your taste buds to an unforgettable experience!

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Plan your visit to the Garden of Eaten food truck.

Captain’s Kitchen

Say ahoy to the Captain’s Kitchen food truck, masterfully helmed by a lifelong commercial fisherman and anchored in the heart of Indian Beach.

Brace yourself for a seafood saga that goes beyond the ordinary – renowned for its legendary shrimp burgers and a maritime-inspired menu serving up swift, yet top-notch seafood bites. Get ready to set sail on a taste adventure with the Captain’s Kitchen!

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Captain’s Kitchen is consistently bringing you their location and menu on their Facebook page.

Seed to Shaker

Seed to Shaker emerges as a local gem, seamlessly blending the art of mixology with the harmony of aquaponics farming. This unique mobile bar specialty catering company not only crafts artisanal cocktails, kombucha, and mocktails but also cultivates its fresh herbs and garnishes in an indoor aquaponics farm.

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As they roam, keep an eye out for their vibrant truck, a frequent visitor at Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market and The Periwinkle in Beaufort. Join the journey where libations and locally grown goodness collide!

Check out Seed to Shaker for booking and upcoming appearances.

The Charburger

Discover the rolling nostalgia of The Charburger food truck—a mobile haven for a timeless family tradition on wheels! Dining from this food truck is an extraordinary journey back in time when old-fashioned chili-cheeseburgers reigned supreme, served alongside cups of golden, crispy fries. Bonus, no time machine is needed!

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Step into a world where every bite is a bite down memory lane, and The Charburger is your ticket to relive the classics with a modern twist. Get ready for a taste adventure that transcends generations!

Follow The Charburger to know their location as they navigate around the Crystal Coast.

BokaNina’s Pacific Fusion

Bokaninas Pacific Island Fusion Restaurant was founded with a vision to share the joy of cooking and the excellence of their cuisine with all. Embracing the spirit of hospitality and the love of family, the Bokaninas food truck takes the essence of their culinary passion to the streets.

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Every visit guarantees not just a meal but an opportunity to forge new friendships. Anchored in the Hafa Adai and the Aloha spirit, Bokaninas proudly asserts that hospitality is their life, and food is their love. Join the journey as they bring the vibrant flavors of the Pacific Islands to your coastal curbside adventures!

Be sure to catch BokaNina’s on Wheels on Instagram to know their whereabouts!

Pony Up Pizza 

Gallop into a pizza paradise with Pony Up Pizza, based in Newport! Pony Up’s food truck is a gorgeously renovated horse trailer that has evolved into the ultimate go-to pizza haven.

Catch the pizza magic unfolding frequently along the Crystal Coast at stops like Shortway Brewing and Bogue Sound Distillery. Saddle up for a slice of excitement that transcends the ordinary!

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To stay in the loop of their culinary escapades, gallop over to the Pony Up Pizza Instagram and join the flavor-packed journey.

Tanjas Hella Fat Food

Tanjas Hella Fat Food is a standout in Eastern North Carolina’s food truck scene! This truck is renowned for crafting The Scenario, delicious sliders featuring pulled pork, bacon jam, and slaw—albeit a limited-time treat during their special appearances.

Based in New Bern, this culinary delight wheels its way across the Crystal Coast, making surprise stops that tantalize taste buds.

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Join the foodie craze and savor the unexpected with Tanjas Hella Fat Food by following them on Facebook.

Capone’s A Taste of Philly

Step into the savory world of Capone’s A Taste of Philly, the flavor maestro rolling through Emerald Isle with an arsenal of authentic Philly Cheese Steaks. This isn’t just any food truck; it’s a journey to the heart of Philadelphia’s culinary charm on wheels. Imagine the sizzling, mouthwatering goodness of a cheese steak, wrapped in every bite, but based in Emerald Isle! 

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Capone’s invites you to embark on a Philly-inspired taste adventure right on the Crystal Coast. Head to Facebook to be in the know of where Capone’s goes! 

Soya Tacos

Get ready to spice up your Taco Tuesdays on the Crystal Coast with Soya Tacos! This isn’t your ordinary taco affair; it’s a fiesta on wheels bringing you the convenience you crave. Dive into a world of flavor with grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo tacos that’ll make your taste buds dance.

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Tracking them down is a breeze – just head to their Facebook page for a front-row seat to the taco adventure. Let the taco fiesta begin!

Good Eats on the Crystal Coast

We hope these recommendations add a dash of flavor to your memories here on the Crystal Coast. Whether you’ve savored the local delights or tried something entirely new, the Crystal Coast food truck scene has surely left a lasting impression.

Keep the spirit of food exploration alive! May your travels to the Crystal Coast or your local jaunts be filled with tasty surprises and culinary delights!

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Do food trucks on the Crystal Coast operate year round?

Many operate 12 months out of the year, to serve the locals of the Crystal Coast. However, some only run their trucks “in season”. It is always a good idea to check the schedules of your favorite trucks to see exactly when and where they are operating.

Is it safe to eat from a food truck?

Food trucks adhere to health and safety regulations, and many have implemented additional measures in response to current health concerns. Check with the food truck operators or visit their websites for information on the safety protocols they follow. Of course, in addition, we recommend you practice good handwashing before eating any food.

Are there vegetarian or vegan options available at Crystal Coast food trucks?

Boka Nina’s Pacific Fusion is known for its vegetarian fare! Most food trucks try to cater to various dietary preferences. Check with the specific food truck or their online menu to see if they offer vegetarian or vegan options.


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Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast

valentine's day on the crystal coast

Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast

Spending Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast? We’re sharing some of our favorite tips for a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast. 

Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love. We think that celebration should extend year round!

Although you may celebrate your love every day, maybe you want to make it a little extra romantic this year or surprise your partner with a unique date or adventure you can take on together. No matter what you are looking for we have you covered!

The Crystal Coast is the ultimate romantic getaway with many romantic ideas to add to your day with your significant other. Who wouldn’t want to spend Valentine’s Day on the beach? No matter what activities you enjoy, the Crystal Coast has the perfect date idea for you.

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Fortunately, some February days on the Crystal Coast are warm enough to bike by the water in comfort.

Romantic Activities for Couples Who Love the Outdoors

  • Beach biking, or a bike ride on the trails up and down the Coast.
  • Picnic on the beach. Who doesn’t love a picnic on the beach any time of year?!
  • What Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast would be complete without a stroll on the beach during sunrise or sunset? It’s the best time to see all the captivating colors the Crystal Coast provides.
  • How about booking a sunset cruise, and experience a sunset via our blue coastal waters?

ALSO SEE: An Itinerary for Thrill-Seekers on the Crystal Coast

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Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast for Foodie Couples

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Trying new wines can be a great sensory experience with the one you love.

ALSO SEE: A Journey Through Coastal Cuisine

Things to Do for the Shopping Couples

  • Explore the many Crystal Coast boutiques while shopping for your Winter Chic attire.
  • Explore Beaufort, NC for the day. Wander through the local shops, enjoy dinner, and explore this great little town.
  • Want to get your sweetheart some flowers? Stop by Beaufort in Bloom and handpick your own bouquet.

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Other Romantic Things to Do for Valentine’s Day Celebrating

  • Enjoy a movie at one of our local movie theaters. Choose from Emerald Isle or Atlantic Beach! How about a romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day on the Crystal Coast?
  • Plan a couples photoshoot. No photographer needed! Head to Atlantic Beach for a selfie-session at Golden Days Creative Studio.

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Need some more ideas? Check out our entire Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board!  Also, check out Create Your Romantic Itinerary on the Crystal Coast.




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Where You Can Enjoy Fireworks Along the Crystal Coast

Come enjoy fireworks along the Crystal Coast with us! We are completely thrilled that we will have fireworks for the Fourth of July this year. We’re sharing which towns are hosting celebrations and where you can watch the fireworks along the Crystal Coast.

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

January 2024 Events on the Crystal Coast

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

NC Coast January Events 2024

All of the January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast will have you ready to kick off the new year with a splash! We’re all about starting the year off right, beating those winter blues with the blue water of the ocean!

Dive into the Crystal Coast vibes as we ride the winter wave of awesome events! From cozy beach bonfires to quirky local festivals, January here is anything but hibernation-worthy. Get ready to swap snow boots for flip-flops and join the coastal crew in embracing the cool and colorful happenings that make this month uniquely Crystal Coast.

Read on because January is jam-packed with excitement – our coast, our events, our adventures!

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

Let’s start with New Year’s Eve Festivities!

Ringing in the New Year on the Crystal Coast is like stepping into a coastal fairytale. As the clock ticks down on December 31st, you could have your toes in the sand, and the ocean breeze whispering promises of a fresh start.

Join the local festivities. When the sun rises on January 1st, there’s no better place to nurse that celebratory cheer than with a stroll along the shoreline. So, here’s to New Year’s Eve under the stars and New Year’s Day with the waves – Crystal Coast style!

We know New Year’s Eve is technically still December, but we simply could not talk about these events since they trickle into January. This list of January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast is a great way to start the new month and new year! So, take your pick!

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Beaufort: Buccaneers Pirate Party

Set sail for a Buccaneer’s New Year’s Eve like no other! Forget the Big Apple’s ball drop – Beaufort’s got a swashbuckling twist. Picture this: grab your trusty lawn chair, circle ’round the fire pit, and indulge in mouthwatering s’mores and steaming hot cocoa. All hands on deck as we countdown to the legendary Capt. Shack’s daring plunge off the icy plank into the depths of Taylor’s Creek!

It’s a seafaring celebration you won’t want to miss on December 31st. Let the pirate party begin!

Fort Macon: Cannon Blast

Get ready to welcome the new year with a bang at Fort Macon! The party starts with live entertainment at 6 PM, and the cannons will unleash their thunder at 7 PM sharp. Remember, roads close for safety at 6:45 PM, so be on deck in time! Feel free to make the night your own by bringing along folding chairs and picnic supplies for maximum comfort.

It’s a celebration that combines history, spectacle, and your personal touch – see you there!

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

Morehead City: Crab Pot Drop

Head to Downtown Morehead City (700 Shepards St) for the Crab Pot Drop, where the fun kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with kid-friendly festivities – think games, music, face painting, and coloring galore. The little crab pot takes its plunge at 6:00 p.m., setting the stage for an evening filled with downtown delights.

Explore the shops and savor a delicious dinner, all building up to the grand finale – a dazzling display of fireworks and the epic drop of the large crab pot at the stroke of midnight. It’s a family-friendly celebration that promises a memorable start to the new year!

Newport: Pig Drop

No worries, this isn’t a real pig drop. Picture a neon beautiful pig dropping down to ring in the New Year! Join the festivities at Newport Community Park (200 Howard Blvd) for the Pig Drop – an evening filled with music, hot chocolate, and cookies! The fun kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and wraps up at 6:30 p.m.

It’s the perfect recipe for a cozy and delightful winter evening. Come for the tunes, stay for the warmth, and enjoy the sweet moments as we bid farewell to the year!

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

Bogue: New Year’s Eve Bash

Get ready to rock the New Year at Bogue Sound Distillery (108 Bogue Commercial Drive)! The party kicks off at 7:00 pm and features live music from the Southern Hellcats, a cash balloon drop, a midnight toast with champagne, and a post-midnight snack extravaganza.

Don’t miss out on the Pony Up Pizza food truck serving delicious bites from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It’s a night of music, celebration, and tasty treats to welcome the new year in style!

Salter Path: Cheer in the New Year!

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Cheer in the New Year bash at Homer’s Point Marina and Pub in Salter Path (160 Shore Drive)! Fuel the fun with fantastic eats and icy brews to keep the party alive. The band will be jamming from 8:00 pm to midnight, ensuring non-stop excitement. And when the clock strikes twelve, join in for a sparkling champagne toast.

It’s a night of great food, cold drinks, live tunes, and a toast to welcome the new year in style!

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

Emerald Isle: New Year’s Eve Bash

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at 77 West in Emerald Isle (309 Mangrove Dr) with the Dakota Blue Bash! Enjoy the live performances by Dakota Blue and special guest Lonnie Britton starting at 8:30 p.m. Plus, savor the delicious offerings from Stoney’s Wood-Fired Pizza, serving up mouthwatering pies from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. It’s a night of great music, delectable eats, and a fantastic way to welcome the new year!

New Year’s Day: January 1st

What better way to kick off the first day of the year than on the vibrant shores of the Crystal Coast, embracing a medley of exciting activities!? Spend the first day of the year filled with nature, creativity, and coastal wonders – the perfect recipe for a memorable start to the year on the Crystal Coast!

Fort Macon: First Day Hike

Start the new year with a refreshing First Day Hike at Fort Macon! Four ranger-led hikes kick off from the Visitor Center at either 8:00 am or 3:00 pm, offering two options for each time slot. Choose between a short nature hike on the Yarrow’s Loop trail and inlet beach (covering about ¾ of a mile) or a longer 3.2-mile journey around the Elliott Coues Trail. Don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes, bring a water bottle, and, perhaps, some bug spray.

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Atlantic Beach: Penguin Plunge

Dive into the chilly fun of the Penguin Plunge at the Circle Regional Access! The event starts at 1:00 p.m., with on-site registration opening at 10:30 am. Get ready to make a splash and welcome the new year with a refreshing dip.

Morehead City: Chilled Out Snowman

Embrace your creative side at the Chilled Out Snowman Door Hanger Workshop, an adults-only painting party at Wine and Design. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m., so arrive 15 minutes early. Remember, it’s BYOW/B (Bring Your Own Wine/Beer and Snacks). Secure your spot in advance as walk-ins aren’t accepted.

Bear Island: First Day Hike

Embark on an island adventure with a First Day Hike on Bear Island in Swansboro. Join a park ranger on a ferry ride to the island, learning about its habitats and wildlife. Seating is limited, so sign up to explore the beach, enjoy wildlife watching, and maybe even bring back a beach souvenir!

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Other January Events on the Crystal Coast

With each passing day, the Crystal Coast beckons with opportunities to experience its charm, making January a month brimming with coastal magic and endless possibilities. Let’s unravel the gems scattered across this coastal paradise throughout the month. We are inviting you to create unforgettable memories and embrace the beauty that defines life on the Crystal Coast.

Beaufort: DryBar Night at The Periwinkle – January 2nd

Attention all Dry January participants! The Periwinkle invites you to a special DryBar event every Tuesday in January. Embrace the booze-free bar experience and join us for a delightful and refreshing evening. It’s the perfect way to stay on track with your Dry January goals while enjoying the lively atmosphere at The Periwinkle. Cheers to a vibrant and alcohol-free Tuesday!

Morehead City: New Year’s Resolution Fun Run – January 2nd

Thought the list of January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast were all about working out, and strenuous activities? Come on! This is the NC Coast, after all. We’re all about self-care while having fun!

Jumpstart your New Year with a burst of energy and support the West Carteret Booster Club at their New Year’s Resolution Fun Run in Morehead City, NC (28557). Set for January 2, 2024, at 9:00 AM, this Saturday event offers categories for individuals, a race-only option (sans shirt), a kid’s race (5-10 years, no shirt), and even a group category.

Lace-up your running shoes, embrace the spirit of resolutions, and make a healthy, active start to the year. It’s a fantastic way to combine fitness, fun, and community support!

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

Peletier: Crystal Coast Bridal Showcase – January 14th

Join us at the Crystal Coast Bridal Showcase and discover the best wedding vendors the Crystal Coast has to offer. Take a guided tour of the stunning venue: 213 West Weddings & Event Center! Whether you’re planning a wedding or a special event, this is the ultimate destination for inspiration and connections with top-notch vendors. Don’t miss out!

Beaufort: NC Whales – January 25th

Explore North Carolina’s diverse whale species with biologist Keith Rittmaster at the NC Maritime Museum Heritage Series. Learn about common coastal whales, handle related display items, and delve into marine mammal conservation. Admission is free, and no registration is required for this engaging event in our museum auditorium, highlighting North Carolina’s maritime history and coastal environment.

Newport: Flights & Bites – January 25th

Embark on a flavorful journey with Shortway Brewing’s head brewer as you explore a flight pairing experience. Dive into the intricacies of Shortway’s delightful brews, learning about the key ingredients that create their unique flavors. Discover how to elevate your palate by expertly pairing beer with cuisine.

Priced at $36 per person, including a 20% gratuity, this event kicks off at 6:30 PM, so be sure to arrive on time and prepare for an hour of immersive enjoyment. Hurry, as this exclusive experience is limited to just 16 people!

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Experience January on the Crystal Coast

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast are a treasure trove of diverse experiences waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a local seeking new adventures or a visitor eager to discover the coastal charm, this month has something special for everyone.

From engaging events and outdoor activities to unique culinary experiences and cultural delights, the Crystal Coast warmly welcomes all to start the year with a blend of excitement and relaxation. Embrace the coastal magic, create lasting memories, and savor the vibrant offerings that make January a truly remarkable time on the Crystal Coast.

January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast

Whatever your preference, this coastal haven invites you to revel in the beauty, diversity, and warmth that define this unique corner of North Carolina. Cheers to an unforgettable January on the Crystal Coast! Need the perfect place to stay during your favorite event? Head this way to find the perfect vacation rental on the Crystal Coast!

Crystal Coast Events Year Round

Beyond the exciting January 2024 events on the Crystal Coast, this area boasts a year-round calendar brimming with adventure. From beachside festivals and culinary adventures to outdoor explorations, there’s always something happening in this coastal paradise.

Dive into the full spectrum of events waiting for you by checking out our comprehensive events calendar of recommended activities. Your next adventure on the Crystal Coast is just a click away!


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Top 10 Ways to Choose The Best Property Management Company

Are you an investment property owner or considering the vacation rental journey and looking for the best way to choose the best property management company? Stick with us. We are the experts and we’re sharing the Top 10 Ways to Choose Your Property Management Company. After all, your property manager is your sidekick in the world of vacation rental ownership.

How to Choose the Best Property Management Partner

Are you ready to discover a sea of happy clients, emergency response plans, tenant screening excellence, and flexible, customized services? You are going to want to work with a passionate team that treats your property like a treasure. Your ideal property management partner awaits – let’s go through the Top 10 ways to choose the best one!

1. Communication is Key

When you are choosing the best property management company, you want to look for a company that treats communication like a beach sunset – clear, consistent, and beautiful. You want updates on your property to flow in like the tide.

Bluewater ensures transparent and consistent communication, keeping you in the loop with the ebb and flow of your property’s performance. You get a real person, not someone who has no idea where your property is.

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2. Tech-Savvy Solutions

Opt for a management company that’s riding the wave of technology. From online portals to digital marketing, ensure they’re making your life easier with the latest tools.

We’re riding the wave of technology, we leverage cutting-edge tools to streamline processes, from online portals to digital marketing, ensuring your property stays ahead in the digital landscape.

3. Local Expertise

Your ideal property manager should know the coastal terrain like the back of their hand. Experience in the local market means they understand the unique challenges and opportunities of your specific area.

As coastal locals, we understand the unique intricacies of the area along the Crystal Coast and the surrounding mainland areas. Our Bluewater team provides invaluable insights into maximizing your vacation property’s potential. It is one of the top reasons we are considered the best property management company.

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4. Happy Clients, Happy Life

Dive into reviews and testimonials like you’re hunting for seashells. Happy clients (and happy guests) are the pearls of property management, and you want a company with a string of them.

Our string of satisfied clients and vacation rental guests speaks volumes about the dedicated service and positive experiences we consistently deliver.

5. Transparent Fee Structure

No one likes hidden fees – they’re like unexpected rogue waves. Choose a company with a straightforward, transparent fee structure that won’t catch you off guard.

Bluewater offers a clear and transparent consultation approach, ensuring you have a straightforward view of your investment without unexpected surprises, the way other companies do.

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6. Emergency Response Plan

Storms happen, both figuratively and literally. This is the case, especially on the Crystal Coast. Ensure your property manager has a solid emergency response plan in place to handle unexpected situations promptly and efficiently.

Bluewater has a robust emergency response plan in place, ensuring your property is well-protected from hurricanes and during unforeseen storms.

7. Flexibility and Customization

Every property is as unique as a seashell. Your management company should offer flexible services tailored to your specific needs, not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Bluewater embraces flexibility, offering customized services tailored to your specific vacation property needs, because no two destinations are alike.

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Navigating the legal waters of property management can be tricky. Ensure your chosen company is well-versed in landlord-tenant laws to keep you sailing smoothly.

We’re well-versed in the legalities of vacation rental and vacation rental guests. We are licensed property managers who take each booking as seriously as you do. The best property management companies do not hesitate to answer any questions about regulations for vacation rentals.

9. Passion for Property

You are going to want to pick a team that’s not just in it for the business but has a genuine passion for property management. Enthusiasm is the wind in the sails that propels them to go above and beyond.

Beyond business, Bluewater’s passionate team treats your vacation property like a destination dream, to create an unforgettable experience.

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10. Vacation Vibes Compatibility

Seek a property management team that understands the essence of your vacation property. They should not only manage but curate an experience that aligns with the unique vibes of your getaway spot. Because it’s not just a rental; it’s a destination dream.

The beauty of the Crystal Coast speaks for itself, but we, the Bluewater Team, all have a love of this area. We know the importance people place on their vacations. For many, it is a significant investment. We want to provide the best experience during their vacation getaway possible. This experience trickles into your property. Guests who have a fabulous beach experience continue to repeat the tradition year after year!

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Who is the Best Property Management Company on the Crystal Coast?

Now that you have seen the Top 10 ways to choose the best property management company, know that Bluewater is the answer to all of the key points we have gone over. At Bluewater, we’re your coastal confidants, offering a seamless blend of services that make your vacation property journey truly extraordinary and profitable.

Selecting the ideal property management team for your investment home goals is undoubtedly a significant decision. With an extensive track record of almost three decades, our team at Bluewater comprises authentic local experts committed to consistently surpassing your expectations.

When you join forces with us, your property aspirations become our unwavering mission.

Head this way to learn more about Bluewater Property Management and how we can partner together to maximize the potential for your vacation rental!

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

What sets a vacation rental property manager apart from a traditional property manager?

Look for experience specifically in the vacation rental market, as it involves unique challenges and considerations compared to long-term rentals. Fortunately, at Bluewater we have teams that serve both industries, each specializing in their own wheelhouse.

How can I ensure my property is well-maintained under a property manager’s care?

Inquire about their maintenance protocols, frequency of inspections, and how they handle emergency repairs. A proactive approach to maintenance is crucial.

How can I assess a property manager’s communication skills?

Ask about their communication processes, response times, and how they handle guest inquiries and issues. Reviews from other property owners can provide insights as well.

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How to Beat the Winter Blues on the Coast

Ready to beat the winter blues with a splash of seaside fun with Bluewater? Buckle up for a blog post that’s all about swapping snow for sand, frosty winds for salty breezes, and gloomy days for radiant sunsets.

We’re diving into the ultimate guide on how to turn your winter woes into beachy wows. From bonfires on the shore to catching waves in the winter chill, we’ve got the lowdown on transforming your chilly season into a tropical adventure.

So, kick off those winter boots and get ready for a dose of sun-soaked escapades that’ll have you forgetting all about snowflakes and embracing the beach life with open arms!

beat the winter blues

Beat Those Blues this Winter

Beach vibes are not just for summer! We’re going to share ways you can make the most of your winter escape on the Coast. You know what they say, “A day at the beach is better than a day anywhere else!” This rings true any time of year!

Sun, Sand, and Vitamin Sea

The NC Coast experiences cold winters, sure. But, on some winter days, you can exchange your winter coat for flip-flops. There have been a few winter holidays where guests are rocking swimsuits, sunscreen, and a beach towel in their hands.

We cannot promise this all winter, but the sun works some magic on winter blues. During cold winter days, the sun is your new best friend. It is working overtime to kick those winter grays to the curb. It’s not just about getting a tan; it’s about soaking up the kind of sunshine that transforms your mood from “meh” to “oh yeah!”

beat the winter blues

The secret sauce? Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin! As you bask in those beachy rays, your body is soaking up this essential vitamin, which boosts mood, energy levels, and overall well-being. It’s like a natural mood enhancer served up by the sun, and trust us, it works wonders. So, say goodbye to winter gloom and hello to the beach therapy that’ll have you radiating sunshine from the inside out!

Beachside Bonfire Bash

Gather some pals, build a bonfire, and cozy up with blankets. There’s nothing like the crackling sound of a fire and the salty breeze to lift those winter blues.

A bonfire at the beach isn’t just a bonfire; it’s a sensory experience, a gathering of friends, and the crackling warmth of the fire working together to create an atmosphere that’s nothing short of magical.

beat the winter blues

It’s in these moments, surrounded by the warmth of both friendship and the fire, that the winter blues melt away. The salty breeze becomes a refreshing reminder that, even in the chill of winter, the beach has the power to ignite joy and create memories that last far beyond the flickering flames.

So, grab a marshmallow, share a story, and let the beachside bonfire be the heartwarming highlight of your winter escapade with Bluewater.

Winter Watersports

Spice up your beach day with some thrilling watersports. Whether it’s surfing, paddleboarding, or even a chilly swim, the adrenaline rush will kick those blues to the curb. All you need is a wet suit. By the way, surfing on the East Coast is one of the best-kept secrets for adventure enthusiasts.

Glide across the water’s surface, the board beneath your feet, offering a unique perspective of the coastline. All you need is a wetsuit! With each paddle stroke, the worries of winter are replaced by the tranquility of the sea.

beat the winter blues

Feeling bold? Take a dip into the chilly ocean waters. The initial shock gives way to a refreshing embrace, and soon you find yourself swimming against the tide, surrounded by the vastness of the sea. The adrenaline rush kicks in, and suddenly, the winter blues are nothing but a distant memory.

Tropical Tunes and Beach Blanket Vibes

Create a playlist of your favorite tropical tunes and pack a beach picnic. Good food and good music have magical powers to lift spirits. As you lounge on the beach blanket, taking in the breathtaking view, each bite you have in your basket becomes a culinary journey. A tropical playlist complements the flavors. After all, good food and good music intertwine into a sensory experience lifting your spirits to new heights.

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Our Bluewater Beats: Summer Vibes playlist is the perfect way to complement your winter beach vacation! Those musical summer vibes can even get “Old Man Winter” grooving!

Beach Yoga Bliss

Roll out your beach towel and strike a pose! Yoga by the sea is not only great for your body but also fantastic for clearing the mind. Namaste those winter blues away.

As you move through the poses, you’ll feel the gentle breeze on your skin and the sand beneath your feet, adding a natural element to your practice. It’s not about perfect poses; it’s about the joy of stretching and breathing in the salty sea air. Trust us; your body will thank you for it.

beat the winter blues

And here’s the secret sauce: Yoga isn’t just a physical workout; it’s a mental reset button. With each breath, you’re letting go of winter stress and making room for a clear mind.

Capture the Sunset Magic

Winter sunsets by the beach are pure magic. Grab your camera (or phone) and capture those breathtaking moments. The colors alone will transport you to a happier place.

It’s not just about capturing a photo; it’s about preserving a feeling. The vibrant colors have a way of seeping into your soul, creating a memory that you can revisit whenever the winter blues creep in. Be sure to dress warm. Winter nights can be chilly, especially as the sun goes down. Read more as we share what to wear at the beach in the winter.

Furry Friend Fun

Don’t forget your furry pal! Pups enjoy the beach any time of year! The joy of a happy, frolicking fur baby is infectious and guaranteed to lift everyone’s spirits. Bluewater Vacation Rentals offers plenty of pet-friendly options for your winter getaway. Check out the vacation homes where dogs stay free.

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Join Bluewater in Beating the Winter Blues

As the sun dips below the horizon and the waves serenade the shore, it’s clear that beating the winter blues with Bluewater is all about embracing the sun, sand, and that glorious Vitamin Sea.

From the thrill of watersports to the tranquility of beachside yoga, each moment spent in this coastal haven becomes a remedy for the winter doldrums. So, whether you’re gathering around a bonfire, capturing the magic of a sunset, or simply letting the salty breeze whisk away your worries, a Bluewater Vacation Rental has proven to be the ultimate antidote to the winter blues.

Here’s to trading snowflakes for seashells and making every day a beach day—because life is one fantastic adventure waiting to be explored!

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Is beachside yoga suitable for beginners?

Yes, beachside yoga is accessible for all levels, including beginners. The beach provides a serene setting for yoga practice, and the sound of waves can enhance the meditative aspects of the session. It’s a great way to relax the body and clear the mind.

What gear should I bring for a beach day in winter?

Essentials include warm clothing, a beach towel, sunscreen, a camera or phone for capturing moments, and any gear needed for specific activities like surfing or paddleboarding. Dressing in layers is recommended to stay comfortable in changing temperatures.

How can I organize a beach bonfire, and are there any safety considerations?

Check local regulations regarding beach bonfires, obtain any necessary permits, and choose a designated fire pit area if available. Safety measures include having a water source nearby, keeping a safe distance from flammable materials, and properly extinguishing the fire before leaving.

Simple Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

A Simple Gingerbread Cookie Recipe with a Coastal Twist

Hello, fellow cookie enthusiasts! We are here, bringing you a delightful coastal spin on the classic gingerbread men with a simple gingerbread cookie recipe. Let’s dive into this easy, yet oh-so-flavorful recipe that’ll add a touch of seaside charm to your holiday festivities.

‘Tis the season to welcome the sweet symphony of Christmas cookie delights, and what better star to grace our festive trays than the iconic gingerbread cookie? Decked out in adorable icing faces, candy bowties, and buttons, these charming cookies steal the show with their festive flair.

But hold onto your holiday hats because we’re about to sprinkle a touch of coastal magic into this beloved tradition. Picture the whimsy of gingerbread meeting the breezy allure of the seashore, creating not just cookies but edible masterpieces infused with a coastal twist. Get ready to set sail on a culinary adventure where the warmth of ginger meets the cool embrace of the coast!

Crafting Coastal Cookie Cuties

Our journey begins with the basics—soft, perfectly spiced gingerbread cookies. Start by combining softened butter, brown sugar, molasses, an egg, and vanilla extract. Gradually introduce a mix of all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and a symphony of spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Chill the dough for at least 3 hours, or let it rest overnight for a burst of flavor.

Riding the Flavor Wave

While many recipes opt for tons of flour to combat sticky dough, we’re taking a different route. A bit of patience—chilling the dough—ensures easy-to-make gingerbread men bursting with flavor. Picture a perfect blend of spices with a subtle buttery note that balances everything out beautifully.

Rolling with the Tides

When it’s time to bring these coastal cuties to life, generously flour your workspace and roll out the dough to a quarter-inch thickness. Now, the fun part—cookie cutters! Whether it’s gingerbread men, mermaids, seashells, or waves, let your creativity flow. Bake for 8-10 minutes, and voila, you’ve got a batch of perfectly shaped cookies ready to charm.

Coastal Creativity Unleashed

Embrace the coastal spirit by decorating these gingerbread wonders. Dive into the world of edible art—icing faces, mermaid tails, and fishes. Go traditional or add a seaside twist with mermaids and seashells. The choice is yours!

Sealing the Coastal Culinary Deal

As you relish the coastal vibes, remember the key ingredients that make these cookies a hit. From softened butter to the essential molasses, each component plays a crucial role. Dark brown sugar adds a depth of flavor, while the mix of spices creates a symphony for your taste buds.

Savoring Every Bite

Allow your cookies to cool completely before diving in, ensuring a melt-in-your-mouth experience. These coastal delights, with their firm yet tender centers, will keep you coming back for more. You can store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks, maintaining their freshness.

Simple Gingerbread Cookie Recipe – Complete!

There you have it—simple gingerbread cookies with a coastal twist, bringing joy to your holiday table. Dive into the magic of the season with these flavorful treats, and let the coastal charm elevate your festivities. Happy baking!

Serving Size:
1 Cookie
3hr 30min
Easy! Beginner Friendly


  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened (113g) 
  •  ½ cup light or dark brown sugar tightly packed (100g)
  •  ½ cup molasses (120ml) 
  •  1 large egg
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  2 ¾ cups all purpose flour (345g)
  •  ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  •  2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • cookie icing (homemade or store bought)


  1. Blend together softened butter, sugar, and molasses using an electric or stand mixer with a paddle attachment until the mixture achieves a creamy and well-combined texture.
  2. Incorporate the egg and vanilla extract into the mixture, stirring until well-combined. Don’t fret if the mixture appears piecey or seems to separate; this is normal, and it will harmonize when the dry ingredients are added.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and an aromatic blend of spices including ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  4. With the mixer set to low speed, gradually introduce the dry ingredient mixture into the butter mixture, ensuring the dough becomes smooth, cohesive, and fully combined.
  5. Divide the resulting dough into two parts (we recommend using a spatula, it might be a little sticky) and tightly wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 3 hours or, for optimal results, leave it overnight.
  6. After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 375F  and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (alternatively, you can bake cookies directly on an ungreased baking sheet).
  7. Flour a clean surface generously and lightly dust the dough as well (refer to the note for guidance).
  8. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to an approximately ¼”  thickness. Use  a cookie cutter to cut out your desired shapes.
  9. Transfer the cut cookies to the prepared baking sheet using a spatula, ensuring they are spaced at least 2 inches apart. Place them in the preheated 375F (190C) oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before diving into the delightful decorating process.

Coastal Comfort

Whether you’re unwrapping presents in a cozy coastal cottage, basking in the festive waves of holiday cheer at home, or simply craving a delightful blend of warmth and spice, this gingerbread cookie recipe is your key to seasonal bliss. The aroma of ginger and spices will fill your space, creating an ambiance that effortlessly bridges the gap between vacation vibes and the comforting familiarity of home.

If you’re a local looking to infuse coastal charm into your traditions or a visitor yearning for a taste of the seaside during the festivities, these gingerbread delights offer the perfect balance.

what to wear at the beach in winter

Winter Chic on the Crystal Coast: What to Wear at the Beach in Winter

Vacationing on the NC Beaches in the cold season, and wondering what to wear at the beach in winter? Let’s embrace the chilly vibes with style. Winter beach fashion is actually a thing! A cold beach doesn’t mean cold fashion. Stick around to find out the best outfit ideas for cold weather here on the Crystal Coast.

We will share with you the best tips for bringing your winter chic to the NC Coast. While we’re at it, we’ll help you with all of the places to hit up on the Crystal Coast for unique finds. Now, get your beach bag ready for the best clothes options!

What to Wear at the Beach in Winter
You just may find that a hoodie and shorts are the perfect beach attire in the winter.

Stay Cozy, Look Cool on the Crystal Coast

Winter has a way of casting its charm over the coastal landscape, bringing a chill to the air and a serene beauty to the sandy shores. But who says beach days are reserved for summer sun?

Winter vibes on the Crystal Coast are an adventure in itself. There is so much to do, and lots of events on the NC Coast this time of year. The holidays are the perfect time to spend on the Crystal Coast.

You are definitely going to want to know what to pack if you visit, or what to wear if you are already here.

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Layers of cozy warmth, boots leaving imprints in the cold sand, and the subtle melody of the winter waves make for the perfect beach outfit. We’re spilling the beans on how to navigate the winter beach scene with style and flair.

From the hidden gems of Crystal Coast boutiques to the art of shopping small, we’re setting the stage for your most fashionable winter escapade. So, bundle up, beach lovers – it’s time to discover the art of Winter Beach Chic!

The Best Tips on What to Wear at the Beach in Winter

Here are some tips to keep you warm and fabulous on the Crystal Coast! Remember, the best beach outfits are cozy and comfortable, not just chic and cute- though that helps!

Layer Up, Babe!

Opt for chic layers – think cozy cardigans, stylish scarves, light sweaters, and trendy jackets. It’s all about warmth without sacrificing style. We love a statement sweater like the ones offered at The Pink Iris in Beaufort, NC.

In the words of Stephanie Passmore, founder of The Pink Iris, “Our mission is to provide a shopping experience where ANY woman can find something she absolutely loves.”

What to Wear at the Beach in Winter
A lightweight sweater is perfect for winter walks on the beach.

Crystal Coast Consignment Boutique Magic

Hit up the local consignment boutiques; they’re a treasure trove of unique finds. From knitted wonders to beachy accessories, you’ll discover pieces that scream ‘you.’ Gigi & Company stands out as an elegant consignment destination for women and children’s fashion, proudly showcasing renowned brand names in the heart of downtown Morehead City.

Small Shops, Big Statements

There’s something truly magical about supporting local businesses, especially when it comes to curating your winter wardrobe.

When you choose to shop small, you’re not just selecting clothes; you’re investing in stories, craftsmanship, and a piece of your community’s heart. These local boutiques on the Crystal Coast aren’t just shops; they’re treasure troves of unique finds waiting to tell your story.

What to Wear at the Beach in Winter
Ankle boots like the Linny H2O Boots at The Posh Pelican are waterproof. Perfect for the coast.

The personal touch that comes with shopping small is unparalleled – it’s a connection between you, the creator, and the coastal spirit. So, as you explore the boutiques lining the streets, consider it more than just a shopping spree; it’s a journey into the soul of the Crystal Coast, one stylish piece at a time.

Boot Up for the Sand Runway

Step into a winter wonderland on the beach with a bold statement: boots aren’t just for snow; they’re the unsung heroes of your winter beach ensemble. The practicality is evident in every step, shielding your feet from the chill and providing that essential traction on the sandy runway. This is especially the case when you opt for waterproof boots like the Linny H2O Boots at The Posh Pelican at Atlantic Beach.

Yet, it’s the style they bring to the table that truly elevates your winter beach look. From ankle boots that add a touch of casual cool to knee-high stunners that command attention, boots become more than just footwear; they’re a fashion statement against the winter breeze. So, before you hit the beach, lace up those boots, channel your inner beach fashionista, and let your footwear do the talking.

Winter at the beach just got a whole lot more stylish.

What to Wear at the Beach in Winter
There is a plethora of finds at Crystal Coast consignment shops.

Mix-and-Match Magic

The key to a hassle-free and stylish getaway lies in your suitcase. Forget the notion that winter packing is all about bulk – it’s about curating a collection of versatile pieces that dance effortlessly with each other.

Consider a chic sweater that pairs seamlessly with your favorite pair of jeans or skirts, a cozy jacket that transforms your beach look from day to night, and accessories that play the role of outfit alchemists. By focusing on these versatile essentials, you unlock a world of outfit possibilities.

Cameo Boutique in Swansboro has lots of options from jeans to tops that can be layered under a cute jacket.

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So, pack smart, think mix-and-match, and leave space for spontaneity – because the best beach adventures often begin with an unplanned twist of style.

Cozy Accessories

Don’t forget to accessorize! Accessories are the crescendo that adds that final touch of harmony. Chunky scarves – more than just a practical shield against the cold, they become a statement piece, draping you in elegance as you navigate the coastal chill.

These accessories aren’t merely functional; they’re the secret ingredients that transform your winter beach look into a masterpiece of style. The playful beanie, the chic gloves, stackable bracelets – each piece compliments a winter beach outfit. So, as you gear up for your beach stroll, remember: accessories aren’t just add-ons; they’re the storytellers, adding a touch of winter glam to your every step.

What to Wear at the Beach in Winter
Bluewater Realtor Sherry Stanley is not only an amazing real estate agent, but she is also a model and frequent shopper of Cameo Boutique in Swansboro.

Beachy Blanket Essentials

When it comes to beach picnics or bonfires in winter, a cozy blanket becomes more than just an accessory; it’s your ticket to snuggling up in style. Envision spreading out a warm, inviting blanket on the sand, creating a comfortable oasis amidst the coastal breeze.

This isn’t just about practical warmth; it’s about transforming your beach experience into a scene of comfort and chic relaxation. As you and your companions gather around, the blanket becomes a communal centerpiece, inviting everyone to share in the warmth and joy of the moment.

But here’s the bonus: that cozy blanket isn’t just a functional layer; it’s a fashion-forward backdrop for those impromptu photoshoots. Picture capturing candid moments against the backdrop of soft fabric, the winter beach hues enhancing the aesthetic of every frame.

So, when you plan your beach outing, don’t forget to pack that cozy blanket – it’s not just a comfort item; it’s a versatile piece that adds a touch of style to your beach memories.

What to Wear at the Beach in Winter
Beach picnics are possible in the winter; you just need the perfect blanket or warmth mat for sitting.

Winter’s Warmth with Crystal Coast Fashion Flair

The Crystal Coast has proven to be a treasure trove of winter fashion inspiration, from the quaint boutiques that line the streets to the unique pieces that tell stories of local artisans. So, whether you’re strolling along the shore, cozy in your layered ensemble, or capturing the essence of winter with a beachside photo shoot, one thing is clear: Winter Beach Chic is not just a style; it’s a statement.

Winter at the beach doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Embrace the chill with a wardrobe that’s as hot as a summer day. Stay warm, look cool, and let your winter beach vacation begin!

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Are there specific winter colors or patterns for beach fashion?

Winter beach fashion can include cool tones like blues and greys or even festive patterns. It’s about expressing your personal style! There are no rules when it comes to beach fashion on the Crystal Coast!

Can you really enjoy the beach in winter?

Does the ocean have waves? Absolutely! Winter at the beach, especially the NC Coast has its unique charm. With the right attire, you can have a cozy and memorable experience.

Are beach boutiques open during the winter season?

Many boutique owners on the Crystal Coast embrace the winter months. Locals have to have clothes, right? Check with local boutiques for unique winter finds and/or special hours.