Cruising the Crystal Coast
Collected by Nina Dietzel, AFAR Ambassador
Indian Beach, NC, USA
My personal version of car bingo is marquee sign spotting, especially in rural, far-flung destinations. The Crystal Coast kept me entertained while driving long distances. 'Scrhimp', and 'love you Eric' under the announcement 'Cra Shack Ciosed'...
903 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA
Part gallery, part art & pottery school, this is a fun place to get your creative ya ya's out, while visiting the Crystal Coast. A few years ago, Lynn & Mark Golitz turned their mid-life crisis into art. Both bid a relieved farewell to the...
Old Burying Grounds, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA
Many colorful characters of Beaufort's 300 year old history rest here under a canopy of dignified, gnarled old oak trees. Stories abound, one of them of a young girl dying on a home bound ship, who continued her fatal journey in a rum keg. Once...
909-B Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA
The Promise' Land Market is located on the short, and fun commercial stretch of Arendell Street in Morehead City – just a few doors down from BluSail (http://www.afar.com/places/blusail-gallery-morehead-city). Take note: it's the store with the...
207 WB McLean Dr, Cape Carteret, NC 28584, USA
I'm a coffee addict. There, I said it. And I certainly function a hell of a lot better, once I've had a good cup. Emphasis on GOOD. After a few painful duds along the Crystal Coast, I found The Java Post. Please note, this is purely a coffee,...
Shackleford Banks, North Carolina, USA
On my ferry excursion to Cape Lookout, we passed Shackleford Banks, an island that is home to more than 110 wild horses. These sturdy little mustangs have lived here self sufficiently for centuries, and are thought to have originated from European...
Cape Lookout, NC 28531, USA
The ferry ride to Cape Lookout (one of the barrier islands) felt like an abbreviated journey to the end of the world to me. Nature is all sky, sea, shells, sand, wind and water here. It is a wild, but healing place, somewhere you can re-charge,...
Crystal Coast, Harkers Island, NC 28531, USA
Sharks teeth, sand dollars, and tulip, ark, cockle, razor, ear and olive shells make for a real treasure hunt, especially after a good storm. Beach combing along the Crystal Coast was one of my favorite activities. I have never seen a richer...
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