A Southern State of Mind


Emerald Isle, North Carolina

You have to eat sometime. So, why not eat at the best places on the island?


The Village Market

The Village Market is a locally owned deli and sandwich shop that is a favorite among island residents and tourists. Once you’re done eating, you can shop til you drop at the restaurant’s store.

Source: http://villagemarketofei.com/



As a family owned business, RuckerJohns is best known for their steaks and BBQ specials.

Source: http://www.ruckerjohns.com/


The Crab Shack

The Crab Shack may be closed for the season right now, but trust me, you don’t want to miss it come Spring. A personal favorite of mine is their crab cakes.

Source: http://www.thecrabshacksalterpath.com/index.html


ChowdaHeads Restaurant

Enjoy a seafood meal in a casual and friendly atmosphere at ChowdaHeads Restaurant. Their wide variety of foods ranges from shrimp to wraps.

Source: http://www.crystalcoastdeals.com/?p=1_221


Sanitary Fish Market and Seafood Restaurant

You have probably seen their t-shirts, so why not see the actual restaurant? Sanitary Fish Market and Seafood dates back to 1938 and is today known as a “most stop” on the Intercoastal Waterway.

Source: http://sanitaryfishmarket.com/


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Emerald Isle, North Carolina 

After a weekend, full of Christmas parties and bridal showers, it’s time to head back to the beach in “A Southern State of Mind.” Here the top 5 can’t miss attractions in Emerald Isle.


Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier is a great place to take in the sites of the island. You might even catch a fish or two, while there!

Source: http://www.bogueinletpier.com/index.htm


Flatwaters Paddling

Grab a paddle and hit the waters of Emerald Isle! You can also rents kayaks and canoes for everyone to enjoy.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/PaddlingNC


Emerald Isle Adventures

Join Captain Roy Heverly for a day of fishing and fun! Boat rentals are also available.

Source: http://www.emeraldisleadventures.com/Home_Page.php

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Fort Macon

A personal favorite of mine! Fort Macon is located just 20 minutes from Emerald Isle. Once a Civil War fort, this historic site is now a favorite among visitors to the area.

Source: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/foma/main.php


Emerald Forest Putt-Putt

What trip to the beach is complete without a round of putt-putt?

Source: http://www.emeraldislerealty.com/area-info/emerald-forest-putt-putt

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina 

For our second trip in our “A Southern State of Mind” series, we are heading to the beach, Emerald Isle, NC!

Emerald Isle, located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, was first home to the Algonquin Indian tribe from about 500 A.D. to colonial times. Afterwards, the area was settled by whalers and fishermen.

Located on the western end of Bogue Banks, Emerald Isle overlooks a small inlet. English colonists began to settled the inside area of the Bogue Inlet around 1730.

As with any place on the coast of NC, this island was popular pirate territory. Blackbeard sailed from Teach’s Hole at Ocracoke Island, just to the north around Cape Lookout. In the early 1720’s, Beaufort (on the mainland across from the eastern end of the island ) was an official seaport. Twice during the summer of 1747, pirates sacked Beaufort.

During the Revolutionary War, a number of patriot privateers operated through the inlet. Naval hero of the War of 1812, Captain Otway Burns, was born and grew up in Swansboro, located near Emerald Isle. In 1818, Burns brought national attention to the area by constructing the first steamship ever to float in North Carolina waters. Captain Burns continues to draw attention to his grave in nearby Beaufort, where an actual cannon from his privateer, The Snap Dragon, is placed.

The Civil War ended the relative prosperity of the mainland communities behind Bogue Inlet. Later, with the decline in the trade of naval stores, the major industry became fishing.

Today, Emerald Isle is a popular place for families and tourists to enjoy. The island takes its name from the large maritime forests, which were mostly uninhabited until the 1950’s, when small family cottages began to appear.

Source: http://www.crystalcoast.com/emerald-isle-history.html

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

You can’t forget food when traveling! Whether it’s a mom and pop stop or a little hole in the wall place, Winston-Salem is full of delicious restaurants you don’t want to miss!

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The Tavern at Old Salem

Dine at an 18th century tavern and enjoy a classic American meal, inspired by the Moravians.

Source: http://thetaverninoldsalem.ws/


Milner’s American Southern

Who doesn’t love an upscale Southern meal while traveling?

Source: http://www.milnerfood.com/



Dairi-O is one of my all-time favorite places to eat! Feast on one of their famous hot dogs or hamburgers. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream or a milkshake while you’re at it!

Source: http://www.dairios.com/

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The Olive Tree Deli

Definitely a mom and pop restaurant with the best Greek food in town! You can’t beat The Olive Tree Deli’s side of zucchini or chicken souvlaki.


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Bib’s Downtown

The love of BBQ rings true here in the Twin City. Bib’s Downtown is famously known for their hickory-smoked meats and tasty hush-puppies.

Source: http://www.bibsdowntown.com/

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Winston-Salem, North Carolina as Country Belle Chic’s first ever post in the “A Southern State of Mind” series! In a few weeks, I’ll take you on a trip to Emerald Isle, North Carolina! Who doesn’t love the beach in December?