Your Guide to the Best Weekend Trip From Cary

When you get the urge to enjoy the weather and explore new surroundings, you don’t always have to take an expensive trip out of state. North Carolina has so much to offer, and much of it is close to Cary. If you’re looking for the perfect weekend trip from Cary, hit the road and head to Emerald Isle. 

As you continue to plan your weekend trip from Cary to Emerald Isle, please take advantage of our free Vacation Guide. It contains information about the best restaurants, outdoor activities, events, and attractions to explore during your stay. 

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The Ultimate Weekend Trip From Cary

Why choose Emerald Isle for your weekend trip from Cary? The drive is only about two hours and 45 minutes, which is the perfect distance for a weekend getaway. Plus, the coastal environment of Emerald Isle will be a welcomed change of scenery and will provide you with serenity. 

Make a Pit Stop Along the Way

If you’re a nature enthusiast and want to make the most out of your road trip, make a stop at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington, NC. It only adds about an hour to your drive, and also provides you with remarkable scenery. You can hike along the Raven Rock Loop Trail and reach an overlook where you can see picturesque views for miles. 

Embrace the Best of Emerald Isle

Once you’ve reached the Crystal Coast, you can take advantage of everything it has to offer! 

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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Emerald Isle is home to miles of pristine beaches and gorgeous shorelines. It’s easy to see why so many people would choose to spend their time outside rather than inside during their time here. Some popular outdoor activities take place on the water, such as kayaking, kitesurfing, and fishing. You can also play a round of golf at world-class golf courses. Some of our favorite outdoor attractions include:

Taste Local Cuisine

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Here in Emerald Isle, you won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to enjoy a delicious meal. We’re known for our fresh-caught local seafood, but you’ll find dishes that everyone favors. You’ll find beachfront bars with live music, fine dining establishments, and family-friendly eateries. Some of our favorite restaurants include: 

Relax and Unwind

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No trip to the Crystal Coast is complete without a day spent at the beach. You’ll feel at home as you sink your toes in the sand and let the salty sea breeze hit your face. If you really want to pamper yourself and feel rejuvenated, treat yourself to a day spent at the spa. A few of the best local spas include:

The Perfect Place to Stay

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When you’re staying in Emerald Isle during your weekend trip from Cary, you’ll need a fantastic beach house. Spinnaker’s Reach offers an array of homes of different sizes to accommodate your group. We offer Emerald Isle vacation rentals in a family-friendly atmosphere, all of which are just a few minutes from the shoreline. All of our guests have access to amazing amenities like swimming pools, golf carts, parking, concierge service, and exclusive events. This resort-like atmosphere, combined with the privacy of your vacation rental, equals the vacation of a lifetime! Browse through our vacation rentals and find the perfect spot to spend your next getaway! 

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