Are you seeking the perfect weekend trip from Roanoke, VA? Escape the city and give yourself a change of scenery. Hit the road and head to Emerald Isle, NC. Between the gorgeous sunsets, salty ocean air, and picturesque scenery, you’ll feel at home in no time at Emerald Isle.
If you’re looking for more things to see and do during your weekend trip from Roanoke, VA, then you download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed all of our favorite attractions on the Crystal Coast, including restaurants, family-friendly attractions, shops, and more!
Buckle Up and Take a Weekend Trip From Roanoke, VA
Emerald Isle is a fantastic weekend trip from Roanoke, VA, because the drive is only about five and a half hours long. If you wanted to take a fun-filled detour, you could make a pit stop in Colonial Williamsburg. It will add a little over two hours to your trip. During your time here, you can spend the day ride thrilling coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, go horseback riding through the woods of Williamsburg, explore hiking trails, and more!
Explore the Best of Emerald Isle
Now that you’ve reached the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, you’ll want to explore everything that this remarkable area has to offer.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
The Salty Air Open Market is located across the bridge from Emerald Isle in Cedar Point. The drive only takes about 10 minutes and will provide you with remarkable views of the sparkling waters. At the market, you’ll find everything from fresh-caught seafood to delicious food trucks to fresh-off-the-farm fruits and vegetables. You’ll also be serenaded by the sounds of local musicians playing live music.
Go Kayaking on the Open Water
One of the best ways to see the sights of Emerald Isle is by water. Grab a kayak and paddle out onto the calm waters of Bogue Inlet. Whether you’re an avid boater or it’s your first time giving it a try, there’s plenty of excellent outfitters throughout the island that are happy to help you. Some of our favorites include:
- Hot Wax Surf & Paddle Sports
- Island Water Sports
- Barrier Island Kayaks Rentals and Guided Tours
Have a Day Filled With Family Fun
Planning a family vacation with activities to keep everyone happy can be a challenging task. Don’t worry. We’re here to help! With our tips and tricks, planning awesome activities for kids is easy. Some of our favorite local kid-friendly activities include:
- Spend the day slipping and sliding at Salty Pirate Water Park of Emerald Isle.
- Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
- Take a day trip from Emerald Isle to Fort Macon State Park.
Indulge in the Best of Emerald Isle Dining
One of the best parts of any vacation is exploring the culinary scene and treating yourself to delectable, mouthwatering meals. Here on Emerald Isle, you’ll find eateries serving everything from steaks to burgers to seafood and more! Some of our favorite dining establishments include:
- Lazzara’s Pizza and Subs
- The Trading Post: Southern Food and Spirits
- The Village Market
- Fish Hut Grill
Stay in a Spinnaker’s Reach Home
During your weekend getaway from Roanoke, VA, to Emerald Isle, you’ll want a luxurious beach rental to call home.
When you stay with us, you’ll quickly discover why so many families choose to stay with Spinnaker’s Reach year after year. We offer pet-friendly homes, oceanfront homes, homes with private pools, and all of the amenities you’ll need for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
Be sure to book direct with Spinnaker’s Reach to see the best deals and discounts and avoid third-party site fees. Browse our full list of vacation rentals and book today. We look forward to having you!