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Your Ultimate Guide to Weekend Getaways from D.C.


When you need a break from the stress and crowds that come with living in our nation’s capital, there’s only one place to go! Emerald Isle in North Carolina is the perfect place for your weekend getaways from D.C. With gorgeous beaches, a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, and beautiful homes from Spinnaker’s Reach, there’s no better place to unwind than Emerald Isle!

There are so many awesome things to do and see during your weekend getaways from DC! Not sure where to start? Download our free Vacation Guide to get recommendations for local restaurants, historic sites, museums, and family-friendly attractions. Ditch the bulky and outdated travel books! Get the inside scoop on Emerald Isle in one easy-to-read guide.

Start Planning your Weekend Getaways from D.C.

So why Emerald Isle? If you’re traveling from D.C., you’ll want to stay somewhere that’s off the beaten trail. You’ll want somewhere that’s quiet, with a small-town charm and plenty of untouched beaches to explore. Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend.

Attend an Emerald Isle Festival

There’s plenty to celebrate on the Crystal Coast, and we take every opportunity to gather for a fun festival. These Emerald Isle events are a great opportunity to get to know the area, the culture, and the people a little better. There’s a festival for nearly every occasion, from welcoming the new year with the epic Crystal Coast Countdown to celebrating the importance of seafood, to the Eastern North Carolina Community at the N.C. Seafood Festival. For a full list of our favorite annual events, don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide!

Have a Day of Family-Friendly Fun

There are plenty of great attractions perfect for families near Emerald Isle. One of our favorite spots is the Cape Lookout National Seashore. This seashore is only accessible by boat, but no worries; there are a couple of ferries that run daily trips to the park. Once you’re there, you can enjoy a picnic on the gorgeous undeveloped beaches or go on a horse-watching tour. You’ll be able to see the wild horses that roam the shores. Be sure to head to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This incredible structure was built in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the United States that features the “checkered daymark” pattern. From May to September, you’ll be able to climb to the very top of the lighthouse.

Another great nearby attraction is the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Located in the nearby town of Pine Knoll Shores, this aquarium features a wide variety of aquatic animals, from loggerhead turtles to otters. The tours at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium are outstanding. You can get a look at how the facility operates and cares for the animals with the “Behind the Scenes Tours” or even learn how to master the art of surf fishing in N.C. with the Fishing Fanatics tour. It also hosts great plenty of fun special events, so be sure to check the calendar before your visit so you don’t miss out!

Stay with Spinnaker’s Reach

When planning your weekend getaways from D.C., you want to make sure you’re staying in the best accommodations on Emerald Isle. You need something that’s going to feel like your home-away-from-home and will have everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed. You’ll find that and more when you reserve a home from Spinnaker’s Reach.

Consider booking Fairwinds West for your weekend or week-long getaway! This gorgeous four-bedroom, three-bathroom duplex is perfect for families hoping to escape the big city for a long weekend. Fairwinds West features three floors. The ground floor has the laundry room, half-bath, and garage with a second refrigerator. The second floor features three bedrooms, including a master suite with a private bathroom. The third floor has a spacious, open floor plan which encompasses the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Best of all, this home is pet-friendly, so the whole family can join you for your weekend getaway!

Take a look at the rest of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you.