Summer Travel Guide

10 of the Best Wedding Destinations and Vacation Spots in NC 

Whether you prefer vacationing in the mountains or at the beach, North Carolina has the best of both worlds. It’s time to break free from months of stay-at-home orders and quarantining with family. Treat yourself to a much-needed vacation at one of the best wedding destinations and vacation spots in NC. Even though you’ll only be 3-5 hours away from home, each of these vacation spots will make you feel like you’re traveling overseas. Explore the wonders of NC while enjoying Southern hospitality and comfort. Discover local resorts, restaurants and retail right in your backyard. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your dream wedding destination while on vacation! 

Sanderling Resort Duck Beach NC Wedding Venue Outdoor Pool
VACATION VENUE Sanderling Resort and Spa

NC Beach Vacation 

Stay at Sanderling Resort and Spa – Located on the Outer Banks in Duck, NC, experience the beauty of this Four-Diamond resort. Enjoy oceanfront views at every turn and easy access to beaches, pools, restaurants and an on-site salon and spa. Grab a drink and unwind at the Sandbar or order room service and enjoy dinner on your private balcony.

Discover Jennette’s Pier – While you’re vacationing on the coast of NC, pop on over to Nags Head to tour Jennette’s Pier. On the pier you’ll find a beautiful event space called Oceanview Hall. This is the perfect wedding venue for couples who dream of hosting a beach wedding.  

Dine at Oceanic & Bluewater – Of these two sister restaurants, it is impossible to pick a favorite. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic and Bluewater are two must-visit NC restaurants. The Oceanic’s oceanfront location and direct access to the Crystal Pier make it a NC wedding venue fantasy. Bluewater offers spectacular dockside views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Both restaurants serve only the freshest and most favorable catches on the island. 

Unwind at The Beaufort Hotel – In addition to being an incredible wedding venue, the Beaufort Hotel can’t be beat as a vacation spot! Between the breathtaking views from your room, the luxurious on-site amenities, and dozens of options for adventurous guests, you’ll have all that you need to make your first trip as a married couple special. Rent a bicycle and go on a beautiful sunset ride, or head on over to the hotel’s full-service marina and spend a day on the water. Or take a trip to see wild horses run along island beaches!

NC Beach Wedding Planning Resources

Need more help planning your next visit or wedding on the coast of NC? The Outer Banks Wedding Association (OBXWA) and A Seaside Weddings & Events with Emerald Isle Realty are both excellent local resource guides.

OBXWA offers a website and magazine to help you find and book the best OBX wedding venues, planners, florists, caterers, hotels and more. Save the date for OBXWA’s wedding fest Sunday, August 9th. Check every item off your wedding to-do list at this laid-back one day wedding show. Meet and mingle with vendors, sample cuisine, take advantage of booking discounts, win prizes, and more! Click here to learn more. 

Fun Fact: Emerald Isle was voted Best North Carolina Beach by USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards in 2018.

In addition to the vacation rentals, Emerald Isle Realty offers support to couples who are planning weddings and events. A Seaside Wedding & Events is the wedding and event side of Emerald Isle Realty. Weddings can be tedious, but the Seaside Weddings & Events team is experienced in destination wedding planning and has helped hundreds of couples plan their dream destination wedding in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, both large and small.

10 of the Best Wedding Destinations and Vacation Spots in NC Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure Shelby Spencer
VACATION VENUE Rumbling Bald Resort | PHOTO Shelby Spencer

NC Mountain Vacations

Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure – Everyone has seen Dirty Dancing (1987), but have you visited one of the resorts where this Americana film was made? Not only is Rumbling Bald historic, this romantic lakeside villa is tucked in-between the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you choose Rumbling Bald for a family vacay or destination wedding, you’ll leave with unforgettable memories.

Brown Mountain Beach Resort – Experience life’s greatest adventures at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, the lack of cell phone service allows you to be more present with your family and nature. 38,000 acres of rugged mountains and a beautiful creek and swimming hole await you. Getaway from the boring day-to-day and stay in one of Brown Mountain’s cottages or yurts! 

Visit Overlook Barn – While you’re out exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, don’t forget to stop by Overlook Barn in Banner Elk. Perched atop Beech Mountain, Overlook Barn is the definition of rustic elegance. Call ahead and make an appointment to tour this breathtaking NC mountain wedding venue.  

Best Vacation Spots in NC Just Outside the Triangle 

Pinehurst Resort – A little over an hour from the Triangle awaits a charming village with legendary golf courses. Pinehurst Resort welcomes families and friends to its 2,000 acre piedmont paradise. Not a fan of golf? Don’t worry. Pinerhurst has a luxury day spa, pools, carriage rides, bike trails, shopping and more. Make your wedding weekend fun and convenient for guests by selecting Pinehurst Resort as your ceremony and reception venue. 

River Landing – Discover the Village of River Landing in Wallace, NC. This picturesque vacation spot, directly en route to Wilmington, encompasses world-class amenities and charm. Surrounded by manicured golf courses, ancient river oak trees and sparkling lakes, River Landing will make you feel worlds away. Whether it’s your wedding day or a family vacation, River Landing’s staff will make sure you make memories of a lifetime.

The Power House at Rocky Mount Mills – Explore one of the most exciting new developments in Eastern NC! Renovated and built by Capital Broadcasting Company, The Power House campus was once a historic cotton mill nestled beside the Tar River. Today it is a mixed-use site for business offices, apartments, events, breweries, restaurants and more! Plan an overnight stay in one of River and Twine’s tiny homes located on campus for the full experience.

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