Posted on April 2, 2015

Set Your Sights for the North Carolina Coast This Spring

April along the coast and eastern parts of North Carolina is a whirlwind of festivals, events and explorations. Our coastal towns are packed with events, sights and aromas! Of course, NCBBI member inns offer you warm hospitality, comfort, delicious food, safety and cleanliness.

And be sure to ask your innkeepers to share their insider secrets. No one knows their area as well as they do. You’ll just need to decide which of the many events you can take in!  Enjoy good times and fun things to do in Eastern and Coastal North Carolina.

The 68th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival is a feast for the eyes and great for photographers. Head to Wilmington, NC and plan your adventure from April 8-12th. This year, organizers have added an app to make it easy to stay current on all the latest info – concerts and music, event schedules, artwork, gardens, history and culture. Get details and a link to the app on the NC Azalea Festival website. And even if you miss the festival, the blossoms will linger well into April.

Pirate lovers, runners and walkers should head to Nags head for the Flying Pirate Half Marathon on April 18-19th. And don’t miss the spectacle nearby at the fan favorite Outer Banks Bike Week in Nags Head from April 18-26th.  Definitely lots of photo opps here!

Foodies will want to make plans to attend the 19th annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on April 11th. This is is one of Wilmington, NC’s most anticipated and delicious events. Tastings are from 11:30 – 5:30, but come early because when the chowder’s gone, it’s really gone!  $6.00 admission (kids 12 and under free).

Did you know that April is National Kite-Flying Month? You will not find a more perfect spot for kite flying in North Carolina than Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. Not only are the views from the dunes spectacular, so are the winds! There are some dunes where hang gliding is permitted, plus you can take lessons and rent your gear right there.

And nature enthusiasts of all ages are in for a treat with a season full of paddling adventures with Roanoke River Partners. Start this Saturday with Spring Paddle Days (April 11th.) You’ll paddle along the beautiful Cashie River after a light breakfast at the Roanoke/Cashie River Center in Windsor, NC. This year, there are three paddle routes to choose from, then everyone meets up back at the starting spot to swap stories, share photos and enjoy a wonderful locally prepared fried fish lunch. For more info and the registration form, visit Roanoke River Partners’ website.

With so many choices of live music, culture, artwork, nature, waterways, games and great food, there is surely no shortage of fun and festivities for celebrating Spring in eastern North Carolina and along the gorgeous NC coast. Be sure to share your photos on NC Bed & Breakfast’s Facebook page. We’d love to see them.

To find NCBBI member inns along your route, check our interactive and searchable map.