Must-See Sights and Activities in Onslow County
Warm up in the cold winter months or cool off and relax outdoors in the summer heat at one of our unique local restaurants and watering holes. Whether you prefer a quaint winery in the country, a local distillery with real North Carolina moonshine, a coffee shop with espresso cocktails and homemade desserts or a bar dedicated to the storied Marine Corps history in Jacksonville, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect spot in Onslow County.
Wine lovers rejoice! Huffman Vineyards, a picturesque vineyard located just a short drive from the city but far enough away to allow visitors to feel like they’ve been transported to a famed wine region. Huffman Vineyards takes pride in offering both wine connessieurs and novices a taste of our local North Carolina wine, made in small batches right here in Onslow County. Come for a tasting where you can sample sweet, semi-sweet, and dry wines. If it’s warm enough, you’re encouraged to walk around outside and enjoy your vino on their beautiful patio.
North Carolina whiskey and moonshine aren’t just made in the mountains and down the backroads anymore, though that’s where much of it started. In fact, you can enjoy a taste, and see how it’s made, right here in Jacksonville at Walton’s Distillery. Donald Walton, Jr lived in Kentucky for a while and took advantage of its rich whiskey-making history before bringing his talents back to Onslow County. After working on his whiskey, he decided to expand on a talent his family had been perfecting for over 50 years: moonshine. A tasting at Walton’s Distillery, an authentic craft distillery right here in Jacksonville, is a must-do while living or vacationing in Onslow County. Don’t forget to stick around for some live music by talented bluegrass bands.
Looking for local flavor and an experience you can find Only In Onslow? Dine and drink with the locals when you saddle up to one of our area bars or pubs. First, get a firsthand look at our rich military history at the local, and legendary, Swyanyks where you’ll drink with America’s elite fighting force, the United States Marines, while dancing the night away. Looking for something a little quieter? Head to Swansboro and enjoy a pint at Church Street Pub, or visit Bake Bottle and Brew for a craft beer while shopping along the waterfront in historic Swansboro. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy local seafood at one of the eateries along the water.
Are you a coffee aficionado? You won’t want to miss one of the local coffee shops that offer more than just cappuccino. Biagio’s Italian Coffee and Espresso Bar in downtown Jacksonville is home to some of the most unique coffee cocktails and homemade desserts this area has to offer, including their Elvis Cronut complete with chocolate, peanut butter, banana and bacon! They also offer dinner and breakfast options. Are you a trivia fanatic? You won’t want to miss Thursday Trivia at Brewed Awakenings where you can grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine before testing your knowledge of random facts.
Nothing showcases a city like its culinary personality and you can enjoy a taste of everything here in Onslow County. Meet the many extraordinary people who call this area “home” as well as those military families who will leave their mark on this town before moving on to the next place. The stories and experiences are endless and they all start over a drink and a good bite to eat.
To learn more about the unique places you’ll only find in Onslow County, visit us at www.onlyinonslow.com and start planning your visit today.