SWANSBORO’S DELIGHT TOUR
Whether you are a local Onslow County resident or a visitor to our area, Swansboro’s unique eateries, natural beauty, shops and historic charm delightfully enchant those that discover our quaint town, bringing them back again and again.
Start your visit to Swansboro @ Bake, Bottle & Brew
No matter what time you arrive in Swansboro, Bake, Bottle & Brew is the perfect spot to kick off your visit, relax for a while and get acquainted to the feeling of Swansboro. It may be mid-morning, where a coffee is in order or you may arrive later in the day, and you’re in the perfect frame of mind to sit outside by the water and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer. Check out their website for a calendar of live entertainment as well!
INSIDER TIP: If you arrive during business hours, stop by the Swansboro Visitors Center to pick up a map of the historic downtown area. It features the shops and restaurants and other points of interest.
Poke around all the shops and meet the local merchants
As you leave Bake Bottle & Brew, make your way back up Front Street and back down the other side to Church Street and meander through all of the numerous boutiques, gift and novelty shops. Whether it’s the artwork and gifts at Russell’s Olde Tyme Shoppe, the handcrafted furniture and vintage artifacts at The Poor Man’s Hole or possibly the nautical gifts, antiques, t-shirts, handcrafted outdoor furniture and art work at The Mercantile of Swansboro, you will enjoy Swansboro’s over 40 unique shops. Each one offers something very special!
What’s going on at Olde Towne Square?
Activities and festivals take place in Swansboro throughout the year – like Arts by the Sea in June, the NC Mullet Festival in October and the Christmas Flotilla, the day after Thanksgiving. The Pavilion hosts a summer concert series that takes place each Sunday afternoon from May through September, as well as weddings and special events. During the summer the Olde Towne Square is home to the Downtown Market which touts home-made and home-grown products, crafts, local seafood, fresh vegetables and more. And during the holiday season, Swansboro showcases their 30-foot Christmas tree for all to enjoy.
INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss George’s Cigar Shop – located right adjacent to Town Square.
If you want to go where everybody knows your name, Cedro De Azmar Cigars or “George’s” as the local folk call it, is the place to be. George greets his patrons with a big hug, a warm smile and often a kiss on the cheek. They say he never meets a stranger and all are welcome. During the year, George hosts Soup Sunday. His customers each bring a pot of soup and they all sit down together and share – like family. Many service members have their retirement ceremonies, promotions and hale and farewell celebrations at George’s. Even if you’re not a cigar smoker, patrons and friends love to come and socialize. Mr. George loves everybody, and it’s very apparent after the first “hello”.
Have you checked in to your hotel yet?
Take some time to get settled in before dinner. Swansboro is home the quaint and charming Church Street Inn which is located right across from the Old Towne Square. We also have a beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites, just minutes from historic downtown.
Ready for lunch or dinner? The options in Swansboro are plentiful!
There are several amazing restaurants to choose from and depending on the time of year, you can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views. Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, and Saltwater Grill are truly wonderful. If you like fresh oysters and enjoy a festive atmosphere, check out Swansborough Yacht Club. For sandwiches, burgers and salads, you will enjoy Church Street Deli. Other options are the White Oak River Bistro, Boro Café & Bakery, and Santorini Mediterranean Grill Check out the menus as you stroll through downtown Swansboro and feel free to visit their websites as well!
INSIDER TIP: Start your day two of your visit with breakfast at Yana’s Ye Olde Drug Store Restaurant, where locals and visitors are known to wait an hour to sample some of her famous home-made fresh fruit fritters in the morning. Evelyn Moore, aka “Yana Mama”, is a retired educator with a passion for cooking and a love of the 1950’s. She embarked on a journey 30 years ago in her restaurant that is not only a local favorite but a destination for vacationers year round.
Take another excursion out to beautiful Hammocks Beach State Park.
Depending on the time of year, visiting Hammocks Beach State Park is another great way to explore the natural beauty in Onslow County. Take the ferry to Bear Island, or enjoy the very popular marsh cruise that is offered between early September and the end of November. The one and a half to two hour interpretive tour leaves the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland and navigates the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island, and Swansboro on a 38 passenger Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat. Call the Swansboro Visitors Center for more information.