The cooler weather of fall at North Carolina's central coast in Onslow County brings with it a cozy vibe as well as a quiet and relaxing alternative to the busier spring and summer tourist months. Being out on the water is nearly a year-round opportunity, whether for some fishing or to enjoy a specialty cruise out of the historic and quaint waterfront town of Swansboro or along the New River in Jacksonville. Our sunrises and sunsets as well as the amazing wildlife along our waterways are always enchanting!
At North Topsail Beach, rather than a row of hi-rise hotels, as you drive across the high-rise bridge onto Topsail Island you'll find a string of beach cottages on the horizon that form a long, rainbow-colored line, marking the place where the blue ocean meets the sandy beach. Upon arrival, it's time to be as adventurous or as lazy as you’d like! Now is the time to plan your fall getaway. Pack up the car with your doggo and your family or friends and make North Topsail Beach your home-away-from-home at one of our beach rentals offered through Treasure Realty. You can also search and book hotel accommodations right here from our website.
You'll find some of the freshest seafood like shrimp, oysters, and blue crab all of which are in season during the fall. Riverview Cafe in Sneads Ferry is legendary for their shrimp and stump sound oysters, with their shrimping boat, Miss Janice, docked within sight right outside. Join the locals for dining and drinks with some live music in the Town of Swansboro at local hotspots like Saltwater Grill, Sweet Edventures Dessert Bar, The Boro Restaurant & Bar, Bamboo Asian House, and many others.
For some family fun, and just a short drive inland along our rural country roads, you'll find Mike's Farm. The whole family will enjoy a southern-style country dinner, and with the holiday season is just around the corner, their Festival of Lights, hayrides, and Ho Ho Christmas Show makes for a memorable family experience. The NC Products Barn, located on the grounds at Mike's Farm is a destination for shopping, featuring North Carolina-made products from the mountains to the piedmont and all the way to the coast.
While out in the country, sample some North Carolina small-batch wines made in Richlands at Huffman's Vineyards. Relax in their spacious tasting room and enjoy local cheese and other delectables. Walton's Distillery is becoming increasingly popular for their craft distillery tours and tastings of their Ms. Kitty's apple pie moonshine along with many other fun flavors. They also make bourbon whiskey and have an expanding line of spirits.
Enjoy the central coast of North Carolina year-round. As the leaves fall and the cooler weather takes hold, fun adventures await in Onslow County! For more trip-planning information, check out our safe travel portal as well as a list of restaurants with patios and outdoor seating.