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Old 03-31-2009, 10:00 PM
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DH and I are going to the Atlantic Beach area for a long weekend without the kids. Does anyone have restaurant suggestions? (I'm thinking really nice meals with great views and good food.) Suggestions for thing to see/do beyond the usual tourist stuff (lighthouse, Beaufort, aquarium, etc.)? If you know of something unique to do in the area, I'd love to hear about it.

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Old 04-01-2009, 01:06 PM
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Default Bistro by the Sea

A nice place for dinner would be to go over the bridge to Morehead City and eat at Bistro by the Sea.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:13 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Sounds like a fun weekend for the two of you!

If you like outdoor activities, it's fun to rent bikes and ride through Bogue Banks, where Atlantic Beach is or through Beaufort's leafy historic district. You can also rent kayaks in Morehead City or Beaufort--and who knows, maybe you'll be lucky enough to paddle among dolphins.

Some of the touristy stuff is fun! A tour through Beaufort on the London double-decker bus, for example. Or the little ferry ride from Harkers Island to Cape Lookout Natl. seashore. Sometimes you get to see wild horses and Cape Lookout beaches are wild and untouched, perfect for strolling and shell-gathering.

You're in luck on the grog and grub...we like to eat! In Atlantic Beach, Crab's Claw's right on the water and if the weather's right, you can eat outside on their deck. Romantic at sunset!

Gourmet fine dining is found at Williams and Shephard's Point in Morehead. More casual good eats at the Ruddy Duck on Morehead's waterfront. Eat outside, on the water, if the weather's fine. Pizza and subs at the busy Beach Bumz, a block off the water.

Fine dining in quaint Beaufort is at Blue Moon, Beaufort Grocery, and the Stillwater, which is on the water. Clawson's restaurant & pub, on Beaufort's Front St., is more casual and the bar area reminds many of Cheers--great place to meet people and have fun conversation. Best burgers around, in my humble opinion. So big you can share. Sit outside at the Dock House to look at all the cruisers, large and small, right in front of you. Now under new management so no reports on the food yet. Grog is good here.

Of course, as parents taking a long weekend for themselves, two favorite activities always popular are Extreme Napping and Power Beach Dozing...

Hope you have a wonderful time...! Hard not to in this little corner of the world.

Little Dolphin
Southern Outer Banks Scribe
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:42 PM
Location: Five Points
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Williams is very good. McCurdy's on the causeway, and Beaufort Grocery are very good as well. Have a drink at Sunset on the deck at Channel Marker. Gotta get a shrimpburger from the Big Oak in Salter Path.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:02 PM
Location: Southern, NJ
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We had gone to Beaufort Grocery last summer and were disappointed the prices have gone out of control and the cuisine downhill IMO. We won't go back.
We enjoy Clawson's for casual and as the OP stated the best burgers around.
Channel Marker is romantic and they have great seafood.
When we bring our dog down we sit a have a cold beer on the deck at the Dock House, she sits under the table and we all eat drunkin shrimp, she has her bowl of cold water and shrimp watching the boats come in. There are other very good restaurants on main st. in Beaufort, I just can't remember the names.

You have gotten many good suggestions. Have a wonderful, romantic time. kelsie
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:19 PM
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Wow, you guys have given us great suggestions! Hopefully the weather will be kind. It sounds like we'll be eating well.

Thanks, everyone!!
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