Beauty and Pride Tour
Onslow County, North Carolina brings beauty and pride together with agri-tourism, history, the beach and military pride.
Fun for an entire group can be found throughout the Onslow County area. From start to finish, our attractions make enjoying the North Carolina Coast a truly unique experience.
Day One – Country Cruising
Start an afternoon off with a stop at The Onslow County Museum. Located in the heart of Richlands, this state of the art facility showcases Onslow County’s unique special moments in history, as well as provides a 4,000 year overview of the land from prehistoric times to present day.
Then head up the road on Highway 258, towards Kinston, and stop by one of our newest treasures, Huffman Vineyards at Mirey Creek. Do a wine tasting of over 21 varieties – sweet, semi-sweet, or dry. Visitors also enjoy the unique gift shop and hand-painted murals found throughout the winery.
INSIDER TIP: On the way, stop by J&N Grocery & Grill for a Pepsi in a cold glass bottle and some North Carolina boiled peanuts! Sit outside on the benches under their pecan tree. If you happen to be there in the morning, they make a great sausage biscuit for breakfast!
J&N Grocery & Grill
351 Beulaville Hwy
Richlands, NC 28574
From the winery, cruise on down the country road to Mike’s Farm. Enjoy a true family-style dinner with some of the best home cooking in Eastern North Carolina. Known for its hayrides, educational programs, petting zoo, seasonal produce and special events like “Festival of Lights”, this hidden treasure also has a gift shop and a phenomenal bakery.
Day Two – A Swansboro Shopping Spree
Visit historic downtown Swansboro and shop their gift shops, with over forty unique locations. Located right on the waterfront, it is a beautiful way to spend several hours. Start here 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. For lunch and dinner, there are several unique restaurants – Saltwater Grill, Church Street Deli, White Oak River Bistro, or the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, and Boro Café & Bakery.
INSIDER TIP: Between April and October, head down the road to Hammocks Beach State Park and enjoy a boat ferry ride to Bear Island, which is about 40 minutes round trip, or debark and check out the island for great seashell hunting, sunbathing, or a peaceful walk along the white sandy beaches of the island.
Day Three – Lejeune Memorial Gardens and Downtown Jacksonville
Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejeune and is steeped in military history. Lejeune Memorial Gardens is a gorgeous, yet quiet and retrospective location nestled in the North Carolina pines with azalea’s dotting the landscape. The Beirut Memorial is dedicated to those that lost their lives in Beirut on a peace keeping mission in 1983. The 9/11 Memorial is a piece of the NY Twin towers and was brought to Jacksonville to thank our Marines by the New York Fire and Police Department. The Vietnam Memorial is only one of two in the United States that list the names of every person lost. Our newest monument is the Montford Point Marines Memorial that honors our African American marines that served our country during World War II.
As you leave the Memorials, you will see the Freedom Fountain, dedicated to all of our active duty serving our country. Stop by our local Jacksonville Art Gallery. For some fresh seafood, stop by for lunch or dinner at The Marina Café, located on the riverfront, and if its a Friday night, take a river cruise afterwards.
INSIDER TIP: If seafood is not your thing, here are three fantastic spots to eat in downtown Jacksonville. Biagio’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have live entertainment on some evenings. The Courthouse Caffe is open for breakfast and lunch. Locals are delighted by Elsa’s Place, a Caribbean food restaurant that is truly unique. All three are located along Court Street.