8 Affordable And Fun Winter Getaways In Eastern NC

8 Affordable And Fun Winter Getaways In Eastern NC

Photo courtesy of Beaufort Hotel via Facebook

By Claire Mainprize

December 21, 2023

Take advantage of one of these eight off-season deals and enjoy North Carolina’s lovely winter months.

Empty beaches, mild weather, stunning sunsets, and friendly locals…what’s not to love about the North Carolina coast in the winter? 

Sure, you might not be able to strip down to your swimsuit and splash around in the water, but there are plenty of other activities to partake in—taking bundled-up walks on the beach, sipping wine on an oceanfront balcony, dining at cozy local restaurants, hopping between museums, and so much more. 

If this sounds like your kind of staycation, check out these eight deals offered in January and February of 2024. 

Bask in the Quiet Beauty of Beaufort 

Beaufort is a charming town any time of the year, but the lack of tourists paired with off-season deals on accommodations make winter a wonderful time to take a trip there. And there’s no better place to take a relaxing winter respite than the Beaufort Hotel. 

Once you step onto the 10-acre, tucked-away property, you’ll instantly see why USA Today named Beaufort Hotel the No. 1 “Best Boutique Hotel” in America two years in a row. With the hotel’s Beaufort Winter Escape Package, you can save 20% off regular room rates when you book a stay between Jan. 1 and March 24, 2024.

Spend the money you save on accommodations while checking out the area’s best winter activities, including perusing the North Carolina Maritime Museum, taking the Beaufort Ghost Walk (which takes you through one of the oldest cemeteries in the state), and shopping and dining downtown. 

Chase Away the Chill on the Crystal Coast

Bluewater Real Estate & Vacation Rentals operates more than 600 properties in various beachfront towns in North Carolina, including:

  • Emerald Isle
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Indian Beach
  • Pine Knoll Shores
  • Beaufort
  • Cedar Point
  • Salter Path 
  • Swansboro
  • Morehead

Not only are the prices lower in the off-season, but the company will give you $100 off your stay at participating properties when you arrive between Jan. 2 and Feb. 24, 2024. A cozy, wintry vacay surrounded by loved ones and coastal views? We can’t think of a better way to start the new year. 

Stay and Play Golf in Wilmington

8 affordable and fun winter getaways in Eastern NC

Photo courtesy of Beau Rivage Golf & Resort via Facebook

The Beau Rivage Golf & Resort in Wilmington is a golfer’s paradise, even in the winter. With highs in the upper 50s (and lows in the 40s) throughout January and February, the winter weather is mild and the crowds are nowhere to be seen. 

The resort’s Stay & Play Sampler Package is the perfect getaway gift for the golfer in your life (even if that person happens to be yourself). 

Here’s what the package includes:

  • A one-night stay with a homemade Southern breakfast
  • 36 holes of award-winning championship golf
  • A club car with pro-shot GPS for every round
  • A complimentary Beau Rivage Golf Club bag tag

The offer starts at just $149 per person, which is tough to beat. For more information, call 1-800-628-7080, extension 2, and mention the promo code “NCGolf.Com.”

Eat, Drink, and Be Cozy in Morehead City

As the only waterfront hotel in Morehead City, Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing invites guests to enjoy panoramic views of the harbor, complimentary breakfast, comfy and convenient rooms with kitchens, and all of the winter activities Morehead City has to offer. 

The destination is particularly beloved by antiquers, as there are several nearby antique shops to explore including Trash and Treasures Antique Mall, which hosts more than 60 vendors, and Seaport Antiques. Whatever you decide to get up to in this Crystal Coast town, you can get 25% off your stay when you book a room during the week between Jan. 2 and Feb. 24, 2024.

WFH, Atlantic Beach-Style 

8 affordable and fun winter getaways in Eastern NC

Photo courtesy of Palm Suites via Facebook

Palm Suites in Atlantic Beach also offers 25% off midweek stays in the off-season (until Feb. 24, 2024). Whether you opt to face the island or the sound, you’ll get views of the water from your room, so there’s really no need to leave—just get out your laptop and work from home in front of some of the best views the state has to offer. 

But if you do venture out into this quaint, coastal town, you can explore the nearby Fort Macon State Park and its Civil War-era fort, dine on fresh seafood, down a pint at Crystal Coast Brewing, and stroll the boardwalk, pier, and miles of pristine beach. It’s sure to be a winter beach trip for the books. 

Spend a Month or more in Manteo

The newly renovated Hotel Manteo is a great place to spend a staycation in the Outer Banks. You’ll be just a 15-minute walk from the North Pond Trail, less than a mile from Festival Park, and 7.8 miles away from the beach. There are even several pet-friendly rooms so you can bring your pup along for the fun.

Best of all, if you book a kitchenette room (with two queen beds) before April 30, 2024, you can enjoy exclusive discounted rates for the off-season. Monthly rates during that time start at just $500—cheaper than rent.

To take advantage of this super-sweet deal, email [email protected] or text 252-512-4959 with your name, contact information, and trip dates.

Turn Up the Romance in a Quaint B&B

8 affordable and fun winter getaways in Eastern NC

Photo courtesy of White Doe Inn via Facebook

Another option in Manteo is the White Doe Inn, a bed and breakfast that specializes in romantic beach getaways. Deals include the Stay & Play Special, which gets you 50% off your third night when you stay during the week, and the 7-Day Excursion, which gets you 20% off a stay of a week or longer. There’s also a Classic Romance Package, Chocolate & Wine Pairing Package, Honeymoon Package, Proposal Package, Babymoon Package, and more

All you have to do is scroll through the B&B’s Instagram page to see how charming and romantic the place really is. 

Enjoy a Night Free in the OBX

Situated along the beach between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, Sanderling Resort is an ideal spot for enjoying the Outer Banks in the wintertime. From now until May 23, 2024, the resort has a special offer: Buy two nights and get your third night free. The resort also offers a couple of packages that might be right up your alley.

First, there’s a “Wellness Getaway” that includes a two-night stay, two spa treatments, two yoga and meditation sessions, two dinners, and more. There’s also a “Love Is in the Ocean Air” package, which gets you and your special someone champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, $50 nightly resort credit to use at the spa or restaurant, and the voice of a spacious room or suite for four nights or more. To see more deals, click here


  • Claire Mainprize

    Claire Mainprize is a writer and editor who covers the intersections of pop culture, lifestyle, and spirituality. Find more of her work at ClaireMainprize.com.

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