Two Meatballs: (singing) These Are a Few of Our Favorite Placessss!!!


This is everyone who made it down to the beach this vacay! I feel so lucky to look forward to my family vacation and actually totally enjoy it.  If I read my posts and didn’t know me I would think barrrrrfff…this bitch is full of shit.  No family likes each other this much and has so much fun together!  But you guysssss…it’s totally true! #whydontyoubragaboutit?! The weather has been super up and down but that didn’t stop the fun! Our family has been coming to Emerald Isle or Atlantic Beach forrrr-ever and for the last long while, we always stay at Summer Winds!  We’ve gotten to know the place well and have several favorite spots in and around the island.


First on the beach tour is the best little gem on the island.  Every single day we trek it to our favorite coffee shop and bakery, 4J’s in Emerald Isle…I really needed to lose those three pounds so Joe the owner let me bring in my own unsweetened coconut milk for lattes…thanks JOE!!! It should also be noted that Joe is lovely! He has a kind word for everyone who walks through his doors and you just know that he remembers each and every person that pops in. He is clearly passionate about what he does…I’m not kidding when I say that the coffee is unbelievable.  He makes his own bagels using NYC water, he also has a bakery in Newport and makes muffins, cakes and every goody I needed to stay away from. Who looks forward to their favorite coffee shop on vacay…the Beards! 4J’s actually just won Best Coffee on the Crystal Coast!!!  Thanks so much to Joe and all the girls at 4J’s…if you guys find yourselves on the coast do yourself a favor!




Sidebar…a guy comes here everyday and parks his car and his two dogs climb into the front seat and look like a married couple driving the car…adorable and a great way to start the day!!!


This next stop was a first for us.  We spent almost every single morning at a place we had never tried before…Mike’s Place for breakfast!!!  The sassy hostess set the tone for our mornings…everyone always has a smile and the food was yuuuuuumy!



And another little diner gem in Swansboro called Yana’s! #50’sdiner


Another family favorite is The Sweet Spot…the living best ice cream shop…confession I ate so much ice cream down here you guys!  Another reason I pulled a big fat zero for weigh in #worthit


Dinner at The Spouter Inn on the waterfront in Beaufort is the loveliest place!!! You should def get the crab cakes!!!



As you saw last week…Fort Macon is always a hit…


We also love stopping at all the fresh produce stands along the way..this one was in Cedar Point and it helped me get back on track food wise!!!


This literally became farm to table!



We spend 90% of our time on the beach or at the pool so I know this list is really food heavy….but that is what we do!

Here are some final honorable mentions…Flipperz was a new place that we tired this year and ended up going 3 times!  Normally I wouldn’t trust something that ended in a Z in that manner…but this place was yummy and had a cute gift shop! Also they had a million side options and healthy salads!


We had lunch at the Crab Shack one day…they had grilled seafood in a land of fried seafood!!! #healthyoptions


And a couple of nights at Amos Mosquito’s in Atlantic Beach….I LOVE THIS PLACE! I had the biggest cheat meal here one of the nights and probably the healthiest meal I ate on my entire vacation on the second night!








So if you find yourself on the coast visit any one if not alllll of these places you will have the living best time!!! Best two weeks of my life…can’t wait to see you Raleigh!!!



  1. Awwww! I want to go back!!!!!!!
    Chase is the snuggliest little nugget! And you & Wyatt take the greatest selfies of life!!!

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