Our trip to Onslow County in North Carolina was my most memorable adventure this year! You might know it for Jacksonville (home of Camp Lejeune) or North Topsail Beach…but Swansboro was my favorite town in the area, and it is where we recommend you stay.
Where in Swanboro? At the Hook, Wine and Sinker rental. We ADORED this space, and it was the perfect way to enjoy this coastal town. Here are 4 reasons to rent this awesome space on your next family vacay. Take a look at our video below.
Space to Spread Out
Your space is the top floor of the house, with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a HUGE kitchen, living area, sunroom and porch.
My favorite space was the sunporch, with tall windows that looked out onto the “river” and opened to welcome us with salt smells and a gentle breeze. There is a fold out couch and trundle bed in here too…for watching the passing boats or sleeping 2-3 more people.
The living room includes room for plenty of people to sit and play games or watch TV (Who wants to do that??) There is also a breakfast table for 6 (plus 2 more can eat on the sunporch.)
The kitchen is fit for a chef, welcoming you with all the cooking utensils you need (plus coffee – because that’s important, right??)
The Master bedroom included a great closet, and shares a HUGE jack-and-jill bathroom with the second room. It includes a full bed and a futon that converts into another full-sized bed, plus plenty of storage. The bathroom includes storage, a shower, plus a Jacuzzi tub.
If you can’t make it to the 3rd floor – no worries! There is also an elevator that brings you into the kitchen/laundry area. In fact, we visited over Easter, and the elevator is where the bunny hid their baskets!
I hate hospital-like decor that makes my vacation-space feel cold…and I abhor a space with so much junk that dust has been collecting for 22 years and my allergies take on a life of their own. Hook, Wine and Sinker was perfect. I am not kidding – this is a big thing for me. It felt very much like home…so relaxing and inviting. But not overwhelming. Joanna Gaines herself could not have done a better job.
You will not find better views in all of Onslow County than at this overnight space! Every morning, we sat on the porch and watched the sun rise in one direction…and then spent the evenings watching the sun set in the other direction.
We watched boats drive by from White Oak River, under the bridge…and watched fishermen catching their dinner in the water in front of us.
One evening, the rains came in. We sat on the covered porch with a glass of wine from the shop below, and listened to the beating rain. It was so peaceful, so…sacred a space. Then the clouds parted and the full moon reflected on the water.
This is the reason that we will never, ever stay anywhere else next time we are in town!
Hook, Wine & Sinker sits atop Bake, Bottle & Brew, a wine and beer enthusiast’s dream store where you’ll find a great selection of vino, gifts, and wine/beer making supplies. They offer tastings, and a small bar downstairs where locals and tourists gather to sip the night away.
We were really into the live music offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from 6 to 9PM. About a minute into our video is a shot of local artist Justin Castellano. The first clip was taken from our very own balcony! You’ve got that right – sit out on a private balcony and enjoy up close live music with your drink of choice.
If you have small children, like things on the quieter side, or both, don’t be deterred from booking this location. Bake, Bottle and Brew is not at all a loud establishment, and the live music was finished by 9PM. The three-tiered deck also provides good separation between you and the guests downstairs, and our privacy was never an issue.
Location, Location, Location
What else makes a great Airbnb location? How about great food for breakfast, lunch or dinner all within walking distance? You’ll want to visit Yana’s Ye Olde Drug Store Restaurant at least once for breakfast. Featuring simple down-home Southern cooking with breakfast and burgers served all day, the walls at Yana are adorned with a ton of movie, TV and music memorabilia.
For lunch head to BORO Café & Bakery. If you don’t try the chicken fried steak at BORO I may need to find you and shame you publicly. Chicken Fried Steak is a favorite of mine and this was hands down the best I ever had.
Walk across a parking lot for dinner to find yourself at the Saltwater Grill for a great view of the water. The Saltwater is classy but casual, and great for a special night out. We tried the Crab Encrusted Grouper…and the Beef Shortribs were perfection!
Disclosure: Thank you to Onslow County for hosting us. Opinions here are all our own, as always!
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.