By Carrie Brothers | Correspondent
Why: Opened in mid-2020, Island Bakery in Avon quickly established itself as a must-visit stop for anyone with a sweet tooth and love for good bread. The glass cases are packed full with tender cupcakes, decadent cheesecakes and soft cookies nestled alongside fresh loves of bread, pies and treats with seasonal, exciting flavors, such as margarita cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo. Each item is baked with care, and gluten-free options are available. Come early because they can sell out!
Where: 41934 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; Closed Sunday and Monday
Info: 252-986-5188; www.islandbakeryavon.com
Why: Located in a colorful, quirky little building, Scratchmade Snackery is home to countless, craveable goodies. The cases overflow with cinnamon buns, cookies, brownies, croissants, muffins and bread. Bars of key lime pie and cheesecake are also available if you are looking for more. Each sweet treat is almost as beautiful as it is delicious. After seven seasons on the island, the husband and wife team, Kitty and Kyle Oden, behind this bakery never disappoints.
Where: 57544 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
Hours: 5 a.m. – Noon Daily
Info: 252-986-0048; www.scratchmadesnackery.com
Bakery & Cafe
Why: For more than a generation, many visitors have sworn that no trip to Hatteras has been complete without a stop at Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe. Converted from a hotel to a bakery in the 1980s, the little blue and white bakery may be most famous for their Apple Uglies, a magical marriage between doughnut dough and apples. The tempting menu also features fresh doughnuts, sticky buns and breakfast sandwiches.
Where: 47206 N.C. Highway 12 Buxton
Hours: 6:30 – 11 a.m. Daily
Info: 252-995-4109; orangeblossombakery.com
Gingerbread House Bakery
Why: Since 1975, this whimsical building straight from an old fairy tale has sold a variety of scratch-made pastries and jumbo cookies. Gingerbread House takes the bakery a step further and has an extensive pizza menu available for those looking for something a bit more savory. Delectable vegan options, like chocolate croissants are available, and, yes, they do have gingerbread men.
Where: 52715 N.C. Highway 12, Frisco
Hours: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Closed Sunday-Wednesday
Info: 252-995-5204; gbhbakery.com