By Carrie Brothers | Correspondent
Isla Coffee Shop
Recently opened, Hatteras Island’s newest coffee shop specializes in coffee, plant-based treats and gifts from La Isla, Puerto Rico. Sink your teeth into delicious treats like fresh, gluten-free blondies or picture-perfect vegan strawberry shortcake in between sips of locally roasted coffee. The menu also features cold-pressed juices and plant-rich wellness lattes.
Where: 39774 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
Hours: 8 a.m-1 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 a.m-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Closed Sunday
Info: 757-231-1824; Isla Coffee Shop on Facebook
The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop
This locally owned and operated shop offers up a menu with a large variety of specialty coffee blends from around the world. Fresh baked goods and gifts fill the shop, including art from local artists. A long-time favorite, The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop located across from the harbor in Hatteras Village, making it perfectly situated for grabbing coffee and baked goods before a stroll by the water.
Where: 58079 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday; Closed Monday
Info: 252-986-4004; www.thedancingturtle.com
Beads and Beans OBX
Come for the caffeine and treats but stay for the beads and art. The menu features coffee, tea, real fruit smoothies, baked goods and hand-dipped ice cream. This family-owned and operated spot includes a gift shop and working studio with a selection of beads where visitors can create their own masterpiece.
Where: 24202 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
Hours: 7-11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Monday; Closed Tuesday
Info: 252-619-2028; Beads & Beans OBX on Facebook
Samantha’s Coffee Smoothie
Inside of Studio 12 lies a gem that roasts their own beans, bakes their own pastries and blends fresh smoothies. Stop in when you come to paint pottery, for breakfast or just a caffeine boost. Smoothies are always made with just fruit and no added sugar. They also offer sugar-free chocolate flavors for blended coffee drinks that your dentist would approve of.
Where: 41008 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Closed Saturday-Sunday
Info: 252-995-7899; www.samanthascoffeesmoothie.com