It all started in January, 2016, when Jennings and her husband Chuck bought a small boutique hotel in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Wanting to offer something special to guests with their breakfast, Jennings started making muffins, donuts, cinnamon rolls, and french rolls. Pretty soon, all the TripAdvisor and Booking.com reviews were talking about the baked goods, and after a few months, San Juan Surf & Coffee asked Jennings to bake for them. Jennings went home and told Chuck, "Well, I accidentally have a bakery now!" And thus The Accidental Bakery at El Pacifico Hotel was born.
Due to some health issues, the Wrights moved back to North Carolina in September, 2016, and Jennings thought she'd see if this little bakery thing would work as a part time pop-up-shop business, a couple of weekends a month. The first pop up was at Beaufort Linen Company on Front Street in October, and sold out in an hour an a half. By Thanksgiving, the house was busting at the seams! The first space on Wellons Drive was rented and set up to be just a commercial kitchen, with the Grand Opening party on January 28. Many people begged for "open days," so we started with one day a week.
By June, the bakery was open 5 days a week and had 4 employees. In November, we moved to a much larger space and added seating, a meeting room, a larger display area, and a book and retail gift shop!
The Accidental Bakery is much more than a sweet shop! We bake a wide variety of savory products, such as quiche, pizza, calzones, turnovers, and pies. (And because Jennings has celiac disease, there are loads of gluten free options available for special order, or in the cases on Thursdays and Saturdays.) We also have great coffee, with espresso drinks coming soon. Free wifi, comfortable seating, and a relaxing ambience make it the perfect place to meet a friend, have a small group, or catch up on work. You're always welcome!
NOTE: Due to Hurricane Florence in September, 2018, our services and schedule have been disrupted. Please visit our Facebook page (you don’t have to have a Facebook account to see it!) for the latest news, hours update, etc. We WILL be at the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market every Saturday (except October 20) for the 2018 season.