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6 Important Numbers 8 Contributors 11 Publisher’s Note 12 Important Information 15 Beach Safety 16 The Bare Necessities 18 Crystal Coast History 21 Home Services 22 Pets 26 Food Scene 34 Cheers Like A Local! 38 Art Stores & Galleries 40 Local Perspectives 41 Financial Action 42 Meet the Bells 44 Taking the Fun Inside 46 Sports Leagues & Playgrounds for the Kids 48 Daycares and Schools 50 Hurricane Preparedness 52 Sea Turtles 54 Shopping 60 Local Events 64 Food Shopping 68 The Great Outdoors 72 Pizza


Jessica O’Neal jessica.oneal@n2pub.com



PET FRIENDLY CRYSTAL COAST Looking for a place to hang out with your furry friend? Or a new veterinarian to love them like their own? We’ve found the best spots!



CHEERS LIKE A LOCAL! Unwind like a local with this guide to the best happy hour spots, breweries, and bars on the Crystal Coast.


SHOPPING Looking for a new outfit, furniture, or that perfect gift? Discover the best spots to shop like a local.

THE CRYSTAL COAST FOOD SCENE Hungry? Check out this locals’ guide to the best restaurants on the Crystal Coast! Your taste buds will thank you later.


Brandon Broome DESIGN

N2 Design Team




THE GREAT OUTDOORS There’s so much fun to be had on the Crystal Coast. From kayaking, to hiking, to boating, to biking, let the adventure begin!

DISCLAIMER: Any articles included in this publication and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views of N2 Publishing but remain solely those of the author(s). The paid advertisements contained within the BeLocal magazine are not endorsed or recommended by N2 Publishing or the publisher. Therefore, neither N2 Publishing nor the publisher may be held liable or responsible for business practices of these companies.


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IMPORTANT NUMBERS EMERGENCY – DIAL 911 POLICE NON-EMERGENCY (910) 326-5151 Swansboro (252) 354-2021 Emerald Isle (252) 726-2523 Atlantic Beach (252) 726-5361 Morehead City (252) 728-4561 Beaufort (252) 223-5410 Newport (252) 447-3212 Havelock HOSPITAL AND POISON CENTER (252) 499-6000 Carteret Health Care 1-800-222-1222 Poison Center GAS AND ELECTRIC (252) 247-3107 Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (910) 353-1940 Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation CARTERET COUNTY (252) 728-8585 Animal Control (252) 728-8400 Sheriff’s Office (252) 728-3181 Social Services (252) 728-8460 Voter Registration (252) 808-3301 Recreation Dept. (252) 728-8485 Tax Collector (252) 728-8550 Health Dept. (252) 728-4583 Carteret County Schools (252) 728-8410 Carteret County Water (252) 726-6350 Chamber of Commerce

LOCAL TIP “When out-of-state guests come to visit you (and they will), be sure to take them to Beaufort! They all fall in love with the charm, dining views, and wild horses!” –Kristen B. Photo by Brandon Broome

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ANNETTE WHITLEY owns Whitley Insurance Services DANA WILLIAMS packed her bags four years ago, headed east, and landed in Emerald Isle. “The sense of community and local hospitality on the Crystal

with her husband, Kevin. As full-time residents of 13 years,


they love being around the

born and raised in Emerald

water and smelling the salty air

Isle, and after graduating from

any chance they get!

NC State came right back home! She loves the laid-back

Coast is unmatched,” she says,

and family community feel

“and I’m almost positive there’s

across the county. “Everyone

no better place to watch the

greets you with a smile and

sunset than our backyard!”

loves to lend a helping hand,” she says. Jillian currently works as the marketing coordinator for Transportation Impact and First Flight Solutions.

JESSICA O’NEAL Publisher Growing up with a house in Topsail Island, and graduating

KATIE WHALEY was brought

from the University of North

to the Crystal Coast by military

Carolina at Wilmington, this

orders eight years ago and has

girl is all too familiar with

since then planted long-term

Eastern North Carolina and

roots in Emerald Isle. Katie and

beyond grateful to call it home. Jessica is passionate about connecting people, sharing ideas, and is ecstatic about BeLOCAL Crystal Coast! You can often find her with her husband, Hilton, and dog, Kai, either at the water, on the water, or in the water!

JA CANADY moved here with his wife in 2004 and shortly after co-founded Atlantic Wealth Management. He loves the people, the sights, and how conductive the area is to raising their six kids!

her husband Rob own E.I Surf Lessons, providing lessons for all ages, board rentals, board repairs and a competition team. The Whaleys love the small-town charm and family-

HILTON O’NEAL moved to the Crystal Coast almost

friendly beaches for their

four years ago and had the

young children.

amazing opportunity to serve this community as a United States Coastguardsman. He now serves residents in a much different manner, as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. “I love this place and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!”

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GREG PATTERSON cofounded Atlantic Wealth

HOLLI AMATO is a local to

Management from a strong

say the least! She grew up

desire to help clients reach

right next door in Craven

their financial goals. He and his

County and attended Havelock High School. She has been a personal stylist here on the Crystal Coast the last five years, helping women in our community feel beautiful inside and out.

wife have raised five children MEL O’BERRY has enjoyed the

here on the Crystal Coast and

Crystal Coast since she was

are actively involved with their

just 4 years old. She loves the

church, as well as several other

sense of pride and commitment

community organizations.

to the area the locals have, as


well as the beauty that our

as fast as he could” from New

entire state embodies, from the

Jersey and had the pleasure

mountains to the sea!

of growing up in Swansboro. He knew in that moment the Crystal Coast was where he wanted to call his forever home. When he’s not working as the Sales Marketing Coordinator for Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals, he BRANDON BROOME has lived in Emerald Isle for seven


years and is widely known

in love with the Crystal Coast since moving here three years

loves riding his bike, soaking up the sun and enjoying all the good vibes!

around the community for TODD DINI has called the

his breathtaking photography that captures the Crystal Coast

ago and his photography

Crystal Coast home for 10

captures all the things he loves!

years. While he owns a few

and its community. He loves

His perfect day is out on the

local businesses, photography

that photography forces him

water, surfing, or a boat day

fills his free time. He started

to slow down and appreciate

with his pups.

behind the camera six years

the details of the paradise we

ago, and it opened his eyes to

get to call home. Brandon also

how much beauty we have

serves the community as a real

around us. Whether it’s dolphins

estate broker!

or wild horses, there is always something for him to capture.

LOCAL LORE “When the military planes fly over, you will often hear locals say, ‘That’s the sound of freedom.’”


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CRYSTAL COAST! Photo by: Brandon Broome

Welcome to the Crystal Coast. As a first-time tourist to the Crystal Coast four years ago, I can still remember the exact moment when this community absolutely took my breath away. The smell of the fresh, salt-water air, the soft sand, and the beautiful emerald green waters – I couldn’t believe this was home! As a new local, you will quickly discover the beauty of the Crystal Coast extends way beyond its beaches.

By Jessica O'Neal, Publisher

Whether you’ve moved from the next town over, across the street, or across the country, settling into a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. Within the first few months, you will likely be establishing new routines, getting to know local hotspots, looking into local professionals and influences, and exploring your new community’s vast resources. With so many nuances and so much on your plate from this new change in your life, it can be daunting to think about everything you need to do to get used to your new surroundings. Enter BeLOCAL Crystal Coast. In your hands you hold the best of the best of everything Crystal Coast. BeLOCAL Crystal Coast was developed to give the locals’ perspective into everything the Crystal Coast has to offer. Inside you will find local hidden gems,


eateries, places for your four-legged friends, a little bit of history, your new go-to coffee shops, some of the best annual events, and so much more! SO, WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME! ENJOY EXPLORING THE CRYSTAL COAST, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AROUND TOWN!  JESSICA O’NEAL Publisher

LOCAL LORE Carteret General Hospital is a five-time award winning hospital as reported by U.S. News and World Report.

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VOTER REGISTRATION: Carteret County Board of Elections 1702 Live Oak St., Suite 200, Beaufort (252) 728-8460 DRIVER’S LICENSE AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION: Department of Motor Vehicles 5347 Hwy. 70 W., Morehead City (252) 726-5586 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ncdot.gov After obtaining a NC driver’s license, new residents must register their vehicle at a local license plate agency, as soon as possible. For a list of necessary documents needed, visit: ncdot.gov. LICENSE PLATE AGENCY 319 W. Main St., Havelock (252) 447-3097 3025 Bridges St., Morehead City (252) 726-7695 POST OFFICES: Swansboro Post Office 664 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro Emerald Isle Post Office 142 Eastview Dr., Emerald Isle Atlantic Beach Post Office 1516 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach Morehead City Post Office 3500 Bridges St., Morehead City Beaufort Post Office 1903 Live Oak St., Beaufort 

Homestead Tax Deferral: Tax deferral is designed to help taxpayers whose income is low relative to the amount of real estate tax due on their residence. With the deferral plan, taxpayers may defer all or part of their taxes, with interest accruing on the deferred amount until it’s paid. The deferral becomes a lien on the property. Several conditions must be met to defer taxes.

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Newport Post Office 337 Howard Blvd., Newport Havelock Post Office 133 U.S. Hwy. 70 W., Havelock COURT HOUSE: Carteret County Courthouse 300 Court House Sq., Beaufort (252) 504-4400 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 2020


LOCAL LORE North Carolina (and largely the Crystal Coast) has 34 different species of cetacean sightings on record (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). More than any other state!

Photo by Brandon Broome

North Carolina defers a portion of the property taxes on the appraised value of a permanent residence owned and occupiedby a North Carolina resident who has owned and occupied the property at least five years, is at least 65 years of age, or is totally and permanently disabled, and whose income does not exceed $31,000. If the owner’s income is $31,000 or less, then the portion of property taxes imposed on the residence that exceeds 4 percent of the owner’s income may be deferred. If the owner’s income is more than $31,000 but does not exceed 150 percent of the income eligibility limit, which is $46,500 for the 2020 tax year, the owner’s taxes that exceed 5 percent of the owner’s income may be deferred.

LOCAL TIP Call The Beach Butler if you want to forgo buying and lugging your own beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. to the beach!” – Mel O.

Disabled Veterans This program excludes up to the first $45,000 of the appraised value of the permanent residence of a disabled veteran. This benefit is also available to a surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of either (1) a disabled veteran as defined above, (2) a veteran who died as a result of a service-connected condition whose character of service at separation was honorable or under honorable conditions, or (3) a service member who died from a service-connected condition in the line of duty and not as a result of a willful misconduct. You must apply for the opportunity to defer property taxes each and every year that you wish to defer taxes. The application may be obtained from the county tax department and it must be filed with the county assessor by June 1. Hunting/Fishing License: A number of options are available to resident anglers and hunters. Specific sport licenses, combination licenses, as well as annual, five-year, and lifetime licenses are available. For more information regarding hunting/fishing, visit: www.ncwildlife.org. 


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LOCAL >NEED TO KNOW > CONTINUED Understanding Your Property Tax Bill: The value of all real property is determined as of January 1 of the year of the most recent countywide reappraisal. The county’s last reappraisal was effective January 1, 2015. Any inflation, deflation or other economic changes occurring after this date do not affect the assessed value of the property and cannot be lawfully considered when reviewing the value. The January 1, 2015, values remain in effect until the next countywide revaluation, which is currently scheduled to become effective January 1, 2020. Property value changes over time, and must be adjusted periodically to maintain balance and equity. To ensure that balance and equity are maintained, North Carolina requires real property be reappraised on a cycle that maintains an acceptable Sales Ratio of 10 percent or less (the percentage of the difference between the average sales price and its assessed value) and that the cycle does not exceed eight years. Real estate values shall reflect the market value of properties at the time of the last reappraisal. Real property values usually increase over time; however, not all properties increase at the same rate, and some property values may decrease. Due to these changes, a reappraisal process is necessary to reflect market value and maintain equity and balance. Because there is such a volatile real estate market, reappraisal for Carteret County is done every four years.

Tax bills for real and personal property are mailed to all Carteret County property owners in July or August of each year.Taxes are due on September 1 each year. Payment without interest may be made through January 5. If you do not receive your bill, or have questions regarding your bill, call the Carteret County Tax Office: 252-728-8485. Beach Driving Permits: During the “off-season,” many Crystal Coast beaches allow residents to apply for permits to drive on the beach. Each town has its own rules, regulations, and permit applications, so be sure to look them up. The Town of Emerald Isle allows seasonal beach driving from September 15-April 30, dawn until dusk, and the Town of Atlantic Beach allows it October 1-March 15. The permit decal must be permanently affixed and displayed on the lower corner of the windshield on the driver’s side of the vehicle to which it is issued. Annual passes start at $50. Applications and more information can be found on the town’s websites.

LOCAL TIP “Do not attempt to drive on the beach without a 4-by-4 vehicle. You will get stuck!” – Tim C.


For $10.00, residents & homeowners in Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Hubert, Cape Carteret & Jones County can get a ‘locals only’ discount card that will give you discounts and deals from tons of local businesses! All you have to do is visit www.emeraldislediscountcard.com, and provide proof of local residency. 14 BeLocal



BEACH WARNING FLAGS WATER CLOSED TO PUBLIC You can be fined or arrested for entering the water. HIGH HAZARD Dangerous rip currents and high surf; recommended you stay out of the water. MEDIUM HAZARD Moderate surf and/or rip currents; exercise caution. LOW HAZARD Calm conditions; exercise caution. DANGEROUS MARINE LIFE Potentially hazardous marine life: man-o-war, jellyfish, and/or other creatures Absence of flags does not assure safe waters.

The Crystal Coast locals love the beach days as much as the tourists. The goal of our fire departments and Ocean Rescue teams is for everyone to enjoy the beach safely. Surf conditions vary depending upon the current, past, and future weather. The presence of marine life can also play a role in swimming safety. All of our beaches have a system of flags that are posted at public beach access, lifeguard stands, and along the beach, to alert beachgoers about the safety of the water. Also, be mindful of rip currents. If you get trapped in one, it is important to not panic, and remember to swim parallel to the shore to escape it. Swimming toward the beach will only keep you in its grip and will pull you further out into the ocean.  Want to know what the surf conditions are like before you load up your chairs, coolers, toys, and kids? There’s an easy way to check. Most beaches, including Atlantic Beach, will post their daily conditions on the town’s website. The “Emerald Isle App” can be downloaded for free at The App Store and will display current beach conditions as well as flag warnings and descriptions. You can also sign up to receive text alerts from the town.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: WWW.EMERALDISLE-NC.ORG/EMAIL-TEXT-NOTIFICATIONS. 

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Emerald Isle Chapel By The Sea

PLACES OF WORSHIP Swansboro United Methodist Church 665 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro (910) 326-4822 swansboroumc.org One Harbor oneharborchurch.com  1605 Fisher St., Morehead City, (252) 422-2899 214 Turner St., Beaufort, (252) 422-2899  502 W. Church St., Swansboro, (252) 422-2899 210 Church Rd., Havelock 16 BeLocal

Chapel By The Sea 6712 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle  (252) 354-3210  eichapel.org

St Pauls Episcopal Church 215 Ann St., Beaufort (252) 728-3324 stpaulsbeaufort.com

Emerald Isle Baptist Church 304 Emerald Plantation Rd., Emerald Isle  (252) 354-8795 emeraldislebaptist.com

First Baptist Church 111 Hollywood Blvd., Havelock (252) 447-8478 fbchavelock.com

Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church 100 Yaupon Dr., Cape Carteret (252) 393-8462 capecarteretpresbyterianchurch.org

Liberty Church 81 Shepard St., Havelock (252) 447-7839 www.libertync.org

Glad Tidings Church 4621 Country Club Rd., Morehead City (252) 726-0160 gladtc.com

St. Francis by the Sea Church 920 Salter Path Rd., Salter Path (252) 240-2388 stfrancisbythesea.org

St. Egberts Catholic Church 1706 Evans St., Morehead City (252) 726-3559  crystalcoastcatholic.org

LOCAL LORE The annual average temperature for Carteret County is 63 degrees.



PLACES FOR COFFEE Muttigans 8101 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, (252) 354-3410 624 W. Corbett Ave. #1, Swansboro, (910) 3251728 4 J’s Bakery  8802 Reed Dr., Emerald Isle  (252) 354-4330 

The Java Post 207 WB McLean Dr., Cape Carteret (252) 393-7120 Crystal Coast Coffee Roaster 1513 Bridges St., Morehead City (252) 515-1045 Atlantic Beach Coffee 1010 W. Fort Macon Rd. #29, Atlantic Beach (252) 773-0895

Bake Bottle and Brew 147 Front St., Swansboro (910) 325-7550, Cru Wine Bar, Coffee Shop and Wine Store 120 Turner St., Beaufort (252) 728-3066 

Photo by Brandon Broome

Sweet Beans Coffee and Café 2302 Arendell St. G, Morehead City (252) 247-6020


“Bring your own coffee mug to Muttigan’s, and receive a discount on your coffee fill-up!” – Brandon B.



The Country Club of the Crystal Coast 152 Oakleaf Dr., Pine Knoll Shores (252) 726-1034  Eighteen-hole, semi-private club that is open to the public 

Brandywine Bay Golf Club 177 Brandywine Blvd., Morehead City (252) 247-2541 Eighteen-hole, semi-private golf course

Star Hill Golf Club 202 Club House Dr., Cape Carteret (252) 393-8111  Twenty-seven hole, public golf course, that opened in 1967

Morehead City Country Club 2900 Country Club Rd., Morehead City 2527264917 Eighteen-hole, private golf course

North River Golf Club 300 Links Dr., Beaufort (252) 728-5525 Eighteen-hole, public golf course

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HISTORY By Annette Whitley, Crystal Coast Resident


Swansboro Waterfront. Photo courtesy of the Swansboro Historical Association.


Originally called “Swannsborough,” settlers founded a community on the site of an Algonkian Indian village that sat on the mouth of the White Oak River. The town was named to honor Samuel Swann, who was a speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons. Early on, shipbuilding was the main industry for the community. If you visit Swansboro, you will see a statue of Otway Burns, the town’s most famous shipbuilder.

Emerald Isle was purchased in 1954 by seven investors. It was then divided into 54 blocks. Each block was from ocean to sound. The owners wanted the island to be mainly residential homes and green natural forest. Each investor only allowed five blocks of their share to be commercial and mobile homes. There was only one problem! What should the western part of the island be called? Numerous ideas were tossed around. It wasn’t until the investors hired a development consultant that a name was decided upon. The consultant flew over the area and remarked how the island was a solid emerald green forest in the middle of the sparkling sea. This is how our precious island gained the name Emerald Isle!

LOCAL LORE Carteret County became a Coast Guard community on July 7, 2015. It was the second in the nation to achieve this designation.

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Members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service (now known as the U.S. Coast Guard). Photo courtesy of the North Carolina History Project.

Fort Macon. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina History Project.


Atlantic Beach is the oldest commercial town on Bogue Banks and was first visualized as a seaside resort in the 1870s. In 1887, John Royal and Winfield Chadwick built the first bathing pavilion for patrons, who had to travel to the island by boat to enjoy the beach from Morehead City. This began a fast ferry trade on the eastern end of the island. By 1928 a new beach resort and the first modern bridge were built. Atlantic Beach is also home to Fort Macon. At the start of the Civil War, North Carolina seized the fort from the Union; however, the Confederate force was later attacked in 1862, and the fort fell into Union hands once again. For the duration of the war, the harbor served as a coaling station for Union Navy ships. Fort Macon was a federal prison from 1867 until 1876, garrisoned during the Spanish-American War and closed in 1903. It has since been restored and is the second most visited state park in North Carolina. 2020


LOCAL LORE Thanks to the protective southward curve of the barrier islands along the coast, the coldest the waters get on The Crystal Coast in winter are the warmest the waters get in Boston in the summer.

Menhaden fishermen. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina History Project.


The downtown streets running north and south are numbered; those running east to west are named for the developers and first leaders of Morehead City, including William Fisher, Bridges Arendell, Peter G. Evans, David Shepard, and John Shackelford. Morehead City was named after John Motley Morehead, the 29th governor

of North Carolina, who envisioned the community as an important port city. Governor Morehead’s ultimate goal was to create a major commercial port city, and he began visiting the site in 1853 to study the area and see if a large port community could indeed be accomplished. Impressed by the area, he moved forward with purchasing land and working alongside local developers to bring growth to the city.

Beaufort Maritime Museum

Old Davis Hotel in Beaufort. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina History Project.


Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, was established in 1709. Beaufort was originally a fishing village; it became a hot spot for merchants, skilled craftsmen and privateers. One of the most famous pirates to spend time in our beloved Beaufort was Blackbeard himself! In 2011 his shipwreck was located just offshore from our small beach town.


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LOCAL LORE “The Historic Home Tours in Beaufort are a must. It’s the best mix of coastal history, architecture, and interior design.”


Newport was chartered in 1866 and was home to one of the earliest churches in eastern North Carolina, the Newport River Primitive Baptist Church. Though the original building burned near the end of the war, a new church was built and stills remains today with active members. The Railroad came through Newport while continuing its track to Morehead City in 1858. This allowed troops to travel and send supplies between Havelock and Fort Macon. Because of the railroad, Newport was the location of the Newport Barracks, a Union camp for the later part of the Civil War.

LOCAL TIP “During the ‘peak hours’ for travel, especially in the summer, uses Bridges Street in Morehead to get from point A to point B!” – Shannon H.


The town of Havelock was named after a British officer named Sir Henry Havelock. He became famous after the 1857 battle known as the Indian Mutiny. In the 1850s the main part of Havelock was a railroad depot, but the town grew because of the Civil War. Soldiers anchored at Slocum Creek and often disembarked infantry attacks along the south bank. Federals took the area and held their ground until the end of the war at what is now the Officer’s Club on Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. In 1940 Havelock became the official home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and in 1959 the town was officially established. Many of the residents in Havelock and nearby Newport are employees or military personnel at Cherry Point. 


The current lighthouse was built in the late 1850s and is the second lighthouse to stand at this isolated spot along the National Seashore. In 1864, Confederate soldiers tried to destroy the structure by sneaking on to the isolated beaches, however this attempt to turn the lighthouse into ruins was unsuccessful.The lighthouse served the coastline admirably for nearly a century until it was automated in 1950, and eventually converted into a popular attraction within the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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home sweet HOME SERVICES Trial and error-ing your way through your new community takes time, energy and money! We asked locals who they trust, inside their homes and around their families, to produce quality work and keep their homes in tip-top shape. HVAC






Anderson Plumbing & Sewer (252) 240-2771


A Touch of Magic Flooring (252) 764-9576

Penland Heating & Air Beaufort (252) 344-1880

Paradise Plumbing (252) 241-1176

Ken A. Hudson Plumbing 252-393-7003

LANDSCAPING The Yard Barber (252) 393-8873

Task Contracting (910) 325-8090 Pullmann’s Landscape Associates Inc. (252) 726-1564


Sullivan & Hodge Construction (252) 787-0708

American Values Contracting (252) 773-4169

Electech LLC (252) 393-3600

Soft Water Solutions (252) 646-8909

Speight’s Hardwood (252) 567-0383

Crystal Coast Electric, Inc. (252) 342-4216


Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control (252) 726-1781

GLASS SERVICES Glass Doctor (252) 505-0900

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Photo by Brandon Broome



Dogs are allowed on all of the Bogue Banks’ beaches stretching from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach, as long as you follow the rules! Your furry friend must remain on a leash at all times, on the beach and in the water. All animals caught without a leash will be handing over a civil fine to their owners, typically in the amount of $50. Please be sure to always clean up after your pet and dispose in appropriate waste containers. That’s not the “warm between your toes” kind of feeling we want! 22 BeLocal


Photo by Jessica O’Neal

There are tons of awesome places to take your dog to run, play, and get the exercise they need. One of the most popular spots is the Croatan National Forest. With over 160,000 acres, there are some great trails ranging from 1.4 to 22.6 miles and from 3 to 36 feet above sea level! The Neusiok Trail is one of the most popular, but also the longest, hiking trail in eastern North Carolina. The forest is open to the public from dawn until dusk. To discover more trail information, check out www.alltrails.com, and search from the Croatan National Forest. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water for you and your furry friend!

Photo by Brian Demorest, Lookout.Photography



GROOMERS Muttigans 624 W. Corbett Ave. #1, Swansboro (910) 325-1728

Canine Kingdom 200 N. 11th St., Morehead City (252) 247-1836

Beach Paws 5209 Narron Business Dr., Newport (252) 726-0077

Doggie Styles 1044 NC-24, Cedar Point (252) 269-4305 Shampooches Self-Service Dog Wash 4010-7 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 773-4493

Aren’s Grooming 1552 NC-24, Newport (252) 240-1628 Sunny’s Mobile Pet Spa (252) 342-5656


LOCAL LORE Currently there is only one dog park in the county, located in Morehead City. Fundraising is underway for a new dog park in Emerald Isle; to donate, visit the Emerald Isle Town website.

VETERINARIANSÂ Mitchell Village Animal Hospital 5015 Executive Dr., Morehead City (252) 726-4033 Austin Veterinary 1550 Lennoxville Rd., Beaufort (252) 838-9028 Brigadoon Animal Hospital 1074 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point (252) 393-6581 Island Pet Veterinary Hospital 209 WB McLean Dr., Cape Carteret (252) 702-8299 Havelock Animal Hospital 415 Miller Blvd., Havelock (252) 447-7119


Emergency Pet Hospital 1301 A E. Main St., Havelock (252) 444-1399 Swansboro Animal Hospital Emergency and Trauma Center 130 Phillips Loop Rd., Swansboro (910) 325-8227 Beaufort Veterinary Hospital – Emergency 288 NC Hwy. 101, Beaufort (252) 838-1966

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SUPPLIES Beaufort Pet Provisions 129 Turner St., Beaufort (252) 838-9286 Sea Paws 412 C Evans St., Morehead City (252) 648-8522 Muttigans 8101 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, (252) 354-3410 624 W. Corbett Ave. #1, Swansboro, (910) 325-1728

LOCAL LORE “The trail at Fort Macon is a great workout and beautiful scenery.” – Stephanie M.

Muttigans Coffee Shop

Atlantic Beach AB Bottle Co. Crystal Coast Brewery Shark Shack

The Growler Bar in Emerald Isle Pup cups at Muttigans

LOCAL LORE Carteret County cover 506 square miles. There are over 90 miles of ocean front beaches, most of which are uninhabited barrier islands.

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PET-FRIENDLY HANG-OUTS Beaufort Queen Anne’s Revenge Boardwalk Café Front Street Grill at Stillwater Backstreet Pub The Dockhouse Beaufort Grocery Company

Morehead City Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant Beach Bumz Pub and Pizzaria Sugarloaf Island Deli and Yellowfin Pub

Emerald Isle The Village Market RuckerJohns Muttigans The Trading Post Southern Food and Spirits The Growler Bar Swansboro The Boro Restaurant and Bar Church Street Deli and Irish Pub Cedar Point Treehouse 34 Degrees North Bar


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The Crystal Coast Food Scene By Katie Whaley, Crystal Coast resident

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“Many restaurants have weekly specials for locals! Island Grille does buyone-get-one-free entrées on Monday and Tuesday all year long, and Amos Mosquitos does half-off entrées on Wednesdays in the off-season!” – Holli A.c

Caribsea – Photo by Brandon Broome

CARIBSEA This restaurant is well known as one of the finest dining experiences on the Crystal Coast, serving up modern coastal cuisine. The staff is friendly, the food presentation is amazing (and tastes even better), and the view from the rooftop bar is unbeatable. See ya there! 8921 Crew Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 424-8400 caribsearestaurant.com


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RUCKER JOHNS Since 1988, this family-owned restaurant has been a part of Emerald Isle. Rucker Johns is a great family-friendly spot with a broad, diner-style menu that includes steaks, seafood, burgers, and pasta. Along with their large menu, you’ll find indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a bar with the nicest staff. Check out their daily specials online! 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-2413 ruckerjohns.com

Made fresh, every day, since 1988

LOCAL TIP “Best karaoke in town is Amos Mosquitos on Thursday nights and Tackle Box on Saturday nights.” – Alicia P.

THE VILLAGE MARKET This daytime deli offers a hearty breakfast menu, premium meats, and sandwiches in a cheerful atmosphere. If you need somewhere the whole family can enjoy, including your pets, this is the place to go. They recently added sushi to their menu Thursday through Saturday evenings, and it is a must-try! 7802 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-6592 thevillagemarketei.com

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LOCAL > DINING OUT FLIPPERZ FAMILY BAR AND GRILL Flipperz is a family-friendly steak and seafood spot with an island-themed setting. You’ll also find weekly live entertainment, and the cutest shop with apparel and gifts. Make sure you try their homemade fudge! You also have to check out their penny bar that was carefully topped with 4,000 pennies. 311 Mangrove Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-7775 flipperz.net THE TRADING POST SOUTHERN FOOD AND SPIRITS Welcome to the South, where you’ll find comfort food like chicken and waffles served in a down-home joint with a backyard lounge and weekly live music. Their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu is all delicious, and they have the best outdoor area for the whole family to enjoy. 8302 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 424-8284 thetradingpostei.com

SHARK’S DEN SPORTS BAR AND GRILL This spot is locally owned and operated, serving fresh, high-quality food prepared to order. There’s 16 beers on tap, including craft brews along with a full bar with a large menu. Eighteen wing sauces, 13 burger variations, salads, and gigantic sandwiches will please anyone in your group. Check out their wing night every Tuesday evening. 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-3030 sharksdensportsbar.com FISH HUT GRILL Your home base for relaxation and refreshments in a casual dining experience. Fish Hut Grill offers local seafood, American classics and more, indoor and outdoor seating, along with a surfboard counter. Pets are always welcome, but please keep them on a leash. 301 Mangrove Blvd., Emerald Isle fishhutgrill.com

swansboro CHURCH STREET DELI AND IRISH PUB Located in the heart of downtown historic Swansboro, this quaint Inn and pub will soon become one of your favorites. They serve specialty sandwiches, Boar’s Head dogs, salads, and even a kids’ menu for the whole family to enjoy. Check out their large beverage menu with espresso, coffee, brews, and wine. 105 W. Church St., Swansboro (910) 326-7572 churchstreet-deli-pub-inn.com YANA’S RESTAURANT Is breakfast your favorite meal? Yana’s will quickly become your new favorite spot. This is a casual, ‘50s-themed joint offering daytime diner classics such as pancakes, burgers, and so much more. 119 Front St., Swansboro (910) 326-5501


“Most restaurants, if they have outdoor seating, are pet-friendly.” – Susan Y.

SALTWATER GRILL Located right on the water, the views from every table are beautiful, and their commitment to freshness sets them apart. The menu is based on market availability, so their selection changes day to day. This is the perfect spot for a special occasion, date night, or even an evening out with the whole family. 99 W. Church St., Swansboro (910) 326-7300 saltwatergrillswansboro.com 2020

OLEA MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN They are a Greek/Mediterranean-inspired fresh, fast, and casual restaurant offering something different from the norm. Olea offers fresh and healthy options, housemade spreads and dressings, and even a build-yourown service style option. 674 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro (910) 325-8332 oleamediterranean.com CONTINUED


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RUDDY DUCK TAVERN In their waterfront setting, you’ll find a menu packed with seafood, gourmet burgers, thin-crust pizza, beer, wine, and spirits. Ruddy Duck’s uses local and organic products to provide high-quality food served in generous portions at an affordable price. Being a local to the Crystal Coast, you can appreciate that they help support other local businesses, and also make safe choices to protect our coastline through minimal take-out wrapping and straws only upon request. 509 Evans St., Morehead City (252) 726-7500 ruddyducktavern.com SNAPPERZ GRILL AND STEAM BAR With two locations along the Crystal Coast, you already know this seafood restaurant and oyster bar is a local and tourist favorite! Family-owned and operated ensures you’ll have a great experience through fresh food, and friendly service. 3710 Arendell St., Morehead City, (252) 240-1313 8106 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle,  (252) 354-5722 snapperzsteambar.com

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SOUNDSIDE RESTAURANT The chef strives to use fresh, local ingredients to offer a light, but filling meal that the whole family can enjoy. Soundside is an airy, upscale spot featuring charcoal grilled steaks, locally sourced seafood, and a long wine list. There’s something for everyone on this menu. 5000 Hwy. 70 W., Suite 112, Morehead City (252) 648-8298 soundsiderestaurant.com CIRCA 81 This tapas restaurant offers locally sourced small plates and cocktails served in a chic minimalist setting. Looking for a date night out or a nice spot to meet up with friends? Check out Circa 81, and if you like to plan ahead of time, make a reservation online or by calling their restaurant. 4650 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 648-8300 circa-81.com COX FAMILY RESTAURANT This is your family-friendly hub for American-style comfort classics, like burgers, sandwiches, and omelettes. Since 1976, they’ve offered friendly customer service that will have you leaving satisfied. They also offer take-out, reservations, space for large groups, and catering. 4109 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 726-6961

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PARROT’S ON 11TH This menu is based on simple Carolina comfort food where the taste and quality stand for what this restaurant believes in. Parrott’s is your destination when dining downtown. Coming to Parrott’s you will get a full experience – not only with the food prepared by Executive Chef Michael Perry, but also great wine and spirits. Oh, yeah, and the service is great too. 105 S. 11th St., Morehead City (252) 773-0532 IOANNI’S GRILL Ioanni’s Grill stands alone as one of the most diverse and crowd-pleasing eateries along the Crystal Coast. If you’re looking for a true local hot-spot, this is definitely the place. Specializing in wings, pizza, pasta, Italian fare, and Greek specialties, virtually any patron will find something to crave in the extensive three-page menu. Weekly drink specials make this the go-to after a long day at work, or to cheer on your favorite sports team! 4138 Arendell St, Morehead City (252) 808-0008



LOCAL TIP “Carolina Home and Garden has live music and food in their garden every Thursday and Friday night.” – Monica D.

THE BANKS GRILL The Banks Grill is a go-to breakfast and lunch spot here on the Crystal Coast. They’re a bustling, American-style joint featuring classic breakfast fare, burgers and salads in a relaxed setting. Delivery is available for large orders, take-out is always an option, and with advanced notice, they’ll even have your food ready to go for that early-morning off-shore fishing trip. 2900 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 499-9044 thebanksgrill.com DANK BURRITO Dank Burrito is a popular, counter serve restaurant, providing an array of inventive burritos and tacos in a colorful, offbeat space. This one is definitely a place to try, especially when you’re needing something different. You can also book their food truck for large events, or book their private dining area located in Beaufort. Check out all the information on their website. 4135 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 499-9677 dankburrito.com EL’S DRIVE-IN At this enduring fast-food joint, you’ll experience car hops serving burgers, hot dogs, shakes, and other American classics. El’s has been serving up fried chicken and barbecue since 1959, and they’re proud to be serving third-generation regulars. You’ll always receive freshmade food, along with fun and friendly customer service. 3706 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 726-3002 elsdrivein.com


FLOYD’S 1921 RESTAURANT, BAR AND CATERING Floyd’s offers steaks, Southern dishes, seafood, and live music in a white clapboard house with a patio and fire pits. This is definitely a great place to go and enjoy yourselves, either with or without the kids. This has been a local favorite since 2005, and if you’re hosting a large event, their catering options will amaze you. 400 Bridges St., Morehead City (252) 727-1921 floyds1921.com

RED FISH GRILL AND BAR Locally sourced seafood and daily specials offered in a relaxed venue with a bar and patio tables. They are a busy restaurant and do not accept reservations, but you can enjoy the spectacular views and a drink while you wait, because they’re located on the waterfront. The portions are large and priced fair! 711 Evans St., Morehead City (252) 648-8269 redfishgrillandbar.com


OFF THE HOOK This spot is spectacular for the views, large lunch and dinner menu, and their Sunday Brunch. Sundays at Off the Hook is the best place to relax before your week ahead, offering outdoor seating, chef-prepared cuisine, Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and live acoustic entertainment. If you’re looking for a place to host a private event or wedding party, visit their website, or call to speak to one of their friendly staff. 105 S. Seventh St., Morehead City (252) 499-9150 offthehookmoreheadcity.com

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beaufort BEAUFORT GROCERY COMPANY The homey, wood-paneled bistro brings subtle grace and charm reminiscent of a French-country bistro in the local scene. For nearly three decades, this restaurant has been serving up lunch and dinner, fresh-baked bread, and a large assortment of homemade desserts. Brunch can be found here on Sundays, and they always offer take-out, prepared in a picnic basket if you’d like. Daily seafood specials are offered, with a variety of other menu options when they transform to a more sophisticated setting for dinner. 117 Queen St., Beaufort (252) 728-3899 beaufortgrocery.com FRONT STREET GRILL Front Street has been a casual bar/eatery since 1987 with great food and a coastal ambiance that give an extraordinary dining experience. This restaurant has been renovated to reflect Beaufort’s port history, and the location offers views of island horses, Taylor’s Creek dolphins, and panoramic sunsets. They also have boat dockage available for guests. 300 Front St., Beaufort (252) 728-4956 frontstreetgrillatstillwater.com THE SPOUTER INN Here you will find local seafood and baked goods served in a relaxed setting with a waterfront deck and boat docks. Their dedication to quality, consistency, and true Southern hospitality has made them a favorite among locals and visitors for over 30 years. They serve lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch for your small group to large event. You can call them to make reservations, and visit their Facebook for special events, wine tastings, and live music. 218 Front St., Beaufort (252) 728-5190 thespouterinn.com

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LA PERLA RESTAURANT This is a casual fine-dining outpost for Latin-inspired Southern fare and wild-caught seafood specials. They have very limited seating for large parties, so you may need to make a reservation. Their dinner menu changes slightly every few days, but this is a foodie’s heaven. If you love it, join their loyalty program so they can show appreciation to their regular customers. 305 Front St., Beaufort (252) 838-9032 laperlabeaufort.com MEZCALITO GRILL AND TEQUILA BAR This modern Mexican cuisine restaurant also infuses Latin dishes into the menu. The food here is beautifully plated and tastes even better. This is a family-friendly restaurant, where you’ll start off with their homemade chips and salsa, and if you’re up for it, try one of their fresh margaritas because their mix for those is also homemade. 521 Front St., Beaufort (252) 728-3702 mezcalitonc.com BLACK SHEEP BEAUFORT They feature brick-oven pizza, salads, deli sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese plates, along with a large variety of craft beer, wine, and craft cocktails. They offer indoor and seasonal outdoor seating right on the Beaufort boardwalk. Nestled in the heart of Beaufort, this is the perfect destination for casual waterfront dining. 510 Front St., Beaufort (252) 269-7272 blacksheepbeaufort.com

LOCAL LORE Beaufort has been recognized as one of America’s Coolest Small Towns.



atlantic beach TABLE 9 SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND OYSTER BAR This prime location offers upscale dishes where authentic Greek roots are integrated with a love for local, coastal ingredients. This is a great dinner spot for large groups, families, and special occasions. They do not accept reservations, but you can enjoy a drink at their bar while you wait! 1104 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 499-9032 table9nc.com

LOCAL TIP “Sweet Edventures dessert bar in Swansboro has the best espresso martinis and great dessert menu.” – Annette W.

AMOS MOSQUITO’S RESTAURANT Amos Mosquitos, established in 1999, is a cozy eatery and bar in a fun environment with a patio overlooking the water. The menu is eclectic but primarily seafood, and it’s all made from scratch, served flavorful, and reasonably priced. This is a must, but reservations are not accepted, and they fill up fast, so get there early. 703 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 247-6222 amosmosquitos.com 4 CORNERS DINER Old-school diner offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu includes daily specials, fried seafood, and other American comfort food. You’ll always find affordable prices and a friendly staff that ensures you leave feeling full. 100 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 240-8855 4cornersdiner.com THE ISLAND GRILLE The Island Grille is a trendy spot for up-scale seafood and meats, plus brunch in a simple, stylish setting. Every dish is prepared to order by hand with the seafood that is ordered daily. They offer hyper-local, small-batch dishes that are a modern take on honored, traditional recipes. 401 Money Island Dr., Atlantic Beach (252) 240-0000 igrestaurant.net THE SHARK SHACK This family-owned-and-operated restaurant specializes in fresh seafood. Palm trees shade the yard at Shark Shack, and you’ll here reggae music while you sit outside enjoying your meal that’s fresh cooked and full of flavor. Leashed pets are always welcome, and if you need your meal to go, just ask! 100 S. Durham Ave., Atlantic Beach sharkshackab.com


havelock MUSASHI JAPANESE STEAK AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Musashi’s has been a family-owned-and-operated business dedicated to hospitality and delicious food since 1995. They are a family-friendly establishment offering a large menu for lunch and dinner. Their specialties are hibachi, seafood, sushi, and a variety of noodles, with many options for kids. 219 U.S. 70, Havelock (252) 444-1389 musashinc.com BAYSIDE RESTAURANT Founded in 1985, they are a well known, local family restaurant serving the full menu 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The environment is friendly, with a great staff, and even better, quality food. 700 E. Main St., Havelock (252) 447-2111 facebook.com/baysidefamilyrestaurant BeLocal 33


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LOCAL > HAPPY HOUR EMERALD CLUB Emerald Isle’s number-one beach bar since 2001, the Emerald Club features the largest outdoor patio on the island with a stage for live bands and an outside tiki bar. Indoors is another stage for bands and a dance floor where the locals like to show their moves! With over 50 different styles of beers and a broad selection of spirits, you’re guaranteed a fun time. The Emerald Club is also known for its fundraising events for local organizations, and weekly specials! Open seven days a week, this is a local hot spot for sure! Monday $3 anything night Tuesday $2 beers, Trivia @ 8 pm Wednesday $3 Pacifico’s & Landshark beers, Cornhole Tournament @ 6:30 pm Thursday $1 Natural Lights & Naturdays, $3 Pacifico’s, Music Bingo @ 8 pm Friday $3 Pacifico’s and other beers, Live Music and Djs Saturday $3 Pacifico’s and other beers, Live Music and Djs Sunday $2 Pacifico’s, Landshark & Naturdays 8102 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, (252) 354-2929


GROWLER BAR With two locations to choose from, just blocks from the ocean, The Growler Bar offers a fine selection of craft beers on draft, wine, and growler fills. Craft beer taps rotate daily! It’s a great place to explore new tastes and unwind with good company! 200 Mallard Dr., Emerald Isle, (252) 424-8391 2610- E W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, (252) 622-4567

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LOCAL TIP “Torpedo Lounge has half-off select wines on Wednesdays! Pairs nicely with the view.” – Brooke B.

Torpedo Lounge, Photo by Brandon Broome

TORPEDO LOUNGE This roof-top bar, located on top of the Transportation Impact and Caribsea building, offers one of the best views on the Crystal Coast. Enjoy a drink, sit by the fire pit, listen to the live music, and check out the ocean and the sound at sunset. They’ve got weekly drink specials, so be sure to ask! 8921 Crew Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 424-8400 KATHRYN’S BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR Kathryn’s has become Emerald Isle’s favorite place to enjoy a martini. Housing over 30 different variations of martinis, including both exotic concoctions and the traditional favorites, you are sure to find something to suit your fancy. 8002 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-6200

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Torpedo Lounge, Photos by Brandon Broome

TACKLE BOX TAVERN Located just steps from the shoreline in the Atlantic Beach Circle, Tackle Box Tavern is a local-go-to. Take a break from the sun, or cure a case of late-night boredom, with a stop at one of the coolest dive bars in town, that is also one of the longest-standing watering holes on the Crystal Coast! 107 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (252) 222-3474

LOCAL LORE The Crystal Coast is recognized as a popular wedding destination. Check out Neuse Breeze and The Celebration Cottage as venues.


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LOCAL > HAPPY HOUR original cocktails, and a large selection of whiskies, as well as wine and cold beers. They use the best ingredients, like fresh-squeezed juices and the finest spirits, to take a culinary approach to cocktails. These are the drinks you’ve been practicing for. 715 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 240-2753 

CRYSTAL COAST BREWING COMPANY Crystal Coast Brewing is a 100-percent family-owned craft brewery. All of their beer is brewed right here in Morehead City. Located just blocks from the beautiful beach, their taproom is a fun and friendly spot for you to enjoy year round. 219 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 296-2841 PROMISE LAND MARKET Promise Land Market offers a laid-back, rustic, and inviting atmosphere, perfect for creating great memories for all who walk through its doors. The friendly, knowledgeable staff, quality artisan dishes, incredible beer and wine selections, and authentic craft cocktail menu align to make Promise Land Market second to none. 909-B Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 222-0422 JACK’S WATERFRONT BAR Rollicking, rustic watering hole with drink specials, live bands and a deck on the water. This bar sits on the water in Downtown Morehead City and gives you unparalleled views of the sunset and the bustling waterfront life! Enjoy live bands every weekend, drink specials and waterfront breezes.  513 Evans St., Morehead City   ARENDELL ROOM The Arendell Room was the first modern cocktail bar in North Carolina. They feature classic cocktails, award-winning 2020

CRU BAR WINE BAR, COFFEE SHOP AND WINE STORE CRU is a special place for food and drink, and sharing good times with friends. CRU of Beaufort offers great wines at affordable prices. Beer lovers and those who prefer cocktails are also welcome! Wine tastings every Friday night and late night, live music on the weekends. Come find out why CRU is one of the coolest places in the Country’s Coolest Town! 120 Turner St., Beaufort (252) 728-3066 MOONRAKERS’ ROOFTOP Moonrakers’ Rooftop features an elevated Sky Deck with bar and lounge. At 35 feet, the name is appropriate and represents an important aspect of what the restaurant experience offers: amazing views of the waterfront and surrounding historic Beaufort. 326 Front St., Beaufort (252) 838-0083

SHORTWAY BREWING CO. Newport’s neighborhood brewery, Shortway Brewing Company provides a unique environment where family, friends, and neighbors can gather together and enjoy hand crafted beverages. They specialize in American ales, but brew everything from blondes to stouts and everything in between. 230 Chatham St., Newport (252) 777-3065 CAROLINA HOME AND GARDEN Unwind in the garden. This local hot spot features two beer and wine bars with a great selection of wine, and lots of beer on tap to choose from. Logan’s Boutique is open for any shopping, and the Garden Center in the back is open for the gardeners to enjoy while sipping on your beverage of choice. Evenings in the garden on Thursdays and Fridays feature live music, delicious food trucks, and vendors galore!  4778 NC-24, Newport (252) 393-9005

BAKE BOTTLE AND BREW Located in a charming, waterfront house in downtown Swansboro, Bake Bottle and Brew has everything for all wine lovers, beer aficionados, sweets fans, and coffee enthusiasts. Grab a craft cold brew, a glass of wine, or a cup of ice cream, and take in the view! 147 North Front St., Swansboro (910) 325-7550 34° NORTH BAR 34° North Bar provides a comforting environment for families and friends to get together to enjoy craft cocktails and beers while also enjoying an outdoor gaming area and wonderful patio. It’s the only bar in the county where you will find a self-serve tap system! 1106 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point (252) 764-9177 BeLocal 37


“Emerald Isle Run Club meets at the Growler at 6:30 pm every Monday. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some exercise, camaraderie, and a tasty beer!”- Hilton O.


Arts Council of Carteret County The ACCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and support the development, promotion, and expansion of the arts in Carteret County. They are the Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council for Carteret County, the local council responsible for managing and sub-granting Grassroots Arts Program funds for local arts programming. Through the grassroots program, local nonprofit art associations obtain funding to bring the arts to the county.

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LOCAL LORE The Crystal Coast belonged to Native Americans until the 1800s, after which it became a community for fisherman and sailors.

Silver Line 508-C Evans St., Morehead City facebook.com/silverlinejewelry A Captain’s Gallery Coastal Plaza Shopping Center, Atlantic Beach captainsgallery.com/about/ Arts and Things 704 Evans St., Morehead City arts-things.com Blu Sail Gallery 903 Arendell St., Morehead City blu-sail.com Carolina Artist Gallery 800 Evans St., Morehead City carolinaartistgallery.com Carteret Contemporary Art 1106 Arendell St., Morehead City twogalleries.net

Handscapes Gallery 410 Front St., Beaufort handscapes.net

The Path Art Gallery 1245 Salter Path, Salter Path thepathartgallery.com

Jimmy Craig Womble 901 Ann St., Beaufort jimmycraigwomble.com

Petal Pushers Etc. 7803 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle petalpushersshop.com

Marc Montocchio Gallery 712 Arendell St., Suite 200, Morehead City marcmontocchio.com

Turtle’s Nest Gallery 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle grandmastoybox.com

Mattie King Davis Gallery 150 Turner St., Beaufort beauforthistoricsite.org/gallery

Vision Art Gallery 4426 Arendell St. #3, Morehead City twogalleries.net

Mike Basher Gallery 410 Front St., Beaufort bashergallery.com

Wine and Design and Art Buzz Kids 412 Evans St., Morehead City wineanddesign.com/morehead

Craving Art Studio 121 Craven St., Beaufort cravingartstudio.com Gallery C East 1010 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach galleryc.net Gypsybee Studios and Gallery 801 Arendell, Suite 3, Morehead City michellejohnsonfairchild.com


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Luke can often be found fishing with dad, playing baseball for the Morehead City Little League, or eating his favorite shrimp and scallop Alfredo at Amos Mosquitos in Atlantic Beach. A fourth-grader at Morehead Elementary, Luke loves his school and his teachers. Science is his favorite subject, and he loves taking time to do some reading on the weekends (when he’s not fishing, of course!). Luke has been fishing since he can remember; his favorite place to cast his line is at Cape Lookout, but going off shore is always an adventure. “On my ninth birthday, we went off shore, and I caught the same shark twice! He was a feisty one, and the lines got tangled in the propellers, causing brief engine trouble, but it was fine; we were floating adrift for a bit, and then were right back at it! Definitely my coolest fishing story.” Over the summer he competed in three youth fishing tournaments – something he recommends other kids take advantage of. He says it’s a great learning opportunity! One thing Luke want to share with kids who are new to the area is there are tons of activities for you to get involved in and lots of ways to make new friends. In the summer there are great camps if you love the outdoors, so check them out!

LOCAL LORE The largest blue marlin caught at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament weighed 914 pounds and won the fishermen almost $800,000.

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welcome to your new community: Written by Atlantic Wealth Management

FINANCIAL ACTION ITEMS TO CONSIDER As your new neighbor, we would like to introduce you to our financial services firm, Atlantic Wealth Management. Whether you have recently moved to the Crystal Coast or are making plans to join us shortly, we welcome you to our area. You will find our community unlike any other and a great place to be inspired to enjoy life on your terms. As part of your recent move, you should consider a few financial items to take action on: 1. Review your estate plan to make sure your documents still accomplish your goals under North Carolina estate laws. 2. Update your retirement projections based on your new living situation. 3. If moving from another state, review your tax situation based on North Carolina’s tax rules. 4. Update your spending plan based on any new costof-living adjustments. 5. Revisit your insurance and liability coverages both personal and on property.

Just as you would find a local dentist or doctor after relocating, having a financial review with a local financial advisor would be an important next step to see how these items will apply to you. Located in beautiful downtown Morehead City, Atlantic Wealth Management offers comprehensive wealth and investment management services, including financial planning and financial strategies after a major life event, such as a move. We believe the best way to serve our clients is to first find out what is most important to them, and understand their financial needs and goals. From the initial meeting to plan implementation and follow up, clients share that they feel like family. Our purpose is to help you have the freedom to live inspired. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you personally to learn more about your story. Feel free to call us today to begin the conversation.

You’re moving your doctor and dentist local. What about your investments? Call today to schedule a second opinion. Greg Patterson Managing Partner Greg Patterson and James Allen Canady are financial advisors located at Atlantic Wealth Management, 712 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC 28557. They offer securities and advisory services as Registered Representatives and Investment Adviser Representatives of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. They can be reached at 252-5157800 or at greg@myatlanticwealth.com.


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www.myatlanticwealth.com 712 Bridges Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Fixed insurance products and services offered by Atlantic Wealth Management, LLC and CES Insurance Agency.

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Bobby, Jeanette and Savannah Answered by: Jeanette Bell, Crystal Coast resident

How long have you lived in on the Crystal Coast? Bobby and Savannah were born and raised in Morehead City (they have lived here all their lives). I (Jeanette) moved here from Boston in 1989. We currently reside in the Blair Farm subdivision in Morehead City; it’s an awesome neighborhood!  What is your favorite part about living life on the Crystal Coast?  Our favorite part about living on the Crystal Coast is definitely the water; the salt life is what keeps us here! Savannah loves it here because it is such a small town, and everybody knows everybody! We agree with her; it’s nice to know there is always someone looking out for you and your family!

Favorite summertime activities: Best beaches? Best places to take the boat? Our favorite summertime activity, without a doubt, is going out on our boat – head to Shack, meet up with friends, set up our tents, get our grills, kick back, relax, and have some fun. Our favorite spot has always been Shackleford Banks, but there are several great spots to take your boat, such as Cape Lookout National Seashore, Carrot Island and Sandollar Island. There’s nowhere in the country you can sit in your beach chair, grilling some lunch, and watch wild horses walk right by 20 feet away from where you’re standing.

What do you like to do as a family on the weekend? We dedicate every Sunday to taking the boat out and heading to one the islands like Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout. During the off-season, we just spend time together as a family binge-watching Netflix, going to the movies, getting together with friends, watching Savannah at Hunter Safety practice, and the best of all … getting out all of our decorations to light up our house for Christmas!

What do you do on date night? I’d say a good date night would be dinner at Redfish Grill or Iaonni’s, then off to the movies and maybe grab ice cream after the movie! But honestly, our best date nights are at home with all of us together; daddy is usually grilling something good while me and Savannah are kicked back on the couch catching up on the week!

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LOCAL > PERSPECTIVES Any recommendations for things to do on a rainy day? We love going to Battle Works Laser Tag on Atlantic Beach or to Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret. Mac Daddy’s has bowling, an arcade, go-karts, golf, and a yummy restaurant.  What would be a fun day trip?  You can go to the Beaufort waterfront and get on a ferry that will take you to Shackleford Banks or to Cape Lookout – they have a guide that will walk you around the island and tell you about the history. The wild horses are absolutely awesome – it never gets old seeing them.   Where is the best place to learn about the area/ history of the area?  The best way to learn about the area is to walk around on the Morehead City waterfront or the Beaufort waterfront, and just talk to the people you meet; you would be amazed how much history you could learn by enjoying a nice day on the waterfront! You could also go to the History Museum of Carteret County located at 1008 Arendell St. in Morehead City. One tip or trick you could recommend to a new resident:  When you buy your boat, only put non-ethanol gasoline in it, and the best deals on ice is any one of the many “Twice the Ice” machines around town.

IF YOU HAD A RECOMMENDATION OF LITTLE-KNOWN “LOCALS” SPOT TO GO TO, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Definitely visit El’s Drive In and Yellowfin Pub. Where is the best place to go where you feel most like a local?   Alive at Five is where we feel most like a locals, Friday-night concerts during the summer on the Morehead City waterfront. It’s such a great time; everyone knows everyone! Free admission, children are welcome; beer tent and usually some food trucks are there. Dancing and fun with friends – it doesn’t get much better. Do you have any suggestions on how a new family can help assimilate themselves to the area and meet people?   Yes, definitely get a boat! We have met so many people out on the water, and we have become a little family! Also, there are many events throughout the year where you can meet locals (and non-locals). There is Alive at Five outdoor concerts on the Morehead City waterfront. If you like the nightlife, then I would definitely recommend heading to Jack’s Waterfront Bar located on the Morehead City Waterfront – locals love it! There are so many other things throughout the year families can do and be involved with, another great part about this community. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.  2020

RESTAURANTS: Redfish Grill, Iaonni’s, No Name’s, Yellowfin SHOPS: Any shops on the Beaufort or Morehead City waterfront and AB Surf Shop GYM:   Anytime Fitness in Morehead City FURNITURE STORE:  Shore Decor  HAIR SALON:  Kutt Ups Salon ANNUAL EVENT: Seafood Festival BeLocal 43




North Carolina Aquarium 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores (252) 247-4003 ncaquariums.com Sheri Day Spa by the Sea 2500 Bridges St., Suite 10, Morehead City (252) 204-1871 vagaro.com/sheridayspabythesea

“If you’re looking for a country club to join, Crystal Coast Country Club has $0 initiation fees and very low dues until you meet your member mark! It’s beautiful, and the social events are a blast.” – Jessica T.

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Mac Daddy’s (Bowling and Arcade) 130 Golfin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret (252) 393-6565  mymacdaddys.com

Atlantic Station Cinema 1010 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 247-7016 atlanticstationcinema.com

Candy Edventure 101 W. Church St. #3, Swansboro (910) 708-1269

Crystals by the Sea Salon and Spa 607 Atlantic Beach Causeway #104, Atlantic Beach (252) 222-0249  crystals-by-the-sea-salon.business.site

Emerald Plantation Cinema 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-5012  emeraldplantationcinema.com

NC Maritime Museum 315 Front St., Beaufort (252) 504-7740  ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com 2020

LOCAL > INDOOR ACTIVITIES History Museum of Carteret County 1008 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 247-7533 • carterethistory.org

Game On Escape Rooms 2302-F Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 549-0777 • gameonescaperooms.com

SEA and PLAY 2408 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 222-4779 • seaandplay.com

Complex Med Spa and Aesthetics 201 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 773-0841 • atlanticbeachmedspa.com

Crystal Coast Axe Throwing 410 Arendell St. A, \Morehead City (252) 349-0150 • crystalcoastaxethrowing.com Battleworks Tactical Laser Tag 1010 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 515-1074 • battleworks.com All About Skin by Caron 1002-C Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 499-4110 • allaboutskinbycaron.com

LOCAL LORE Beaufort has served as the setting for many films, including Forrest Gump and A Walk to Remember. You can take tours of film sites and homes where stars have stayed.

Western Carteret Library 230 Taylor Notion Rd., Cape Carteret (252) 393-6500 • carteret.cpclib.org Carteret County Library 1702 Live Oak St., Ste. 100, Beaufort (252) 728-2050 • carteret.cpclib.org


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BASEBALL Beaufort Little League   (440) 567-6706  beaufortlittleleague.org

BASKETBALL Havelock Independent Basketball League (252) 670-5853

Crystal Coast Babe Ruth (252) 259-8792 crystalcoast.baberuthonline.com

Carteret County Parks & Rec (252) 808-3301 ccpr.recdesk.com

Morehead City Little League (252) 723-9784 moreheadcitylittleleague.org

LACROSEE Carteret Youth Lacrosse Association (606) 541-2775 carteretyouthlacrosse.uslaxteams.com

Newport Little League and Tee Ball Association (252) 342-0148 newportll.com

Newport Coastal Renegades (252) 725-2358 coastalrenegadeslacrosse.org

Bogue Elite Women’s Lacrosse (out of Newport) (910) 890-7065 bogueelitelax.com

Havelock Hornets Youth Lacrosse (252) 728-1070 havelocklax.com

LOCAL TIP “Take the time to sign your kids up for swim lessons and teach them ocean safety.” –

Havelock Little League havelocklittleleague.com

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LOCAL TIP “Take the bike path in Emerald Isle – great, free, family fun!” – Joanne L.

SOCCER Seashore Soccer League (252) 499-0922 ssl-nc.com Swansboro Soccer Association (910) 340-6213 swansborosoccerassociation.com Havelock Youth Soccer Association havelocksoccer.org SOFTBALL Newport Girls Softball League (252) 646-1579 tshq.bluesombrero.com/newportgsl Western Carteret Softball League (252) 503-9882 DANCE Jessica’s Dance Academy (252) 764-7989 jessicasdanceacademy.com Dance Arts Studio (252) 726-1720 danceartsstudio.net Justice Elite Dance Studio (252) 773-0449 justiceelitedance.com

FOOTBALL AND CHEER Beaufort Down East Raiders Youth Football and Cheer (252) 723-7335 Newport Pop Warner League (252) 725-2087 newportvikings.com  Western Park Falcons Carteret Onslow Football League (443) 866-4235 facebook.com/WesternParkFalcons Havelock Pop Warner Football and Cheer


GYMNASTICS Crystal Coast Gymnastics (252) 222-4961 crystalcoastgymnastics.com Carolina Elite Gymnastics Academy (252) 269-8095 carolinaelitegym.com MARTIAL ARTS Grandmaster Dong’s Martial Arts (252) 222-0444 dongskaratemoreheadcity.com Elite Martial Arts Academy and Lewis’ Taekwondo (252) 808-2400 lewistkd.com


PIRATES DEN PARK 640 W. Shore Dr., Swansboro Morehead City Parks and Rec 1600 Fisher St., Morehead City BLUE HERON PARK 7500 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle SHEVANS PARK 1501 Evans St., Morehead City AB TOWN PARK AND SPLASH PAD 915 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach FORT BENJAMIN PARK 100 McQueen Ave., Newport WALTER B. JONES PARK 2 Governmental Ave., Havelock

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daycares & schools CRYSTAL COAST

The Carteret County Public School District was recognized by Niche as the seventh-best school system in the state of North Carolina for 2019. This number is out of 116 total school systems statewide. The rankings were based on different aspects including clubs and activities, sports, academics, teachers and administration. The school district was also ranked second for having the best teachers in North Carolina. A map for school-district boundaries and determination of your child’s assigned school can be found at carteretcountyschools.org. 

daycares & preschools Childcare Network 783 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro (910) 326-3386 Excel Learning 168 Queens Creek Rd., Swansboro, (910) 325-0124 700 N. 35th St., Morehead City, 252) 247-4831 601 N. 35th St., Morehead City, (252) 247-1866 201 Jones Ave., Beaufort, (252) 728-2223 610 Fontana Blvd., Havelock, (252) 444-5309 White Oak Christian Childcare  5054 NC-24, Newport (252) 393-7808 Little Citizens Daycare 106 Little 9 Rd., Morehead City (252) 726-6899 48 BeLocal

Room To Grow Family Child Care Home 916 Coyote Trl., Havelock (252) 665-1252 Bloom Holistic Preschool 4907 Bridges St., Morehead City (252) 499-2070

Imagination Playce 518 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point (252) 424-8172 Carteret Preschool Center 903 Church St., Newport (252) 223-4574 The Coop Montessori Preschool 2005 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 646-1790

LOCAL TIP “Search out the great community groups on Facebook to find the ones that will help you meet new people and discover new places. Carteret/Craven Discussion Group and Friends of Atlantic Beach are examples.” – Joy G.



private schools Grace Christian School 520 Roberts Rd., Newport (252) 223-2653 Gramercy Christian School 8170 US-70, Newport (252) 223-5199 St. Egbert’s Catholic School 1705 Evans St. Morehead City (252) 726-3418 Charter Schools Tiller School 1950 US-70, Beaufort (252) 728-1995

public schools Bogue Sound Elementary 3323 Hwy. 24, Newport (252) 393-1279 Beaufort Elementary School 110 Carraway Dr., Beaufort (252) 728-3316 Morehead City Primary School 4409 Country Club Rd., Morehead City (252) 247-2448

LOCAL TIP “You have to pay to park in Beaufort in the summer, but if you are willing to walk a couple blocks, parking is always free at the Court House.” – Brandy O.


Newport Elementary 219 Chatham St., Newport (252) 223-4201

Bridges School 140 Vashti Dr., Morehead City (252) 808-3040

White Oak Elementary School 555 W.B. Mclean Dr., Cape Carteret (252) 393-3990

Morehead City Middle School 400 Barbour Rd., Morehead City (252) 726-1126

Swansboro Elementary School 118 Swansboro Middle School Rd., Swansboro (910) 326-1501

Croatan High School 3355 Hwy. 24, Newport (252) 393-7022

Havelock Elementary 201 Cunningham Blvd., Havelock (252) 444-5106 Broad Creek Middle School 2382 Hwy. 24, Newport (252) 247-3135 Newport Middle School 500 E. Chatham St., Newport (252) 223-3482

West Carteret High School 4700 Country Club Rd., Morehead City (252) 726-1176 East Carteret High School 3263 Hwy. 70, Beaufort (252)728-3514 Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 222-7990

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Hurricane season extends from June to November. When a hurricane approaches, the town and city officials will issue either a mandatory or a voluntary evacuation. During a mandatory Crystal Coast hurricane evacuation, everyone must leave the island and go further inland. This includes both vacationers and permanent residents. After the mandatory evacuation is executed, the bridges are secured by the state police, and no vehicles are allowed on any of the islands until the evacuation is lifted. During a voluntary evacuation, the individual can decide whether they leave the island or not, but they are given instructions to take in porch furniture, and secure windows and doors, etc.

EVACUATIONS The threat of severe weather, or man-made catastrophe, may force local government officials to issue evacuation orders.Hurricane evacuation routes in Carteret County are marked with blue and white evacuation route signs. The evacuation routes out of Carteret County are U.S. 70, NC Highway 101, and NC Highway 58. Evacuation route map hurricane evacuees from Carteret County should remember that many highways in eastern North Carolina serve as evacuation routes for multiple counties. Evacuees should expect to encounter heavy traffic conditions during evacuation events. WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO DO In your family plan, map out your route to shelters or locations out of the area. Be familiar with alternate routes. Have local meeting places and an out-of-town contact in case family members are separated. 

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LOCAL LORE Mainland Carteret County is protected by four barrier islands, only one of which is inhabited.

Lock your home. Leave a note stating when you left, where you are going and contact numbers. Check on elderly relatives and friends who may need your assistance.  If instructed to do so, shut off water, gas, and electricity before leaving. Remember, if you shut off gas, a professional must turn it back on. 

Monitor local news media for instructions about evacuations. If told to evacuate, do so quickly.

Have a plan for your pets.

Bring your disaster supply kit.

Pack supplies sufficient for three to five days.

Keep your vehicle filled with gas at all times. Never store additional gasoline in your home or vehicle.

Pack important papers (insurance, identifications, property inventory).



EVACUATION ASSISTANCE Anyone who is unable to evacuate and/or shelter on their own, who may require specialized transportation assistance, or whose medical needs prevent them from evacuating on their own should register with the special-needs registry prior to an emergency evacuation. Individuals on the registry will receive priority and assistance evacuating to a facility appropriate for their level of care. The program is specifically for individuals who live alone or with their families, not those residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or group homes. DESTINATIONS Evacuating from the coast is the surest way to avoid injury from the effects of hurricane-force winds and storm surge. But evacuees should carefully choose their place of evacuation. The effects of a hurricane strike will be felt in all of eastern North Carolina. High winds and river flooding are possible in all counties east of I-95. Hurricane evacuees from Carteret County are encouraged to travel to areas in and around Raleigh. Evacuees are reminded that hotel space is limited in many areas, and destinations should be confirmed prior to evacuating the coast. Click here for a list of US 70 corridor and Raleigh hotels.

obtain your re-entry pass in the event of an emergency. Waiting last minute could mean standing in a long line! Persons employed in the area should contact their employer for returning instructions and information.  Be aware, and stay clear of disaster-recovery operations. Avoid downed power lines, flooded or damaged roads, and potentially unsafe structures. Remember, wildlife such as snakes and other wild animals look for refuge in storms and may have made your home their safe haven during the storm! 

LOCAL TIP “If the American flags on the AB bridge are pointing towards the mainland, then the ocean water is going to be rough ... stay on the mainland.” – Julie A.

RETURNING TO THE CRYSTAL COAST AFTER AN EVACUATION Access to the Crystal Coast may be restricted immediately following the storm. Many inland communities tend to flood heavily following severe weather, which may cause a delay in your return back to the coast. Stay tuned to local TV stations and check the Town’s websites for information concerning re-entry. Residents and property owners are instructed not to call town halls or the police departments. Bridges will remain closed until inspections are done and it is deemed safe to travel over them. Emergency Response and damage-assessment operations must be completed after the storm before the general public can be allowed back into the area.  If you live on the island, you will need a re-entry permit. It is the goal of all of our island towns to return residents, property owners, and business owners back to the Island as quickly and safely as possible after an evacuation. The Hurricane Re-Entry Permit Program is a tool that facilitates that goal by maximizing security while providing authorized persons the quickest possible access to their properties. These passes are necessary in order to return to the island after an evacuation. You should go to your town hall as soon as possible to


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TURTLES Clean, Dark and Flat!

Contributed by Dale Baquer, Program Coordinator for the EI Sea Turtle Patrol

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Each summer on the Crystal Coast, sea turtle nesting season is from May 1 through October. Of the seven sea turtle species, five are found in North Carolina waters and loggerheads are the most common turtle nesting on North Carolina beaches. These amazing animals need to be protected.

LOCAL LORE Diving enthusiasts refer to The Crystal Coast as a “wreck diver’s dream,” with near perfect conditions and crystal clear water, with the average temperature hovering around 80 degrees F.

Sea turtle info: To ensure their survival, sea turtles need the beaches to be clean, dark and flat.


1. Clean up after yourself when you leave the beach each day. A towel, beach chair, or piece of trash left behind can cause a baby sea turtle, or hatchling, to get trapped or confused and not make it to the ocean. Objects left on the beach can also force a nesting female to return to the water without laying her legs.


2. Turtles dig the dark. Amazingly, hatchlings are born with a sea-finding instinct to move toward the brightest light. When the beach is dark, that light is the horizon and it guides them to the ocean. But if artificial lights, like porch lights or flashlights, are lighting up the beach and are brighter than the horizon, hatchlings will follow those lights and end up in sand dunes or on roads. Too often this results in death for our hatchlings.


3. Before you leave the beach each day, knock down your sandcastles and fill in your holes! Our sea turtles need a flat beach to make successful journeys. Whether it’s a hatching struggling to get to the water or an adult female searching for a place to lay her eggs, a flat beach is crucial for sea turtles’ survival.  What can I do to help? If you see any sea turtle activity, nesting turtles, stranded, injured or sick turtles, eggs or nests in danger, contact the local police department or the North Carolina Stranding Hotline at (252) 241-7367. Do not attempt to touch or assist the turtle yourself.  It’s also good to note, tampering with or disturbing nests or sea turtles is illegal in North Carolina under the Wildlife Protection Act. Join your local sea turtle protection crew: Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol The EI Sea Turtle Patrol is made up of around 250 volunteers, all working in specific capacities to help ensure that baby turtles make it down to the water safely at birth. They cover 13 miles of beach, split into 1-mile zones. During nesting season, walkers in each zone are out at dawn to look for tracks left by nesting mothers. during the 60-day development period, they monitor the progress of the nests and make sure the females are safe on the beach. When eggs hatch, they assist in getting any struggling turtles to the sea as safely as possible. To learn how you can get involved, visit eiseaturtlepatrol.org.


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By Katie Whaley, Crystal Coast Resident

F U R N I T U R E , I N T E R I O R D E C O R AT O R S A N D H O U S E WA R E S Shore Decor No home on the Crystal Coast is complete without coastal-themed furnishings. Shore Decor offers a large selection from sofas and bedroom sets, to pillows and artwork. Knick knacks, clothing, and accessories can also be found here for any occasion! 5167 Hwy. 70 W., Suite 220, Morehead City (252) 727-0001 shoredecor.com Beaufort Linen Company The owners of this local business like to define it as “being a well-collected house.” Your home should reflect all the greatest aspects of your life. Stop by Beaufort Linen company to help you furnish and decorate your home with unique pieces for every room. You definitely won’t be able to pass up their apparel and jewelry, either! 331 Front St., Beaufort (252) 838-1091 beaufortlinen.com

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LOCAL TIP “The ‘11th Street Collective’ includes a collection of shops, restaurants, art studios, and more on the 10th and 11th Street blocks of Arendell.” – Jessica O.

McQueen’s can help you create your own paradise.


Le Rouge Tete This store is a bargain shopper’s dream come true! Stop in to see the daily additions added to this upscale consignment shop. You’re sure to find high-quality, like-new furniture and decor here for any room in your home. 5270 Hwy. 70 W., Morehead City (252) 622-4244 lerougetete.com

McQueen’s Interiors Make your home a reflection of you with McQueen’s exceptional designers, and all the latest and greatest furniture for every room. The staff here has been dedicated to Eastern North Carolina for over 40 years. 4426 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 247-3175 mcqueensinteriors.com 

Sea Classics Trading and Interiors They are the Crystal Coast’s nautical retailer, providing a wide selection of affordable home furnishings and decor. When you visit this store, you’ll receive friendly service from a staff that is experienced and passionate about interior design. 1400 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 648-8174 seaclassicsinteriors.com

Mills and Thomas Furniture “Where the furniture sells itself,” in Eastern North Carolina, since 1956. This is the place to go for high-quality furniture, mattresses, and outdoor furniture. The customer service is outstanding as well, with delivery and service to all of Eastern NC, complimentary design services, and customizations for each home’s unique needs. 807 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro (910) 326-4694 millsandthomas.com

Window, Wall and Interior Decor The name speaks for itself on this one! Owned and operated by long-time residents, this business has built their reputation on great customer service and high-quality products. They create perfectly designed, handcrafted, and expertly installed finishings for your home. 1507 Live Oak St., Beaufort (252) 838-0201 windowandwalldecor.com

Guthrie Interiors The staff here is highly experienced in interior design, and works with each customer by helping them decorate their home in a unique way dependent upon each family’s style. Guthrie interiors has a beautiful furniture and decor showroom, and provides services to everything from residential to commercial spaces. 5113 Hwy. 70, Morehead City (252) 648-8329 guthrieinteriors.com 

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Cote co-owner, Andie Fuller, always has a store full of the latest fashion trends.

Ann Paige has a huge selection of clothes and jewelry.


CLOTHING South Swell Surf Shop This upscale surf shop has been a part of Emerald Isle for more than a decade, providing apparel, sunglasses, sandals, and more. Stop in here for all of your skate and surf needs, including board rentals, and lessons. 8204 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-7175 southswellsurfshop.com Cameo Boutique This is a homey, contemporary shop stocked with the trendiest women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories for multiple occasions. If you like to enjoy the comfort of your own home, check out their website to shop online! 104 S. Water St., Swansboro (910) 326-4208 shopcameo.boutique 

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AB Surf Shop This family-owned-and-operated store is the oldest surf shop in North Carolina. This is a complete surf shop haven and boutique providing everything for your surfing needs, lessons, and apparel for the whole family. 515 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 726-9382 Jame’s Clothing Boutique This chic boutique is sure to provide clothes every woman and young girl will love! You’ll find apparel and accessories for all occasions here, or shop their inventory online. Are you a sucker for a good deal? Make sure to sign up for their loyalty program next time you visit. 4426 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 247-5263 jamesclothingboutique.com Ann Paige Designs This shop prides themselves on swanky and affordable accessories all customers and retailers love. It’s all about the details at this family-owned-and-operated store. 4426 Arendell St., Suite 1, Morehead City (252) 622-4040 annpaigedesigns.com 

Island Proper This local shop has been a part of our community for over 10 years and is a must-see shop, whether looking for something specific or just killing time. Men and women of all ages can go here to find fine apparel, footwear, and accessories that stay true to Southern heritage, but on trend for the latest fashion. 431 Front St., Beaufort (252) 838-1576 islandproper.com Jake’s Jake’s on Arendell provides unique menswear, accessories, and gifts. Located in the heart of Morehead City, this is a must shop! Whatever the occasion, this store provides well-known brands at an affordable price in store or online. 2900 Arendell St. #6, Morehead City (252) 648-8370 jakesonarendell.com

LOCAL LORE Bogue Banks is the one inhabited island, and includes the towns of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path and Emerald Isle.



Cote Boutique This local boutique provides bohemian and beach style apparel, combining East Coast chic with West Coast relaxed silhouettes. This women owned business has also partnered up with local human trafficking and environmental groups as a way to give back to the community that supports them. 1103 Arendell St., Suite C, Morehead City (252) 773-4225 coteboutiques.com

Apricot Lane Boutique This is a trendy womenswear chain featuring modern casual-wear and dressy fashions, plus accessories. Apricot Lane has limited qualities, and new arrivals weekly ensuring you always walk away with something unique and high quality. 4950 Arendell St., Suite L, Morehead City (252) 773-0036 apricotlaneboutique.com 

Tassels This is one of the Crystal Coast’s one-stop shopping boutiques providing fine ladies shoes, clothing, and accessories. Tassels carries well known brands, and ships anywhere in the United States. This store is sure to fit you and your lifestyle! 4426 Arendell St., Morehead City (252) 247-7463 Island Traders This shop has been a local favorite for nearly two decades, with locations in Beaufort and Atlantic Beach. They have constantly changing merchandise, along with regular inventory of t-shirts, and brand names for the whole family. 421 Front St., Beaufort  1010 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach (252) 504-3000/(252) 240-2825  islandtraders.com Kitty Hawk Surf Co. This chain of stores has five locations along the Outer Banks, with one of them being right here in the Crystal Coast. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co., you can find new and used surf, kayak, stand-up paddle boarding, and skim gear from industry leading brands. The whole family can find sportswear, footwear, and surf lifestyle apparel and accessories here. 419 Front St., Beaufort (252) 728-6670 khsurf.com



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“Download the Big Rock Fishing Tournament App and follow them on Twitter to find out when the big fish are coming in.” – Joy G.

So and Sew Boutique Mogramming? Embroidery? Vinyl Services? This is your go-to destination! Custom just for you, and gifts for all ages, any occasion! The customer service you’ll receive from this shop will truly make you feel special, and will have you leaving with high-quality gifts that set the standard high. Their women’s apparel and children’s items are especially beautiful. 4426 Arendell St., Suite 7A, Morehead City,  (252) 808-3008 soandsewboutique.com Boro Girl Boutique You need to go here to see why they were awarded 2019 Best Boutique and Women’s Clothing by The Daily News-Jacksonville. You will find trendy custom clothing, accessories, home decor, and local art that everyone will love. 1133 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point (910) 650-0056

Churchwell’s Jewelers For your next special occasion or your special someone, visit this family-owned-and-operated local, independent jeweler. Churchwell’s was established in the late 1800s in Wilson, NC, and later relocated to Emerald Isle. They offer custom designs, repairs, cleaning and maintenance, and appraisals. 7901 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-7166 churchwells.com  Elly’s Gifts Offering a large selection of home decor, personalized gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, and homemade fudge, Elly’s has been a destination gift shop for over 25 years. Did I mention they have a year-round Christmas shop that is to die for? You need to see it! 8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle (252) 354-4748 ellysgifts.com  Salt Marsh Cottage This coastal-themed home decor and gift store is located in the heart of historic downtown Swansboro. In this quaint store, you will find high-quality, affordable items for everyone and every home. With great reviews and a high standard, this is a must-stop shop for coastal living! 108 Front St., Swansboro (910) 708-1166 saltmarshcottage.com

Great gifts for all occasions at Elly’s.

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Christmas Flotillas December The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla is a time-honored tradition and fun for the whole family! Watch the spectacular parade of lights down the White Oak River. Music will fill the air, and you can enjoy treats, such as funnel cakes, cider and hot cocoa as you enjoy the lights glimmering off the river. You’ll be amazed by the lights and dÊcor of the boats, and you might even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus!

Christmas Flotilla

Chocolate Festival February The Chocolate Festival event features vendors from across North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia who tempt festival-goers with an assortment of all things chocolate. From chocolate cakes to fudge, truffles and even chocolate wine, chocolate lovers can indulge in a variety of delectable treats! Other fun activities at the Carolina Chocolate Festival include a Pro/AM cake bake-off as well as a JRs Cupcake Wars, and a Cocoa 5K/Fun Run! Proceeds from the festival support local charities throughout the county.





St. Patrick’s Day Festival March The St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Emerald Isle is an all-day event held at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. Fun for all ages, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival features a petting zoo, amusement rides, a climbing wall, face painting, plus over 75 arts and crafts vendors, clowns and much more. There will also be a variety of foods including funnel cakes, hamburgers, BBQ and more. Attendees 21 and over can enjoy the Beer Garden and live music beginning at 10 a.m. Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k March This race is aimed at benefiting the Emerald Isle community by continuing to upgrade the area’s bike paths which are used by residents and vacationers alike. In addition, a local health related charity receives 50 percent of the race proceeds!




Big Rock Tournament June One of the largest sport-fishing tournaments in the U.S., the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is held in Morehead City and draws more than 200 competitors each year. The Big Rock is a series of ledges, peaks and plateaus that runs along the North Carolina coastline just south of the Morehead City port. Big Rock is now considered the premier spot for marlin fishing on the East Coast. This exciting nine-day event includes fun-filled activities and daily public weigh-ins. Festivities begin on Friday with a one-day Lady Anglers tournament that benefits local cancer research. The following Monday begins the first day of fishing and continues through Saturday, with an awards party and celebration held that evening. Proceeds from the Big Blue Rock Marlin Tournament are given to charities.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament



Beaufort Wine and Food Festival April The April festival is Beaufort Wine and Food’s signature event, and will feature an exciting five days of tastings, seminar, dinners, live and silent auctions and more. Talent from around the world descends on Beaufort to be paired up with some of the Crystal Coast’s best restaurants for an unforgettable experience – all in the name of charity! Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest April Mayor Garner was one of the first to help get the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest going. It started as a fund-raiser for the Newport Developmental Center to raise money for needs they had at the time. Forty-one years later the pig cookin’ has grown into the largest all-volunteer, nonprofit pig cookin’ in the USA. Since the beginning, more than $1 million have been given back to different charities as a result of the event.

Pirate Invasion August Spend a weekend on the beautiful waterfront in Downtown Beaufort, NC, and watch as the town comes to life with the sights and sounds of pirates overrunning the town during the annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion. This two-day pirate festival offers fun and entertainment the whole family will enjoy. Come see sights such as sword fighting, cannons firing and black powder weapons demonstrations and displays, a mock trial, pirate hanging and so much more.

Pirate Invasion. Photo by Sondra Reed.

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LOCAL LORE Carteret County’s growing population of over 68,000 people is enhanced by an additional 100,000 people over the long summer season.


Seafood Festival. Photo by VisitNC.

Beach Music Festival September Get out your dancing shoes, and buy a day’s supply of sun lotion; this iconic Emerald Isle event is a must-attend! Thousands of people fill the beach for a day full of live music at the Emerald Isle Western Ocean Regional Access. Lovers of the coastal Carolina genre – a joyous, sun-soaked and sometimes shuffling cousin of rhythm and blues – will be able to shag (it’s a dance, y’all) the hours away in the sand and then slip into the soothing surf without missing a beat. This free, family-friendly event, usually lasts from 11 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Parking is first come first serve, so get there early!



OCT LOCAL TIP “Get to the boat ramp as early as possible in the morning, especially during the summer.”

Seafood Festival October This free festival is one of the area’s most popular, drawing in more than 200,000 people to Morehead City. For more than 25 years, the festival has provided residents and visitors alike with world-class entertainment, family fun, and, most importantly, the best seafood you’ve ever tasted. Food lovers have the chance to sample just about every piece of seafood imaginable or learn how to prepare their own with chef cooking demonstrations.The festival also features amusement rides, music concert, road race, pier fishing tournament, sailing regatta and the annual Southern Outer Banks Boat Show. Festival proceeds are shared with community organizations who donate their efforts to the event. Since 1987, over $1.8 million has been dispersed among participating Carteret County nonprofit groups. Mullet Festival October Mmm, mmm, mullet! Whether you prefer fried, broiled, grilled, smoked or stewed, you can get mullet any way you like it at the annual Mullet Festival of Swansboro. The festival began in 1954 and is the oldest festival in the Crystal Coast. This family-friendly festival kicks off on Saturday in downtown Swansboro with a parade down Highway 24. Enjoy the sounds of beach music and live bands, while walking around to dozens of craft and food vendors. Swansboro Havelock Chili Festival October The Festival began in 1981 when the then Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, General Kuci, inquired whether an occasion might be established in which his Marines and their families could enjoy getting together at an event “out in town” among members of the Havelock community. Taste the spicy, flavorful foods prepared by the competing cooks. Come to eat, judge, enjoy the entertainment, and shop the vendors where you can meet local business owners, artists, crafters, and organizations.

– Zack H.

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farmers’ markets

The Crystal Coast has some amazing local markets and farms that offer up the best of every season. You can bring local flavor right into your home easily and affordably. What’s even better than that is knowing that you’re shopping and buying local, which in turn helps our area growers, producers and small businesses to succeed and thrive here on the Crystal Coast.

OLDE BEAUFORT FARMERS’ MARKET Take full advantage of the opportunity to get really fresh, wholesome, healthy food, all while meeting the people in the community who grow it. Have questions about what you’re buying? Ask away! You’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, pasture-raised chicken, freshly baked goods and so much more. The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning, 8:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. seasonally from April through most of November. The final market of the season finishes out the year with an Old-Fashioned Holiday Market in December. We love the special events that are hosted here each month, too. The market is just two blocks from Front Street on the Beaufort waterfront at the corner of Turner and Broad Streets at 300 Courthouse Sq. SALTY AIR OPEN MARKET IN CEDAR POINT Located in Cedar Point, right across the bridge from Emerald Isle, the Salty Air Open Market offers up an outdoor space where artists, collectors and farmers all come together in one beautiful location to share their wares with you. Listen to local musicians play while sipping a smoothie made from produce right from SF Farms’ on-site general store. Or eat a po’ boy made from local shrimp from White Oak River Seafood. The Salty Air Open Market is located at 307 Cedar Point Blvd. in Cedar Point. The market is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.

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MOREHEAD CITY CURB MARKET Stop by downtown Morehead City, where you can choose from fresh vegetables, local seafood, cut flowers, baked goods and crafts. Located at 1213 Evans St., this market operates every Saturday, May through October. WESTERN CARTERET FARMERS’ MARKET Head to the Market at Cedar Point on the first and third Saturday of the month to enjoy a one-of-a-kind farmers’ market. Their vendors are local farmers (both vegetables and meats), bakers, and more! The Market opens at 9 a.m., located at 1046 Cedar Point Blvd.

LOCAL TIP “Best time to grocery shop in the summer is mid-morning on Saturdays. Most rentals are leaving, and it’s too early for new rental check-ins.” – Kathy M.



LOCAL LORE The Crystal Coast has one of the longest fishing seasons on the Atlantic, giving visitors the freedom to fish all year long with at least one breed of fish abundant at any time of year.

farms THE BARNYARD Meats chicken/eggs, rabbit, goat, lamb 844 Roberts Rd., Newport (252) 223-2950 GARNER FARMS Vegetables, fruits and flowers 173 Sam Garner Rd., Newport (252) 223-5283 GUTHRIE FARM Vegetables and fruit 195 Guthrie Farm Rd., Newport (252) 725-2590 JW MERRELL FARM Vegetables, fruits and flowers 1725 Highway 101, Beaufort (252) 241-5278 SHENK FAMILY FARM Poultry (duck/eggs, chicken/eggs) 482 Chatham St., Newport (252) 622-6803 SUNNY MELONS FARM Vegetables and flowers 1586 Highway 101, Beaufort (252) 241-6038 WILLIS FARM Vegetables and fruits 278 Willis Farm Rd., Newport (252) 223-5227 2020

fresh markets THE FRIENDLY MARKET IN MOREHEAD CITY Friendly Market Foods appeals to all food lovers looking to experience the most creative, fresh and seasonal recipes made daily in our kitchen. Foods are packaged daily and ready to take home. Add in the on-site produce stand and plant nursery for the trifecta, and it’s easy to see why the Friendly Market is a local favorite. “Eat, Grow, Shop and Buy Local” is the motto here, and that’s exactly what you’ll find. The Friendly Market is located at 205 Friendly Rd. in Morehead City, and they’re open every day for your shopping pleasure. 205 Friendly Rd., Morehead City (252) 222-0273 THE MARKET AT CEDAR POINT This family-run, “indoor” farm stand offers the healthiest options from local organic and conventional farmers. Be sure to check them out around the holidays; Mrs. Mary will order the meats you need to feed the family!  1046 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point (910) 330-7937 BeLocal 65



“In the summer, avoid coming onto the island around 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and avoid leaving the island around 10 a.m. on Saturdays. These are vacationer check-in and check-out times!” – Jillian F.

BLUE OCEAN MARKET 2400 Bridges St., Morehead City (252) 726-4886 WILLIS SEAFOOD MARKET 130 Headen Ln., Salter Path (252) 247- 2752 ATLANTIC BEACH SEAFOOD AND FRESH MARKET 415 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach (252) 247-2430 SALTY CATCH SEAFOOD COMPANY 300 Wellons Dr., Beaufort (252) 838-9145

Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to strengthen the connection between local Carteret consumers and their local Carteret farmers. The mission of CLFN is to protect and promote a local food system that builds community, supports the local economy, nurtures a healthy environment, and produces healthy, delicious food.


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TWORK D NE O FO Carteret Local Food

The organization hosts four suppers per year featuring the county’s freshest from our local farmers, crafted into a delicious meal by a local chef. The dinners are hosted at local farms so you can enjoy a different type of dining experience, meet the farmers, and ask questions to the chefs! For more information about the Carteret Local Food Network, and to sign up for an upcoming event, visit: carteretlocalfood.org.

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“Our beaches actually face south, which means we get to enjoy the sunset and sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean!” – Dana W.



H I K I N G , PA D D L I N G , B OAT I N G A N D S U N S E T S !

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Sugarloaf Island Sugarloaf is one of the most popular destinations for Morehead City kayakers. This small island, that’s just 43 acres in size and is roughly 1/10th of a mile away from the downtown docks, features a floating dock and soundside beaches for paddlers, an on-site nature trail, and a boardwalk. 

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Shark Tooth Island Fossilized shark teeth and whale bone are continuously exposed on this small island beach. Located just off Swansboro, this is a shorter paddle and is perfect for all ages and skill levels. Find enough sharks teeth? Paddle over and explore other nearby islands, and see what adventures await you. Sand Dollar Island There’s a disappearing island off the Morehead City waterfront, where you can find buried treasure. Sand Dollar Island, which is really just a large sand bar most accessible at low tide, is home to a seemingly more concentrated population of sand dollars than almost anywhere else on the Carolina coast! Remember, only collect the white ones – leave the rest!



LOCAL TIP There’s a sweet little, 9 hole disc golf course, located in the Emerald Isle Woods. - Patrick L

Hiking Fort Macon Trails Whether it’s the Elliot Coues Trail, the Fort Macon Beach Trail, or the Fort Macon Nature Trail, you’re guaranteed a fun adventure with great views! Not to mention, this historic Civil War site is located right on ocean, which means you’ve got the whole Atlantic to cool off in after! Neusiok Trail The Neusiok is one of many trails located inside the Croatan National Forest. This is considered the “crown jewel” of the trails along the Crystal Coast. This trail is definitely for the ambitious hiker who wants to get a little taste of all the different ecosystems that the Crystal Coast has to offer. Spanning over 20 miles through beaches, forests, cypress swamps, long leaf pine savannas, and bogs, this trail is certainly an adventure! 

LOCAL LORE “Shackleford Ponies” are supposedly descendants of Spanish Mustangs from offshore shipwreck survivors of the 1500s.

Alice Hoffman and Theodore Roosevelt Trails Both of these great trails can be found at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. These are both excellent trails that are fun for the whole family while allowing you to see some great and varied wildlife including egrets, crabs, raccoons, squirrels, herons, fish, otters, and more! Emerald Isle Woods This mile-long trail is located at Emerald Isle Woods Park, a 41-acre park that includes a floating dock, picnic pavilion, pier, and of course the trail! This is another ideal spot for bird watching and for a beautiful view of Bogue Sound.



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Boating Cape Lookout The islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore are reachable only by boat. The island offers excellent fishing opportunities in the fall and spring and is a popular fishing destination for many! For history buffs, the park is home to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, the Cape Lookout Village Historic District, and the Portsmouth Village Historic District.

Shackleford Banks Arguably the most popular go-by-boat destination amongst Crystal Coasters, Shackleford (a.k.a. “Shack”) is home to more than 100 wild horses. Enjoy the rare privilege of watching horses that live without the help of man. Appreciate the horses’ tenacity, and watch their social behaviors. Respectfully stay far enough away to avoid disturbing the horses or endangering yourself, your children, or your pets. If you don’t have your own boat, you can still take part in the fun by catching a ferry from downtown Beaufort! Bear Island A North Carolina State Park since 1961, Bear Island is bordered on the southeast by the Atlantic and on the northwest by a vast salt marsh, tidal estuarine creeks, and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The notorious Blackbeard was among the many pirates who frequented the Bear Island area! This island can also be reached by passenger ferry from Hammocks Beach State Park. 

Where The Locals Watch The Sunset: Atlantic Beach Pier Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle The Pointe (the western-most tip of Emerald Isle) Downtown Morehead City waterfront From a boat on the ICW Moonraker’s Rooftop Bar in Beaufort Cape Lookout Torpedo Lounge Rooftop Bar in Emerald Isle Any of our beautiful beaches! 70 BeLocal

LOCAL TIP “Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse around 7 p.m. to catch the most breathtaking sunset you’ve ever seen.” – Pat S.



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