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Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon State Park Pine Knoll Shores, NC Aquarium Emerald Isle Indian Beach, Salter Path Swansboro, Cape Carteret Morehead City, The History Place Beaufort, Beaufort Historic Site NC Maritime Museum, Rachel Carson Reserve Cape Lookout National Seashore Down East, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum


16 High Flying Display – Cherry Point Air Show 32 While You’re Here: Biggest Events 42 Forty Years of Wooden Boats 48 The Sweet Taste of Spring – Food & Wine Weekend 60 Get in the Groove 64 Celebrating Earth Day

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welcome... Spring has sprung in Eastern North Carolina and not only can we expect longer hours at our favorite local businesses, but there is a full slate of recreational activities for visitors and locals alike. At Coaster Magazine, our goal is to make sure everyone has all the information they need to enjoy life along the Crystal Coast, whether you’re here for a weekend or a lifetime. Sure, we’ll tell you about all of our wonderful shops and eateries, attractions and hotels. But we also want to direct our readers toward the wonderful special events that keep visitors coming back month after month, year after year, to enjoy family time on our shores. With spring comes two of the area’s largest festivals – one which is still new to us and the another that has been part of our landscape for years. At 10 years young, the Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend continues to grow and spread. No longer isolated to the small waterfront village of Beaufort, the annual event brings an array of palate-tempting events April 23-27. Visitors can expect special pairing dinners, workshops, fashion shows and gala affairs with a full slate of visiting chefs, wine makers and guests. It’s a great way to ease into spring! On Saturday, May 3, the Beaufort Wooden Boat Show returns to the waterfront for its 40th show. Wooden boats, all polished and shined, show off their artistic design during this annual fundraiser for the NC Maritime Museum. Spring also means the return of the biannual Cherry Point Air Show, planned for May 16-18 in nearby Craven County. The free event swings back the base gates and allows visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with aircraft, tactical equipment and more. A night show and fireworks makes this a must-do family-friendly event. From our beaches to our museums, the Crystal Coast is a great place to be each spring. We’re so glad you found your way to our shores and thank you for picking up the most recent copy of Coaster.


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Atlantic Beach is the oldest of the five towns that dot the beautiful shores of Bogue Banks, the beach front that runs parallel to Morehead City and the mainland. The town celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012 and continues to be a popular family vacation destination as well as a favorite for area residents who are ready to spend a day in the warmth of the sun. Decades ago a ferry would bring vacationers for a day to frolic in the waves and lay in the warmth of the sun. Today, it is connected to Morehead City by bridge and sees a steady flow of traffic throughout the season. The center of town, commonly referred to as the Circle, plays host to an array of concerts, outdoor movies and special events during the summer months. And the beach, which is patrolled by lifeguards, provides a family-friendly option when it comes to taking the children for a day of beach play. But it’s the towns laid back spirit and warm family atmosphere that keeps people coming back for more. With ample opportunities for surfing and fishing, Atlantic Beach is home to one of the two remaining fishing piers on the island and provides the perfect opportunity to prop your feet up and drop a line. The town has a collection

of shopping and dining options and is convenient to area attractions. One of the most popular, Fort Macon State Park, is located at the northern tip of the island. Other favorite events include the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament, the Penguin Plunge and Carolina Kite Fest. Details:

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As a regal welcome into the Beaufort Channel, Fort Macon State Park’s flags fly high above the fully-intact fortress, welcoming visitors to the Crystal Coast and warning enemies that she is still on guard. North Carolina’s second most visited state park, the five-sided brick structure stands as proudly today as she did in the 1800s, complete with battle scars to show for her years of protection. Garrisoned in 1834, the site is one of the best preserved forts in the country, a living example of 19th century architecture and masonry. More than nine million bricks were used in the construction and it took some eight years to complete. Seized by the Confederacy in 1861, the site came under bombardment by Union forces in April of 1862 in order to secure the use of the harbor. A reenactment of the bombardment is celebrated annually at the site. A visitors center and education space helps serve the approximate 1.3 million visitors to the site, sharing the story of Fort Macon and providing a backdrop for workshops and conferences. In addition, audio programs, displays and a variety of artifacts throughout the protected site help illustrate what life was like at the fort during its years of service. The park itself encompasses 385 acres of pristine beach, dunes and maritime forest just east of Atlantic Beach. At the park’s beach access, visitors can fish from rock jetties or park at the bathhouse area for swimming and summer concessions. The park opens daily at 8am and closes at sunset. Fort hours are 9am-5:30pm daily. Details: 252-726-3775.

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Home to one of the state’s three aquariums, Pine Knoll Shores is the midway point between Atlantic Beach and Indian Beach and features one of the most natural untouched areas of Bogue Banks despite its population of just more than 1,500 residents. Surrounded by a lush maritime forest, the town takes pride in protecting these natural assets. The effort receives a Tree City USA ranking through the National Arbor Day Foundation year after year. While development was allowed in this mainly residential community, it has been done with a focus on minimal disturbance, making Pine Knoll Shores one of the state’s most environmentally-sensitive towns. While small in stature, the town does have a big place in history. Visitors will notice an historical marker along Hwy 58 noting the site of one of the first landings in the New World by Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, putting the area on the map – literally – long before Pine Knoll Shores was born. The late Alice G. Hoffman purchased most of the land on Bogue Banks extending from Atlantic Beach to the Emerald Isle town line in hopes of creating a private retreat. Local historians have documented that in 1935 Hoffman’s land

passed to a trustee, Llewellyn Phillips. In 1939 it went to John Marshall Mathias, who served as trustee for four children of the late President Theodore Roosevelt, a relative of Hoffman’s. And while the children supported the development of residential communities, it was them who began the process of protecting this picturesque backdrop. To learn more about town, visit

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No fooling – it’s time to sign up for summer camps! Registration begins at 6am April 1, online only. New this year – camps aren’t just for the big kids entering grades 2-8. A new August session is aimed at the small fry who are entering kindergarten and first grade in the fall. Camps fill quickly so save time and set up your account in advance. Join the furry fun April 5 with the annual Otter Birthday Party, celebrating the aquarium’s three river otters and the conservation success story of their species. Sign a giant card, watch the Aquariums’ three river otters open “gifts” and enjoy their special birthday “cake” – tasty treats buried in ice. Crafts, programs and other activities add to the “otterly” fun day, free with admission or membership. The party atmosphere picks up again on April 22 with the culmination of the annual Earth Day Cakes for Conservation contest. Bakers age 5 and up can compete for cash prizes in this kick-off to a weeklong Party for the Planet Earth Day celebration. Cakes should depict this year’s theme of backyard buddies – animals or insects com12

monly found in backyards and gardens. All entries will be displayed April 22, and visitors are invited to the en masse cake-tasting after the 3:30pm announcement of winners – see the website for entry details. More Party for the Planet activities focused on green spaces and places continue through April 25. Winging It: Birds in Flight takes off for the 2014 season on Memorial Day weekend with an all-new program starring native raptors and water birds. Also watch for a new twist on the daily dive shows in the Living Shipwreck, free with admission. The aquarium is open 9am5pm daily, including Memorial Day and all summer holidays. The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The aquarium is open 9am- 5pm daily. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61; $9.95 for age 62 and up and military; $8.95 for ages 3-12; no charge for age 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members. For more information, see or call 252-247-4003.




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Emerald Isle may be one of the region’s newest towns, however, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot to offer. With an almost perfect blend of modern amenities and oldfashioned beach town values, Emerald Isle has become a favorite vacation spot for families. Located at the far western end of Bogue Banks, the town’s warm hospitality and hometown charm make it a perfect beach getaway. And options abound, from campgrounds and hotels to condo and private home rentals, when it comes time to choose the perfect place to stay. Interestingly enough, this area of Bogue Banks remained largely uninhabited until the 1950s when it was purchased by a group of developers. While contemplating their investment, a consultant was flown over the area for a visual survey. Viewing the lush green maritime forest set against the sparkling blue-greens of the Atlantic Ocean, he suggested “Emerald Isle.” Emerald Isle pays tribute to that Irish namesake each March with its St. Patrick’s Festival, one of the Crystal Coast’s biggest spring events. Vacation attractions include a water slide, miniature golf, movies, fishing, bike paths that span the town, natural areas such as Emerald Woods park and, of course, swimming, sunning, sandcastle building and a nice assortment of shopping and dining. For more details, visit

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Air Show Returns to Cherry Point Every other year, citizens look forward to the air show hosted by Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The show brings in thousands each day to watch aerial acrobatics, nighttime shows and make their way through static displays and booths. This year’s show is scheduled for May 16-18. The show was initially canceled in early December when budget uncertainty and sequestration made the air show unfeasible. The decision was made in January to reinstate the show, and this year promises to be no different from years past. MCAS Cherry Point’s air show is the largest air show in the Carolinas and one of the 16

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The theme for this year’s show is “Inspiration to Innovation,” submitted by Chris Kling of Vanceboro. largest military air shows in the Southeast, regularly bringing more than 150,000 guests to the base over the course of three days. The theme for this year’s show is “Inspiration to Innovation,” submitted by Chris Kling of Vanceboro. Kling’s theme was selected from 237 entrants in the biennial theme contest. Because he submitted the winning theme, Kling gets to ride with one of the performing aircraft. Friday’s show will feature nighttime performances, while Saturday and Sunday’s shows focus on daytime events. Gates open for the Friday night show at 5pm and flying will go from 5:45-10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 8am and flying runs from 10:30am-4:30pm. This year, the air show keeps the tradition of bringing top-notch air performers. Featured in the air entertainment includes the Black Diamond Jet Team, the Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar, Aeroshell, Bill Leff and his restored T6 Texan, Dan Buchanan with his glider, OTTO the helicopter, New Bern resident Hubie Tolson, a B-25 Panchito, Chris Avery and the CAF Corsair, the MiG-17F, Mike Wiskus and Lucas Oil Airshows, the Black Daggers parachute demonstration team and many others. Other highlights include a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, the Smoke-nThunder jet car, a host of civilian and military aerobatic demonstrations, a fun zone for the kids, plus historic and modern static aircraft displays on the flight line. When not watching performances or aerobatics, visit some of the on the ground exhibits and explore some aircraft. Some exhibits include a Douglas SBD-5, Nakajima B5N “Kate” and ZERO N7757. The Douglas SBD-5 is the only US combat aircraft to fight in the entirety of World War II. Considered the most destructive air weapon of the US Navy,

the SBD sank more than 300,000 tons of enemy ships, a greater tonnage of Japanese shipping than any other Allied aircraft during the war. This ZERO N7757 was a Japanese airplane featured in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” The Nakajima B5N was the standard torpedo bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy for much of WWII, and this plane was also featured in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” The night show includes a variety of night-oriented aerial pyrotechnic displays, afterburner flybys, the roaring afterburner display of the Smoke-n-Thunder jet car, the Black Dagger skydivers, a wall of fire ordnance demonstration and a large fireworks display set to patriotic music. Air show admission and parking are free and open to everyone in the community, so come early to avoid traffic. Parking space is limited, so try carpooling. The show is providing a series of buses to take guests from the parking area to the tarmac. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket, hearing protection, sunscreen and a visor or cap for spending a day in the sun. For those interested in premium seating, several options are available on the air show’s website and include bleacher, box and chalet seating. It’s also important to be mindful of the fact that guests are entering a government facility and are subject to searches at any time. For the most up to date information on the air show, visit the show’s website, Coaster


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IB/SP These bedroom communities in the middle of Bogue Banks swell each summer with second home owners and vacationers searching for a perfect stretch of beach to call home for a day. Despite a slight climb in population in recent years, the two towns continue to maintain their small town feel. Play on the beach, kayak, watch shrimp boats bring in their catch or embrace your inner child with a day of mini-golf, go-karts and bumper boats. In both communities, accommodations range from private homes and condos to family run hotels. Still a hub for commercial fishing, the day’s catch is abundant in Salter Path and Indian Beach. Caught in the middle, Salter Path, the more businessoriented of the two towns, is in the middle of Indian Beach. Watch the signs carefully as you drive first through Indian Beach and into Salter Path, then back through Indian Beach once more. Here, visitors will find a handful of locally-owned restaurants and shops. Cradled in the arms of Indian Beach, the village of Salter Path was the first on the island, having emerged in the late 1800s. Historical reports claim that local fishermen would carry barrels of mullet from the beach to the sound

to trade with a boat offering sweet potatoes and corn. Over the years, a permanent path was worn beside Riley Salter’s house; hence the community’s name. The area’s main public beach access offers restrooms, showers and picnic tables, and features a long, winding boardwalk that meanders through forested dunes down to a beautiful, wide beach. Details:

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CC/S Nestled along the banks of the White Oak River and the Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point and Swansboro fill the gap between Morehead City and Jacksonville, in Onslow County, with a collection of neighborhoods, waterfront eateries and scenic photo opportunities. At the intersection of Hwys 24 and 58, Cape Carteret welcomes visitors with golf courses, restaurants, shopping and more. A variety of well-known chains makes this a busy retail intersection, and its easy access to the beach in Emerald Isle makes it a popular spot to settle. Cape Carteret rolls right in to Cedar Point which lines Hwy 24 with antique shops, boutiques and small businesses. The waterfront village of Swansboro is the largest of the three towns yet it continues to retain its historic charm and quaint beauty. The site is home to the oldest running Carteret County festival. October’s Mullet Festival brings up to 20,000 visitors each year, packing the downtown streets of this town of less than 2,000. Turning 59 in 2013, the festival shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Rare for the flat lands of the coastal plains, Swansboro has a unique hilly landscape that seems to cradle the historic buildings in its downtown district, which is home to an eclectic collection of restaurants, pubs and stores. Details:


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Centrally-located, Morehead City is home to a walkworthy waterfront with a mixture of locally-owned shops, restaurants and nightspots. Spend the day fishing, grab dinner with friends and cap off the evening over a cold beer. Waterfront improvement projects through the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association continue to keep the region vibrant and lively. As the retail hub of the region, shoppers will find several major chain stores and restaurants at the western end of town and a variety of smaller boutiques dotted throughout town. As it continues to grow and add new businesses, however, Morehead City is a community that contains to stay in touch with its rich historic past. At the eastern edge of the downtown waterfront is one of the state’s two shipping ports where military ships and freighters from all over the world can be seen coming and going on any given day. While big in stature, it does little to overshadow Morehead City’s own fleet – its charter boats that line the waterfront. June brings the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, now more than 50 years old, for a week of fishing, fun and a purse that consistently tops the $1 million mark. The tournament has put Morehead City on the map

as a fishing destination. As with other area communities, seafood is abundant in Morehead City – with several large waterfront icons that are ready to serve up the day’s catch any way you’d like it. Throughout the summer, live music can be found at Jaycee Park on the waterfront each Saturday evening. It’s the perfect time to put your feet up, relax and breathe in the salt air. For more details, visit

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Lauded time and time again for its vast genealogy library, The History Place in Morehead City is a great place to get an overall history of the region. For genealogy and Civil War buffs, the Jack Spencer Goodwin Library houses more than 6,000 publications and an extensive county photo file. The Civil War collections are especially notable – drawing a large research audience annually to the site. The museum itself is nothing short of a success story. Originally housed on the campus of Carteret Community College, the Carteret County Historical Society members undertook a fundraising campaign that would bring them to a new home in downtown Morehead City more than 10 years ago. An old furniture store was renovated to house exhibits, the library, meeting space and a small café. Space rentals and the leased restaurant space continue to buoy the nonprofit operation. From Carteret County’s relationship with the sea to its military history, the stories are told here at The History Place. Browse the antique doll collection, Native American artifacts, award-winning carved decoys, vintage clothing, period furniture, military memorabilia, coastal artwork and more. Learn the history of shrimp boats, read about the Tuscarora Indians and take a look at the carriage Civil War spy Emeline Pigott was riding in when captured. It is purported that Pigott carried more items of importance in her petticoat than would fit in any modern-day suitcase. The Museum Store offers unique gifts and a wide variety of local books and merchandise for all ages. Publications feature the Civil War, black history, pirates, poetry and local cookbooks. Nautical ornaments, jewelry, pottery, collectibles and children’s items are also featured. Admission is free. For more information call 252-247-7533 or visit


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With a picturesque waterfront full of quaint shops and eateries, Beaufort (pronounced “Bô-furt”), is well deserving of its “America’s Coolest Small Town” title bestowed upon in 2012 by Budget Travel. Noted as North Carolina’s third oldest town, Beaufort residents have gone to great pains to retain a great deal of the seaport’s history and architecture. A walk down tree-lined Ann Street can swiftly carry a visitor to another time. Incorporated in 1722 as Fish Towne, it’s not hard to guess what the region was known for. Fishing and shipping have played a large role in shaping the community and it’s an industry that continues to have a presence. Shrimp trawlers continue to cruise the waterfront, interspersed with kayaks and pleasure boats. The wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate, was found just outside of Beaufort Inlet more than 10 years ago and continues to be a draw for the community and the NC Maritime Museum, which oversees the recovery of artifacts from the site. A large twoday Pirate Festival continues to reinforce Beaufort’s pirate history and provide a family-friendly weekend of revelry. The town is a favorite for those eager to shed their cars

and put on walking shoes. Whether it’s strolling down the wooden boardwalk or simply walking along the live-oak draped residential streets of the historic district to gander at the historical architecture, Beaufort is a town best seen on foot. Scenic strolls are highlighted by shopping opportunities, fine dining and fiery red sunsets. Tour and charter boats, plus a wealth of area artisans help make Beaufort a fun and eclectic spot to spend time. Noted events include the Wine and Food Weekend in April, the NC Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show in May and the Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour in June. Details:

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As the keeper of Beaufort’s history, the Beaufort Historic Site on Turner Street offers a variety of programs, tours and special events throughout the calendar year. Cited for recognizing the town’s historical significance more than 50 years ago, the Beaufort Historical Association, which maintains the site, has been a leader in the restoration and preservation of some of the town’s most prestigious structures. The site itself includes 11 historic buildings and the Old Burying Ground on Ann Street. Buildings include the Courthouse of 1796, the oldest surviving wooden courthouse in the state; the apothecary shop, circa 1859; the Carteret County Jail, circa 1829; the Rustell House, circa 1732 and others. Enhanced by authentic artifacts, a double-decker tour bus and facts and stories that have been passed down through the ages, the Historic Site has documented the lifestyles and customs of Beaufort’s past to preserve its historical identity for the future. Throughout the year, the Beaufort Historic Site offers a variety of tours, seminars, volunteer opportunities and special events, including several of the town’s largest annual social engagements. From the educational Kindergarten Thanksgiving to the popular Old Homes & Gardens Tour held each June, there is always something on the horizon at the Beaufort Historic Site. In addition to its own events, the site host three shows and sales by the Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition annually and is available as a special event rental. The Beaufort Historic Site is open from 9:30am5pm Monday through Saturday and 10am-4pm during the off-season. Details: 252-728-5225 or


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It was the vibrant, pristine waters that surround the Crystal Coast that first brought man to its shores. Those waters, its travelers and its sea life are celebrated daily at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Under the auspices of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, the museum is one of three maritime museums managed by the state. Through a wide variety of paid and free programming and evolving exhibits and artifacts, the sites share the story of North Carolina’s romance with its stretch of coastline and its inhabitants. The site was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 as it became home to one of the first permanent exhibit of artifacts raised from the vessel believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the Pirate’s flagship. Located in 1996 just outside of Beaufort Inlet, the Dept. of Cultural Resources and the museum have played a huge role in funding the excavation and bringing the artifacts to the surface. New pieces are added regularly, making it a must-stop for visitors, even if they’ve been there before. Free to visit, the museum features a variety of additional exhibits, from sea life and sailing to boat building and commercial fishing. Across the street, the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center features an active boat and model shop,

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Visitors looking to get back to nature during their visit to the Crystal Coast, will find a natural wonder in the Rachel Carson Reserve. Teeming with wildlife and natural vegetation, this series of islands located across from the Beaufort waterfront is a component of the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve. Often referred to as Bird Shoals or Carrot Island by locals, it can only be accessed by boat. Lucky explorers might spot a few of the beautiful wild horses congregating along the shore, an egret swooping down into the marsh or a sand fiddler crab scurrying across the mud. The 2,650acre reserve is a favorite place for hiking, shelling and exploring the natural and human processes that affect coastal areas. The site was named for Rachel Carson, the scientist and author who conducted research on the island’s coastal habitat. Comprised of salt marshes, salt flats, tidal flats and eelgrass beds, the reserve is a favorite place for beachcombing, swimming and sunbathing. More than 200 species of birds have been sighted on the reserve and a checklist of these feathered-friends is available. Guided nature tours are offered from 8:30-10:30am, Tuesday and Thursday, June through August, including nature hikes and cruises offered by the Friends of the Reserve. Closed toe shoes, sunglasses, hats, water and sunscreen are recommended. Guests should be prepared to get their shoes wet and muddy, especially during the nature hikes. Tours are free, however, donations are graciously accepted. For more information, call 252-838-0883 or visit


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Best known for its towering lighthouse covered in black and white diamonds, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a 56-mile stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, spanning from Ocracoke Inlet to Beaufort Inlet. Three pristine barrier islands make up the national seashore – North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. Accessible only by private boat or ferry, this incredible ribbon of sand hosts unparalleled fishing, shelling and a working lighthouse. The undeveloped seashore allows for true-to-nature camping, features a restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters, a boardwalk to the beach, daily ranger programs and facilities in summer. There are no lifeguards on the beaches or maintained roads. North and South Core Banks, both noted for wonderful shelling, clamming and surf fishing, also offer rustic cabins as an alternative to camping from April through November. For those seeking to discover the seashore’s history, picturesque Portsmouth village, found at the northeastern tip of Core Banks, is a 250-acre uninhabited island community dating from 1753 and preserved as a national historic site. Exhibits in several of the historic buildings tell the history of this island community. Many visitors come to the National Seashore to view the black and white diagonal checkerboard-patterned Cape Lookout Lighthouse. A landmark since 1859, the lighthouse tower is maintained by the National Park Service. Visitors can climb the tower from mid-May to mid-September. On Shackleford Banks, history may wander past you in the form of the Shackleford 28

Banks wild horses. The Light Station Visitor Center, found near the South Core Banks ferry dock, has a shaded pavilion and boardwalk connecting it to the beach. There are exhibits along the boardwalk and at the nearby Keepers’ Quarters Museum. Exhibits focus on lighthouse history and early shipwrecks and rescues. The Light Station Visitor Center and the Keepers’ Quarters Museum are open to the public 9am-5pm, April through November. The seashore’s main visitor center, located on Harkers Island, is open year round from 9am-5pm (except for Dec. 25 & Jan. 1). Exhibits tell the story of island communities, the US Life-Saving Service and other local history. An indoor theater offers a short film and the visitor center bookstore features books, tapes, videos and children’s items related to Cape Lookout National Seashore. A nature trail winds along the shore to an observation deck overlooking Core Sound. Public restrooms and a nearby picnic area are available and wheelchair accessible. For more information call 252-728-2250 or visit www. For a complete listing of area ferries, charters, tours and cruises, see page 42. All visitors should remember this is a remote, natural territory with no fast food, limited fresh water access and no lifeguards. Visitors and campers, remember to take whatever is needed to eat or drink, sun and insect lotions, hats and shoes and to bring out all that you carry in, including trash.

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Heritage and tradition are alive and well in Down East Carteret County. Rich in maritime history and folk arts, this rural region sweeps visitors back to a more laid back, simpler time. Some of the country’s most talented boat builders are hidden amidst the small clustered communities. Commercial fishing continues to be a mainstay. And family is one of the most important assets a person can have. Found east of Beaufort along Hwy 70, Down East encompasses the communities of Atlantic, Bettie, Cedar Island, Davis, Gloucester, Harkers Island, Lola, Marshallberg, Otway, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy, Straits and Williston. Each of these communities are unique and rich in maritime heritage and beauty, which was recognized in 2009 as the stretch of Hwy 70 from Merrimon Road to Cedar Island and designated as part of the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. On Harkers Island, you’ll find the National Park Service Visitor Center offering information on Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the Outer Banks. There are also marinas, campgrounds and accommodations, plus ferries and charter boat services available for visitors ready to hop over to the islands for the day. At Cedar Island, travelers have the option of jumping on

a state ferry to Ocracoke, a small village at the southern tip of the Outer Banks, and following the byway north.

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If one word could sum up the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center’s mission, it would be “preservation.” Found at the end of Island Road in Harkers Island, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum strives to promote and preserve the Down East region’s valued heritage by showcasing the talents and skills of Down East residents. With a focus on decoy carving, boat building, storytelling, oral history of the region, local writers, traditional music, food, hunting, fishing and other skills, the talent is bountiful Down East, and Waterfowl Museum is a great place to find samples of it all. The museum’s goal is to pass these community strengths on to the next generation, educating residents and visitors alike about the crucial role these talents have played through history. Many heritage programs and demonstrations are offered throughout the year and the site’s Waterfowl Weekend, held the first weekend each December, is not to be missed. Museum hours are 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and 2-5pm, Sunday. Admission is $5 for nonmembers. Students are admitted free. Details: 252-728-1500,


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Warm Weather Brings Boat Shows

With the change in seasons comes the opportunity to shop for new vessels at two area boat shows. Even if you’re not in the market for a new boat, the Oriental In-Water Boat Show and the Crystal Coast Boat Show both offer other activities that are sure to lead to a fun weekend by the water. The Oriental Boat Show, sponsored by the Oriental Rotary Club, is scheduled for April 11-13. Last year, more than 80 boats were on display, with nearly half of them available for sea trials. This show is complete with a flea market and seminars covering a variety of topics on all three days. To learn more about the Oriental InWater Boat Show, visit Next up is the Crystal Coast Boat Show, held on the Morehead City Waterfront May 17-18. The boat show features both new and used boats, as well as showcas32

ing a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, outfitters, brokers, fishing clubs and resource conservation groups. The boat show is free and open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am4pm on Sunday. The Crystal Coast Boat Show includes live entertainment all weekend at Jaycee Park and the ARTrageous art event held in conjunction with the Arts Council of Carteret County. On Saturday, the Morehead City chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America holds its 41st annual car show featuring vintage vehicles that are no less than 25 years old. To close out the event, the Morehead City After Hours Rotary Club hosts a regional Cornhole Tournament at noon on Sunday at Katherine Davis Park. For more information, ,visit (Continued on page 34)

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Enjoy Bluegrass by the River

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The 7th annual White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival is a great opportunity to see 20 bluegrass concerts in two days. Located in Stella, the White Oak Shores Camping and RV Resort plays host to the festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday April 25-26. Each performer has an early show and an evening show. The early shows start at noon and the evening shows start at 6:15 each day. Al Batten hosts both days of the festival. He has toured with the North Carolina Symphony and is a member of Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion. Friday’s headliner is the band The Malpass Brothers. They have spent many seasons touring with Merle Hoggard and specialize in classic country music. Other bands included in the festival are Boys from Carolina,

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Start Spring on the Right Foot

Bring in the warm weather with a road race through Morehead City. The Lookout Rotary Spring Road Race celebrates its 25th anniversary this year on Saturday, April 26 at the Sports Center, located at 701 N. 35th St. in Morehead City. On-site registration begins at 7am. The different races have staggered start times, with the last section beginning at 8:30am. Races include the ‘Run for Healthy Living’ 1-mile run for fifth graders, a 1-mile run and fitness walk, 5K/10K wheelchair, 5K/10K tot push/

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are taken to the Harkers Island bridge to be judged, then return to the headquarters to announce the winners. All of the decoys, including the winners, will be auctioned off with the proceeds going toward the Core Sound Decoy Festival. This is a great opportunity to sell decoys, or buy a new one. For more information about Loon Day and other guild events, visit

Grab a Paddle

For kids ages 8-12, the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort is offering a class and a guided trip all about kayaking. The program, Kayaking for Kids, is scheduled for Monday, April 21 from 1-4pm. The Kayaking for Kids program is designed to get youth interested in kayaking and teach them the safety issues related to the sport. An in-depth “ground school” is given to the kids before ever setting foot in a boat to make sure everyone is comfortable with the gear and operation of the kayak. The ground school covers paddling techniques, safety concerns, weather forecasts, tidal and local water information, personal flotation devices, seat and foot pedal adjustments, kayak rudders, on the water safety, what to do in case of an emergency, filing a float plan, communication on the water, wildlife, encountering boats, packing provisions and anything else that goes along with a kayak trip. Time on the water depends on everyone’s ability and limits. The guided trip covers local estuarine habitats, including sand bars, salt marshes, beaches and oyster rocks. The students will get to experience maneuvering the boats, paddling in tidal current, navigating the waterways and enjoying the scenery, all while striving for the goal of being as safe as possible. 36

Reservations are required for this day program. Cost is $45 per person, or $25 with your own kayak. For more information, contact the museum or visit www.

Going Publick

To kick off the spring season, the Beaufort Historical Association brings patrons back in time for Publick Day, an old-fashioned marketplace set up on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site. Visit the market from 9am4pm on Saturday, April 12. As in years past, the grounds of the site will recreate Publick Times when colonial merchants set up shop outside during court session. Vendors will sell antiques, vintage finds, collectibles, arts and crafts, wood crafts, furniture, hand-made jewelry, baskets, pottery and much more. Fashioned after Williamsburg of the 1700s when the general court was in session, Publick Day gave visitors from far and wide an opportunity to come to town to see and be seen, conduct court business, shop, gossip, dine and dance. This event is held rain or shine. All proceeds from Publick Day go towards to on-going restoration efforts and educational programs of the BHA. For more information, call 252-728-5225 or visit

On the Hunt

With Easter right around the corner, local organizations and towns are getting in the spring spirit with egg hunts and Easter celebrations. Get dressed in your Easter best, and head to some of the biggest egg hunts to collect goodies and prizes to take home. Here’s a list of some of the major egg hunts throughout the county:

Sunday, April 13 • Emerald Isle Easter Egg Hunt. Noon. Join the EI Bunny at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation for festivities including sidewalk chalking, face painting, music and more. The egg hunting begins at 1pm. Hunters should bring their own basket and arrive prior to 12:45pm. Details: 252-354-6350. • BHA Easter Egg Hunt. 11am. Children age 7 and under will enjoy a little Easter fun at the Beaufort Historic Site. Prizes and refreshments follow. Details: 252-7285225. • Swansboro Eggs-travaganza. 2pm. Swansboro Parks and Recreations hosts an egg hunt at the Swansboro Recreation Center. Snacks and refreshments are available. Bring a basket. Free. Details: 910-3262600. Saturday, April 19 • Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt. 9:30am. Planned for Rotary Park on Mayberry Loop Road by the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept., the annual hunt involves more than 10,000 eggs and three grand prizes. Age 12 and under, free. Details: 252-726-5083. • Pine Knoll Shores Easter Egg Hunt. 10am. The Easter Bunny always finds his way to Garner Park, located on Oakleaf Drive, to hide hundreds of eggs for the kids. Although the hunt is designated for children 12 and under, this event is still fun for the whole family. Details: 252-247-4353. • Cedar Point Egg Hunt. 3pm. The fourth annual Cedar Point Egg Hunt is held at the Veterans Memorial Rain Garden at Cedar Point Town Hall. Free, children up to age 10. First 100 children will be given free ID kits. Details: 252-393-7898. • St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church Egg Hunt. 6pm. Located in Salter Path. Details: 252-2402388. • First Free Will Baptist Church Egg Hunt. 11am. The church in Beaufort hosts its annual egg hunt with face painting, a hayride, moonwalk and more. Hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods will be available for sale. Details: 252728-3165. Find more egg hunts in our online calendar at

36th Newport Pig Cookin’

In Newport, it’s all about the pig, as evidenced by the 36th annual Newport Pig Cookin’. The event is a family affair with vendors and rides and ushers springtime into the small town. But most of all, this event is a cooking contest. The largest whole hog cooking contest in the country is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. This event has been a staple of Newport for 35 years, and this year the event is dedicated to retired Mayor Derryl Garner. The event’s board and volunteers decided to dedicate this year’s event to the long-time mayor in honor of his service to the town and unyielding support of the contest. In the 35 previous years, the Newport Pig Cookin’ has raised more than $804,980 for various nonprofit organizations. While the main attraction is the cooking contest and barbecue plates for $7, there is plenty of other attractions to keep you entertained. The event includes concession stands, rides, bake sales, funnel cakes, vendors and live music. Featured bands include Cold Biscuit, Fantastic Shakers, Elvis impersonator Ryder Preston and North Tower. Opening ceremonies start at 6pm on Friday, and rides continue until midnight. Judging takes place on Saturday beginning at 8am for Group A and 10am for Group B. The event closes down at 5:30pm. The event is free, and barbecue serving begins at 11am on Saturday. For more information, visit



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onstrations and displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races at 3pm and sailboat rides from 1-3pm. It is the boats, however, that definitely take center stage during this annual undertaking. Along the tree-lined streets of the historic fishing hamlet, birch, mahogany, oak and teak will reign supreme – polished and shined in all its glory for visitors to enjoy. The majority of this year’s entries are less than 25 feet in length simply because space is limited along Beaufort’s waterfront. It all started in 1975 with Charles R. McNeill and friend Michael Alford conversing about their love for traditional wooden boats. The pair decided to hold an event for the community that would inspire others to foster similar feelings about something handcrafted, something worthwhile, something beautiful … wooden boats. Though McNeill, director of the Hampton Mariners Museum in Beaufort (predecessor of the NC Maritime Museum), had the ideal setting for such an event, the surrounding buildings and streets were not quite conducive to such a display. Downtown Beaufort was still undergoing its transformation from a working waterfront to a quaint little tourist town. So an alternative waterside location was chosen on the East side of the


8-9am – New Boat Launchings Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center 8:30-10am – Registration of Boats Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center 9am-5pm – “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, 1718” NC Maritime Museum 10am-4:30pm – Wooden Boat Kids NC Maritime Museum 10-11am – Spritsail Race Taylors Creek

Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead City. Though only held at this locale twice, this early beginning would be the start of an annual event that pays homage to wooden boat building of the past and to those that continue the craft today. Since its inception, the only year that the show did not go on was in 1985 when Hurricane Gloria brushed the coast on her due north track toward Long Island, NY. In order to make up for the canceled event, Maritime Museum and Friends of the Museum staff decided to hold the boat show that following spring, a tradition which has continued ever since. Both Alford and McNeill worked for what is now the NC Maritime Museum, host of the Wooden Boat Show. They may have never anticipated that what they started 40 years ago would still be going strong today, whether rain or shine. It is a gathering of friends and a welcoming of strangers to be looked forward to every year. Through the efforts of museum staff, their support group, The Friends of the Museum, and numerous volunteers, the Wooden Boat Show has become a part of North Carolina’s maritime history. Things kick off on Thursday and Friday, May 1-2, with free boat rides available from 1-4pm outside the Watercraft Center (a $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the sail-

1-3pm – Go Sailing in a Traditional Wooden Boat Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center 3pm – Boatbuilding Challenge Ends West Boardwalk Parking Lot under Tent 3pm – Sailboat Races Taylors Creek 3:30pm – Boatbuilding Challenge: Rowing Races Begin Taylors Creek 5:30-7pm – Awards Reception Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center

11am – Boatbuilding Challenge Begins West Boardwalk Parking Lot

ing program). On Saturday, when the boats line the streets, free parking can be found at the museum’s Gallant’s Channel site, off of West Beaufort Road, and a free van shuttle will be available from 10am to 4pm to carry guests downtown. While there, be sure to check out the National Boat Building Challenge, which brings teams of two out for a day of wooden construction. The challenge, now in its seventh year, is an annual test of skill, endurance and carpentry that pits students, families and couples against each other for the coveted top award. With provided plans and supplies, pairs build a seaworthy skiff in four hours – then take it out to Taylors Creek for a little competition of speed and buoyancy. To learn more about the Wooden Boat Show, call 252-728-7317 or visit www. To learn more about the Boat Buidling Challenge, visit Coaster


sea & do Charters, Cruises, Marinas & Tours

Cape Pointe Marina & Tours

1390 Island Road, Harkers Island 252-728-6181 (Map #91) Approx 3.5 miles after Harkers Island Bridge, is a full-service marina with boat storage, repairs, ramp, lifts & slips. Annual RV sites available on premise, gift shop & ships store with tackle, boat & beach supplies including ice, sodas, beer, coolers, snacks, sunscreen, cameras, caps & more. The ‘Down East’ location for tour service to Cape Lookout Lighthouse & Shackleford Banks. Cape Pointe Marina is open year-round. All major credit cards accepted,

Capt. Stacy Fishing Center

416 Atlantic Beach Cswy., Atlantic Beach 252-247-7501 (Map #21) Docked at the Capt. Stacy Fishing Center on the Atlantic Beach Causeway, 83-ft. air-conditioned vessel, leaves for the Gulf Stream at 6am; 24-hr. trips to the Gulf Stream, call for reservations, MC/V/DC.

Island Ferry Adventures

610 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-7555 252-728-4129 (Map #71) Outer Banks Ferry and Island Ferry Adventures have merged this year, bringing more than 25 years of experience to visitors to

the Crystal Coast. Fun, safe and reliable service to view the Lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore, Shackleford Banks, Bird Shoal and Carrot Island. Water Taxi Service to Shackleford Banks, Bird Shoal & Carrot Island does not require reservations and runs hourly as well as the Water Bug Harbor Tour – narrated history & wildlife cruise along the Rachel Carson Reserve. The Snack Shack features cold drinks, hot dogs, ice cream & more. Reservations required for the 3-hour tour to the lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore, Pirate Treasure Hunt – which will ‘shiver your timbers’ and houseboat rentals, fully furnished, with skiff. Island Ferry Adventures is the One Stop Shop for Fun Things to Do! Great shelling, wild mustangs, swimming, surfing, fishing, camping, hiking and just good old fashioned relaxation await. Visit www. or

Family Fun

Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club

101 Dolphin Ridge Road, Emerald Ise 252-241-5302 (Map #47) Emerald Isle’s only private beach club. Weekly and seasonal memberships available. Private beach access, swimming pool, tennis courts, shower and changing facilities, game room, full ABC permits and gourmet eatery for the convenience of members. Visit

Kites Unlimited

1010 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach 252-247-7011 (Map #28) Fly your own kite or watch the colors of other friendly kite fliers 10am Sundays at Fort Macon State Park, hosted by Kites Unlimited, a great place for kites, toys, gifts & more in Atlantic Station Shopping Center,

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-4003 (Map #32) At Mile Marker 7, dive into adventure at the new NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Explore shipwrecks without getting wet. Look a 350-pound shark in the eye. Touch a stingray. Watch river otters play; 38 exhibits depicting NC’s aquatic environments “from the mountains to the sea.” In the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit, fierce-looking sand tiger sharks up to 8 feet in length, schools of fishes & many other creatures glide around a three-quarter scale replica of a sunken submarine. Other highlights include a 32-foot waterfall, cypress swamp, lionfish, jellyfish, octopus & two touch tanks. Fishing lessons, boat trips & other adventures are now available – check the website for the full schedule or see Coaster’s calendar of events for programs & dates. Regular hours, 9am-5pm daily. Admission, $8 (ages 13-61); $7 age 62 & over; $6 ages 3-12. Children age 2 & under and members of the NC Aquariums admitted free. Annual memberships, $60 family; $40 individual,

Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway

976 Salter Path Road, Salter Path 252-247-3024 (Map #46) Features go-carts, mini-golf, bumper boats, arcade & mining train, adventure & thrills galore for the entire family. At Mile Marker 10.3.

Tryon Palace

529 S. Front St., New Bern 252-639-3500 Vividly educational and affordable, Tryon Palace puts history at your fingertips. From the Governor’s Palace and surrounding historic homes to stunning gardens and interactive exhibits at the NC History Center, a visit to Tryon Palace is a living history experience like no other.



tee time

Golf enthusiasts rave about how Eastern North Carolina suits them to a tee as soon as they discover the terrific and unique courses of the Crystal Coast. Most courses take full advantage of the area’s natural beauty and are built around maritime forests or near the water. When your eye’s not on the ball or focused on the hole, the Crystal Coast’s courses and their natural surroundings are sights to be seen. Spring and fall are considered two of the favorite times for golfing in the area with sunny days and cooler temps, but golfing is truly a year-round attraction in Eastern North Carolina as our terrific climate allows for play almost any time. Most courses feature clubhouses, resident pros, well-equipped pro shops and are open to the public at great rates. All you have to do is call for a tee time. And if you’re a Crystal Coast resident and golfer, ask about the courses’ benefit tournaments held throughout the year. The community is always looking for teams and individuals for tournament play to benefit local organizations. 46

Featured here are some of the best local courses when it comes to North Carolina’s “golf coast.”

Bear Trail Golf Club

444 Harris Creek Road, Jacksonville 910-346-8160

Brandywine Bay Golf Club 177 Brandywine Blvd., Morehead City 252-247-2541

Country Club of the Crystal Coast 152 Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores 252-726-1034

Silver Creek Golf Resort 601 Peletier Loop Road, Swansboro 252-393-8058

Star Hill Golf Club

202 Club House Drive, Cape Carteret 252-393-8111



Saturday, April 5

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Ok… so it doesn’t have to be sweet if you don’t of want. In fact, it can be just about any way you like during the annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. Dry, sweet and all points in between, wine of all types will be showcased during the palate-pleasing affair, along with delectable food offerings from local and guest chefs. Celebrating its tenth anniversary April 23-27, the Wine & Food Weekend has become synonymous with spring, holding many of its most popular events outside under tents. From small, intimate workshops to full scale gala events, the festival squeezes a variety of events into a small window of time and is sure to offer something for just about every member of the family. The festival gets an early kick off on Saturday, April 5 with an art opening at the Mattie King Davis Gallery for painter Jack Saylor, official artist of this year’s festival. The Morehead City resident will be on hand to discuss his work and this year’s festival print will be available for purchase. On the same evening, Clawson’s Restaurant in Beaufort will host Craft Cocktail & Spirit Tasting with guest bartender Gary Crunkelton of The Crunkelton in Chapel Hill. It’s Wednesday, April 23, however, when things really get rolling. Sniff and sip through wine tasting workshops, rub elbows with the chefs at exclusive receptions, watch a fashion show and dance the night away at the Beer, Bubbles & BBQ bash at the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex. Among the world class winemakers this year are Trinchero Family Estates, Honig Vineyard and Winery and J. Lohr Vineyards. Guest chefs include Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery in Cary; Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer in Kinston; and Ashley Christensen of Raleigh. The week culminates Saturday with the always-popular Vin de Mer Epicurean Village which gives guests the opportunity to taste hundreds of wines, sample items from local restaurants and learn from guest chefs and winemakers in the education tent. Running from 1-4pm on Saturday, April 26, this main event features more than 300 wines from around the globe and is a great way to find new favorites. Tickets are $65, and for those folks who only have time to stop by one event – this is definitely the hands down favorite. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit or call Denise at 252-515-0708. 48

5pm – Artist’s Reception with Jack Saylor, $20, Mattie King Davis Art Gallery 7pm – Craft Cocktails & Spirit Tasting, $65, Clawson’s 1905

Wednesday, April 23 Noon - Pints & Pairings, $40, Island Grille Noon – Opening Wine Luncheon, $45, Circa 81 7pm – Opening Reception, $50, Coral Bay Club 9pm – In Good Spirits, $25, Arendell Room

Thursday, April 24 1pm – Blind Tasting Seminar, $30, The Boathouse at Front Street Village 3pm – Craft Beer Seminar & Guided Tasting, $35, Tight Lines Brewery 7pm – Winemaker Dinners, $125, various locations

Friday, April 25 Noon – Fashion Show, $45 per person, The Boathouse at Front Street Village 1pm – Around the World with Wine, $30, Beaufort Historic Site 3pm – Wine, Bread, Cheese & More, $40, Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center 6pm – Grand Reserve Tasting & Auction, $150, Front Street Village

Saturday, April 26 1pm – Vin de Mer Epicurean Village, $65, Gallants Channel Annex 6pm – Historic Homes Walkabout, $80 7:30pm – Beers, Bubbles & BBQ, $65, Gallants Channel Annex

Sunday, April 27 Noon – Celebration Champagne Brunch, $80, Front Street Village



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Art, Crafts & Home: Ashley Walton Photography

1102 Cedar Point Blvd., Swansboro 252-544-6073 (Map #67) Offering custom photography and specializing in child and family portraiture. Servicing families from Beaufort to Swansboro, bringing a fun, laid back style to family portraits and striving to make every photo session as unique as each client. By appointment only.

Handscapes Gallery

410 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-6805 (Map #78) Featuring fine arts and crafts on the waterfront in historic Beaufort. The gallery promotes American traditions in pottery, jewelry and glasswork with an emphasis on North Carolina artists. Over 200 artists are represented in a full range of work from the traditional to the contemporary in pottery, glass, jewelry, metal, wood and other media www., handscapes@ 50

Tierra Fina

415 Front St., Beaufort 252-504-2789 (Map #76) Hand-painted pottery from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Morocco & Tunisia. Open 7 days a week, tierrafinanc. com.

Books & Gifts:

ing cards, paperback & hardback books, Byer’s Choice carolers, jewelry, toys, nautical charts, original paintings & prints, china, gifts, open every day, free gift wrap, will ship anywhere, 800-DEE-GEES (333-4337).

Kites Unlimited & Bird Stuff, Etc.

The Book Shop

4915 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-240-1163 (Map #6) Located beside Kmart, offering a broad selection of new & used books in all categories; new books discounted including special orders. Used books include paperbacks, hard covers with extensive selection of old & rare books and a large children’s area with table & chairs. We accept trades & buy estate books. Come in & browse.

1010 W. Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach 252-247-7011 (Map #28) Located in Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach, this dual store offers quality kites & windsocks, stunt kites, unique games and puzzles, kite accessories, flags, banners and more, while also catering to the bird enthusiast. Find bird feeders, pre-mixed or mix-your-own seeds, houses, supplies & more. Tilley hats, Sloggers and more, all in one convenient location.

Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books

Rocking Chair Book Store

508 Evans St., Morehead City 252-726-3314 (Map #1) Located on the waterfront, store features a fine selection of greet-

400 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-2671 (Map #77) Located in Somerset Square on the Beaufort waterfront, store offers

bestsellers, children’s books, local/regional books, new & used.

Clothing & Accessories:

Beaufort Trading Co.

400 Front St., Beaufort 252-504-3209 (Map #72) Features a variety of sportswear, beach gear, gifts, sweatshirts, caps and local T-shirts for the entire family. Pick up a gift for that hard to find friend or buy yourself some Beaufort wear to show off your home town pride, www.

Fran’s Beachwear

8305 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle. 252-354-3151 (Map #61) Browse through Fran’s collection of over 5,000 swimsuits. Choose from the finest names – Gottex, Trina Turk, Beach House, La Blanca, L*Space, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Bahama and many more. Treat yourself to their personalized service. Find mix and match separates, bra-sized swimwear, long torso, control fabric and plus sizes as well as cover-ups and men’s trunks.

Harbor Specialties

437 Front St., Beaufort 252-838-0059 (Map #75) Offers “nautical but nice” fine gifts & clothing. Featuring the Tilley Hat, Vera Bradley bags & accessories with complimentary monogramming, Tervis Tumblers, Dubarry deck shoes, Chelsea clocks & barometers, boat models & ready to embroider Adams Caps. Does custom embroidery & logos in-house. Bring in yours,

Island Essentials Linen & Leisure Supply Co.

208 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle 252-354-8887 (Map #55) High quality baby & beach gear rental equipment with free delivery & pick-up to your vacation home. Also bed & bath linen service. Visit the new showroom, 8002 Emerald Drive,

by appointment only. Services available year-round, reserve ahead to ensure availability, 888-398-8887,

Island Outfitters

431 Front St., Beaufort 252-838-1576 (Map #29) This expansion of Island Traders allows the owners to carry more of the brands you love to wear. Find a great selection of Dansko, Merrell, Mountain Khakis, Collard Greens, Patagonia, Olukai, Smith, Maui Jim, Vineyard Vines and much more. Coming Soon: Island Proper – a ladies boutique brining names like Escapada, Ark & Co., Hobo, Judith March, Sail to Sable, Jack Rogers and many more.

Island Proper

431 Front St., Beaufort 252-504-3000 (Map #71) From “offshore to the dance floor” Island Proper is the only stop you need, whether shopping for vacation or every day. Featuring Escapada, Sail to Sable, Annie Griffin, Hobo, Ellen & Ollie, Julie Brown and much more.

Island Traders

421 Front St., Beaufort 252-504-3000 Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach 252-240-2825 (Map #29) The store that started it all! Find great names at great prices. Featuring Costa Del Mar, Reef Sanuk, O’Neill and Keen. Also check out the huge selection of T-shirts and accessories. Visit

Lynette’s Two

4426 Arendell St., Ste 1, Morehead City 252-726-3733 (Map #7) Casual sizes 2-18, cocktail and formalwear, Okab flip flops and ballet flats (made in the USA), purses, scarves, straw hats, jewelry, gift item cards and lots more.

Sandi’s Beachwear

417 W. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach 252-726-4812 (Map #27) Emphasizes women’s specialty swimwear, sizes 4-24, juniors, long torso, special cup sizes AA-EE, separates, the right suit for every size & taste; maternity, mastectomy, casual & cruise wear by Ann Trinity, Jams World, Foxcroft, PB&J, Wild Palms, French Dressing, Tracy Negoshian, Peppermint Bay, Tommy Bahama and more. Great selection of beach bags, sandals, hats, sunscreen (SPF 50), shoes and accessories.

Second to None

4370 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-240-2002 (Map #34) In the Pelletier Harbor Shops, Second to None features women’s brand name clothing & accessories sizes 0 to 2X. Casual to formal wear, shoes, jewelry & handbags. Original artwork, also available. Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm.


4426 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-7463 (Map #33) A great place to shop for shoes, handbags, jewelry & gift items; a shoe store plus a whole lot more; now carries a wonderful selection of invitations & personalized note cards for all occasions. Located in the Pelletier Harbor Shops.

Top it Off Boutique

8700 Emerald Plantation, Suite 7, Emerald Isle 252-354-7111. (Map #62) Experience the difference – offering unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, shoes and much more. Whimsical and fun gifts for all occasions. (Continued on page 52)



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jewelry repairs and a great selection of unique designer jewelry lines. DP Jewelry pays the highest prices for coins and unwanted, broken gold and silver jewelry,

Diamond Shoal Jewelers

4737 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-726-9582 (Map #14) Specializes in nautical 14K & sterling silver jewelry, as well as estate and designer pieces including Scott Kay, Slane & Slane, Hidalgo and Pandora; custom designs, repairs & appraisals. All work done on premises, Tue.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

Outdoors & Specialty: EJW Outdoors

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Gourmet Items & Edibles: Atlantic Beach Seafood Market

211-A Atlantic Beach Cswy., Atlantic Beach 252-247-2430 (Map #24) The only fresh seafood market in Atlantic Beach; fresh daily, shrimp, crabmeat, scallops, lobster tails, crab legs, tuna, grouper, mahi, trigger, flounder, salmon, special orders & more; locals’ choice for best seafood. Family operated by Sonya Willis, owner. Tackle outlet. 52

Ginny Gordon’s Gifts & Gadgets

1011 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-726-6661 (Map #4) Specializing in cookware, aprons, gadgets, knives, cookbooks & everything else for the cook. Great gift ideas.


DP Jewelry Designs

4667-C Arendell St., Morehead City 252-727-0550 (Map #13) Specializing in handcrafted and custom designed jewelry in gold, silver and platinum. Expert in-house

4667 Arendell St., Morehead City 252-247-4725 (Map #11) Bike sales and service, guns and ammo, outdoor wear and more. Offering a tremendous selection of recreational gear for all types of sports including biking, hunting, paintball & more, but fishing is a prime feature of EJW’s inventory. Find the best in rod & reels, tackle, bait & much more.

Professional Services: Chadwick Tire

688 Hwy 70, Otway 252-728-6960 (Map #79) Air conditioning service/repair, alignments, batteries and electrical system, belt & hoses, brake service, commercial roadside assistance, computerized diagnosis, construction tires, state inspection, towing, tune ups and much more. Visit

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local flavor El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 204 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-727-9410 Frank & Clara’s 1440 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-2788 Frost Seafood House 1300 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3202


Island Grille 401 Money Island Drive, AB 252-240-0000 (Map #25) Serves inventive, creative cuisine featuring fresh local seafood & ingredients, plus signature sauces. Steak, seafood & pasta dishes featured, see the ad for popular Monday & Tuesday specials, extensive beer & wine list, open for dinner daily at 5pm, reservations highly recommended.


Atlantic Beach Beaufort Cape Carteret Cedar Island Cedar Point Emerald Isle

HI Harkers Island MHC Morehead City NE Newport PKS Pine Knoll Shores SP Salter Path

Angus beef, open 7 days a week for dinner at 5pm, lounge opens at 4pm. Open for lunch Sat. & Sun. at 11am. Catering available, ample boat dockage. MC/V/D/AE. No checks, no reservations, all ABC. Banquet, business function facilities.

The following restaurants are listed alphabetically. Call to verify hours, especially during off season. Map #’s refer to restaurant locations on our maps, indexed China King alphabetically by advertiser in each area. 1010 W. Fort Macon Rd. #23, AB

ATLANTIC BEACH & BOGUE BANKS 4 Corners Diner 100 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-8855

Amos Mosquito’s 703 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-6222 Bella Pizza & Subs 311 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-247-4702 Big Oak Drive-In and Bar-B-Q Hwy 58, SP 252-247-2588

BT’s Bar & Grill 413 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-4466 Captain AJ’s Seafood Buffet 208 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-3023 Channel Marker 718 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-247-2344 (Map #18) The only restaurant overlooking Bogue Sound at the foot of the bridge, offers fine hospitality in its waterfront atrium lounge & adjacent dining room, largest outside dining area on the beach, fresh seafood, steamed or grilled, & Black


Clamdigger Restaurant 511 Salter Path Road, PKS 252-247-4155 (Map #31) Features local fresh seafood, homemade dinners of the South, diet fare & daily breakfast, lunch & dinner specials; oceanfront Cutty Sark Lounge has daily drink specials & DJ on weekends,

McCurdy’s On Moonlight Bay 505 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-808-3663 Monkey Bar & Grill 1010 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-2552 New York Deli Causeway Shopping Center, AB 252-726-0111 Oceanana Pier House Grill 700 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-0863 Port of Call 1160 Salter Path Road, SP 252-222-7677 Roma Pizza & Subs 100 Charlotte Ave., AB 252-247-2020

Crab Shack 146 Headen Lane, SP 252-247-3444

Shark Shack 100 S. Durham Ave., AB 252-726-3313

Crab’s Claw 201 W. Atlantic Blvd., AB 252-726-8222

SubTropics 126 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-0400 (Continued on page 56)




local flavor (Continued from page 54)

Surfari 2604 Fort Macon Road, AB 252-622-4854 The Watermark 1010 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-2811 White Swan 2500-A W. Ft. Macon Road, AB 252-726-9607


entertainment and a warm environment await. Dock House Restaurant 500 Front St., BE 252-728-4506 Domino’s Pizza 98 Crescent Drive, BE 252-728-5002 Dragon King 1728 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-2121

View our online Dining Guide

Royal James Cafe 117 Turner St., BE 252-728-4573 Sea Side Galley 311 Island Road, HI 252-728-6171 Spouter Inn 218 Front St., BE 252-728-5190

Aqua 114 Middle Lane, BE 252-728-7777

Driftwood Motel & Restaurant 3575 Cedar Island Road, CI 252-225-4861

Taste of China 1506 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-7733

Beaufort Cafe 817 Cedar St., BE 252-728-4400

Finz Grill & Eatery 330 Front St., BE 252-728-7459

Beaufort Grocery Co. 117 Queen St., BE 252-728-3899

Taylor’s Creek Grocery & Deli 525 Front St., BE 252-838-1495

Fish Hook Grill 980 Island Road, HI 252-728-1790


Blackbeard’s Grill & Grog 1644 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-3335

Front Street Grill at Stillwater Cafe 300 Front St., BE 252-728-4956

Blue Moon Bistro 119 Queen St., BE 252-728-5800 Captain’s Choice Restaurant 977 Harkers Island Road, HI 252-728-7122 Cedars Inn Restaurant 305 Front St., BE 252-838-1463 Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub 425 Front St., BE 252-728-2133 Cru Wine Bar & The Wine Store 120 Turner St., BE 252-728-3066 (Map #82) Looking for a perfect bottle of wine? A spot to relax with friends over a quick bite to eat? Featuring a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, pizzas and light fare, the Cru Wine Bar is as eclectic and comfortable as Beaufort itself. Live 56

George’s Take Out 437 Hwy 70, Smyrna 252-729-7811 No Name Pizza & Subs 408 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-4978 Old Salt Restaurant 133 Turner St., BE 252-728-2002

Ballyhoo’s Island Grill 140 Fairview Drive, EI 252-354-9397

Bogue House Restaurant 410 Cedar Point Blvd., CP 252-393-3030 Chowdaheads 7801 Emerald Drive, EI 252 354-3700 Circle Pizza 7702 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-8885 El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 8802 Reed Drive, EI 252- 354-1120

Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar 8002 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-6200 Michaelangelo’s Pizza & Subs 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-7424 Mike’s Place Family Restaurant 8302 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-5277 Pizza Inn 7902 Emerald Drive, EI Inside BP Convenience Sore 252-354-4468 (Map #63) Pizza made fresh to order along with pasta, salads, stromboli and pizzart. Delivery service available with a minimum order of $10 to all of Emerald Isle, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, Salter Path, Bogue and Peletier. Jackie’s American Grille 9106 Coast Guard Road, EI 252-354-8111 (Map #57) Offering classic American favorites with a twist in a relaxed dining environment. Great spot for families and meeting up with friends. Ribeye’s Steakhouse 104 Golfin Dolphin Drive, CC 252-393-2509

Ribeye’s Steakhouse 509 Front St., BE 252-728-6105

Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-7100

Rucker Johns 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2413 (Map #56) Located in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, the restaurant prepares everything in-house; great sandwiches, salads, pastas, lightly battered & barbecued shrimp, grilled seafood, steaks, chicken & more. Open daily all year for lunch & dinner, outdoor dining available. All ABC, MC/V/AE.

Roland’s Barbecue 1507 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-1953

Jordan’s House of Seafood 8106 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-5722

The Village Market 7802 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-6592

Plaza Mexico Bar & Grill 521 Front St., BE 252-728-3702 Queen Anne’s Revenge 510 Front St. #1, BE 252-504-7272

Flipperz 311 Mangrove Drive, EI 252-354-7775

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MOREHEAD CITY & NEWPORT Alex & Brett Custom Bakery 513 Arendell St., MHC 252-622-4688 Applebee’s 5184 Hwy 70, MHC 252-727-0409 Beach Bumz Pub & Pizzeria 515 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-7800 Bistro-by-the-Sea 4301 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-2777 Buffalo Wild Wings 5136 Hwy 70 Ste. B, MHC 252-727-9191 Calypso North 1103 North 20th St., MHC 252-247-9600 Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant 701 Evans St., MHC 252-726-2166 Captain’s Table 4109 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-0253 Chef’s 105 105 S. 7th St., MHC 252-240-1105 Chick Fil-A 5156 Hwy 70, MHC 252-247-7281 Crispino’s Pizza 2900 Arendell St., MHC 252-727-9000 Circa 81 4650 Arendell St., MHC 252-648-8300 China Garden & Mongolian Grill 3000 Arendell St., MHC 252-808-3398 58

City Kitchen 105 S. 11th St., MHC 252-648-8141

Kountry Kitchen 5380 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0046

Pizza Inn 4121 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-0101

Cox Family Restaurant 4109 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-6961

Little Caesar’s Pizza 5208-E Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0027

Plaza Mexico Bar & Grill 5167 Hwy 70, Ste. 60, MHC 252-808-3700

Crispino’s Pizza 2900 Arendell St., MHC 252-727-4992

Longhorn Steakhouse 5120 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-0396

Ruby Tuesday 5227 Highway 70, MHC 252-726-3144

Domino’s Pizza 4917 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-0300

Luigi’s Pizza 5167 Hwy 70 #120, MHC 252-240-3125

Ruddy Duck Tavern 509 Evans St., MHC 252-726-7500

El’s Drive-In 3706 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-3002

Musashi Japanese Steak & Seafood Restaurant 4330 Arendell St. # B, MHC 252-240-3431

Sammy’s Seafood House & Oyster Bar 109 S. 6th St., MHC 252-247-0028

Mykonos Grill 5218 Hwy 70, MHC 252-777-4479

Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant 501 Evans St., MHC 252-247-3111

El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 5167 Hwy 70 #60, MHC 252-808-3700 Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille 133 E. Chatham St., NE 252-223-3299

Mythos Waterfront Grill 711-B Evans St., MHC 252-648-8269

Five Guys 5136 Hwy 70 W, MHC 252-808-0110

The Old Siam 4466 Arendell St., MHC 252-222-3098

Floyd’s 1921 400 Bridges St., MHC 252-727-1921

Olive Garden 5152 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0250

Garden Gate Cafe & Deli 278 Hwy 24, MHC 252-247-4061

Outback Steakhouse 4937 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-6283

Golden Corral 4060 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-1609

Panera Bread 5176 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-4990

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon 5025 Executive Drive, MHC 252-240-2633

Granny’s Kitchen 184 Hwy 24, MHC 252 247-9900

Papa John’s Pizza 5209 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-5656

Tsunami Buffet 5167 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-3202

IHOP 4950 Arendell St., MHC 252-222-0537

Pete’s Diner 907-A Arendell St., MHC 252-726-5101

Twisted Spoon 5000 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0080

The Infusion Café 1012 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-2800

Pita Plate 5167 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-0949

Waffle House 5060 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-1980

Ioanni’s Grill 4138 Arendell St., MHC 252-808-0008

Pizza Hut 3426 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-7117

Windansea 708 Evans St., MHC 252-247-3000

Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q 4114 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-7476 Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar 3710 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-1313 Soundside Restaurant 5000 Hwy 70, MHC 252-648-8298







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Beaufort Music Festival Returns May 9-10

The always-anticipated Beaufort Music Festival takes center stage May 9-10 in historic Beaufort-by-the-Sea. But there are changes afoot for the festival’s 26th installment, including a move away from its usual downtown location. Through the years, locals and visitors alike have seen locally, regionally, nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists playing along the waterfront in downtown Beaufort. According to the festival’s board members, they hope to build on the success of last year’s festival through a new partnership with the Beaufort Business Association and a new location at the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex, located on West Beaufort Road. On the roster this year are North Carolina favorites Donna the Buffalo as well as Yarn, Primate Fiasco, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Low Counts, Bootleg Dynasty, If Birds Could Fly and the winner of the local Battle of the Bands competition. “We’re really looking forward to collaborating with the Friends of the Maritime Museum and local businesses to help the music festival grow and bring more music lovers to the area,” said Jack Taylor, co-chair of the 2014 festival committee. “The new site will offer more of a festival-type atmosphere, with food trucks, a kids’ area, and other amenities, including transportation to and from downtown.” Continuing with the long-time tradition of the Music Festival as a free event, the Beaufort Business Association (BBA) is partnering with the Beaufort Music Festival in presenting music in downtown Beaufort on Friday May 9. Saturday’s main event at the NC Maritime Museum property will, however, be a ticketed day of music. Taylor said tickets for Saturday will be $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. This was not a decision that was made lightly, shared board member Sarah Phillips. “Last year was huge – the best festival so far. Lots of people and the town was happy, but there were concerns about the number of people downtown and safety,” Phillips said. “We didn’t want to make the event smaller, so the only option was to move it away from the downtown venue. Traffic was an issue, parking was an issue – this will just work better logistically and I think visitors will agree, too.” The location also provides the opportunity to expand the number of vendors allowed, including food and beverages and eliminates the need to shut down the music swiftly at 10pm. Phillips said the board is looking at options for providing shuttle service to downtown Beaufort so revelers can continue their day of music at area bars and music venues. To learn more about the Beaufort Music Festival, or to purchase tickets, visit or email 60

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Hotels, Motels and Resorts Atlantis Lodge 123 Salter Path Road, PKS 252-726-5168

Beaufort Harbour Suites 313 Cedar Street, BE 252-728-3483 Beaufort Inn 101 Ann St., BE 252-728-2600 Best Western Silver Creek Inn 801 Cedar Point Blvd., EI 252-393-9015 Bogue Inlet Motel 120 Bogue Inlet Drive, EI 252-354-3406 Bogue Shores Suites 1918 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-7071 Buccaneer Inn 2806 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-3115 Caribbe Inn 309 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-0051 The Clamdigger Inn 511 Salter Path Road, PKS 252-247-4155 (Map #31) The site offers all oceanfront rooms with full amenities. Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, private balconies, restaurant, lounge, pool, hot tub, summer pool bar and meeting and banquet facilities, 62

Hollowell’s Motel 108 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-5227

Seahawk Inn & Villas 105 Salter Path Road, AB 252-726-4146

Inlet Inn 601 Front St., BE 252-728-3600

Waterway Inn 160 Cedar Point Blvd., CC 252-393-8027.

The Islander Suites 102 Islander Drive, EI 800-367-3381

Whaler Inn Beach Club 3600 Salter Path Road, AB 252-247-4169

Core Creek Lodge 307 Core Creek Road, BE 252-728-4500

Island Inn 215 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-3780

William & Garland Motel 1185 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3733.

Driftwood Motel 3575 Cedar Island Road, CI 252-225-4861

Morehead Motor Inn 3300 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-5141.

Windjammer Inn 103 Salter Path Road, AB 252-247-7123

Econo Lodge Crystal Coast 3410 Bridges St., MHC 252-247-2940 (Map #3) Offering clean, spacious rooms with free local calls and long distance, free continental breakfast and free high speed internet access. Refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers available. Complimentary fax and copy service, special government and military discounts, SCUBA diving and fishing discounts available. AAA approved. Atlantic Ocean only 2 miles away.

Oak Grove Motel 1305 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3533

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MHC Morehead City NE Newport OT Otway PKS Pine Knoll Shores SP Salter Path SW Swansboro

Fisherman’s Inn 200 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-2273 Hampton Inn 215 Old Hammock Road, SW 910-325-9000 Hampton Inn 4035 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-2300 Hampton Inn & Suites 118 Salter Path Road, PKS 252-247-5118 Harkers Island Fishing Center 1002 Island Road, HI 252-728-3907 Holiday Inn Express 5063 Executive Drive, MHC 252-241-5001

Oceanana Family Resort 700 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-4111

A Place at the Beach 1904 East Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-0906

Palm Suites 602 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-6400

Atlantic Beach Realty 513 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-240-7368 (Map #23) In the Causeway Shopping Center featuring cottage and condo sales and rentals,, call 800-786-7368 for a free brochure or visit www.

Parkerton Inn 1184 Hwy. 58, CC 252-393-9000

Atlantic Sun Properties 205 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-808-2786

Quality Inn 3100 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-3434

At Wave’s Edge Real Estate and Rentals 700 Arendell St., Ste. 2, MHC 252-808-2903

Oceanview Inn 122 Fairview Drive, EI 252-354-2755

Rusty Pelican Inn 8104 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-3450 Sand Dollar Motel 101 Henderson Blvd., AB 252-726-4106. Sandpiper Motel 200 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-3148 Sands Villas 1400 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-0519

Beaufort Realty 325 Front St., BE 252-728-5462 Bluewater Real Estate 200 Mangrove Drive, EI 610 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 866-429-2578 (Map #22) Offers more than 900 vacation rental homes and condos on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach to Emerald Isle. Stay with Bluewater for a week, a month, a year or a lifetime with vacation,

Windward Dunes 801 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-7545 Watson-Matthews Real Estate 9102 Coast Guard Road, RI 252-354-2872 York Properties 4747 Arendell St., MHC 252-648-8167

Bed & Breakfast Ann Street Inn 707 Ann St., BE 877-266-7814

Cape Lookout Bed and Breakfast 349 Bayview Drive, HI 252-728-3662 Cedars Inn 305 Front St., BE 252-838-1463 monthly and annual rentals available and a full-service real estate office. Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals has been voted Coaster Readers’ choice since 2006. Vacation rentals, 866-429-2578 and real estate, 888-354-2128. See website for specials or to browse properties, www.bluewatercoaster. com. Cannon & Gruber Realtors 509 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-6600 (Map #20) Beach vacation sales or rentals, user-friendly online booking at, 800317-2866. CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty 7603 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2131 (Map #49) Offers weekly, monthly and annual rentals as well as residential, commercial sales, www. or toll-free 800-8222121. Colony by the Sea 855 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3131

Deanna Hull Realty 697 Atlantic Beach Cswy., Ste. 103, AB 252-240-0273 Emerald Isle Realty 7501 Emerald Drive, EI 866-586-6980 (Map #48) Has been handing out keys to vacationers since 1962. Enjoy staying in one of their cozy vintage cottages, a condo resort or an elegantly furnished Sand Castle with a pool or elevator. They offer amenities and adventurous packages to please all family members, including pets. Going above and beyond the call of duty for customers is an everyday occurrence. Visa/MC accepted, 800-8493315, Front Street Village 2400 Lennoxville Road, BE 252-838-1524 Gull Isle Realty 611 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-7679 Jo Ann Mangum Coastal Vacation Rentals 222 Pintail Lane, HI 252-728-5013

Realty World-First Coast Realty 407 Atlantic Beach Cswy., Ste. 1, AB 252-247-5150

County Home B&B 299 Hwy. 101, BE 252-728-4611

Shorewood Real Estate 7703 Emerald Drive, EI 888-557-0172

Cousin Martha’s Bed And Breakfast 305 Turner St., BE 252-728-3917

Spectrum Properties 515 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-247-7610

Davis Shore B&B 811 Hwy 70, Davis 252-241-4010

Spinnaker’s Reach Realty 9918 M.B. Davis Court, EI 800-245-7746

The Langdon House 135 Craven St., BE 252-728-5499

Sun-Surf Realty 7701 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2958 (Map #50) Come for a week – stay for a lifetime. Over 300 resort rentals on the Crystal Coast. Rentals, 866-829-6849, 252-354-2658; sales, 877-6983194, 252-354-2958. View rental and sales properties at

The Lighthouse Inn 2300 Bridges St., MHC 252-247-3133

Surfside Realty 204 Sandpiper Drive, NE 252-726-0950

Pecan Tree Inn 116 Queen St., BE 252-728-6733

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Celebrating Conservation and protecting the planet always Seashore will be on hand with sea turtle and sea shell exhibits. To learn more about outdoor holds importance on the beaches of the recreation, the Eastern Carolina Council Crystal Coast, and awareness is highest Area during the Crystal Coast Earth Day Celwill talk about the region’s biking and Groups ebration. Held annually at Fort Macon hiking trails. For those interested in loState Park, the celebration highlights cally-produced goodies, the Crystal Combine Coast Beekeepers Association is local nonprofit, government and Efforts at for-profit groups and their efforts to bringing a display showing how they conserve the planet. While the event produce local honey. The NC Maritime Museum’s booth is full of educational exhibits, there is no shortage of fun for the whole famwill be equipped with portions of its April 19 ily. This year’s celebration is scheduled whale bone and fossil collections. Kites from 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 19. Unlimited is set to be on the beach with a Earth Day, traditionally April 22, was first kite display, wind permitting. The Outer Banks celebrated in 1970 and is now coordinated globally by Wildlife Shelter will speak about how they help rehabilithe Earth Day Network. Earth Day is celebrated in more tate local injured animals and why this is important. than 192 countries each year. Other participating groups include the NC BioNetwork, NC Coastal Federation, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Carteret County’s annual event puts the spotlight on & Heritage Center, Coastal Environmental Partnership, conservation efforts already in place, and gives the opNC Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Trinity Center’s portunity for visitors to learn how to help. Groups will set Sound to Sea and many others. up booths outside the visitor center at Fort Macon. In the Ranger Ben Fleming said last year the event brought event of bad weather, all the booths will be moved inside about 3,500 people to the fort and they hope to surpass the visitor center. Live music is provided throughout the day by Gumbo Lily. that number this year. The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is returnSpend a day outside and learn about what can be ing this year with a tidal touch pool so visitors can go done to help protect the coastal environment. For more hands-on with local sea critters. Cape Lookout National information, visit

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A daily morning sail up the Newport River to a place where the dolphin come to play year after year. These dolphin are familiar friends to Lookout Cruises. Recognized by their individual dorsal fins, we’ve even named a few! The cruise departs daily from the Beaufort waterfront at 9:20am and returns at 11:15am.


Our trip departs each evening for a 7-8:30pm cruise that promises a view to take your breath away. The red and yellow North Carolina sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world, and they’re yours to enjoy as we sail from the Beaufort waterfront into the gentle breezes of early evening.

CAPE LOOKOUT CRUISE The beauty of the Cape Lookout lighthouse and its pristine surroundings is unparalleled. You'll really appreciate the stability and comfort of this 45-foot catamaran as we briskly make the six mile ocean voyage to one of the premiere anchorages in America. Our cruise departs at noon for the 1-1/2 hour sail to Cape Lookout where you'll enjoy two hours of unbelievable swimming, snorkeling and some of the best shelling on the east coast. Upon arrival at the tip of Cape Lookout, we beach the boat and serve up a delicious catered lunch from the Beaufort Grocery Co. Restaurant. When you taste their signature sandwiches, salads and desserts, you'll see why locals and visitors alike have made Beaufort Grocery Co. a favorite. Your bathing suit and beach towel are all you need when you come with us to Cape Lookout. The rest is pure enjoyment! Onboard stairs offer easy access on and off the boat. Large clean restrooms and a freshwater deck shower are also provided for the trip to the Lighthouse, where you can get spectacular photos of the 160' tower. We then tie up at the government dock allowing time to visit the Keeper's Quarters museum, the National Park store, and the east beach of South Core Banks. You can also climb the lighthouse on certain days. So come with us and enjoy a memorable day on the Cape Lookout National Seashore.



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A Day at the Beach There is nothing better than finding that ideal spot on the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes while you dig into a favorite book. Whether you’re lucky enough to spend every day along the Crystal Coast or are just here for a weekend, beach days are certainly a perk of being in Eastern Carolina. While there are more than 100 access points located in neighborhoods along Bogue Banks, the 25-mile barrier island that runs from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle, they are generally designed for the residents who live in the area and offer limited to no parking for visitors. There are, however, a large number of public beach access points with generous parking for visitors to the area. Several of the larger sites do charge for parking during the season (generally April-September) through either a parking attendant or meters. We have noted where a charge may be incurred. The list below follows the beach from the east to west. For Macon State Park – Two locations are offered within the boundaries of the state park. At the end of Hwy 58, guests will find 277 free parking spaces, with the fort on one side and beach access points on the other. Headed back toward Atlantic Beach, the Bath House area features 317 free parking spots, bathrooms, concessions and a boardwalk. New Bern Street – In Atlantic Beach, this site offers 50 paid sites, bathrooms and showers. The Circle – The main beach in Atlantic Beach has paid parking for more than 300 vehicles. Memorial Park – In the town limits of Pine Knoll Shores, just west of Mile Marker 6, this smaller beach access site offers paid parking for 40 cars, an overlook 66

deck and a picnic table. Iron Steamer – With 45 paid parking spaces, bathroom facilities and showers this popular spot at Mile Marker 7.5 is home to the former Iron Steamer Pier and the wreckage of the Confederate blockade runner Prevensey. Trinity Center – This retreat at Mile Marker 9.5 reserves 20 free parking spaces for beach access. Of note, parking is located on the south side of Hwy 58. Salter Path – The site offers 75 parking spaces, outside showers, picnic tables and bathrooms and is located within the Roosevelt State Park area. Indian Beach – This unpaid lot offers 36 parking spaces and a 4-wheel drive access ramp for off-season use. Eastern Ocean Regional Access – One of the largest public access sites in Emerald Isle, this popular beach near Mile Marker 15 and features 245 paid parking sites, a picnic gazebo, outdoor showers, bathrooms and drink machines. Merchant’s Park – On Hwy 58 in Emerald Isle, the site features 25 free parking spaces, picnic tables and bathroom facilities. Western Ocean Regional Access – In the curve of the Cameron Langston Bridge, this access site offers 250 paid parking slots, picnic area, showers and bathroom facilities. Radio Island – Located off the island between Morehead City and Beaufort, the Radio Island access provides plenty of parking, restrooms, showers and a narrow inland beach with limited wave action, perfect for a family with young children.

coastal angling The Crystal Coast is home to fishing and boating enthusiasts alike, boasting numerous places throughout the area to launch a boat, do some surf and pier fishing or even charter a boat offshore in search of the big one. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream provide the Crystal Coast with the longest fishing season on the Atlantic coast. The area is home to one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world for blue marlin; other fish caught along the Crystal Coast include bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, red drum, false albacore, sea trout, striped bass, cobia, sailfish, dolphin and wahoo depending on seasons. Many species, including drum and flounder, are caught surf fishing. There are several private chartered fishing excursions or the more affordable head boat fishing trips that is able to take larger groups of people, alleviating the financial burden to an extent. Saltwater and freshwater anglers age 16 and older must have a valid, state-issued recreational fishing license to take fish in North Carolina throughout the year. Specific regulations and restrictions apply depending on local fishing waters including size limit, daily creel limit and closed seasons. North Carolina offers a variety of fishing licenses from temporary to lifetime. Licenses for recreational fishing can be purchased online at, by visiting the Div. of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City or through many fishing supply stores. It is important to make sure everything is legal when trying your hand at angling the Crystal Coast.

6. Taylors Creek, 2370 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort; handicapped accessible with restrooms and parking for 31 boat trailers. 7. Straits Landing, 1648 Harkers Island Road, Straits; on North River, allows space for 39 boat trailers and is handicapped accessible. 8. Oyster Creek Core Sound, 1300 Highway 70, Davis; on Core Sound with 15 boat trailer spaces. 9. Salters Creek, 200 Wildlife Ramp Road, Sea Level; 15 boat trailer spaces. 10. Cedar Island, 115 Driftwood Drive, Cedar Island; on Pamlico Sound with 16 boat trailer spaces. 11. Moonlight Drive, Atlantic Beach Causeway; access ramp with minimal parking. 12. Emerald Isle, 6800 Emerald Drive; handicapped accessible, has canoe access, restrooms and space for 112 boat trailers and 19 single-vehicle spaces. 13. Cedar Point, 144 Cedar Point Blvd.; ramp access is handicapped accessible, has canoe access, fishing pier, 37 boat trailer spaces and 7 single-vehicle spots. 14. Newport River, 333 E. Chatham St., Newport; boat ramp with nine spaces for boat trailers, handicap accessible with one parking space and a ramp to the dock, canal is shallow and not conducive to larger vessels.

Public Boat Ramp Access

1. Oceanana Fishing Pier, NC Hwy 58, Mile Marker 1; connected to the Oceanana Family Resort Motel in Atlantic Beach, this is a lighted fishing pier where a NC Coastal Recreational Fishing License is not required when fishing from the pier. A blanket pass is provided by the pier and equipment rentals are available. Onsite facilities include an arcade and bait and tackle shop with snack bar with grill and ample parking. For more information and rates, call 252-726-4111, 252-726-0863 or visit 2. Bogue Inlet Pier, Hwy 58, Mile Marker 19; a 1,000-foot lighted wooden fishing pier with ample free parking and access to the Emerald Isle beach just steps away. The Bogue Inlet Pier offers bathroom facilities, multiple fish cleaning stations, bait, tackle and snack bar on the premises. For more information and rates, call 252-354-2919 or visit 3. Radio Island Pier, located at the base of the Morehead City-Beaufort Highrise Bridge, the 618-foot fishing pier is free and open daily.

1. Municipal Park in Morehead City, 3407 Arendell St.; several launching areas to the Intracoastal Waterway and parking for 33 boat trailers with additional parking at Marine Fisheries. 2. 11th and Shepard Streets, beach boat launching access strictly for canoes, kayaks and small sailing vessels; parking and two kayak racks available. 3. South 10th St., Morehead City; large parking area, ramp is narrow and not conducive to certain vessels. Town recommended usage is for vessels under 16 feet. 4. Radio Island Boat Ramps & Pier, located on the Beaufort side of the Morehead City Highrise Bridge, the site offers six boat launches, 56 truck/trailer parking spots and restrooms as well as a 618-foot fishing pier. 5. West Beaufort, 298 W. Beaufort Road, Beaufort; launch site on Newport River is handicap accessible, equipped with restrooms and 48 spaces for boat trailer parking.

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carteret county live If there is one thing that can help us shake off the winter cold, it’s a nice dose of live entertainment, especially the kind you can tap your toes to. Along the Crystal Coast we have a variety of live music venues to brag about, from the small, to the large. Here are the live music performances on tap for April & May.


Wed. 2: Scearce and Ketner. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Fri. 4: Ed Prophet. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. 4EverAll. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Tony R., Piano. Bistro by the Sea. PTM. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. David Dixon Trio. 10pm. Emerald Club Scearce and Ketner. 7pm. Emerald Club. Sat. 5: Daily Dose. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Alex W., Guitar/Piano. Bistro by the Sea. Mikele Buck Band. Emerald Club. Selah Dubb. Emerald Club. Night in Tortuga. The Dockhouse. Wed. 9: Wild Honey. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Fri. 11: Drew Nelson. 8pm. Trent River Coffee Company The Outlaws. 8pm. The Morehead Center. Bryan Mayer. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. Alex W., Guitar/Piano. Bistro by the Sea. Naked Knees. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Big Drink. 7pm. Emerald Club. Roman Sams. Emerald Club. Sat. 12: Drew Nelson. 8pm. Clawson’s Restaurant. Bryan Mayer. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Alex W., Guitar/Piano. Bistro by the Sea. 40 East. 8pm. Emerald Club. Naked Knees. Emerald Club. Wed. 16: Big Drink. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Fri. 18: Kevin Siebold. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. David R., Jazz Sax. Bistro by the Sea. Scearce and Ketner. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Back Yard Groove. 10pm. Emerald Club. Barefoot Wade. Emerald Club. Sat. 19: Aqoostix. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Diggerfoot. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Machine Gun. Emerald Club. Pure T Mommicked. 7pm. Emerald Club. 4EverAll. The Dockhouse. Wed. 23: Flip Side. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Fri. 25: Justin Castellano. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. 4EverAll. Emerald Club. Alex W., Guitar/Piano. Bistro by the Sea. Naked Knees. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. 68

Sat. 26: Justin Castellano. 9pm. Beach Music Festival. 11am. Swansboro Icehouse. Atlantic Beach Boardwalk. Spare Change. 9:30pm. Emerald Club. Heritage Band. Emerald Club. Alex W., Guitar/Piano. Bistro by the Sea. Jah Creation. Emerald Club. 40 EAST. 8pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. 252. The Dockhouse. Jah Creation. Emerald Club. Wed. 21: Big Drink. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Wed. 30: Ed Prophet. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Fri. 23: Justin Castellano. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. May Mac n Juice. 7-10pm. Floyd’s 1921. John V., Singer. Bistro by the Sea. Fri. 2: Kevin Siebold. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. BLP. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. 4EverAll. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Naked Knees. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Tony R., Piano. Bistro by the Sea. Back Yard Groove. 10pm. Emerald Club. Dependable Taxi. 6pm. Katherine Davis Park. Acoustic Hwy. The Dockhouse. The Attractions. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Scearce and Ketner. 7pm. Emerald Club. Sat. 24: Justin Castellano. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Sat. 3: Daily Dose. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Ed P., Guitar. Bistro by the Sea. Brad Heller and the Fustics. 7-10pm. SuperSonic. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Floyd’s 1921. David Dixon Trio. 7pm. Emerald Club. Stone Age Romeos. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Spare Change. 10pm. Emerald Club. Selah Dubb. Emerald Club. Sun. 25: The Mikele Buck Band. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Wed. 7: Scearce and Ketner. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. 40 East Band. 6:30pm. Olde Town Square, Swansboro Fri. 9: Bryan Mayer. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. Wed. 28: Flip Side. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Justin C., Guitar. Bistro by the Sea. Naked Knees. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Fri. 30: Kevin Siebold. 8:30-11:30pm. Big Drink. 7pm. Emerald Club. Boro Café. Roman Sams. Emerald Club. Rubberband. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Carteret Sunshine Band. 7pm. Sat. 10: Bryan Mayer. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Fort Macon State Park. Justin C., Guitar. Bistro by the Sea. Scearce and Ketner. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Avalanche. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Emily Minor Band. Emerald Club. Millenia Funkn. Emerald Club. MikeMickXer. Emerald Club. Naked Knees. Emerald Club. 4EverAll. The Dockhouse. Wed. 14: Wild Honey. 7pm. Swansboro Icehouse. Sat. 31: Southern Culture on the Skids. 8pm. Fri. 16: Deidre McCalla. 8pm. The Morehead Center. Trent River Coffee Company. Daily Dose. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. David Robinson. 8:30-11:30pm. Boro Café. Blue Moon Jazz. 7-10pm. Floyd’s 1921. 4EverAll. 7-10pm. Emerald Club. David R., Jazz Sax. Bistro by the Sea. Grenoldo R., Piano. Bistro by the Sea. The Party Nuts. 9:30pm. Chris Bellamy. 6:30-9:30pm. Flipperz. Jack’s Waterfront Bar. Mikele Buck Band. Emerald Club. Machine Gun. Emerald Club. Sat. 17: Deidre McCalla. 8pm. MikeMickXer. Emerald Club. Clawson’s Restaurant. The Georgia Satellites. 8pm. To be included in the June/July edition The Morehead Center. of Carteret County Live, email calendar Aqoostix. 9pm. Swansboro Icehouse. listings to Diggerfoot. 9:30pm. Jack’s Waterfront Bar.

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calendar National Seashore during this NC Maritime Museum program. Free. Details: 252-728-7317 or 4-5: Newport Pig Cookin’. Good old North Carolina barbecue takes center stage at Newport Town Park as the country’s largest whole hog pig cooking competition pulls out all the stops. Opening ceremonies are at 4pm Friday and live entertainment is slated for Friday and Saturday. Expect barbecue plates, amusement rides and games and plenty of fun. Details: 252-241-3488. Fri. 4: Turtle Talk. 10am-4pm. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon to learn about one of the local treasures, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. All species of turtles will be discussed, and how the nest on our beaches. Details: 252-7263775. Lunch with a Dash of History. 11:30am-1pm. The History Place, Morehead City, hosts popular raconteur Rodney Kemp for a fun lunch time program sprinkled with regional history. The cost with lunch is $15/$12 for member, $8/$5 for members without. This month’s featured program is Morehead City – A Brief History. Details: 252-2477533.


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Tues. 1: Nature Trek with Hammocks Beach State Park. 5:30pm. Hammocks Beach State Park Rangers are coming to Swansboro Parks and Recreation to offer a Nature Trek Series. Topics include nature hikes, ocean studies, camping safety, sea mammals and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Open to ages 6-12. Free. Held at the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Center. Details: 910-326-2600. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Civil War Musket Firing Demonstration. Noon. Learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing at Fort Macon. Meet in the Fort. Details: 252726-3775. 70

2, 10: Brown Bag Gam. Noon. Pack a lunch and join the NC Maritime Museum for an educational lunch program. Topics this month include the Cape Lookout Lighthouse (2nd) and Beaufort’s Dolphins (10th). Details: 252-728-7317 or 3, 10, 17, 24: Natural Side of Fort Macon Hike. 10am. Meet in the visitor center for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. Details: 252-726-3775. Thur. 3: The Raid on the Lighthouse. 7-8pm. On the night of April 3, 1864 Confederate saboteurs tried to blow up the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Learn the facts that unfolded that fateful night with historians from Cape Lookout

5, 12, 19, 26: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 23:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums. com. Sat. 5: Meet the Composer. 810pm. The American Music Festival and Chamber Music Wilmington have joined forces to commission a new work by composer Eric Gould, who leads the composition department at Berklee College. Featuring pianist Barbara McKenzie and the Cavani String Quartet, this new music premieres at The History Place prior to subsequent performances in Cleveland, Boston and New York. Details: 252-728-6152.

Fishtowne 5K Series. 9am. A four-run race series along the Beaufort waterfront on the first Saturday in February, March, April and May. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. Collect a commemorative pint glass for each race. Participants in all four races also receive a special edition T-shirt. Races begin at 9am and onsite registration is at 8. Details: 252-7282141. Bogue Banks Library Book Sale. 10am-2pm. Friends of the Bogue Banks Public Library is hosting a used book sale at Shepherd of the Sea in Atlantic Beach. Most books will sell for $1 or less, with the latest editions going for $5. Paperbacks and children’s books and puzzles are also available. Details: Hydroponics with Tom Scudder. 10am. Join local hydroponics growing expert at Carolina Home & Garden as he describes hydroponic growing and its attributes. Hydroponics is an emerging area in the gardening industry. Details: 252-393-9004. A Night in Tortuga. 6-11pm. This wench auction for the Beaufort Pirate Invasion is held annually at the Dockhouse

on the Beaufort waterfront. Door prizes, raffles and tons of fun. Cost is $25. Must be 21 to attend. Details: www. Otter Birthday Bash. Put on your party hats for the annual Otter Birthday Party. The merriment centers around three of the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shore’s favorite residents – river otters Neuse, Pungo and Eno. Participate in fun otter-oriented crafts and activities, and watch the trio enjoy gifts and cakes. The annual celebration spotlights the creatures and also the conservation success stories of their species. Free. Details: Sun. 6: Pirates & Pancakes. 9amNoon. The Boardwalk Café in Beaufort hosts this annual fundraiser for the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Live entertainment is provided by the Motley Tones. Mon. 7: Flags of the Confederacy. 10am. Meet in the visitor center at Fort Macon to learn about flags of the Confederacy. Details: 252-726-3775. Tue. 8: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. Emerald Isle Ben and Jerry’s hosts

free cone day, with all tips going to Hope for the Warriors. Expect to see some of your public officials working behind the counter. Details: Wed. 9: Lee Smith Lunch. 11am. Lee Smith, North Carolina author, will give a talk and reading at the Atlantic Beach Coral Bay Club, with a ticketed lunch after. Sponsored by the Carteret Arts Forum. Cost for subscribers is $15, and nonsubscribers, $35 plus the cost of lunch. Advance reservation is required. Details: 252-240-0987 or 252-240-1699. The Oyster. 1:30-2:30pm. Unlock the mysteries of this amazing bi-valve with the NC Maritime Museum. Free. Details: 252-728-7317 or 11-13: Oriental In-Water Boat Show. Sponsored by the Oriental Rotary Club, this annual show features more than 70 vendors representing new and used boats, varied maritime products and services and more. Show runs from noon to 6pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on (Continued on page 72)



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Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. Details: 252-249-0228 or Fri. 11: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve. 9:30am-12:30pm. The NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort, leads a guided hike through the varying habitats of Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Reservations are required, $15. Details: 252-728-7317, The Outlaws in Concert. 8pm. The Outlaws return with new music to The Morehead Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $35 and $40. Details:

12-13: Civil War Reenactment. 10am-4pm. Tasks will be performed throughout the day by the 1st NC Volunteers at Fort Macon State Park. Flag talks, uniform talks, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dress talks and musket firing drills are a few of the programs being performed. Details: Contemporary Boatbuilding Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn skills essential for building round-bottomed boats through this NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $135. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or 72

Sat. 12: Drew Nelson in Concert. 8pm. The artist performs at Clawsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, Beaufort, thanks to the Down East Folk Arts Society. General admission is $15; members, $12; and students, $8. Doors open at 7pm. Details: 252-646-4657 or Nautical Tool & Tag Sale. 710am. Old tools, motors, boats and pieces can be found at this annual fundraising event for the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-7287317, WOES Tie-Dye Dash/Family Fitness Fun Day. 9am-1pm. White Oak Elementary PTO and Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation present a color themed 1-mile fun run followed by family activities on the beach and in the parking lot at the Eastern Ocean Regional Public Beach Access. Registration fees are $15 for an individual and $40 for a family. Details: 252-354-6350. Publick Day. 9am-4pm. An oldfashion flea market takes over the Beaufort Historic Site, just as it did in days gone by. Vendors offer arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, plants, books, food and more. Details: 252-728-5225. Herbs with CJ. 10:30am. Carolina Home & Garden employee CJ will discuss the many uses of herbs that you can grow in the garden and take them to the table. She will create a dish to be served during class. Details: 252-393-9004. Music in the Gardens. 11am2pm. Carolina Home & Garden hosts musician Justin Castellano for Music in the Gardens. Details: 252-393-9004. Swansboro Riverview 5K. 8am. This 5K takes participants on a scenic route along the White Oak River and throughout historic downtown Swansboro. A portion of the proceeds go to the Fishstrong Foundation, in memory of Jeffrey Austin Fisher. The run begins and ends at the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Center. Cost is $20. Details: Sun. 13: Emerald Isle Easter Egg Hunt. Noon. Join the EI Bunny at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation for festivities. The egg hunting begins at 1pm. Details: 252-354-6350.

BHA Easter Egg Hunt. 11am. Children age 7 and under will enjoy a little Easter fun at the Beaufort Historic Site. Prizes and refreshments follow. Details: 252-728-5225. Birding on the White Oak River. 10am-Noon. Join local birding expert Joanne Powell and the N.C. Coastal Federation for a birding cruise on the White Oak River in Swansboro. The group will slowly cruise on a covered ferry boat through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Bear Island, looking for resident birds and fall migrants. Cost is $20 per person. Details: 252-3938185 or Swansboro Eggs-travaganza. 2pm. Swansboro Parks and Recreations hosts an egg hunt at the Swansboro Recreation Center. Age categories include: 3 & under, 4-7 and 8-12. Snacks and refreshments are available. Bring a basket. Free. Details: 910-326-2600. Mon. 14: Bird Hike. 10am. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Fort Macon has an amazing mix of shore birds and songbirds, and there is always something new to see. Details: 252-726-3775. Fri. 18: Ouch! 10am. Join a ranger at the Fort Macon Visitor Center for a close-up look at the plants, animals and insects that might bite you while visiting the park. Details: 252-726-3775. Sat. 19: Earth Day Celebration. 10am-3pm. Carteret County government agencies, nonprofit groups, museums and businesses join forces at Fort Macon State Park for a hands-on Earth Day program. Details: 252-728-2250. Morehead City Easter Egg Hunt. 9:30am. Planned for Rotary Park on Mayberry Loop Road by the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept., the annual hunt involves more than 10,000 eggs and three grand prizes. Age 12 and under, free. Details: 252-726-5083. Easter Egg Hunt. 11am. Carolina Home & Garden, Newport, holds its annual Easter egg hunt with special guest the Easter Bunny.

Pine Knoll Shores Easter Egg Hunt. 10am. The Easter Bunny always finds his way to Garner Park, located on Oakleaf Drive, to hide hundreds of eggs for the kids. Although the hunt is designated for children 12 and under, this event is still fun for the whole family. Details: 252-247-4353. Cedar Point Egg Hunt. 3pm. The fourth annual Cedar Point Egg Hunt is held at the Veterans Memorial Rain Garden at Cedar Point Town Hall. Free, children up to age 10. First 100 children will be given free ID kits. Details: 252-393-7898. First Free Will Baptist Church Egg Hunt. 11am. The church in Beaufort hosts its annual egg hunt with face painting, a hayride, moonwalk and more. Hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods will be available for sale. Details: 252-728-3165. Music in the Gardens. 11am2pm. Carolina Home & Garden hosts musician Kevin Siebold for music in the gardens. Details: 252-393-9004. St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church Egg Hunt. 6pm. Located in Salter Path, the church is holding a youth egg hunt. Details: 252-2402388. Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1pm. Opening day for the weekly market at Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Visitors can expect local foods, arts, crafts and more. Details: www. 20-26: Party for the Planet. The annual week-long Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, shows how to make your environment one of green places and green spaces with easy to take actions. Activities are free with admission or membership. Details: Mon. 21: Kayaking for Kids. 1-4pm. Youngsters ages 8-12 are invited for basic instruction and safety lessons along with a guided paddle trip through a salt marsh habitat with NC Maritime Museum staff members. Reservations are required. Cost is $45, $25 with your own kayak. Details: 252-728-7317,

23-27: 10th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. Wonderful wine and tempting meals are the focal point of this weekend full of wine and food pairings, workshops, dinners and more. Details: Wed. 23: Shackleford Banks – Horses, Hiking and History. 9:30am-1:30pm. Find out what makes Shackleford Banks such a unique barrier island through this outdoor adventure with the NC Maritime Museum. Cost is $25. Not suitable for children under 6. Reservations required. Details: 252-728-7317 or 25-26: 8th Annual Bluegrass Festival. The White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort in Stella host this annual event featuring more than 20 live performances. Food and beverages available. Tickets are $30 per person at the gate, $25 in advance, $50 for both days. Fri. 25: Merry Times for Tots – Boats & Boaters. 10-11am. Youngsters ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to explore the world of boats with stories, crafts and more at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Free. Details: 252-728-7317 or Cakes for Conservation. Express your conservation philosophy in frosting and compete for cash in the annual Cakes for Conservation contest. Cakes

are judged on how well they express their message, plus taste, creativity and use of sustainable, local or organic ingredients. No entry fee. All visitors are invited to partake of cake tasting after the 3:30pm awards ceremony. Details: Broad Street Clinic Golf Tournament. 1pm. The 6th annual Broad Street Clinic Golf Tournament is held at Brandywine Bay Golf Club in Morehead City. Shotgun start at 1pm. Details: Marty Beam, 252-255-1590. Sat. 26: Legacy Theater Company. 7pm. Enjoy a series of one act skits from drama to comedy by the company that’s been delighting sold out audiences in Jacksonville since 2010. Sponsored by the Seaside Arts Council. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non members. Details: Maritime Model Society. 2pm. The Carolina branch of this national society meets at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-728-7317 or Lookout Spring Road Race. 8am. Sponsored by the Lookout Rotary Club, this annual family-friendly event begins and ends at the Sports Center, Morehead City and includes a 1-mile, 5K and 10K runs with awards in a variety of categories. Registration begins at 7am. Details: 252-726-7826. (Continued on page 74)



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S M T W T F S Hanging Baskets with Dani. 11am. In this class at Carolina Home & Garden, you will learn to put together a beautiful hanging basket from a store expert. Dani brings her 10 years of experience decorating with all types of plants and flowers. This is a hands-on class. Details: 252-393-9004. Music in the Gardens. 11am2pm. Carolina Home & Garden hosts musician Dave Robinson for music in the gardens. Details: 252-393-9004. Wed. 30: Kayak through History. 9am-Noon. Before bridges and railway, travel by water was the best way to get around along the coast. Experience the waterways of the past and learn about the region’s earliest settlers during the NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $45, or $25 with your own kayak. Reservations required. Details: 252728-7317 of Fri. 2: Alive at Five. 5-8pm. Join the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for a free concert at Katherine Davis Park near the Morehead City waterfront. This month Dependable Taxi performs. Details: or 252-808-0440. 74

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3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1pm. This weekly market is held at Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Visitors can expect local foods, arts, crafts and more. Details: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-thescenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or 3, 10 : Music in the Gardens. 11am2pm. Carolina Home & Garden hosts musician Kevin Siebold (3rd) and Justin Castellano (10th) for music in the gardens. Details: 252-393-9004. Sat. 3: 40th Wooden Boat Show. 9am-5pm. Join the NC Maritime Museum for a day full of demonstrations, lectures, races, competitions and more,

all focused on some of the most elegant wooden boats still in action. While the fun takes place on the Beaufort waterfront, free parking and a shuttle is offered at the site’s Gallants Channel Annex. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. Western Carteret Library Homes Tour. The 17th annual tour sponsored by the Friends of the Western Carteret Library provides inside peeks into beachfront homes and condominiums as well as a juried art show and sale. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the event. Details: www. Fishtowne 5K Series. 9am. A four-run race series along the Beaufort waterfront on the first Saturday in February, March, April and May. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. Collect a commemorative pint glass for each race. Participants in all four races also receive a special edition T-shirt. Races begin at 9am and onsite registration is at 8. Details: 252-728-2141. Reelin’ for Research. This charity fishing tournament in Morehead City benefits UNC Children’s Hospital’s research division. The entry fee is $1,000. Captain’s meeting and cocktail party planned for the evening before. Winners receive trophies and a gift pack. Not a cash tournament. Winner determined by aggregate weight of three largest meat fish (dolphin, wahoo, tuna, mako). Details: or info@ Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge. 11am-5pm. Join the fun under the big top on the Beaufort waterfront as two-man teams attempt to construct a skiff in four hours … and then take it for a spin! Construction runs through 3pm and judging is planned from 3-4pm. Entry fee is $100. Details: 252648-0944, Fun Fest. 10am-2pm. Join the Carteret County Partnership for Children for games, fun, inflatables, educational exhibits, magicians, clowns and so much more at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Get a hug from Sparky the Fire Dog, learn about recycling at Green Acres or learn about animals at the Animal Junction. Details: 252-727-0440.

building competition on Saturday afternoon. Details: Ed Moore, 919782-6471 or

Bloomers for Mom with Kim. 10am. Interactive class for children and adults to create a special planter to present to their mom on Mother’s Day. Held at Carolina Home & Garden. Details: 252-393-9004. Tues. 6: Nature Trek with Hammocks Beach State Park. 5:30pm. Hammocks Beach State Park Rangers are coming to Swansboro Parks and Recreation to offer a Nature Trek Series. Topics include nature hikes, ocean studies, camping safety, sea mammals and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Open to ages 6-12, free. The class will be held at the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Center. Details: 910-326-2600. 9-10: Beaufort Music Festival. Historic Beaufort comes to life with live music during this annual two-day festival. Fri. 9: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. 10-11: 23rd Mile of Hope. This special event for children diagnosed with cancer and their families provides a weekend getaway at the beach. Based at the Atlantis Lodge, Atlantic Beach, the three-day fun fest features a sand castle

Sat. 10: Loon Day. 10am. The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild hosts this event at the H. Curt Salter Building on Harkers Island Road. Loon Day includes an in-water decoy competition, live auction and lunch. All activities are free. Competition participants can enter with a donation of the decoy itself. All birds entered become property of the Decoy Guild. First place winner will receive $200, $100 for second, $50 for third and $25 for fourth place. Details: 252-838-8818 or 16-18: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show. The public is invited to visit Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point for its biannual air show. Demonstrations, static displays, entertainment and fireworks can be expected. Blankets, lawn chairs and other comfort items are suggested. Details: 17-18: Traditional Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5:30pm. Learn traditional boat building techniques in this hands-on workshop offered by the NC Maritime Museum. As a team, participants will construct a traditional “rack of eye” flat-bottomed skiff. Reservations required. Cost is $135. Details: 252728-7317 or 7th Annual Crystal Coast Boat Show. Held on the Morehead City Waterfront, the Crystal Coast Boat show features both new and used boats and showcases a variety of marine products and services, including outdoor gear, fishing tackle, outfitters, brokers, fishing clubs and resource conservation groups. Runs Saturday from 10am5pm and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Details: Sat. 17: Deidre McCalla in Concert. 8pm. The artist performs at Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort, thanks to the Down East Folk Arts Society. General admission is $15; members,

$12; and students, $8. Doors open at 7pm. Details: 252-646-4657 or www. Beach Music Festival. This daylong event at Atlantic Beach will feature the music of The Fantastic Shakers, Mighty Saints of Soul, The Holiday Band, The Band of Oz and more. Sun. 18: Birding on the White Oak River. 10am-Noon. Join local birding expert Joanne Powell and the N.C. Coastal Federation for a birding cruise on the White Oak River in Swansboro. The group will slowly cruise on a covered ferry boat through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Bear Island, looking for resident birds and fall migrants. Cost is $20 per person. Details: 252-393-8185 or 24-25: CCACC Spring Show. This juried sale of arts and crafts takes over the Beaufort Historic Site three times a year thanks to the Carteret County Arts & Crafts Coalition. Expect painting, photography, wood carving and much more. Details: 252-728-5225. Sat. 24: Memorial Day Fireworks. 9pm. The community will gather at the Circle, Atlantic Beach, for a fireworks show over the ocean. Sun. 25: SwanFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro. Bring chairs, blankets, even dinner if you’d like. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Free. The 40 East Band kicks off the season. Fri. 30: Concert at the Fort. 7pm. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. The season kicks off with the Carteret Sunshine Band. The concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775. Sat. 31: Maritime Model Society. 2pm. The Carolina branch of this national society meets at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-7287317 or Coaster


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numbers to know (Local area code is 252 unless otherwise noted.) Emergency Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 NC Hwy Patrol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726-5766 AAA Carolinas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-477-4222 Carteret General Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 808-6000 Carteret General Urgent Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 808-6641

Police Departments Atlantic Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726-2523 Beaufort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 728-4561 Cape Carteret. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393-2183 Emerald Isle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354-2021 Indian Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247-6700 Morehead City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726-3131 Pine Knoll Shores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247-2474 Swansboro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 910-326-3101

Hurricane Information American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 637-3405 EMS, Evacuation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 728-8470 National Weather Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223-5327

City/Town Halls Atlantic Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726-2121 Beaufort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 728-2141 Emerald Isle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 654-3424 Indian Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247-3344 Morehead City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 726-6848 Newport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223-4749 Pine Knoll Shores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247-4353

Cookware • Aprons • Cookbooks and everything else for the cook... Since 1982

1011 Arendell • Morehead City 252•726•6661


advertiser index Island Ferry Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Lookout Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Tryon Palace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Shopping & Services Food & Drink Akai Hana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Atlantic Beach Seafood Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Channel Marker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Cru Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Harris Teeter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Island Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Pizza Inn – Emerald Isle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Jackie’s American Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 RuckerJohns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Lodging & Real Estate Atlantic Beach Realty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bluewater Rentals & Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Econo Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Emerald Isle Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sun-Surf Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Outdoor Fun Cape Pointe Marina & Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Capt. Stacy Fishing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Ashley Walton Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Beaufort Trading Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The Book Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Chadwick Tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Carolina Quick Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Diamond Shoal Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 DP Jewelry Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 EJW Outdoors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Fran’s Beachwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Ginny Gordon’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Handscapes Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Harbor Specialties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Island Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Island Outfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Island Proper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Island Traders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Kites Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Lynette’s Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Pacific. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Rocking Chair Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sandi’s Beachwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Second to None . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Tassels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Tierra Fina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Top it Off Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

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Shrimp, Crabmeat, Scallops, Lobster Tails, Crab Legs, Tuna, Grouper, Mahi, Trigger, Flounder, Salmon, Homemade Pies, Dips and Cole Slaw, Special Orders and more. Family Operated-Sonya Willis-Owner 211-I Atlantic Beach Causeway Atlantic Beach



On Vacation?...We’re Not

Penny Lane


35th Street

Carteret General

23rd Street

Bridges Street


or mishaps that don’t require a full emergency room visit, count on the experts at Carolina Quick Care Urgent Care. We offer board-certified emergency or family medicine providers providing skilled care for sprains, fevers, cuts, cold and flu symptoms and any minor emergency that needs medical attention fast. No appointments are needed and you can “Get in Line, Online” with ZipPass. Visit our website at for details.

Carolina Quick Care


Water Tower

Open 7 Days a Week!

Arendell Street/Hwy 70

Atlantic Beach Bridge

3722 Bridges Street, Morehead City Call 252-808-6641

Open 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday


RESTAURANT All Oceanfront Rooms with Private Balconies Daily Specials

M: Oysters $11.95 Tu: 2-8oz Ribeyes $21.95 W: Seafood Combo $11.95 Th: Shrimp $11.95 F: Filet of Flounder $11.95 S: Chicken Parmesan $13.95 Trout & Shrimp $11.95 S: Steak & Shrimp $18.95 Trout & Shrimp $11.95

Cutty Shark Lounge DJ Weekends & Holidays Daily Drink Specials

Daily Breakfast & Lunch Specials $4.95 Open 6:30 am to 9 pm Complete Menu for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Oceanfront Banquet Facilities

511 Salter Path Road Pine Knoll Shores 252 247 4155 â&#x20AC;˘ 800 338 1533

Specials, Prices & Hours Subject to Change



Outer Banks Ferry Service & Island Ferry Adventures have merged for 2014 We will continue to explore the hidden treasures of the Crystal Coast

Open Year Round



Cruise historic Beaufort & Rachel Carson! Our Famous Cape Lookout Lighthouse Tour is better than ever! New for 2014 Shackleford Banks Tour! Call for times and information.

252.728.4129 • 252.728.7555


Across from the Inlet Inn on Front Street Group Rates Available • Passenger Minimums Required • Visa/MC 80

Wild Horses • Nature Trails • Exploring ($10 Adults & $5 Children)


Great Beach for Sand Dollars, Shells & Swimming ($13 Adults & $7 Children)

No Extra Charge for Coolers • Dogs/Pets FREE


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