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Local Areas 8 Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon State Park 12 Pine Knoll Shores, NC Aquarium 14 Emerald Isle 18 Indian Beach, Salter Path 18 Swansboro, Cape Carteret 20 Morehead City, The History Place 24 Beaufort, Beaufort Historic Site 26 NC Maritime Museum, Rachel Carson Reserve 28 Cape Lookout National Seashore 30 Down East, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum





21 Countdown on the Coast 32 While You’re Here: Biggest Events 40 Chocolate Fest Returns 60 Holiday Events Calendar

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Sea & Do: Recreation Tee Time: Area Golf Courses Good Buys: Shops and Specialties Local Flavor: Restaurant Listings Perfect Stay: Accommodations

GENERAL INFO 15, 22-23, 25, 31 Maps 27 Ferry Schedule 38 Tide Tables 68 Coastal Angling 70 Coastal Events Calendar 78 Kid’s Page 80 Numbers to Know 81 Advertiser Index



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Welcome ... …to Eastern North Carolina and the beautiful Crystal Coast. Few people think of visiting the beach for the holidays, but when they do, they’re actually surprised by how much they find to do. While cool weather sneaks in during December and January, we also have an abundance of more comfortable days in the 50s and 60s, making it perfect for spending time outside and enjoying the peace of the winter beach. The holidays take center stage in the small hamlets and towns that dot Eastern North Carolina. Family-friendly parades, the lighting of town Christmas trees and opportunities to visit for a minute or two with Santa are hot on everyone’s lists. Dec. 6-8 will be a busy time in Morehead City, our commercial center. With the Christmas ArtWalk, Chowder & Cheer Crawl, carol singing, a craft fair and the popular flotilla, which can also be viewed in Beaufort, Morehead will be a hub of activity. The Beaufort Historic Association gets into the action the following weekend, with the Beaufort ArtWalk slated for Dec. 14 followed by the Candlelight Homes Tour. If you’re here for the holidays, our suggestion is that guests hang around for New Year’s as well. The Crystal Coast Countdown brings a flurry activity across Carteret County for an entire week. Historic sites, libraries, museums and towns team up to provide a week-long schedule of fun leading up to the official Crab Pot Drop at Katherine Davis Park in Morehead City. A great way to welcome the new year. For more than 30 years, Coaster Magazine has focused on spreading the word about the region’s upcoming events. Readers will find details on the area’s attractions and events as well as its real estate options, shops and restaurants. Our mission is to provide the vacationer and the resident with all the information they need to make the most of the Crystal Coast. From us to you, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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ATLANTIC BEACH 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:

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 fivesided 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 Mimi Guthrie photo 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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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




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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


Make merry with marine life over the holidays. The aquarium and gift shop are open 9am-5pm throughout the holiday season and the winter, except closed all day Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Free programs such as diving demonstrations, feeding programs and live animal presentations continue all year. The aquarium also closes at 2pm on Dec. 13 to prepare for a special guest – Santa! The jolly elf stops by to hear little ones whisper their wishes among the fishes. This special evening event, Santa by the Sea, includes a 5x7 inch photo with St. Nick for each child 12 and under, plus keepsake crafts, favorite Yuletide stories, magic shows by Frost Magic Productions and other holiday wonderment. Advance tickets are recommended and are available online As Dec. 25 approaches, keep a lookout in the Living Shipwreck for divers outfitted as Santa and his elves. Winter camps for kids in grades 2-5 on Dec. 26-27 feature indoor and outdoor activities

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

during the school break. As the weather outside turns frightful, sign up for Succulent Seafood. This program takes participants to the area’s top restaurants for seafood cooking recipes, tips and taste tests. Succulent Seafood, usually on Mondays, requires advance registration. More winter bright spots: Admission is free for all on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 20. The Aquarium is also collecting non-perishable goods in a postholiday food drive to restock Martha’s Mission Pantry. For kids in grades 3-6, Animal Enrichment Camp fills the school holiday morning with behind-the-scenes action and animal encounters – registration required. On the evening of Feb. 14, Seduction in the Seas focuses on animal attraction for an unusual, enlightening and amusing Valentine’s event – see the website for more information and registration. The aquarium is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Regular hours are 9am to 5pm daily, except closing at 2pm Dec. 14, 2012, and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Admission is $8 for ages 13-61, $7 for age 62 and over and $6 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members are admitted free. Visit the Pine Knoll Shores section of or call 252-247-4003 for more information.



EMERALD ISLE 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 old-fashioned 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 bluegreens 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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INDIAN BEACH & SALTER PATH 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. Salter Path, the more business-oriented 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 locallyowned 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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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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MOREHEAD CITY tary 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

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 restau-

rant 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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Centrally-located, Morehead City is home to a walk-worthy waterfront with a mixture of locallyowned 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 continues 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 mili-


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Crystal Coast Countdown, now in its third year, encompasses a six-day celebration spanning multiple venues throughout the county. Starting on Friday, Dec. 27 and continuing through Jan. 1, the event aims to bring the community together for an all inclusive New Year’s celebration. “The Crystal Coast Countdown has had a wonderful impact, not only on Morehead City, but all of Carteret County,” said Tom Kies, executive director of the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association. Start Friday with a scavenger hunt in Emerald Isle then head down to the Atlantic Beach Circle for a bonfire. Goodies and jazz music pair with tales from Rodney Kemp about the good ol’ days round out this cozy event on the sand. Saturday’s events include an ultimate Frisbee tournament at the Clamdigger Inn public beach access, Children Celebration Fun Station at Teacher’s Pet and The Scrap Exchange at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The Scrap Exchange will set up at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Sunday, Dec. 29.

Kick off New Year’s Eve with the Scramble Golf Tournament at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast starting at 11am. Head to Beaufort when the sun goes down for Marshmallows & Resolutions. Stick around for the Pirate Plunge at the Beaufort Docks and Dockhouse Restaurant. Finish out 2013 in downtown Morehead City with the crab pot drop. Featuring live music at Katherine Davis Park, an ice skating rink and fireworks over the water at midnight, this is sure to be sight that shouldn’t be missed. Visit www.crystalcoastcountdown. com for more information and a complete schedule of events.




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BEAUFORT front, 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 two-day Pirate Festival continues to reinforce Beaufort’s pirate history and provide a familyfriendly 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:

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 9:30am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 10am-4pm during the off-season. Details: 252-728-5225 or

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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 water-


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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, where visitors can observe the active construction of wooden boats, or take a class to learn how to build their own. The museum is open from 9am-5pm, weekdays; 10am-5pm on Saturday; and 1-5pm on Sunday. For more information, call 252-728-7317 or visit

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 2,650-acre reserve is a favorite place for hiking, shelling and exploring the natural and human processes that affect coastal areas. The site was named for Ra-

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Cape Lookout National Seashore 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 28

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 250acre 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 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 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


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

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.

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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Have you ever wanted to try your hand at ice skating? This year, you may get your chance. The Town of Morehead City and its Parks and Recreation Dept. are bringing an ice skating rink to Katherine Davis Park Dec. 6 through Jan. 1. The rink will be located in the park’s parking lot and skating sessions will begin each hour and last for 45 minutes. The cost is $5 per skater for each session, including the skate rental. This is a first time event for Morehead City. Craig Lands, director of Morehead City Parks and Rec., said that the idea came out of planning for the Crystal Coast Countdown. “The idea was to tie things in for the holidays and get people to the downtown area,” he said. Depending on the turnout this first year, the town may consider bringing the rink to the beach each winter. The rink will be open from 5-7pm Monday through Thursday, 5-8pm on Friday, 11am8pm on Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day both have extended hours. On New Year’s Eve, sessions begin on the hour from 6-11pm, and on New Year’s Day, sessions begin on the hour from 10am-5pm. The rink will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Skaters or guardians of skaters will be required to sign a facility use waiver prior to using the rink. For more information, call 252-726-5083.

Local Fest and Pelican Run

Join the NC Coastal Federation for a fun weekend with like minded people in Beaufort. At 5pm on Friday, Dec. 6, head over to Backstreet Pub on Middle Lane for local oysters, local music and local craft beer. A special discount federation membership will be offered, so bring friends and family. “For the past 15 years, the federation’s education programs have mostly been funded through federal and state grants. However, with less money coming in for education through these sources, events such as the Pelican 32

Run, Oyster Roast and federation membership now help fund education. Coastal education in schools is especially important in North Carolina so students can learn about history, current issues and how to protect resources for the future,” said Sarah Phillips, coastal education coordinator for the federation. Continue the fun weekend with the Pelican Run on Saturday, Dec. 7. Choose either a timed 5K or a 1-mile fun run at Front Street Village. After the race, hot beverages and breakfast goodies will be offered. Registration for the run begins at 8am and the race starts at 9. All participants receive a fleece logo headband. Registration is $20 per person, $50 for families and free for kids 10 and under. Federation members receive $5 off registration prices. Pets and strollers are welcome. Register online at For more information, visit or contact Sarah Phillips at or 252393-8185.

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Down East is home to two events kicking off the month of December. The 26th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival and Waterfowl Weekend are the perfect events to learn more about the rural region of Carteret County and its talented local artisans. There is no shortage of talent, food or excitement at the Decoy Festival, held at the is(continued on page 34)

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archery and youth loon calling contests. The annual festival is sponsored by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and more information can be found on its website at www.decoyguild. com. At the end of the island, the fun continues with Waterfowl Weekend at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. The museum opens its doors for two days of demonstrations, including boat building, decoy carving, quilting and retriever demonstrations, live music, storytelling, artists and exhibitors, educational displays and programs, competitions and Core Sound seafood. For more information about Waterfowl Weekend, call 252728-1500.

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Year with the annual New Year’s Day Kite Fly. The event is held at the Atlantic Beach Circle on Wednesday, Jan. 1 starting at noon. This event is sponsored by Kites Unlimited, who also brings the annual Carolina Kite Fest to the beach each October. If you don’t bring a kite, at least bring a camera and capture a fun way to bring in the New Year. After the Macy’s New Year’s Day parade, bring a kite to the Circle for a community kite fly. For more information, call 252-247-7011 or stop by Kites Unlimited in the Atlantic Station Shopping Center.

Take a Dip for Charity

Looking for an exhilarating way to start your New Year? Join hundreds of “penguins” and thousands of spectators for the 2014 Penguin Plunge at the Atlantic Beach Circle. The Penguin Plunge is a charitable event that raises funds for local charities through the annual New Year dip. Registration begins at 10am on Wednesday, Jan. 1 on the boardwalk in front of Crab’s Claw Restaurant. Participants race to the water at 1pm. Penguin Plunge has grown annually to include over 700 swimmers with thousands of spectators cheering them to the water. To be a part of the plunge, donate a minimum of $10. Donations of $20 include an event t-shirt and donations of $35 include a sweatshirt. A limited number of Penguin Plunge beach towels are available for $30. 36

Funds raised this year are donated to Hope for the Warriors. Several challenges are held during the event and include School, Corporate, and Civic Challenges. A Costume Contest will also be held so come dressed to impress but remember to leave your wetsuit at home. Challenge plaques will be awarded based on the highest number of “penguins” making donations to participate in the Plunge. Last year’s school winners were East Carteret High School, Morehead Middle School and the Tiller School. “If you don’t feel compelled to take the plunge into the chilly Atlantic, come cheer on the penguins and make a donation to help the charity. You can never underestimate the importance of a good towel holder,” encourages Penguin Plunge organizer, Miriam Sutton. For more information and the latest updates about the 2014 Penguin Plunge, visit or the Penguin Plunge Facebook page. Penguin Plunge mascot, Gilbert, will also be posting last-minute updates on his “Penguin Plunge” Twitter page.

Morehead City ArtWalk

Take a look at the local talent for the 4th annual Downtown Morehead City Christmas ArtWalk. The event will be held from 4-7pm on Friday, Dec. 6. The celebration drew more than 300 walkers to the waterfront last year. Open galleries will offer interactive events along with refreshments. In expanding the event from last year, special offers will also be available in non-gallery businesses from 79pm. Participating galleries include Arts & Things, Art Studio 500, BluSail Gallery, Carolina Artist Gallery, Carteret Contemporary Art, Gallery Arendell and 36 North. Pick up a map and raffle ticket at any of the galleries at 4pm. The winner of the raffle drawing will receive a $100 gift certificate good at any participating gallery. Area specialty shops, restaurants and bars are also offering specials during ArtWalk, from 79pm. For more information, visit

Plan the Perfect Wedding

The Crystal Coast has a variety of options to help you plan the perfect wedding. Carteret County is host to three bridal events in January, the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair, Stella York Trunk Show and the Crystal Coast Wedding Salon. The Crystal Coast Bridal Fair is in its 21st year. The annual event is sponsored by Pam’s Specialized Catering and is held from 10am-4pm on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City. Meet more than 50 of the area’s top wedding professionals, speak with vendors intimately about services and products offered without the pressure of purchasing, sample caterer’s fare, see fashion shows featuring the latest in styles and trends, look at the work of top wedding photographers and florists and enjoy live music, prizes, samples and discounts. Tickets are $7 and available at the

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With the closing bell of the annual Christmas/New Year’s holiday season, folks in Carteret County quickly turn their attention to yet another sweet event – the Carolina Chocolate Festival. One of the most popular annual undertakings held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, the festival is a ripe 12 years old in 2014 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The festival brings everything chocolate together under one roof. Chocolate diamonds and pears, chocolate cakes and tortes, chocolate bars, truffles, fudge, popcorn, even chocolate cookbooks are mixed in with baking competitions. There are plenty of ways for guests to get in on the action, too. From the cake walk to the always-popular chocolate pudding eating competitions, which occur on the hour. Tickets for the festival are $8 for adults and $2 for children 5-12, and can be purchased in advance by calling 877-848-4976 or visiting www. A preview of the chocolatey fun , the Mexicocoa reception, will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Morehead City Train Depot. The evening features an array of chocolate laced dishes, craft beers, wine and more. Tickets are $25. For those waiting for festival day to begin digging in, Saturday, Feb. 1 kicks off with the Cocoa 5K Fun Run, planned for 8am on the campus of Carteret Community College. The cost is $15 40

per person or $40 for a family of four. Participants may register onsite prior to the race or in advance by visiting the website. Also on Saturday, the Chocolate Spa, planned from 9am-4pm at Carteret Community College, allows guests to indulge in a massage, facials, make up, hairstyling and reflexology while enjoying chocolates. Tickets are $65 and include a festival ticket. Don’t miss out on a chance to win a few prizes along the way. Be on the lookout for Chocolate Festival Candy Bars, a handful of which will be stuffed with Carteret County’s very own Golden Tickets. The grand prize is a trip for four to Hersey Park in Hershey, Pa. It is the charitable organizations, however, that truly benefit from the event each year. In the last 10 years, the Chocolate Festival has donated close to $400,000 to its partnering nonprofits. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Carteret County Domestic Violence, Carteret County 4H, White Oak Church Youth Ministries, Beaufort Woman’s Club, Beaufort Sister Cities, Carteret General Hospital Volunteers and Second Blessings Community Outreach Ministry. “We have seven charities that play a major role,” said Judy Hailey, executive director. “They do the work, they are the committee, and in turn we honor them with donations to their organizations. The festival is about them, for them.”




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Front St., across from the Inlet Inn. Passenger Ferry Service begins 9am daily, weather permitting, departures top of the hour to Shackleford Banks (west end) (CLNS), shipwrecked Spanish mustangs & voted #1 shelling beach; Carrot Island (Rachel Carson Reserve); Sand Dollar Island & Bird Shoal. Ferry service operates approx. late/March to early/October. Private charters available for any type trip with reservations. Passenger & rate minimums are required for all trips. Group rate, MC/VISA, Outer Banks Ferry Service 328 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-4129 (Map #80) For over 24 years, Outer Banks Ferry Service has been providing fun, safe and reliable service to the Lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore, Shackleford Banks, Bird Shoal and Carrot Island. The 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, hourly. 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. Outer Banks Ferry Service 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

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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 Golfin’ Dolphin 134 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret 252-393-8131 (Map #58) Offers driving range, mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages & go-carts. Located next to MacDaddy’s, 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, kites-birdstuff. com.

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.

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The OC Spa 1701 Salter Path Road, Salter Path 252-222-7800 (Map #64) Treat your mind, body and spirit to a complete and extraordinary distressing experience at The OC Spa. Enjoy the latest in massage, skin care and hydrotherapy in a soothing environment.

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-4003 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,



tee time 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, wellequipped 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. Featured here are some of the best local courses when it comes to North Carolina’s “golf coast.� 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

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Golf Designs, Orlando, Fla., and Gene Daniel of Blackwater Golf, LLC. The course is equipped with a pro shop, state-of-the-art driving range and putting green. Brandywine Bay Golf Club 177 Brandywine Blvd., Morehead City 252-247-2541 (Map #17) Accessible from both Hwy 70 and Hwy 24, just west of Morehead City, is an 18-hole, par-71 championship course designed among wooded areas, ponds and streams in the residential resort, Brandywine Bay. Visitors enjoy a putting green, pro shop, snack bar and lessons by appointment. Visit 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


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Star Hill Golf Club 202 Club House Drive, Cape Carteret 252-393-8111 (Map #59) The Crystal Coast’s premier golf club features three 9-hole courses, the Lakes, Pines and Sands, feature bent grass greens that will excite the average golfer and challenge the expert. Nestled in the heart of Cape Carteret near Emerald Isle and minutes away from Swansboro. Amenities: Cayman driving range, PGA professional instruction, rental clubs, golf shop, swimming pool and private airstrip open to the public. Memberships available. *Soft spikes required.

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good buys local books, children’s, cookbooks, crafts, magazines & many more.

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.

Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books 508 Evans St., Morehead City 252-726-3314 (Map #1) Located on the waterfront, store features a fine selection of greeting 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).

Gloria’s Hallmark

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.

Flying Fish Gifts

400 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-7325 (Map #83) Find the perfect gift or treat yourself from the eclectic home décor, jewelry and fragrance offerings. Jewelry by Kabana and Three Sisters Silver. Fragrances by Pacifica, Tokyo Milk and After Sea Aesthetics. Home décor lines include TI Designs, Roost, Creative Co-op, SPI, Foreside Home, Glass Eye and Iron Art Glass.


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.,

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,

Books & Gifts: Beach Book Mart

Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach 252-240-5655 (Map #30) Features the largest selection of books on the beach including bestsellers,

5167 Hwy70, Morehead City 252-726-2888 (Map # 8) Found in Cypress Bay Plaza, store offers gifts for special occasions, holidays and every day. Carries Vera Bradley, Jim Shore, Willow Tree, Yankee Candle and more.

Kites Unlimited & Bird Stuff, Etc. 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.

Rocking Chair Book Store 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.beauforttradingcompany. com.

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, www.

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 & pickup 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, info@

Island Outfitters 431 Front St., Beaufort 252-838-1576 (Map #29) This expansion of Island Traders allows the owners to carry more clothing lines and offer even more of the clothes and shoes you love to wear. Brands include Southern Frock, Dansko, Mountain Khakis, Collard Greens, Kaenon, Chaco, Patagonia and much more.

Island Traders 421 Front St., Beaufort 252-504-3000 Atlantic Station, Atlantic Beach 252-240-2825 (Map #29) Features great names & great prices, come in & browse the bargains. Large selection of Vibram Five Fingers and Merrell Footwear. Find famous brands like Costa Del Mar, Smith Optics, Toms, Reef, Sanuk and more,

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.

shoes, jewelry & handbags. Original artwork, also available. Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm.

Tassels 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 Deck 419 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-6670 (Map #29) Largest mens’ & ladies’ clothing store in Beaufort, brand names such as Fresh Produce, Royal Robbins, Sperry shoes, Rainbow sandals, Crocs, Hook & Tackle, Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Tori Richards and more; fill all your casual clothing needs from head to toe, MC/V.

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.

Gourmet Items & Edibles:

Atlantic Beach Seafood Market 211-A Atlantic Beach Cswy., Atlantic Beach 252-247-2430 (Map #24) The only fresh seafood market (continued on page 52)

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 3x, including maternity. Casual to formal wear, Coaster


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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.

& Slane, Hidalgo and Pandora; custom designs, repairs & appraisals. All work done on premises, Tue.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

J.R. Dunn Fine Jewelers

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.

Emerald Plantation, Emerald Isle 252-354-5074 Cypress Bay Plaza, Morehead City 252-726-8700 (Map #16) Offers unique & fine quality jewelry including unique pieces such as the Emerald Isle Destination Bracelet. Take home this or another memorable piece of paradise or find the perfect gift here.



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 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,

3722 E. Bridges St., Morehead City 252-808-6611 (Map #10) Provides full medical care 7 days a week for minor emergencies, such as sprains, simple cuts and ear infections, filling the gap when your doctor isn’t available. Open from 9am-9pm Mon.-Sat. and noon to 8pm on Sun.

Ginny Gordon’s Gifts & Gadgets

DP Jewelry Designs

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 52

Carteret General Hospital Urgent Care

Crystal Coast Family Practice 505 N. 35th St., Morehead City 252-726-8414 540 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point 252-393-6374 (Map #9) Comprehensive medical care

for all ages: pediatric, adolescent, adult, preventative, acute illnesses and injuries, women’s health, minor surgical procedures, dermatology, physicals, skin cancer screening. Accepting new patients – appointments and walk-ins welcome, www.crystalcoastfp. net.

Outdoors & Specialty EJW Outdoors

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 www.

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Frank & Clara’s 1440 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-2788 Frost Seafood House 1300 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3202

The following restaurants are listed alphabetically. Call to verify hours, especially during off season. Map #’s refer to restaurant locations on our maps, indexed alphabetically by advertiser in each area.

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

fresh seafood, steamed or grilled, & Black 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. China King 1010 W. Fort Macon Road #23, AB 252-808-3383

BT’s Bar & Grill 413 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-4466

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,

Captain AJ’s Seafood Buffet 208 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-3023

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

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,

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

Big Oak Drive-In and Bar-B-Q Hwy 58, SP 252-247-2588


El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 204 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-727-9410

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. 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

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Open at 5pm Closed Sunday & Monday

BISTRO & MARTINI BAR 252.354.6200 8002 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle

Open at 4:30 pm Daily Closed Sunday & Monday

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

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

SubTropics 126 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-0400

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

Surfari 2604 Fort Macon Road, AB 252-622-4854

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

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 entertainment and a warm environment await.

The Watermark 1010 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-2811

Blue Moon Bistro 119 Queen St., BE 252-728-5800

Dock House Restaurant 500 Front St., BE 252-728-4506

White Swan 2500-A W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-9607

Captain’s Choice Restaurant 977 Harkers Island Road, HI 252-728-7122

Domino’s Pizza 98 Crescent Drive, BE 252-728-5002


Cedars Inn Restaurant 305 Front St., BE 252-838-1463

Dragon King 1728 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-2121

Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub 425 Front St., BE 252-728-2133

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

Aqua 114 Middle Lane, BE 252-728-7777

A New Reason to Come to the Beach Voted Best Seafood 2013 r coaawste ard

Open Every day for Lunch at 11:00 Open for Dinner at 2:30 to 9:00 Wed-Sat • 252-247-2344 Banquets & Catering Available


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

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

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

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

Fish Tales 232 W. Beaufort Road, BE 252-504-7263

Woody’s 1507 Live Oak St., BE 252-838-0061

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


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 Plaza Mexico Bar & Grill 521 Front St., BE 252-728-3702 Queen Anne’s Revenge 510 Front St. #1, BE 252-504-7272 Ribeye’s Steakhouse 509 Front St., BE 252-728-6105 Roland’s Barbecue 1507 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-1953 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

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 Church Street Irish Pub & Deli 105 W. Church St., SW 910-326-7572 Circle Pizza 7702 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-8885 El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 8802 Reed Drive, EI 252- 354-1120 The Fairway Restaurant 833 Hwy 58, CC 252-393-6444 Flipperz 311 Mangrove Drive, EI 252-354-7775 Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-7100 Jordan’s House of Seafood 8106 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-5722

Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar 8002 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-6200 (Map #52) Enjoy exceptional American cuisine featuring 12+ wines available by the glass, 24+ martini choices. Come taste the difference, www.kathrynsbistro. com. Michaelangelo’s Pizza & Subs 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-7424 Mike’s Place Family Restaurant 8302 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-5277 Nicky’s of Swansboro 114 E. Corbett Ave., SW 910-325-7460 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. Portofino Ristorante & Wine Bar 9106 Coast Guard Road, EI 252-354-8111 (Map #57) Offering Italian cuisine and a spectacular selection of wine from around the world. Now open for lunch, new lower priced dinner menu. Dinner served 4:30pm-until. Ribeye’s Steakhouse 104 Golfin Dolphin Drive, CC 252-393-2509 Riverside Steak & Seafood 506 W. Corbett Ave., SW 910-326-8847 Rucker Johns 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2413

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(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. Saltwater Grill 99 W. Church St., SW 910-326-7300 T&W Oyster Bar 2383 Hwy 58, SW 252-393-8838 Trattoria 108 W. Corbett Ave., SW 910-326-5001 The Village Market 7802 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-6592 White Oak River Bistro 206 Corbett Ave., SW 910-326-1696 Yanamama’s Restaurant 119 Front St., SW 910-326-5501


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

Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille 133 E. Chatham St., NE 252-223-3299

Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant 701 Evans St., MHC 252-726-2166

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

Captain’s Table 4109 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-0253

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

Chef’s 105 105 S. 7th St., MHC 252-240-1105

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

Chick Fil-A 5156 Hwy 70, MHC 252-247-7281

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

Crispino’s Pizza 2900 Arendell St., MHC 252-727-9000

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

Circa 81 4650 Arendell St., MHC 252-648-8300

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

China Garden & Mongolian Grill 3000 Arendell St., MHC 252-808-3398 City Kitchen 105 S. 11th St., MHC 252-648-8141 Cox Family Restaurant 4109 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-6961 Crispino’s Pizza 2900 Arendell St., MHC 252-727-4992 Domino’s Pizza 4917 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-0300 El’s Drive-In 3706 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-3002 El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 5167 Hwy 70 #60, MHC 252-808-3700

The Infusion Café 1012 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-2800 Ioanni’s Grill 4138 Arendell St., MHC 252-808-0008 Kountry Kitchen 5380 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0046 Little Caesar’s Pizza 5208-E Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0027 Longhorn Steakhouse 5120 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-0396 Luigi’s Pizza 5167 Hwy 70 #120, MHC 252-240-3125 Musashi Japanese Steak & Seafood Restaurant 4330 Arendell St. # B, MHC 252-240-3431

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

In Beaufort on Turner Street A Block from the Waterfront 120 Turner Street 252-728-3066

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

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 5152 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0250 Outback Steakhouse 4937 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-6283 Panera Bread 5176 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-4990 Papa John’s Pizza 5209 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-5656 Pete’s Diner 907-A Arendell St., MHC 252-726-5101 Pita Plate 5167 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-0949 Pizza Hut 3426 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-7117 Pizza Inn 4121 Arendell St., MHC 252-726-0101 Plaza Mexico Bar & Grill 5167 Hwy 70, Ste. 60, MHC 252-808-3700 Rap’s Grill & Bar 909 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-1213 Ruby Tuesday 5227 Highway 70, MHC 252-726-3144

Ruddy Duck Tavern 509 Evans St., MHC 252-726-7500 Sammy’s Seafood House & Oyster Bar 109 S. 6th St., MHC 252-247-0028 Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant 501 Evans St., MHC 252-247-3111 Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q 4114 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-7476

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Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar 3710 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-1313 Soundside Restaurant 5000 Hwy 70, MHC 252-648-8298 Dylan Ray Photo

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

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon 5025 Executive Drive, MHC 252-240-2633 Tsunami Buffet 5167 Hwy 70, MHC 252-222-3202 Twisted Spoon 5000 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-0080 Waffle House 5060 Hwy 70, MHC 252-240-1980 Windansea 708 Evans St., MHC 252-247-3000

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H O L I D AY Happenings DECEMBER

3-5: Photos with Santa. Noon7pm. The public is invited to have their picture taken with Santa at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center. Photographer Jeff Pennell will work with children as well as pets. Advance appointments necessary. The sitting fee is $10, however, people who purchase a photo package will receive a $10 discount. Details: 252-354-6350.

Christmas ArtWalk. 4-7pm. Downtown Morehead City art galleries open their doors for visitors for a night of demonstrations, art and great deals. Non-gallery business will be offering specials from 7-9pm. Stop by any of the participating galleries for a map and a raffle ticket to win a $100 gift certificate to a gallery. Details:

6-8: Cherished Moments Gingerbread House Competition. 9am-5pm. Visit the Crystal Coast Civic Center to vote for your favorite entry in the adult and youth categories of the gingerbread house competition benefitting the Crystal Coast Hospice House. Some entries will be included in a silent auction with proceeds being split between the hospice house and the gingerbread house designer. Details: Kyra Moore, 252241-4613.

Sat. 7: Morehead City/Beaufort Flotilla. 5:30pm. The boat parade begins in Morehead City and arrives in Beaufort about 6:15pm. Awards follow in the NC Maritime Museum’s watercraft center. Details: 252-7287318 or Holiday Craft Fair. 9am4pm. The History Place, Morehead City, hosts this indoor holiday show featuring more than 40 regional artisans. Guests can expect holiday gifts, pottery, jewelry, photography, dolls, wood art, baskets and much more. Details: 252-2477533.

Fri. 6: Morehead City Tree Lighting. 5pm. The Morehead City Christmas tree will be lit at Katherine Davis Park in downtown Morehead City. This year, the event includes a synthetic ice skating rink, bringing a rare opportunity to the beach. Details: 252-8080440 or www.downtownmoreheadcitycom.


Open House with Santa. 11am-3pm. Join Carolina Home & Garden for the fifth annual Holiday Open House with Santa. Details: www. PKS Christmas Parade. 10am. Pine Knoll Shores will hold its annual Christmas Parade, beginning at Magnolia Court and winding down Oakleaf Drive. Santa, of course, will arrive in style. Details: 252-8082998 or jmcdanal@

Len Furtner Memorial Christmas Flotilla. 5pm. Pine Knoll Shores hosts this annual flotilla. All are invited to participate in the parade of boats. Boats will pass McNeill Park and Santa may make an appearance. A party will be held afterwards at McNeill Inlet Park on Oakleaf Drive. Details: 252-240-2395. Chowder & Cheer Crawl. 1-5pm. More than 14 downtown Morehead City businesses open their doors for this special event. In addition to the chowder, guests can expect live demonstrations by artists, musical performances and more. Tickets are $20. Details: 252-808-0440 or Tree Lighting/Carol Sing. 5pm. Morehead City residents and friends come together at Jaycee Park for the lighting of the Hospice Celebration Tree. Christmas by the Sea. 6-9pm. Join the town of Atlantic Beach in Town Park for music, food, activities for the youngsters and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Toy and food drives will be ongoing and guests (continued on page 66)


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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. Fisherman’s Inn 200 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-2273

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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,

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 Hollowell’s Motel 108 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-5227 Inlet Inn 601 Front St., BE 252-728-3600 The Islander Suites 102 Islander Drive, EI 800-367-3381 Island Inn 215 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-3780

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

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

Oceanana Family Resort 700 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-4111 Oceanview Inn 122 Fairview Drive, EI 252-354-2755 Palm Suites 602 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-6400 Parkerton Inn 1184 Hwy. 58, CC 252-393-9000 Quality Inn 3100 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-3434 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 Seahawk Inn & Villas 105 Salter Path Road, AB 252-726-4146 Waterway Inn 160 Cedar Point Blvd., CC 252-393-8027. Whaler Inn Beach Club 3600 Salter Path Road, AB 252-247-4169 William & Garland Motel 1185 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3733. Windjammer Inn 103 Salter Path Road, AB 252-247-7123

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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 800-7867368 for a free brochure or visit Atlantic Sun Properties 205 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-808-2786 At Wave’s Edge Real Estate and Rentals 700 Arendell St., Ste. 2, MHC 252-808-2903 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, 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, Cannon & Gruber Realtors 509 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-6600 (Map #20) Beach vacation sales or rentals, user-friendly online booking at, 800-317-2866. 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, or tollfree 800-822-2121. 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, 800-849-3315, Front Street Village 2400 Lennoxville Road, BE 252-838-1524 (Map #73) Front Street Village is a master planned community of coastal cottages and bungalows with full-service dry boat storage, marina, ship’s store and more on the waterfront of Beaufort. The spectacular venue is perfect for hosting weddings, receptions and your special event. Gull Isle Realty 611 Atlantic Beach Cswy., 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 (continued on page 64)

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

Windward Dunes 801 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-7545

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

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

Watson-Matthews Real Estate 9102 Coast Guard Road, EI 252-354-2872

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

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are invited to bring items to contribute. Details: www. atlantic Holiday Craft Fair. 9am4pm. Swing by The History Place and browse the wares of more than 40 talented crafters. Carteret County Historical Society members will contribute an array of delectable homemade cakes, pies, cookies, scones, breads, Greek pastries and candies to help raise money for the society. Free admission. Details: 252-247-7533. Sun. 8: Newport Christmas Parade. 3pm. Join the Town with Old Fashioned Courtesy for a holiday celebration. Tue. 10: NC Symphony – Holiday Pops. 7pm. A North Carolina tradition, the symphony’s holiday show brings all the joy and excitement of the season straight to the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern. Enjoy yuletide favorites, orchestral masterworks, the ever-popular Christmas carol singalong and more. Cost is $36 for adults and $10 for students. Details: 877-627-6724 or 13-15: A Christmas Carol. Ratio Theatre Company in New Bern is presenting “A Christmas Carol,” adapted from the book by Charles Dickens at the Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. The show starts at 8pm 66

on Dec. 13-14 and at 2pm on Dec. 15. Cost is $15 for adult, $8 for students with ID and $5 for children under 12. Details: www.ratiotheatre. org. Fri. 13: Santa by the Sea. 5:30-8:30pm. Children tell Santa their wishes among the fishes, make a snack for Rudolph, hear favorite stories of the season and enjoy a number of other holiday activities and crafts at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The evening includes a take home photo of each child (age 12 and under) during that special moment with Santa. Admission is $9. Details: Live Nativity in Bethlehem. 7pm. Walk the path of Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem in an indoor reenactment at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Morehead City. Light refreshments served and admission is free. Christmas with Rodney. 11:30am. Spend a little time with popular storyteller Rodney Kemp this holiday season as he hosts his annual Christmas program at The History Place, Morehead City. Kemp intertwines remembrances of Christmas past with sing-a-longs and prose. His granddaughter, Emma Kemp, will once again read the original “Night Before Christmas” while Kemp offers the popular Down East version to the mix. Cost is $15,

Absolutely... Positively... The Best Spatula You’ll Ever Use! with lunch, $8, without. Reservations required by calling 252-247-7533. 14 & 21: Seasons of Delight – A Candlelight Masquerade. 5-9pm. This 18th century candlelit celebration will surprise Tryon Palace visitors with a new perspective on holidays past and present. Cost is $20 per adult; $15 for foundation members and advance tickets purchased before Dec. 1; $10 for students. Details: Sat. 14: Breakfast with Santa. 10am. The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department invite children of all ages to join Santa for a Christmas story and breakfast. Admission is one unwrapped gift per child or five cans of food. Advance registration is required. Details: 252-354-6350. Beaufort Holiday ArtWalk. 1-5pm. Enjoy a festive day in historic Beaufort, celebrating the season with a variety of receptions and open houses at a variety of downtown locations. Regional artists will be showcased. Maps are available at participating locations and the Beaufort Historic Site. Details: 252-728-5225 or Carolina Brass Performs. 8pm. The band performs by candlelight at the Carteret County Public Library, Beaufort. Details: www. Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour. 5-8pm. Tour private homes in Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners open their doors so the public can delight in their festive décor. Details: 252-728-5225. Morehead City Christmas Parade. 11am. The sights and sounds of the holidays parade down Arendell Street in downtown Morehead.

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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.

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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 newly-lengthened 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. 68

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calendar A special discount federation membership will be offered. At 8am on Saturday, Dec. 7, start your morning off right with a run. The Pelican Run offers a 1 mile or 5K run. Details: 252-393-8185 or

3 & 10: Zumba. 5:30pm. Swansboro Recreation Center. Drop in fee is $7. Details: 910-326-2600. Tues. 3: 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 612, free class. The class will be held at the Swansboro Parks and Recreation Center. Details: 910-326-2600. 4, 11, 18: Brown Bag Gam. Noon. Pack a lunch and join


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the NC Maritime Museum for an educational lunch program. Topics this month include Duck Hunting and Decoy Carving of Down East (4th), Sharpies and Spritsails of Carteret County (11th) and Ship Life and Wildlife (18th). Free. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. 4 & 11: Circuit Training. 5:30pm. Circuit training is a workout that combines cardiovascular fitness and resistance training. Classes are $10 for walk-ins at the Swansboro Recreation Center. Details: 910-3262600. 6-7: Pelican Run and Local Fest. Calling all lovers of the coast! Join the NC Coastal Federation for a weekend full of local fun in Beaufort. At 5pm on Friday, Dec. 6, head over to Backstreet Pub on Middle Lane for local oysters, local music and local craft beer. All proceeds go to the federation’s restoration and education programs.

Fri. 6: Classic Movie Night. 6pm. Classic movies are featured at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. Bring chairs or blankets. No outside beverages or snacks are allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. Kids Night In, Parents Night Out. 6-8pm. Calling all K-6th graders – Get into the holiday spirit with Swansboro Parks and Recreation. Join us for an evening of fun and creative Christmas crafts, games and activities. Dinner and refreshments will be served. Drop the kids off for a safe and fun time while you head out for a fun evening of your own. Space is limited to 12 participants. Cost is $8 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Details: 910-326-2600. 7, 14, 21, 28: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. 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 7-8: Decoy Festival. The 26th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival, held at Harkers Island Elementary School, will feature silent

and live auctions, approximately 100 vendors and exhibitors, raffle tickets to win prizes and several competitions for adults and youth. Youth Day will be held on Sunday and all youth will receive free entry and can enjoy door prizes, kids decoy painting and competitions, archery and youth loon calling contests. Details: 252-838-8818. Waterfowl Weekend. 9am-5pm. The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center opens its doors for two days of demonstrations, local music, decoy carvers and exhibitors, educational exhibits, competitions, arts and crafts and plenty of food. Associated special events include a live auction full of hunting collectibles at 5pm, Saturday and at 8am on Sunday the Core Sound Community Church will provide a service led by Rev. Kerry Willis followed by a Core Sound breakfast. Details: 252-7281500. Sun. 8: Birding at North River. 8-11am. Join local birding expert Joanne Powell for a birding adventure to North River Farms in Smyrna. The group will look for resident birds as well as fall migrants that might include warblers, raptors and waterfowl in farm fields, along roadside shrubs and in restored marsh habitat. Free for NC Coastal Federation members, $15 for nonmembers. Details: 252393-8185. 9, 16, 23, 30: Succulent Seafood. 2-4pm on select Mondays. Visit the area’s top eateries to find out how expert chefs choose, prepare and serve fresh local seafood with a flourish. Sessions of this NC Aquarium program include a test taste. Age 12 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. (continued on page 72)

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10 & 12: Paper Crafting Workshop. Join Linda Phelps at the Swansboro Recreation Center regardless of your experience level. Find plenty of space, time and help to work on all paper crafting projects. Cost is $5, payable at the workshop. Classes are held at 6:30pm on Tuesday and 9am on Thursday. Preregistration is required. Details: 910-326-6164 or Thur. 12: Ports & Pilots. 911:30am. See the big ships up close and get a look at some of the imports and exports moving through the NC State Port at Morehead City with the NC Maritime Museum. Transportation provided. Cost is $10, age 12 and up. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. Fri. 13: 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 is $15 with lunch, $8 without. This month’s features Kemp’s

annual Christmas show. Details: 252-247-7533. 14-15: Contemporary Boatbuilding Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn skills essential for building roundbottomed boats through this NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $135. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or

Tues. 17: Oysters: Food, Filter, Fun. 5:30pm. NC Coastal Federation’s Sarah Phillips will give a presentation about the federation’s work restoring and protecting oysters along the coast and why oysters are so important. She plans to bring some oysters to open, dissect and eat. Held at the Swansboro Recreation Center. Details: 910-326-2600.

Fri. 20: 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. Bring chairs or blankets. No outside beverages or snacks are allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title. Sat. 21: Scrapbook Workshop. 10am-1pm. A Creative Memories Scrapbooking Workshop will be held at Emerald Isle Parks Recreation. For ages 12 and up, pre-registration is required. Use of tools and snack provided with $5 fee. Additional packages available. Details: 910-3266164 or 26-27: Holiday Camp. The NC Aquarium is offering a holiday camp program for grades 2-5. Aquatic Adventurers, grades 2-3, will have camp from 8am-12:30pm and Coastal Explorers, grades 45, will have camp from 1:305:30pm. Participants enjoy crafts, behind-the-scene action, discovery labs and more. The cost is $35 per day, per camper. Advance registration and deposit are required. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums. com.


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for the annual Carolina Kite Festival by joining local enthusiasts at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Free. Details: 252-247-7011. 4, 11, 18, 25: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. 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,

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or www.downeastfolkarts. org. Carolina Bridal Fair. 10am4pm. Brides and grooms to be, along with family and friends are invited to the largest bridal event on the North Carolina coast. Meet more than 50 of the area’s top wedding professionals, speak with vendors intimately about services and products offered without the pressure of purchasing, sample (continued on page 74)

Sat. 11: Dana and Susan Robinson in Concert. 8pm. The duo 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

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caterer’s fare, see fashion shows featuring the latest in styles and trends, see the work of top wedding photographers and florists and enjoy live music, prizes, samples and discounts. The bridal fair is held annually at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are $7 and available at the door or in advance. Contact: Pam Kaiser 252240-3256. 17-18: Crystal Coast Wedding Salon. This weekend of wedding planning events centers on the NC Aquarium and the Coral Bay Club includes limousine tours of the Crystal Coast’s wedding venues and an After Party at the aquarium featuring cakes and cuisine from area caterers. Details: www. crystalcoastweddingsalon. com. Fri. 17: Clam Chowder Cook-Off. 6-8pm. This


annual event is held at the watercraft center at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Details: 252-728-7317 or Mon. 20: Free Aquarium Admission & Food Drive. Visitors to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores enjoy free admission all day in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. A food drive will be held for Martha’s Mission, a Carteret Countybased food bank. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to help restock the charitable food pantry. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums. com. Animal Enrichment Camp. 8:30am-12:30pm. Participants in this aquarium camp explore the science of enrichment activities and they help aquarists prepare enrichment items. Other

behind-the-scenes action, crafts and animal encounters add to the excitement of this school holiday for 3rd through 6th graders. Space is limited. Cost is $35. Advance registration is required. Details: 252-247-4003 or Sat. 25: Collage: Music & Poetry. 8-10pm. Presented by The American Music Festival, this program is in partnership with the Carteret Arts Forum and features the Cavani String Quartet in a multi-discipline performance piece created by poet Mwatabu Okantah at The History Place, Morehead City. Tickets for non-subscribers are $25 at the door. Details: 252-728-6152. Traditional Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn traditional boat building techniques in this handson 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: 252-728-7317 or Maritime Model Society. 2-4pm. The Carolina branch of this national society meets at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-728-7317 or

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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 Ta Ou ckle tle t


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Food & Drink

Atlantic Beach Seafood Market.............. 80 Channel Marker...................................... 56 Cru Wine Bar.......................................... 59 Island Grille............................................. 34 Kathryn’s................................................ 55 Pizza Inn – Emerald Isle.......................... 33 Portofino................................................. 55 RuckerJohns ......................................... 17

Lodging & Real Estate

Atlantic Beach Realty, Inc. ....................... 5 Bluewater Rentals & Real Estate.............. 7 Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS.................. 6 CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty.............. 71 Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant.................. 64 Econo Lodge.......................................... 63 Emerald Isle Realty................................. 65 Sun-Surf Realty...................................... 35

Outdoor Fun

Bear Trail Golf......................................... 48 The Boathouse at Front Street Village..... 16 Brandywine Bay Golf Club...................... 48 Calico Jack’s ......................................... 31 Cape Pointe Marina & Tours................... 29 Capt. Stacy Fishing Center..................... 69 Emerald Isle Beach Club......................... 15 Golfin’ Dolphin........................................ 46 Island Ferry Adventures.......................... 71 NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores......... 13 Outer Banks Ferry Service ..................... 82 Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf.... 49 Star Hill Golf Club................................... 47 Tryon Palace............................................. 3

Shopping & Services

Ashley Walton Photography.................... 61 Beach Book Mart................................... 53 Beaufort Trading Co............................... 25 Belk........................................................ 41 The Book Shop...................................... 63 Carteret General Hospital.........Back Cover Chadwick Tire........................................ 31 Crystal Coast Family Practice................. 69 Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books........................ 53 Diamond Shoal Jewelers........................ 73 DP Jewelry Designs.................................. 7 EJW Outdoors........................................ 83 Flying Fish Gifts...................................... 53 Fran’s Beachwear..............................10-11 Ginny Gordon’s....................................... 67 Gloria’s Hallmark....................................... 3 Handscapes Gallery............................... 61 Harbor Specialties.................................. 75 Island Essentials..................................... 83 Island Outfitters...................................... 43 Island Traders..................................... 9, 42 JR Dunn Jewelers ................................ 14 Kites Unlimited....................................... 33 Lynette’s Two.......................................... 53 The OC Spa............................................. 6 Rocking Chair Bookstore........................ 61 Sandi’s Beachwear................................. 19 Second to None..................................... 61 Tassels..................................................... 9 Tierra Fina.............................................. 63 Top Deck Clothing.................................... 2 Top it Off Boutique.................................. 39





Take a trip to visit the historic lighthouse at the Cape Lookout National Seashore - Reservations Required

A 3-hour tour departing from the Beaufort Waterfront and docking at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Enjoy views of wild mustangs, dolphins and other local wildlife, while you learn history of the area from our knowledgeable USCG licensed captain. Departing daily by reservation. While at Cape Lookout you have approximately one hour to explore and fall in love with the unspoiled beauty of the southern Outer Banks. Make sure to tour the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and learn about the men and women who kept the light burning as a guide to mariners. Climb the lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the Cape Lookout National Seashore as well as the unique topography of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks. Separate reservations with the park service are required in order to climb the lighthouse.

& MORE TO COME IN(152014 minute ride)

Visit the Cape Lookout National Seashore, where the locals go to the beach. This nine-mile long barrier island offers many natural and historical features that will make it the most memorable part of your vacation. Our experienced and knowledgeable captain/guides will show you the Best of Shackleford Banks! We will tell you the unique history of the Island along with the best places for shelling, horse watching and the historical sites on the Island. The tour will start with a boat ride thru the local Islands and cruise down Shackleford Banks with a geographic and historical adventure back in time. The captain/guide will take you to the hidden treasures of Shackleford Banks that only the Locals will know. Tours are by reservation, please call. Outer Banks Ferry Service will continue to operate the Ferry service daily until we will not be allowed to carry passengers as a Ferry to Shackleford Banks. We will continue to operate our Ferry Service to Carrot Island, Bird Shoal and other great Beaches. We would like to thank all of our customers who have enjoyed the Shackleford Banks experience thru Outer Banks Ferry Service over the past 25 years and we will still be here to show you the Best of the Crystal Coast!

Carrot Island Ferry Service

(Rachel Carson Reserve)(5 minute ride) For the nature lover! 1/2 mile self-guided nature trail with abundant wildlife and over 40 horses


Narrated History and Nature Cruise. See Historic Beaufort and Rachel Carson Reserve from our 16-passenger shaded captain’s launch while looking for wild ponies and dolphins. A little history, a little nature and a lot of fun! Harbor Tours - Departs Hourly 252-342-3577

• Bird Shoal Ferry Service • Sand Dollar Island • Captain Manly’s Treasure Hunt


Fully Furnished, with skiff Reservations Required 252-728-4129

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