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

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Homes on Parade – Beaufort Old Homes Tour While You’re Here: Biggest Events Catching the Blues – Big Rock Tournament Coaster Readers’ Awards Ballot The Buddy Returns to Atlantic Beach

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

Maps Ferry Schedule Tide Tables Beach Access Coastal Angling Carteret County Live Coastal Events Calendar Numbers to Know Advertiser Index

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On the Cover David Taylor of Morehead City catches a wave in Atlantic Beach. Jaredd Bell photo


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welcome... …to the beautiful Crystal Coast and thank you for picking up our latest edition of Coaster Magazine. The warm weather is upon us, school has been released for summer vacation and the region’s summer programs are up and running. You couldn’t have picked a better time for a visit! Our 65-mile stretch of natural beaches and dunes, sounds and maritime forests, rivers and communities has something to offer everyone. With an abundance of historic sites and museums, we know how to keep visitors entertained when they decide to wander away from the sandy shores. For more than 30 years, Coaster Magazine has focused on spreading the word about all the region’s upcoming events. Readers will find details on the area’s attractions as well as its real estate options, shops and restaurants. Our mission is to provide the vacationer with all of the information they need to make the most of their visit to the Crystal Coast. Anglers return to Morehead City this June for the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. With a purse that reaches well over $1 million, the tournament, now 56 years young, draws anglers from around the globe for a chance to reel in the big one. Watch daily weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront, or take in the action live at thebigrock.com. June also brings one of the region’s oldest and best attended events in Beaufort – the Old Homes & Gardens Tour, a fundraiser for the Beaufort Historical Association. Guests are welcomed into a variety of historic and newly-constructed homes to take in the wide variety of architecture and décor found in this lovely fishing hamlet. The Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic brings a whole different visitor to the Crystal Coast’s shores July 26-27. It’s the waves they’re after – and we feel sure they will find some during this popular surfing tournament. Whether you take in our big events or simply find a quiet spot in the sun to enjoy your free days, we’re so glad you chose the Crystal Coast. Enjoy your stay!

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

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

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



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

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

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Travel back to the days of dinosaurs and hear them roar – the aquarium provides the time machine. Step out to the Marsh Boardwalk and let your imagination and Dinosaur Adventure take you back millions of years. The fierce allosaurus, the long-necked apatosaurus and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life as you approach. You might want to duck when you pass the dilophosaurus – it spits. Dinosaur Adventure features seven species of realistic, life-sized, animatronic creatures that move and call. Enjoy this experience free with admission or membership. But don’t wait too long – extinction resumes Labor Day weekend. Way-back Wednesdays also take a look into the prehistoric past. Programs, activities and displays weekly spotlight creatures that have changed little over the ages. Wayback Wednesdays, free with admission, run June 11-Aug. 6. Also stop by the new Ancient Seas exhibit near the gift shop for more on living links to long-ago animals. Every day at the aquarium, enjoy gallons of family fun and a variety of other programs free with admission such as 12

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dive shows, animal feedings, animal encounters – even an environmental quiz game with cool prizes. Watch river otters frolic during otter programs four days a week. Shark Week July 27-Aug. 2 brings programs and activities to spotlight the top predators of the seas. Check the Aquarium website for information on the daily Winging It: Birds in Flight show, plus stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, marsh treks, behind-the-scenes tours and other adventures available for additional fees. The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily, including Independence Day and all other holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas days. The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13-61; $9.95 for age 62 and up and military; $8.95 for ages 3-12; no charge for age 2 and under and NC Aquarium Society members. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.


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emerald isle

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

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The 54th annual Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 27-28. For the eleventh time, the Old Homes and Gardens Tour has been named a recipient of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for June 2014. This prestigious award includes events like the Kentucky Derby, the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia and Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. From small cottages to double-porched homes, this year’s tour features 11 private homes, 10 gardens and artist studios, as well as plein-aire artists around town. New this year is a vintage Airstream trailer completely decorated. The restored buildings on the Beaufort Historic Site will be open both days with docents in period dress. Other popular events include an antique car show, an opening concert by the Carteret Chorale and narrated tours of the Beaufort Historic District aboard the association’s vintage English double-decker bus. Kicking off this year’s tour is the art opening for featured artist Larry Dean from 4:30-6:30pm on Thursday, June 5 at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, and a new event, the “Men Who Cook” Party from 4:30-6:30pm on Saturday, June 7 at the Beaufort Historic Site. The “Men Who Cook” party coincides with the release of the second volume of the “Beaufort Cooks” cookbook, a compilation of dishes from the local men of Beaufort. During this special event, several of these men will be on hand as guest chefs to prepare delicious tastings of the recipes included in the cookbook. Tickets for the party are $30 and can be purchased by calling 252-728-5225 or online at www.beauforthistoricsite.org. Held in conjunction with the homes tour, the Antiques Show and Sale is scheduled for June 27-29 with more than 40 dealers from throughout the Southeast, displaying furniture, silver, crystal, jewelry, linens, dolls and much more. The show is held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and offers three days of great antiquing to fit any budget. A Gourmet Tea Room will be open during the show offering specialty sandwiches provided by Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant, Beaufort Grocery Co. and the Spouter Inn, beverages and a variety of homemade desserts. This annual event gives visitors the chance to learn more about the wonderful history of Beaufort. Tickets for the Old Homes & Gardens Tour are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and the Antiques Show and Sale tickets are $7 and good for all three days. Combination tickets for both the tour and the antique show are available for $21 in advance and $24 the days of the events. For more information on any of these events, contact the Beaufort Historical Association at 252-728-5225 or visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.

From small cottages to double-porched homes, this year’s tour features 11 private homes, 10 gardens and artist studios, as well as plein-aire artists around town.

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

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

cape carteret & swansboro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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; 10am5pm on Saturday; and 1-5pm on Sunday. For more information, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

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

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Best known for its towering lighthouse covered in black and white diamonds, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a 56-mile stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, spanning from Ocracoke Inlet to Beaufort Inlet. Three pristine barrier islands make up the national seashore – North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. Accessible only by private boat or ferry, this incredible ribbon of sand hosts unparalleled fishing, shelling and a working lighthouse. The undeveloped seashore allows for true-to-nature camping, features a restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters, a boardwalk to the beach, daily ranger programs and facilities in summer. There are no lifeguards on the beaches or maintained roads. North and South Core Banks, both noted for wonderful shelling, clamming and surf fishing, also offer rustic cabins as an alternative to camping from April through November. For those seeking to discover the seashore’s history, picturesque Portsmouth village, found at the northeastern tip of Core Banks, is a 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 28

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

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

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Kayak for the Warriors returns to Pine Knoll Shores this June. The annual event raises money for Hope for the Warriors, a program dedicated to providing a variety of services to military and their families. This year the event includes the brand new Pine Knoll Shores Homes Tour and the Warrior Reception at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The Homes Tour is scheduled for 3-7pm on Thursday, June 5. Twelve homes are included on the tour in Pine Knoll Shores. Tickets are $30 and include admission to the Warrior Reception that begins immediately after the tour. The reception features silent and live auctions. Stroll through the aquarium to view the exhibits while sampling a variety of wines, beer and heavy hors d’oeuvres and bidding on silent auction items. The live auction begins at 7:30pm and additional beverage tickets can be purchased at the event. On Saturday, June 7, the fun continues with onshore and water activities at McNeill and Garner parks. First up is the Fun 5K and 10K bike rides at 8:30am. Racers should arrive at 8am to register, and the both rides begin and end at McNeill Park. Next is Kayak for the Warriors, a 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race through the Pine Knoll Shores canals, which begins at 10am. Each participant is asked to create their own team of sponsors to help raise at least $100 in additional donations. 32

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For the eleventh year, the Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament returns to downtown Beaufort July 17-19. The brainchild of outdoorsman Tred Barta and his wife Anni, the tournament puts kids on the water and a rod in their hands with the goal of releasing the most billfish in the two-day tournament. The tournament is part of the NC Governors Cup Billfish Series and is the only 100 percent release billfish tournament in the state. All of the proceeds from the tournament benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. The event perfectly harmonizes with the club’s mission to offer encouragement to all children by allowing them to realize their full potential. Awards are given in a variety of categories. Fishing runs from 8am-2pm on Friday and Saturday. Registration is $800 for inshore and offshore, and $350 for inshore only. For all registration documents and rules, visit www. bartabillfish.com.

Art in Downtown Swansboro

The picturesque downtown waterfront in Swansboro is the perfect setting for a day of art, storytelling, sand sculptures and wine. Swansboro Arts by the Sea is scheduled for 9am on Saturday, June 14. Artisans will line the streets with pottery, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, fiber, carvings, photography, sculpture, metal work and more. The juried show represents some of the finest crafters from North and South Carolina, Virginia and more. Art is also showcased through live performances, so expect belly dancing, martial arts and choral groups performing from 10am-3pm. Big Frank, storyteller, singer and songwriter, is on hand for stories and songs about his travels and life experiences. Sandy Feat art sculptor Ed Moore and his team will sculpt an exclusive creation designed for this festival. The team will transform eight tons of sand donated by Morton Trucking of Jacksonville from the ground up beginning at 9am. As the afternoon comes to a close and the shopping is complete, the festival continues into the evening (Continued on page 34)


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with the Wine Tasting Gallery from 5-8pm, sponsored by the Emerald Isle Wine Market. The wine tasting tent will be located on Front Street overlooking the waterway. A number of well-known wine distributors will provide samples and local restaurants will provide food. Tickets for the tasting can be purchased at the Emerald Isle Wine Market, Through the Looking Glass, Glory Bee and Christina’s Collectibles. Tickets for this separate event are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Due to the large volume of pedestrian traffic, guests are asked to leave their pets, bicycles and skateboards at home. For more information, visit www.swansborofestivals.com or call 910-326-7370.

Brews Come to New Bern

The Brew Bern Beer Fest makes its way to the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern from 1-6pm on Saturday, June 28. The festival is organized by the Beer Army Combat Brewery and the Vigilant Guardian Foundation. This year’s festival boasts 180 different beers to taste from more than 60 breweries. Some of the breweries in attendance this year include Ballast Point, Mother Earth, Red Oak, Lagunitas and, of course, Beer Army Combat Brewery. The festival includes food by Moore’s BBQ and live music by Nashville recording artist Bryan Mayer. There is one tasting session with three different ticket options this year. VIP tickets grant admission from 16pm and cost $50. General admission tickets give you access from 2:30-6pm and cost $35. The Designated Driver ticket is $10 and allows admission from 1-6pm. Both tasting tickets include unlimited sampling of all beers. All proceeds from the festival go to support the Vigilant Guardian Foundation and the Museum of the Marine. Tickets can be purchased online at beerarmy. com or at the Beer Army Outpost.

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This year marks the 35th Historic Beaufort Road Race, sponsored annually by the Beaufort Old Towne Rotary. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, July 19 on Front Street. The race includes 5K, 10K and 1-mile runs, 10K and 5K wheelchair, 5K baby jogger, 5K & 1-mile timed walks and the Sea Dog walk. The 10K and 5K courses are certified, with timing and results by East Carolina Road Racing. The start times are staggered, with the 1-mile run and walk departing at 7:30am and other races following. Registration before July 16 is $25 for an individual, $56 for a family, and registration beginning on July 17 costs $31 for an individual, $71 for a family. Registration for the Sea Dog Walk is only open on race day and costs $16. Individual registration fees include entry into one event and one T-shirt. Family registration covers event entry for two adults and all children under the age of 18 living in the same household. For more information, visit beaufortroadrace.com.

Kayaking and Yoga on Jones Island

Enjoy a day getting more in tune with nature with the NC Coastal Federation during the Jones Island Kayak and Yoga Trips, occurring on Saturday, June 28 and Saturday, July 26. These trips last from 1-4:30pm and depart from the Cedar Point Wildlife Landing in the Croatan National Forest off Hwy 58. The trip features April Clark, owner of Second Wind Eco Tours, yoga instructor Cheryl LeClair and Rachel Bisesi, federation coastal education coordinator as you paddle from the wildlife landing to Jones Island. Depending on wind and tide, it’s usually an easy 20-30 minute paddle, suitable for beginning adult paddlers. Learn about the island’s conservation and restoration projects, then relax under the shade of giant water oaks during a gentle yoga session and enjoy a swim from the beach. Bring your own kayak, or rent one for the trip. With a kayak rental, the cost is $35 for federation members, $45 for nonmembers. If you bring your own vessel, the cost is $20 for federation members, $30 for nonmembers. Be sure to bring bottled water, towel, hat or visor, sun block, water shoes and sunglasses. To register, email info@secondwindecotours.com or call 910-3253600.

Celebrate the Fourth

From Beaufort to Emerald Isle, the Crystal Coast towns all celebrate Independence Day in their own way. From parades to concerts, and festivals to fireworks,


plan ahead to catch as much of the fun as possible. Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. presents The Main Event Band on the Morehead City waterfront on July 4. From 7-9pm, the tunes will flow well ahead of the fireworks, giving visitors the chance to be entertained while grabbing a great seat at Jaycee Park for the nighttime event. The Morehead City fireworks are set to go off at 9pm and can be enjoyed from any vantage point on the waterfront. It’s best to arrive early to get a good spot. Beaufort takes an old-fashioned approach to the holidays with families, businesses and clubs taking to the street for the annual Fourth of July parade. Line the streets and watch the patriotic floats at 11am then head to the Carteret County Courthouse for free ice cream and

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music. The fireworks begin at 9pm and are sponsored by Front Street Village. The family affair is held at the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex off West Beaufort Road. This event includes food and beverage vendors, with all proceeds benefitting the Beaufort Fireman’s Association. Along Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle host fireworks displays. Atlantic Beach holds its event at the Circle, with parking around the circle. The town recommends carpooling, walking or biking to help with traffic congestion. The Emerald Isle Fireworks are launched off the Bogue Inlet Pier. Parking is available at the pier and along Hwy 58. The display begins at 9pm and should be visible from Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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ournament season is in full swing when the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament rolls through town. The tournament brings droves of visitors and residents to the Morehead City waterfront to line the streets and bleachers, waiting for the day’s catch to be weighed at Big Rock Landing. This is the 56th year of the tournament that started from humble beginnings, but has handed out prizes topping $1 million for the past 15 years. Prior to 1957, the blue marlin was an elusive catch and most believed could only be caught in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A blue marlin had never been caught in the waters off Morehead City, though sailors that came in on cargo ships always told stories

of the blue marlin seen not too far offshore. Most were convinced these stories were just tall tales, but Morehead City’s Fabulous Fishermen Club decided to see if the stories were true. The original members of the club, Bob and Mary Simpson, Bill Strickland, Tom Potter and Dick Parker, were able to convince local business leaders to put a small cash prize for the person to catch the first blue marlin, as an incentive for charter boat captains to venture further offshore. While boats began to venture further out, the first blue marlin wasn’t caught until Sept. 14, 1957. The angler was welcomed at the dock by an impromptu parade and a children’s red wagon full of the prize money. While the fanfare around this tournament has grown, bringing fishermen from up and down the coast, the goal is still the same – catch the largest blue marlin and win the prize. That makes it anybody’s game to win.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 6-14. Blue marlin are brought to the scales as soon as they are caught, while gamefish weigh-ins occur Monday through Friday from 4-7pm and on Saturday from 3-6pm. The tournament kicks off with the Lady Angler Event from 6-8pm on Friday, June 6 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. The 17th annual Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament runs from 8am-1pm on Saturday, June 7. The tournament gets in full swing with the Captain’s Party at the Crystal Coast Civic Center from 7-11pm on Saturday, June 7. Tickets for this event are $60 and can be purchased at tournament headquarters or at the door. Keep tabs on the action with the tournament’s live feed at thebigrock.com.

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A W AR D As a favorite spot for vacationers and a popular place for families to settle down, the Crystal Coast is a lively hub of new and established businesses – from small intimate boutiques and restaurants to kayak rentals and inland cruises. New businesses form quickly in these parts, making it a challenge for even the locals to keep up and near impossible for those who are here visiting for a few days or a week at a time. But, each year around this time, Coaster Magazine tries to shed a little light on the subject – with a little help from our friends, of course.


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Palate Pleasers: Restaurants & Markets Buying Time: Shopping Spots Women’s Wear: ___________________ Men’s Wear: _____________________ Kids’ Clothing: _ __________________ Swimwear: ______________________ Jewelry/Accessories: ______________ Shoes: _________________________ Professional Photographer: _ _________ Beach Gear/Souvenirs: _ ____________ Bookstore: _ _____________________ Coastal Home Furnishings: _ _________ Art Gallery: ______________________ Antique Shop: ____________________

Seafood: ______________________________ Original Appetizer: _______________________ Original Entrée: _________________________ Original Dessert: ________________________ Pizza: ________________________________ Deli Sandwiches: _ ______________________ Chef: _ _______________________________ Fine Dining: _ __________________________ Casual Dining: _ ________________________ Water Views: ___________________________ Fresh Seafood Market: _ __________________ Coffee Shop: ___________________________ Breakfast/Brunch: _______________________ Wine Shop: ____________________________ Catering: _ ____________________________

Out for a Good Time: Recreation Spots Dive Shop: __________________________ Golf Course: _________________________ Kite Shop: ___________________________ Marina/Fuel Dock: _____________________ Nightlife/Music Venue: __________________ Fishing Charter:_______________________ Local Cruise Service: ___________________

Staying Power Hotel/Motel: _______________________ Resort: ___________________________ Bed & Breakfast Inn: _________________ Vacation Rental Agency: _ _____________ Real Estate Sales: ___________________

Watersport Rentals: ____________________ Beach Access: _ ______________________ Historic Site/Museum: __________________

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

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

Bear Trail Golf Club

444 Harris Creek Road, Jacksonville 910-346-8160

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

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

North River Club

300 Links Drive, Beaufort 252-728-5525

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

Star Hill Golf Club

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


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Charters, Cruises, Marinas & Tours Capt. Stacy IV

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

Island Ferry Adventures

610 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-7555, 252-728-4129 (Map #71) Outer Banks Ferry and Island Ferry Adventures have merged this year, bringing more than 25 years of experience to visitors to the Crystal Coast. Fun, safe and reliable service to view the Lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore, Shackleford Banks, Bird Shoal and Carrot Island. Water Taxi Service to Shackleford Banks, Bird Shoal & Carrot Island does not require reservations and runs hourly as well as the Water Bug Harbor Tour – narrated history & wildlife cruise along the Rachel Carson Reserve. The Snack Shack features cold drinks, hot dogs, ice cream & more. Reservations required for the 3-hour tour to the lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore, Pirate Treasure 48

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Hunt – which will ‘shiver your timbers’ and houseboat rentals, fully furnished, with skiff. Island Ferry Adventures is the One Stop Shop for Fun Things to Do! Great shelling, wild mustangs, swimming, surfing, fishing, camping, hiking and just good old fashioned relaxation await. Visit www.outerbanksferry.com or islandferryadventures.com.

Family Fun

Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club

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

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.


NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-4003 (Map #32) At Mile Marker 7, dive into adventure at the new NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Explore shipwrecks without getting wet. Look a 350-pound shark in the eye. Touch a stingray. Watch river otters play; 38 exhibits depicting NC’s aquatic environments “from the mountains to the sea.” In the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck exhibit, fierce-looking sand tiger sharks up to 8 feet in length, schools of fishes & many other creatures glide around a three-quarter scale replica of a sunken submarine. Other highlights include a 32-foot waterfall, cypress swamp, lionfish, jellyfish, octopus & two touch tanks. Fishing lessons, boat trips & other adventures are now available – check the website for the full schedule or see Coaster’s calendar of events for programs & dates. Regular hours, 9am-5pm daily. Admission, $10.95 (ages 13-61); $9.95 age 62 & over; $8.95 ages 3-12. Children age 2 & under and members of the NC Aquariums admitted free. Annual memberships available, ncaquariums.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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good buys Art, Crafts & Home: Beaufort Furniture

520 Hedrick St., Beaufort 252-725-3201 (Map #72) Clean, honest and timeless, Beaufort Furniture brings the artistry back to furniture design with a focus on carefully harvested woods. All products constructed in the United States. Visit www. beaufortfurniture.com to learn more.

Handscapes Gallery

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

Tierra Fina

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

Books & Gifts: 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.

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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).

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: 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.harborspecialties.com.

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 deliv-

ery & pick-up to your vacation home. Also bed & bath linen service. Visit the new showroom, 8002 Emerald Drive, by appointment only. Services available year-round, reserve ahead to ensure availability, 888-398-8887, info@island-essentials.com.

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

Island Outfitters

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

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

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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, (Continued on page 52)

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the right suit for every size & taste; maternity, mastectomy, casual & cruise wear by Ann Trinity, Jams World, Foxcroft, PB&J, Wild Palms, French Dressing, Tracy Negoshian, Peppermint Bay, Tommy Bahama and more. Great selection of beach bags, sandals, hats, sunscreen (SPF 50), shoes and accessories.

Second to None

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

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 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 in Atlantic Beach; fresh daily, shrimp, crabmeat, scallops, lobster tails, crab legs, tuna, grouper, mahi, trigger, flounder, salmon, special orders & more; 52

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Ginny Gordon’s Gifts & Gadgets

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

Jewelry:

Diamond Shoal Jewelers

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

Outdoors & Specialty

Beaufort Pet Provisions 129 Turner St., Beaufort 252-732-4938

(Map #67) Promoting active lifestyles for pets and their owners through quality pet food, snacks, supplements, toys and much more for man’s best friend and beyond. Find them on Facebook!

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.chadwicktire.com.


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local flavor 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 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, clamdiggerinn.com.

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

Amos Mosquito’s 703 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-6222 Bella Pizza & Subs 311 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-247-4702 Big Oak Drive-In and Bar-B-Q Hwy 58, SP 252-247-2588 BT’s Bar & Grill 413 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-247-4466 54

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California Roll 1010 W. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-1364 Captain AJ’s Seafood Buffet 208 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-726-3023 Channel Marker 718 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-247-2344 (Map #18) The only restaurant overlooking Bogue Sound at the foot of the bridge, offers fine hospitality in its waterfront atrium lounge & adjacent dining room, largest outside dining area on the beach, fresh seafood, steamed or grilled, & Black Angus beef, open 7 days a week for dinner at 5pm, lounge opens at 4pm. Open for lunch Sat. & Sun. at 11am.

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 Resort Grill 1400 E. Fort Macon Road, AB 252-240-3176 Roma Pizza & Subs 100 Charlotte Ave., AB 252-247-2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank & Clara’s 1440 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-2788

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches 801 Hwy 24, CC 252-354-2379

Frost Seafood House 1300 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-3202 Island Grille 401 Money Island Drive, AB 252-240-0000 (Map #25) Serves inventive, creative cuisine featuring fresh local seafood & ingredients, plus signature sauces. Steak, seafood & pasta dishes featured, see the ad for popular Monday & Tuesday specials, extensive beer & wine list, open for dinner daily at 5pm, reservations highly recommended. 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

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

BEAUFORT & DOWN EAST Aqua 114 Middle Lane, BE 252-728-7777 Beaufort Cafe 817 Cedar St., BE 252-728-4400 Beaufort Grocery Co. 117 Queen St., BE 252-728-3899 Blackbeard’s Grill & Grog 1644 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-3335 (Continued on page 56)


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Blue Moon Bistro 119 Queen St., BE 252-728-5800 Captain’s Choice Restaurant 977 Harkers Island Road, HI 252-728-7122 Cedars Inn Restaurant 305 Front St., BE 252-838-1463 Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub 425 Front St., BE 252-728-2133 Cru Wine Bar & The Wine Store 120 Turner St., BE 252-728-3066 Dockhouse Restaurant 500 Front St., BE 252-728-4506 Domino’s Pizza 98 Crescent Drive, BE 252-728-5002 Dragon King 1728 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-2121 Driftwood Motel & Restaurant 3575 Cedar Island Road, CI 252-225-4861 Finz Grill & Eatery 330 Front St., BE 252-728-7459 Fish Hook Grill 980 Island Road, HI 252-728-1790 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 56

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Old Salt Restaurant 133 Turner St., BE 252-728-2002

Circle Pizza 7702 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-8885

Plaza Mexico Bar & Grill 521 Front St., BE 252-728-3702

El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 8802 Reed Drive, EI 252- 354-1120

Queen Anne’s Revenge 510 Front St. #1, BE 252-504-7272

Angie’s Lighthouse Cafe 833 Hwy 58, CC 252-393-1224

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

Flipperz 311 Mangrove Drive, EI 252-354-7775

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

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

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 Taste of China 1506 Live Oak St., BE 252-728-7733 Taylor’s Creek Grocery & Deli 525 Front St., BE 252-838-1495

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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

Jordan’s House of Seafood 8106 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-5722 Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini Bar 8002 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-6200

Riverside Steak & Seafood 506 W. Corbett Ave., SW 910-326-8847 Rucker Johns 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2413 (Map #56) Located in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, the restaurant prepares everything in-house; great sandwiches, salads, pastas, lightly battered & barbecued shrimp, grilled seafood, steaks, chicken & more. Open daily all year for lunch & dinner, outdoor dining available. All ABC, MC/V/AE. Saltwater Grill 99 W. Church St., SW 910-326-7300 The Shark’s Den Sports Bar & Grill 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-3030 T&W Oyster Bar 2383 Hwy 58, SW 252-393-8838 Trattoria 108 W. Corbett Ave., SW 910-326-5001

Michaelangelo’s Pizza & Subs 8700 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-7424

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

Mike’s Place Family Restaurant 8302 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-5277

White Oak River Bistro 206 Corbett Ave., SW 910-326-1696

Pizza Inn 7902 Emerald Drive, EI Inside BP Convenience Sore 252-354-4468 Jackie’s American Grille 9106 Coast Guard Road, EI 252-354-8111 (Map #57) Offering classic American favorites with a twist in a relaxed dining environment. Great spot for families and meeting up with friends. Ribeye’s Steakhouse 104 Golfin Dolphin Drive, CC 252-393-2509

Yanamama’s Restaurant 119 Front St., SW 910-326-5501

MOREHEAD CITY & NEWPORT Akai Hana 909 Arendell St., MHC 252-222-3272

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Los Taquitos 5370-D Hwy 70, MHC 252-773-0480

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

El Zarape Mexican Restaurant 5167 Hwy 70 #60, MHC 252-808-3700

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

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

Minoda’s Japanese Steakhouse 5308 Hwy 70, MHC 252-648-8409

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

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

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

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

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

No Name Pizza 5218 Hwy 70, MHC 252-777-4479

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

Red Fish Grill 711-B Evans St., MHC 252-648-8269

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

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

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

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

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

Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries 5000 Hwy 70, MHC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q 4114 Arendell St., MHC 252-247-7476 Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar 3710 Arendell St., MHC 252-240-1313 Soundside Restaurant 5000 Hwy 70, MHC 252-648-8298 Texas Steakhouse & Saloon 5025 Executive Drive, MHC 252-240-2633 Tight Lines Brewing Co. 709 Arendell St., MHC 252-773-0641 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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One of Bogue Banks most beloved events returns to the Oceana Pier in Atlantic Beach this summer, after two years in Emerald Isle. The Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic takes over the seashore July 26-27, luring amateurs and professionals alike for a little friendly competition in a variety of categories. “We are excited that The Buddy is coming home to Atlantic Beach,” said Mayor Trace Cooper. “For over a decade the event was hosted in AB. As it grew into one of the premier longboard events in the country, it enhanced the long history of surfing in our town. We are honored to host amateur and professional surfers from all over here in Atlantic Beach and look forward to showing them some Southern hospitality and, hopefully, some good waves as well.” For many, this mid-summer contest has become a tradition, not only for the prime chance to catch a few waves, but also to pay homage to the competition’s namesake, Buddy Pelletier. A top-ranked professional surfer and three-time winner of the Puerto Rican National Longboard Championship, Pelletier came home

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to the Crystal Coast in the early 1990s to spend his final days with friends and family before succumbing to cancer. It is through those same friends and family members, as well as new ones made along the way, that his legacy lives on through the nonprofit Buddy Pelletier Surfing Scholarship Foundation, which provides humanitarian aid and scholarships to the surfing community. “Like many Atlantic Beach residents, I’m proud to have one of the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation license plates on my car. The proceeds from these license plates and the other fundraising events coordinated by the Foundation provide for scholarships and other community support for our surfing community,” said Mayor Cooper. “The community-focused mission of The Buddy is what makes it such a special tournament. All the participants are there to surf and want to win, but everybody realizes that they are serving the greater good. The sense of community and camaraderie is amazing.” Longboards, unlike their shorter counterparts, allow competitors to ride even the smallest of waves, leaving onlookers with plenty of action to take in and giving entrants the opportunity to showcase their skill. While adult boards measure about nine feet, junior boards must be three feet longer than the youngster’s height. The annual competition is sanctioned by the Eastern Surfing Association and sponsored by AB Surf Shop. Entry fees are $25 for all age divisions, plus $100 for the open pro heat. Surfing begins each day at 7am and generally lasts until 5pm on Saturday. A beach party with live music is planned for Saturday evening. The awards ceremony takes place Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit buddypelletier.com.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


annual rentals available and a fullservice real estate office. Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals has been voted Coaster Readers’ choice since 2006. Vacation rentals, 866-429-2578 and real estate, 888-354-2128. See website for specials or to browse properties, www. bluewatercoaster.com. Cannon & Gruber Realtors 509 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-6600 (Map #20) Beach vacation sales or rentals, user-friendly online booking at cannongruber.com, 800317-2866. CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty 7603 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2131 (Map #49) Offers weekly, monthly and annual rentals as well as residential, commercial sales, www.coastland.com or toll-free 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, 800-8493315, www.emeraldislerealty.com. Front Street Village 2400 Lennoxville Road, BE 252-838-1524 Gull Isle Realty 611 Atlantic Beach Cswy., AB 252-726-7679 Jo Ann Mangum Coastal Vacation Rentals 222 Pintail Lane, HI 252-728-5013 Realty WorldFirst Coast Realty 407 Atlantic Beach Cswy., Ste. 1, AB 252-247-5150 Shorewood Real Estate 7703 Emerald Drive, EI 888-557-0172

Sun-Surf Realty 7701 Emerald Drive, EI 252-354-2958 (Map #50) Come for a week – stay for a lifetime. Over 300 resort rentals on the Crystal Coast. Rentals, 866-8296849, 252-354-2658; sales, 877-6983194, 252-354-2958. View rental and sales properties at www.sun-surf.com. Surfside Realty 204 Sandpiper Drive, NE 252-726-0950 Windward Dunes 801 Salter Path Road, SP 252-247-7545 Watson-Matthews Real Estate 9102 Coast Guard Road, RI 252-354-2872 York Properties 4747 Arendell St., MHC 252-648-8167

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

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

Cape Lookout Bed and Breakfast 349 Bayview Drive, HI 252-728-3662

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

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

County Home B&B 299 Hwy. 101, BE 252-728-4611 Cousin Martha’s Bed And Breakfast 305 Turner St., BE 252-728-3917 Davis Shore B&B 811 Hwy 70, Davis 252-241-4010 The Langdon House 135 Craven St., BE 252-728-5499 The Lighthouse Inn 2300 Bridges St., MHC 252-247-3133 Old Seaport Inn 217 Turner St., BE 252-728-4300 Otway House 68 Hwy 70 East, OT 252-728-5636 Pecan Tree Inn 116 Queen St., BE 252-728-6733

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A Day at the Beach There is nothing better than finding that ideal spot on the beach and feeling the warm sand between your toes while you dig into a favorite book. Whether you’re lucky enough to spend every day along the Crystal Coast or are just here for a weekend, beach days are certainly a perk of being in Eastern Carolina. While there are more than 100 access points located in neighborhoods along Bogue Banks, the 25-mile barrier island that runs from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle, they are generally designed for the residents who live in the area and offer limited to no parking for visitors. There are, however, a large number of public beach access points with generous parking for visitors to the area. Several of the larger sites do charge for parking during the season (generally April-September) through either a parking attendant or meters. We have noted where a charge may be incurred. The list below follows the beach from the east to west. Fort Macon State Park – Two locations are offered within the boundaries of the state park. At the end of Hwy 58, guests will find 277 free parking spaces, with the fort on one side and beach access points on the other. Headed back toward Atlantic Beach, the Bath House area features 317 free parking spots, bathrooms, concessions and a boardwalk. New Bern Street – In Atlantic Beach, this site offers 50 paid sites, bathrooms and showers. The Circle – The main beach in Atlantic Beach has paid parking for more than 300 vehicles. Memorial Park – In the town limits of Pine Knoll Shores, just west of Mile Marker 6, this smaller beach access site offers paid parking for 40 cars, an overlook 64

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


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

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

Public Boat Ramp Access

1. Oceanana Fishing Pier, NC Hwy 58, Mile Marker 1; connected to the Oceanana Family Resort Motel in Atlantic Beach, this is a lighted fishing pier where a NC Coastal Recreational Fishing License is not required when fishing from the pier. A blanket pass is provided by the pier and equipment rentals are available. Onsite facilities include an arcade and bait and tackle shop with snack bar with grill and ample parking. For more information and rates, call 252-726-4111, 252-726-0863 or visit www.oceanana.com. 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 www.bogueinletpier.com. 3. Radio Island Pier, located at the base of the Morehead City-Beaufort Highrise Bridge, the 618-foot fishing pier is free and open daily.

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

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with the NC Coastal Federation. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252-393-8185 or rachelb@ nccoast.org. Coastal Cruises – Dolphin Watch. 1-3pm. What is a porpoise? Learn more about them while cruising with the NC Coastal Federation on White Oak River and Bogue Sound. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252-393-8185 or rachelb@ nccoast.org. 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. Open to ages 6-12, free class. Details: 910-326-2600. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28: Swansboro Downtown Market. 10am3pm. The Downtown Market offers hand-made, home-made and homegrown products in Olde Towne Square in the heart of the Swansboro historic district. Details: 910-326-1174. 4, 11, 18, 25: Evening Gun. 4pm. The Civil War cannon fires a shot each Wednesday evening at Fort Macon State Park. Details: 252-726-3775.

5, 12, 19, 26: Coastal Cruises – Shelling. 9-11am. Love collecting seashells and trinkets when walking on the beach? Board a cruise with the NC Coastal Federation and head out to Bear Island to hunt for tideland treasures while learning more about invertebrates and their shells. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252-3938185 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Coastal Cruises – White Oak River Expedition. 1-3pm. Travel up the White Oak River to learn about its history and wildlife with the NC Coastal Federation. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252-393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Natural Side of Fort Macon. 10am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park for a leisurely hike. Details: 252-726-3775. 5, 19: Junior Ranger. 1-5pm. Join a park ranger for an exciting learning (Continued on page 70)


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

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experience and behind-the-scenes glimpse at Fort Macon State Park and earn a unique ranger patch. Details: 252-726-3775. Thur. 5: Pine Knoll Shores Homes Tour. 3-7pm. View 13 unique homes in Pine Knoll Shores to benefit the Hope for the Warriors organization. Tickets are $30 and include admission to the silent and live auctions at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Details: www.k4tw. org. 6-14: Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. One of the oldest (it turns 56 this year) and largest sportfishing tournaments in the country, Big Rock is a term well-known in the fishing arena. Named after an off-shore fishing site, the annual event involves gala parties and daily public weigh-ins at the Morehead City waterfront, but it’s all done for a good cause. Total prize money tops $1 million annually. Details: thebigrock. com or 252-247-3575. 6, 19: Alive at Five. 5-8pm. Join the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for a free concert at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. This month Emily Minor (6th) and Spare Change (19th) perform. Details: www. downtownmoreheadcity.com or 252808-0440. Fri. 6: Legacy Motown Revue. 8pm. The Morehead Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $15. Details: www.themoreheadcenter.com. Turtle Talk. 10am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park to learn about one of the region’s local treasure – the loggerhead turtle. Details: 252-726-3775. 7, 8, 15, 22, 29: Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 23:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums. com. 70

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7, 14, 21, 28: Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1pm. This weekly market is held at Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Visitors can expect local foods, arts, crafts and more. Details: www.beaufortfarmersmarket.com. Concert in the Park. 7-8:30pm. Join the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free summer concert at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. This month performances include The Backbeat (7th), Scearce & Ketner (14th), The Central Park Band (21st) and Big Drink (28th). Details: 252-726-5083. Sat. 7: Youth Fishing Derby. 911am. Free event open to kids ages 512. Pre-registration is required and the event is limited to 100 participants. Bring your own rod. Bait will be provided while supplies last. Details: 252-354-6350. Build a Boat in a Day. 9am3pm. Adult and child teams use the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble a prepared kit for a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for rowing or paddling. Teams are limited to four people with at least one adult. Minimum age is 8. Cost is $300. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Kayak for the Warriors. This signature Pine Knoll Shores’ event sees kayakers taking to the water in support of wounded servicemen. Expect an opening reception on Friday evening

with Saturday brining kayak and paddle board races, a family fun race, 5K and 10K bike rides and lunch. An awards reception is planned for 5pm on Saturday evening. Details: 252-247-4353 or kayakforthewarriors.org. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29: Night Trek. 7-9pm. Stroll the nighttime beach, learn about the life cycle of sea turtles and look for loggerheads nesting in the sand with the NC Aquarium. Age 5 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30: Surfing. 811am. Learn to catch some waves in the North Carolina surf with the NC Aquarium’s surfboards and expert instruction. Age 10 and up, $50. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Mon. 9: Bird Hike. 10am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park for a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Details: 252-726-3775. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27: Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack. 2:303:30pm. Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs and get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck as you watch aquarists feed the sharks. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28: Roosevelt Natural Area Paddle Trip. Explore


tidal flats, quiet backwaters and the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment. Kayaks and equipment provided by the NC Aquarium. Age 12 and up, $25. Program runs from 4-6pm on Tuesday and 9-11am each Saturday. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 10, 17, 24: Fishing Fanatics. 10am1pm. Learn to catch the big ones from the surf with hands-on instruction. Equipment, bait and licensing requirements are covered by the NC Aquarium. Age 10 and up, $25. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 11, 18, 25: Aquarium ABC’s. 8:309:30am. Preschoolers will enjoy learning about aquatic species and wildlife, with live animal encounters, crafts, storytelling and outdoor explorations. Ages 2-5, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Seaside Cinema. 8:30pm. Join friends and family members at the Atlantic Beach boardwalk for movies under the stars. This month’s schedule includes “Brave,” “Monsters University” and “Jaws”. Free. 11, 25: Huggins Island Coastal Marsh Cleanup. 10am-2pm. The NC Coastal Federation and Hammocks Beach State Park invite volunteers to help clean up Huggins Island. Volunteers should dress for the weather with closed toe shoes, prepared to get wet and dirty, as well as a towel and lunch. Details 252-393-8285 or lexiaw@nccoast.org.

and the importance of conserving habitats with the NC Aquarium. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.

No outside beverages or snacks are allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 252-354-6350 one week prior for movie title.

13, 20: Concert at the Fort. 7pm. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. This month, the Unknown Tongues (13th) and Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam (20th) perform. The concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775.

14-22: Nine-Day Boatbuilding. 9am-4:30pm each day. With expert guidance, participants will build their own flat-bottomed skiff or small roundbottomed boat. Class price, $1,750, will include all materials and use of tools. Additional cost for building a sailboat. Boatbuilding Carpentry is a prerequisite. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. ncmaritimemuseums.com.

13, 20, 27: Marsh Madness. 10amnoon. Put on your water shoes for an exciting morning wading though the marsh and calm waters of Bogue Sound, searching for all kinds of marine creatures with the NC Aquarium. Age 8 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Aquarist Apprentice. 1-4pm. Join the NC Aquarium staff on a behind-thescenes tour, help prepare for feedings and find out more about the animals as you assist aquarists with their caretaking responsibilities. Age 14 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. Fri. 13: 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.

Sat. 14: Maritime Day. 11am-3pm. Join the NC Maritime Museum at its Gallants Channel site on West Beaufort Road for a picnic lunch, activities, tours and boat rides. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.org. Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival. 9am-6pm. This festival in historic downtown Swansboro brings together regional artists featuring an array of work, from jewelry and stained glass to sculpture and photography. A wine tasting tent sponsored by the Emerald Isle Wine Market will open from 5-8pm. Details: www.swansborofestivals.com. 16, 27: Crabs of the Carolinas. 10am. Did you know that almost 50 different species of crabs have been found at Fort Macon State Park? Join the (Continued on page 72)

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rangers and learn about them. Details: 252-726-3775. 16, 30: Jones Island Summer Day Camp. 9am-3pm. Explore island life with the NC Coastal Federation at Hammocks Beach State Park. Take a boat ride to this coastal treasure and learn about the people who once lived here as well as the plants and animals that call it home today. Camp is targeted toward rising third through fifth graders. Cost is $30 per child. Details: 252-393-8285 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Tue. 17: Summer Film Fest. 2pm. Carteret County Parks and Recreation Dept. hosts a summer film fest at the Carteret County Public Library. This week’s film is “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Adult supervision required for children under 8. Free, refreshments provided. Stargazing & Astronomy. 8:30pm. Meet at the bathhouse at Fort Macon State Park to view space through a telescope and learn more about the universe. Details: 252-726-3775. Wed. 18: Jones Island Oyster Reef Construction. 9:30am-1:30pm. Since 2007, volunteers have been helping with the salt marsh and oyster habitat restoration at Jones Island, part of Hammocks Beach State Park. This summer, the NC Coastal Federation completes the last oyster bag reef on the island and volunteers are needed. Volunteers should be prepared for the elements and a wet, dirty work area. Details: 252-393-8185 or lexiaw@nccoast.org. 19, 26: EmeraldFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music and a peaceful ocean breeze at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access, Emerald Isle. This month Pure T Mommicked and My Three Kilts perform. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. Free. Details: 252-3546350. Fri. 20: Friday Movie Mania. 6:30pm. Join Swansboro Parks and Recreation for a showing of “Planes.” Free. Details: 910-326-2600. 72

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Sat. 21: Bocce ‘Ciao’ Down. 5-8pm. Beaufort Wine & Food is sponsoring this event that features all things Italian including a Bocce ball tournament followed by an al fresco style reception of Italian cuisine, wines and specialty drinks. Held at the Beaufort East Village site, 2201 Front St. Tickets for general admission are $75. The Bocce tournament costs $200 per team of two people. Details: 252-515-0708, www. beaufortwineandfood.com. Pink Jersey Night. 7pm. Carteret General Hospital has teamed up with the Morehead City Marlins to hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Marlins will wear pink jerseys, and an auction will be held for fans to bid on the jerseys and other items. Proceeds benefit the CGH Foundation Cancer fund. Cannon Day. The cannons at Fort Macon State Park will be fired during demonstrations at 10:30 and 11:30am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. Details: 252-726-3775. 27-28: 54th Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour. 10am-5pm. The popular annual undertaking features private homes, bed and breakfasts, churches and other public buildings. A choral concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church kicks off the festivities on Friday evening. All buildings on the Beaufort Historic Site and the Old Burying Ground are also open for visitors. Bus tours on

the group’s vintage double-decker bus are available at an additional fee. Details: 252-728-5225 or www.beauforthistoricsite.org. 27-29: BHA Antiques Show and Sale. Held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, this annual event is part of the Beaufort Historical Association’s Old Homes and Gardens Tour. The show features more than 40 vendors from up and down the east coast with a variety of antique wares. Details: 252728-5225 or beauforthistoricsite.org. Fri. 27: Summer Jam. 7pm. The Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach, hosts this annual evening of food, song and dance to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvre, beer and wine and the music of Liquid Pleasure. Details: 252-222-3007. Sat. 28: Tiny Tots Triathlon. 10am. Race takes place at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Open to ages 2-5. The race includes a 7-meter “swim” across the slip ‘n slide, .026K trike and a .062K run. Details: lgottuso@emeraldislenc.org or 252-354-6350. Kayak/Yoga Trip to Jones Island. 1-4:30pm. April Clark, owner of Second Wind Ecotours, yoga instructor Cheryl LeClair and the NC Coastal Federation are teaming up to create a fun


and relaxing afternoon on the White Oak River. Details: 910-325-3600 or email info@secondwindecotours.com. Movies in the Park. 8pm. Carteret County Parks and Recreation present movies at Fort Benjamin Park in Newport. This month’s movie is “Frozen.” Details: 252-222-5858.

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Fishing Fanatics. 10am-1pm. Learn to catch the big ones from the surf with hands-on instruction. Equipment, bait and licensing requirements are covered by the NC Aquarium. Age 10 and up, $25. Details: 252-2474003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 1, 15, 29: Summer Film Fest. 2pm. Carteret County Parks and Recreation Dept. hosts a summer film fest at the Carteret County Public Library. This month’s films include “Peter Pan”(1st), “Frozen” (15th) and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (29th). Adult supervision required for children under 8. Free, refreshments provided. Tues. 1: Nature Trek with Hammocks Beach State Park. 5:30pm. Hammocks Beach State Park Rangers are coming to Swansboro Parks and Recreation to offer a Nature Trek Series. Open to ages 6-12, free class. Details: 910-326-2600. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30: Swansboro Downtown Market. 10am-3pm. The Downtown Market offers hand-made, home-made and home-grown products in Olde Towne Square in the heart of the Swansboro historic district. Details: 910-326-1174. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30: Surfing. 8-11am. Learn to catch some waves in the North Carolina surf with the NC Aquarium’s surfboards and expert

instruction. Age 10 and up, $50. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Seaside Cinema. 8:30pm. Join friends and family members at the Atlantic Beach boardwalk for movies under the stars. This month’s schedule includes “National Treasure,” “Frozen,”, “Wizard of Oz,” “Muppets Most Wanted,” and “Surf’s Up.” Free. Evening Gun. 4pm. The Civil War cannon fires a shot each Wednesday evening at Fort Macon State Park. Details: 252-726-3775. Aquarium ABC’s. 8:30-9:30am. Preschoolers will enjoy learning about aquatic species and wildlife, with live animal encounters, crafts, storytelling and outdoor explorations. Ages 2-5, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. 2, 16: Jones Island Oyster Reef Construction. 9:30am-1:30pm. This summer, the NC Coastal Federation completes the last oyster bag reef on the island. Details: 252-393-8185 or lexiaw@nccoast.org. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31: Night Trek. 7-9pm. Stroll the nighttime beach, learn about the life cycle of sea turtles and look for loggerheads nesting in the sand with the NC Aquarium. Age 5 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. (Continued on page 74)

1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Coastal Cruises – Trawling Adventure. 9-11am. Learn about a variety of fishing practices with the NC Coastal Federation. Participants will try their hand at pulling in a trawl net, using seine and dip nets in the marsh, collecting crab pots and raking for clams in the White Oak River. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Coastal Cruises – Dolphin Watch. 1-3pm. What is a porpoise? Learn more about them while cruising with the NC Coastal Federation on White Oak River and Bogue Sound. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Coaster

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3, 10, 17, 24, 31: EmeraldFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music and a peaceful ocean breeze at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access, Emerald Isle. This month 4EverAll, Justin Castellano, Conch Stew, Redneck Juliets and Dependable Taxi perform. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. Free. Details: 252-354-6350. Coastal Cruises – Shelling. 911am. Love collecting seashells and trinkets when walking on the beach? Board a cruise with the NC Coastal Federation and head out to Bear Island to hunt for tideland treasures while learning more about invertebrates and their shells. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252-393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Coastal Cruises – White Oak River Expedition. 1-3pm. Travel up the White Oak River to learn about its history and wildlife with the NC Coastal Federation. Cost is $20 per person, all ages welcome. Details: 252-393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Natural Side of Fort Macon. 10am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park for a leisurely hike. Details: 252-726-3775. Sound Seafood: Catching Crabs and Clams. 2-4pm. Learn the art of harvesting crabs and clams and the importance of conserving habitats with the NC Aquarium. Age 5 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. 3, 17: Alive at Five. 5-8pm. Join the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association for a free concert at Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. This month Liquid Pleasure and Mikele Buck perform. Details: www.downtownmoreheadcity.com or 252-808-0440. Junior Ranger. 1-5pm. Join a park ranger for an exciting learning experience and behind-the-scenes glimpse at Fort Macon State Park and earn a unique ranger patch. Details: 252-726-3775. 4, 5, 12, 19, 26: Concert in the Park. 7-8:30pm. Join the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Dept. for a free summer concert at Jaycee Park on the 74

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Morehead City waterfront. Lawn chairs and blankets are suggested. This month watch for The Main Event Band (4th), Seaside Band (5th), Robert McDuffy (12th), Thrillbillies (19th) and Panyelo (26th). Details: 252-726-5083. 4, 11, 18, 25: Marsh Madness. 10am-noon. Put on your water shoes for an exciting morning wading though the marsh and calm waters of Bogue Sound, searching for all kinds of marine creatures with the NC Aquarium. Age 8 and up, $10. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Aquarist Apprentice. 1-4pm. Join the NC Aquarium staff on a behind-thescenes tour, help prepare for feedings and find out more about the animals as you assist aquarists with their caretaking responsibilities. Age 14 and up, $25. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. Fri. 4: Emerald Isle Fireworks. 9pm. The Town of Emerald Isle will launch fireworks off Bogue Inlet Pier. Parking will be available at the pier as well as along NC 58. Details: 252-354-6350. Fourth of July Parade. 11am. Beaufort takes an old-fashioned approach to the holidays with families, businesses and clubs taking to the street for the annual parade. The event is followed by free ice cream and music at the Carteret County Courthouse. Details: 252-728-3917. Beaufort Fireworks. 9pm. Sponsored by Front Street Village, this family affair is held at the NC Maritime Museum’s Gallants Channel Annex off of West Beaufort Road. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site. All proceeds benefit the Beaufort Fireman’s Association. Atlantic Beach Fireworks. 9pm. The town of Atlantic Beach celebrates independence at the Circle. Underwater Bike Race. Organized by Discovery Diving in Beaufort, this

whimsical event celebrates the nation’s birthday with a wink of its eye. Details: 252-728-2265. Morehead City Fireworks. 9pm. Morehead City Parks and Rec sponsors the annual celebration centered around Jaycee Park on 9th and Shepard streets. Details: 252-726-5083. New Bern 4th of July Celebration. 3-9:30pm. The town celebrates the country’s independence at Lawson Creek Park with activities for the children, vendors, a concert by the Marine Corps Band from 7-9pm and a fireworks display at 9. Cannon Day. The cannons at Fort Macon State Park will be fired during demonstrations at 10:30 and 11:30am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. Details: 252-726-3775. 5, 12, 19, 26: Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1pm. This weekly market is held at Courthouse Square in Beaufort. Visitors can expect local foods, arts, crafts and more. Details: www.beaufortfarmersmarket.com. 5-6: CCACC Summer Show. This juried sale of arts and crafts by coastal artisans is held at the Beaufort Historic


Site and features a variety of handmade items and art. Details: 252-728-5225. Sat. 5: Great 4th Race. 9am. Traditionally rigged sailing craft celebrate the historic voyages that carried the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks at the NC Maritime Museum’s Watercraft Center. Details: 252-728-7317. 6, 13, 20, 27: SwanFest. 6:30-8pm. Enjoy live music at Olde Town Square in downtown Swansboro. Bring chairs, blankets, even dinner if you’d like. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Free. This month’s performers are Chris Cavanaugh (6th), Trophy Husbands (13th), Virginia Daredevils (20th) and Justin Castellano (27th). Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. Visit labs and holding areas, and feed the animals in this thorough behind-thescenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Age 8 and up, $20. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Mon. 7: Flags of the Confederacy. 10:30am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park for a lecture on Confederate flags. Details: 252-7263775. 9, 16, 23, 30: 11th Storytelling Festival. 10am. The Friends of the Bogue Banks Public Library, Friends of the Carteret County Public Library and the Friends of the Western Carteret Public Library team up for this annual event at Bethlehem Methodist Church in Bogue which brings regional performers to the area. This year’s participants include puppeteer Anna Pridgen (9th), magician Gary Shelton (16th), literacy outreach group The Story Squad (23rd) and juggler and magician Paul Miller of Flow Circus (30th). Details: 252-2474660. 11, 25: Concert at the Fort. 7pm. Friends of Fort Macon annually bring visitors to the site with its popular concert program. This month, Wild Honey (11th) and The Morehead City Brass

Consortium (25th) perform. The concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Details: 252-726-3775.

skill levels at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Cost is $5 per race. Registration begins at 5:30pm. Register online at ccpr. recdesk.com/recdeskportal.

Fri. 11: Friday Free Flicks. 7pm. At Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second Friday of each month. Movies are family oriented. Popcorn and a drink are $1. 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. On the Border – Eagles Tribute. 8pm. This Charlotte-based tribute band stops by the Morehead Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $15-$20. Details: www.themoreheadcenter.com, 252-726-1501. Sat. 12: Build a Boat in a Day. 9am3pm. Adult and child teams use the stitch-and-glue technique to assemble a prepared kit for a small flat-bottomed plywood boat suitable for rowing or paddling. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. ncmaritimemuseums.com. BHA Summer Party. 7-11pm. Celebrate Beaufort summers with a party at the Beaufort Historic Site. Enjoy food, open bar, music and a live and silent auction to benefit the Beaufort Historical Association. Details: 252728-5225. 14, 28: Jones Island Summer Day Camp. 9am-3pm. Become a wetland explorer on Jones Island with the NC Coastal Federation. Get your feet wet and explore wetland habitats and critters with hands-on activities in the surrounding marshes and estuaries. Camp is targeted toward rising third through fifth graders. Cost is $30 per child. Details: 252-3938285 or rachelb@nccoast.org. Mon. 14: Bird Hike. 10am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park for a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Details: 252-726-3775. 17, 31: Beach Fun Run. 6:30pm. Carteret County Parks and Recreation organizes this annual series featuring 1-mile, 5K and 10K options for all

17-19: Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set on the Beaufort waterfront with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Kid-friendly event offers low entry fees, trophies instead of prize money and junior angler prizes. Details: 252808-2286 or www.bartabillfish.com. Fri. 18: The Original Wailers. 8pm. Nominated in 2013 for a Grammy award, the Original Wailers perform at the Morehead City for Performing Arts. Tickets are $25. Details: www.themoreheadcenter.com, 252-726-1501. Turtle Talk. 10am. Meet at the visitor’s center at Fort Macon State Park to learn about one of the region’s local treasure – the loggerhead turtle. Details: 252-726-3775. 19-20: Civil War Reenactment. 10am-4pm. Events will be performed throughout the day from by the 1st NC Volunteers at Fort Macon State Park. Flag talks, uniform talks, women’s dress talks and musket firing drills are a few of the programs being performed. Details: www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/foma. Sat. 19: Crab Cake Cook-off. 68pm. Taste delicious crab cakes made (continued on page 76)

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by guest chefs and vote for your favorite at this NC Maritime Museum event held at the watercraft center. Beer and wine will be served. Tickets are $25-$35 and are limited to 100 guests. Details: www. maritimefriends.org. Historic Beaufort Road Race. 7:30am. One of the area’s largest road races helps raise funds for college scholarship for high school seniors around the county. Event includes 10K, 5K and 1 mile races along with 10K and 5K wheelchair events, a 5K baby jogger race and 5K and 1-mile timed walks. Details: www.beaufortroadrace.com. Mon. 21: Crabs of the Carolinas. 10am. Did you know that almost 50 different species of crabs have been found at Fort Macon State Park? Join the rangers and learn about them. Details: 252-726-3775. Tue. 22: Stargazing & Astronomy. 8:30pm. Meet at the bathhouse at Fort Macon State Park to view space through a telescope and learn more about the universe. Details: 252-726-3775. Wed. 23: Sugarloaf Island Coastal Marsh Cleanup. 10am-2pm. The NC Coastal Federation invites volunteers to help clean up Sugarloaf Island, Morehead City. Volunteers should dress for the weather with closed toe shoes, prepared to get wet and dirty, as well as a towel and lunch. Details 252-3938285 or lexiaw@nccoast.org. 24-26: 25th Ducks Unlimited Band the Billfish Tag and Release Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Weigh-ins at Big Rock Landing on the Morehead City waterfront. Details: 252-237-3717 or www. bandthebillfish.com. 25-26: CCCF Spanish Mackerel/ Dolphin Fishing Tournament. In its seventh year, this Carteret Community College Foundation tourney helps raise funds for college programs and scholarships. Weigh-in is slated at The Boat76

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house at Front Street Village in Beaufort, a sponsor of the event. Details: Wes Daniels, 252-222-6222. 26-27: Contemporary Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn skills essential for building round-bottomed boats through this NC Maritime Museum program. Cost is $135. Reservations are required. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Buddy Pelletier Longboard Memorial Contest. This annual competition attracts amateur and professional surfers from the East Coast to Atlantic Beach, including former and current East Coast, ESA and world champions. The contest is organized by the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation, a group created to commemorate a fallen local surfer which provides humanitarian and educational aid to members of the East Coast surfing community. The contest offers beginning surfers the chance to get in the water with some of the best while raising funds to help fellow surfers. Details: www.buddypelletier.com. Sat. 26: Kayak/Yoga Trip to Jones Island. 1-4:30pm. April Clark, owner of Second Wind Ecotours, yoga instructor Cheryl LeClair and the NC Coastal Federation are teaming up to create a fun and relaxing afternoon on the White Oak River. Federation members receive a $10 discount. Details: 910-3253600 or email info@secondwindecotours.com. 27-Aug. 2: Shark Week. Join the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for a week’s worth of toothy times spotlighting the mysterious and misunderstood world of sharks. Daily events are planned, including feedings and crafts. Details: 252-247-4003 or www. ncaquariums.com. Wed. 30: Radio & Pivers Island Coastal Marsh Cleanup. 10am2pm. The NC Coastal Federation invites volunteers to help clean up Radio Island and Pivers Island, just off the Beaufort Morehead City causeway. Details 252393-8285 or lexiaw@nccoast.org.

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


advertiser index NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Silver Creek Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Tryon Palace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Watersports Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Shopping & Services

Food & Drink Atlantic Beach Seafood Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Channel Marker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Harris Teeter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Island Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Jackie’s American Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 RuckerJohns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Lodging & Real Estate Atlantic Beach Realty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bluewater Rentals & Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 CENTURY 21 Coastland Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Econo Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Emerald Isle Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sun-Surf Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Outdoor Fun Capt. Stacy Fishing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Emerald Isle Beach & Pool Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Island Ferry Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Lookout Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

The Book Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Beaufort Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Beaufort Pet Provisions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Chadwick Tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Carolina Quick Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Diamond Shoal Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 EJW Outdoors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Fran’s Beachwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Ginny Gordon’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Handscapes Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Harbor Specialties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Island Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Island Outfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Island Proper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Island Traders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 JR Dunn Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Kites Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Misty Hudson Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Momentum Fitness & Yoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Pacific. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Rocking Chair Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sandi’s Beachwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Second to None . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tassels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Tierra Fina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Top it Off Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Ta Ou ckle tle t

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