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CONTENTS Destination

8 Carteret County 12 Craven County 14 Pamlico County 16 Onslow County 17 Pender County


Coming Home

From the coast to the sound, the mainland to Down East, newcomers find a variety of home buying options in Eastern Carolina.


A Renaissance Lifestyle


Salt Life


Off the Hook

Whether you’re looking for live music or an art collection to browse – we’ve got you covered!

With the ocean and a variety of inland waterways, Eastern North Carolina is a haven for watersports enthusiasts.


Get to know all the coast as has to offer with some of our favorite places to visit.

Sites to See

A true angler’s paradise, Eastern North Carolina has lots to offer, from dockside fishing to high dollar tournaments.




For families with children, the educational opportunities are an important factor when choosing a new home.


The Do List


Resident Advisor




Advertising Index

The five-county area has a plethora of annual events. Explore the region by visiting these standouts.

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Publisher: Diane Tyler Managing Editor: Amanda Dagnino ( Staff Writer: Katie Coleman Creative Director: Kim LaChance Graphic Coordinator: Erin Pallotti Graphic Designer: Kyle Dixon Sales Manager: Ashly Willis (252.342.2334) Sales: Jamie Bailey, Anne Gillikin, Jasa Lewis ( Production Director: Rudy Taitague Assisstant Production Manager: Daniel “Skip” Hicks Pressman: Allen Henry, Anthony Stamper Small Press: Edd Moore Bindery Leader: Jason Yates Bindery Operator: Rudy Taitague Distribution Manager: Dorrie Nicholson Part Time Distribution: Ricardo Rivera Pre-Press: Corey Giesey Business Manager: Georgia Lewis Commercial Print: Andrea Vangelist, Amy Krysa Entire contents, ad and graphic design elements copyright 2013-2014 by NCCOAST. Reproduction of any portion of this publication is strictly prohibited unless written consent is obtained from the publisher. Content is as accurate as possible at presstime.

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hose of us who are lucky enough to have found our way to Eastern North Carolina will quickly tell you that boasting about our little slice of Heaven is pretty easy to do. Between the sun and the surf, the historic sites and the museums, the fabulous quality of life and the affordable cost of living – there are plenty of ways to brag. There is a special breed of people who congregate where the land and the water merge. Our needs are small, our joys are simple and our pace is somewhat slower. While others thrive on the hectic world of inner-city life, we’re happy with nature and pleased with our solitude. Instead of wishing we could get away from it all for just a day or two, we’re happy to take a day off and stay right here at home. We linger more – we take the time to appreciate our surroundings, stopping as often as we can to smell the proverbial roses … or in our case, the rich, sulfurous aroma of the salt marsh. Explaining the southern Outer Banks to someone who hasn’t experienced its beauty can be a challenge. People sitting on a tourist-thick beach will never believe there is a place where they could find a perfect spot of sand and not see another soul all day. Folks taking riding lessons at an urban stable won’t dare dream that there is an island where horses roam free. And people who have never left the ground can’t fathom the view from the top of Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Yet here they are – and so much more. Our quaint, small town life is matched only by the breathtaking backdrop in which we live it.

While we sit here, with our feet on the deck railing watching an egret swoop down into the marsh in search of dinner, the rest of the world races on without us. We have traded the fast moving highway traffic, long commutes and even longer grocery store lines for history we can touch, surf we can smell and a lightness in our souls that one must experience to truly understand. Sure, we can brag. We can talk about our hiking and surfing, kiteboarding and sailing, our fishing and boating and free summer concerts. We can rant about the rich Civil War and military history, our historic sites and programs, the array of museums and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. We can even share insights into our rich cultural heritage and folk arts, decoy carving and boat building, commercial fishing and the abundance of seafood it brings to our tables. But bragging is no fun at all. What we’d rather do is invite you to experience it all for yourself. Come for a visit – and learn to linger a little just like we do. Take the time to breathe in the salt air, sit on the beach as the Shackleford horses walk by without a care in the world and taste the sweetness of our indigenous seafood. One taste, one smell, one experience, and we know you’ll be hooked, too. We’ll see you on the beach.

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ith its pleasant down home feel and casual beach mentality, Carteret County offers a varied cluster of communities for newcomers, each with its own unique feel and personality. From the rural, waterfront hamlets of Down East Carteret County to the majestic beachfront homes of Emerald Isle, there’s a lot to explore in Carteret County, and a wide variety of options for newcomers. The one thing all of the region’s communities inevitably have in common is the sheer beauty of this often overlooked region. Picturesque wetlands, miles of golden beaches and year-round recreational activities make it a great setting, whether you’re just starting out or you’re ready to buy a retirement home.  | NCCOAST Living

ATLANTIC BEACH This traditional beachfront town celebrated its 75th year in 2012, making it the oldest town on Bogue Banks, a 30-mile long barrier island that parallels mainland Carteret County. Eclectic and laid back, Atlantic Beach is a great place to visit and an even better place to plant roots. It was here that the first beach pavilion was constructed for visitors to the mainland, with a small ferry shuttling folks back and forth for a day of sun and surf. Today’s residents are connected to Morehead City by a high-rise bridge, but the same beach-loving mentality prevails, with families returning year after year for their annual family vacation. For Civil War buffs, Atlantic Beach is home to For Macon State Park, the second most visited park in the state system. The well-preserved pentagonal fort on the northeastern point of the island welcomes visitors daily with a full schedule of programs and reenactments. Details: Town of Atlantic Beach, 252726-2121,

BEAUFORT With a dignified air that was built on the region’s prominent fishing industry, Beaufort, the state’s third oldest town, is rich in history. A simple stroll down live oak-shaded Ann Street illustrates the varied architectural periods that have touched the picturesque village, adding to its eclectic scenery. Settled in 1709, the downtown waterfront borders Taylors Creek and is filled with art galleries, boutiques, popular eateries, nightlife and plenty of places to rest your feet and take in the majestic views. Be sure to be on the lookout for the wild horses on Carrot Island, just across the “cut” from downtown. Protected by the state, the self-sustaining herd is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Beaufort is a town best seen by foot, but guests will also find boat transportation, double-deck bus, trolley and horse-drawn carriage tours, making it easy for everyone to feel right at home. Details: Town of Beaufort, 252-728-2141,

DOWN EAST Collectively referred to as Down East, the communities in the rural region east of Beaufort provide some of the best glimpses into the heritage and culture of this coastal region. Atlantic, Bettie, Cedar Island, Davis, Gloucester, Harkers Island, Marshallberg, Otway, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy, Straits and Williston may be unremarkable individually. Together, however, they tell the tale of a region with strong maritime traditions, from duck hunting to boat building. No visit Down East would be complete without a stop at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, which can be found on Harkers Island. Its neighbor, the National Park Service, provides a wealth of information about the area and the islands

of Cape Lookout National Seashore, home to one of the state’s seven lighthouses. This much-visited Down East attraction has been a navigational aid to seafarers since 1859. It is a towering figure in both height and local legend, and is a trademark of Eastern North Carolina’s Crystal Coast area. Details:

EMERALD ISLE Developed in the 1950s, Emerald Isle is the largest community on Bogue Banks, with just over 3,600 full-time residents. The population, however, peaks to about 40,000 each summer as families make their way to the beach. The town anchors the southern end of Bogue Banks, with a high-rise bridge to Cape Carteret on the mainland, making a convenient beach spot for local residents as well. A host of family attractions and a variety of shopping and dining options, make Emerald Isle a favorite spot for newcomers to the area as well. Housing options range from multi-million dollar beachfront mansions to modest soundside family homes, making it easy for everyone to find the perfect spot to plant roots. Across the bridge from Emerald Isle to the mainland, charming surprises await in the communities of Cape Carteret and Cedar Point. These amiable areas offer attractive soundside living and a treasure trove of antique shops and major shopping venues. Details: Town of Emerald Isle, 252-354-3424,

INDIAN BEACH/SALTER PATH These quaint bedroom communities between Pine Knoll Shores and Emerald Isle maintain a rural family atmosphere despite the swell in population each summer as visitors converge on the shoreline. With a variety of family-owned restaurants and fish houses and miles of beach, this is a great place for families that prefer to be off the beaten path, yet close to amenities. Modern condominiums, beach cabins and large sprawling homes cohabitate naturally in these relaxed communities, presenting plenty of options for both vacationers and new home buyers. Recreational opportunities include kayak and personal watercraft rentals as well as fishing. For home buyers, the towns provide a plethora of sound side and ocean side options in a variety of price ranges. Details: Town of Indian Beach, 252-247-3344,

MOREHEAD CITY The town is famous for its boat-to-table seafood restaurants, including the Sanitary Restaurant which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013. On any given evening residents can watch as the boats return to the waterfront with the day’s catch, load it into wheelbarrows and deliver to waterfront restaurants just in time for dinner. (continued on page 10) | 

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(continued from page 9) The commercial hub for Carteret County, this mainland town offers a wide selection of specialty shops and major chains. Browse family-owned gift shops, the collection of art galleries located downtown or simply rest for awhile at the waterfront park, where live music can be found each Saturday through the summer. Home to the Morehead City Marlins, a wooden bat summer baseball league, as well as the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, now in its 50s, Morehead City is a great town for the active. It is also home to the county’s growing offering of medical services, with everything from family practice to specialized medicine, dental and emergency care to the myriad services offered through Carteret General Hospital, which has a $53 million expansion planned for the coming year. Details: Town of Morehead City, 252-726-6848,

NEWPORT Home to one of the country’s largest whole hog cooking contests, the Newport Pig Cooking Contest, now 36 years old, the “Town with Old Fashioned Courtesy” is a close-knit, family-oriented town, conveniently located on the edge of Craven County within close proximity to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. For that reason, it boasts a large military population, both active duty and retired, yet it never loses sight of its sense of community. On Friday evenings, much of the community can be found at Town Park, where musicians get together for a casual jam session, weather permitting. The small river-front village harbors deep Civil War history and is a popular spot for boating and kayaking. Folks will also find active sport leagues, scout troops and a variety of new and established neighborhoods. Details: Town of Newport, 252-223-4749,

PINE KNOLL SHORES In the maritime forest, nestled between the oceanside dunes and quiet waters of Bogue Sound, is the little residential community of Pine Knoll Shores and its unique and interesting history. The land on which it sits was originally developed by children of Theodore Roosevelt, who were heirs of Alice Hoffman, a property owner of the land on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach to near Emerald Isle. The early owners’ priorities for minimal disturbance of the island and its vegetation was honored through its development and continues to make Pine Knoll Shores one of the state’s most ecologically sensitive towns as well as a sanctuary for sea turtles and coastal birds. Pine Knoll Shores is also home to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, attracting visitors from across the nation, and the only golf course on the island, the Country Club of the Crystal Coast. Details: Town of Pine Knoll Shores, 252-2474353,

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raven County bridges the gap between history and advancement. On one side of the river stands Tryon Palace and historic downtown New Bern, the home of the first North Carolina capital which continues to be a popular attraction. On the opposite side of the Trent River is Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, one of the best all weather jet bases in the world which has served as an alternate emergency landing site for space shuttle launches out of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Early success for the county came from the ability to establish railroads and ports and has seen continued economic growth due to tourism and the ongoing operations of MCAS Cherry Point. From 1712 to 2014, Craven County remains as a rich historical haven with great opportunities for the future. HAVELOCK Known as the home to the Marine Corps’ largest air station on the east coast, Cherry Point, Havelock played an important role in history dating back to budding railroads and the Civil War. When the North Carolina and Atlantic railroads came to a crossroads in 1858, the depot was named for Sir Henry Havelock, a British general. The city’s military history continues as it became an important Union foothold in the capture of New Bern and Fort Macon during the Civil War, and now houses MCAS Cherry Point, one of the largest employers in Craven County. The Havelock Tourist and Event Center houses the Eastern Carolina Aviation Foundation exhibits that showcases Marine Corps aviation history. Details: City of Havelock, 252-4446400,

NEW BERN Known as the “Athens of the South,” New Bern offers a rich cultural background. From art galleries to theaters and music venues to the NC History Center, this city has the bases covered when it comes to learning and experiencing new things. While New Bern draws statewide artists and musical acts, the city likes to celebrate all things local with the biweekly farmers market, ArtWalk and Mum Fest. Trace more than 300 years of history with the NC History Center’s various exhibit galleries and museums, then tour Tryon Palace and its gardens. Union Point Park is home

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to many of the city’s outdoor events throughout the year including the 4th of July celebration and the holiday flotilla. New Bern is true to its roots as the state’s first state capitol, its second oldest city and home to the original Pepsi-Cola. The picturesque downtown area, conveniently built where the Trent and Neuse Rivers converge, offers waterfront views and boasts a hub of shopping, dining and attractions. Details: City of New Bern, 252-6364000,

RIVER BEND This quiet golfing community offers outdoor activities and waterfront properties close to all the amenities of a larger city. Just a few miles south of New Bern, this residential community is bordered by the Trent River on the south and a canal system on the east. River Bend Country Club offers events and activities, and is consistently voted reader’s choice best golf course for the Sun Journal. Details: Town of River Bend, 252-6383870,

TRENT WOODS The residential area of Trent Woods is a quaint river town with local schools and churches away from the larger cities. Nestled along the Trent River and filled with recreational opportunities, the quiet town of Trent Woods offers a tranquil waterfront lifestyle for everyone. The family friendly community makes it an easy retreat from

the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Details: Town of Trent Woods, 252-637-9810,

VANCEBORO Taking up just 1,176.29 acres, Vanceboro truly is a small town that fosters a tight-knit community. Vanceboro hosts the annual Vanceboro Strawberry Festival every spring, usually in May. Festivities include a parade down Main Street, food and games at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School and a street dance to kick everything off. The town was originally established in 1750 as the small village of Durgantown, and later renamed to honor the popular first governor Zebulon B. Vance. Details: Town of Vanceboro Town Hall, 252-244-0919,

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amlico County remains rural in character and flavor, although the last decade has brought a good deal of residential development, largely the result of retirees and investors attracted to the many miles of waterfront property. The county is anchored on the east by the town of Oriental, a popular waystation for boaters traveling the Intracoastal Waterway and the unincorporated community of Olympia on the west. From kayaking to hunting, the region holds a bounty of quiet North Carolina country, both on and off the shore. The area has become quite the boating Mecca, given its placement along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Pamlico Sound. While the coast is the epicenter of summer activity in the area, Pamlico County perpetuates an easy, laid-back lifestyle year round, making it a favorite of sailors and outdoorsmen. Since boating is a way of life for the locals, expect to find some of the state’s best craftsmen and boat builders along the county’s creeks and rivers. ORIENTAL Known as the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina,” Oriental is a place where boats outnumber people nearly three to one. The town is a sailor’s refuge tucked away along the Neuse River, which received its name from a Union Steamship that sank 33 miles north of Hatteras, near Bodie Island. The wife of Oriental’s founder and first postmaster is said to have seen the transom of the vessel displayed years later at a home in Manteo and found it to be the ideal name for their little waterside hamlet. The nameplate has been lost, but a porthole from the ship is on display at the Oriental History Museum. While it’s best known as homeport to some of the East Coast’s finest sailing, Oriental also offers exceptional opportunities for cycling, paddling, hunting, golfing and a number of other activities. Roughly 5,000-6,000 sailors come into port each year from the Intracoastal Waterway for a relaxing night on the town or to compete in annual races like the Oriental Cup Regatta. Most importantly, Oriental offers friendly, small-town charm, relaxed comfort and simple serenity that keeps residents from leaving and makes others visit again and again. Details: Town of Oriental, 252-2490555,

BAYBORO Named for the Bay River and settled long before it was incorporated in 1881, Bayboro is the oldest incorporated town in Pamlico County and became the county seat in 1876. The Bay River is narrow, but navigable all the way to the town and a great place for fishermen hoping to snag drum, spot, trout, flounder and tarpon. The economy of Bayboro is well diversified, with its core consisting of the

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courthouse and law enforcement facility surrounded by a collection of small supporting businesses, homes, churches, public schools, community college extension, medical center and government offices. Details: Town of Bayboro, 252-745-4238.

MINNESOTT BEACH Minnesott Beach is located at the site of an old Indian settlement which was thought to be one of the largest Indian trading centers in the south Atlantic states. The name Minnesott is derived from an Indian word that was said to mean, “land of sky-tinted waters.” In the town’s heyday of the 1930s through 1950s, Minnesott Beach was a thriving vacation destination. Today it has settled into a quiet golfing, sailing and retirement community which offers an 18-hole golf course, marina and world class boys’ camp. The state ferry arrives and departs here, bringing passengers to and from the Cherry Branch ferry station, generally running every 30 minutes. Details: Town of Minnesott Beach, 252-249-1755,


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nslow County boasts a population of about 185,000 residents, 43,000 of which are active duty Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. With such a large rotation in population, the communities of Onslow County continued to thrive during the country’s economic downturn, even taking the lead spot on The Daily Beast’s list of “20 Recession-Proof Cities” in 2010. Newcomers will find a variety of living options in Onslow County – from city living in Jacksonville to remote beach life in North Topsail Beach – and a variety of amenities to enhance the experience. JACKSONVILLE Incorporated in 1842 and named after President Andrew Jackson, Jacksonville is the largest retail center in Onslow County and is the gateway to the east coast’s largest Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. With all the stores and conveniences of larger cities, Jacksonville strives to maintain its small town feel with community programs and outreach. Visitors will find all the major chain stores they’ve come to rely on with a complimentary dose of privatelyowned small businesses, adding the small town flavor. Listening to its residents has been a vital part of Jacksonville’s government. The Citizen Request Tracker on the town’s website allows residents to report areas of concerns and receive feedback from city officials, while the Clean & Green effort was initiated by the mayor and city council to help improve cleanliness, appearance and pride in the city. Details: City of Jacksonville, 910-938-5200,

SWANSBORO “The Friendly City by the Sea” was founded in 1783 at the mouth of the White Oak River. With bountiful river and ocean views, this quaint, picturesque seaport village strives to manage its growth carefully so as not to upset the delicate ecological system in which it resides. The walkable downtown waterfront features small boutiques and gift shops as well as a great opportunity for waterfront dining. Further

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inland, newcomers will find a handful of major chains and shopping options. Recreational options are abundant, with protected Bear Island just a hop, skip and a jump away and accessible by water ferry. Boating, shelling, kayaking and charter fishing are popular. Positioned between Morehead City and Jacksonville, the small hamlet is close to just about everything Eastern North Carolina has to offer, yet rural enough to provide a sense of privacy. Details: Swansboro Chamber of Commerce, 910-326-1174, www.

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH Bumping up against Pender County on a stretch of barrier island, North Topsail Beach is actually in Onslow County, although it is often clumped with the rest of the island. One thing is for sure – the region has a spirit all its own. Primarily residential, the town boasts both sound and ocean views from just about every vantage point. Bird watching, kayaking, fishing and other water sports are popular here. But it’s also a great place to do absolutely nothing at all – preferably while sitting on the deck and taking in a sunset over the ocean. Recent census data revealed approximately 450 residences in town, many of which are used by summertime visitors looking for a private retreat. Details: Town of North Topsail Beach, 910-328-1349, www.

Going through something of a growth spurt the last few years, Richlands is home to the Onslow County Museum and features a central historic business district and a variety of turn of the century homes. The town is known for being an agricultural hub, but is also the site of the first graded school, the first public high school and the first library in Onslow County. Throughout its growth, Richlands continues to focus on preserving its past as well as its small town charm. Details: Town of Richlands, 910324-3301,

SNEADS FERRY The state’s most recent statistics note that Sneads Ferry is responsible for about 385 tons of shrimp each year, making it the county’s largest seafood producer and giving the small village a lot to celebrate. Each August, the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival does just that – drawing thousands to town for a taste of the fresh catch. The fishing community is nestled along the banks of the New River close to the northern tip of Topsail Island. Its proximity to area bases and its laid back approach to life has made it a favorite landing point for many military members. Details:

HOLLY RIDGE Incorporated in 1941, the “Gateway to Topsail Island” offers its residents a great location with only a 5 minute trip to the beach, 45-minute drive to Wilmington and a 25-minute trip to neighboring Jacksonville. With a population of just under 1,300, this bedroom community has a rich military history and continues to see a slow but steady increase in residents. Details: Town of Holly Ridge, 910-329-7081, www.

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ender County is home to undisturbed beaches, woodlands full of lofty pines and ancient hardwoods and an extensive military history. The county extends from the mainland to islands, encompassing six towns and seven communities, each with something different to offer. Burgaw, the county seat, is home to the annual NC Blueberry Festival each June. Poplar Grove Plantation, one of the oldest peanut plantations in North Carolina, can be found just a few minutes off the island. The Topsail Island Missiles and More museum contains the history of the military endeavors accomplished in the area, and is housed in a building that was occupied by the US Navy during World War II. The county’s rich military history dates back to a victory in the Revolutionary war at Moore’s Creek Battleground, a favorite of visitors and locals for centuries. During the Revolutionary War, this area sent nearly 4,000 troops to battle and gave the Confederacy its youngest general, William D. Pender, for whom the county was named.


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Topsail Beach hasn’t changed much since it was first incorporated more than 50 years ago. The town on the southern end of Topsail Island is the smallest of the three communities occupying 26 miles of beaches. High-rise developments are prohibited and conservation is a must. From a target range for the US Army to the home of the Operation Bumblebee missile tests by the US Navy, the military found varied uses for the island, making Topsail Beach a hub of its activity. The roads and infrastructure set up by the military made the island inhabitable once its operations came to an end. Along its thick maritime forests, the island has more than 1,200 homes that provide living for only 500 year-round residents. The seasonal influx of tourists increases the population to around 7,000, which helps sustain the town’s motels, restaurants, gift shops, fishing pier and other businesses. Details: Town of Topsail Beach, 910-328-5841,

This unincorporated community is strategically located between Surf City and Wilmington, giving it ideal access to all that both regions offer. Close to the shopping, dining and culture the big city can provide, yet close to the old fashioned feel and beautiful beaches of Topsail Island, Hampstead is a favorite for young families and retirees. Hampstead hosts the annual NC Spot Festival, which serves up more than 5,000 pounds of the small fish during a single weekend. There is boating, fishing, easy access to peaceful waterways for an assortment of water driven activities and four local golf courses to challenge even the most extreme club-swinging enthusiast. The variety of pleasant shops, excellent school district, hidden culinary delights and close access to water provides a coastal playground for boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, surfing and much more. Details: Greater Hampstead Chamber of Commerce, 910-3294446,

Surf City is a small town, but has been the commercial heart of the area for more than 60 years. The town is split between Onslow and Pender counties, surrounds both ends of the bridge to Topsail Island and is the largest of the three island towns in the area. Holding the status of an official sea turtle sanctuary, this quiet beach community is also home to the only sea turtle hospital in the state, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The town is home to a wonderful boardwalk and Surf City Pier, a haven for fishing. Bike tours during spring and fall months are available for visitors and locals. Additionally, upon entering the town via Hwy 50, folks cross the Intracoastal Waterway on one of the last swing bridges in North Carolina, a legacy to this unique area. Details: Town of Surf City, 910-328-4131, | 17


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hen our visitors make that first trip across the bridge and take in our vistas of sand, sea and sky, the neon green of the marsh grasses, or the ripple left by a Boston Whaler cruising up the Intracoastal Waterway, their first emotional response has to be, “I have found my new beach home and I am coming back here again soon!” They dine on the freshest “catch of the day” special or our local Bogue Sound melons and nod their heads knowingly; this is truly an island for those who enjoy the pleasures of a thriving, local food scene. Naturally, they have booked one of the Crystal Coast’s classic Carolina cottages or perhaps a Sandcastle beach mansion to hold three generations. Or is it a couple’s getaway this time – an elegant oceanfront condominium for a romantic anniversary celebration. Like a sport fisherman with the ideal fishing lure reeling in that prize catch, the Crystal Coast has lured another family to our shores – it is always love at first sight for those who decide to choose us for their new island home. Perhaps you are one of our newly smitten visitors or a buyer who has experienced the love of this place and is ready to begin a serious conversation with one of our excellent local Realtors. On Emerald Isle, condo prices from oceanside to ocean view to oceanfront range from charming studios in the $100,000 price range up to $292,500 for our three bedroom condos. The condos include a variety of amenities, depending on which complex. Our buyers tend to enjoy condos for the amenities like swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as the camaraderie of making new friends while socializing at the club house or on the beach. The home owners associations in most complexes take care of the exterior maintenance leaving more time for homeowners to spend their leisure time on the beach. Others have dreamed of owning their own private piece of heaven in the form of a single cottage on the oceanfront. Often considered the ultimate choice for those who love the sea, these buyers want their own personal boardwalk, deck and porches to experience the ever changing and dynamic ocean view and soul refreshing walks on the beach. Our oceanfront homes are pricing from $805,000 to $2,000,000. With the new bike paths and golf cart access on Emerald Isle, many buyers are now choosing the especially affordable oceanside and ocean view homes. Often nestled in maritime forests, these beautiful properties are currently available with oceanside cottages pricing from $200,000 to $728,500 and our ocean view are ranging from $260,000 to $795,000. We are seeing an emerging trend of buyers falling in love with the active adventures available from their soundfront homes and docks. Most of those buyers have a desire to be on the water where they can show off their stand up paddleboard skills, kayak, windsurf, fish, boat, shrimp and clam right off their docks while enjoying the pristine Bogue Sound waters. The most recent soundfront condo, a two bedroom property, sold for $330,000. Soundfront single family homes have sold in the range of $292,000 for the older soundfront cottage, to the custom built, elegantly designed larger home at $840,000. Have you fallen in love with our island? Waiting for the lowest prices since the recession years began lowering first demand and then our prices? Many of our veteran Realtors believe that the time is now for the best pricing we have seen in the last 5-8 years. Our economy is recovering and so has the local real estate market. Prices have stabilized and vacation rental histories are very strong on investment properties. Are you ready to relocate to the Crystal Coast? Develop a relationship with any of our seasoned real estate brokers and let them be the matchmaker to your slice of Crystal Coast, heaven by the sea.

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The trials and tribulations of North Carolina’s third oldest town are preserved and remembered through the more than 50-year-old Beaufort Historical Association and its accompanying site. Through its restored buildings, some of which were moved to the site for preservation, and a variety of annual programs, the BHA transports visitors back to the first days of “Fish Towne.” Guided and self-guided tours are available as well as motorized tours on the organization’s double-decker bus. On-site visitors will also find the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, which features work by regional artists. Popular annual events include the Old Homes & Gardens Tour and the group’s popular Fall Party. Details: 252-728-5225,


ife in Eastern North Carolina can often be measured by the tide, the season and what fish are biting. But it can’t be all fun and games, can it? Well … maybe. For those days when sinking your toes in the sand simply isn’t on the agenda, it’s important to know that there are a variety of other activities to keep the family busy. And that’s certainly the case in coastal Carolina. Sure, we have the sand, sun and plenty of water to keep us anchored in place, but we also have a variety of museums, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and a rich cultural and historical heritage. Learn about the folk arts of Down East Carteret County, get a glimpse into the military past of Topsail Island or learn about the state’s first official fire brigade at the Fireman’s Museum in New Bern. Get up close with history or learn all about the marine life that call Eastern North Carolina home. No fear, when you have a little bit of time on your hands, we’ve got plenty to keep you entertained. Here are a few of our favorite places:

While miles of beach front await newcomers to Eastern North Carolina, few are as breathtaking as the undeveloped expanses found at Cape Lookout National Seashore. The site is managed by the National Park Service, which maintains a headquarters at the end of Island Road on Harkers Island. The 56-miles of barrier islands, accessible by private boat or water ferry, provide a perfect backdrop for shelling, fishing, camping and more. The southern end of the island is home to one of the state’s most recognizable lighthouses, now more than 150 years old. The lighthouse is open on select days during the summer months. Shackleford Banks, the most southern island in the park, is home to a herd of the region’s wild horses. Details: 252-728-2250,


Located on Harkers Island, this clearinghouse of Down East heritage is a must stop for anyone curious about this culturally-rich rural region. Once dependent on the water that surrounds it, Down East families entwined with boat building, decoy carving, hunting and fishing – a story that is told through community exhibits, artifacts and special programs. The centerpiece of the museum’s

annual schedule, Waterfowl Weekend, is held annually on the first weekend of December. Details: 252-728-1500, www.


Guarding the Crystal Coast as its port of entry, Fort Macon’s design and construction continue to stand the test of time and serve as an educational centerpiece. The bathhouse area features a public swimming beach, the rock jetty offers a great place to try your hand at surf fishing and the trails provide a great opportunity to do a little bird spotting. But it’s the wellpreserved pentagonal brick Civil War fortress that brings visitors to the site. Several of the casements contain displays, including a great collection of military uniforms, with more than half having been left untouched; allowing visitors to truly experience what life in the fort was like. Details: 252-7263775,


History from around Carteret County has found its place at The History Place, Morehead City. From the area’s military history to a horse-drawn carriage that belonged to Civil War spy Emeline Pigott, no stone is left unturned when it comes to telling the story of this vibrant region. The Jack Spencer Goodwin Library, with more than 6,000 publications, genealogy materials, Civil War history collections and an extensive picture file is available to the public for research. Details: 252-247-7533,


From the Mountains to the Sea, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores explores the wildlife of North Carolina’s waterways with a focus on preservation of the state’s delicate ecosystems. One of the highlights, the 306,000gallon Living Shipwreck, features sand tiger sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of fish gliding around a three-quarter-scale replica of a German U-boat found off the coast. The aquarium has a full schedule of programs throughout the year, including summer and holiday camps for the youngsters and the popular Succulent Seafood program held at various

restaurants. Details: 252-2474003,


One of three maritime museums in the state system, the flagship in Beaufort tells the tale of Eastern North Carolina’s long-standing relationship with the Atlantic waters that surround it. In recent years, the team has been tasked with the excavation and preservation of artifacts excavated from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the Pirate’s vessel that was lost just outside Beaufort inlet. The museum is a great place to get a glimpse at items that have been prepared for display. Educational programs are the cornerstone of the museum, with a varied schedule of programs for all ages. The Summer Science Program and Jr. Sailing Program, both offered for youngsters, are always favorites. Details: 252-728-7317,


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Opened in 1998 on the 100th anniversary of Pepsi-Cola, this New Bern landmark marks the site where the popular soft drink was first mixed and sold by pharmacist Caleb Davis Bradham. The medical school dropout owned and operated Bradham’s Drug Store on the site, and first blended carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, vanilla and other “rare oils� as a beverage for the public. Today, visitors will find themed merchandise and an ice cold Pepsi from the fountain. Details: 252-636-5898 or www. 236 Chatham St. • Newport • 252-223-5509

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Looking for a shady way to get back to nature? Pull out your hiking boots and find your spot in the Croatan National Forest, home to a collection of hiking trails, boat launches, campgrounds and dayuse areas. The Croatan is home to a large number of carnivorous plants native to the area, including the Venus flytrap. Civil War buffs will want to visit the site where the Battle of New Bern was fought, now a portion of the national forest. Headquarters is located at 141 East Fisher Ave., just outside of New Bern, although trails can be found as far east as Carteret

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Trace the steps of the first chartered fire brigade, the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Company, and its competitors, the New Bern Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1. Established in 1955, the museum is currently raising funds to restore the Central Fire Station on Broad Street to its 1928 appearance, with hopes of relocating into the space. Details: 252-636-4087, www.


This regal centerpiece to New Bern’s historic districts is a reproduction of the mansion constructed in 1770 for Colonial Governor William Tryon, who, after spending just a year in the home, fled North Carolina to become governor of New York. The original home was destroyed by fire in 1798, however, historians rallied to rebuild it in the 1950s. In 2010, the site opened the NC History Center, a state-of-the-

art museum, theater and meeting space that helps greet visitors yearround. A full schedule of special programs and events make this an active place to visit. Details: 252514-4900 or

a hayride through the forest or just swing by for a treat from the farm’s bakery. A full family style restaurant is available on-site. 888820-3276,


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A memorial in Jacksonville remembers the 273 Marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit from Camp Lejeune who were killed when a terrorist’s truck laden with explosives destroyed their headquarters in Lebanon. Many members of the unit, which was there as part of a peace keeping mission, were from the Jacksonville area. Trees, a statue and a poem cast in bronze complete the memorial. Details: visitors/Beirut_memorial.


Located in Beulaville, this family-oriented working farm features hayrides, Christmas tours, group cookouts, dinner shows and an array of events throughout the year. Visit the barnyard, take


Onslow County Museum, which focuses on stimulating an interest in and teaching about the cultural and natural history of Onslow County. From the military to agriculture, industry to recreation, the story is told through a variety of exhibits, programs and special events. The museum features regular art exhibits and a research room. Details: 910-324-5008, www.



This quiet sailing community opened this small taste of Oriental’s rich history in 2005 and continues to grow both its collection and programs. Located at 802 Broad St. in Oriental, the museum depicts everyday life in the sailing town of Oriental through the ages. Visitors can see everything from oyster

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scoops to a bronzed porthole from the shipwreck of the steamship Oriental, from which the town got its name. Admission is free. Details: 252-249-0555.


With a strong base in agriculture and fishing, this combined heritage center and museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Pamlico County. Changing exhibits provide a glimpse into

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history to be found in Eastern North Carolina, none can challenge the elusive history of Topsail Island. The Missiles and More Museum, however, does a great job and sharing that story to visitors and new residents. From 1946 to 1948, the island was home to the secretive Operation Bumblebee. More than 200 experimental rockets were fired from the shores here, helping steer the US guided missile program. The museum holds a variety of interesting artifacts,

exhibits, oral histories and ongoing programs. Details: 910-329-4446,

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Located in Surf City, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center comes to the aid of nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, as well as sick and injured sea turtles. Caring for an average of 20 sea turtles each day, volunteers administer medicine, food, water and lots of tender loving care in hopes the turtles can be rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat. The facility is open to the public during select times. Details: www.

As picturesque as it is educational, this site just north of Wilmington gives visitors the chance to visit a day in the life of a Southern peanut plantation. Costumed guides lead visitors through the restored mansion, recount its colorful history and demonstrate skills important to daily 19th Century life. Poplar Grove Plantation hosts a number of annual events including an Herb and Garden Fair, Grooves in the Grove concerts and a Christmas


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deciding factor in relocation for families is a county’s school system. Eastern North Carolina makes this an easy decision with quality schools in each of the counties, as well as higher education opportunities up and down the coast. Several area schools strive to be the best and have been named a School of Excellence. Think beyond high school when looking into these school systems. Training, certifications and associate’s degrees are offered at area community colleges. In addition to the higher education extension facilities offered, ECU and UNCWilmington are both within reasonable driving distances for graduates looking to stay closer to home while receiving a higher education from an accredited university.

Carteret County

City, Dover, River Bend, Trent Woods, Vanceboro and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The mission of Craven County schools is to unite families and communities and rigorously challenge all students to graduate from high school and be globally competitive for post-secondary education, work and life in today’s society. Craven Community College continuously adapts to the needs of Eastern North Carolina in order to provide quality educational opportunities for its residents. The college is a leader in computer technology and offers an expanding registered nursing program, as well as an aeronautical technology program. The two-campus institution, with locations in New Bern and Havelock, serves more than 4,500 curriculum or college credit students and almost 10,000 continuing education students each year.

Onslow County

The Onslow County School District is home to many military families surrounding Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. With the county’s growth over the past decade, the school system has had to anticipate and maintain this growth with adequate classroom space and resources. The county boasts 37 educational facilities, accommodating a student population of approximately 24,000. Including 20 elementary schools, eight middle schools, seven high schools, one early childhood development center and one alternative learning program, Onslow County’s school system is among the 15 largest systems in North Carolina and strives to provide an atmosphere of support for educational innovation and opportunity for all its students. Coastal Carolina Community College provides services and integrated training solutions to ensure Onslow County’s industries are among the most competitive in the global marketplace. The college allows students an opportunity to acquire associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, workforce

The Carteret County Public School System serves the students of Carteret County from Cedar Point to Cedar Island. There are 85 miles of gorgeous coastal scenery, friendly towns, 16 public schools and two charter schools committed to creating opportunities for all students to succeed. The school system serves almost 9,000 students each year. Carteret Community College is beautifully positioned on the shores of Bogue Sound, a part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Accredited by the Southern Association Carteret County Colleges and Schools since 1974, and with Public Schools, K-12 more than 100 educational and training Carteret County Public School System 107 Safrit Drive courses to choose from, students have Beaufort, NC 28516 the opportunity to pursue certifications, 252-728-4583 • diploma or associate degrees. Carteret Community College operates under an Higher Education Carteret Community College “open door” admissions policy. Except 3505 Arendell St. for selected programs of study, the college Morehead City, NC 28557 accepts all persons who are at least 18 252-222-6000 • years old, have received a high school Craven County equivalency and completed general Public Schools, K- 12 admission requirements. The student Craven County Public School System body consists of around 1,900 curriculum 3600 Trent Road and 4,500 continuing education students, New Bern, NC 28562 252-514-6300 • reflecting a rich diversity of age, income, ethnicity and educational background.

Craven County

Craven County easily handles enrollment of more than 15,000 students with 25 schools – five high schools, five middle schools and 15 elementary schools. The county covers students from New Bern, Havelock, Bridgeton, Cove

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Higher Education Craven Community College at New Bern 800 College Court New Bern, NC 28562 252-638-7200 •

Craven Community College at Havelock 305 Cunningham Blvd. Havelock, NC 28532 252-444-6005 •

development, training and the chance to transfer credits to a four-year university. Coastal Carolina values academic excellence, focuses on learning outcomes and student success, provides leadership for community cooperation and actively contributes to the economic development of Onslow County.

Pamlico County

The mission of Pamlico County Schools is to prepare all students for further education and to be productive, responsible citizens who function effectively in a changing world. Pamlico Community College is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Huskins Bill Program & DualEnrollment Program provides the opportunity for Pamlico Community College (PCC) and Pamlico County High School students to offer a seamless educational flow from high school to college. Now students can take college-level courses tuition-free, while enrolled in high school.

Pender County

Pender County Schools are among the fastest growing school districts by rate in North Carolina, and students still continually exceed local and state performance on state end-of-grade tests. The county plays host to 16 schools, including an early college high school. The schools are located in a diverse array of suburban and rural communities, with more than 1,200 employees working to provide a great learning environment for more than 8,000 students. Cape Fear Community College operates a satellite campus in Burgaw and also offers classes at the Surf City Community Center. CFCC is the sixth largest community college in the state with more than 27,000 students taking classes each year. The college offers accreditations and certifications in programs from nursing to criminal justice technology.

Mount Olive College at New Bern 2912 Trent Road New Bern, NC 28562 252-633-4464 •

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Public Schools, K-12 Onslow County Public School System 200 Broadhurst Road Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-455-2211 •

Higher Education Coastal Carolina Community College 444 Western Blvd. Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-455-1221 •

Mount Olive College at Jacksonville 2543 Onslow Drive Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-455-1677 •

Pamlico County

Public Schools, K-12 Pamlico County Public School System 507 Anderson Drive Bayboro, NC 28515 252-745-4171 •

Higher Education Pamlico Community College

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Pender County

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t’s easy to live a life of culture in Eastern North Carolina with its theatre has been producing musicals and plays for the community for abundance of art, music and theater. Each of the counties in this remore than 60 years. Drawing from a community of talented singers, gion has active arts councils that use fundraising to support local artists actors and musicians, each production goes off without a hitch. Carteret and programs. Active theater galleries dot the coastline and bring joy Community College also showcases the talents of its students through to crowds all year long. The area is host to several free concerts each plays each semester. Craven County offers several theater companies including Ratio summer, and the NC Symphony makes several appearances. There is no shortage of creativity on the coast. Theatre Company, New Bern Civic Theatre and RiverTowne Repertory The plethora of art galleries on the Crystal Coast is a great way Players. From “Hello, Dolly!” to “The Little Mermaid” to “Sweeny for visitors and residents to get to know local and regional artists and Todd,” there’s sure to be a play or musical to peak your interest. their works. Many galleries in New Bern are working studios which Oriental’s Old Theater is the center of entertainment for Pamlico allows local artisans to use the facilities to create works and then have County and hosts musical performances, films and many other events in them displayed in the galleries. Studios in Carteret, Craven and Pender the renovated venue each year. The Sneads Ferry Community Theater counties offer classes for all experience levels. Some galleries offer has been entertaining residents since 2002. The community theater also popular wine and painting events. Stop in for drinks, participate in a offers a reader’s theater, where actors perform a reading of scheduled class and take home a piece of art all in one night. plays. Aside from standing galleries, Craven County also hosts several If music is more to your liking, night spots showcasing area talent arts festivals and events, including the annual Bridgeton Riverfest and can be found in most towns dotting the landscape. For a more classical ArtWalk, which occurs every other month. ArtExposure in Pender approach, the American Music Festival, Coastal Carolina Chamber County is a gallery that hosts events, classes and shows all within the Music Festival, Down East FolkArts Society, Pamlico Musical Society interior of a barn. Located in Hampstead, ArtExposure offers classes for and the NC Symphony are just some of the groups offering concerts series adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, in the area. New Bern and Ocean City both host stained glass and yoga. jazz festivals and showcases. During the summer, The Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition many communities host free concert series. Come Carteret County hosts four shows each year, three outdoor shows at May look out for Alive at Five and Jaycee Park Arts Council of Carteret County the Beaufort Historic Site and one indoor holiday concerts in Morehead City, Concerts at Fort 252-726-9156 show. The coalition’s members display myriad Macon, SwanFest in Swansboro, EmeraldFest artistic talents including painting, woodworking, in Emerald Isle, concerts at Soundside Park in photography, glass, china painting, jewelry, Surf City and Grooves in Grove at Poplar Gove Craven County candles, hats and pottery. The Onslow Art Society Plantation. The Pamlico Musical Society and Craven Arts Council and Gallery, Inc. 252-638-2577 hosts a series of juried shows throughout the year. Down East Folk Arts bring a variety of national The society changes showcases about once a and regional artist to Eastern North Carolina. month and includes a holiday showcase and sale You can find these concerts in a variety of venues Onslow County and several competitions. The Pamlico County including Clawson’s on the Beaufort waterfront The Onslow Art Society Arts Council honors visual, performing and and the Old Theater in Oriental. The Isaac Taylor 910-455-9840 literary artists from the area. The council includes Garden in downtown New Bern hosts a variety of the Pamlico Musical Society, the Coastal Photo music performances, including the annual OKT Club, local actors, dancers and visual artists plus Music Fest in October. Pamlico County Bars and restaurants along the waterfront several art galleries. This region offers a strong Pamlico County Arts Council artist community and fosters arts education at the keep the live music coming all weekend long. 252-249-9999 local level. Look no further for popular local bands and If performing art is of interest, the community regional artists covering all genres from classic theaters should keep you busy year-round. The rock to beach music. Whatever you fancy in Pender County Pender County Arts Council Carteret Community Theatre is a favorite of terms of arts and culture, Eastern North Carolina 910-259-4891 residents and always has a busy season. The will keep you entertained.

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Salt Life Take to the Water in Eastern North Carolina

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here’s always something to do when you have the ocean and sound at your fingertips. The area has a long season, with warmer weather extending well into the fall months. Take advantage of this extra time to explore all that you can do on the water, from boating and kayaking to parasailing and jet skiing. Get a bird’s eye view of the Crystal Coast or Topsail region by booking a parasailing excursion. Several companies offer parasailing cruises providing overhead views of the inlet, Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Stump Sound and more. Book a ride with a partner and don’t forget the camera to document the spectacular coastline from the best vantage point anyone could have. To get an overview of the area, check out the various family-owned cruise options that set up shop along each town’s waterfront. These tours cover much of the region’s waterways and span from an hour to four hours with a variety of focuses, from catching the dolphins at play or watching the sun set. In addition, ferries will take you to Sand Dollar Island, between Bird Shoals and Shackleford Banks. Spend the day searching for the perfect sand dollar on small islands that all but disappears when the tide come in. Watch the famous wild horses that inhabit some of our islands, or relax and watch the sunset as you cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway. For those wanting to do something more athletic and challenging, take a shot at surfing, paddle boarding or windsurfing. Local surf shops usually offer lessons, and you can even rent equipment for your stay. Master any of these water sports and you’ll definitely have something to brag about. For some high speed fun, visit the sound side of Indian Beach for jet ski rentals, banana boat rides that hold up to eight people and the new flyboard, a water-powered hover board. The flyboard is sure to be a hit among locals and tourists. For thrill seeking, look no further. To really see the active wildlife and beautiful landscapes, opt for a kayak or a canoe. Paddle through the marsh grasses around the Rachel Carson Reserve in search of egrets and wild horses, or move further west for a trip up the Neuse River. From the Neuse, take a detour down the Trent River and into Brices Creek, a branch that extends into the Croatan National Forest for ample opportunities for wildlife observation. Or head over to Oriental for the best sailing in the state. The quaint waterfront village hosts sailing races every week, and is the perfect place if you want to try it out for yourself. Find a local sailor to show you the ropes, and you’ll be hooked in no time. Diving enthusiasts have another realm of exploration beneath the waters of the Crystal Coast. A combination of diving perfection with ample wreck-diving, coupled with warm waters and days of up to 75 feet of clear visibility make for an unforgettable diving experience. These are just a few of the reasons that Morehead City is ranked number one among North American diving destinations and among the top five dive spots in the world, according to the readers of Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine. The waters of the Crystal Coast possess a hidden graveyard of more than 2,000 vessels that have made their final resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic. In addition to the shipwrecks offshore, divers find the waters teeming with aquatic life. Stingrays, cobia, grouper and lobster are commonly found in the area, along with several varieties of coral. The Crystal Coast was made for boating. With numerous marinas located in the towns along the waterways, there’s always a place to dock for the night. Some restaurants and businesses along waterfronts even offer dock rent for a night’s stay. Ride through the Pamlico Sound and into the Neuse River to explore the rural seaport towns before heading into New Bern and into the Trent River. Or head to the Cape Lookout National Seashore from Harkers Island, and continue the journey through sounds surrounding Carteret County. Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the fun on the water is over. Hop on board a large vessel for one of the area’s many dinner cruises. Partake in a catered dinner of local fares, then enjoy the night dancing and socializing under the stars and on top of the water. Get tickets with a group or take a date. Either way, it’s sure to be a blast. To really see what this area has to offer, take to the water. Whether by boat, kayak or under the sea, look for the treasures hidden along the coast. There is something for everyone to enjoy, so why not try it all? Throughout the year, there’s always something to do on the water. | 29

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Off the Hook

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n most regions of the country, fish tales are as abundant as mosquitoes. In Eastern North Carolina, however, fishermen don’t have too much time to tell tales – they’re too busy reeling in the big ones! Whether chasing the elusive blue marlin or casting a line from the coastline in hopes of nabbing a flounder, residents find year-round activity in the waters of Eastern North Carolina. Before dropping a line in North Carolina be sure you have all the legal papers in place. A NC Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) is required for any person 16 and older and can easily be purchased by visiting www. or calling 1-888-248-6834 to find a nearby license location. Licenses can be purchased for a week, year, or a lifetime. For those not interested in purchasing that lifetime license just yet, or aren’t quite sure they want to start lining the brims of their hats with fish hooks, most coastal piers hold a blanket license. Pier-goers can fish for the day with the family with no worries of paperwork. Newcomers looking for the chance to nab one of those true trophy fish, may find a great introduction to off-shore fishing on a “head boat,” large vessels that can take as many as 50 anglers out in a trip. Excursions range from half- to full-day and cost anywhere from $65 to a little more than $100. Folks with deeper pockets will find a variety of private charter boats along the coast. These smaller vessels, usually hired by a private party of four to six people, generally offer both half- and whole-day trips. Daily fees easily top $1,200 for a full party without the 20-percent tip for the hardworking crew, however, splitting the cost between six anglers makes chartering more affordable. Regardless of the approach, fishing in coastal Carolina is an adventure the whole family can enjoy.



Looking for a challenge while casting along Eastern North Carolina? Here is a listing of some of the area’s largest annual fishing tournaments: Red Fish Action Elite Series. This series sees anglers taking to the water in Wilmington in April, Sneads Ferry in June and Beaufort in August in a family-friendly atmosphere. Details:


Reelin’ For Research. Charity fishing tournament in Morehead City for UNC Children’s Hospital Research Division. The entry fee is $1,000. Details: or info@ *Hatteras Village Offshore Open. The annual kick off for the NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament brings prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 1-888-544-8115. JWR Gaffer Dolphin Tournament. With boundaries from Hatteras to Morehead City, this contest for billfish, wahoo, tuna and cobia includes women’s and youth divisions. Details: *Swansboro Rotary Memorial Day Bluewater 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 in Morehead City and Casper’s Marina in Swansboro. Details: 252-422-9100 or


Fisherman’s Post Southport Inshore Challenge. Offers flounder and speckled trout divisions, as well as divisions for aggregate weight, senior angler, lady angler and junior angler. Details: Invitational Blue Marlin Release Tournament. Tuna, dolphin and wahoo weighins daily during this five-day event at the Hatteras Marlin Club. Details: 252-986-2454 or www. *Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Total prize money tops $1 million. Weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront. Details: 252-247-3575 or CCCF Spanish Mackerel/Dolphin Fishing Tournament. Carteret Community College Foundation tourney helps raise funds for college programs and scholarships. Weigh-in is slated at The Boathouse in Beaufort, a sponsor of the event. Details: Wes Daniels, 252-222-6222. *Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set in Wrightsville Beach with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 910-256-6666 or


Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament. Raising awareness of the offshore billfish fishing in Hatters during the summer, this tournament continues to grow with each passing year. Details: 252-986-2500, www. *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: 252-808-2286 or Onslow Bay Spanish Mackerel Tournament. With an entry fee of $75 per vessel, it’s hard to beat this one-day tournament in Swansboro. Junior angler awards are also presented. Details: *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 Oriental Rotary In-Shore Slam/ Tarpon Tournament. Celebrating more than 20 years, these dueling in-shore tournaments raise money for the Rotary’s charitable work and scholarships. Details: 252-249-0400, www. Fisherman’s Post Southport Inshore Challenge. Offers flounder and speckled trout divisions, as well as divisions for aggregate weight, senior angler, lady angler and junior angler. Wrightsville Beach Marina, Wrightsville Beach. Details:


*Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament in Manteo with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252-473-1015 or Onslow Bay Open King Mackerel Tournament. Based in Swansboro, this annual tournament is 14 this year and helps raise money for a variety of charitable projects. Details: www. Hook and Bones Redfish Open. Held in conjunction with Swansboro Parks & Recreation, this new tournament (it turns 3 this year) paid out more than $12,000 in 2013. Details: Sneads Ferry Rotary Club King Mackerel Tournament. Held at New River Marina, this charitable tournament boosts the Rotary’s community support and showcases the region’s great fishing. Details: www.

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Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament. Free registration. All trout must be caught on foot (surf, pier, inlet or sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. Sponsored by the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Dept. Details: 252-354-6350. Swansboro Rotary King Mackerel Tournament. With a $30,000 guaranteed first place award, this popular tournament takes advantage of the region’s great fall fishing. Details: *Indicates a Governor’s Cup Billfishing Tournament

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The Golf Coast Golf Continues to be a Draw along the Coast


ummon your inner Jack Nicklaus and tee off at one of the many first-rate courses around the Crystal Coast, Treasure Coast and inland Eastern North Carolina. With more than 500 golf courses across the state, North Carolina is a popular destination for die-hard golfers. And the coastal region, with its temperate climate, seaside terrain and scenic nature, is a large part of the appeal for golfers in the coastal plains. Whether it’s coastal marshes and sand dunes or farmland and forest, the east has varying terrain that creates a magnificent canvas for any golf architect. Many famous golf course professionals and designers have lent their talents and expertise to mold seaside landscapes into breathtaking fairways and greens, all helping to produce championship courses and many memorable holes. “I’ve been golfing on courses all across the state and the country and to be quite honest, some of the best golfing is right here in our backyard,” said Stephen Baker, Newport resident and avid golfer. The courses here blend seamlessly with the nature surrounding them, possessing views of the ocean, inlets or sounds and the Intracoastal Waterway. Further inland, courses are set amongst towering pines, pristine forests and coastal marshes. It is not unusual for a foursome to be joined by herons, deer and other wildlife on courses only miles away from the pristine

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“Also, in general there aren’t the crowds. If you want to play with a bunch of your buddies, you don’t want to go to Myrtle Beach because someone will be right behind you all day,” said King. “If you come here with a bachelor party of five guys you can all play together. That would never Teeing Off happen in Myrtle Golf courses dot the landscape of Eastern North Carolina. Beach.” Here are a few you may want to try out. Standard coursBelvedere Country Club North Shore Country Club es in the area offer (Hampstead), 910-270-2703 (Sneads Ferry), 910-327-2410 top quality services Carolina Pines Golf & Country Club Olde Point Golf & Country Club and club houses, (New Bern), 252-444-1000 (Hampstead), 910-270-2403 so take a break beCastle Bay Country Club Paradise Point Golf Course tween the ninth and (Hampstead), 910-270-1978 (Camp Lejeune), 910-451-5445 tenth holes to grab Emerald Golf Club Quaker Neck Country Club a snack or drop in (New Bern), 252-633-4440 (Trenton), 252-224-5736 after finishing up Jacksonville Country Club Rock Creek Golf Course (Jacksonville), 910-346-9255 (Jacksonville), 910-324-5151 the round for a beer and meal. Explore Minnesott Golf & Country Club River Bend Golf & Country Club (Minnesott Beach), 252-249-0813 (New Bern), 252-638-2819 the pro shops and find the best the New Bern Golf & Country Club Taberna Country Club (New Bern), 252-637-4061 (New Bern), 252-514-2854 game has to offer in clubs, clothing, Topsail Greens Golf Club (Hampstead), 910-270-2883 shoes and everything else needed to live the golfing lifestyle. With subtropical weather, golfers are lured here year beaches. The natural aesthetics of the area is round. But perhaps the best time to hit the links illustrated throughout all the courses in coastal is the spring and fall, when the temperatures cool Carolina, providing a serene environment for toand the beach crowds return home, leaving less tal relaxation – that is unless you hit that pond or people to hinder the game. Keep in mind that one of the many wooded areas where a ball could most courses require scheduled tee-times, so it is be lost in the abyss. best to call ahead. “The only real difference here is the breeze “One of the best parts about being a golfer – the wind. The effect of the ocean breeze comes here in Eastern North Carolina is that you can into play a lot more here than it would in Fayetteplay pretty much all year long, especially if the ville or Pinehurst or Charlotte, and so on,” said winter is mild. It allows for a sport that is usually Scott King, general manager of Brandywine Bay seasonal to be played much longer than in most Golf Course in Morehead City. “But, the ocean places further inland,” said Baker. breeze is something folks should enjoy along “The thing I like most about golfing on the with the beautiful scenery.” coast here is the temperature and the weather. It’s Swing enthusiasts shouldn’t mistake the the exception when you can’t play year round,” golf scene around the coast as simple or overKing agreed. “I think the pricing is practical. One ly relaxing – there are many demanding holes of the things about coming here to the Crystal throughout the area, with some being so chalCoast is that there are so many things for families lenging that even the most seasoned golfers keep to participate in. There are still a lot of activities returning to try and lower their handicap. Most that you can build golf into as part of your vacacourses in the area were designed with both the tion time here.” professional and beginning golfer in mind, allowing even the first-timers to enjoy a day out on the links at any one of the nearby courses.

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E v ents JANUARY Dolphin Dip/Penguin Plunge Both Topsail Island and the Crystal Coast ring in the new year with a frigid dip in the waters of the Atlantic for charity. The Dolphin Dip is held at the Surf City Beach Access and the Penguin Plunge takes place at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Details: or Running of the Dragon In China, the dragon represents power, wisdom, strength and good luck for the coming year. The tradition is maintained in North Carolina’s Oriental. Folks line the street with noisemakers and gather luck by touching the dragon during its 8:30 and 11:30pm runs on New Year’s Eve. Details:

FEBRUARY Carolina Chocolate Festival More than 30 chocolatiers from across the nation offer samples and sales at the popular event in Morehead City. Details: 877-848-4976,

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Gloucester Mardi Gras Get a feel for the Mississippi Delta with gumbo, dance and music. Organized by the Cajun/Zydeco musicians of Unknown Tongues and a band of volunteers, this festive event is free and open to all who want to join in the spirit of the rural Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana in a Down East setting. Costumes are welcomed (bring your beads!) at this family-friendly event. Held at the Gloucester Community Center. Details: Sunday Jazz Showcase For more than 25 years, the Craven Arts Council has been celebrating jazz in New Bern. Afternoon and evening performances are planned with a variety of visiting artists annually. Details: 252-6382577 or cravenarts@cravenarts. org.

MARCH Cherry Point Half Marathon This public event based aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point features a 13.1 mile flat course through a combination

of residential neighborhoods and forest. Details: 252-466-2208. Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival Featuring more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, live entertainment, face painters and more. Details: 252-354-6350. Herb & Garden Fair Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington, offers a variety of local herbs, edible flower and bedding plants, native trees and topiaries and more during this spring gardening expo. Cooking classes are offered and visitors can enjoy an informative bird hike through the Abbey Nature Preserve. Details: or pgp@

APRIL Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend Tempt your palate with fine wine and delectable food during this popular annual event benefitting the Beaufort Historical Association and the NC Maritime Mu-

seum. Winemakers and celebrity chefs from around the globe converge on the waterfront village for a week of varied activities. Details: 252-728-5225 or New Bern Historic Homes & Gardens Tour Some of the town’s privately owned historic homes and sites open their doors and welcome guests to help raise funds for the Historical Society. 252-638-8558 or Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest Dish up some good times and what many claim is the nation’s largest whole hog barbecue. Concession stands, rides, crafts, bake sales and live entertainment with plates of the barbecue on sale by noon on Saturday. Details: Oriental In-Water Boat Show Sponsored by the Oriental Rotary Club, this annual show features more than 70 vendors representing new and used boats, varied

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maritime products and services and more. Details: 252-249-0228 or

MAY Beaufort Music Festival Downtown Beaufort welcomes the warm weather with two days of free live music on two stages. Special artists are planned for the youngsters. Details: Crystal Coast Boat Show Sponsored by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association, this event features exhibitors with all types of marine products and services, including boat manufacturing, gear, fishing tackle, outfitters and more. The festivities include a street fair and the Artrageous art show. Details: 252-808-0440 or Marine Corps Air Show The annual air show and open house rotates annually between Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock and Marine Corps Air

Station New River, Jacksonville. Demonstrations, static displays, entertainment and fireworks can be expected. Blankets, lawn chairs and other comfort items are suggested. Details: www.cherrypointairshow. com. Wooden Boat Show Join the NC Maritime Museum for a day full of demonstrations, lectures, races, competitions and more, all focused on some of the most elegant wooden boats still in action. While the action takes place on the tree-lined Beaufort waterfront, free parking and shuttle is offered at the site’s Gallants Channel Annex. Details: 252-728-7317 or

JUNE Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour Explore some of the beautifully-restored historic homes, gardens, churches, artist studios and public buildings throughout this waterfront village. Event supports the Beaufort Historical Association. Details: 252-728-5225,

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament One of the oldest 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: or 252-2473575. 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 bringing kayak and paddle board races, a family fun race, 5K and 10K bike rides and lunch. Details: 252-2474353 or NC Blueberry Festival This annual celebration is held in Burgaw in Pender County, which is ranked as the second larg-

est blueberry producer in the state. Details: 910-259-2007.

JULY Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic A local charity competition at the Bogue Inlet Pier, Emerald Isle, gives spectators a chance to see professional and amateur surfers battle against one another for trophies and bragging rights. Details: Classy Chassis Car Show More than 175 vintage vehicles and antique tractors converge on Popular Grove Plantation in Hampstead for this annual show. Historic Beaufort Road Race 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:

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(continued from page 35) Oriental Croaker Festival An all-American, small-town Independence Day celebration. Includes live music, a kids fun park, arts and crafts vendors, nautical flea market, parade and Croaker Festival Regatta. Details: 252-2490555,

AUGUST Beaufort Pirate Invasion With events throughout Beaufort, this annual festival includes a reenactment of a pirate attack on Beaufort and the subsequent trials. A parade, educational programs and rousing parties make this fun for the whole family. Don’t forget your pirate costume! Details: 252-728-5225. Sculpt for Wildlife This annual Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter sand sculpting contest is held on the beach in front of the Atlantic Lodge in Pine Knoll Shores on the first Saturday in August. Details: 252-240-1200. Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival This two-day affair celebrates the area’s bountiful seafood with a fun party for the entire family. Expect live music, the Shrimparoo Shrimp Dinner, arts and crafts vendors, rides, games and more. Details:

SEPTEMBER Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride This two-day cycling event raises funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis in North and South Carolina and throughout the US. Cyclists can choose to ride 30, 75, 50 or 100 miles on fullysupported routes each day. Details:

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Cycling for the Coast Celebrate National Estuaries Day with a ride along beautiful Bogue Banks to raise funds for the NC Coastal Federation. Funds raised will benefit the federation’s restoration and protection projects. Details: NC Spot Festival Hampstead is home to this annual event which pays homage to the spot fish. Enjoy music, games, a pageant, vendors and a traditional Southern spot meal. Details: www.

OCTOBER Autumn with Topsail Held the third weekend in October in Topsail Beach and sponsored by the Topsail Island Historical and Cultural Arts Council. Come for food, live music, events and craft booths. Details: Carolina Kite Fest Sponsored annually by Kites Unlimited in Atlantic Beach and held on the beach at The Circle, the kite fest takes advantage of the fall ocean breezes to raise this fun-filled weekend to new heights. Free. Details: 252-247-7011, Coastal Carolina Ag Fair The Craven County Fairgrounds host this annual county fair, complete with rides, concessions, games and contests featuring everything from home-baked pies to livestock. Details: Mullet Festival Beginning with a parade down Hwy 24 in Swansboro, mullet fish are celebrated each year

with vendors, music, arts and crafts and a kids area, all topped off with a mullet fry. Held the second Saturday and Sunday in October. MUMFest This award-winning fall festival brings more than 80,000 guests to downtown New Bern, for live entertainment, venues, amusement rides, roving street entertainment and more. Details: www.mumfest. com. NC Seafood Festival Features live music, rides, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. Special events include: Blessing of the Fleet, annual Southern Outer Banks Boat Show and Outdoor Expo, Twin Bridges 8K Road Race and opening ceremonies. Average attendance is around 125,000 for the three days. Details:

NOVEMBER Civil War Weekend Step into the Civil War as Tryon Palace remembers the birth of James City and the participation of the US Colored Troops stationed in New Bern. Details: Great Mullet Run This annual event for the Swansboro Rotary Club includes a 5K race and a 1-mile walk/run event. Details: 910-326-5066. BHA Community Thanksgiving Feast The Beaufort Historical Association brings Beaufort restaurants together to create a true community meal. Eat on site or take your ultimate Thanksgiving dinner home with you. Details: 252-728-5225.

DECEMBER Core Sound Decoy Festival More than quarter of a century old, this cool-weather event features more than 90 exhibitors displaying and selling decoys and waterfowl artifacts at Harkers Island Elementary School in Harkers Island. The decoy competition consists of both decorative and non-decorative (floating) contemporary carvings. Details: Waterfowl Weekend The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center opens its doors the first weekend in December with a full slate of traditional, down-home fun. Expect decoy carvers with their wares, educational exhibits, competitions, arts and crafts and plenty of food. Details: 252-728-1500. Festival of Trees Hospice of Carteret County’s annual fundraiser is held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Enjoy live entertainment while browsing trees decorated by local organizations and take a moment to visit with Santa during his busy season. Details: 252-808-6085. Holiday Flotillas Each Christmas, the residents of coastal towns don their warmest winter gear and surround the waterfronts for floating Christmas parades. Events can be found in Surf City, Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead/Beaufort.

resident advisor Making Your Move Official

Once everything is all moved in and a decent amount of time has been spent on the water, you may feel like you’re a local already – but you need to make it official. Take the time to establish legal residency by updating voter registration, vehicle registration and obtaining a valid North Carolina driver’s license if you’re moving from out of state. Some things can be accomplished online, like changing and establishing mail service. For information on changing your mailing address and having mail forwarded, visit the US Postal Service website at

Register to Vote

Voter registration may be completed at any driver’s license examination office when conducting official DMV business with that office, such as applying for or renewing a driver’s license or identification card. Public assistance agencies, disability services agencies and the Employment Security Commission also offer voter registration. It can also be accomplished by printing the voter registration application from the NC Board of Elections website and mailing the completed form to the local county board of elections office. If you have moved more than 30 days prior to the election, you will need to update your registration with your new address no later than 25 days prior to the election. If you have moved fewer than 30 days prior to the election, you are still qualified

to vote in your prior polling place and may vote only there, even if you moved outside of your county. For more information on voter registration, visit

Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration

All new residents who plan to operate a vehicle in the state must obtain a driver’s license within 60 days of establishing a permanent residence. To obtain a valid driver’s license in North Carolina, an applicant must have at least two acceptable forms of identification, proof of residency and liability insurance and possession of a social security card. It is also required for the applicant to pass written, street signs and vision tests. First time drivers must complete a driving road test along with the other tests, and if an applicant surrenders a valid license from another state, the examiner decides whether to require a road test. With a driver’s license in hand, you can register your vehicle with the state. To register, the DMV requires the title, proof of liability insurance and the appropriate forms completed, which can be found online. To obtain a license plate, the vehicle must be registered and titled in North Carolina. Then bring a vehicle description (title, title number or VIN), proof of liability insurance and proof of registration. Private passenger automobiles also require a title fee and a registration fee in order to obtain a license plate and validation decals.


State bird: Cardinal State flower: Dogwood State shell: Scotch Bonnet State vegetable: Sweet potato State motto: “Esse Quam Videri� or “to be rather than to seem� For active military or enrolled college students who are residents of another state, a change of registration may not be required. For additional information, visit the NC Division of Motor Vehicles’ website, Select Area Driver’s License Locations: Carteret County Craven County 5347 Highway 70 W 2106 Neuse Blvd. Morehead City New Bern 252-726-5586 252-514-4734 Onslow County 299 Hwy 17 Jacksonville 910-347-3613

Pamlico County 13451 NC Hwy 55 Bayboro 252-745-4809

Pender County 805 S. Walker St. Burgaw 910-259-2799

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