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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fourth of July in Emerald Isle: Fireworks Off Bogue Inlet Pier & More!

Walk out onto the beach, find that perfect spot, spread out the beach blanket, and get ready to enjoy July 4th as the coastal breeze, undulating tidal waters, and salty air surround you. Sounds amazing, right?

It's not too late to make plans now to spend your July 4th holiday on the Crystal Coast. There are great vacation rental specials and discounts to be had, so don't delay. Select a nice oceanfront beach house and you won't even have to go anywhere to see the fireworks. Grab a glass of wine, step out onto the deck, and take in the spectacular views.

Bogue Inlet Pier will again host the fireworks display for Emerald Isle this year beginning at 9p.m. on Wednesday evening, July 4. The pier is family-friendly and a great spot to take in all of the action. There's plenty of parking at the pier, on nearby streets, and along Highway 58.
If you have an interest in seeing the area fireworks displays from the water, there are several fireworks cruises departing from various Crystal Coast locations. There are cruises scheduled to depart from the Atlantic Beach Causeway, Morehead City Waterfront, and Beaufort Waterfront. Each has its own itinerary and touring destination, so contact the cruise you're interested in directly for further details. Be sure to register as soon as possible, though, as these cruises tend to fill quickly.

In addition to celebrating our country's independence, the Fourth of July holiday is a great time to get away from it all, spend time with those you love most, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy some beach time, light up the barbecue grill, and celebrate Independence Day with us here in Emerald Isle. We look forward to seeing you!
Have you been to Emerald Isle over the Fourth of July holiday? If so, tell us about it in our comment section. What did you do? Where did you go? What's your favorite memory? We always love hearing from you!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer in Emerald Isle

Summer officially arrives this week! There is something about summer at the beach here in Emerald Isle that's hard to put into words. It's more than the sparkling lucidity of the sea. It's more than the rhythmic symphony of the waves meeting the sand. It's more than the invigoration of the sea-salt air. It's all of these things and so much more.

Emerald Isle was named for its stunning natural beauty and is commonly referred to as The Gem of the Crystal Coast. One visit here and you'll immediately fall in love with this part of the Southern Outer Banks. Emerald Isle is situated on the western most part of the barrier island known as Bogue Banks and is host to an abundance of exquisite coastal beauty and unending natural charm on both its ocean side and its sound side.

Summer here brings an ambiance all its own. It's a combination of a laid-back lifestyle, a carefree coastal spirit, and a beach state-of-mind. Have you experienced summertime in Emerald Isle? If you have, you understand what we are describing and you most likely can't wait to come back for more. If you haven't, make your beach vacation plans now and experience it for yourself.

Along Bogue Banks, you won't be limited to hotels and motels. Here you will find a nice selection of accommodations to choose from including luxury vacation homes to oceanfront and soundside condos, and everything in between. Part of a great vacation is getting away from it all while still feeling at home in your surroundings. Let us be your home-away-from-home.

Summertime on the Crystal Coast offers tons of fun, sun, sand, and surf. If you need a break from the beach and are looking for something else to do, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, day trips, attractions, and special events happening all summer long.

This weekend head on over to the waterfront town of Beaufort. Experience the grandeur of historic homes and the blossoming beauty of private gardens firsthand during the 52nd Annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour taking place Friday, June 22 - Saturday, June 23. In addition to the walking tour of private homes and gardens, other highlights include the Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, music concerts and an antique car show. 

Also occurring this weekend along with the Old Homes and Gardens Tour is the Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition Summer Show which is a juried sale of coastal arts and crafts by local craftsmen and artists—it's a great opportunity to browse and buy these unique works. If antiques are more up your alley, stop by the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City for the Antiques Show and Sale featuring more than 40 booths of antiques and collectibles. The show is also sponsored in conjunction with the Old Homes and Gardens Tour.

So much to do in the summer on the Crystal Coast and not enough time! We hope to see you on our shores and in our towns in the very near future. Do you spend your summer in Emerald Isle? Tell us about it! We love hearing from you. Happy Summer—we hope it's filled with our three favorite things: sun, sand, and surf.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bring the Family to the Beach: Celebrate Father's Day in Emerald Isle

Pack up the car, wrangle up the kids, and head to the beach this weekend to celebrate Dad. Emerald Isle is an ideal destination for a family vacation or weekend getaway whether it's a special occasion like Father's Day or any day of the year.

Dad works hard all year long. Why not give him a chance to take it easy for a change? Let him kick back in the warm sand, sip a cool beverage, and relax to the sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline.

In addition to enjoying the pristine beaches and inviting blue-green waters, there's plenty to do here on the Crystal Coast. So no matter what Dad's interests may be, he'll be able to find his favorite activities here. 

As previously mentioned, it is also a very family-friendly vacation destination. When did you and your family last play a round of miniature golf? Has Dad ever tried his hand at surf fishing? How about a family bike ride along the Emerald Isle bike path? When's the last time you flew a kite?

Opportunities for family fun and adventure abound here, but most importantly your family will make memories that last a lifetime—and you cannot put a price tag on that.

Here on the Southern Outer Banks, the accommodations for your beach stay are family-friendly, too. Emerald Isle offers a great selection of vacation rentals to choose from, so we're confident you'll find the perfect place for your family's beach vacation. 

Is your family looking for an oceanfront beach house with stunning panoramic views and prime access to the sand, sun, and surf? Or perhaps your family prefers close access to the calmer, gentler waters that a soundside vacation rental provides along with the gorgeous views of Bogue Sound and access to a boat dock

Whatever your family's preference, we're confident that you'll find exactly what you're looking for when it comes to planning your stay.

Just remember, all work and no play makes Dad a dull boy!

We hope you're making plans now to come and visit us. We welcome our visitors and love sharing our island with you. Have you and your family been to Emerald Isle? If so, tell us about your favorite family-friendly things to do while vacationing here!

Oh and one final note, don't forget the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is in progress this week. If you're in the area, drive over to the Morehead City Waterfront and check out the tournament action (as well as great shopping, dining, and more). For more information on the tournament, be sure to read  last week's blog post for more details.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Brings Reel Excitement to the Crystal Coast

The 54th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament boasts big boats, big fish, and big fun for its participants and spectators alike. Tournament festivities kick off this week beginning on Friday, June 8 and run through Saturday, June 16. Fishing days run from June 11-16 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. (2p.m. on Saturday) and the scales close daily at 7p.m. (6p.m. on Saturday) for game-fish.
Known as one of the largest sport-fishing tournaments in the country, Big Rock traditionally draws large crowds and lures hundreds of competitors to fish the open waters in search of the big one. (Last year's winning blue marlin weighed in at 652.8 pounds and the tournament record-holder was a whopping 831 pounds—so when we say big, we mean BIG.)

Big Rock has an interesting history. There was a point in time when blue marlin fishing was thought to occur in places like the Gulf of Mexico but not in the coastal waters of North Carolina. Though there were rumors and fish tales of blue marlin sightings in the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream just south of Morehead City by the sailors that frequented the Morehead City Port, they were dismissed as just that—rumors. 

It wasn't until September of 1957 that Raleigh angler Jimmy Croy caught a 143-pound blue marlin in the offshore waters of Morehead City and changed the rumors to reality. This is the catch that launched the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament into an annual event.

But how did the tournament get the name Big Rock, you ask? Those warm Gulf Stream waters run along a structure on the Continental Shelf called "Big Rock" which is a 10-mile-long outcropping that includes peaks, valleys and plateaus. It's a prime feeding area for small reef fish. Continue on in the food chain and you'll figure out what those reef fish attract. The combination of an optimal habitat with an abundant food source along the edge of warm deep waters makes for a productive marlin fishing location. Hence the name, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Be sure to follow all of the excitement of this year's tournament as it happens. You can visit the tournament website or better yet, come and stay on the beautiful beaches of Emerald Isle and then head on over to the Morehead City Waterfront to check out all of the tournament action firsthand.

Do you follow the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament? Have you been at the weigh station when a marlin has been brought in? Tell us about it in our comment section. We always love hearing about your experiences here on the Crystal Coast!

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