2019 Carolina Chocolate Festival

Enjoy a Sweet Treat on the Crystal Coast this Year

Did you know that visiting the Crystal Coast during February you can enjoy a sweet treat? Yes, it’s the Carolina Chocolate Festival that is happening February 2-3, 2019 this year in Morehead City. It’s the biggest annual event that happens every year that is made for the biggest chocolate fan you know, and it will totally satisfy every sweet tooth out there. Let’s look at what the schedule looks like for the annual chocolate festival this year below.

Carolina Chocolate Festival Facts

Enjoy a Sweet Treat on the Crystal Coast this Year

Here is what you need to know about this year’s Carolina Chocolate Festival. You must tell your friends and family about this chocolate adventure you need to attend. It is held during the first weekend of February every year and is held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. It happens to be the largest chocolate festival in Eastern North Carolina. Tickets to the festival are $9 per adult, $2 for kids 5-12 and kids under 5 are free. Active duty Military personnel will be given free admission on Sunday with your Military ID. What a perfect way to start the weekend filled with treats and sweets!

It’s a Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

Enjoy a Sweet Great on the Crystal Coast this Year

Not only will you get your yearly dose of decadent chocolate during the festival, it’s also be dubbed as being a chocolate lover’s paradise. Did you know that there will be a Cocoa 5K Fun Run & Walk, a Chocolate Spa and so much more! And if you have a little baker in your family, then you must allow them to enter into the Jr Cup Cake Wars! If you are a NC Resident, then your child from ages 10-16 can enter in the very first Jr Cup Cake Wars. The entry is free, and you must submit 2 dozen cupcakes to serve at least 8 with chocolate being the main ingredient.

Enjoy a Sweet Treat on the Crystal Coast this Year

Chocolate will be literally everywhere, and you will find chocolate vendors galore tempting you everywhere you turn. From wall-to-wall cakes to chocolate bars and ice cream. This even offers you more than a sampling of everything chocolate. Join in the hourly pudding eating contest, and even the door prizes that will be given away such as the “Golden Ticket”. The Golden Ticket Grand Prize happens to be a trip to chocolate’s own amusement park, Hershey Park for 4!!

Celebrating Charity & Chocolate

Chocolate will not be the only thing that is being celebrated this weekend. Charity is the foundation of the event and allows the festival to continue year after year. The Carolina Chocolate Festival is a charitable organization that partners with local non-profit agencies that can all reap from the benefits and while enjoying chocolate. Some of the charitable organizations are Carteret County Domestic Violence, Second Blessings Community Outreach and Bridge Student Ministries. You can read about the charitable organizations here to learn more about them.

If you’re coming to the North Carolina coast for the amazing Chocolate Festival this year, then you might as well stay here at the beach, right? Of course, the answer is absolutely and let’s make it a delightful weekend full of chocolate and the beach. Imagine yourself sitting back and relaxing on your sound side or oceanfront deck, feet propped up, soaking up the sun and enjoying some decadent chocolate you grabbed from the Chocolate Festival. Ah yes that does sound amazing and like a dream, but it doesn’t have to be a dream. You too can stay at one of our amazing Atlantic Beach vacation rentals and make it a fun filled sweet trip to start off Valentine’s Day a little early!

**Photo Credits goes to Carolina Chocolate Festival Photo Page

Spend New Year’s on the Crystal Coast this Year

Spend New Year’s on the Crystal Coast this Year

Thinking of getting away from your home and traveling for the New Year’s, then come spend New Year’s on the Crystal Coast this year. There are many things that you and your family can enjoy on top of spending time in your Atlantic Beach vacation rental. This year there are plenty of things that you and your family won’t want to miss to help ring in the new year in Atlantic Beach and surrounding areas. 

Downtown Countdown

Don’t miss this year the Downtown Countdown that happens to be one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties on the Crystal Coast. Head to downtown Morehead City on December 31, 2018 from 6:00 pm to Midnight to enjoy the views of the waterfront before you can take part of the first crab pot drop of the night. You and your family will be able to have fun with music, fire dancers, and magicians. Once the sun sets you and your family will be able to see a laser show and fun glow party. Once the crab pot drops, you will be treated with a wonderful firework display that can’t be missed off the Morehead City docks. 

New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast

Spend New Year’s on the Crystal Coast this Year

If you’re looking for something else to do that is in Atlantic Beach, then head over to Fort Macon on December 31, 2018 for some fun. Beginning at 6:00 pm, Fort Macon will be blasting off cannons to help bring in the new year. There will be live entertainment beginning at 6:00 pm and the cannon will be shot off at 7:00 pm to coincide with the Greenwich Mean Time. Don’t forget to bring a chair, blanket or food to help bring in the new year. 

Penguin Plunge

After the New Year’s Eve festivities have come and gone, do something that you will remember for years to come. On January 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm come to the 16th Annual Penguin Plunge in front of The Crabs Claw Restaurant. There is a minimum donation of $10 per person to join in the fun, if you’d like a 2019 Penguin Plunge Shirt donate $20 and if you’d like a 2019 Penguin Plunge Hooded Sweatshirt it’s a $35 donation. You can register for this event now or you can come on January 1st at 10:00 am to register. 

Resolution Run 

Spend New Year’s on the Crystal Coast this Year

Do you have a runner in your family? If so then this next event will be the perfect one for them. On Tuesday, January 1, 2019 you and your family can head to Beaufort to enjoy the 2019 Resolution Run 5K & 1 Mile Run. Beginning at 9:00 am you can register for the 1 mile run or the 5K to get a head start on your resolution of the new year. You can register online now for $25, if you register on race day it will be $30, kids 12 & under are free and military get a 10% discount. Race packets can be picked up on race day at 7:00 am at the First Citizens Bank parking lot on Front Street in Beaufort. 

First Day Hike

Not sure if you’re up to running on New Year’s Day, then why not head over to Fort Macon at 2:00 for a nice hike. Here you will start at the Visitor Center where you will go down Yarrow’s Loop Trail for a short hike. For a longer hike then you can walk 3.2 miles along the Elliot Coues Trail with your family. What a fun way to get the start of the new year going by hiking on one of the states most visited parks. 

With so many different events to choose for New Year’s Celebrations, we thought that you and your family would enjoy these. If you and your family are still searching for that perfect Atlantic Beach vacation rental, we still have availability. We at Atlantic Beach Realty wish that your family has a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year’s!

Spend your Thanksgiving in Atlantic Beach

Spend Your Thanksgiving in Atlantic Beach

Every year for Thanksgiving, many people prefer to stay home and have the family over. But there are many people who like to take a vacation and visit new places for the holiday. This year make a new tradition with your family and come stay in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals for Thanksgiving. The Crystal Coast is the perfect location to celebrate this holiday with family this year.

Family Time

Spend your Thanksgiving in Atlantic Beach

The start of Thanksgiving for many families begin with the adults and children, gathering in front of the television watching The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As the aroma of the turkey cooking in the oven or the preparation begins in the kitchen. Spend part of the day spending time with your loved ones by playing board games or playing a game of cards. Then have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal sitting in the dining room of your rental and taking a walk on the beach afterwards. Spending the day with your family means you get all the quality time in the world with them. Sometimes we all like to be too busy to sit down and not a do a thing once in a while. Make this holiday the best one you’ve had in a long time.

Beautiful Views

Even during the off-season, Atlantic Beach is nothing but beautiful to visit. Spending Thanksgiving watching the waves roll in and out while you wait for dinner to be ready is a perfect day. You may see many families on the beach enjoying the sunlight or you may see families having their pictures taken they can use as their Christmas cards. Taking a nice long walk on the beach while watching the sunset or collecting seashells with the kids can be just as exciting as being at the beach for the holiday weekend.

Perfect Weather

Spend Your Thanksgiving in Atlantic Beach

While many other states may be experiencing winter-like temperatures during the month of November, the weather here in Atlantic Beach is quite pleasant. With the high’s normally around 63 degrees, who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays there? While the weather isn’t as warm as in the summer, it sure makes for a wonderful day to spend it on the beach with the family. Let the kids build sandcastles or have your pictures taken to use for your Christmas cards. Make it a holiday vacation that everyone will remember for years to come.

Holiday Shopping

After Thanksgiving, the Christmas music fills the air as people go shopping to grab the best deals on Black Friday. There are several places in Atlantic Beach or Morehead City where you can go shopping at for those deals to help save money on your Christmas shopping list. You can also find some great deals at local shops as well. Don’t miss out on any deal that will help you save money in the long run.

While you could be staying home and eating the traditional Thanksgiving meal at home, we thought you’d enjoy this idea a little better. If you are still searching for that perfect Atlantic Beach vacation rental, then please check out our inventory. We hope to see you this Thanksgiving and spending it with the ones you love!

October Events You Don’t Want to Miss

October Events You Don't Want to Miss

It’s been a month since Hurricane Florence decided to show her face in the area, but Atlantic Beach is back in business. While there were many events that were cancelled at the beginning of the month, there are several that are still happening. If you are staying in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals, then you will be close to the fun and action. Let’s look at what events you and your family can enjoy while you vacation to our beautiful town.

31st Annual Carolina Kite Festival

October Events You Don't Want to Miss

The 31st Annual Carolina Kite Festival is going to be held on October 27th & 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This fun event is a free event open to the public for you and your family to enjoy. It will be held on the beach in front of Sands Villas Resort in Atlantic Beach, NC. This kite festival was designed as a big “Thank You” to their customers who purchase kites for their vacation. There will be a Night fly on Saturday night at 6 pm, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Halloween Carnival

If you and your family would like to enjoy another fun event in the area, then head to Emerald Isle for the night. Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation is hosting their very own Halloween Carnival this year for all those who want to join in. This event is open to the public and is fun for the whole family. The admission fee into the carnival is two bags of individually wrapped candy per child. Your family will be able to enjoy games, a cake walk, murals that glow, receive child ID kits and much more. Don’t miss out on this fun Friday night with the family!

Spooky Seas Trunk or Treat

October Events You Don't Want to Miss

The Atlantic Beach Police Department is hosting their very own “Spooky Seas Trunk or Treat” this year. On Tuesday, October 30th bring your family to the Atlantic Beach Town Park at 6:00 pm for some fun. Admission into the event is free of charge. You will get to experience a photo booth, candy, music, games and more. If you attend we encourage you to wear costumes and bring a bag for candy. Make this Halloween vacation the one your kids will be talking about for years to come.

Preschool Pumpkin Patch

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is hosting a Preschool Pumpkin Patch for kids 5 and under. Attend this event for $4 in addition to the daily admission to the aquarium. There will be games, stories, crafts and more for your child to enjoy. The event will happen on Wednesday, October 31st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There are other events happening in the area, these are just a few that we thought we’d share with you. Atlantic Beach Realty looks forward to seeing you on your next vacation. We hope that you and your family will have the best vacation this year.

The 2018 North Carolina Seafood Festival (Updated)

The North Carolina Seafood Festival for 2018 has been cancelled

Unfortunately, the 32 Annual seafood festival has been cancelled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. All is not lost as our community rebuilds and recovers from the storm.

Hurricane Relief Event Planned Instead

Along with great plans for the 2019 North Carolina Seafood Festival, this year the NCSF board is planning a hurricane relief event scheduled for November 3rd, 2018. This will be a one day event to benefit Carteret County and neighboring communities.

Stay up to date by visiting the NCSF facebook page. A facebook live video is planned for Tuesday, October 9th, at 1pm. This should provide more information on the planned relief event.

For the official statement from the NCSF here a link to their page:

https://www.ncseafoodfestival.org/p/whats-happening/317

We hope everyone is doing well, and pulling together to recover from the storm. We hope to provide you more beach memories for years to come.

 

Don't Miss the 32nd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

The 32nd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival is returning the first weekend of October this year. Many locals and even people from around the state will come and visit the area just to head to this festival! Many people will stay in an Atlantic Beach vacation rental to be close to Morehead City just for this event. There are many different events happening for the weekend and you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Friday, October 5th

Don't Miss the 32nd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

Friday is the big kick off to the festival and this isn’t a day you want to miss! Beginning at 1 pm you can head to Big Rock Deck to enjoy some cooking demonstrations. These will be happening using Challenge Butter and will be happening on the hour all weekend long. Don’t miss out on seeing what kinds of goodies they will be making. The Southern Outerbanks Boat Show will also be happening as well to help showcase the best boats on the coast. Enjoy some live entertainment and music for you to help start the weekend right by dancing and singing along.

Saturday, October 6th

Don't Miss the 32nd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

There will be a little more happening on Saturday for you and your family to enjoy. Go to the Family Fishing Tournament at Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach to the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier located in Emerald Isle. You can also take advantage of entering into the 2018 Twin Bridges 8K Road Race for who like to run. And then there is the entertainment and the food. So much to do on this day.

Sunday, October 7th

On top of many of the other events happening through the weekend, don’t miss out on the Blessing of the Fleet. This is an event that gives tribute to those who bring their seafood to our tables and those who have lost their lives on the water. This is happening from 10 am – 12 pm so it’s something you don’t want to miss. Then you can also stay tuned for the Sailing Regatta happening at 12 pm for you and your family to see a competition on the water. What a fun event to watch just before heading home. Again, there will be amazing food for you and your family to enjoy and over 200 vendors for you to shop and eat from.

Don't Miss the 32nd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

The Seafood Festival keeps getting better each year and this year you don’t want to miss out. Even the kids like to join in on the fun and enjoy what is going on. If you are still searching for that perfect Atlantic Beach vacation rental for a week and weekend of fun, we still have availabilities. We can’t wait for you to come join us as we all head to the North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City!

Atlantic Beach Local Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Atlantic Beach Local Events You Don't Want to Miss

Summer Vacations are soon going to be coming to an end because kids will be heading back into the classrooms. Coming in the month of August, you and your family will be able to enjoy a few of the Atlantic Beach local events. Come stay in an Atlantic Beach vacation rental with your family before the school year begins. Let’s look at what is happening in the area this month!

Atlantic Beach National Night Out

If you are looking to have fun with the locals then head over to the Town Park on August 7th from 6 – 8 pm. Held by the Atlantic Beach Police Department you will be able to enjoy bouncy houses, music, free food and prize giveaways! What a great way to get to meet the Mayor, Town Council and Town Manager of Atlantic Beach while you are on vacation! We hope to see you there!

Shackleford Banks Hike: Did Blackbeard See Horses?

Do you think that Blackbeard saw the horses of Shackleford Banks? Join in on a hike to the underdeveloped barrier island like Blackbeard may have seen while he was still alive. Happening  August 9, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12 pm at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. Please note that children under the age of 12 will not be able to attend this. Cost of the hike is $30 per person and they ask for you to register before you head to the museum that day for the hike. And be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be in different terrain.

Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Atlantic Beach Local Events You Don't Want to Miss

Ahoy, Maties! If you are looking for a little fun with pirates then you should head over to Downtown Beaufort on August 10th & 11th for some fun! Come watch as the town comes to life with all the sights and sounds of pirates for the annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion. This is a 2 day pirate festival that offers your family fun and entertainment everyone will love. Get to visit the Living History demonstrations, check out the Blackbeard Exhibit and more. If you visit along the waterfront you will see multiple activities such as musical entertainment, magic shows, and so much more. Admission is free and it’s one way to enjoy learning about the history of Blackbeard. After all it is the year of Blackbeard!

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Run 5K

If you like to run then maybe participating in the Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Run 5K. This is a fundraiser hosted by and to benefit the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Registration opens up at 7:00 am on the day of the race, August 11, 2018. Around 8 am a cannon fire will resonate through the Beaufort area marking the beginning of the race. You will be able to see pirates along the course to encourage and cheer the participants on. It is $30 per person or $100 for a “crew” of 4. Don’t let this event pass you by. All are welcome to join in on the fun!

Atlantic Beach Local Events You Don't Want to Miss

There are many other events happening during the month of August so you will have plenty to do and experience while you vacation. We at Atlantic Beach Realty hope that you will be able to join in on one of these events. We hope you end the summer with a bang!

Fun Activities While You Vacation in Atlantic Beach, NC

Oceanfront at Atlantic Beach

Are you taking a family vacation to Atlantic Beach, NC this summer and aren’t sure what there is to do? We at Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals know some of the fun activities to do in the area.

Let’s Escape Together

Sometimes as a family finding things to do that everyone can agree on can be more challenging than anything we may know. For those families who like to do something fun and something that might have you all work together, why not try the Great Escape Room in Morehead City, NC. This can be fun for the older children and for the parents to work together at getting out of the room you are placed it. Working together as a family can bring you all fun and something that you may not have tried any other time.

It’s Time To Explore Nature & More

Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park has been known as a favorite for many families who come every year to the area. While many locals like to come visit for the reenactments, there are many other activities to do. Some of the other things you can do is hike, fish which is allowed throughout the year, take a picnic lunch to share with your family and friends or you can even go swimming from June to Labor Day. There is a boathouse with showers for you to enjoy and a refreshment stand that are open.

The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks grazing

And for those who love wildlife, the Shackleford Banks Wild Horses located in the Beaufort Area will be the best part of your trip! These wild horses are located on the crystal coast for you to be able to go and see. This will be a highlight of your vacation to see them.

Spend Some Quality Time with Family

If you are looking for some good family competition, then head on over to a few places for miniature golf where every family member can have some fun. There are several different miniature golf places locally that you can give a try, but we have just a few fun places for you to check out. Not sure as to which one to give a try, then maybe you can give Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway a try which is in Salter Path, NC.

And if it happens to be raining on a day that you wanted to go spend some quality time with your family, then you should head to Pine Knoll Shores where you will find the North Carolina Aquarium that has been recently remodeled. This can be fun for all ages and know that on the days it does rain, it can get crowded.

Ready to Come Visit?

These are just a few of the things that you can do in the area but there are so much more! No matter how long you are visiting the Crystal Coast Area there is always something to look forward to. And if you still haven’t booked your summer vacation, check out what specials we have so you can take a nice relaxing trip. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun!

 

Why Not Surprise Dad With a Father’s Day Fishing Adventure This Year

Fishing charter for Dad.
When it comes to dads and husbands don’t we all want to make their day special? If you’re looking for some new and different ideas of what to do this year when Father’s Day rolls around on Sunday, June 17, we can fix you up! What guy wouldn’t love a fishing adventure out onto the blue waters of the Atlantic!
 
Following are some of the local fishing charter companies that are located in the Atlantic Beach area. Check out their websites for information and prices then call to make a reservation!
 
At Atlantic Beach Realty we can supply your special guy with comfortable accommodations while he’s here that won’t break your piggy bank!
 
Pelagic Sport Fishing Charters
Address:
 212 Smith St, Atlantic Beach, NC
Phone: (252) 904-3361
http://www.pelagicsportfishing.com/
Capt Mike has been fishing off Atlantic Beach and Hatteras since 1987. He will do all that is possible to make your fishing day productive and fun. If you are looking for a memorable and fun filled fishing charter along the Crystal Coast and will be visiting the Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, or Pine Knoll Shores area, then Pelagic is the boat for you!
 
Capt. Stacy Fishing Center
Address:
 416 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC
Phone: (800) 533-9417
http://captstacy.com/
At Capt. Stacy Fishing Center, we love fishing and we love teaching people how to fish. Based out of Atlantic Beach, NC, we proudly offer deep sea fishing trips throughout North Carolina. From shark fishing trips to overnight bottom fishing trips, we offer an assortment of guided trips for different skill levels. Contact us to learn more about our deep sea fishing trips and fishing charters!
 
Fishing Sign with Shark
Reelax Fishing Charters
Address:
 508 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC
Phone: (252) 723-3041
http://www.reelaxfishingcharters.com/
Offering everything from deep drop for bottom fish, trolling for pelagic fish , or staying close to the beach with the family, we guarantee you a memorable time. We strive to make your time with us as relaxing as possible. We also offer dinner cruises and fun in the sun days! Call Captain Corbett to book your trip.
 
Beagle Charters
Address:
 105 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC
Phone: (252) 670-1080
http://www.beaglecharters.com/
Offers the finest in offshore deep sea fishing. Specializing in offshore gulf stream charters, and able to accommodate large groups with two comfortable boats. We have two large Carolina Sportfisherman vessels at your service. A 62 foot and a 55 foot boat.
 
Highlander Charters, Inc.
Address:
 221 Moonlight Dr, Atlantic Beach, NC
Phone: (252) 723-8616
http://highlanderchartersinc.com/
This charter fishing service is equipped with required federal fishing permits, US Coast Guard captain’s license, and North Carolina blanket saltwater fishing license along with inspections and safety equipment. We fish for sea mullet (whiting), bonita, bluefish, spanish mackerel, gray trout, speckled trout, red drum, cobia, king mackerel, black sea bass, amberjack, flounders, sharks and spots, croakers — depending on the time of year and what’s biting.
 
 

Saving Big on Vacation Homes with Private Pools

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Once you decide you’re going to rent a vacation home with a private pool instead of staying at a hotel when you visit Atlantic Beach, NC there are things to consider. Staying in a home with a private swimming pool doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are some tips that will help you when you’re deciding among our Atlantic Beach vacation homes.

1. Determine what your price range is.
It’s important to know what your budget is up front. Have a price range in mind when looking for a vacation rental but know that a home with a private swimming pool will cost a bit more than one without. Check our Specials for ways to save on any property!

2. Choose the right size rental.
With so many Atlantic Beach rentals to choose from, it’s important to know what size you need vs. what size you want. Determine how much space you really need before you start looking. Ask yourself how much time you’ll actually be spending inside the rental.
 
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3. Deciding on location.
All of our vacation home rentals are near the ocean but those with pools sit oceanfront. Do you want to be able to walk to area businesses? Would you rather have a golf course within walking distance? How close is close enough to the beach?

4. What amenities matter most?
Our vacation homes offer a large assortment of amenities that include furnishings, well-equipped kitchens, washer & dryer, private swimmming pools, barbecue grills, high speed Internet, outside showers, hot tubs and Jacuzzis. Decide what matters most.

5. Check out homes online and read testimonials.
Be sure to look at pictures of our properties and read what other people have said about their past stays. If you have any questions at all please give us a call at blabla and we’ll be happy to provide answers.

Crystal Coast Earth Day 2018

Crystal Coast Earth Day Celebrations
Each year April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970 known as Earth Day. This global event occurs each year to educate, mobilize and activate citizens across the globe. It is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participating.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. This will include creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.

Crystal Coast Earth Day

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:
Fort Macon Visitor Center at Fort Macon State Park

Celebrate Earth Day with over a dozen local organizations at Fort Macon State Park. Each group will have a booth with displays and/or activities showcasing their conservation efforts. For more information call 252-726-3775.