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!

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!