2018 Featured Events

Date: May 19-20, 2018
Location: 807 Shepard Street Morehead City NC
Entering its 11th year, the Crystal Coast Boat Show is the area’s premier saltwater boating event, featuring boat brokers, marine products and services, fishing gear, sailing races, seminars and various activities, including an antique car show and cornhole tournament. Admission is free for this two-day event and all events are hosted in beautiful downtown Morehead City. Whether you’re in the market for a new boat, want to see the latest boating and fishing products, are looking to sail the coast or just want to enjoy the historic waterfront of Morehead City, the 2018 Crystal Coast Boat Show is the perfect event for you and your family!
Date: May 25, 2018
Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach NC
The 2018 summer concert series, brought to you by the Friends of Fort Macon, now in its 21st year. The Sunshine Band performs on May 25, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. All concerts at Fort Macon are free of charge (donations welcome!). Come early, bring a picnic basket (no alcohol or pets, please) and lawn chairs, and relax through another great summer evening in the parade ground at historic Fort Macon. In the event of rain, concert will be moved inside. Call the Fort for information about the many events and experiences available at 252-726-3775. Experience Beaufort, NC, just 9 miles away. Enjoy the local attractions, whimsical shops, casual to world-class dining, and overnight accommodations in our historic inns and B&B’s. Fort Macon State Park, 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC. 28512

Hope for the Warriors 5K & Fun Run/Walk @ The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores
Date: May 26, 2018
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
We kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting a 5K Beach Run and 1K Fun Run/Walk. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores, run down the beach, across Rt. 58 and through Beacon’s Reach and then return to the beach. The Fun Walk/Run will head down the beach
towards Indian Beach and return on the same route.

Date: May 28, 2018
Location: 612 Front Street Beaufort NC
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing on Memorial Day Monday, May 28. Self-guided tours of up to 10 people* will begin every 15 minutes during the hours of operation. First climb starts at 10:15 a.m. and the last climb starts at 4 p.m. Normally Days Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Closed: Monday & Tuesday Children must be at least 44 inches tall. Regular Admission $8, Children (12 and under; at least 44 inches tall) $4, Senior Pass (62 and over) $4. Ticket prices do not include cost of ferry transportation. Warning: Climbing the 207 steps to the gallery is roughly equal to climbing a 12-story building. The stairs are narrow and groups going up will share the stairs with groups returning to the bottom. The lighthouse may close at any time if conditions (temperature/humidity, lightning, or high winds) are determined unsafe.

Kayak For The Warriors – Kayak & Paddleboard Race
Date: June 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Garner Park, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Visit Kayak for the Warriors Facebook Page for details of this event and other related events! https://www.facebook.com/kayakforthewarriors/

Big Rock Blue Marlin 60th Tournament
Morehead City
Begins 6 Days of Fishing, 2 Lay Days Required –
Captain’s Choice
Daily Weigh-Ins Monday thru Saturday

710 Evans Street, Morehead City.
Approximately 4 pm (Sat. 3 pm.)
Tournament schedule for more details https://www.thebigrock.com/tournament/schedule/

Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour 58th
June 22-23 10AM-5PM

The 58th annual walking tour of private Beaufort homes, gardens, churches and historic places is Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd . Tickets are $20

SNAPSHOT: Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar



Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar is a restaurant that any visitor to the Crystal Coast needs to visit. Located in Morehead City, Snapperz has a little of something for everybody. Snapperz is the bigger and better offspring of Flipperz Family Bar & Grill in Emerald Isle.

This local favorite is the epitome of Crystal Coast Cuisine. There are tons of reasons you should come to Snapperz, but here are just ten.

The Top Ten Reason to Come to Snapperz!!!


1) A comfortable, family friendly atmosphere.

If your family is big or loud or all of the above, don’t worry! Snapperz is a laid back family restaurant. You don’t need to worry about bringing the kids or your husband’s loud laugh.


2) Reasonable prices.

Snapperz is a medium-priced eatery. Don’t worry about breaking the bank! They’ve got something for every price range.


3) Come see the Shrimp Boat—now a boat bar!
Photo Credit.

Boat bar. Photo Credit.

Snapperz has converted a 26’ shrimp boat called the “Harper Grace” into a fun boat bar. It matches the great décor you’ll find throughout the restaurant.


4) Crystal Coast cuisine at its finest.

Snappers sells amazing seafood selection! But what makes it so special is that many items are harvested locally.


5) Enjoy a Crystal Coast treat, the Crystal Coast Steam Pot.

Crystal Coast knows that the best way to make a steam pot is to load it with crab legs, clams, sausage, shrimp, red potatoes and corn and then to steam it up. And that’s how Snapperz does it! It’s served with cocktail sauce, drawn butter and slaw.


6) Local charm.

From the nautical décor to the 275 year-old oak trees outside, Snapperz is a perfect reflection of the easy-going Crystal Coast community and spirit.


7) Consistent quality service.
Crystal Coast Steam Pot. Photo Credit.

Crystal Coast Steam Pot. Photo Credit.

Snapperz values their friends and customers who visit. So they want every patron to leave full and happy, knowing they had the best quality food and service.


8) A large bar area.

The boat bar is just one part of Snapperz extensive sports bar section. This full service bar features eight big screen TV’s where you can watch your favorite sporting events.


9) Great live entertainment.

Snapperz regularly schedules amazing bands and entertainers from all over. The live entertainment doesn’t stop when the summer season ends, so check the schedule to see when bands are playing.


10) Family, friends & fellowship.

At the end of the day, it’s all about having an amazing experience with your nearest and dearest.


Contact Information:


Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar

3710 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC

(252) 240-1313




Emerald Isle Keeps It Clean & Nice


Residents of Emerald Isle keeping the beaches clean. Photo Credit.

Residents of Emerald Isle keeping the beaches clean. Photo Credit.

Emerald Isle is Keeping Their Community Clean and Beautiful


The motto of Emerald Isle in the Crystal Coast is “Nice Matters!” This small coastal community reflects this motto in their treatment of visitors to their beautiful shores—southern hospitality at its best! But it is also reflected in the way they respect their beaches, marshlands and roads. The people of Emerald Isle place a huge value in keeping their area litter free!

Gary Chamberlain, a Murphy, North Carolina resident, recently wrote an editorial complimenting and thanking the residents of Emerald Isle for their pride in ownership and the way they’ve kept their community clean. He thanked them for their efforts to be “a nearly perfect, litter-free community.” Gary is an anti-litter advocate working closely with America The Beautiful & Bag Ready Jobs. In his many travels, he states that “I have never visited a cleaner community than Emerald Isle.”

Keeping Emerald Isle clean means everyone leads a hand, or a claw. Photo Credit.

Keeping Emerald Isle clean means everyone leads a hand, or a claw. Photo Credit.

The love of Emerald Isle and the desire to keep her beautiful starts from the top. The Emerald Isle Town Hall distributes tons of information to its residents about Garbage and Recycling regulations. But this does little unless the people are behind it. And the people of Emerald Isle have embraced this! From church groups to students to individuals, the people volunteer and pick up trash because they want to see the beauty of Emerald Isle unspoiled by litter. There’s even a Facebook Community called Emerald Isle: NO LITTER ZONE which organizes beach cleanup days.

If you’re looking for a safe, clean and kind location for your next vacation, look no further than Emerald Isle in the Crystal Coast. Keeping America beautiful starts one community at a time. And hopefully, with examples like Emerald Isle leading the way, it will spread all throughout our nation.




Photo Credit: Gary Chamberlain, an anti-litter advocate

Photo Credit: Gary Chamberlain, an anti-litter advocate

‘America the Beautiful’ exists at Emerald Isle
By Gary Chamberlain

The Crystal Coast Marsh Cleanup


SNAPSHOT: J. R. Dunn Jewelers


The Crystal Coast’s Signature Jeweler



No other jeweler represents a love and appreciation for the Crystal Coast like J. R. Dunn Jewelers. The owners, J. R. and Bonnie, know that living here is as close to living in paradise as you could imagine. The peaceful community, the wonderful people and a very pleasant climate make this a great place to live and work. And it’s this passion for their region that goes into their shop, merchandise and the care they provide to visitors.


No Other Place Like the Crystal Coast

In 1985, J. R. and Bonnie settled in Morehead City. Bonnie had grown up here, but had left to attend college and pursue a career. They knew that there was nowhere else like the Crystal Coast, so they purchased the jewelry store. After successfully providing the region with the best fine jewelry, they opened a second shop in Emerald Isle in 1996.


The Emerald Isle bead. Photo Credit.

The Emerald Isle bead. Photo Credit.


What You’ll Find: Fine Jewelry and a Piece of the Crystal Coast

J. R. and his wife seek to provide the best merchandise to their customers, offering a wide selection of jewelry and gift selections. Here you will find items to suit the taste and budget of any customer. Their friendly, courteous and professional staff is willing to assist you to find the perfect gift, for yourself or for a loved one. They also offer top-notch repair services for jewelry and watches. Don’t lose those precious, sentimental pieces.


Photo Credit.

Nautical themed jewelry. Photo Credit.

Items include:

•Diamond Bridal & Engagement Jewelry

•Colored stone jewelry

•Fashion jewelry in gold, sterling silver and platinum

•Beautiful pearls

•Nautical jewelry

•Designer jewelry from Steven Douglas, Galatea, Denny Wong and more

•Larimar jewelry, with the rare Larimar gemstone—a natural, blue, Caribbean stone

•Disney’s “The Enchanted Collection”


Much of their jewelry reflects the wonderful sea life along their coast.
Many of these designs are only found at J. R. Dunn.


The Destination Bracelet. Photo Credit.

The Destination Bracelet. Photo Credit.


Exclusive to J. R. Dunn Jewelers:

•Bracelets designed to remind visitors of their time at the Crystal Coast (available in gold or sterling silver)
°°°Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach & Cape Lookout bracelets

•Emerald Isle bead—contains sand from the Emerald Isle shore (fits on Pandora or Charmilia style bracelets, or can be worn on a chain)

•Custom designed jewelry just for you


Contact Information

J. R. Dunn Jewelers 

2 Locations:

Cypress Bay Plaza
Morehead City, NC
(252) 726-8700

Emerald Plantation
Emerald Isle, NC
(252) 354-5074



CLICK HERE to read more about the beautiful Crystal Coast. 

SNAPSHOT: The Crystal Coast


Welcome to the Crystal Coast!

Welcome to the Crystal Coast!


The Crystal Coast has something to offer everyone—beach-goers, golfers, families, history buffs and the list goes on. Here the perfect beach vacation combines seamlessly with pristine nature, history and coastal living. Come and discover what makes the Crystal Coast so spectacular.


History comes alive at the Crystal Coast.

History comes alive at the Crystal Coast.

The Crystal Coast is a collective name for the seaside communities south of the Outer Banks. It starts at New Bern in the north and ends south at Bogue Banks. Included are beautiful beaches like Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, as well as towns rich with history like Beaufort and Swansboro. The beaches are some of the best you’ll find on the East Coast, but without much of the hustle and bustle you’ll find in other coastal towns. It also happens to be an area of deep historical significance to North Carolina.

This area has seen so much—pirates, Civil War battles and a thriving fishing trade. You’ll find historic homes, museums and an infamous history. In fact, just three miles off the coast lie the remains of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the pirate’s dreaded ship. And that’s not all! 2,000 sea vessels met a watery end off the coast. Diving in these warm, clear waters is a very popular pastime. Below the ocean’s surface, see history up close.


Explore the many waterways of the Crystal Coast.

Explore the many waterways of the Crystal Coast.

Tons of waterways crisscross the Crystal Coast, so come explore by boat, kayak or canoe. This area also boasts the longest fishing season on the Atlantic Coast, so you can angle up some fish all year round! The multiple species caught throughout these waters often make an appearance at area restaurants. The dining here ranges from fine to casual, but everywhere you’ll be greeted with hospitality.

Come learn about the amazing history or just come for the peace and solitude. See the wonder of nature at Cape Lookout National Seashore or soak up some rays. No matter what you do, the stress of daily living will melt away. Enjoy exploring the Crystal Coast!






Read more about some amazing local businesses here in the Crystal Coast. 


J. R. Dunn Jewelers 

Snapperz Grill & Steam Bar

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Dessert Places in the Crystal Coast


If the hot sun is stimulating your sweet tooth, check out these local eateries that feature great desserts!


Are these delectable desserts making your mouth water? Check out these Crystal Coast locations for yummy desserts.

Are these delectable desserts making your mouth water? Check out these Crystal Coast locations for yummy desserts.


Some days you just want to skip all three meals and go straight to dessert! We all have those days, no judgement here. If it’s that kind of day, here are some great places to try to satisfy that craving. Don’t skip on dessert while on vacation in the Crystal Coast! Vacations are all about indulgence.


Crystal Coast Dessert Guide


Atlantic Beach

Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant
511 Salter Path Road, Atlantic Beach, NC • 252-247-4155 • Website

Attached to the famous Clamdigger Inn is a delicious, seaside restaurant. Entrée items range from good ole southern fare to your favorite Italian treats, and of course seafood. But don’t forget to come for dessert! The homemade Pineapple Nut Pie and Clamdigger’s own Key Lim Pie are favorites, but the Chef’s Special Dessert could offer a tasty surprise!

Tony’s Surf Shop
2518 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC • 252-240-1008 • Website

This shop has everything you need to hit the waves. But they also hold a sweet secret. Ice cream, smoothies and other treats are available before or after a day in the surf.



Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant and Pub
425 Front Street , Beaufort, NC • 252-728-2133 • Website

Seafood, craft beers and tasty pub food! If that doesn’t appeal to you, then Clawson’s decadent dessert menu will. The Pumpkin Brownie Sundae is a seasonal favorite. And their famous Mud Pie was featured in “Southern Living Magazine.”

The Spouter Inn Restaurant and Bakery
218 Front Street, Beaufort, NC • 252-728-5190 • Website

Like many regional restaurants, the seafood at the Spouter Inn is out of this world! But with a bakery attached, you’ll be able to sample a bounty of treats. Crème Horns, strudels, eclairs, scrumptious cakes and pies and so much more!


Emerald Isle

Cheesecake4J’s Cafe and Bakery
8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC • 252-354-4330 • Website

4J’s is a homey spot to get away for a quiet moment. They also have incredibly delicious baked goods, pastries and desserts. Get made to order cakes or sample their layered delights. There are also specially flavored cheesecakes, personal shortcakes and much, much more!

Ben and Jerry’s
8204 Emerald Drive, Unit 2, Emerald Isle, NC • 252-354-8448 • Website

There’s a reason that Ben and Jerry locations are found everywhere. Delicious and original flavors are waiting for you a short walk from the beach.


Morehead City

Sugarloaf Island Bakery
1002 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC • 252-499-9049 • Website

Sugarloaf’s motto is “the place for sweets at the beach.” And boy do they deliver! Not only will they cater to dietary needs, but you’ll be able to find exactly what you want on their expansive menus of cakes, cookies, pastries and more!

Twisted Spoon
5000 Highway 70 W Unit 106, Morehead City, NC • 252-240-0080 • Website

Froyo anyone? After a hot day, frozen yogurt is exactly what you need! And Twisted Spoon is able to meet a variety of dietary restrictions, so everyone can enjoy!


Multiple Locations

Ice Cream-2Dairy Queen

Emerald Isle Location:
8307 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC • 252-354-9024

Morehead Location:
2302a Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC • 252-726-5647

Pine Knoll Location:
NC Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores, NC • 252-726-5274


 These popular ice cream places provide proven dessert classics enjoyed everywhere. With locations throughout the Crystal Coast, you aren’t far from your favorite iced treats.



Get to Fishing at the Crystal Coast


Whether you’re a landlubber or a seasoned angler, you’ll love fishing at the Crystal Coast.


Fishing at the Crystal Coast is fun for all ages! Photo Credit: captstacy.com

Fishing at the Crystal Coast is fun for all ages!
Photo Credit: captstacy.com

Vacations are about getting away from it all, and letting yourself enjoy those pastimes you don’t have time for at home. Fishing is one of those pastimes that we don’t always allow ourselves to enjoy in our everyday life. Spend your Crystal Coast vacation sport fishing! But where should you go to find the best spots? Let these local businesses help you. Local charters, bait and tackle shops and boat rentals are available.


Here is a list of some of the best charters and fishing centers in the Crystal Coast:


BreakDay Charters
108 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC • 252-732-0990 • Website

No matter what age or level of experience, BreakDay will give you a break from the everyday by taking you out for a fishing adventure. You will love inshore fishing in the inlets, sounds and creeks surrounding Morehead City.

Captain Stacy Fishing Center
416 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC • 800-533-9417 • Website

With Captain Stacy Fishing there are a number of options to set yourself up for a day of fishing. Reserve a spot on their head boat and cast off into deep waters with their friendly crew. Visit their marina to stock up on all the things you’ll need. Or you can reserve a private charter.

Carolina Princess
604 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC • 800-682-3456 • Website

For over 50 years, the Carolina Princess has treated their guests like family, providing a memorable fishing experience. Take a half-day or whole-day trip on the open seas. The knowledgeable crew will strive to optimize your catch!

Carolina Traditions Charters
414 Orange Street, Beaufort NC • 252-515-2876 • Website

At Carolina Traditions, you can enjoy small, family-friendly inshore fishing expeditions. If you would like your kids to experience the fullness of this fun-filled pastime, this is the charter for you. They even provide photo packages to capture your full day of fun.

Emerald Isle Adventures
8201 Emerald Drive, Suite 7A Emerald Isle, NC • 910-538-2749 • Website

The captain of Emerald Isle Adventures was born and raised in the Crystal Coast, so you know you’re being guided by someone who knows these waters like the back of his hand. 6–8 hour fishing trips are available, and all come with bait, tackle, ice, rods, reels and even the fishing license!

Freeman’s Bait and Tackle Shop
108 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC • 252-726-2607 • Website

Get hooked up with everything you need for a day of angling. Or, let the experts show you how it’s done by reserving a charter or a fishing guide. Freeman’s is a one stop-shop!

Nancy Lee Fishing Center
128 West Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, NC • 910-326-4304 • Website

Nancy Lee fishing has 45 years of fishing experience and many professional accolades, and all this experience is at your disposal when you charter a fishing excursion. The crew will make sure that you will be catching and not just fishing.

Sandbar Safari
106 Cedar Point Boulevard, Swansboro, NC • 252-725-4614 • Website

Take an inshore fishing charter out into the beautiful North Carolina coastal waters. The vessel will be take you into the smallest backwater inlets and sounds, providing fun opportunities not many will get. They also provide other activities, such as: ecology tours, castnet lessons, shrimping, clamming, crabbing and shelling.


Other articles about fishing in the Crystal Coast:



An Introduction to Fishing at the Crystal Coast


Learn some basic fishing terms before your Crystal Coast vacation.

Learn some basic fishing terms before your Crystal Coast vacation.


The Crystal Coast has 85 miles of some of the most beautiful Atlantic shoreline. And off these lovely shores, opportunities to go fishing abound! You can stay close to the shore, where rivers, inlets and sounds provide inshore fishing opportunities. Or, you can charter or rent a boat to take you offshore fishing. But where to begin? Maybe you are intimidated because you don’t know much about fishing, or what type of fishing is right for you. Here is a guide with some helpful terms that will aid you in planning your fishing expedition.


Click on these images to learn the types of fishing available at the Crystal Coast:

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You are required to have a fishing license in North Carolina. CLICK HERE for more information on how to purchase this.


Need help getting connected with local charters and fishing outfitters, click here for more information:
Get to Fishing at the Crystal Coast


Pirates in the Crystal Coast


Learn about Crystal Coast’s Pirate History at the North Carolina Maritime Museum!


Blackbeard with his famed ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge which sank off the Crystal Coast.

Blackbeard with his famed ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge which sank off the Crystal Coast.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum may seem like a small town nautical point of interest, but it holds a hidden treasure—the remains of Blackbeard the Pirate’s daunting ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. When planning your trip to the Crystal Coast, why not dive into its swashbuckling history?


Pirates, Blackbeard and the Queen Anne’s Revenge…

 A trip to the Crystal Coast is now associated with a beautiful coastal vacation. But if you visited this area in the 17th & 18th century, your trip may not have been so leisurely. Many infamous pirates roamed the east coast waterways freely, including the most famous pirate of them all, Blackbeard! And the Crystal Coast was a frequent pit stop.

Beaufort, in the Crystal Coast, grew to be a prosperous port in the late 1600’s attracting those ruffians of the sea! Because merchant ships used this port, pirates would take advantage of the rich trade and attack vessels in this area.

Most pirate ships of the time were not big, they were small sloops—well-armed for battle, but quick enough to evade capture and maneuver the islands around the east coast and in the Caribbean. Blackbeard started his career as a subordinate to another pirate, and was given command of a small ship. But as his notoriety grew, he needed a large ship to match his reputation. The French slave ship, la Concorde, fit the bill perfectly. He refitted the 104-foot frigate with 40 guns of all sizes. For six months, the ship was feared wherever it went. And at the height of his notoriety, Blackbeard held command over four ships and at least 300 pirates!

While travelling in the Beaufort Inlet, the Queen Anne’s Revenge hit a sandbar and sank. Blackbeard marooned half his crew and made his escape to Ocracoke, NC. There, he died in a fierce battle with the Navy.

How ‘bout that ship though…

For almost 300 years, the Queen Anne’s Revenge was lost to the annals of history. His crew, who were later hung for piracy, reported its final resting place as being Beaufort Inlet, but it was lost. Then in 1996, a 17th century frigate was discovered buried in the sand off the coast of North Carolina. Archaeologists and maritime historians were hopeful that this was Blackbeard’s famed ship. And after much testing, it was determined to indeed be the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Over the last 20 years, artifacts from the watery depths have been excavated and documented, and have now found a home at the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

 The North Carolina Maritime Museum

This museum, located in Beaufort, NC, is a popular destination for those interested in the Crystal Coast’s pirate history. By far their most popular exhibit is Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718.

But this area’s rich maritime history is showcased daily. See the skeleton of a mature sperm whale hanging from the ceiling. Learn about this area’s boat making and sailing heritage, dating back to Native American times. There are even boat making and sailing programs available, as well as a summer science school that you can sign your children up for. Click here for more information about the Summer Science School.

 Other Pirate Activities in the Crystal Coast

Do some swashbuckling in the Crystal Coast city of Beaufort, the romping ground of Blackbeard.

Do some swashbuckling in the Crystal Coast city of Beaufort, the romping ground of Blackbeard.

Its pirate history has left a lasting impact on the Crystal Coast. Besides the Maritime Museum, there are a number of activities that celebrate this checkered past. The Beaufort Pirate Walk tour takes you to see Blackbeard’s Beaufort home and learn more about him and his fellow pirates. The Beaufort Historic Site also offers tours of historic Beaufort where you can glean more pirate history from the comfort of a double-decker bus.

Or maybe you want to do some swashbuckling yourself. Come experience the life of a pirate on the high seas at Beaufort Pirates Revenge. Join the crew and defend your ship while participating in this interactive experience! There is also a yearly event called The Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Step back in time and witness the little town of Beaufort defending itself against dastardly pirates, as well as other exciting events! All this pirate adventure will make your vacation to the Crystal Coast an experience you will never forget!


A Crystal Coast Valentine’s Day – Eats, Events & More!


You and your sweetheart will love Valentine's Day in the romantic Crystal Coast.

You and your sweetheart will love Valentine’s Day in the romantic Crystal Coast.


Valentine’s Day is upon us; in fact, it is in just over a week! This year, why not surprise your sweetheart with a special treat? A trip to the Crystal Coast. Across the Crystal Coast there are beautiful, gourmet places to eat, fun and romantic events and one-of-a-kind shopping sprees to find original gifts for your Valentine. So pack your bags and head to the coast, Crystal Coast, to experience Valentine’s Day like never before.


Here is What’s Happening in the Crystal Coast for Valentine’s Day:


Astounding Accommodations:

In the Crystal Coast, you can find cozy and lovely places to stay, just a step away from the beautiful shores. And there are even Valentine’s Day deals happening! The Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant has a special weekend package. A romantic room for two days and a complimentary breakfast and dinner all for a low off-season rate. If you’d prefer a beachfront home or cottage, contact Emerald Isle Realty, who are offering early check-in and late check-out as well as a bottle of white or red wine.

The Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant
511 Salter Path Road, Atlantic Beach, NC • (252) 247-4155 • Valentine’s Special

Emerald Isle Realty
7501 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC • (866) 761-3583 • Valentine’s Special


Exciting Eating Experiences:

Finding that perfect place to eat is made easy in the Crystal Coast. There are so many edible delights featured at area restaurants that your Valentine’s Day will be an incredible gourmet experience. Some places are even offering Valentine’s Day specials, so make your reservations now!

If fine dining is what you are looking for try Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria Restaurant. Tapas are small dishes that usually accompany cocktails. At Circa try flavor packed morsels, like Medjool Dates with bacon and chevre or duck breast with charred beets and fennel. Another yummy option is Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant and Bar. Eat delicious entrees while looking out over the water hand in hand with the one you love. Then there’s Riverside Steak and Seafood, who are preparing delicious selections just for the occasion, like duck breast, Oysters Rockefeller, lobster tail and sea food jambalaya.

If you’re just not into dressing up all pretty, try the Valentine’s special at MacDaddy’s. A wonderful and romantic dinner for only $30, including a glass of champagne! And afterwards, enjoy some good ol’ fun, by bowling a few frames.

Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant and Bar
703 E Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC • (252) 247-6222 • Website

Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria Restaurant
4650 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC • (252) 648-8300 • Website

130 Golfin’ Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret, NC • (252) 393-6565 • Valentine’s Special

Riverside Steak and Seafood
506 W. Corbett Avenue, Swansboro, NC • (910) 326-8847 • Website


Happening Happenings:

Dinner is expected on Valentine’s Day, but why not take your boo to do something out of the ordinary? There are fun events happening up and down the Crystal Coast.

Valentine Membership Party
Sunday, February 7, from 2–4 p.m.
130 Turner Street Beaufort, NC

Looking for a refined and educational experience? A Valentine’s Party will be hosted at the lovely Beaufort Historic Site. Each historical building will have a different refreshment, like pizza and beer in the jail or homemade fudge at the Apothecary Shop. Click here for more details.

 Valentine’s Party with the Legacy Motown Review
Friday, February 12, 9:30 p.m.
Salt Ultra Lounge • 325 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle, NC • (252) 354-2740

If you want your lady to be treated right, come to Salt Ultra Lounge on Valentine’s Day and she’ll get a free red rose. You’ll also get to groove to the smooth sounds of Motown. Dance the night away with the one you love! Click here for more details.

 Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner
Saturday, February 13, from 6:30–10 p.m.
Cost: $130/couple (prices will increase after Feb. 4)
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores • 1 Roosevelt Boulevard Pine Knoll Shores, NC • (252) 247-4003

Figure out “who dunnit?” by working with your sweetie in this evening of murder and mystery. Step into the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores which will be transformed into a formal masquerade party, and step into a night of fantasy. Click here for more details.

 Valentine’s Party with the Werewolves of London
Saturday, February 13, from 7–10 p.m.
Harrika’s Brew Haus • 911 Cedar Point Boulevard, Swansboro, NC • (252) 354-7911

Blues music, chocolate, fruit flavored beers and a guaranteed happy date! An added bonus, if you forget to buy a gift, Harrika’s Brew Hausunique store has tons of fun gifts, including art, photography, jerky and teas! Click here for more details.


Grand Gift Giving:

Original and thoughtful gifts are just down the street in the Crystal Coast. If it’s jewelry you’re looking for, try J. Chalk Designs for custom pieces like original Crystal Coast pendants. Or if it’s equestrian flair you’re looking for, find it at Churchwell’s Jewelers. Some people use this weekend to pop a certain question…hint hint. If that’s you, go to JR Dunn Jewelers for a stunning engagement ring.

Maybe something more…intimate? This Cups For You has a wide selection of fine lingerie.

Other gift ideas could be designer olive oil and other gourmet treats at Beaufort Olive Oil Company. Or maybe a seaside themed gifts to commemorate your Crystal Coast weekend at Elly’s Gifts. Then there’s Handscapes Gallery, with one-of-a-kind gifts by local artists.

Beaufort Olive Oil Company
300 Front Street, Beaufort, NC • (252) 504-2474 • Website

Churchwell’s Jewelers
7901 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC • (252)354-7166 • Website

Elly’s Gifts
8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC • (252) 354-4748 • Website

Handscapes Gallery
410 Front Street, Beaufort, NC • (252) 728-6805 • Website

J. Chalk Designs
1010 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC • (252) 726-5559 • Website

JR Dunn Jewelers
Cypress Bay Plaza, Morehead City, NC • (252) 726-8700 • Website
Emerald Plantation, Emerald Isle, NC • (252) 354-5074 • Website

This Cups For You
4426 Arendell Street, Unit 10, Morehead City, NC • (252) 726-CUPS • Facebook