April Featured Agents

April 2023 Featured Realtors

April Featured Agents

April 2023 Featured Realtors

Welcome to April 2023 Featured Realtors edition of Bluewater Real Estate’s Who’s Who! Bluewater Real Estate is the most trusted local real estate agency working with home buyers and home sellers on the Crystal Coast. We have been a top-producing real estate firm on the Crystal Coast for the past 37 years.  We are here when you’re ready!


Atlantic Beach, NC Realtors Awarded MOST CLOSED SALES 

Jim Bailey and Sheri Satterwhite

April Featured Agents 2023

Jim Bailey and Sheri Satterwhite and out this month, selling four properties each.  Both agents serve clients in Carteret, Craven, and Onslow Counties.


“I used Jim Bailey and Bluewater Real Estate to recently help sell my boatslip. Jim and associates were very professional and helpful. Jim sold my slip in just a few weeks and for more than I expected. I would recommend Jim Bailey and Bluewater Real Estate for selling any type of property that you might want to sell.” Joe S.

“Working with Sheri Satterwhite was an absolute joy! Her thorough attention to detail clearly demonstrated her professionalism and expertise. All of Sheri’s time and effort resulted in a fast smooth closing. Without reservation, we recommend Sheri and Bluewater Real Estate.” John and English H.


Atlantic Beach, NC Realtor Awarded MOST NEW LISTINGS in April 2023

Cathy Gainey

Atlantic Beach Realtor

Cathy Gainey is our featured real estate agent for April, listing two new properties for sale on the Crystal Coast. Looking for instant notifications? Our responsive agents have ability to notify you in real-time.


“Cathy was wonderful to work with. She was very accommodating and went above and beyond our expectations. As we were out of state clients, she kept us up to date as we moved through the process. Her list of contractors is top notch. Closing was super easy. Cathy made buying the house a breeze!”  Joe and Lisa P.


Emerald Isle, NC Realtor Awarded MOST NEW LISTINGS in April 2023

Susan Goines

Emerald Isle Realtor

Susan Goines listed four new homes for sale in April and works out of our Emerald Isle, NC office.  Did you know that Our Emerald Isle office is the #1 Real Estate Office in Emerald Isle? 


“Susan Goines did a fantastic job as our Realtor. She showed us many homes throughout Carteret County and set up a web portal which was a great help during our search. We would use Bluewater again and will certainly recommend your group to any family and friends who may be looking for a home. Thank you Susan!.”  Calvin and April W.


Emerald Isle, NC Realtor Awarded MOST CLOSED SALES in April 2023

Syndie Earnhardt

Emerald Isle Featured Realtor

Introducing Syndie Earnhardt of Bluewater Real Estate’s Emerald Isle, NC office. Syndie helped five families close their forever homes in Carteret County.  Way to go Syndie!


“Bluewater Real Estate helped my family find our forever home. Syndie was very patient with us, and worked hard in finding everything we wanted. She walked us through the whole process and is an expert realtor. We were so thankful to have her!” Jackie L .


April 2023 Featured Realtors: Thinking of Selling?

Thinking of selling? Please get in touch with us online or by calling us at 1-855-328-8354. We’d love to help you sell your home. How can we help you? 


Thanks to our local knowledge and worldwide contacts, Bluewater’s premier luxury specialists have demonstrated a remarkable capacity to link buyers and sellers in all market conditions. Our biggest accomplishment is agent retention. We have taken great pride in being Crystal Coast’s go-to real estate relocation service for over 35 years.

We look forward to working with you! 


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June 2023 Events on the Crystal Coast

events on the nc coast june 2023

June 2023 Events on the Crystal Coast

Looking for events on the NC Coast for June 2023? We’ve got you covered!

The North Carolina coast is gearing up for an exciting lineup of events in June 2023. With the warmer weather and longer days, visitors and locals alike can look forward to a range of activities. The NC Coast is bustling with live music, historic tours, sporting events and cultural celebrations. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on the beach or an action-packed adventure, the NC coast has something for everyone this June. So mark your calendars and get ready to make unforgettable memories on the shores of North Carolina.

You can click the event title links below to learn more about each event. You can also head over to our Event Calendar to see all published event calendars. Enjoy! 

June 1, 2023

Corey Smith Live On Tour June 1st at 6pm — Get ready for an electrifying experience as Corey Smith takes the stage. This is a LIVE performance on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Join us on The Cottage’s magnificent oceanfront deck and immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of Corey Smith. Sing along to beloved hits such as “If I Could Do It Again,” “Drinkin’ Again,” and “Twenty-One”. Secure your tickets online now and prepare to be captivated by this unforgettable musical event.

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Image credit: Trading Post

Alex Williams at The Trading Post June 1st 6pm-9pm — Prepare for an incredible performance by Alex Williams, former member of the legendary Kool & the Gang, at the Trading Post in Emerald Isle. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to witness his talent live. However, if you’re unable to attend on June 1st, fear not! Alex Williams will be returning on July 20th, giving you a second chance to experience his captivating performance. Mark your calendars and get ready for a night of unforgettable music.

Other Fun Events June 1 on the NC Coast

DJ Bingo at The Growler Atlantic Beach June 1st at 7pm — Get ready for an exciting round of DJ Bingo! Join us for a thrilling, free-to-play experience where you have the chance to win fantastic prizes. Don’t miss out on the fun! Plus, there’s an exciting weekly progressive jackpot up for grabs. Mark your calendars as DJ Bingo takes place every Thursday, providing thrilling recurring events on the NC coast this June.

Exploring Coastal Habitats on the Rachel Carson Reserve June 1st 9am-12:30pm — Embark on a remarkable journey led by Associate Education Curator Benjamin Wunderly. He will unveil the fascinating flora and fauna residing within the salt marsh. This guided hike will take you on an exploration of the diverse habitats present in Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Be prepared for an adventure through sandy, muddy, and wet terrain, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of these environments. Discover the intricate wonders of the reserve’s plants and animals as you delve into this captivating expedition.

Yoga Events In June on the NC Coast

Yoga For All: Fort Benjamin Recreation Center June 1st at 9am — Discover the inclusive world of yoga, where everybody and every body is welcome! Join us for an all-levels yoga session that accommodates beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. This class is open to all adults, embracing diversity and fostering a supportive environment. With a fee of $10 per participant, you can experience the benefits of yoga. Don’t miss out on this rejuvenating opportunity! The class is held every Thursday in Newport, allowing you to make it a regular part of your weekly routine.

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Beach Yoga at Emerald Isle Daily at 8am — Get ready to embrace the rejuvenating practice of Beach Yoga as it returns to Emerald Isle on a daily basis. These classes cater to individuals of all levels, including beginners, adults, and kids. Whether you prefer to bring your family, or friends, or come alone, you’ll have the opportunity to connect. Like-minded individuals in a serene beach setting attend these sessions. The classes operate on a donation basis, allowing you to pay at the class itself using cash or Venmo.

To ensure your comfort during the practice, we recommend bringing a towel, sheet, or blanket. You may also use a mat on the sandy surface. Additionally, don’t forget to bring water to stay hydrated and fully enjoy the experience. Beach Yoga is one of the popular events on the NC Coast during June. Come discover the blissful union of mind, body, and nature.

June 2, 2023

Living Shipwreck Shark Feed : NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores June 2nd at 3:15pm — Don’t miss out on this thrilling experience! The program takes place weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, allowing you multiple opportunities to attend. Due to its popularity, we highly recommend making reservations in advance to secure your spot and ensure a seamless visit. Prepare to be amazed by the wonders of the Living Shipwreck and its captivating inhabitants. If you are looking for some unique events on the NC Coast this June, add this to the list!

2023 Morehead City Marlins Baseball Season June 2nd at 7pm — Experience a delightful outing with your family and show your support for the Morehead City Marlins. It’s time for the thrilling 2023 baseball season! Join us in cheering on the Marlins as they showcase their skills and dedication. Games will be held throughout the months of June, July, and early August, ensuring an action-packed season of baseball excitement. For a complete schedule of games, visit the Marlins’ official website. Let’s rally behind the team and make unforgettable memories together. Go Marlins!

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Image credit: Morehead City Marlins

June 3, 2023

Kayak for the Warriors Kayak/Paddleboard Race June 3rd 9am-1pm — Prepare for an exhilarating adventure as you participate in the WARRIORS RACE, a thrilling 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race through the scenic canals of Pine Knoll Shores. The race kicks off on Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. To secure your spot, a registration fee of $50 is required. This is for a single kayak or paddle board, while a tandem kayak registration costs $100. Rest assured, each registered participant will receive a Warrior T-shirt and a delicious lunch. The registration deadline is June 2, so don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity. By participating, you’ll not only experience a thrilling race but also contribute to a worthy cause. This event benefits Hope For the Warriors.

Youth Fishing Derby June 3rd at 9am — This event takes place at the Bogue Inlet Pier. It is specifically designed for kids aged 5-12. Best of all, it’s completely free! Get ready for a memorable day filled with excitement. It’s a fishing competition with fabulous prizes up for grabs. Categories will include awards for the most unique fish caught as well as the largest catch. While supplies last, bait will be provided to enhance your fishing experience. Please remember to bring your own rods and reels, as they will not be provided at the event. This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a day of fun and bonding. Don’t miss out on this amazing fishing event that promises unforgettable memories for everyone involved!

Big Rock
Image credit: Big Rock

June 9, 2023

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament 2023 June 9-19th — Welcome to The Big Rock, one of the nation’s most prominent and long-standing sport fishing tournaments. This extraordinary event beckons passionate deep-sea fishermen to North Carolina’s picturesque Crystal Coast. It’s a thrilling week of angling and vibrant community festivities. Over the past fifty years, countless boats have graced our docks. Tourists have flocked here, and Morehead City locals have experienced the ebb and flow of life. Throughout it all, the Big Rock mission has remained unchanged. The mission is to embody the spirit of the sport fishing community in the exceptional manner that only Morehead City can deliver.

KWLA 2023 June 9-10th — Prepare to be part of history at the 26th Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) Tournament. This tournament is an extraordinary ladies-only event. It has earned its place as one of the largest of its kind worldwide. Witness the exhilarating one-day billfish release tournament that set an incredible milestone in 2022. The event boasted an astonishing 215 boats and an impressive purse of $318,750. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this prestigious event. Join us for another unforgettable year of angling excellence.

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Image credit: Swansboro Arts By The Sea

June 10, 2023

Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival June 10th — Immerse yourself in the vibrant heart of the waterfront downtown area as you join us for the captivating Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival. This eagerly anticipated event is free and welcomes everyone with open arms, inviting them to explore a world of artistic wonders. Prepare to be enchanted by the talent of local artists and craftsmen who will showcase their creations. This festival provides a perfect opportunity for visitors to acquire truly unique and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Delight in a stunning variety of art forms, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, carvings, photography, sculpture, stained glass, and much more. The festival is a treasure trove of artistic expression. In addition to the artistic showcases, the festival will offer delectable food and drink tastings, providing a treat for your taste buds. Engaging activities tailored for young visitors will keep the little ones entertained and enthralled. This is one fo the most exciting events on the NC Coast in June 2023.

Bicentennial Jamboree NC Division of Marine Fisheries June 10th 10am-4pm — We are thrilled to invite you to the Bicentennial Jamboree, taking place at the Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters in Morehead City. This event offers a unique opportunity for the public to gain insights into the remarkable evolution of fisheries management over our extensive history. Discover the invaluable services we provide to the citizens of North Carolina and deepen your understanding of our commitment to preserving and safeguarding our marine resources. The Bicentennial Jamboree promises to be a day filled with education, entertainment, and celebration. Join us as we reflect on our achievements, showcase our progress, and look toward an even brighter future for marine fisheries management.

June 14, 2023

Merry Time for Tots June 14th 10am-11am — Join the Beaufort Maritime Museum for our engaging maritime-themed program designed specifically for preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers. Every second Wednesday, participants will enjoy a hands-on experience, craft, and activity centered around captivating topics like pirates, sharks, whales, and fish. The program aims to provide both an enriching experience and exposure to these fascinating subjects. Each session lasts between 45 to 60 minutes. Caregivers are asked to stay for the entire program. Pre-registration is required to secure your spot.

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Image credit: Fort Macon

June 16, 2023

Unknown Tongues Concert at Fort Macon June 16th at 6:30pm — Join us at the Fort for an unforgettable Summer Concert Series, showcasing the incredible talents of Unknown Tongues! The series is one of the “must attend” events on the NC Coast in June 2023. Since 1990, Unknown Tongues has been igniting North Carolina and beyond with their vibrant blend of Cajun and Zydeco music. Don’t forget to bring your chair, stay hydrated with water, and protect yourself with sunscreen if necessary. Please note that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited at the event.

Tim Hatcher Book Launch: Time and Tide: The Vanishing Culture of the North Carolina Coast June 16th at 2pm — Don’t miss the opportunity to join Tim Hatcher, the esteemed author of “Time and Tide: The Vanishing Culture of the North Carolina Coast,” as he presents an engaging discussion and Q&A session at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Delve into the captivating world of North Carolina’s breathtaking and ever-evolving coastline, exploring its vibrant history and the cultural tapestry that defines it today. Residing on a beloved North Carolina beach, Tim holds a deep fondness for its unchanging beauty, wishing for its preservation amidst the challenges faced by commercial fishing and unrestricted shoreline access. Motivated by the multitude of controversies and conflicts that have shaped the state’s coastal regions, both past and present, Tim embarked on a journey of discovery and documentation.

Beaufort Historic Site
Image credit: Beaufort Historic Site, featured artist, Larry Dean

June 21, 2023

62nd Annual Old Homes Tour & More – Literary Luncheon June 21st at noon — Indulge in an extraordinary literary luncheon experience as you join acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey and author/historic preservationist Deborah Goodrich Royce at the picturesque Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach. Delight in a delectable meal while immersing yourself in an engaging discussion with these best-selling authors, centered around Goodrich-Royce’s captivating new novel, “Reef Road”. This intimate gathering provides a unique opportunity to connect with the authors, gain deeper insights into their creative processes, and explore the inspirations behind their works. As a cherished bonus, attendees will have the chance to have their books signed by the authors, ensuring a cherished keepsake of this unforgettable event.

June 23, 2023

Alive at Five – Bounce Party Band June 23rd 5-8pm — Join us in welcoming the 2023 Alive at Five Series, presented by Downtown Morehead City, Inc., as we kick off with the incredible Bounce Party Band! Make your way to Jaycee Park on Friday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm, and get ready to groove with your loved ones at this free waterfront concert. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair and put on your dancing shoes for an unforgettable evening of live music!

Beaufort Historic Site
Image credit: Beaufort Historic Site

62nd Annual Old Homes Tour & More- June 23-24th — Experience the timeless charm of Beaufort with the highly anticipated Old Homes Tour, an annual event that showcases the stunning private residences, exquisite gardens, local churches, and artists’ studios scattered throughout the town. Explore the rich history and architectural beauty as you wander through the authentically-restored buildings and picturesque grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site.

June 28, 2023

Brushes and Brews at Crystal Coast Brewing June 28th 6pm — We invite the public to join us at Crystal Coast Brewing Company located in Atlantic Beach. This event is aimed at sparking creativity, encouraging conversations, and ensuring a great time for everyone! Wine & Design offers a unique art class experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Get ready to enjoy music and laughter, and release any stress you may have. Whether you bring a friend or a loved one, we guarantee a fantastic time. The talented local artists will guide you step by step, ensuring that you create your own masterpiece. This class is open to the public and welcomes participants of all skill levels. Your ticket covers all the necessary art supplies.

Did You Find Your Next Adventure on the NC Coast for June?

Stay tuned for more June events as we add to our monthly calendar!

We trust that you found our overview of the June 2023 events on the NC Coast informative and inspiring. For those who are hungry for more adventure and excitement along the Crystal Coast, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive 2023 Crystal Coast Calendar of Events page. There, you’ll find a plethora of upcoming events and happenings that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the year. So why wait? Start planning your next unforgettable experience on the stunning Crystal Coast today!

Pin Your Way to the Perfect Summer: Save These NC Coast June 2023 Events for Later

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Kristen Furtner Atlantic Beach Realtor

Kristen Furtner Atlantic Beach Realtor

Meet Kimberly Maness, an Atlantic Beach Realtor who grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. She works with both buyers and sellers.

"Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer"

Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer

"Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer"

Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer

If you’re planning a trip to Emerald Isle or any of the nearby communities on the Crystal Coast, you might want to consider a few fun things to do in Swansboro, NC, this summer.

Known by many as the “Friendly City by the Sea,” Swansboro has a lot to offer for friends, families, and romantic couples. And although you shouldn’t have much trouble staying busy in this inviting town, we’re never shy about sharing some of our inside knowledge with those looking for a memorable vacation!

How to Have a Great Time in Swansboro, NC

With seemingly endless opportunities for fun in the sun, Swansboro, NC, is a picturesque Crystal Coast summer vacation spot among some of the state’s most inviting places. Still, you may be wondering what makes Swansboro unique. For starters, The Matador Network put Swansboro number five on its list of “The 25 Coolest Towns in America to Visit in 2021.” Also, Swansboro has everything that makes the other Crystal Coast towns great all in one bundle, with a less-traveled beach, top-tier fishing, various outdoor activities, several excellent restaurants, and an underappreciated shopping scene. 

Go Check Out Hammocks Beach State Park

A sunset over Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro, NC.

Hammocks Beach State Park is a paradise for nature lovers, catering to many outdoor activities. This park has everything from easy to moderate hiking trails to serene green spaces, picnic areas, and a delightful waterfront gazebo. The Welcome Center, adorned with area history and wildlife exhibits, offers a unique learning experience. The park encompasses 1,500 acres and consists of a mainland park and four islands – Dudley, Huggins, Jones, and the magnificent Bear Island, which is only accessible by boat. Bear Island features four miles of breathtaking white-sand beaches, clear blue waters perfect for fishing and shell hunting, and a tranquil spot for picnicking. Visitors can take the daily passenger ferry rides or rent canoes and kayaks to explore designated canoe trails.

Swansboro, NC, Has Fantastic Fishing

Cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River is an exciting adventure for avid anglers. Several public docks and boat rentals are perfect for wetting a line. Local fishing charters, such as Nancy Lee Fishing Charters, Friendly City Fishing, and Pogies, provide excellent opportunities for inshore, near-shore, and deep-water excursions. With half and full-day charters available, visitors can enjoy the expertise of knowledgeable guides and a chance to catch a wide variety of fish species. It’s an unforgettable experience for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

A Swansboro Shopping Spree

Swansboro’s historic downtown is a shopper’s paradise, offering a delightful experience for visitors. Explore dozens of charming shops, galleries, and eclectic boutiques housed in historic buildings, and indulge in a unique shopping experience. Discover nautical treasures and antiques at Sailing Through Time Antiques or browse the Silver Line Jewelry and Art Gallery collection. Uncover beachy home decor at Salt Marsh Cottage, and explore The Mercantile for miscellaneous items you didn’t know you needed.

Savor the Flavors

In the charming coastal town of Swansboro, seafood is king. The village boasts a bounty of delectable eateries, each boasting a unique character, making it hard to pick just one. Savor the traditional shrimp and grits with watermelon salsa at The Boro Restaurant and Bar, indulge in one of the nightly chef specials at Riverside Steak and Seafood, or enjoy delectable grilled Atlantic salmon alongside picturesque waterfront views at the Saltwater Grill. And for breakfast, don’t miss Yana’s Ye Olde Restaurant, where you can fuel up for a day of seaside adventures with hearty and delicious fare and take a picture with Elvis.


As a bonus stop for those with a sweet tooth, Candy Edventure offers much more than just candy. Step inside and be transported to a fun-filled environment with an old-fashioned soda fountain counter, homemade fudge, creamy ice cream, and mouth-watering popcorn, not to mention a jaw-dropping assortment of nostalgic childhood sweets. Take the chance to try their tempting ice cream nachos!

NC Vacation Rentals in Swansboro, Emerald Isle, and More!

Whether taking a stroll along the waterfront with your family, exploring the quaint shops and boutiques with your friends, or indulging in some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste with that special someone, the charming seaside community of Swansboro, NC, offers something for everyone. And with a vast selection of Crystal Coast vacation rentals throughout the area, Bluewater is more than happy to provide the ultimate launchpad for your summer getaway!

How many activities have you added to your Swansboro summer itinerary?

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Real Estate Home Selling Market

real estate home selling market

Real Estate Home Selling Market Report: Is Now the Time to Make Your Move? 

 The real estate home selling market can be very unpredictable, especially in today’s climate. As interest rates rise and fall, home inventory fluctuates, and buyer demands change. It can be challenging to understand when it is the right time to list your home or purchase one. This blog post will cover the current state of the home-selling market, how fast homes are selling, and whether now is the right time to make your move. 

How fast will my home sell?

The real estate home selling market is incredibly competitive, with homes flying off the market in record time. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes sell within an average of 17 days of being listed, the fastest rate in over a decade. This rapid pace is due to a shortage of available homes for sale. Even with the increase in interest rates, Carteret County is still attracting a large pool of buyers. If you’re considering selling your home, now may be the perfect time to capitalize on the high demand and fetch a great price.  Check out how fast our homes are selling and preview our days on the market in April 2023 Real Estate Market Report.

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View 2023 April Real Estate Market Report

Where do I start if I am a first-time buyer?

While the selling market is booming, it’s important to note that the buying market is equally competitive. With interest rates hovering around 6%, many first-time buyers and investors want to enter the market to take advantage of reasonable rates. The average interest rate since 1971 is 7.75%. As a buyer, you must act quickly and understand what you want in a home. Knowing your budget, location preferences, and ideal home features will help you make a quick and well-informed decision before someone else swoops in and snags your dream home. Connect with a local lender.

 When is the best time to sell my home? 

In summary, the real estate home-selling market is very competitive, with homes selling rapidly. Despite the intensified competition, now is a great time to consider listing your home or purchasing a new one. With reasonable interest rates and a shortage of available homes for sale, many buyers are eager to move now. The summer months are an ideal time to sell your home, and it’s essential to grasp local real estate trends and market price points. Work with a reputable Bluewater Real Estate agent who can guide you. You can make your next real estate home sale with careful planning and some luck.  We serve Carteret, Craven, and Onslow Counties and can make your home sale successful.

If you have any questions about our market report, please reach out! We’d be happy to get them answered! 


Real Estate Market Report

source: National Association of Realtors

Celebrate Mother's Day with a Crystal Coast picnic

Celebrate Mom with a Crystal Coast Picnic

Celebrate Mother's Day with a Crystal Coast picnic

Celebrate Mom with a Crystal Coast Picnic

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate the incredible moms in our lives. What better way to show your love and appreciation than by celebrating Mom on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina? We’ve got a great idea; celebrate Mom with a Crystal Coast picnic!

We’re sharing some terrific tips on making the moms in your lives day just a little more special! Plus, these tips are helpful for any special occasion because who doesn’t love a good picnic under the sun?

Poolside Picnics

Locations for your Crystal Coast Picnic

If you’re looking for the perfect Crystal Coast picnic location, you can’t go wrong with a Bluewater vacation home! Our vacation rentals often have breathtaking ocean views and are just steps away from the beach; it’s the perfect place to stage your Mother’s Day picnic! Most have fully equipped kitchens to accommodate your great culinary ideas and provide an excellent spot for Mom to retreat to when she needs a break from the sun! 

Vacation rentals with private pools in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle

Want to give Mom a resort-like picnic experience just for her? Look for a vacation rental home with a pool! This way, she can relax with a drink and have her feet in the water while enjoying the warm sun, ocean breeze, and snacks nearby! The Crystal Coast picnic location you choose should be all about helping her relax and recharge in peace!

Poolside relaxation

Last but not least, let’s take Mom to the beach! There’s something special about the sound of the waves crashing and the salty ocean air that adds to the picnic experience.  You can set up your picnic on a large beach towel or bring a portable table and beach chairs. Remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, refreshments, and your choice of shade! Of course, a beach picnic isn’t complete without at least getting your feet wet in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean!

ALSO SEE: Don’t Miss These 5 Things to Do in Atlantic Beach, NC

Beach picnic on Emerald Isle, Crystal Coast Picnic

Crystal Coast Picnic Food and Drinks

So now that we have the location covered, it’s time to take care of the second half and our favorite part of the Crystal Coast picnic experience, the refreshments! We like to keep it simple and fun! Finger foods make a great poolside and on-the-beach picnic staple. They are also the easiest to prepare and make for an excellent presentation! Here are a few ideas to help you plan the perfect picnic menu!

Crystal Coast Picnic Food and Drinks

Regarding the liquid refreshments, we want to keep them versatile and straightforward! Start with picking up your favorite brand of seltzer water. That will be the base of your drink, and some may prefer to drink just that. Add a fruit juice of your choice, and you have a fancy mocktail, just garnish with fruit! If you want to make this a cocktail, add some flavored rum or liqueurs to this mix, and that’s all there is to it!

Sparkling water for the perfect mocktails on the beach

Mother’s Day Mocktails

The Crystal Coast is the perfect backdrop for a day spent with family, enjoying delicious food and refreshing mocktails. Here are some recipe ideas to help you plan the perfect Mother’s Day picnic.

ALSO SEE: Why Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals Are Perfect for Summer

Mocktails for all occations

Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail


  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of sparkling water
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a blender, puree the fresh strawberries until smooth.
  2. In a pitcher, mix the strawberry puree, lemon juice, and honey until well combined.
  3. Add sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.

Pineapple Ginger Mocktail


  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup of sparkling water
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a blender, puree the fresh pineapple chunks until smooth.
  2. In a pitcher, mix the pineapple puree, lime juice, honey, and grated ginger until well combined.
  3. Add sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish with fresh pineapple chunks and ginger slices.

Cucumber Mint Mocktail


  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of sparkling water
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a blender, puree the chopped cucumber until smooth.
  2. In a pitcher, mix the cucumber puree, lemon juice, honey, and fresh mint leaves until well combined.
  3. Add sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish with fresh cucumber slices and mint leaves.

Pop-up Picnic Service

Atlantic Beach vacation rental for the holidays

Now that we have the basics covered let’s take it up a notch and simplify even more! We know you want to spend quality time with Mom rather than spend tons of time preparing. We also know you want to make everything perfect and stress-free. Good news, we have the ideal solution!

mothers day on the crystal coast, girls getaway on the crystal coast, emerald isle and atlantic beach vacation rentals perfect for events

A pop-up picnic service is a fun way to create a special memory and reduce the stress of planning and preparing the perfect Crystal Coast picnic! We want to spotlight a fantastic pop-up picnic service, Sunshine Spread! The founder, Alexis, elevates the picnic experience with plush touches such as a fully styled table, a cabana tent, and comfy floor seating. They can set up these beautiful pop-up picnics at your Bluewater vacation rental and even on the beach! The best part? We’re giving away a pop-up picnic for two from Sunshine Spreads! Head over to @bluewaterncvacation on Instagram for details and your chance to win!



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Team Perry Emerald Isle Realtors

Team Perry Emerald Isle Realtors

Agent spotlight on Team Perry Emerald Isle Realtors

Meet Team Perry, Emerald Isle Realtors

We are David and Julie Perry, known as Team Perry, Emerald Isle Realtors at Bluewater Real Estate. We feel blessed to have been born and raised in Carteret County, one of the most beautiful and unique places. The ocean, sound, marsh grass, and salt air are incredible, but more importantly, the people who make it special. Our county is known for how people help one another in crisis and for itssouthern hospitality.” 

Meet Team Perry - Emerald Isle Realtors

Meet David and Julie Perry, Emerald Isle Realtors

Our favorite hobbies involve traveling – mostly cruising! However, it was through an opportunity, as teachers, to travel with students that we have been able to visit Australia and New Zealand as well as more than half of the countries in Europe. Yet, we still appreciate the beauty of where we live. Boating, biking, golfing, and listening to live entertainment are some of our favorite things. This area is fortunate to have amazingly talented musicians who have chosen to live here.

David and Julie Perry

About Team Perry

Life on the Crystal Coast has sometimes been challenging. A business loss and cancer diagnosis in 2012 re-centered our value of people, experiences, memories, and faith. In 2017, our daughter, Kalen, graduated from NC State, and in 2019, our son, Ryan, graduated from Croatan High School and headed to NC State. We reflected that much of our lives had centered around our kids’ extracurricular activities. Therefore, we needed to find something to do with our free time. We enrolled in real estate classes with plans to sell real estate in retirement. With lifelong friends Cathy Sheaffer, Marsha Jordan, Kitch Ayre, and Syndie Earnhardt, as well as the reputation of Bluewater Real Estate, the choice to join Bluewater was easy. The knowledge of our co-workers, the owners, and our Broker in Charge has been invaluable

Team Perry Emerald Isle Realtors

Connect with Team Perry: Emerald Isle Realtors

We have many military families on the Crystal Coast, and since we are educators, we have had an opportunity to learn from our students and their families who have lived worldwide! Most of our clients have been family, friends, and friends of friends. Because relationships are vital to us, we have thoroughly enjoyed real estate as a retirement career and look forward to assisting future clients in buying or selling in the area we love.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Bluewater Real Estate has been a top-producing firm on the Crystal Coast for the past 37 years. David and Julie Perry, Emerald Isle Realtors, and our local Bluewater Real Estate agents will provide exceptional service wherever your real estate requirements are.  Click here to connect with a certified, pre-vetted real estate professional today.


Team Perry Emerald Isle Realtors

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Farm-to-Table Fresh Summer Deliveries

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Farm-to-Table Fresh Summer Deliveries

Get farm-to-table, fresh summer deliveries when you book with Bluewater Vacation Rentals. Many of our guests enjoy the abundant farm-fresh food found here while vacationing with us. Over the past few years, Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach vacationers have been participating in the Vacationer Supported Agriculture program we’ve helped to facilitate.

This year, Bluewater Vacation Rentals is pleased to be able to continue to provide Vacationer Supported Agriculture to our guests through Shenk Family Farm.  Shenk Family Farm offers weekly deliveries straight to your door every Sunday evening this summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Shenk Family Farm provides pasture-raised meats, eggs, produce bundles, flowers, and more from local farmers. Place your order by Wednesday, before your arrival, for Sunday delivery straight to your door. Visit the link to learn more – Learn More About Farm-to-Table Fresh Summer Beach Deliveries.

Items Available Each Week by Shenk Family Farm and Other Local Farmers:

  • Pasture-raised Meats
  • Eggs
  • Produce
  • Flowers
  • Sea Salt
  • And more…

Pasture-Raised Meat and Eggs

Joe and Rachel Shenk are first-generation farmers in Newport, NC. Their farms offer farm-to-table, fresh chicken, pork, grass-fed beef from Piney Woods Farm, eggs, bone broth, and more. Their passion is to manage their farm in a way that promotes happy and healthy animals, land, community, and farmers. They want to know their customers and for their customers to know them. They also value equipping people to prepare their products in a way that brings them joy and create delicious meals to share with the people they love. Your meat will come vacuum sealed and frozen.

VSA, Vacationer supported agriculture

Local Produce Bundles

The farm-to-table fresh produce bundles from the Carteret Local Food Network typically consist of various fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables grown and harvested by local small-scale farmers. Each bundle will contain approximately 12-16 servings of local, seasonal veggies, so be sure to snag as many as you need depending on how many people you’re feeding. Check out the item description in our online store to see what produce to expect during the summer season.

Local Produce Bundles for the VSA program, VSA, Vacationer supported agriculture

Freshly-Cut Flower Bouquets

Two Bees Farm is a flower farm located in Carteret County, specializing in responsibly grown, unique, fresh flowers. Tanya and Travis Watson take pride in growing heirloom, cottage-style blooms unlike anything you’d find in a box store or traditional florist shop. Your seasonal bouquet will be filled with a variety of colorful blooms and greenery hand-picked from our fields to your vase. Each bouquet will be cut and prepared by hand, assembled in a jar, and hand-delivered to your doorstep.

VSA, Vacationer supported agriculture, fresh cut flowers

Local Sea Salt

Atlantic Beach Sea Salt Company’s seawater is drawn from the beautiful nutrient-rich Blue Water miles off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. There are no chemicals or outside agents in their salt. It is 100% natural. They use the wind, sun, and love of the sea to produce the finest salt on the east coast. Their sea salt is packaged right on the island in its purest form. You will love the beautiful white crystals and crunchy texture. Their salt is easily served in larger crystals or simply pinched into finer finishing salt.

farm-to-table fresh sea salt summer beach delivers to vacation guests

Lard Goat Milk Soap

Kristi at Logan Farms uses Shenk Family Farm rendered pork lard, their own goat milk, and recipes inspired by them and their customers to create old-fashioned lard soap. Kristi has handcrafted several varieties in small batches that include only simple, natural ingredients such as essential oils, oats, dried florals, and more. These soaps clean and lather well while also being moisturizing, gentle on the skin, and long-lasting. You will love these bars in your home, on your vacation, or to give as a gift!

Farm-to-table fresh local made goat milk soap, VSA, Vacationer supported agriculture

How Your Farm-to-Table Fresh Summer Deliveries Work

  1. Order your farm-to-table fresh items from up to two weeks before your arrival until the Wednesday before your arrival
  2. Visit the online store here
  3. Add your desired products to your cart
  4. Choose the delivery option
  5. Use your delivery address zip code
  6. Choose your delivery date
  7. At checkout, input your delivery address with special instructions (if necessary)
  8. Your order will be delivered on the requested Sunday between 4-7 pm

Order Your Farm-to-Table Fresh Summer Deliveries

To order, select your farm-to-table fresh summer items here.

If you have questions, you can reach out to Rachel with Shenk Family Farm via text at (252) 622-6803.



Farm-to-Table Fresh Summer Produce Eggs Flowers Soap and Meat

A family walks along a vacant shoreline near their beach vacation rental on the Crystal Coast.

5 Ways to Find the Right Family Beach Vacation Rental

A family walks along a vacant shoreline near their beach vacation rental on the Crystal Coast.

5 Ways to Find the Right Family Beach Vacation Rental

Looking for a family beach vacation rental without all the hassle? We’re sharing 5 helpful tips to find the right family beach vacation rental on the Crystal Coast.

With its rich history, gorgeous beaches, and welcoming communities, the Crystal Coast is an ideal family getaway spot—there is something here for everyone. Still, there are a few things to consider before deciding on the best beach vacation rental for you and your crew as you try to maximize your experience. While it may seem easy n the grand scheme of things, there is always more than meets the eye. So to help you narrow down your options and find a place to call home, we put together 5 ways to find the right beach vacation rental on the Crystal Coast.

1. Decide When to Visit the Crystal Coast

One of the best aspects of booking a beach vacation rental on the Crystal Coast is the region’s status as a year-round getaway destination. Those escaping winter from the northern areas will tell you that towns like Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle offer an excellent retreat from cold weather. On the other hand, families looking for fun in the sun once school’s out will say the beaches, waterparks, and other family-friendly attractions are a fun way to spend summer. And, of course, there are always the happy mediums of fall and spring. Either way, deciding when to visit might be the best first step to planning.

ALSO SEE: Fun Things to Do on the Crystal Coast this Spring

spring things to do on the crystal coast

2. Determine Your Family Beach Vacation Rental Budget

Creating a feasible budget is another crucial step in finding your family’s best beach vacation rental. It doesn’t take long to get caught up in how to spend your time, so you’ll want to figure out how much you’ll be spending as soon as possible. Food and other daily expenses should be factored into the overall cost of your trip. Also, knowing what everyone wants to do will give you a better idea of your budget, thus determining what lodging option is ideal. The bottom line is to balance all your expenses and go from there.

ALSO SEE: Affirm’s Book Now, Pay Later Option

Find the Right Family Beach Vacation Rental

3. Create Vacation Goals

While it’s understandable that people may not want to think about goals while vacationing, doing so will give you realistic expectations of what is possible during your stay. It’s not a bad idea to set your intentions to ensure you can select a beach vacation rental that matches your desires. Also, having vacation goals will motivate you and your family to try new things as you explore the Crystal Coast.

A mother and daughter plan their beach vacation near Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach.

4. Find a Beach Vacation Rental for Your Activities

While determining your budget and recreation options, don’t lose track of why you want to visit the Crystal Coast in the first place! Identifying the rental that best caters to your vacation goals is essential. For example, places like Cedar Point, Beaufort, Indian Beach, and Salter Path are good options if you’re looking for a quaint and quiet town. Otherwise, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, or Morehead City might be your best bet if you want to find some more exciting activities.

Compass Point, a Crystal Coast vacation rental.

5. Do Some Additional Research

Having so many things to do on the Crystal Coast comes with many options for choosing the best beach vacation rental. When it’s all said and done, you’ll need a place that provides optimal proximity to the activities and attractions you seek and accommodations, amenities, and services to complement an unforgettable getaway. Be sure to do some digging on the towns you’re considering. Our area guide is an excellent place to start! 

Extraordinary Vacation Rentals in Emerald Isle and Beyond!

An exterior view of Compass Pointe, an Emerald Isle vacation rental.

When you stay with Bluewater, you can expect an extraordinary assortment of beach vacation rentals in premiere NC coastal towns like Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, and more. And beyond providing top-tier accommodations, we promise to exceed your expectations with unrivaled services and amenities. So, if you and your family want to experience everything the Crystal Coast offers while having a place to call home at the end of each exciting day, Bluewater promises to deliver! 

To find out more or to book your stay, please contact us online today! And don’t forget to browse our exclusive collections and Crystal Coast vacation rental specials!

Are there any particular attractions or landmarks in the area that you’d like to visit during your Crystal Coast beach vacation?



Find the perfect family beach vacation on the Crystal Coast