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Live Local Entertainment: EmeraldFest Concert Series

local concert series, emerald isle outdoor music fest

Live Local Entertainment: EmeraldFest Concert Series

We’re finally getting back to our “new” normal and enjoying outdoor activities in our communities. Tonight kicks off Emerald Isle’s 2021 EmeraldFest Concert Series which takes place at 6:30 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access.

This fun Summer concert series is always enjoyable so pick your favorite dates, bring your favorite date, your lawn chairs, or blanket, and get ready to enjoy some great music outdoors!

These free outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening throughout the Summer on Emerald Isle. Come on out and enjoy some great music with locals and visitors alike! No alcohol, please.

EmeraldFest Concert Series

EmeraldFest Concert Series – 2021 Lineup

Thursdays 6:30-8 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access

  • June 24 – Pamlico Joe and Clean Water Flow (The Sound of Coastal Carolina)
  • July 1 – 4EverAll (Americana/Rock/Folk/Pop)
  • July 8 – The Mad Fiddler (Heartbeat of Music)
  • July 15 – Pure T Mommicked (Rock Alternative)
  • July 22 – Wicked Shimmies (Variety)
  • July 29 – Big Drink (Pop/Rock/Variety)
  • August 5 – Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • August 12 – Scearce and Ketner (Seagrass)
  • August 19 – Naked Knees (What a Party Sounds Like)

About Emerald Isle

Named the best beach in North Carolina by USA Today, Emerald Isle is a little slice of heaven for guests with an adventurous spirit. With choices like surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, or paddleboarding there’s plenty to do. Families can take delight in miles of walking, jogging, and bike paths plus nature trails which are yours to enjoy in this pristine natural environment. You can spot white-tailed deer, a variety of birds, and waterfowl throughout the island.  Visit “The Point” to watch the absolutely breathtaking sunsets!

Live Local Entertainment Updates

For all the latest updates on live local entertainment on Emerald Isle and the EmeraldFest 2021 Concert Series, visit 2021 EmeraldFest Concert Series. Most importantly, have fun! 

Guest friendly-homes made simple

Simple Tips for a Guest-Friendly Home

Whether you frequently have people over or plan on creating an inviting vacation rental, it’s always nice to know a few simple tips to make your home guest-friendly and welcoming to those who come to visit.

Simple Tips for a Guest-Friendly Home

One great tip to make your home an inviting space is to make sure it’s organized and clutter-free. No one wants to come into a home that’s messy and crowded. You can use a variety of storage bins to organize clutter and even use some decorative bins to hide away the things you’d like your guests to have easy access to (think games, books, etc) without making your home appear messy. 

Stock your guest room with items that your guests may have forgotten like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc. You can find travel-sized versions of these items and more at your local drugstores, big box stores, and even some grocery stores. 

Add a little tray and a clock radio with a charging station to the nightstands, just like they have in hotels. This will help create a stress-free space where your guests won’t have to worry about waking up late and missing all the activities they have planned and it will also keep all of their personal items corraled in one place. If you really want to go the extra mile, add a few extra phone chargers and adapters in the bedrooms for anyone who forgot theirs. 

Create a cute sign with the wifi password and important numbers your guests should know. Place in an area where everyone can see it and have access to it.

Tips for a guest friendly home

Comfort and Aesthetics Count, Too

When finding furniture for your living room be sure to find a couch that is welcoming instead of something that would be considered a work of art. No one wants to sit on something that looks like it came from a museum. Choose comfy cushions as well as soft pillows and blankets to go with the couch.

Next, be sure to choose a decent-sized coffee table and fill it with things that may have useful information for guests. For example, magazines, photo albums, and great reads to keep your guests busy. You can fill the coffee table with candles, flowers, or something to serve coffee or tea.  

If you feel you don’t have enough seating you can add other comfy chairs to the mix. If you remember the show ‘Friends’  they had a good mix of comfy chairs on the show. 

For the bathroom add cute towels, nice soap, and other useful things like cotton balls or Q-tips. Candles also make for a great addition in the bathroom as well!

If you enjoy having people over for the occasional get-together try a mobile bar, too! This will help not only transform your space but the get-together as well!

For some ideas to get you started check out the Pinterest board we created! What tips would you add?

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National Parks Week on the Crystal Coast

National Parks Week: 4 Parks to Explore on the Crystal Coast

Join us celebrating National Park Week 2021 from April 17 to 25!

Crystal Coast Map

“National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!”

-National Park Service

harkers island national park

 It is almost a pleasure to get lost here with its bridges spanning sparkling waters, marshes of waving grasses, flocks of birds swirling like autumn leaves, and cool wooded sanctuaries harboring vintage residences. It is also good to know there’s a helpful soul at virtually every turn of the road, at gift shops, convenience stores, gas stations, real estate offices, boat building concerns, marinas, seafood concessions, pizza, and burger joints.

Situated in Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon is packed to the brim with southern history. When you tour, take the time to have a tour guide show you the ropes.

There are cannons galore as well as great informative videos to begin your visit. There is history on the stairs, on the walls, and even on the doors. Be sure not to miss an inch on your trip back in time.

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cape lookout national park

The Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of 66 miles of beautifully undeveloped coastline stretching in barrier islands from Ocracoke to Beaufort Inlet. A short 3-mile boat ride off-shore takes you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages. Enjoy your time on the island searching for the famous wild horses of Shackleford Banks, across the way. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach. You can even bring your dog!

There aren’t any restaurants, so be sure to pack a lunch, sunscreen, water, and other necessary supplies!

Find Paradise on the unspoiled sands of this barrier island and National Park Hammocks Beach State Park is one of the few locations along the coast that remain nearly completely untouched. Ride a passenger ferry over to the island and spend the day exploring or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Load up your gear and reserve a campsite on the sound or ocean.

The ferry operates every half hour throughout the day during the summer season, giving you the chance to spend the entire day exploring the 4-mile long island. Once the ferry docks, there is a 1/2 mile trail that leads to the beach where you can swim, shell, kayak, or camp overnight.

Bring everything you need, there isn’t anywhere on the island to purchase food and drinks.

Ferry Services:

Hammocks Beach State Park | Swansboro

(910) 326-4881

Hammocks Beach National Park

Check out our publications to learn more about the National Parks on the Crystal Coast. If you take pictures while exploring these National Parks, please share them with us. Have a blast exploring!