2021 Real Estate Christmas Party

The 2021 Real Estate Christmas Party brought the Bluewater agents and employees together for food, fellowship, and fun. As a part of the 2021 Real Estate Christmas party, each attendee brought a white elephant gift for the holiday gift exchange. Agents also brought their favorite food dish to share with everyone. The pot luck style lunch featured bagels from Giovanni’s Bagels, Bo-Berry Biscuits, homemade breakfast casseroles, donuts, and so much more.

Real Estate Christmas Party

This is the first Christmas party that Bluewater Real Estate was able to have since the start of the pandemic. Some of the agents had not met their coworkers and this was a great time for them to do so. Sherrell Futral, Co-Owner of Bluewater, was there to congratulate everyone on another successful year and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Real Estate Christmas Party

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Real Estate Agent Carolyn Blackmon made an appearance as the Grinch. The Grinch even brought in a gift as a part of the white elephant gift exchange! This made for a great photo op with everyone! Once the Grinch left the building, the gift exchange began. In the rules of the White Elephant Gift Exchange, everyone is to pick a number and when your number is called you can pick a wrapped gift or steal someone else’s opened gift. The real estate agents had a great time at the gift exchange. There were candles, blankets, Christmas decor, and plenty of other goodies. Many gifts were stolen at this event, but everyone left with a gift and definitely a smile!

Real Estate Christmas Party

Bluewater Real Estate was excited to finally have all of their Real Estate Agents under the same roof to celebrate one of the most productive real estate seasons. Bluewater Real Estate is hopeful that there will be plenty more opportunities for everyone to come together for fun and fellowship in the future.

Cookies for the troops banner

Join Us for Cookies for the Troops


Bluewater Real Estate is proud to be an official drop-off location for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cookies for the Troops.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) collects and delivers donated home-baked or store-bought cookies to service members who are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, and Coast Guard Stations Fort Macon and Emerald Isle North Carolina.

We invite you to drop off your favorite cookies to be included in our donation. Drop off times are between December 13-15, 2021 9 am – 5 pm. Our drop off location is at our Bluewater Real Estate Office 200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle

Cookies do not need to be individually packaged as MAC Committee members will package a selection in each bag. If your cookies are allergy-free, such as no nuts or gluten-free, please mark that on your donation.

Holiday cards are also appreciated. The treats will be delivered on Thursday, December 16. Donations will not be accepted after December 15. A big THANK YOU to our dedicated Military Affairs Committee members; Pegi Davis, Cathy Gainey, Sharon Salmon, and Kristie Elliott.

Bluewater's Cookie for the Troops Drive

Other Area Drop Off Locations:

  • Chamber of Commerce –33322 Bridges Street, Suite 6, Morehead City
  • West Town Bank and Trust –804 Arendell Street, Morehead City
  • Hilton O’Neal, Edward Jones –601 Cedar Street, Suite B, Beaufort
  • M.F. Chappell Wine Merchant – 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Suite 12, Atlantic Beach
  • Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce –203 Church Street, Swansboro

Want to Treat our Troops Without The Hassle of Baking?

You’re in luck! Slice Bakery in Morehead City is once again baking special batches of cookies for “Cookies for the Troops.” Cookies are $16.95 for two dozen assorted cookies and they will be delivered to the Chamber of Commerce for you. Simply place your order online at, on their Slice Bakery’s Facebook page, or by calling (252) 497-8919. Orders must be placed by 5:00 pm on December 15.

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Great Kitchens, Great Recipes

Plan a North Carolina Winter Vacation for the Holidays

Plan a North Carolina Winter Vacation for the Holidays

The start of the holiday season means many places across the country are preparing for colder weather and snowy days. A holiday on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is the perfect place to get away from the cold in exchange for sunny days at the beach. Leave ice-covered windshields behind and enjoy the mild temperatures of a North Carolina winter this holiday season.

The Weather is Warm; the Beaches are Beautiful

What’s the best thing about a North Carolina winter? Temperatures on the Crystal Coast rarely reach freezing. These mild temperatures allow you to experience the best activities in the area year-round. Here are just a few ways you can enjoy the warm weather together during the holidays:

Celebrate with Holiday Events on the Coast

There are several North Carolina winter events sure to please when vacationing for the holidays. The beginning of December brings the annual Gingerbread Festival, a Christmas Candlelight Tour and so much more. Each town offers various events throughout the season, such as breakfast with Santa and spectacular holiday parades.

If you are interested in learning more about holiday events, then please read our December Calendar of Events for more information.

Photo of one of our Crystal Coast vacation rentals

The Best Choice: Crystal Coast Vacation Rentals

Since the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones, you’ll want a spacious rental to host your getaway. At Bluewater Vacation Rentals, we have over 900 properties on the Crystal Coast, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place for your North Carolina winter getaway. The first thing you’ll want to do is decide which town to stay in. Would you like to be on the mainland in Swansboro or Beaufort? Or, would you like to stay in one of our island towns like Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, or Atlantic Beach? Browse all of the distinctive areas on the coast to discover which beach community is right for you! 

The next questions you should ask yourself are how many bedrooms you’re looking for and what kind of amenities you’ll need. Choose to stay in a luxury oceanfront home with direct access to the beach or a charming cottage. Whatever property you choose, you’ll have plenty of space to gather in the living room and bake festive treats in the kitchen together. With so many vacation rentals to choose from, you’re certain to find one that’s perfect for the holidays at Bluewater!

What is your favorite thing about celebrating the holidays on the Crystal Coast? Let us know your favorite festivities in the comments below!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we participated in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With Jordan Daniel’s 4-year-old, Macon, leading the charge! Macon put together 22 boxes and filled them with toys for boys and girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season.

Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!

Join us in our efforts to make this holiday season the best yet for these children by building a shoebox for a child in need: Operation Christmas Child