Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Every year, we look forward to spreading Holiday Cheer and raising money for an amazing local charity!

In partnership with the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, we are always proud to volunteer our time as a company to ring the bells outside local grocery stores for the Salvation Army. It is always a great time to get to know one another and help out in supporting our local community.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Morehead City residents lives in poverty
  • 1 in 5 Carteret County residents is over the age of 65
  • Single parent households are increasing
  • Since 1960, this area has been struck by no fewer than 95 hurricanes with varying degrees of destruction.

For the past 26 years, The Salvation Army of Carteret County has served as a resource and an anchor of hope for our neighbors struggling with poverty, hunger, job loss, addiction, and natural disasters.

The Salvation Army of Carteret County ministers to many with the most basic needs — food, utilities, mortgage/rent assistance, clothing and life skills training — as well as spiritual care. Even more residents of Carteret County depend on the Salvation Army when a natural disaster strikes, providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, a helping hand and counseling.

Thanks to many years of generous donations from our local community, the local Salvation Army of Carteret County was able to open up a brand new Family Store in Morehead City! We’re hoping that this can be a place for people in need to go for a very long time.

Crystal Coast Holiday Events

The Crystal Coast is a wonderful place to celebrate the Holiday season!

Take advantage of the local parades, flotillas, and other events for some great family-fun.

Beaufort- America’s Favorite Small Town

And maybe Santa’s too!

  • Annual Christmas Parade

    • Downtown Beaufort- Saturday, December 7th  |  1:00 PM
  • Crystal Coast Flotilla to Beaufort

    • Downtown Beaufort Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  6:15 PM
  • 9th Annual Holiday Art Walk

    • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
  • Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

    • Beaufort Historic Site (130 Turner St)- Saturday, December 14th  |  5:00 PM
  • Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout

Morehead City- A Fisherman’s Paradise

Will you ‘fish what’s on your list’?

  • Small Business Saturday & Artwalk

    • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, November 30th
  • Chowder & Cheer

    • Downtown Morehead City – Saturday, December 7th  |  *Ticketed Event
  • Breakfast with Santa

    • Floyd’s 1921 (400 Bridges St) – Saturday, December 14th  |  8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, & 10:30 AM
  • Christmas Flotilla

    • Downtown Morehead City Waterfront- Saturday, December 7th  |  5:30 PM
  • Morehead City Christmas Parade

    • Arendell St (17th- 4th Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  11:00 AM
  • Community Tree Lighting

    • Jaycee Park (807 Shepard Street) – Saturday, December 14th  |  6:00 PM
  • Downtown Countdown

    • Downtown Morehead City – Tuesday, December 31st  |  6:00 PM- Midnight

Atlantic Beach- Catch all the action at The Circle

Because it’s never too cold for a day at the Beach- Right?

  • ‘Light Up the Night’ Christmas Parade

    • AB Town Park to The Circle – Friday, December 6th  |  6:00 PM
  • ‘Smoke on the Water’ Bonfire on the Beach

    • The Circle (201 West Atlantic Blvd) – Sunday, December 29th  | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Penguin Plunge

Emerald Isle- Where ‘Nice Matters’

So you better make sure you’re on Santa’s ‘Nice List’!

  • 16th Annual Christmas Parade

    • Lee St to Mangrove Drive – Saturday, November 30th  |  3:00 PM
  • 8th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

    • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Saturday, December 7th  |  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Santa & A Movie

    • Emerald Isle Community Center (203 Leisure Lane) – Friday, December 13  |  6:00 PM
    • Admission is one unwrapped gift per child- Regsitration Required! Call (252) 354-6350

Christmas on the Crystal Coast

We can’t wait to see you enjoying the holidays with us. Uncover the different restaurants in this area and find out about the many events and activities surrounding the Crystal Coast. Need to finish some last minute shopping or have the urge to explore? See everything the Crystal Coast, Morehead City and Beaufort have to offer!

New Years Eve Events

Looking for something to do on New Years Eve? Check out our Calendar of Events Page to find out the many happenings on the Crystal Coast!

Looking for some New Years Eve inspiration? Be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards filled with great ideas for the whole family! Click the image below to view the entire Pinterest board.

December Happenings on the Crystal Coast

December Happenings on the Crystal Coast

Celebrating the Holiday on the Coast or want to bring the coast to your home for the holidays? Check out our Pinterest Board some Coastal Christmas inspiration!

St. Patrick’s Day in Emerald Isle

St. Patrick’s Day

in Emerald Isle

27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival 

March 27, 2018

9am to 6pm

Emerald Isle Plantation Shopping Center, 8700 Emerald Plantation Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

The 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival is an all-day event and presented by Transportation Impact. Admission to the festival and parking is free. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painting, and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets on festival grounds. Main tent is open to 21 years and up, no strollers allowed in beer tent. Beer Garden opens at 10 am.

Don’t miss out on this fun yearly event! Lots of fun for all ages! Fun for all ages including animals, rides, face painting, arts and crafts vendors and so much more. Don’t forget about the huge selection of food!

Need Some Ideas? 

Connect with us on Pinterest for lots of St. Patrick’s Day Ideas! Recipes, accessories, decor and so much more!

Memorial Weekend 2017

It’s Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast! Visitors from all around will be heading to the coast to celebrate and honor those who have served the great USA. In a community so rich of history, there are countless ways to observe and celebrate Memorial Day! So fire up the grill, throw your beach grill in the car and get out and pay respect to the brave men and women whom have paid the ultimate price for our FREEDOM!  What should you do? We have a few ideas for you to make this holiday a memorable one!

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

Friday, May 26, 2017-Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Glad Tidings Church

4621 Country Club Rd. Morhead City, NC

Visit Fort Macon

Plan to stop by Fort Macon this Memorial Weekend. No admission or parking fee to enjoy this state park. When you take a tour, take your time and have a tour guide show you the grounds. There are cannons galore as well as great informative videos to begin your visit. There is history on the stairs, walls and even the doors. Be sure to not miss an inch of your trip back in history.

Get Your Grill On 

Conjure up your inner grill master, fire up the grill and enjoy some tasty food with family and friends. Get ready to serve up delicious Memorial Day recipes such as burgers, hot dogs, steaks, BBQ chicken, local seafood, kabobs and much more. Add some classic sides and favorite desserts to make it even better. Never forget to remember the reason we are celebrating on this weekend.

Watch Fireworks

Celebrate Memorial Weekend in Atlantic Beach. The Town sponsors the annual fireworks display which will be on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9PM along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access. Take your chairs to watch comfortably, but please no pets or glass containers.

Most Importantly, when you are surrounded by family and friends this weekend, remember the reason for the weekend. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country! Happy Memorial Day! Have a fun and safe weekend!

The Art of Entertaining for the Holidays

Inch by Inch Life is a Cinch

Your new year resolution may include making big changes, like selling your home for instance. This may be so you can downsize, upgrade or travel the world even. One thing you need to know going in to this venture is it is a team effort with you and a Real Estate pro, that is if you want a less stressful transaction. Selling your home in Spring or early Summer are traditionally good times to sell your home. So starting now will get you ready right on time. Here are a few things to add to your mini resolution list to achieve your major 2017 goal of selling a house.

  • Hire an Agent

    – Price Guidance

    – Neighborhood Knowledge

    – Handling Paperwork

    – Professional Networking

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  • Declutter

    Clean blinds, ceiling fans, baseboards and under furniture.  Pack away knickknacks and de-clutter counter tops.  Steam carpets to remove dirt and pet odors and organize closets to utilize available space.

    – Hold a Garage Sale

  • Pump Up Curb Appeal

    our curb appeal is the first thing potential buyers notice when searching for a new home, even when they visit without an agent and do a drive by. $400-$500 can return 4 times this amount when invested in landscaping

    – Trim bushes

    – Power Wash siding & sidewalks

    – Wash Windows

    – Freshly Paint Front Door

    – Purchase a new Doormat

    painted door

  • Photography

    Be sure your agent uses a professional photographer when capturing your home. Millennials (people between the age of 18-34) will be your buying market and they use the internet to shop. So visuals that are crisp and illustrate your home in the best light is a must.

    Bluewater Agents have a photographer on the ready!

    332 Divot Court Swansboro

  • Staging

    – Brighten up with lights (100 watts for every 50 sqft)

    – Vary wall hangings (try grouping items and abandoning the expected “hanging line”)

    – Bring in greenery and flowers

    – Add some color in the form of paint (warm tans, honeys and soft blue-greens)

    – Rearrange furniture to open up space


    Home scents

Garage Sale Tips and Tricks

The Art of Entertaining

expertly decorating your home during the holidays


I cannot believe December is here with Christmas on its way! The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Of course, who isn’t excited for the holiday season? It is a time for giving (not just receiving, although I think anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t have a few items on their own lists), decorating, celebrating the season, and for some of us, hosting holiday parties!

I love being the hostess. I am a planner and perfectionist; which means I drive my husband crazy on a daily basis. When we entertain everything must be in order, look its absolute best, and for big events, decorated perfectly. Each year we scour the stores for new ornaments, decor, tableware, and anything else that catches our eye. I like for our home to feel cozy and festive.

While setting up for gatherings or parties, I like to have dedicated areas for everything. I roll in a bar cart to set up the liquor, mixers, glassware, and ice. The counter top bar becomes an horderves buffet while the dining room is set for dinner. Festive coasters decorate the coffee and end tables to invite drinks to sit on them (whether or not that actually happens is a different story in and of itself). The mantel and tree are lit and holiday music is played throughout the evening. And in true holiday spirit some disaster is bound to occur. In our home it usually consists of Simon (our cat) jumping on the table to try and get some tasty treats or Scout (our dog) running for a toy, mauling over someone in her hot pursuit, and red wine spilling because said guest is now on the floor.

pillows sevan-collection-knitted-christmas-design-throw-blanket-c2d157c6-d501-45e8-8431-41ee3ca14bee_600throw reindeer

While red is not normally in my color wheel, there is something about the vibrant color that screams HOLIDAYS to me. I like to add a touch with red throw blankets, pillows, and place-mats. To break up the vibrancy of the color I like to add white and light beige undertones. This is a drastic change from my normal gray and blue/green hues

My main issue from year to year is my dining room table. I always feel my center piece is just a little too generic or not keeping with the rest of my theme. However, this year I plan to master it. My center piece will be full of garland and pillar candles. My table will pop with the place settings and still keep some of its coastal cottage charm with the nautical napkin rings below. With the red place-mats, white china, and red napkins my table will be festive and inviting!

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My home is about to be holiday ready, just a few more items are needed for it to be 100% and entertainment to begin. In fact, in crazed perfectionist fashion, I am going to rope my husband into finishing my masterpiece today! Seasons Greetings!

-Excerpt from Laina’s Blog


Written by Laina Collins

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

332 Divot Court Swansboro, NC 28584

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms

150 Sand Castle Drive Emerald Isle, NC 28594

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

1210 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle, NC 28594


I grew up on our beautiful Crystal Coastal and have enjoyed the beaches, boating, and atmosphere of coastal living for much of my life. For 6 years I lived in Charlotte, NC where I worked as a Pediatric Cardiology RN; however, my husband and I decided Charlotte was not for us anymore and it was time to move back to the coast.
I have always had a knack for helping others whether it was on mission trips or my career as a nurse. I am excited to be helping others from a different perspective now and hope I can be of assistance to you in finding your paradise on the Crystal Coast.

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2021 crystal coast fireworks

Memorial Weekend 2016

Memorial Weekend Kickoff

It’s Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast! Visitors from all around will be heading to the coast to celebrate and honor those who have served the great US of A. In a community so rich in history, there are countless ways to observe Memorial Day. So fire up the grill, throw your beach gear in the car and get out and pay homage to the brave men and women that have paid the ultimate price for our FREEDOM! Here are a few ideas for making this holiday a memorable one.

2021 crystal coast fireworks


The town of Atlantic Beach sponsors the annual fireworks display on Saturday, May 28th at 9pm along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access (115 Atlantic Blvd.) So bring your chairs, but please no pets or glass containers.

Visit Fort Macon

Plan to stop by Fort Macon this Memorial Day weekend. No admission or parking fee to enjoy a day at this State Park. There are ranger tours, a refreshment stand, and bathhouse. Lifeguards will be on duty starting this weekend, the unofficial kick-off of summer!

Cape Lookout National Seashore & Shackleford Banks

Plan an excursion to Cape Lookout with an undeveloped coastline. A short ferry boat ride from Beaufort or Harker’s Island will bring you to these pristine barrier islands where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, and bird watching. You can soak up the sun and saltwater on the beach, venture into the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular sweeping views of the coast from 160 feet in the air. Take the long boardwalk to the ocean side where you can surf or sunbathe or both! The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach.

Shackleford Banks is a local favorite during the summer with skiffs, houseboats, jet skis, inflatable rafts, and more. If you’re planning to visit be sure you have your charcoal grill or your bucket of chicken, cooler of beer, er sodas, and plenty of sunscreen and water!