COMMUNITIES IN CARTERET County are receiving more and more national print and digital media recognition in 2015, both as recreation and relocation destinations.
Emerald Isle was in the top-10 list of USA Today as one of the best summer beach destinations on the Atlantic coast. Editors wrote that Emerald Isle is “perhaps the most beautiful stretch of sand in the Carolinas.”
CNN selected Emerald Isle as one of “16 Can’t Miss U.S. Beaches,” describing the town as a “family-oriented beach community.”
Earlier this year, a USA Today “Readers Choice” poll ranked Atlantic Beach as the No. 4 “best spring break beach destination.” (P.S.: It’s not too shabby as a year-round vacation spot either.)
Somebody needs to give Pine Knoll Shores an award as “America’s Most Patriotic Beach Community,” in recognition of its grand success with Kayak for the Warriors each June to raise tons of money for Hope For The Warriors, a civilian nonprofit organization supporting those who have sacrificed in the name of freedom.
Beaufort continues to bask in the glory of being “America’s Coolest Small Town” as a result of a 2012 online contest sponsored by Budget Travel magazine. Soon thereafter, Yachting Magazine selected Beaufort as America’s “Best Yachting Destination.”
The most recent accolade for Beaufort is its selection by CountryLiving.com as one of America’s “most charming” beach towns.
Beaufort historian Martha Barnes of Cousins Bed and Breakfast says: “Some of our old homes lean and some of them leak and some do both, but the important thing is they are still standing. In Beaufort, if anything is imperfect in any way, such as leaning, leaking, rusting or anything else, we call that ‘Beaufort Charm.’”
“Many of our old homes are haunted,” she adds. “I tell everyone that this is such a wonderful place to live, that when people die, they just hang around, anyway.”
Beaufort was featured prominently in the June issue of Our State magazine. Writer Bryan Mims compared Beaufort and Blowing Rock as “beautiful bookends to our state,” telling readers how they are “more alike than different” with their respective economies dependent on tourism.
The towns capture the essence of what ideal coastal and mountain towns “should look like and feel like,” Mims wrote. Similarly, Beaufort’s Front Street and Blowing Rock’s Main Street are pedestrian-strolling magnets, with curious shops, eateries, art galleries … and perches just for people-watching. Sample the ice cream, fudge, wines, craft beers and coffees in each location.
Visualize “Beaufort, with its sailboat-studded waterfront and the old neighborhoods of white front-porch columns and live oaks … and Blowing Rock (with its) cool mountain air and deep-forest shade.”
The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce sent a friendly communique to Elizabeth Hudson, editor in chief of Our State, applauding the article and suggesting a sequel featuring the largest municipalities in Carteret and Watauga counties – Morehead City and Boone. They have magnetic, bookend qualities, too.
Mike Wagoner, President
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce