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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Beaufort, NC

June 12th, 2007 · 5 Comments

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1. Find things to do in Beaufort, NC

2. Take a narrated Mystery Boat Tour of the Crystal Coast in order to see the Outer Banks Islands, wild ponies, salt marshes, Fort Macon, and various and assorted historic homes.

3. Visit Mario’s Pizzeria to celebrate your nephew’s graduation* from East Carteret High School (Go Mariners!)

4. Buy books at the Rocking Chair Bookstore, owned and operated by two ex-staff members of the San Francisco Chronicle. Husband, Rick Carroll, has written two books, which are proudly for sale at the counter. One, called IZ: Voice of the People, about Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoole. The other called Beaufort-By-The-Sea: Journey Back in Time, The Illustrated Heritage Guide to Beaufort, N. C.

5. Drink 100% Fair Trade Certified Organic coffee from biodegradable cornstarch cups while accessing a free wireless internet connection at Taylor’s Big Mug.

6. Meet up at dusk for a ghost walk that features Blackbeard’s Haunted House and a mysterious 300 year-old cemetery. Why is it so mysterious? Only the ghosts know the answer!

7. Spend a couple of evenings at the Pecan Tree Inn. They’ll serve you a continental breakfast, let you ride cute red bikes with baskets, listen to their frogs chirp in a small pond in the middle of the yard, and rock on their porches while watching a wedding ceremony take place across the street. They’ll even give you a tour of their pretty little garden.

8. Enjoy some live music at the Dock House Restaurant and Bar while listening as a bitter divorced man talks about “all of these gold digging whores in town just to try and snag one of the competitors in the 49th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.”

9. Eat some amazing homemade breads and one of the most authentic tasting gyros this side of Mykonos at the Beaufort Grocery Co. Charles and Wendy Park opened this gem in 1991. One of the secrets to the restaurant’s success? Charles is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

10. Partake in a host of outdoor pursuits at the Rachel Carson Estuarine Research Reserve. As you may remember, Rachel Carson wrote the disturbing, but necessary book Silent Spring, which brought the problems associated with pesticides like DDT to the general public’s attention. She spent a brief time here conducting research in the 1940s. Now you can spend a brief time checking out tidal mud and sand flats as well as eelgrass beds. Or just go for a canoe ride.

*Nephew’s graduation from East Carteret High School dependent on your own nephew’s actual enrollment in said school, in addition to his completion of required curriculum.

Tags: Food and Drink · Lodging · North Carolina · USA

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  • 5 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Getty72 // Jun 14, 2007 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Betty,

      Great site and interesting blog…being an Englishman I haven’t experienced much of the US (only NY and Ohio), but looking at your post, I think I’m going to have to put a few more places on my long list of “must visits”.

      Keep it up, I will be back to read more in the future!

      Feel free to come and visit my travel blog at

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Jun 14, 2007 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Getty72! I love England. I spent a summer there in college and just flew through London for a quick stop last year.

      Where in Ohio did you go? I’m from Cleveland. Home of Rock-n-Roll!

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    • 3 curryegg // Jun 14, 2007 at 6:19 pm

      Wow… you’ve visited the high school graduation? Great!

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    • 4 mrsnesbitt // Jun 15, 2007 at 12:30 am

      Hi, another UK visitoe here…I am from rural North Yorkshire, so a bit of a difference from the London you visited. I love to travel with hubby on our motorbike, must write it all up sometime!

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    • 5 Travel Betty // Jun 15, 2007 at 9:50 am

      It was really funny being back in a high school. I felt like I should be sent to detention.

      Thanks for stopping by all the way from jolly ol’ England, Mrs. Nesbitt. Would love to hear more about your motorcycle adventures!

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