Part One, Food
With a long holiday weekend less than two weeks away, I started thinking about the ideal place to enjoy the official kick-off to summer. While spending time in New Bern is simply exquisite, one of the wonderful things about living in or visiting New Bern is the proximity to other places without a long drive.
One such place is Morehead City, just 36 miles from New Bern. I had visited this splendid quaint town about a year ago, and I knew it would be on my must-see list every year. Morehead City boasts amazing restaurants, so I thought I would do a little recon for the holiday weekend’s dining. What a pleasant surprise when I came upon Red Fish Grill, located on the waterfront. As soon as I saw oysters on the menu, I knew I would be there awhile. All I can say is the Blazing Oysters will set you free!
Right across the causeway from Morehead City is Atlantic Beach. I wish I was going to be in Atlantic Beach also this weekend. The Fifth Annual Island Beach Festival is at the boardwalk, with free, live entertainment from a variety of bands.
No worries though, as there is plenty to do anytime. Food here is like New Bern–it is serious business! The restaurant I will always vividly remember is The Island Grille, first for the brightly colored exterior, but most importantly for the exceptionally delicious food. I admit I did not expect such gourmet-type selections at what appeared to be a glorified beach joint. I highly recommend a stop, and whether you save room or not, order a dessert. They are so good, you will forgive yourself for the calories.
As I drove back to New Bern, I kept thinking about its amazing location. In New Bern, you have unrivaled restaurants, shopping, history and the riverfront. And just 36 miles away, you have a whole other world, with remarkable restaurants, shopping, history and the beachfront. Yep, life here in Coastal Carolina is a real beach.