Summer Vacation Rentals on The Isle

Spring Has Sprung

…And there is no better time to take a look at some of the summer vacation rentals offered by Shorewood Real Estate!  Although choosing the right rental property for your family may be tough, we make reserving easy.  Whether its an oceanfront Isle Treasure or a cozy 2nd or 3rd row Acottage, we have your back.  We offer our guests the best customer service from the first moment you make contact!

With the beautiful, comfortable  rental homes we offer, how could our guests not leave Emerald Isle completely content?  As a matter of fact, one of our favorite beach rentals is actually called Contentment, and the name couldn’t be more perfect!

Blissful Summer Vacation Rentals

summer vacation rentals
Beautiful view of Contentment from the beach.

Among the many oceanfront beach homes available, Contentment is a guest favorite!  This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath cottage offers a wide open living area, perfect for those memorable family gatherings on Emerald Isle.  A king-sized bed, 3 queens, one double-sized and 6 twins make perfect sleeping arrangements for larger groups with children (kids love bunk beds!) Easy beach access takes away the worry of getting a good spot on the sand for a day of fun in the sun!  An enclosed outdoor shower allows guests to bath with privacy while still enjoying the fresh air and warmth of those summer days and nights.

All the Creature Comforts of Home

Light the grill, grab a drink and cook up some of our fresh local seafood or a few juicy steaks out on the spacious deck.  By the way, did I mention the oceanfront hot tub?  Sit back, relax and allow the serene sights and sounds of the Crystal Coast to lull you into total euphoria.  Central air and heat, ceiling fans, washer and dryer, dishwasher, microwave and dual ovens provide all the comforts of home.  Additionally, 3 TV’s, 2 VCR’s, DVD player, telephones, and WIFI provide the entertainment after the long day on the beach.  Additionally, Contentment is pet-friendly!  Bring the entire family to Emerald Isle, including the pooch.  This cozy, spacious oceanfront cottage will have every tail wagging!

It’s true that our guests leave happier and more rested than when first they arrive.  This is a fact we can take pride in!  Furthermore, they are excited and thrilled to return to their favorite Shorewood properties, year after year.  We look forward to having you and your family stay with us too!

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B.


Emerald Isle’s Best Kept Secret Local Spots

Secret Local Spots “Off the Beaten Path”

Emerald Isle is, surprisingly, a bit of a secret in the vacation world.  It is considered a treasure to its the locals, and to the lucky ones who have found their way to its gem-colored waters and beautiful beaches.   Quietly attracting people with its family-friendly vibe, Emerald Isle has offered a pleasant, peaceful alternative to the crowds in busy commercial resort towns.  Generally as most places go, Emerald Isle and the surrounding Crystal Coast has hidden gems all throughout.  Luckily, we are happy to share a few secret local spots of our very own.  (You have some very good insider friends!)  Hence, here are a few secret local spots “just off the beaten path”!

Food is top priority! Check out these stand-alone secret hot spots…

El’s Drive-In is one of those quintessential burger joints every town wishes they had.  Therefore, El’s has been a well-kept secret Crystal Coast favorite for generations, serving mouth-watering comfort food for the fairest prices.   Located in Morehead City, about a 20-minute drive from Emerald Isle, El’s is worth taking a trip to visit… check out their menu and get the family down there to enjoy a local classic! (Remember, they only accept cash!)

Big Oak Drive-In, located in Salter Path, is another “off the beaten path” secret places serving up fresh, delicious fare for prices that will make you smile.  Consequently, their  reputation speaks for itself, drawing in repeat customers time and time again.  All their food is great, the most popular item being the shrimp burger.  Just a hop and a skip from Emerald Isle, you won’t even have to leave Bogue Banks!

Now, to walk off that meal…

Cedar Point Tideland Trail is located about three minutes from the Emerald Isle bridge.  Without a doubt, it is one of the best places to commune with nature..  On two loop trails, visitors travel boardwalks over the salt marsh and smooth gravel paths through the coastal forest. The short loop is level and wide enough for wheelchairs, with benches along the way providing rest stops. The 1.3-mile loop skirts the edge of the White Oak River winding over the marsh and through the woods, reconnecting with the short loop towards the end.  Many species of wildlife and plant life call this place home, therefore, please remember to leave only your footprints!

Best Kept Secret Local Spots: Cedar Point Tideland Trail
Cedar Point Tideland Trail

Bicentennial Park in Swansboro is an interesting historic spot with a small trail leading from the park, under the Swansboro bridge and over to Downtown Swansboro.  Without a doubt, adults and children both get a kick out of being able to walk under the bridge. (Fondly, I can still remember what it smelled like under there as a child… salty, with a hint of fennel, ahhh.)  Downtown Swansboro is a great place to walk, shop, grab a snack and relax. Also, its conveniently located about ten minutes from Emerald Isle.  Furthermore, Swansboro has several playgrounds to let the little ones play. Swansboro Municipal Park, Pirates Den Park, in addition to the playgrounds located on Emerald Isle, just to mention a few.

Emerald Isle’s humble beginnings set the tone to become one of the best family vacation spots on the eastern seaboard.  Of course, we are happy to share anything to make your visit here better.   Stay tuned, there are more secrets to come…!

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B

Waterfront Restaurants Near Emerald Isle

How about this weather…?

Dining at waterfront restaurants is a novelty and a treat, but also a vacation destination. Of course, the thought of enjoying a waterfront meal in February would seem a little bone-chilling, right?  In reality, winter on the Crystal Coast is as unpredictable as the Atlantic Ocean.  Due to Mother Nature having been so kind, Emerald Isle has seen an unusually mild winter.  As a result, people have been lured out of hibernation and onto the decks of some of their favorite local waterfront restaurants.  In light of the fortunate weather, go catch a warm breeze and a cool drink at one of these fantastic local spots!

Let’s Eat… Waterfront Restaurants at their finest!

View from Waterfront Restaurants: Amos Mosquito's
View from Waterfront Restaurants: Amos Mosquito’s

Amos Mosquito’s sits on the edge of Intra Coastal Waterway, serving a southern-inspired menu.   Featuring dishes ranging from seafood to steak to sushi and more, Amos Mosquito’s provides a great dining experience.  The décor creates a fun “down in the bayou” ambiance and, equally comforting, the food tastes like it came straight from grandma’s kitchen (if grandma were a culinary institute graduate.)  Dine waterfront for a sound side experience and remember, Sushi & Karaoke Night is every Thursday!

Spouter Inn is located in Beaufort and is a favorite among local waterfront restaurants.  Spouter Inn’s lunch menu offers a wonderful variety of delicious sandwiches, salads and soups.  Dinner showcases fresh seafood, steak & chicken, and tapas-style appetizers, all prepared to perfection.  If you do nothing else, try their desserts from the on-site bakery! The éclairs, napoleons, creampuffs, cakes, and cookies are ALL to die for!!!

From Chef to Table…

View from Saltwater Grill
View from Saltwater Grill

Saltwater Grill is in Downtown Swansboro, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.  The cuisine offered here reflects the expertise in which Chef Martin Berndt uses. He highlights the freshest seafood, along with lamb, beef, chicken, and beyond.  As a result, Saltwater Grill offers so many wonderful flavors- it takes more than one trip to enjoy it all!  The 2-story deck and waterfront patio area provides a relaxing setting to eat, drink, and socialize.

Ruddy Duck sits on the beautiful Morehead City Waterfront. Asian, Caribbean, and traditional Southern influences are blended together to offer some of the most palate-pleasing dishes around!  Frog Legs, Asian-style duck, burgers, seafood, and pastas are just a few fabulous meals that keep people coming back!  Considering the lovely views, delicious food, and cold drinks, it’s no wonder Ruddy Duck is a local favorite.

Now for something a bit more casual…

Finz Grill is located in Beaufort, across the street from the North Carolina Maritime Museum.  The menu is fun and casual with a great variety of sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and more.   Finz offers views of Shackleford Island directly across the way from their a shaded waterfront deck.  You might even catch a glimpse of the wild horses on Shackleford!

Emerald Isle provides everything you need to have a great family vacation, in addition to having the entire Crystal Coast to explore.  Furthermore, there is a big wide world out there surrounding our little town.  Above all, no matter where you are, a scrumptious meal on the table, cold drinks in hand, and family together makes life good.

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B

Emerald Isle Spring Events

Upcoming Events in Emerald Isle, NCApril Showers Bring May Flowers

Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast will soon come alive with springtime events that highlight the beauty, versatility, and charm of our area.  Inspiring people to shake off their wintry cobwebs, these events provide opportunities for families to get out and enjoy great local music, food, and art.  The gorgeous weather and awesome off-season rates for beach houses and condos give excellent reason to sneak off for an early vacation to Emerald Isle.  You don’t want to miss these upcoming shindigs!

Everyone will Love these Upcoming Events!

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K: Attention all running enthusiasts!  Join us on March 25 for our 4th annual race held on Emerald Isle.  Each year a new charity benefits from the race proceeds. This year is the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path; especially noteworthy causes!  Sneak away for a short weekend to take part in this philanthropic race!  Partial-week vacation rentals are available; just contact our office to make arrangements!

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend:   Tickets are on sale now for this highly anticipated showcase of the Crystal Coasts premier offerings of food, wine, art, and more. It’s the April event foodies and wine lovers have been anticipating since last year, and the wait is finally over! Check out their Calendar of Events and don’t miss a thing!

There’s nothing so Southern as a BBQ

Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest: Nothing is quite as southern as a pig pickin’ and the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest, set for April 7th & 8th, is the Super Bowl of pig pickin’s.  In fact, it is the USA’s largest all-volunteer, non-profit, whole hog BBQ pig cookout. We invite you and your family to enjoy two days of food, fun and springtime celebrations!  April is a fine time to visit the Crystal Coast so make sure you’re here to “git you a plate of BBQ”.  (That’s local talk for “partake in a meal of roasted pork” … yummy!)

We’ll Treat You Like a Local

In addition to relaxing, vacationing on Emerald Isle means enjoying good food & fun, and taking part in local events.  The weather is mild and the sun shines brightly while the area hops with activity.  Therefore, Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for any vacation any time of the year.  Stay tuned, there are more events to come!

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B.

Big Pelican | Oceanfront Vacation Rental

 A Breath of Fresh Air

Oceanfront Deck at Big Pelican
Gorgeous View from the Oceanfront Deck

Oceanfront rentals on Emerald Isle, Salter Path and all along Bogue Banks take a major beating from the elements each year while still withstanding normal wear and tear from the many happy guests they serve. Often these Bogue Banks beach rentals need a little face lift, while other times they are well-deserving of a total overhaul.  The owners of Big Pelican decided to breathe new life into this lovely Emerald Isle oceanfront house.  Formerly a duplex, they chose to bring the two sides together to create one fantastic Emerald Isle beach houses!

A New Look for an Oceanfront Beauty

Formerly known as Big Pelican East & West, this oceanfront duplex underwent a major renovation during Spring 2016. Uniting the two sides to create a newly-designed, single-family beach rental is now simply called Big Pelican (it’s too cool of a name to change.) This vacation rental has a revamped layout including 6 bedrooms (all with brand-new mattresses) and 4 bathrooms. Two  bathrooms are

New Kitchen at Big Pelican with oceanfront views
Big Pelican’s Newly Renovated Kitchen

private to the two oceanfront master bedrooms. The tastefully decorated open living area has been updated with new furnishings while new appliances and granite counter tops adorn the kitchen.

Vaulted ceilings give the home a large, roomy feel. The brand-new oceanfront deck provides a relaxing locale to kick up your feet and take in the ocean breezes. The covered porch facing Ocean Drive is also a great place to enjoy a glass of iced tea while unwinding in one of the comfy rocking chairs. Big Pelican has all the comforts of home, including central heat & AC, flat screen TV’s, WIFI, a washer & dryer and, of course, a gas grill.  Linens are included when renting Big Pelican.  Furthermore, Big Pelican is one of the few pet-friendly oceanfront rentals on Emerald Isle!  A family vacation to the beach requires the entire family so pack a bag for the pooch as well!

Two Become One

Oceanfront Dining Table and Living Room at Big Pelican
Dining Table & Living Room with oceanfront views

Big Pelican’s remodel awoken an already great house to its true potential.  Guests who are familiar with the former oceanfront duplex will really appreciate the work that has been done. Guests new to Big Pelican will love the updated, fresh new look.

This gives new meaning to the phrase “two become one,” in the best sense.  Come experience the new Big Pelican, a beautiful combination of location and renovation… offered by Shorewood for your satisfaction!


Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B

For Sale on the Crystal Coast

Stay Now, Stay Forever

A week’s vacation on Emerald Isle is pure bliss, although a week in paradise is never really enough.  Folks most often leave the Crystal Coast with sad, pouty faces while restlessly awaiting their chance to return.  Considering life is short, why not inquire about what is for sale on the Crystal Coast!   Shorewood Real Estate proudly provides quality vacation rental properties in various price ranges.   In addition, our sales agents work with clients to offer them the best real estate on the Crystal Coast.

For Sale: Real Estate For Real People

Shorewood Real Estate For Sale SignWhether you’re in the market for an Emerald Isle properties for sale or perhaps looking at the real estate in Cape Carteret, Shorewood is here to serve.  Shorewood Real Estate understands the sanctity of both family vacations and property ownership.  By being honest and fair in all dealings, Shorewood has built a strong, honorable reputation and relationship with our guests, clients, and community.  Making the Crystal Coast your new home or 2nd home is more than possible, and what a wonderful gift for yourself and your family to enjoy for generations!  Experience speaks for itself and our sales agents have plenty of it.  Being all locals, they know the Crystal Coast intimately and can guide you towards your very own salty, sun-soaked future!

Dreams Do Come True

Dreams of owning property on the Crystal Coast are not those of a fool.   As an investment, vacation homes on Emerald Isle can be lucrative while offering owners a place of their own on the shore. Emerald Isle, Salter Path, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Swansboro, and Bogue provide safe, peaceful communities for young families and mature folks alike who are happy to call this place home.  Excellent opportunities exist here and Shorewood is happy to help open the doors to new experiences and adventures!  Search for your next home in Carteret County today!

“Truly a wise one lives at the beach,

with sun-kissed skin and sandy feet,

the only place to truly be,

sitting peacefully by the sea.”

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B

Local Restaurants for Every Taste

What’s for Dinner?

Vacationing usually includes a slew of activities, best being the opportunity to explore local restaurants!  Finding new and delicious places to dine is truly one of best aspects of travelling.  It may be challenging to know where to dine, having so many choices.   Therefore, allow us to shed a little light on a few local favorites that may become a few of your family’s favorites!

Local Restaurants Loved by Locals

  • Rucker John’s is a family go-to serving up delicious meals to please the entire group. The Kicked-Up Nachos are my personal favorite (amazing nachos dressed to the nine & topped with buffalo shrimp…oh yea.)  They serve everything from steaks and seafood to pastas and chicken (fantastic chicken tenders.)  Along with the other Emerald Isle restaurants, this place is wallet and family-friendly and highly recommended for a night out with the kids.
  • T&W Oyster Bar has always been a local favorite, serving delicious oysters and fresh seafood to the Crystal Coast for generations. Sitting a little bit off-grid with a real local vibe, this place offers fried and broiled seafood platters, hushpuppies and, of course, oysters in a relaxing setting where you can simply dig in to a good seafood meal and enjoy time with the family!
  • Flipperz offers a wonderfully delicious variety of salads, sandwiches, and kids fare in a relaxed island setting. Along with the many Emerald Isle restaurants, Flipperz offers both great food and a great atmosphere.  Their made-from-scratch seafood bisque served with freshly baked bread will keep you coming back to this local favorite year after year.  Make sure you check out their gift shop! Oh, and they have a sister restaurant, “The Trading Post” (serving up a great breakfast, by the way!) This new restaurant is located in the same location that “Mike’s Place” used to be, for those who have been vacationing here for years.

Comfort Food Anyone?

  • La Plaza Mexico is the best Mexican restaurant on the Crystal Coast.  Preparing each dish using fresh, delicious ingredients, La Plaza Mexico is a perfect place to gather and relax after a day on the beach.  The kids, of course, will love the cheese dip and chips.  Mom and Dad will love the relaxed vibe and great prices!
  • Great Wall is a favored local restaurant for Chinese food on Emerald Isle.  Fresh, quality ingredients go into every dish prepared by some of the nicest folks around. (Love the Singapore Rice Noodle dish…yum!)  A traditional Chinese menu with a few delicious surprises makes Great Wall a real crowd pleaser!  Everyone gets what they want; you win and so does your wallet!

Rest, Play, Eat

Although Crystal Coasts local restaurants are plentiful, choosing the ones that will please everyone might be a toss-up.  Take your time to explore all that the Isle offers and feel free to call Shorewood for other suggestions.  We are locals, we know the well and, above all, are always happy to help guide you in the right direction for total vacation bliss.  When you’re here on the Isle rest well, play well, and eat well.  After all, that is what vacationing is all about!

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B.

Vacation Tips for Wise Travelers

 “Wish I Would Have Known”

Vacation Tips for the Best Planners

Your beach vacation to Emerald Isle has been planned a year ahead of time (because you’re good like that.) The fabulous oceanfront rental  you chose so wisely awaits you, as does the daiquiri you so long for.  Your bags are packed and the car is running… awesome!  Crystal Coast vacation, here you come!  It sounds like you have your ducks in a row though, as we know, the best laid plans often go astray.  Little vacation kinks can be avoided by considering these helpful tips… a few things to be aware of, if you will.  Think about these wise (& humorous) vacation tips to iron out the travel wrinkles!


Driving on the Isle during the weekend requires a good sense of humor

…and quite possibly the patience of a saint.  There’s really no avoiding traffic so keep a smile on your face, you’re at the beach.  Go with the flow and I promise you will get to where you’re going… eventually (just kidding, it’s not that bad.)

Emerald Isle beaches are open early

…and serve as an excellent place to spend the day while you’re waiting to check in to your vacation rental property.  Rather than sit in traffic, sit with your toes in the sand!  Plan to arrive early on the morning of check-in day, pack a picnic, and make a day of it!

Grocery shopping can be bit trying in the summer

…So, let someone else handle it for you!  Personal shopping service such as Lowes-To-Go and others allow guests to shop online and have groceries delivered directly to your vacation rental house.  It’s affordable, convenient, and a huge life-saver with larger groups!

Liquor stores are closed on Sundays

…and beer is only available after 12pm on Sundays.  Welcome to the South!  A Fuzzy Navel without the kick is just breakfast juice… so make sure you stock up on “essentials” beforehand! (Needless to say, the legal drinking age is still 21!)

Stop signs on sidewalks actually do serve a purpose

and are not just misplaced decorations.  Everyone needs a reminder occasionally… stepping out into traffic is asking for trouble.  The Stop signs on the sidewalks remind pedestrians and cyclists to “Stop, Look, & Listen.”  Stay alert, stay alive!

All Will Be Well

The Crystal Coast is full of adventure and with all new experiences there are always things that keep us on our toes.  Taking to heart these vacation tips can ease travel “hiccups”, when sometimes we can only shake our heads and laugh, (or laugh to keep from crying.)  “All in a day’s work,” my dad always says!  Take it with a grain of salt… or a grain of sand, and all will be well in the world.

Vacation Tips - Bogue Inlet Pier
Bogue Inlet Pier at Sunset

As the most customer service-oriented Emerald Isle real estate company on Bogue Banks, we are happy to offer vacation tips and suggestions on how to have a smoother visit to the Crystal Coast.  If you have any questions, give us a call!


Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B.

Beach Place | Oceanfront Vacation Rental

Emerald Isle Beach Treasure – An Oceanfront Vacation Rental Beauty

On the dunes of Emerald Isle sits a sunny-colored treasure, tenderly named Beach Place.  Families and friends return to the Crystal Coast to soak in the sun while celebrating togetherness at this oceanfront vacation rental, and for very good reason!  In fact, this three-story, oceanfront vacation rental proves to be a guest favorite time and time again!

Six suites provide ample accommodations for larger groups while several bedrooms include large beds for adults and smaller beds for children.

Oceanfront Living Room with Views at Beach Place
Oceanfront Living Room with Views

The open floor plan of the Great Room connects to the well-equipped kitchen, providing space to gather and cook.   Enjoying the  views of the emerald-green Atlantic with a cup of coffee is part of the charm. Enjoy a sunrise from the well-furnished, covered decks. The oceanfront deck overlooks the private, 12×24 in-ground pool.  Fire up the gas grill and eat out on the deck, soaking in the best of the Crystal Coast.

 Beach Place Has It All!

Views off the Oceanfront Vacation Rental Deck at Beach Place
One of the many views off the decks at Beach Place

Soft sand and rolling waves are just a short walk from the house. The private beach access complete with a foot rinse station, and an enclosed, hot & cold outdoor shower that allows guests to privately rinse off before heading back inside for a respite from the sun and sand. The game room serves as a cozy hangout spot. The game room features a pool table, TV, DVD player, and extra refrigerator for drinks and snacks.  High-speed WIFI throughout the house is an extra plus! Additionally, Beach Place offers the Premier Linen Package from Island Essentials including bath & kitchen linens.   Furthermore, the beds will be made for you prior to check in… indeed, we love to spoil our guests!

Call Us To Reserve!

Shorewood is here to help you find the perfect vacation rental for your family.  Whatever your needs, we will do our best to accommodate you.  Our reservationists love working with guests and, in turn, our guests love coming back to Shorewood.  Give us a call today, we look forward to making your Crystal Coast vacation the best vacation possible.

Until next time, stay salty!


Emerald Isle – One Sweet World

Emerald Isle-Your destination, Our Home

What is cool, clean, and shimmers like a million diamonds?  The Atlantic Ocean, of course, being the main attraction on Emerald Isle.  Blue-green water embraces our pristine 22 miles of paradise, while drawing in thousands of visitors every year.  Providing the mainland a safe barrier from the constant beating of wind and water, many efforts are put forth to preserve the beauty and strength of our precious isle.  With the help of every visitor, it may continue to live long and prosper.  A little information goes a long way, so here are a few things you can do to help!

Mind the Dunes

Sand dunes and the vegetation growing through them are Emerald Isle’s first defense against storms, creating stability and protection from wind and surging waves.  Vegetation naturally grows from the dunes while serving as anchors, accumulating loose sand and providing a reservoir for natural beach replenishment after erosion.  Human and animal interference can badly damage these natural barriers, thus causing areas to become vulnerable to destructive natural elements.  For the sake of the sand dunes, give them their personal space.  Humans and pets… please stay off the dunes!

Furry Friends Love the Beach Too

Speaking of pets, the Crystal Coast beaches welcome dogs with open arms.  For the safety of everyone, the Town of Emerald Isle requires they stay on their leashes at all times while getting those paws sandy.  Remember to be thoughtful for your fellow island lovers by picking up after your pets!  Run-off from pet waste can be especially damaging to the local eco-systems by introducing an overabundance of bacteria into our waterways.

aerial shot of emerald isle, nc
Birds Eye View of Emerald Isle, NC.

Pick Up Your Butts!

It is heart wrenching to see the amount of cigarette butts left after a busy beach day.  Plastic bags & bottles, cans, old fishing line, and cigarette butts are unnecessarily left behind.  These items never disintegrate and are filled with toxic residues.  Our little one’s comb through the sand all  summer… we want them to find treasures, not trash.  All along the shore trash receptacles are provided, making it convenient to clean up after a fun-filled day on the Crystal Coast.  Let’s ensure that our children have a clean, safe place to play!

Show Some Love

The Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, and Salter Path beaches are still the most beautiful beaches on the southern Outer Banks.  Kindly, offering their warm sand and salty breezes for our enjoyment, we owe respect to these places that bring us so much joy.  Come enjoy the beauty, and leave only your footprints.  Mother Earth is good to us, let us be good to her.

“Nine planets ’round the sun, only one does the sun embrace,

Upon this watered one, so much we take for granted”

~ Dave Matthews

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B.