Nestled on the banks of the Beaufort Inlet, Morehead City NC is where tradition meets advancement. As a matter of fact, this bustling seaside hub has been a hot spot for commerce & tourism for over 150 years! Rich in culture, customs, and folklore, Morehead is a nerve center of inspiration. Artists of all mediums find the coast to be a muse, of sorts. Writers and musicians from around the world have found their calling on the Crystal Coast. Edible inspiration is found everywhere, served up by local chefs showcasing their individual styles. Art galleries and antique shops filled with hidden treasures line the streets of Downtown Morehead City. By all means, delve into the many sights, sounds, & flavors of this thriving city-by-the-sea!
Governor John Motley Morehead envisioned the development of a large port city on the coast. He traveled to Carteret County in the mid-19th century, interested in studying the Beaufort Harbor and Port. Fortunately, the 29th governor found the location to be quite impressive! Governor Morehead purchased 600 acres from the Arendell family, giving birth to Shepard Point Land Company, formed in 1857. At that time, Morehead was occupied by 300 individual families when finally incorporated in 1860. Developers and first leaders of Morehead City NC have name streets named in their honor.
Morehead City thrives on community interaction and involvement. Events held throughout the year benefit many causes in Carteret County. Residence and visitors come out in droves to take part in the support of our community! This is just another reason to plan off-season vacations to the Crystal Coast (hint, hint!) Morehead City proudly hosts annual events including the North Carolina Seafood Festival and the Carolina Chocolate Festival, not to mention the legendary Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. These prominent, non-profit events have raised millions of dollars to help strengthen our community. Additionally, they have helped provide support and awareness for many Carteret County charities.
In addition, Morehead City NC is home to several world-class postgraduate programs and research organizations. Equally, Morehead is also home to the lovely waterfront campus of Carteret Community College. Notable parent schools include UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, & Duke University. Morehead is a highly active hotbed for higher education. Students can excel while studying in this gorgeous area. When they need a break from the books, the beach is a hop and a skip away! All in all, education and community are major focal points on the Crystal Coast.
Dining on the Morehead Waterfront is a vast journey in variety. Spanning from traditional southern fare to fine dining, the choices are endless! Local chefs combine fresh ingredients to create unmatched flavors unique to the Crystal Coast. Local bakeries bring people back time and time again with fresh, homemade goods. Poke your head into any of these gems and savor the best of the coast!
In any event, take time to explore the rich history and culture of Morehead City. Step back in time at The History Place and sip tea at the Infusion Café. Certainly, be sure to grab a treat at Sugarloaf Island Bakery and the Spouter Inn! Furthermore, take time to meet the locals and ask questions! Take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Crystal Coast!
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