Thursday, April 27, 2017

Belhaven, NC - what a secret!

Sunset in Belhaven NC on April 26, 2017

WOW!!  We have spent almost 2 days in the birthplace of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway, Belhaven NC and I don’t think we’ve scratched the surface of this precious, not-yet-discovered gem of a town.

The warm & friendly folks on every street – home owners, pedestrians, shop owners – you name it, they spoke, offered a smile or a helping hand.  The chamber of commerce is in a full court press to shine a bright light on this community, starting with boaters!

We were welcomed with a very nice letter from the chamber, brochures for local restaurants and museums, very detailed maps of the stateparks, dismal swamp & town.  The marina offered golf carts for transportation, free laundry (new Kenmore x-large capacity w/d) – I was delighted!! 

Wednesday night we had a pot luck dinner at the marina with other loopers – Southern Cross, Satori, Winds of Change, Rollin Tide, and the road travelers Nick, Kathy & Dee Dee (family of Southern Cross).  It was so nice to see our Southern Cross friends again AND to meet new friends too.
This bench was outside one of the many unique shops
 Thursday was a busy day with laundry (of course), walking/exploring the streets of Belhaven and learning so much about this town – like, there’s a lot of homes for sale on the water!!!  You can feel the energy from the shop owners – this place is on the verge of being a “destination stop”.  I’m glad we were a small bump in their economy!

Thursday evening we had a group of 11 dining together at TheTavern at Jack’s Neck.  WOW!!  That place rose to the occasion on EVERY level!  Service, meal quality, atmosphere and the owner/partner was very attentive and hands on.  He expressed his heart-felt appreciation for our business multiple times.  After dinner he took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the upcoming oyster bar & steakhouse!  If you LOVE wood working craftsmanship and can appreciate the art form it is…this is the place to see!!  They plan to be open by late fall (oyster season)…I plan to re-visit by car!  It will be worth the drive!

New neighbors moved in Thursday afternoon! WOW!
Friday we will be off and cruising again…next stop - Alligator River!! Then Saturday we will cross the Albemarle Sound – rumored to be the “most challenging crossing on the east coast”.  We will have 2 other buddy boats (possibly more) with us so I’ll keep you posted!

Until then – have a marvelous day and keep smiling!

God Bless!

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