A trip to the coast

For my birthday I took a few days off from work and visited the coast where I grew up. It’s a two and a half hour trip to Morehead City and I always Take highway 264 through Greenville and then to New Bern and on to Morehead City.

We stopped in Greenville to eat lunch. I attended East Carolina University (ECU) back in the day but Greenville has changed so much, like most cities in the South, since I graduated in 1996.

The Mongolian Empire Grill is still there. A Mongolian grill is similar to a buffet where you fill your bowl with veggies, spiced oils, and such then you give it to the cook who cooks it on a large round flat grill.

It was a staple for me and it’s still good! Their egg drop is exceptional and it is served with some sort of sesame flatbread which I love.

We stopped in New Bern to visit the gardens at Tryon Palace. If you watch Sleepy Hollow on Fox tv you will recognize the main building as the setting of many scenes. This was the colonial governor’s resident when New Bern was the capital of the colony of Carolina.

There are many other colonial era buildings and gardens around the area.

The John Wright Stanly house, built in 1779, and gardens.

And the gardens.


And finally, we made it to the coast. The Morehead City waterfront has a boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops, and fishing boats.  The coast of North Carolina is protected from the ocean by barrier island which create calm bays called Sounds.

The old fish houses are gradually being replaced with tourist friendly boardwalks.

Fishing is a large part of the history and is big business, although, it has been hurt by over fishing in the past and now with cheap imported seafood.

Sport fishing is still big as we are so close to the Gulf Stream and there are many fishing contest and tournaments.

This large marlin statute on the Morehead City Waterfront
We also visited the next town over which is Beaufort, NC

It, too, has a waterfront and is a popular stop for boats.

I love these rental bikes with names of herbs on the licenses plates.

And, of course, we had seafood for dinner.

We were up at 4:00 am to drive to the other end of the county to catch the first ferry to the island of Ocracoke.

It is a 2.5 hour ride so there is plenty time to make up for the sleep lost by getting up so early.

And finally you see the island and lighthouse in the distance.

The first stop after having breakfast at the Pony Island Inn is the very old lighthouse.

And the historic Cemetery while looking for relatives and a bit of our history.

And to the history museum in an old house. These houses are called a Four-Square. They are a perfectly square building.

And a walk around the old village and the tourist traps!

After a day of visiting all places where my grandmother and relatives grew-up we caught the last ferry back to the mainland at Cedar Island.

The next day we had lunch at the infamous El’s Drive In and a shrimp burger! Its a Morehead City institution!

It is made in the similar manner of a Carolina hamburger: shrimp, cocktail sauce, and coleslaw on a bun.

After a busy three days, it’s back in the Fiat for the drive back to Raleigh!



Filed under General Gardening

17 responses to “A trip to the coast

  1. Gwendolyn Lee

    Your blog is awesome.
    I have never been to Ocracoke – I will have to go.
    I have been to El’s Diner.
    I have friends in Beaufort. I was there last month.
    Awesome pictures.
    enJoy your day,


  2. Thanks for the tour. That explains the Sleepy Hollow show as there is an awful lot of Spanish Moss hanging from trees in what is supposed to be an upstate NY setting. I always check out the plants and trees on TV and movies.


  3. Appreciate the tour. Happy Birthday!


  4. Thanks for the lovely tour! Great exciting cultural places & some great foods too!
    I aldo love the series of sleept hollow,…how cool,is that? 😀


  5. Lots of great historical interest. I love places like that.


  6. Looks like a beautiful area.


  7. Happy belated Birthday, Arthur! The trip looks like so much fun.


  8. Great pictures of the beautiful coastal attractions of North Carolina. We are looking forward to Mr. D’s fishing trip to Morehead City in July. Thanks for the inspiration!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s