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Read About Our Family Traditions

We have been coming to Emerald Isle since “about” 1983.  It started with neighbors who had found the location a couple of years earlier.  They recommended it to another couple, who invited us to come down for a weekend.  “They” being a family with two small children and “we” being a family with four small […]
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Family Traditions

Emerald Isle Smiles The vehicles of three adventurous families are all packed for Emerald Isle From Cary and Greensboro, N.C and Severn, M.D we prepare to stay a while Inside the cars is the harmonious cadence of kids and beautiful wives In the coming week, we are all anticipating the best vacation of our lives […]
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Our Second Home

At the intersection of Highway Fifty-eight and Twenty-four, looking straight ahead, I could see the bridge that crossed the Bogue Sound. My anticipation grew more and more as we approached the bridge. I could not stop smiling. As we drove on the bridge, I could not decide which window to look out. Both sides were […]
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Emerald Isle Family Tradition

Emerald Isle has always been that one place for us to be a family. That one week out of the year to not worry about the outside world but reconnect with each other. It has been tradition for the Phillips family to make the long drive from Ohio to Emerald Isle every summer for the […]
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Clark Leonard Family Memories

Our family has been coming to Emerald Isle since before I can even remember. One of the first places we stayed was our beloved “blue cottage.” So many great memories were made there, even stitches I had to get because I was jumping on the bed. Then there’s the old family videos we have from […]
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Baxter Emerald Isle Vacation

We knew we were near our destination when we got to Swansboro. We stopped at the fruit stand near Cedar Point and loaded up on Carolina peaches, fresh corn and boiled peanuts.  As we go over the bridge, the green patches appear and the chanting from the back seat begins:”Emerald,emerald.  Look at the birds”. Our […]
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Back to the Island

My wife Priscilla and I began coming to Emerald Isle when our children were just approaching their teens. We have three sons.  My wife’s sister and her husband, Nancy and John, have two sons.  Their family always joined ours for summer vacation.  The five boys were close in age and we wanted to establish a […]
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I can’t wait until next year

Thirty-four years ago was my first ride home from a week with my family in Emerald Isle.  It was an emotional ride marked with sadness at having to leave but also recollection of the many memories we made and ideas of what we couldn’t wait to do the “next year”. This ride home was to […]
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A Growing Tradition

Summer 2008 the economy slow. To vacation? Or not? Said my sanity GO! Sure, gas prices are high, but there is truth in the knowing- Time waits for no one, And my children are growing. We considered the cost, The “prose” and the cons- And invited my sister and husband to “please tag along”. It […]
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Emerald Isle – A Long Tradition

 If a place can be a family member, Emerald Isle is certainly a beloved member of my tribe, or at the very least, one of my closest  friends. Since I first visited with a kindergarten friend in 1970 until this summer’s week vacation with my husband and twin sons, Emerald Isle has held a […]
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