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Family Traditions Contest Winner – 2017

Traditions usually revolve around unforgettable experiences and cherished moments. Although these experiences may seem small, they carry great significance with them for a lifetime. These fond memories often lay the foundation for creating new family traditions. The Smetana-Rama Family is no exception, learn more about our 2017 Family Traditions Contest winner below. For the last 22 […]
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Family Traditions: Summer Lovin’

This year would be special. Every summer in July, my mom’s side of the family would vacation at the beach, but who knew a whole new summer tradition was about to begin?  It all started in the summer of ’08 when I was just twelve years old.  My aunt, uncle, two cousins, and parents were […]
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The Coast I Love Most

I am a rising senior at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, pursuing a degree in English. This summer, I am incredibly appreciative that I have the opportunity to work two internships. I am an Education Intern at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores and a blogger for Emerald Isle Realty. I am so […]
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2016 Family Traditions Contest

Lifelong traditions usually revolve around memorable experiences and fun activities. Although these experiences may seem small at the moment, they carry great significance with them. These fond memories often lay the foundation for creating new family traditions. A powerful memory can crash down on us just like a curling wave. Perhaps it was when mom […]
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Family Traditions: Friends Become Our Chosen Family

It all started with 5 friends – Steve K., Pablo, Steve Z., Gary, and Dave…..five boys who became friends in Jr. High in Queens, NY. They stayed friends through high school, then some went to college and others didn’t, but they continued to grow together. As each found their wife, they broadened the size of […]
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Family Traditions: Emerald Isle Becomes Home Away From Home

There is something to be said about maintaining a constant in your life despite all of the changes going on around us. For me, that constant is Emerald Isle. It is one of the only things I can count on every year and know it will never let me down. My family has been coming […]
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Family Traditions: The Gills Family Falls in Love with Emerald Isle

I have to admit to feelings of trepidation in 1992 while planning our first vacation at Emerald Isle. My brother and I had grown up on beaches on the eastern shores in the north and were not sure what to expect of this island in North Carolina. Our children were all under ten years old […]
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A Lifetime of Emerald Isle Memories

To our family Emerald Isle is a place for relaxation, rejuvenation and celebration. As newlyweds my parents made their first visit in the late ’60s. They began making yearly visits with some friends of theirs who had moved to North Carolina from Ohio. It turns out a beach reunion is much more enjoyable than one […]
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Family Traditions: Our Family History of Vacations at Emerald Isle

My family history of visiting Emerald Isle for our annual summer vacation began in 1968 when my sister Sue J. Miller and her husband Dave Miller purchased a lot at 1303 Ocean Drive in Emerald Isle. The purchase was made through Miss Simmons and her brother, Mr. Batten. At that time business was conducted from […]
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Family Traditions: Pinto Family at Little Annie

My name is Manuel Pinto, I’m 72 years of age and I celebrate my birthday every year at Little Annie. My Daughter and her family visit us at the house every year with her two daughters. We started a tradition of coming to Little Annie over 20 years ago. Another tradition we started began when […]
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Family Traditions: Hill Family Vacations at Emerald Isle

Our love of the Crystal Coast began innocently enough, a family of three, transferred to Camp LeJeune, wanted a place close by for the rest of the family to join them for a week each summer. Little did they know that their first trip across the causeway bridge would begin a 21 year love affair […]
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2011 Family Traditions Contest Runner-Up: God’s Plan at Emerald Isle

“Family traditions help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world” – Author Unknown Growing up as a child I always looked forward to the last day of school in June as I knew I was leaving in seven days to go to Emerald Isle for one […]
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2011 Family Traditions Contest Winner: The Turning of the Chairs

First a bit of history: The Green family first discovered Emerald Isle back in the early 1990’s. We were stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro and it was an easy day-trip or weekend getaway; load up the van with the kids, cooler, beach toys, boogie boards, and umbrella then head down Highway 70 for the […]
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Emerald Isle Realty’s 50th Anniversary Contest Winner: DeSaix EIR Family History

Many years ago in the late 1960s, when Peter and I were new biology graduate students at the coast on a collecting trip, we visited rental offices along Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. We were seeking a beach front property to rent for $100 for the week (which we thought was a lot). Being from […]
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Family Traditions: Our Trip of a Lifetime

I was born in Morehead City in January of 1954 when my father was serving in the Marine Corp at Cherry Point. My parents lived in a small trailer in Newport at the time. After my father’s discharge in April of that year, my parents moved back home, to Belle Plaine, Kansas. They never had […]
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Family Traditions: Memories are Made of This

My family goes back a long way with Emerald Isle – back to when the rental keys were simply on a peg in the old office where Mr. and Mrs. Batten would greet weary travelers with a warm welcome. We come from Butler, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh and a sometimes-grueling […]
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Family Traditions: Why Did We Wait So Long?

Four families in three vehicles, from three locations: Missouri, Virginia, and Florida. We converged at Reverie on May 29, 2010, and immediately selected our personal bedroom suite – each with balconies looking out to sea. After quickly unpacking, and breaking the elevator for the first time, we headed to the pool, beach, and easy chair. […]
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Family Traditions: We Are Family

As our first day at the Boat House came to close, we stood in the radiating glow of the most surreal sunset any of us had ever seen. It was like the yellow, to pink, to orange were the truest forms of those colors and they were blending the house and Bogue Sound into one. […]
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Family Traditions: Summer Fun

We have been coming to Emerald Isle for the last twenty five years. Sometimes it was as much as three or four times a year, we fished at the old Emerald Isle Pier until it was destroyed in the 80’s, then we fished on Indian Beach Pier til it was gone, then we fished on […]
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Family Traditions: Calmness, Closeness, and Coffee

Gina C. Tripp for the Tripp Family, Corbitt Family, and Carden Family Someone once asked me to summarize my vacations at Emerald Isle with three words. I told them it was absolutely impossible! But then, I began to think about it, and it really wasn’t that hard. You see every year, for as long as […]
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Family Traditions Summer Fun

The Woolet’s- Mechanicsville, Virginia The Mathes’-South Bend, Indiana July 10th to July 17th Windows on the Sea For the past few years, our family has vacationed on Emerald Isle. With five teens in the group, it is hard to keep them interested in family vacations. We came up with the idea of a “Theme Night”. […]
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And The Winner Is…

The winner of our 2010 Family Traditions contest is Andrew Jensen from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Andrew has won a one week stay on our beautiful island courtesy of Emerald Isle Realty. Enjoy reading Andrew’s winning entry below: Emerald Isle Vacation In 1982 we took our first Emerald Isle vacation. My sister Aimee was 2 years […]
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Our Family Story

Our family learned about Emerald Isle from a friend of my sister who moved to North Carolina. The very next year (1988) my sister and her family went for their first vacation. The next year my husband and I, our two girls and my parents joined the fun. In the years since various other family […]
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How Do You Put Into Words

How do you put into words something that means the world to you, something that you begin to plan the minute you cross the bridge off the island? It all started in 1988 with an Emerald Isle Realty Brochure, the Point, and a beach house named SeaWatch with two families on their first adventure to […]
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We Are Family

 As our first day at the Boat House came to close, we stood in the radiating glow of the most surreal sunset any of us had ever seen. It was like the yellow, to pink, to orange was fusing the house into Bogue Sound. We watched until the last sliver had slipped below the […]
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