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    • June in Little Washington, NC, Pamlico River


      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

      Whether you want to revisit the past, satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks – Washington, North Carolina. Washington City Docks, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the beautiful Pamlico River!

      June 2019 in Washington, NC

      From festivals and antique galleries to historic homes and wrap-around porches, this picturesque city is perfect for enjoying a meal or dropping an anchor.

      In this video we chat with Paula Stephenson – Washington native and marketing assistant for the City’s Tourism Department. Paula shares with us why she’s passionate about #mywashingtonnc and why she’s so proud to call it home💜
       

      Join us for the 36th Annual Summer Festival!

      Head to Washington June 7-8 for the 36th Annual Summer Festival organized by the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature live music, fireworks, arts & crafts, amusements, Little Washington Sailing School Boat Rides…and even a Bill’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! 

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      Harbor District Market Soft Opening on June 1

      The Harbor District Market will open its doors on Saturday, June 1st from 9 am-6 pm for a soft opening. Enjoy local healthy goods from vendors such as Acre Station Meat Farm, Southside Farms, Carryout by Chrislyn, Val’s Gourmet Baked Goods and IBX Soaps. The market’s Grand Opening will be in the Fall. 

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      The Water is Calling!

      Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of Washington’s beautiful waterfront! Check out some of the outdoor activities offered by Inner Banks Outfitters – from kayak rentals to Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga and Wine & Cheese Paddles, Inner Banks Outfitters offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts! Also consider Miss Bea’s Charters to experience the water for sightseeing, nature photography, real estate tours and wedding transport.
       

       

      Welcome to the Neighborhood!

      Washington has some new & exciting faces in town to check out during your next visit. Please welcome to Washington:

       

      Historic Ghost Walks

      Washington Haunts is a 90-minute walk through three centuries of supernatural history in the oldest town in America named for George Washington. Upcoming Tour Dates are: June 1, July 6 & August 3. Walks will begin at 8:00 pm, with ticket sales starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Cash only. No reservations. Meet at Harding Square, beside the Washington Visitors Center at the foot of Market Street.  

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      Adult Sailing Lessons

      Did you know that the Little Washington Sailing School teaches adult classes, too? Classes are offered for a full weekend of instruction. The next available session is August 23-25, so book your spots now before they fill up!

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      Save the Date

      Every Saturday in June: Farmer’s Market, 8 am – Noon
      June 1: Harbor District Market Soft Opening
      June 1: Washington Haunts Historic Ghost Walk
      June 1: The Wander Co. Grand Reopening
      June 7-8: Summer Festival | Plein Air Festival
      June 15: Community Day, Festival Park, 3-7 pm

      June Arts of the Pamlico Events

      This email contains highlights of Washington events. To see more upcoming events and live music listings, please visit our Upcoming Events Calendar.

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    • Vote Best Small Town for Washington, NC, Pamlico River


      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

      Washington is the only NC town in the top six in the Small Business Revolution Main Street competition and they need your vote! Vote once a day through 2/19. See Vote Here link below.
      Whether you want to revisit the past, satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks – Washington, North Carolina. Washington City Docks, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River.

       

      Vote Washington, North Carolina

      Our town, Washington, NC, is in the final phase of the Small Business Revolution contest. A contest with over 12,000 entries and we’ve made it to the Top 6 towns! 

       

      Vote Washington

      The Small Business Revolution is on a mission to revitalize small towns, one small business at a time. From thousands of nominations, we’ve made it to the Top 6!

       At this point, the winner is chosen by a nationwide vote, which is where we need your help!
       
      As the only town in North Carolina in the Top 6, show your pride and vote for Washington, NC for the Small Business Revolution Main Street and help us gain national recognition.
       

       

      The winner will be featured on the HULU series Small Business Revolution with $500,000 infused into the small businesses in Washington, NC.

      Please help us by voting Washington from 2/12 thru 2/19. You can vote once per day, per email address & per IP address. The winning town will be announcedon February 26 and we look forward to celebrating with you!

      To receive daily text reminders to vote and to stay up to date with standings and announcements, text @mywash to 81010
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    • February 2019 in Washington, NC, Pamlico River


      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

      Whether you want to revisit the past, satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks – Washington, North Carolina. Washington City Docks, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River, especially during the winter holidays!

       

       

      Fall in 💘 with Little Washington this February

      February 2019 in Washington

      From festivals and antique galleries to historic homes and wrap-around porches, this picturesque city is perfect for enjoying a meal or dropping an anchor.

       

      Wildlife Arts Festival

      This annual event on February 8-9 at the Washington Civic Center celebrates the art related to the outdoor, recreational lifestyle enjoyed in Eastern North Carolina. The festival includes exhibits, vendors, a duck decoy carving competition, a duck calling competition, a retriever dog demonstration, clay shooting and more.

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      Top 5 Town Announcement

      After Washington made the cut for the top 10 cities for season 4 of ​Small Business Revolution on Main Street ​starring Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington, we were visited by the Small Business Revolution team Jan. 22-23. We are hopeful to advance to the Top 5, which will be announced on Feb. 12. Once the top 5 towns are named, the winner will be chosen by a nationwide vote. 

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      Washington Week

      In 1776 Washington, NC was the first city in America to be named in George Washington’s honor, yet he never visited the town… until now.  The weekend of February 22nd and 23rd thousands will gather in Washington, NC to welcome George, drink a toast in his honor and run through the streets donning Washington wigs.

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      Travel Well

      Washington-Warren Airport is not just a great fuel stop on your way to somewhere else, it’s a destination for hundreds of pilots and their passengers, every year! Open 7 days a week with a 24/7 Pilot’s Lounge available, as well as 24/7 fueling access. Little known to many, with its new state of the art facilities and conference room, Washington-Warren is also a great place to host your next event or meeting! And, for the adventure seekers out there, Washington-Warren also hosts a skydiving club in conjunction with Skydive Little Washington!

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      Now Open: The Hackney

      The Hackney, located in downtown Washington, is now open for business! Where Washington meets a little bit of London, the Hackney is a fine dining restaurant that combines locally sourced seasonal ingredients with an eclectic culinary outlook. 

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      Best Biscuits in Town 

      Congrats to Mom’s Grill in Washington on being named one of the best places to get your biscuit fix in North Carolina by Our State Magazine! We couldn’t agree more! 😋👊

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      Dream Destinations: 25 Places to Retire, Relocate & Relax

      Our State Magazine rounded up 25 of the dreamiest places to retire, relocate, and relax from the mountains to the coast and Washington made the list! 

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      Save the Date

      Feb 8-9: 23rd Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival
      Feb 12:  Small Business Revolution Top 5 Watch Party
      Feb 15-16: “Letters of Love” on-Stage at the Turnage Theatre
      Feb 17:  Prince & Princess High Tea
      Feb 22:  Washington Week Activities – Parade, Birthday Bash & 5K Run
      Feb 24: The Bridal Experience at the Washington Civic Center 
      Mar 9: Washington Comedy Festival
      Apr 27: BOCO Traditional Music Festival & Marine Market

      February Arts of the Pamlico Events

      This email contains highlights of Washington events. To see more upcoming events and live music listings, please visit our Upcoming Events Calendar.

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    • Post Florence Report from McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC


      McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

      McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on Broad Creek, off the Pamlico River, a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina and its repair capabilities are impressive.

      McCotter’s Marina is fully operational.
      Mark said, Our store in Oriental, NC, “the Intracoastal Waterway Provision Company,” is also now fully open
      …. he said other restaurants in Oriental are open also as is the marina.
      Mark said he looks forward to serving the boaters and those headed south. He invites all to spend a little time in NC and enjoy the many Fall festivals and various events as well as local dining delights. Spend some time in Washington, NC and Oriental, NC as well as so many other excellent venues for the cruising community.
      Mark Henley

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    • 55th Annual Ocracoke Regatta, June 16, McCotters Marine and Pamlico Sailing Club


      McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

      McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on Broad Creek, off the Pamlico River, a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina and its repair capabilities are impressive.

      55th Annual Ocracoke Regatta

      CLICK ON ALL THE LINKS BELOW FOR THE FULL DETAILS:

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    • Praise for Washington City Docks, Washington, NC, Pamlico River off the AICW


      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

      Whether you want to revisit the past, satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks – Washington, North Carolina. Washington City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River, as John Clark attests below.

       

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      Great little marina off the beaten path. Location is right in the downtown of Washington NC. For a small town there is a lot of activity at the waterfront, early morning walkers, a picnic lunch crowd, and evening family strollers. Marina/waterfront park staff are all nice and helpful.
      We sailed a boat with 66ft mast and 6.5ft draft without issue coming in from the Atlantic at Morehead City and then taking the Core Creek stretch of the ICW. Hit bridges at low tide and you are good.
      John Clark

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    • Good Words for McCotters Marina and Boat Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC


      McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

      McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on Broad Creek, off the Pamlico River, a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina and its repair capabilities are impressive.

      McCotter’s seems to be a laid-back, easy to just relax environment. Good price, reasonable cleanliness, reasonable repair on the docks. Only problem, which is a significant concern for the younger boaters, is the Wi-Fi notoriously goes down on the weekend just when we need it most.
      Scott

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    • First Port Celebration, May 28, Bath, NC, on Bath Creek off Pamlico River, off the AICW


      Bath Harbor Marina is located on the eastern shores of Bath Creek, north of flashing daybeacon #4. For an indepth report on Bath, see /126912 by Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry.

      Bath Fest: Where Art Meets History!
      BathFest

      Bath Fest 2016 is merging with the First Port Celebration to bring a combined event to Bath on May 28, 2016

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      Many thanks to the volunteers, vendors, and visitors who make BathFest a great success every year! For photos and additional information, visit the Bath Historic Site’s Facebook Page

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    • More on Alternates to Alligator River during the Swing Bridge Repairs


       

      With the frequent closures of the Alligator River Bridge, longtime contributors George Barr and Rick Brass offer alternatives to the Alligator River portion of the Waterway.  Information on all the marinas mentioned below can be found on Cruisers’ Net’s Homepage under CRUISING NEWS AND REFERENCE DIRECTORIES – North Carolina. See /?p=147457 for more discussion of alternate routes.

      To any northbound cruisers in the interim. The alternate route starts at Oriental ‘¦down the Neuse River and into the Pamlico Sound heading north.
      Possible stops/marinas are Silver Lake in Ocracoke, Big Trout Marina in Englehard (45 miles from Oriental on the Western shore of the Pamlico), Manteo Waterfront Marina off Shallowbag Bay on Roanoke Island 45 miles from Big Trout’¦and then north through the Albemarle to Coinjock 35 miles away.
      The passage is open and deep and has only one fully 65′ bridge and is 17 miles shorter than the ICW. Of course, weather must be considered as it is less protected. Hope this helps in the interim.
      George Barr

      If northbound cruisers are on a schedule during the bridge repairs, and need an alternate route, I would suggest leaving the ICW at the crossing of the Pamlico River (at about SM 150) and swing east. You will go through Pamlico Sound, with potential stops in Engelhart on the west side of the sound and Manteo on Roanoke Island, and return to Albemarle Sound and the ICW on the north side of Roanoke Island. Manteo, BTW, is a nice cruising destination and well worth the trip.
      If you have time to wait for the bridge to be repaired and are looking for an hospitable spot to wait and explore, swing west about 25 miles on the Pamlico River and visit the Washington Waterfront Docks. Easy access with deep water slips. A number of good restaurants and places to explore. A good place to provision, with West Marine and a number of parts suppliers and repair opportunities. And if you need a free slip without power and water (but with nice heads and showers, and laundry facilities for boaters) you can mention this post and I will waive the 48 hour limit on free dockage.
      Rick Brass
      Dockmaster
      Washington Waterfront Docks

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    • Artificial Reef Marking, near Ocracoke, Pamlico Sound, NC


      Big Foot Slough Channel is the primary entrance from Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke and Silver Lake Harbor and is used by the vast majority of cruising craft and both Ocracoke car ferries.

      NC ‘“ PAMLICO SOUND ‘“ OCRACOKE ‘“ ARTIFICIAL REEF MARKINGMariners are advised that the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will be remarking new positions for artificial reef 298 located approximately 1.5 mile east from the big foot slough channel entrance in 0cracoke, NC. The new boundary coordinates are: 35.18042N – 75.99352W (35°10.8252N / 075°59.6112W); 35.17533N -75.99352W (35°10.5198N / 075°59.6112W); 35.17533N -75.99953W (35°10.5198N / 075°59.9718W); and 35.18042N -75.99953W (35°10.8252N / 075°59.9718W). Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. NC Carolina Fisheries POC: Gregg Podnar at 252-808-7199 or 252-808-8053. LNM: 47/14Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Big Foot Slough

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    • A New Light over the Pamlico River, off the AICW in Washington, NC


      Washington, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is one of the most delightful ports of call on the North Carolina coastline. The town is located off the direct path of the AICW, but it’s a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to the Washington City Docks.

      A NEW LIGHT OVER THE PAMLICO
      New boating facility evokes Pamlico Point Light

      A rare occurrence has taken place on North Carolina’s Inner Banks as a new lighthouse now shines its beam across the harbor of Washington, NC. The lighthouse is not intended as a navigational aid, but will welcome mariners and landside visitors to this historic riverfront town.
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      Construction of the new boating facility was completed in June. The lighthouse was designed to evoke the architecture of the Pamlico Point Light, which once marked the entrance of the Pamlico River. The structure includes shower and laundry facilities for boaters, as well as public restrooms and, on the second floor, new quarters for the Dockmaster and Dock Attendants.
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      The Washington waterfront harbor, formed by the broadening of the Pamlico/Tar River, has been Eastern North Carolina’s hub for waterborne commerce since colonial days. As the closest deep water harbor to the metro areas of Greenville, Rocky Mount, and Raleigh/Durham, it now supports a large recreational boating population.
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      In addition to space for long-term and transient dockage, the Washington waterfront now provides a wide variety of public amenities including a waterfront promenade, nature boardwalk, playground, concert stage, and public seating along the water. The Lighthouse Boating Facility is the latest milestone in a decades-long effort to make the Washington waterfront one of the area’s premier recreational destinations for tourists and residents alike.

      For more information, visit www.facebook.com/washingtonwaterfrontdocks or call 252.944.6661.
      Best regards,
      Beth Byrd, Director
      Washington Harbor District Alliance

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    • Spiders and Arthur at McCotters Marina and Boat Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC


      McCotters Marina and Repair Yard is located on Broad Creek (off the Pamlico River), a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina, and its repair capabilities are impressive. And, despite those persistent, seasonal spiders, McCotters is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and, as Skipper Merriman attests, a fine place to be in a storm!

      I stayed at McCotters Marina 3-5 July 2014. The first problem I had was identifying which marina was McCotters. Then I noticed two subjects waving me in. These two individuals got me onto a finger pier where I tied in. I found out they were not McCotters employees, but a couple of guys that had boats in the marina. I made contact with the office and they were very friendly and helpful for the rest of my stay. McCotters has a small pickup truck as a courtesy vehicle that I was able to use to go to Little Washington.
      Again I want to stress that the employees were very friendly and helpful. Having said that, [spiders are a big issue at this marina]. They are everywhere. As I walked the docks looking at other boats, my initial impression was, `Don’t people come here and take care of their boats?’ Most of the boats had 3-5 clearly visible spider webs on them. Some had more. I later found out that the problem is there are so many spiders that they build new webs almost as fast as you can destroy the old ones. I was back at my home port for 3-4 days before I got rid of the spiders that had taken up residence on my boat.
      As a final note: Hurricane Arthur (Cat 2) came through while I was at McCotters Marina. I put extra lines on the boat and road out the hurricane without any problems. To the best of my knowledge there was no damage anywhere in the marina. During the hurricane the water rose more than a foot. Afterwards, the water was blown out of the marina and several boats sat on the ground all morning. A couple boats pulled out into the open area of the creek and anchored during the hurricane. They were still there the next day. So I would rate this marina as a good hurricane hole.
      W. Merriman

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    • Another Vote For a Visit to Washington, NC

      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0 Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, producers of the notable “Great Books of Anchorages” series, confirms what MANY have said before. It’s well worth all cruisers’ time to get off the familiar confines of the AICW, and cruise upstream on charming Pamlico River to the excellent city docks on Washington, NC’s downtown waterfront. And, these fine folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET sponsor!!!

      We enjoy side trips off the ICW instead of just rushing north and south. One recent side trip we took was to Washington, NC. The free town docks are in a well protected basin and across the street from the historic district.
      Susan Landry

      How are the plans going for the new shower facilities in Washington? I think they would really help make the trip worth the extra effort.
      Dick Parker

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      Washington City Docks

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    • Good Words for and Good Memories of McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC

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      McCotters Marina and Repair Yard is located on Broad Creek (off the Pamlico River), a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina, and its repair capabilities are impressive. Of course, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      As a circumnavigator I know boating embraces all manner of people and places. If you want the Hilton, McCotters Marina isn’t it. However, if you want a laid back, easy to work with marina with old fashioned values, this is it. Mark Henley was responsive and responsible, and took care of our trawler when we weren’t around. Most of all he was honest, that rarest of traits in a now-we-see-you-now-you’re-gone business world. The facilities are simple, the environment at the marina, serene. Overall it’s quiet and relaxing. Serenity and simplicity mixed with quality service when you need either one.
      Lee Gunter

      My family kept our Post sport fishing boat at McCotters back in the 60’s and 70’s, many great memories as a kid around that dock in those days. I remember a character with a boat named `So Good Foamy’. Boat never left the dock as far as I can remember although he was there every weekend in the summer with the hatches up working on the engines, cold one in hand! That was his therapy, what’s yours?
      Matt Richter

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    • Washington, NC and Bath, NC – Two Ports of Call off the North Carolina AICW, Well Worthy of ALL Cruisers’ Attention

      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0Both Washington, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and Bath, NC, are some of the most delightful ports of call on the North Carolina coastline. Both are located off the direct path of the AICW, but it’s usually a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to the Washington City Docks. The Pamlico’s waters are usually not as rough as its sister stream to the south, Neuse River.
      Along the way, you will first pass Bath Creek, on the northern bank, followed several miles farther along by Broad Creek, also indenting the northerly banks, and home of Washington Yacht Club and SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, McCotters Marina.
      Susan and Chuck’s superbly written article below will whet the appetite of any true cruiser, and bring on an irresistible craving to explore Washington and Bath. We heartily suggest you heed the call! Read on!
      We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article and copious photographs, set below! THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!

      Approaching the Washington City Docks and Downtown Waterfront

      The Towns of Washington and Bath, North Carolina
      by Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

      Washington, NC
      About 30 miles upriver from the spot where the Intracoastal Waterway crosses Pamlico River lies the town of Washington, NC. For the many boaters that speed south to reach their winter destinations, missing these side trips is a shame. We have been just as guilty in the past, but decided that on this transit of the ICW, we would stop and smell the fish fry. The Pamlico can be daunting and a careful eye on the weather is required. The payoff to visiting this well protected harbor and yet another historic site along the North Carolina waterway is more than worth the additional time and miles.

      The Washington Harbor entrance is marked by a very old railroad bridge that is always open unless a train is coming. The channel is narrow, and once inside the harbor it’s best to call the town dock Harbormaster on VHF Channel 16 for docking instructions and slip assignment. There are two options for staying at the town dock. One is the free docks along the lovely promenade and park that lines the harbor. Docks G through K are side ties and we stayed on G dock which was reported to have the shallowest water. We found 14 feet on approach and 7-8 feet alongside. There are no tides to speak of, but the winds from one direction or another for prolonged periods can raise and lower the water levels. The second option available is to take one of the slips at the other docks which have power and water. Those slips are rented at $1.00 per foot per day plus $3.00 per day for 30 amp and $6.00 per day for 50 amp service. Water is included on the paying docks but not on the free docks. Free docking is good for 48 hours, but if you want to stay longer, the charge is 75 cents per foot per day.

      Washington City Docks

      The Dockmaster was on the dock ready to assist us as we arrived. The harbor is well protected from all directions and docking was straightforward and easy. Once the boat was secured, the Dockmaster filled out a simple form to register us and gave us a brief rundown on what to find in the area, along with a warm welcome. A very nice brick walkway runs along the seawall and is very popular with friendly local folks that always took the time to wave and say hello. A few even stopped to chat a while. There are restrooms attached to the park near the free docks, however they are locked in the evening. The showers and restrooms for the docks are a long walk down the promenade and are located in a trailer behind the Dockmaster’s office. They are accessed by a code provided by the Dockmaster, so are available at any time.

      It wasn’t long before we were off exploring this quaint river town. Our first discovery was Scoops Ice Cream & Candy near the waterfront. Several of the shops and restaurants back up to the waterfront with an entrance there as well a front entrance on Main Street. It was a little sad to see so many storefronts and shops closed and empty. This seems to be a fact of life in many of these small towns. Washington appears to have been hit rather hard. There are still many interesting stores and restaurants to spend your time and money. We sampled the cuisine at Down On Mainstreet, directly across the street and parking lot from the boat and also visited a number of shops downtown including Nautilife, with its nautical themed gifts, River Walk Gallery and Arts Center, with great pottery items and paintings by local artists and Little Shoppes, a large building containing 20 little individual vendors all under one roof. It was impossible to walk away without making a few purchases for Christmas gifts.

      Downtown Washington

      Just north of the docks is the North Carolina Estuarium. The Pamlico/Tar River Estuary is second only in size in the U.S. to the Chesapeake Bay. The Estuarium provides an educational experience highlighting the importance of this vital body of water. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A boardwalk begins just behind the Estuarium just where the brick promenade ends. One can then walk the boardwalk the entire distance up to the railroad bridge ending up on Main Street. Just around the corner to the right you will spy a bright red building housing the Coffee Caboose, open for breakfast and lunch. If you head back down Main Street toward the docks, you will then find the Blue Door Café and the Panaderia next door, a Mexican bakery. Our friends on S/V Casual Class gave both of the latter a thumbs up. Any serious provisioning will require a bike or cab ride of a couple of miles as there is nothing near the downtown area.

      Bath, NC
      A 2-3 hour trip back down the Pamlico brought us to the entrance to Bath Creek. It is well marked by G `1’ and immediately followed by R `2.’ Then head north up the creek to G `3’ followed shortly thereafter by R `4.’ Near the fixed bridge with 13 feet of clearance you will see a small marina with a number of smaller sailboats. Just before you reach the marina you will see a long dock with a T-head marked with a green sign reading `State Dock.’ Depths at the creek entrance were approximately 14 feet and continued with adequate depths all the way to the dock. The depths at the end of the dock were 7.5 feet while depths halfway down the dock where Beach House tied were about 6 feet. As with Washington, depths can vary here with any significant winds for a period of days, either raising or lowering the depths in the creek.

      Bath State Docks

      A sign on shore instructs you to complete a form and drop it off at the Visitors Center, a short walk up the street to the left on Main, to Carteret then to the right, to register for your stay. A maximum stay of 72 hours is requested to allow other boats to have the opportunity to tie here. There is no water or electric provided, however there are trash cans and a recycling bin at the top of the yard to the right near the road. Once you are registered, the town will provide you with a small map which shows the historic sites of interest and other information you might need.

      We chose to spend our first full day in Bath touring the historic sites. The recently refurbished Palmer-Marsh House is directly across Main Street from the dock. The Van Der Veer House contains a museum and is just across the parking lot and around the corner from the Visitors Center on Harding Street. A short walk down Harding takes you to Craven and the St. Thomas Church, one of the oldest churches in the country, built in the early 1700s. The Bonner House, on the corner of Main and Front, has been lovingly maintained and continues to maintain its vigilant watch over the Bath Creek entrance from its hilltop perch. A pleasant surprise on the walk back to the dock was the Pirate’s Treasure gift shop, located in the two front rooms of a private residence on Main Street. The Christmas ornaments made from shells and starfish were too irresistible not to purchase a few.

      We needed to mail some packages and top off our provisions with fresh produce. A ½ mile or so walk east on Carteret will bring you to the post office and a small ABC package store. A little farther along on the opposite side of the road brings you to the Country Kitchen, one of 2 sit-down restaurants in town, and the Bath General Store. The store had a small but fresh selection of fruits and vegetables and a surprising interesting selection of wine. The owner even asked if we would like a free bunch of overly ripe bananas with which to make bread. We accepted.

      Strolling Bath's Quiet Streets

      We had our usual ice cream hankering while in Bath and were able to fulfill the craving at a little store/marina, the Quarterdeck, at the bridge on Back Creek off of Bath Creek. The store sells ice cream, non-ethanol gas, grills food for all 3 meals and has a variety of marine and novelty items. If it’s warm enough outside, you can have your meal in one of the rocking chairs or picnic tables provided.

      The next day left us wanting lunch after a hike over the bridge toward Washington and we choose to stop at Blackbeard’s Slices and Ices, very close to the State Dock, just next to the bridge. We can recommend them for tasty club sandwiches, burgers and fries.

      Our detour up the Pamlico River has been well worth the time and fuel. We only regret not doing it sooner.

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      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Bath State Docks

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    • Report from Bond Creek/South Creek Anchorage, off the AICW, on Pamlico River

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      Bond Creek flows south from (what else) South Creek’s marker #3. South Creek makes into the southern shores of the Pamlico River, east of charted Indian Island.

      We spent a windy night here in July 2013. Excellent holding in mud and great protection from all but northerlies. No apparent landing.
      Jim Lea

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    • Good Visit to Washington, NC, Pamlico River, off the AICW

      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

      Washington City Docks - Click for Chartview

      Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington”, as Captains Colleen and Stan can attest!

      Greetings, we loved going to “little” Washington, NC, free docks with restaurants and everything within walking distance, folks friendly and old town village atmosphere, although a Walmart, marine stores, etc only a few miles from the docks. There is a great consignment store on Main Street as well as many galleries, etc. We simply fell in love with this town.
      Cheers, Colleen, Stan and Maybea2
      on the Next Endeavour

      Love little Washington. NC Estuarium is epic! 3 story interactive sculpture of complete water cycle, donated by artist! Great volunteers. Closed on Sunday.
      Wooduck

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    • McCotter’s Marina (off the AICW on Upper Pamlico River, Near Washington, NC)

      On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

      Statute Mile 146 ‘“ who has abandoned the AICW, and cruised upstream on Pamlico River to Washington, NC? Did you stop at Broad Creek, and visit with McCotters Marina? If so, please give us a description of this facility. Or, did you continue upstream to the excellent Washington City Docks? Again, if so, please describe this municipal marina. Did you find any good dining choices in downtown Washington? Is this a side trip you would recommend to fellow cruisers?

      Responses follow:

      McCotter’s Marina is a good facility for repairs. Bob is the chief facilitator, Mark Henley the owner, and Shirley Long the sail maker and canvas person. All are very easy to work with and accommodating. They have a rather complete ship’s store and if they don’t have it they will get it for you post haste. They do mechanical work and repairs of all sort and Shirley has a complete sail/canvas operation. Unfortunately, no fuel. For fuel one must go next door to the Washington Yacht and Country Club which sells fuel to the public, both diesel and gasoline, and is the only place easily accessible and the only place for diesel west of the Pungo River at Belhaven. Most of Cotter’s docks are new after the terrible fire of a few years ago and the docks are fully serviced.
      Bruce Billings
      `Coaster’
      Chocowinity, NC

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    • Up the Pamlico River to Washington, NC (Statute Mile 146)

      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

      Statute Mile 146 ‘“ who has abandoned the AICW, and cruised upstream on Pamlico River to Washington, NC? Did you stop at Broad Creek, and visit with McCotters Marina? If so, please give us a description of this facility. Or, did you continue upstream to the excellent Washington City Docks? Again, if so, please describe this municipal marina. Did you find any good dining choices in downtown Washington? Is this a side trip you would recommend to fellow cruisers?

      Responses follow:

      If time permits a visit to little Washington would be a treat. Dockmasters, water & electricity, decent showers and very few transients competing for your time. Several convenience stores close as well as West Marine. Within easy walk restaurants recommended:
      Grub Bros
      Down on Main
      On the Waterfront
      Don’t miss a visit to the Estuarium for an education on the second largest estuary in the U.S.
      Gray & Betty Riddick

      Washington has very nice docks with or without electric. One needs only to radio Washington City dockmaster on channel 16 to gain accommodation. There is also a mooring field directly across from the city docks and the city has a dingy dock. Sanitary facilities are located in a trailer at the west end of the docks pending a new building in the next year or so.
      There are numerous restaurants on the Main St., about a block away, which cater to most any taste and budget. All locals have their favorites so it would be best to inquire of the dockmaster relative to the various venues and their offerings.
      Groceries, Wal-Mart, and the ABC store are more than a mile plus away so transportation is necessary for supplies. West Marine is in town and is within walking distance. Directly next to West Marine is Washington Crab & Oyster Co. which claims to have the largest selection of seafood in Eastern NC.
      Unfortunately, no fuel is available in Washington but there is a pump out facility at the docks.
      Washington has numerous small boutiques, stores and galleries on Main St. but aside from Main St. there isn’t a lot to see or do. It’s basically pretty quiet.
      When venturing to Washington be sure to follow the channel which is well marked being aware of Grandpap Island which is just east of the railroad trestle and is semi-submerged with but a few dead trees showing. Be careful going through the railroad trestle which is quite narrow and can be difficult depending on wind and wave. West of the trestle is a no wake zone all the way to the docks and/or mooring field. There is plenty of depth west of the trestle. Not so to the east.
      Bruce Billings
      `Coaster’
      Chocowinity, NC

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