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VIRGINIA 95 can explore nearby Fort Macon State Park, a pentagonal fort that offers historic exhibits, as well as swimming and fishing. I wanted to learn more about the local culture, and the perfect place is the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. “This is where the people tell their story,” says Karen Amspacher, director of the center, as we wander past exhibits featuring quilt making, boat building and decoy carving. Celebrating the “down-east spirit,” the center stands as a tribute to the people who make a living along North Carolina’s coast. “It’s a rich, changing culture,” Karen says. “We can’t forget what connects us.” A passion for their coastal heritage unites this proud people—the wild horses, the stately lighthouse, the hard work required when you live on the water’s edge. After my visit to the Crystal Coast, I am beginning to share their passion for this small corner of the continent, a place that’s truly unlike anywhere else. NORTH CAROLINA * 95 RESOURCES ACCOMMODATIONS Options range from hotels and condos to camping and rental homes. The 5-bedroom oceanfront beach house on Emerald Isle called Breezy Cottage would be perfect for a large family. reservations.emeraldislerealty.com/properties/ Breezy-Cottage POINTS OF INTEREST CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE nps.gov/calo BARRIER ISLAND KAYAKS 60 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point 252-393-6457 barrierislandkayaks.com NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM AT PINE KNOLL SHORES 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores 252-247-4003 ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores NORTH CAROLINA MARITIME MUSEUM 315 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-7317 ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com FORT MACON STATE PARK 303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach 252-726-3775 ncparks.gov/fort-macon-state-park CORE SOUND WATERFOWL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER 1785 Island Road, Harkers Island 252-728-1500 coresound.com FRONT STREET GRILL AT STILLWATER 300 Front St., Beaufort 252-728-3118 frontstreetgrillatstillwater.com EASTERN HOME & TRAVEL 49