Harborfest & Oriental Cup Regatta Kick Off Today

The sky is blue, the day is balmy, the tents for the Saturday evening Gala are up, sailboats are coming into the marina, and preparations are almost complete for the kick-off of Harborfest for Heartworks and The Oriental Cup Regatta tonight at River Dunes.  Today’s events include Regatta Registration from 5:00-7:00 at the Pavilion on Grace Harbor, followed by a Barbecue Dinner provided by Roland’s of Beaufort starting at 5:30.  Dancing to the sounds of Saltwater Gold until 10:00 will round out the evening.  Tickets will be available at the door for $25 per person.  Come on out and support the great work that Heartworks does for the families of Pamlico County!

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Provision Co. Filling the Shelves

The shelves are beginning to fill up with all sorts of goodies at Grace Harbor Provision Company!  Located just across the street from the Harbor Club, the Provision Company will offer residents, guests and boaters all kinds of merchandise and supplies.  Kari Hammond, who has been in charge of the provisioning, states that there are many wonderful products in stock and on the way, and that the team has made locally and North Carolina sourced items a number one priority.  From North Carolina apple butter to gourmet frozen dinners from Ladyfingers, Maui Jim sunglasses, and River Dunes apparel, the Provision Company merchandise has been carefully chosen for quality, taste and appeal.  As the merchandise arrives, it is stocked on custom built shelves and displays.  A full opening is planned for Memorial Day Weekend.

 

 

Oriental Chowder Cook-off Victory

River Dunes Harbor Club Chef Robert’s Pancetta and Crab Chowder took home a second place People’s Choice Award at the annual Chowder Cook-off benefiting the Oriental Women’s Club.

This year’s theme was a Tribute to 100 Years of Work by the Oriental Women’s Club, and the River Dunes table decorations and accessories reflected the many wonderful things accomplished by this group. Dining Service Manager Kee produced a display that won the Panache Award for the second year in a row! Congratulations to the River Dunes team for a great success.

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Volunteer Firemen at Work in River Dunes

Yesterday, members of the Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department, many of whom are residents of River Dunes, ran a test drill to check out the water pressure in two of the hydrants located in the Boat House Row neighborhood. SPVFD Sub-station 19-A is just across Orchard Creek Road from the front entrance of River Dunes. The drill went very well, and, as these photos show, the water pressure was great!

Many, many thanks for all the hard work and practice that these volunteers do to protect all the homes and properties in this part of our county.

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2016 Best Boating Community Award

Excerpted from the recent press release by RealEstateScorecard.com announcing River Dunes selection as “Best Boating Community” for the fourth consecutive year.

In our quest to find the finest boating community, we keep coming back to River Dunes year after year. Situated close by Oriental, one of the best coastal towns in North Carolina, the charming coastal neighborhoods within River Dunes are perfectly positioned on the protected Inner Banks. The Pamlico Sound is the second largest estuary along the east coast and stretches 30 nautical miles to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks.

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The community’s centerpiece, Grace Harbor Marina, provides a safe harbor for sailboats, powerboats and yachts up to 150 feet in length. Staying true to the harbor’s name, River Dunes has been gracefully welcoming transient boaters traveling up and down the Intracoastal Waterway for over a decade. A visit to the marina has on occasion been the method by which current River Dunes property owners initially found the award winning master planned community on the Pamlico Sound.

We believe River Dunes is an ideal place to live for any type of boating. In addition to the high quality marina, the waterfront community has superb amenities overlooking the harbor that include a stately Harbor Club and restaurant, a resort-style swimming facility with two Jacuzzis and two fireplaces, guest cottages and a small, adorable chapel. Recently opened across the street from the Harbor Club is Grace Harbor Provision Company that will offer guests, residents and boaters supplies and hospitality. New amenities are under construction this year in the Harbor Village, including a retail complex that will feature a cafe and retail space on the first floor, a wellness/spa facility on the second floor and four guest suites on the third floor. Two Har-Tru tennis courts and a performing arts amphitheater are just down the street. The convenience of living in close proximity to the amenities is a part of life with new model homes in the Harbor Village begin in the high $400k’s.

You can find River Dunes off the Intracoastal Waterway at Mile Marker 173. Beyond the architecture, we are deeply impressed with the comraderie among the property owners and their outreach efforts in the local community. For a boating community of its size, it’s hard to find anywhere else like it. Their compassionate outreach efforts of the community are like a mirror reflecting the community’s generosity. We’re not sure the word ‘no’ is even in their vocabulary. The community is always willing to help. Over the years, they have actively been involved as a host or sponsor in fund raising efforts for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, Bike MS, Pamlico Girls on the Run, Oriental Dragon Boat Races, and more.

One property owner described River Dunes as “the management team has worked tirelessly to successfully secure and enhance the development’s financial backing. There is a strong sense of community and we feel welcomed to it. These are genuinely good people…and we are proud to call them neighbors.”

Morning Coffee at the Provision Company

Sunday morning coffee, newspapers, and bagels were the order of the day at Grace Harbor Provision Company. Now that interior and exterior construction is complete, the gathering places are beginning to be filled with merchandise, supplies and property owners. By the start of the spring boating season, the Provision Company will be offering daily hospitality and supplies.

Harbor Village continues to grow!

Warmer weather has allowed construction to accelerate on the newest addition to the Harbor Village at River Dunes. The new building, located just across the street from the Harbor Club and adjacent to Grace Harbor Provision Company will house a cafe and retail space on the first floor, and a wellness/spa facility on the second floor. The third floor will offer some additional guest lodging spaces. This building will be a wonderful expansion of the world-class amenities and services available at River Dunes for residents and guests.

River Dunes named Business of the Year

At its Annual Banquet, the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce named River Dunes “Business of the Year” for 2015. Based on community outreach and contributions to the economic growth of the area, Pamlico County Economic Development Director Beth Bucksot presented the award to River Dunes President Ed Mitchell. Pictured above: Debra Harrison, Chamber President; Ed Mitchell; Beth Bucksot; and members of the River Dunes staff.

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Supporting Pamlico Girls on the Run

Recently, a group of River Dunes residents turned out the help with a 5K Fun Run benefiting the Girls on the Run program. Girls on the Run of Pamlico County is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls in grades 3 through 5 learn to make healthy choices now and during the challenging years of adolescence. Their after-school programs offer positive, nurturing experiences that encourage hopes and dreams and big ideas. The program follow a research-based curriculum that combines training for a 5K Fun Run with health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training.

River Dunes is proud to be a sponsor of this worthwhile program benefiting the girls of Pamlico County, and we are proud of the people from our community who volunteer their time and energy to help this great program succeed!

New Homes, New Retail Space!

The footings are underway for the new Retail/Fitness/Spa/Café facility just across the street from the Harbor Club at River Dunes. The new building will add lots of new services for residents, members and guests with a café bakery, a gift and décor shop, and a full service spa and wellness facility. Along with the Provision Company and the Harbor Club, this building will anchor another corner of the growing Harbor Village.

Along with new construction in the commercial area, a new residential neighborhood is coming out of the ground in the Harbor Village. Just around the corner from the Harbor Club, next to the tennis courts, two new model homes are well underway in the Boat House Row neighborhood. For pricing and other information on this neighborhood, you can contact the Real Estate office at 252-249-0253.

It’s really a busy fall as several new custom waterfront homes are also in various stages of completion in Broadwaters and Oyster Point. Keep following our progress as we will continue to post updated photos on the blog!

Property Owners Homecoming Weekend at River Dunes

Mother Nature provided perfect fall weather and the Harbor Village at River Dunes provided the ideal location for the River Dunes Property Owners Annual Homecoming Weekend.

Festivities began on Friday afternoon with a tour of Heartworks in Bayboro, where owners were impressed with the great work being done for the families of Pamlico County. That evening, a pumpkin-themed dinner and wine tasting inaugurated the new Grace Harbor Provision Company, just across the street from the Harbor Club. Dinner was followed by a magic show that featured River Dunes’ own Amazing Andy.

On Saturday morning, owners gathered for the Annual POA Meeting, followed by lunch at the Vanderzyl home.

Saturday afternoon featured a wide array of activities for owners, including a helicopter tour of the property, clay shooting, tennis, a seminar on the history of River Dunes, and an opportunity to look at some of the new homes under construction.

Early Saturday evening, a wine and cheese was held at the Wild home, and the day ended with a traditional oyster roast on the Harbor Club lawn.

It’s always a wonderful weekend of renewing friendships, making new friends, and enjoying all that River Dunes offers. We’re already looking forward to Homecoming Weekend 2016!

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River Dunes Marina Garners Two Major Awards

Breaking News!River Dunes is the recipient of two major awards in the boating world.Marinalife magazine and website has announced that River Dunes Marina has won Best Large Marina 2015.The award is based on the votes of Marinalife members and boaters.

Additionally, River Dunes Marina was chosen as a Top Ten All-Around Best Marina by the readers and boaters of the largest marina website in the world, Marinas.com.

We are thrilled and proud to receive these awards, as both are voted on by actual boaters and are based on the high levels of customer service, excellence of facilities, and overall high performance of our marina. If you have not yet visited River Dunes,we invite you to plan a stop so that you can find out first-hand why we have been voted a Top Marina in the world!