College Sailing returns to Oriental!

Hosted by NC State, the 2017 NC Oriental Intercollegiate Regatta will take place in the village of Oriental on April 1-2. This event will be the largest collegiate regatta that North Carolina has ever seen. With on-shore viewing from Lou Mac Park as well as on-water viewing opportunities, this will be a great chance to see some exciting competition. Colleges will be coming from as far away as Philadelphia and Florida to make up 18 teams for both Saturday & Sunday racing. On Saturday, the racing will begin around 9:30 a.m. and continue into late afternoon. Sunday will run a similar schedule.

Sailing isn’t the only thing on the agenda for the weekend. On Saturday night, April 1st, regatta participants & supporters will enjoy a celebration Pig Pickin’ and BBQ as well as live music from local band, Salt Water Gold, at the Red Rooster (Behind the Silos) in Oriental. If you’re interested in joining in the fun Saturday evening there will be a small fee of $15 to help offset the cost of the event. Proceeds will go to NC State’s sailing team, Sail Pack. Admission bracelets are available at Nautical Wheelers and The Silos Restaurant in Oriental.

The host team, NC State will be staying right here in River Dunes in two of our Harbor Homes.

Come on out and enjoy some great racing right in our own backyard!

Off the shore of Bow to Stern, Sailors from Drexel University of Philadelphia run drills to prepare for this weekends race!

T-shirts with the image above will be on sale at Nautical Wheelers. All proceeds go to Sail Pack and to plan for next years event.

Pictures from Bluegrass, Clays, & ‘Cue

Enjoy these shots from the weekend! From the music to the food to all of the great friends we saw; our Bluegrass weekend kicked the season off with a bang!  A big Thank You to the Moore’s Creek Boys & Picnic of Durham for making a wonderful weekend that much more fun!




River Dunes hosts Economic Development Meeting

On Thursday, March 9th, 40 area business owners, government officials and interested citizens of Pamlico County attended a day-long event at River Dunes.  The information session was hosted by the Pamlico County Office of Economic Development and the Pamlico Chamber of Commerce.  Speakers included members of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and the Foreign Trade Promotion Council (FPTC)

The EDPNC gave a presentation on attracting business, industry, and tourists as well as assistance with workforce training. They also shared information regarding resources that are available to businesses from the EDPNC and Department of Commerce.

The Foreign Trade Promotion Council (FTPC) is the lead organization assisting businesses and Counties in the Free Trade Zone – 214 Region, which includes Pamlico County.  Presenters gave information about the benefits to businesses of a Free Trade Zone in reduced or no import/export duties/tariffs; and the potential tax benefits to businesses or industrial complexes that set up a Free Trade Zone hub on their site.

New Homes in Broadwaters

There are several new custom homes going up in the Broadwaters neighborhood in River Dunes.  We’ll just let the photos of these beautiful waterfront homes speak for themselves!

Harbor Village Shops and Fitness/Spa Facility

The interior work at the newest addition to the Harbor Village is proceeding along beautifully.  Some very nice spring days have allowed lots of materials to be delivered and installed in the three story building.

We can’t wait to see how everything turns out!  It is going to be a wonderful addition to the Village area which includes the Harbor Club and Provision Company.  This new building will be home to The Red Rickshaw, featuring gifts, home accessories and design services; 35 North, a cafe, bakery and coffee shop; the new Fitness Center with equipment, class space and rooms for spa services; and four guest suites with a meeting space.

As you can see, views from the second and third floors are spectacular!


Firefighter of the Year

We are so proud of River Dunes resident, Ian Davis, who was recently recognized as Firefighter of the Year by the Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department.  The Annual Awards Banquet for the SPVFD was held at the Harbor Club at River Dunes.

Our volunteer firemen do such a wonderful job!  Nine of our River Dunes residents are active in the SPVFD.  They train frequently and keep the equipment well maintained so that they are prepared for quick response to respond to fires and other emergency situations.  We can’t begin to express our appreciation for all that you do for River Dunes and the surrounding communities in this part of Pamlico County.

New Building is Moving Right Along

Now that the new building across the street from the Harbor Club is under roof, alot of work is going on in the interior.  The first floor of the new building will house The Red Rickshaw, a home furnishing, accessories, gifts and design service store along with 35 North, a cafe with scratch kitchen, home-baked goods and fresh ground coffee.  The second floor will be a state-of-the-art wellness, fitness and spa services area with dressing areas and showers, equipment, machines and private rooms for massage, facials and other spa treatments.  We can’t wait!!  The third floor features four guest suites and a small conference area, providing a fantastic environment for private gatherings and corporate retreats.  Check out the view from the third floor (below).



River Dunes Residents featured in Ideal Living magazine

River Dunes residents, John and Lynn Robinson, are featured in an article in the “State of the States” section of the winter issue of Ideal Living magazine.  We absolutely love what they had to say about their retirement home in our community:

“John Robinson is a lover of seafood, a sailor, a thinker, and a world traveler.  When pondering retirement in the southeast, Oriental, NC, wasn’t even on his list.

But when he and his wife, Lynn, landed in River Dunes, a beautifully wooded, waterfront community on the Pamlico Sound eight and a half miles from Oriental, and 30 miles from New Bern, he realized they had found everything they’d been looking for – a quiet, gorgeous retreat just steps from the water, in a developing neighborhood, where they could still maintain a connection to the global yachting community.  And, pretty importantly, a place their kids and grandkids would want to come to visit.”

Thanks, John and Lynn!  We wish you all the best in your wonderful new home.


Southern Living Inspired Communities Holiday Cheer

Just in case you missed the posting, two holiday photos taken in River Dunes were recently featured in a post on the Southern Living blog about Inspired Communities who know how to deck the halls with beautiful Christmas Decorations.

Check us out!

Thanks to Scott Williams and Cindy Shockley for sharing the picture of their Boathouse Row home, and thanks to Mama, Duner, and Harry for posing so nicely at the barn!



Ringing in the New Year at the Harbor Club

A full house of River Dunes owners, club members and friends gathered at the Harbor Club to welcome 2017 in great style.  Those in attendance enjoyed a scrumptious five course meal, including a chef-attended crepe station for dessert.  The dance floor stayed full with music provided by the talented Raleigh-based band Risse.  At midnight, the traditional ball drop (this year from the mast of Sheba Moon) and glass of champagne finished off one of our favorite parties of the year.  We’re looking forward to many more fabulous New Year’s Celebrations with friends and neighbors in the years to come!





All is Merry & Bright!

Wishing you Peace and Joy this Holiday Season! 

Season’s Greetings! River Dunes is bustling this weekend. There’s gifting and jogging and good tidings all around. We hope that your days are merry and bright, wherever you may be!

We’d like to remind everyone of the Holiday Hours.

Friday, December 23

5:00 to 9:00 – Dinner from the Menu upstairs in the Harbor Club*.  Reservations, please!

Provision Company: Stop in for 20% off Logo Goods and Christmas Specials!

Saturday, December 24

11:00 to 3:00 – Lunch from the Menu upstairs in the Harbor Club*.

3:00 – The Harbor Club and Provision Company will be closing at 3pm.  There will be no dinner service on Saturday Night. 

The Caretaker’s Cottage Realty & Reservations Desk will be closed on Christmas Eve, reopening on Monday, the 26th. 


Sunday, December 25

The Harbor Club and Provision Company will be closed all day for the Holiday.

Monday, December 26

The Harbor Club, Provision Company and Caretaker’s Cottage will resume their regular schedules.

*The Harbor Club Dining Room is only open to Club Members and their invited guests.