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River Dunes is in the running for #1 Best Large Marina.

If you’ve visited the marina here at River Dunes, we need for you to share your top-notch experience with MarinaLife! 

 

Vote for River Dunes! Helpful Info for the Form: 

  • Region: MidAtlantic
  • Competing in the Best Large Marina category (over 100 slips)
  • River Dunes and Grace Harbor are located in Oriental, North CarolinaBest NC Marina

Grace Harbor wins Major Award

The popular boating website Marinas.com holds an annual Best Marinas Contest with results based on the actual votes of boaters who have stayed the marinas.  The editors of Marinas.com have announced the winners, and Grace Harbor at River Dunes was voted one of the Top Marinas in the Southeastern United States.  Winners were divided among the geographical regions of the US, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.  Many thanks to those of you who voted for River Dunes!

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River Dunes on a Beautiful Spring Night

One of our property owners took some beautiful photos of the Harbor Club and Marina on a night last week when the moon was full and the marina was so calm that it looked like a mirror.  Thanks for sharing these fantastic pictures, Matt!  We hope you all enjoy them…

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Busy Boating Season

The months of October and November are traditionally busy ones for Grace Harbor, as many boaters make their way south to the warmer waters of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean for the winter. The cavalcade of beautiful boats is always enjoyable viewing for owners who live on the Marina or the Channel. One of our home owners recently snapped some photos of one of the larger yachts we’ve docked this season. Thanks for the pictures – we love getting shots of our marina and guest boats!

Once a boater has spent a night or two at River Dunes, they make it a regular stopping point on their travels north and south. It’s become a popular destination on the ICW because of the five star facilities and warm welcome. If you’ve not stopped here, don’t miss us on your next voyage!

Grace Harbor Selected for Marinas.com Top Ten

The boating website MARINAS.COM has announced the winners of the 2015 Boater’s Choice Awards. Members and visitors to MARINAS.COM worldwide have voted for their favorite marinas. Participation was tremendous in the voting, according to a spokesperson for the popular website.We are happy and proud to announce that River Dunes Harbor Club and Marina was chosen one of the Top Ten All Around Best Marinas in the voting!

If you have not been to visit us lately, it’s time to stop by and experience our excellent facilities, great customer service, and ideal location. Congratulations also to Deaton’s Yacht Service in Oriental, selected one of the Top Repair Service Yards.

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The Travels of Liberdade

The Arrington’s, slip leasers in River Dunes Grace Harbor, recounted their cruising adventures on Liberdade, a 54′ Ocean Alexander Trawler, in the September issue of Passagemaker magazine.We thank them for sharing the great article and their excellent tips for cruisers with us!Read the article.

Bob and Dori share their reasons for choosing River Dunes as their Home Port:

“Dori and I built Liberdade to cruise and live aboard for extended periods during the year, but there are a few times in the year when Liberdade needs a secure marina, which is why we chose Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes. Located on a well protected basin right off the ICW, River Dunes is one of the best protected harbors on the East Coast. Its location on a deep well marked channel right off the ICW makes easy to get to as well. River Dunes central location in one of North Carolina’s prime boating areas also gives us access to plenty of top notch service facilities near by.

Not to be content with the first class facility they built, River Dunes has also continued to improve, offering new services like the recently begun Grace Harbor Water Sports. The Water Sports group now offers sailing lessons, kayak tours and a complete list of boater’s concierge services. Rich Beliveau and his staff do a great job of keeping the facility in great shape. Whether you come for the beautiful club house, the pool or a secure slip on their floating piers, there is no better place to spend a night or the season than Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes!”

Thank you for sharing the article and special thanks for the kind words about our marina!

River Dunes selected as one of Top 25 Marinas in North America

Oriental, NC – December 16, 2014 – The December issue of Power and Motoryacht Magazine featured their list of the top 25 marinas in North America that included only two North Carolina destinations.River Dunes, located minutes from the Intracoastal Waterway near Oriental NC, was selected by the editors as one of the top 25. The magazine reached out to its readers, friends on social media and Marinalife, its “partner in cruising”, to create the list of the best places to tie up in North America, based on actual boaters’ experiences.

Also rated a five-star marina by the readers of ActiveCaptain.com and voted 2013 Best Customer Service Marina by Marinalife readers, River Dunes Marina and Harbor Club are located at Mile Marker 173, just off the ICW, convenient to the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast of North Carolina.

The state-of-the-art marina offers floating docks within a protected 28 acre inland basin harbor with high speed fuel and other conveniences.Transient and leased slips are available.

World-class harbor amenities include a private club with casual and fine dining, pool, spas, Har-tru tennis courts, fitness facility, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, guest boater facilities with steam showers and laundry, and harborside guest cottages.

An un-named reader who provided an endorsement for River Dunes’ inclusion in the list stated, “I have visited most marinas between Annapolis and Hilton Head, and this marina is the crown jewel.”

“The Fabled River Dunes Marina…”

“Cruising on Second Fantasy”, a blog by Tom and Doris, details a “journey of indeterminate length” including their recent arrival and stay at River Dunes.

We’re pleased to report that they are raving about a favorite boater amenity at River Dunes… “a spa-quality shower with six shower heads and optional steam”, and the nightly boater dinners that River Dunes hosts during the Fall while ICW boaters travel south.

If you aren’t a blogger, you can leave your review of the River Dunes marina on ActiveCaptain.com or MarinaLife.com. Thanks for visiting, Tom & Doris!

Recent Boater Blogs about River Dunes

“Cruising on Second Fantasy”, a blog by Tom and Doris, details a “journey of indeterminate length” including their recent arrival and stay at River Dunes.

We’re pleased to report that they are raving about a favorite boater amenity at River Dunes… “a spa-quality shower with six shower heads and optional steam”, and the nightly boater dinners that River Dunes hosts during the Fall while ICW boaters travel south.

If you aren’t a blogger, you can leave your review of the River Dunes marina on ActiveCaptain.com or MarinaLife.com. Thanks for visiting, Tom & Doris!

River Dunes selected as Best Customer Service Marina

River Dunes has been selected Best Customer Service Marina in a recent contest conducted by Marinalife.The award was based on boater reviews of the facility; and we’re happy to add this accolade to the one we recently received from Real Estate Scorecard for Best Coastal Community.Both of these awards are based on actual customer feedback.Many thanks to all the boaters who voted for River Dunes.Our goal is to constantly improve our facilities and service to boaters, guests and owners!

Lady Anglers at River Dunes

They came, they stayed, they caught fish…

In fact, they caught lots of fish!River Dunes has been delighted to welcome 12 members of the International Ladies Fishing Association for three days of drum fishing.Weather and conditions have been perfect, and the fish have been biting.The ladies, who are staying in River Dunes cottages, have enjoyed morning and afternoon trips out with four captains from Down East Guide Service.Friday evening, Chef Robert will be preparing a special dinner that features some of the fresh fish they have been catching.Good luck and great fishing, ladies!

A Christening at River Dunes Marina

The Towarnicky family of New Bern, River Dunes Harbor Club members, recently christened their Hunter 456 sailboat, renaming her “Paige“.The entire family came for the festivities held aboard the boat and on the dock at Grace Harbor.We wish this wonderful family calm seas, steady breezes, and many good times onboard “Paige”.