Heading to the Windy City!

North Carolina’s premier waterfront community is live and in person in Chicago this weekend at two popular events. From Thursday through Monday, the marina will be featured at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show, located downtown at McCormick Place. Stop by our booth, S2606, for some friendly conversation about one of the Top Ten Marinas in North America.

Boat Show Information.

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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!

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!

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!

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!

More New Construction Photos

New homes are coming out of the ground all around the neighborhoods of River Dunes.Along Eastcove Way, the Clark home is already showing foundation work.Built by M.E. Maher Construction, this home is going to take advantage of some great views of Broad Creek.

Another really busy neighborhood this summer is Broadwaters.There are several new homes in various stages of architectural review, engineering and construction.The Lassen family has cleared a building pad for their new carriage home on Homestead Road.Additionally, the Tikkalas have marked trees to save on their homesite on Parris Creek in Broadwaters.Both of these homes will be built by Watermark Custom Homes of North Carolina.

We’ll continue to update the blog with information and pictures of our new custom homes and amenities as they progress, so keep watching us grow!

Construction Update – New Home in Summerplace

Built by ARK Development of North Carolina for the Johnson family, the first custom home in the Summerplace neighborhood is nearing completion.This newly released section of homesites features unique architecture and truly spectacular water views from every homesite.The Johnson home takes full advantage of its location on Mill Creek and Broad Creek and offers beautiful views from every room in the house.