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Old 09-16-2020, 04:56 PM
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Default Looking at moving to Morehead City from Charlotte area, what's it

like in the winter time?
Full disclosure...NC native, not retired but will soon, lived in Greenville NC many years ago, have a boat and fish offshore
just wondering what the vibe is there other than summer...have seen that
Would appreciate any feedback from full-time locals..thanks
Old 09-16-2020, 05:05 PM
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Used to be sleepy in the winter but now that 8 bazillion people moved here from Raleigh and elsewhere this summer it will probably be different.


Old 09-16-2020, 07:03 PM
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Some restaurants close and others are only open certain days. Traffic diminishes significantly. A lot of ice cream places close for the season in case thatís crucial for you.

I love the fall and winter here. Parking at the boat ramp is readily available. You can drive on the beach and surf cast. Itís not 105 heat index. Iím not worried about my lawn half the time. Also, trout. And wahoo. And grouper.

Downtown Morehead is not an exciting place in the winter. The other end of Morehead, where the Walmart and Lowes and Best Buy are,
go on as usual just with less traffic.
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sounds perfect...thanks!!!!
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Originally Posted by scpirate View Post
sounds perfect...thanks!!!!
Good luck and enjoy!
Old 09-17-2020, 03:21 PM
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Totally different vibe in the winter for sure. Itís nice to be able to walk into any restaurant thatís not closed for the winter and just sit right down with no wait. Iím usually over the winter pretty quick though and counting down the days until itís warm enough to enjoy a day at the cape.
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Winter is our favorite time. All the Looney Tunes from Raleigh and Charlotte who want to tell us how to live - leave! It becomes a much friendlier (normal) place. Everybody who stays is in a much better mood, crime goes to almost nil and you’re more likely to see a friend on the water than in a restaurant.

I will give you fair warning. This is the most conservative and religious area I’ve ever lived in and if that ain’t you, farther down the beach might suit you better because some of these local-born folk aren’t shy about shortening outsiders’ learning curve. If that is you, it’s a little slice of heaven.
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You will be fine. You can find something to catch year round and/or hunt. If you are married it will be your wife that has the issue. Winter is definitely different and something my wife struggled with when she first moved down here but she looks forward to it now. You can finally go to Amos, Ruddy, Redfish etc and not wait 2 hours. You will have some days where there is beautiful weather but for the most part it is pretty raw and cold here. Not to mention it's dark by 5 in December/January. I will say this...I've been here almost 11 years now and it seems every year more and more people stay through the winter.

Since you offshore fish you will not regret moving here. There's nothing like the freedom of deciding to go on a weather window the night before. It's really the only way you fish offshore more than a handful of times on anything smaller than 50 feet.
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Originally Posted by BigRockCabo View Post
Winter is our favorite time. All the Looney Tunes from Raleigh and Charlotte who want to tell us how to live - leave! It becomes a much friendlier (normal) place. Everybody who stays is in a much better mood, crime goes to almost nil and youíre more likely to see a friend on the water than in a restaurant.

I will give you fair warning. This is the most conservative and religious area Iíve ever lived in and if that ainít you, farther down the beach might suit you better because some of these local-born folk arenít shy about shortening outsidersí learning curve. If that is you, itís a little slice of heaven.
This is the truth. Someone (Dem) ran against the Asa Buck (Republican) for sheriff when he was seeking his 2nd term. They only got like 30 votes, yes 30! He has run unopposed his last 2 elections. It is a very conservative and pro LE area. A great place to live. We lived there about 18months, unfortunately because it is such a great area, people will work there for considerably less money than surrounding areas. We couldnít make our jobs work out and moved to little Washington for 20% more money and significantly lower cost of living.

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You will be fine. You can find something to catch year round and/or hunt. If you are married it will be your wife that has the issue. Winter is definitely different and something my wife struggled with when she first moved down here but she looks forward to it now. You can finally go to Amos, Ruddy, Redfish etc and not wait 2 hours. You will have some days where there is beautiful weather but for the most part it is pretty raw and cold here. Not to mention it's dark by 5 in December/January. I will say this...I've been here almost 11 years now and it seems every year more and more people stay through the winter.

Since you offshore fish you will not regret moving here. There's nothing like the freedom of deciding to go on a weather window the night before. It's really the only way you fish offshore more than a handful of times on anything smaller than 50 feet.
I've been here about three times that long, moving from Raleighwood and it's been a steady shift in that direction. Back then there was only about 1000 full-time residents on the entire island and in the winter it was really a ghost town and everyone knew each other. Many restaurants and businesses closed up and the choices were the diner, Peddler, Cox's, Rex and later the Watermark. Beaufort was just the Dockhouse and Royal James..
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thanks, Cabo. No issue with the politics and religion..I also lived in Greenville, SC and NC..pretty conservative..and I am just to the right of Atilla the Hun

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Old 09-18-2020, 11:12 AM
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I would venture to guess the "work from home" model many businesses are going to (at least temporarily) will have a significant impact on the amount of folks that stay in or move into the area this winter. That is what allowed me to move here permanently and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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