Yellow haze in the air means spring has sprung and that means boating season is just around the corner!  (And just in the nick of time as we’re all getting antsy ‘sheltering in place’!)

Oriental Harbor, view from the bridge

We do boat year round, so I suppose I shouldn’t limit ‘boating season’ to just the summer months, March through October is more like it.  While I do love the freedom on the water that summer brings, we love warm spring and fall days on the water just as much, if not more.

BOATING: a CDC approved activity.  I actually don’t know that for a fact but it has to be true, right?

Whether by motor, sail or manpower, when you’re surrounded by water you just want to be ON it or IN it.  I don’t think it’s a secret that most of us are here because of the water, and the lifestyle it pretty much forces on you… in a good way.

boat wake, Neuse River, fishing poles sunfish sailboats on the Neuse River

Parker boat in crystal clear water.I’ve shared in previous posts that summer 2019 was the first boating season with our (new-to-us) 23’ Parker boat.  It was a complete game changer for our family to be able to explore the area by water, head up the river for dinner in Oriental, cruise down the ICW to the Atlantic, or dock-hop from friend to friend.

Where will the water take you?


Besides Oriental, New Bern, and Wilkinson Point (our typical weekly destinations) we HIGHLY recommend making your way to Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout and Ocracoke.  Read about last summer’s waterway adventures in these blog stories…

Kids on the boat headed to Shackelford Banks.

Cape Lookout:

“Carolina Caribbean”

Kids floating in wading pool water.

Sunset on a marina in Ocracoke.

A paddle boarder enjoys a sunrise on the Neuse River. Photo by William Hughes Conkwright.

A limitless playground awaits


paddle boarding down Mill Creek

Some people don’t understand why we moved to such a rural place, and that’s okay.  What Pamlico County lacks in retail on every corner we more than make up for with the natural world that surrounds us.

Most people live here by choice, and there’s something to be said for that.  They have chosen to leave the ______ behind (fill in the blank… chaos, traffic, taxes, weather, crowds… take your pick).  They’ve chosen to embrace a lifestyle inspired by nature… a life with a view, where happiness happens.

Arlington Place is a 1,000 acre playground for the young and young at heart with Mill Creek and the Neuse River in your backyard.  But when you’re out on the water, your playground is literally limitless.

I wonder how many adventures we can pack into our FIVE months of summer break?

With a virus threatening our way of life and everyone in a phase of uncertainty, today we kick off an eventful boating season, fire up the engines, and leave the chaos in our wake!

Arlington Place blog author Becca Lang. Story by Becca Lang

Hey there, I’m Becca. I live and work in Arlington Place with my husband Blair and kids Evie (9) and Keegan (6)... oh and our fur babies Gus (10) and Hank (1). We’re lucky to live in such a unique place and do our best to make the most of what our little slice of heaven has to offer.