Friday, November 14, 2008
Whittaker Creek Harbor Marina and Oriental, NC
We are spending our third day here as the weather has been nasty, foggy, rainy, windy, not good travelling weather when you don't have to. We are at the Whittaker Creek Harbor Marina, which is a good marina that could be great. It could be the fact that it is late in the season, or that most slips are condo-ed, but there are wonderful amenities here but everything seems a bit run down. There is no loaner car, as was advertised in the Waterway Guide, but the owner, Knute, is willing to drive you to the local grocery which is not terrific, but adequate. This is an easy walk away, and nearby is the Silo restaurant which was recommended and a West Marine Express.
The town of Oriental is a good walk away but definitely do-able and good exercise. In town is M&M Cafe which serves a great lunch. We had dinner at Steamer's Seafood, which will pick you up and drop you back; food was just OK.
In town there are a few great gift shops I remembered from last year, and a kayak store that had Keene's shoes 35% off. There is also a marine consignment shop that we spent a lot of time in. There are two marinas that have tight slips, and a free dock that would be very convenient to town but exposed in Southerlies. There is a small anchorage in front of town which held six boats tightly.