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Old 06-25-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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I'm planning a beach trip with an out of town relative. He has requested that we cookout on the beach...like a clambake, I guess, with an open fire or dinner on the grill, etc.

Is there anywhere we can do this on the NC coast? Maybe on the sound side? A park?
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I'm planning a beach trip with an out of town relative. He has requested that we cookout on the beach...like a clambake, I guess, with an open fire or dinner on the grill, etc.

Is there anywhere we can do this on the NC coast? Maybe on the sound side? A park?
The partial answer for Topsail Beach is that open fires are not allowed, but charcoal grills are allowed.

http://www.topsailbeach.org/index.asp?Type=B_LIST&SEC={3D19B946-401B-4B20-A3AF-D7710E7AB2DF}#{866EB228-2B49-400A-900B-2D909B41E683}

This site lists the picnic areas, and I believe to one in North Topsail has places to grill:

Things to Do in Topsail Island NC | Ward Realty | Area Attractions

However, as a resident of the area, I am not crazy about anyone burning on the beach. I would hate to see the dune-grasses on fire. We suffered too much from smoke last summer.

I hope you suggest taking the relative to a nice restaurant.

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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i think you can do this on obx w/a permit....can't do in EI or PNS
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Well I agree with you, Golden Age. My relative seems to want to take a trip to the past (1950s?) as well as to the beach.

Plus, he has no idea how inconvenient it would be for me to have to plan and prepare a beach cookout, then when it actually happens, he would be impatient with the details and complain that it didn't meet his expectations....

Now I can say I did my research! I'm thinking of staying at a KOA campground so we can have a cookout in a fire pit but still sleep in a cabin with AC!
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Now I can say I did my research! I'm thinking of staying at a KOA campground so we can have a cookout in a fire pit but still sleep in a cabin with AC!
Sounds like a great idea. You could buy clams or shrimp locally, and some disposable pans if he still wants seafood.

I am still worried about burning 20,000 or so acres, if someone's campfire got out of control.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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Sounds like a good idea. The other problem with cooking on the beach is the wind. We are blessed with a pretty constant breeze on the Carolina beaches. It would be a problem trying to grill, you'd need to set up a windbreak.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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I am visiting Beaufort,NC during the Dec. Flotilla event. Are there any outdoor cookout events planned for that weekend? My niece would like to experience what she calls a "crab pot".
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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Lots of folks do it at Masonboro Island, but you need a boat as well. Not sure if its legal.

I'd recommend just eating at the Oceanic Pier or someplace like that.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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Lots of folks do it at Masonboro Island, but you need a boat as well. Not sure if its legal.
They do this usually during warmer months. It's fun out there on Masonboro during July 4th, but there are also lots of drunks operating boats during this time. Our boat was hit hard by a drunk one year coming back and it injured someone sitting in the back. Imagine trying to signal to other people to keep their wakes down while trying to stabilize someone's neck who may be injured in the boat. Not a fun end to the day! He ended up being OK, but ever after I was very cautious going out there during crowded times.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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I am visiting Beaufort,NC during the Dec. Flotilla event. Are there any outdoor cookout events planned for that weekend? My niece would like to experience what she calls a "crab pot".
I imagine there will be food vendors in Beaufort. The problem with looking for a crab boil is that crabs move out into the ocean in the winter. They aren't as easy to catch as in the summer. The other problem is corn on the cob-- it isn't available in December. I'd just suggest you plan a crab boil for the summer months. If you cook outdoors, please plan on doing it in a safe, legal location, not on the beach. I don't want to have dune grass or houses catch on fire from blowing sparks.
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