While many look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey, family and football, others are bypassing grandma's house, for a house rental on the beach.
Carol Skinner says she's at the beach as she recovers from hip problems. "I came down here because it was a depressing year but this is lifting my spirits to be by the sun and sea."
Carol and her husband Hank are excited for crowds to come during Thanksgiving. "I think we'll probably go out to eat and enjoy eating on the water."
The Skinner's aren't the only ones. Carteret County tourism officials are pulling out their pilgrim hats to get in the spirit for plenty of visitors. Carol Lohr is executive director of the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority. "You're at the beach, you can go for a walk after dinner, you can go duck roasting before or after dinner, oyster and clams are in season so it's a good time to go out and try something different."
Bill Davis knows this season is also prime time for catching grouper and trigger fish. He has operated Continental Shelf Charter business for over forty years He and all the charter boat operations always looks forward to the business this time of the year.
Meanwhile, events keep the holiday traditional. The Beaufort Historic Site hosts the annual Thanksgiving feast the Sunday before turkey day.
The feast sells out every year with 350 attendees.