while visiting kinston, i got to experience first-hand just how close to the coast we will be. hop in the car, & our feet can be touching water in new bern in about 37 minutes (yes, indeed, we calculated). and then, if we want a true beach town feel, all we have to do is go just a little further, to morehead city.
y'all... there are boats EVERYWHERE. little surf shops. and little restaurants on the water. we ate at ruddy duck tavern while i was visiting, but i can't wait to go spend weekends there & try some of the other places.