At AHRN.com, we want to offer our readers a place to turn to when facing the challenge of a PCS. You know how it is when you get orders. You go to your Facebook friends list, find someone who is there or has been recently and get all the details. We are sharing the little things that help you to make a home at MCAS Cherry Point!
In your opinion, what are the best neighborhoods to live in?
Havelock is the closest option to post but is quite small, leading many Cherry Point families to opt for a longer commute (20-30 minutes) and a home in either New Bern or Morehead City. Both of these towns have more choices for shopping and good schools with reasonable housing costs. Both also have beautiful beaches, and New Bern has a charming historic down town. With cold winters and hot summers, plan your housing expenses knowing that seasonal utility bills can get quite high – easily in the $200 range.
On post, Slocum and Lawson Villages have been renovated and are popular options for enlisted families.
What schools are considered the best in the area?
For some schools in MCAS Cherry Point, the school year starts July 15 with nine weeks of school, then a 3 week break. Breaks are in Sept/Oct, Dec, Mar/Apr. School ends in early June. Summer break is 5 weeks.
On post housing is split between two districts with enlisted housing in the better rated district. Many officers choose to live off post for this reason. High demand schools include Arthur Edwards Elementary, WJ Gurganus Elementary (very highly regarded and difficult to get waivers into), and Tucker Creek Middle School.
Is there anywhere traffic is especially bad? A shortcut that is useful to have access to?
During the summer especially, the tourist traffic can get heavy especially for those coming from New Bern or Morehead City. The trick is finding the quickest route through Havelock based on where you are coming from.
Where do I (service member) actually report to when I arrive?
During working hours, Marines (Station, 2nd MAW, CLC and CNATT perm personnel) should report to the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC) Building 298 where they are given an endorsement and their join audit is conducted.
CNATT Student personnel will continue to check into Bks #3742 Phone# 466-2722/2672
FRC-East personnel will continue to check–in directly to FRC-East.
Can I (service member) get off post (either home or to a restaurant) for lunch or does traffic make it a no-go?
The Roadhouse, McDonalds, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Subway, Miller’s Landing, Starbucks, New City Deli, 11th Frame Grill inside the bowling alley, or Wing’s Grill located above the pro shop on Jackson drive, The Roadhouse Bar and The Shame inside the BOQ are all available on base.
Where do you like to do your grocery shopping? Where is the best produce? The best prices?
The Cherry Point Commissary is quite well stocked and definitely offers a cost savings over community grocery stores. It is closed on Mondays and check out can be quite slow as there are often only 2 check out lines open. Havelock has limited shopping, but there are a lot of options in both New Bern and Morehead City.
What are your favorite local restaurants?
Parrots on 11th in Morehead City is a favorite, especially for a night out. The owner, George, regularly stops by the tables which is a fun addition to really delicious food. If you are a breakfast all day fun or looking to get a fabulous, traditional, Southern breakfast on Saturday morning, check out Baker’s Kitchen in New Bern.
Where do you like to do your clothes/home shopping? Is it worth the drive to go out of town anywhere?
Although the Exchange was recently renovated, it isn’t far to better shopping.
Where do you go if you want to grab a coffee with friends and relax?
Happycakes Cupcakery in Morehead City is the perfect place for a treat.
Best spot for a date night?
The beaches here are gorgeous and perfect for date night.
What do you LOVE about your duty station?
I really love all the outdoor activities there are. We’re living so close the water and everyone takes boats out there. The kids love having the beaches right there!
What else would you tell your friend who has just received orders?
We want to know:
Have you lived at MCAS Cherry Point? What suggestions do you have?