The local fishermen in Brunswick County, NC have been harvesting top quality seafood like shrimp, grouper, flounder, oysters, blue crabs, clams and more going back two and three generations. Their livelihood is being threatened by a number of factors not the least of which is imported seafood. Brunswick Catch was formed by a group of commercial fishermen, restaurant owners and seafood dealers with the assistance of  the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, county commissioners, NC Sea Grant and Carteret Catch, to sustain this heritage.

When you are eating out or purchasing seafood, look for the Brunswick Catch logo on a flag and/or a sign outside the restaurant or store to be assured of receiving top quality local seafood. All members of the group display this logo. You will be getting the tastiest meal while helping local fisherman continue their tradition. For your convenience, You will find a few member restaurants listed below:  

Fishy Fishy Cafe in Southport, NC (

The Bald Head Island Club (

Inlet View Bar & Grill in Shallotte, NC (

For a list of seafood retailers and more restaurants, go to:


You have been to the beach. Maybe you have gotten a bit too much sun. You have done your shopping and have your car loaded with all the gifts and souvenirs it will hold. Your vacation is not yet over and you are looking for something interesting and stimulating to do with your time. Why not consider taking a tour to learn about the area in which you have been enjoying yourself so much. You can just sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery – maybe take some pics – while someone else does the driving and tells you things you would never have guessed on your own.

On Bald Head Island, you can take the Bald Head Island Historic Tour which includes free entry to the Old Baldy Lighthouse and the Museum. (

If you are feeling energetic you might enjoy the Historic Southport Bicycle Tour – and you don’t need to have your own bicycle. (

How about a tour from the air? Take yourself out to Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island and check out High Tide Helicopters as well as some other air tours. (


Since the year 2000, the population of Leland, NC has been growing by leaps and bounds and is expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As a sort of bedroom community, the area offers the best of two worlds: The downtown arts and culture of Wilmington and the beaches in Hew Hanover and Brunswick Counties as well as the Brunswick County parks and rivers are all within just a few minutes drive. The beaches and attractions of Myrtle Beach, SC are also only a sort distance from Leland. There are many new home communities from which to choose in the Leland area, each offering its own unique amenities. Here are a few that may have just the type of lifestyle for which you have been searching:

Compass Pointe (

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear (

Brunswick Forest (


In researching the history of ice cream, I was surprised to find that it dates back as far as the Persian Empire. Their ice cream was very like the treats some of us knew as kids when we went outside after a snowfall, made a snowball, carved out a hole in it and filled it with jelly. Some of us also remember how much fun it was to make our own ice cream in a maker designed for that purpose and which required us to turn – and turn – and turn the crank-like handle until it became impossible to turn it. We earned our treat and it was delicious. Ice Cream can now be found in a multitude of flavors in ice cream shops, convenience stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants – in short, just about anywhere you turn.

For a very special ice cream treat, take yourself to the Calabash Creamery in Calabash, NC. (

At the Calabash Creamery you can choose from a variety of homemade flavors and watch the ice cream being made.

Another special treat to be found in Brunswick County, NC, is homemade Classic Italian Ice from Sunset Slush with locations in most of the beach towns. (

You don’t even have to visit a shop – you will see their carts being pushed along the beach.