GET YOUR FANCY ON

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Who needs to endure the trials of traveling to Nevada? Who needs to endure the long lines at the airport, the embarrassment of having your belongings and even your self vetted, the uncomfortable seats on the plane, or, alternatively, the long car ride? None of that is necessary. You can brighten up your winter doldrums right here in Brunswick County, NC. Put on your fancy duds (not required – but fun) and prepare yourself for a fun night of games of chance. Where? When? I’m talking about Las Vegas Night – this year held at Planet Fun in Shallotte, NC. Saturday night, starting at 6 PM, you can take your chances with Roulette, Black Jack, Craps and more. You can enjoy scrumptious food and cocktails. You might even win a prize. Best of all, you will be supporting local charities.

For those of you who have never been to Planet Fun and Starz Grille, you will discover a whole new world of entertainment and good food for the whole family. If you can’t make Las Vegas Night, why not check out Planet Fun on your next family outing or stop at Starz Grille for your next meal.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Likely, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape. Likely, one of the best New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape – considering the plan is to get fit and to do it in a healthy way. No crash diets. No starvation diets. No fad diets. Getting fit requires exercise. One of the best exercises is walking. Sometimes, however, things like weather and work schedules get in the way of doing this. Brunswick County, NC offers a variety of solutions to this problem with fitness centers, private trainers, yoga instruction and more. Choose what works best for you and get fit. You will thank yourself, feel better, live longer and be happier. Here are some places where you can get help with your plan – or make one:

CLASSES FOR EVERY BODY

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Curves for Women, Southport, NC

Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department

Cape Fear Fitness & CrossFit Southport

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Brunswick County Parks and Recreation

Crossfit Safe Haven, Southport, NC

Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, Bolivia, NC

Body Edge Fitness Solutions, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

CrossFit Ocean Isle Beach

Curves for Women, Calabash, NC

Dosher’s Fitness, Supply, NC

Movement Works, Calabash, NC

PAMPER YOURSELF

The frantic hustle and bustle and the parties and visits of the Christmas and New Year season are over. The quiet time of the year has begun in Brunswick County, NC. Time to take a break and relax. Why not pamper yourself with a weekend in a Bed and Breakfast. What, you say, I live here. Ummm, yeah, but you don’t live in a Bed and Breakfast. Why not take a weekend away from home and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning

The quaint waterfront town of Southport, NC offers several bed and breakfast options all of which are located in picturesque homes with interesting histories. They are all located on shady live oak lined streets and two of them face the Cape Fear River as it rolls out to meet the sea. Lovely views of Bald Head Island, NC and Oak Island,NC, their lighthouses and the varied water traffic can be had from the porches of the inns facing the water. All are within easy walking distance of Southport’s restaurants, river walk, shops and museums.read more

At circa 1800, The Brunswick Inn, at 301 E. Bay Street, is the oldest Bed & Breakfast in Southport. A Federal style mansion, it was originally built as the summer residence of the 28th Governor of North Carolina. The Brunswick Inn has a whimsical resident ghost who sometimes makes his presence known by playing practical jokes. Tony was a harpist who played at the inn when balls were common occurrences. He drowned in a boating accident off Bald Head Island, NC in 1882 and has made the inn his home since! Each room in this inn has a private bath and a working fireplace. The Brunswick Inn was used in the making of several movies, including Summer Catch with Freddie Printz, Jr., The Wedding with Halle Berry and Pirate Kids.

Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn (circa 1882) is located at 106 W. Bay Street and is owned and operated by fourth-generation descendants of the original owner. The inn is across the street from the old harbor pilot’s tower and, like The Brunswick Inn, overlooks the water. The inn includes four rooms and the front rooms have access to the second floor balcony. Those interested in a bit more privacy might inquire about the Queen Deluxe Suite.

Robert Ruark Inn Bed & Breakfast at 119 N. Lord Street was once the home of Robert Ruark’s grandfather. Robert Ruark was a writer from Wilmington, NC who grew up visiting his grandparents in this home. You may be familiar with his book, The Old Man and the Boy, which details his adventures spent in the Southport, NC area during his visits here. He was known as well for his African adventures which were made into a movie years ago. All of the rooms in this inn have names and the Robert Ruark Room is decorated to reflect his adventures.

The newest kid in town is the Bell-Clemmons House and you might also check out The Southport Inn.

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The more adventurous among you might enjoy taking the Bald Head Island Ferry to Marsh Harbour Inn at 21 Keelson Row, Harbour Village, the one small inn on Bald Head Island. Since it overlooks the Bald Head Island Marina, you can easily walk from the ferry to the inn. The inn includes three premium suites with views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are individual guest rooms as well as a meeting room for conferences or weddings.

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