THINK OUTSIDE THE (VALENTINE) BOX

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and all the traditions prevail. The florists in Brunswick County, NC are swamped with orders for red roses and are frantically trying to fulfill them all. Restaurant reservations are nearly filled and a number of restaurants are offering special Valentine’s Day menus. The jewelry stores have seen an upswing in sales recently. Many of these sales include hearts on the necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. The shops are full of Valentine’s Day cards and candy in heart shaped boxes. This is all wonderful. However, if you are considering doing something special to celebrate, here are a few ideas:

Why not take to the air? High Tide Helicopters and Brunswick Air, both located at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC, offer tours of the area with a different – and beautiful – perspective. What a fun way to celebrate!

Instead of heading home after the festivities, why not book one of the historic and lovely Bed & Breakfasts. You can spend a cozy evening together and wake up to a scrumptious prepared breakfast the next morning. Even better, book it for the weekend!

If the ocean is your passion, you might consider booking a house on the beach. The winter rates are still in effect, and this is the time of the year when you can watch the sun rise and set over the ocean. Just imagine going to sleep with the sound of the sea as your lullaby!

(Photo courtesy of Keith Green)

VALENTINES DAY

Valentines Day is nearly here and the florists are all in a flurry. When we think of this day we think of love, flowers, candy, special dinners out, gifts of jewelry – all the traditional things associated with it. In Brunswick County, NC you will find some of the restaurants will have special dinners to celebrate the occasion. There is no shortage of florists, jewelry stores and places to purchase Valentine candy either. But there is a number of other events to choose from as well – some of them not so traditional. Why not do something different this year – maybe something your special sweetheart has an interest in or something in which the whole family can participate.

If you have an interest in North Carolina history, you might want to think about heading to the Brunswick Town State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. On February 14 and 15 there will be dramatic interpretations of the fall of Ft. Anderson to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that event. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/fort-anderson-civil-war-living-history/profile/)

If you like the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras, you can head on over to Oak Island, NC for their three day event. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a bonfire on the beach? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/mardi-gras-by-the-sea/profile/)

For a more traditional evening of dining and dancing, you can participate in The Golf Ball in Carolina Shores, NC where all proceeds benefit a good cause. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/the-golf-ball/profile/)

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day.

Mothers – we all have one. Mothers are responsible for our very lives. Some of us are lucky enough to have our mothers still living. All of us are lucky to have one. Wherever your mother may be, you can honor her. It really does not take much – a phone call, a card, a prayer, a lit candle, a visit, a dinner, a kiss, a hug, some flowers, a gift as simple as candy. Most mothers just appreciate the fact that you are thinking of them. Some restaurants offer special menus for Mother’s Day. Flower shops offer special arrangements. If you are thinking of a gift of jewelry this year you will find jewelry shops in the area that carry lovely pieces. Here are a few:

Cape Fear Jewelers in Southport (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/jewelry/)

This shop is the exclusive dealer for the Southport Destination Bracelet. You may also consider something from their line of nautical jewelry.

Carolina Jewelry Exchange in Southport (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/jewelry/)

At this shop you might stretch your dollar a bit further when choosing from their large selection.

Island Jewelers in Oak Island (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/jewelry/)

The owners of this local shop are two generations of goldsmiths and they specialize in beach themed jewelry.