FOR ADULTS ONLY…..

Now that I have your attention….. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while are bound to know that I have nothing against kids. In fact, our website has a Kidstuff section with all kinds of events, attractions and amusements geared especially to kids. You will find art related activities; outdoors activities; fun learning activities (but don’t tell the kids); fishing activities; summer camps and the best places to find ice cream and smoothies.

Kids are fun and it’s great to spend time with them, however, sometimes we need some time for ourselves. Not only time alone, but time to enjoy our adult friends and do adult things. Things like going to an adult movie; having a quiet dinner out; going to a concert; going to a play; going out dancing and having drinks in an adults only atmosphere. There are many places in Brunswick County, NC where we can do those things and that’s a good thing. Making special plans is a good thing as well. Hire a sitter, if necessary, make your reservations and head on out to a couple of upcoming events. The first two do require purchase of tickets in advance, so get on the ball. You’ll be glad you did.

This Saturday you can enjoy Las Vegas Night in Supply, NC, while supporting a good cause:

On Friday, February 5, you can have fun Mardi Gras style in the Town of Oak Island:

For a later night out, check out Slainte (open until 2 AM) in Southport, NC:

 

OAK ISLAND EATERIES

You can begin your day on Oak Island, NC with breakfast at Russells’ Place Restaurant – open year round for breakfast and lunch. It’s extremely popular and during the season you will find long lines of people waiting to experience the delisciousness. For a light lunch you can choose from among several restaurants including: Bob’s Dogs, with a variety of choices; Little Bits, for great hamburgers; Pepperoni Grill, where you can munch on pizza while overlooking the ocean;  Oak Island Sub Shop, for great sandwiches, soups and salads.

Some restaurants serve lunch and dinner: Don’t miss the Flying Fish Cafe, adjacent to the Oak Island Pier, where the eclectic menu will surprise you with things like a Grilled Cheese Sandwich made with brie, bacon, caramelized onions and grilled pear that you can enjoy while watching the ocean scene. If you are hungry for Asian style eats, try Thai by the Sea; for Bar-B-Que – the Bar-B-Que House, of course. At Shagger Jack’s, you can dine inside or outside on their patio. Restaurants that serve dinner only include: Jones Seafood House, for southern fried delicacies; Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering, for luscious food in a Caribbean ambiance with a beautiful presentation.

And for delightful food and excellent service while dining next to the ocean, you can choose Island Way.

This is by no means a total list of the Oak Island restaurants – but a sampling for you to consider.

EATING OUT

The problem with eating out in Southport, NC is that there are so many excellent choices it is difficult to decide where to enjoy your meal. There are restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch only. There are restaurants that serve lunch and sometimes dinner. There are restaurants that serve lunch and dinner and restaurants that serve dinner only. There is a Thai restaurant, a sushi restaurant, restaurants that specialize in southern fried foods and restaurants that cater to your yen for international foods. Fish and shellfish dishes abound and most of the main ingredients are fresh and caught locally. There are Italian restaurants that serve any Italian dish you can imagine. There are restaurants where you can enjoy live entertainment with your meal and restaurants with gorgeous water views – sometimes these are one and the same. There are restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite again and again and those where you will want to titillate your tastebuds and try something new each time you dine there. If you can’t make up your mind where to dine, you can always use the old ‘eeny meeny miny moe’ method – you can’t lose. And remember to tip your servers well – they work very hard.

Here are just a few restaurants in Southport, NC for you to enjoy.

Fishy Fishy offers good food, great water views and entertainment. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/fishy-fishy-cafe/profile/)

Live Oak Cafe is an excellent choice for an intimate dinner for a special occasion. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/live-oak-cafe/profile/)

Ports of Call was featured in the movie, Safe Haven, and offers international dishes. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/ports-of-call-bistro-and-market/profile/)

SOUTHPORT’S WATER TOWER DISTRICT

Southport’s Water Tower District encompasses several blocks located on North Howe Street near the water tower. Nearly all, if not all of the shops in this district are locally owned. Shopping here anytime is an excellent choice that supports the local economy, however, shopping here on November 14th and 15th for the Christmas Open House is exceptional. Six shops in the district will be offering specials as well as refreshments. The six shops participating in the open house are: Anastasio’s, Boo & Roo’s: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/southport/boo-and-roos/profile/)

Four Legs Good, Howe Outrageous: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/howe-outrageous-art-gallery-and-marketplace/profile/)

Talefeathers and Wild Bird & Garden. During the open house, you can pick up a ‘passport’ at any of these shops; have it stamped at all six shops and you will be automatically entered to win up to $140 in gift certificates. If you also have dinner at Mr. P’s Bistro: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/mr-ps-bistro/profile/)

(also locally owned and in the Water Tower District) any night November 10 – 15, you will double your chances to win. Good luck!

A PACKED WEEKEND!

There is no excuse to stay at home this weekend in the NC Brunswick Islands. It’s packed with events – all kinds of things from which to choose. From fishing to festivals to galas to boat shows to races – you can take your pick starting on Friday, September 26 and continuing into Saturday, September 27 with the Bay Creek Classic fishing tournament (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/bay-creek-classic/profile/) at the Fish Factory Road Boat Ramp in Southport, NC.

On Saturday, September 27 you can enjoy the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival at Brunswick Community College (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/brunswick-county-intercultural-festival/profile/).

In Southport, on that same day you can take part in the Wooden Boat Show ( http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/southport-wooden-boat-show/profile/).

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On Saturday afternoon, you can participate in the Oak Island Moose Lodge Oktoberfest featuring The Harbour Towne Fest Band and including dinner. (http://www.oakislandmoose.com/).

On Saturday evening, you might enjoy An Evening of Chocolate Decadence Gala which benefits Waves4K.I.D.S. (www.Waves4kids.org).

On Sunday, September 28, you could pop up to Leland for The First Bank Oktoberfest 15K & 5K to be held in Brunswick Forest (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/5-star-race-productions-llc/profile/).

Athletes at the first turn on the 5K Course!

Whatever you choose, you will be sure to enjoy time well spent in the NC Brunswick Islands.

A luau in October!

Get out your grass skirt and your lei, your colorful shirt and your sandals and head for the Magnolia Greens Clubhouse Banquet Center in Leland on Saturday evening, October 26, at 7 PM!

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Actually costume dress is optional – but certainly more fun. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner with music provided by “Unresolved String Band”. There will be Limbo and Traditional Hawaiian Hula dancing for your enjoyment as well. Tickets can be purchased through the Brunswick Arts council Facebook page. For more information you can call Iris Malady at (910) 231-5337 or email her at: imalady@ec.rr.com. You can also contact Jeanette Serens at (910) 371-2641 or e-mail: jserens@gmail.com. Aloha!