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 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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If running is your thing you are probably already signed up for the grueling 50K Badwater Cape Fear race that will be held this Saturday, March 19, on Bald Head Island, NC. Personally, I would rather ride the island in a golf cart and enjoy the maritime forests, the beaches and the marshes in a relaxed way. If you are not into running you may want to reschedule any plans you have been making for visiting the island on Saturday. On the other hand, if the idea of watching these athletes as they compete intrigues you, you may want to be sure to take the ferry or cruise on over in your own boat and enjoy the spectacle.

Do you have a new boat? An old boat? A small boat? A big boat? A row boat? A motor boat? A sailboat? A kayak? A canoe? A Skidoo? Whatever kind of watercraft you possess, you are invited to attend the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, March 20, at the City Pier in Southport. NC. What a pleasant way to begin a Sunday afternoon on the water and a reminder to sail away safely.

Speaking of safety  and boats – if you are new to boating or if you think you could benefit by a refresher course on boat safety, you might want to check out the USCG Safe Boating Course presented by the USCG Auxiliary on Saturdays, beginning this Saturday, March 19.



Many years ago T. S. Eliot wrote: “April is the cruellest month” in his poem The Waste Land. He was not referring to income tax time, but for those of us who are required to pay into the IRS, he may as well have been. Luckily we live in Brunswick County, NC where there are so many interesting places and events available to us that can take our minds off of our tax troubles. Many of these events are free and those that are not usually serve worthy causes that benefit all of us. The water offers so much, be it the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, the lakes – it is all there for us to enjoy and we are blessed with the kind of weather that allows us to enjoy these things. We can walk on the beach, sit by the water and meditate, fish, go sailing, ride a ferry, swim, take out a kayak, sunbathe – whatever helps us be happy. We are also lucky in the events that are available to us to enjoy. They are as varied as the ways there are to enjoy water. Here are a few that are coming up this month.

You can take the kids or the grands to the Kids’ Art Day in Franklin Square Park:


You can dress up (or not) and dance the night away at the Black-Tie-Optional-Gala in Southport, NC:


You can test your endurance in the Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon 10K/5K Run/Walk:


No Boundaries


Every two years for two weeks in November Bald Head Island, NC opens its doors and hearts to artists from all over the world through the auspices of the No Boundaries International Artist Colony. No Boundaries, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Wilmington, NC, founded the colony in 1998 to “provide artists from around the world and the local community a forum for free expression and cross-cultural dialogue.” Their Mission Statement states: “We believe our projects contribute to the cultural health of the global community and its ability to imagine and realize a future filled with diverse voices that will be heard with empathy.”

This years’ participants, who hail from such far flung places as Rwanda, Australia, Houston, China, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Raleigh and Seattle, boarded the Bald Head Island Ferry on November 1 to begin their adventure. Once settled in they began their projects in film making, photography, poetry, paper making, sculpting, painting and mixed media. Many of the artists work in more than one medium and some of them cross mediums from visual art to writing.

The unique ambiance of the island, the music of the sea and the bright sky will definitely add to the inspiration each of these artists brings to his/her work. The synergy and excitement of working together will be a catalyst to more excellent work as well. If you would like to get a taste of this experience, you are in luck. There will be an open studio day on November 13 from 10 AM until 4 PM where you can mingle with the artists and take part in the creative process.

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