STAY, EAT, CAR SHOW


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If you are one of the many visitors expected in the coastal Carolina area as the day of the eclipse approaches, you may be interested in this information about places to stay in the area. There are hotels, motels and bed & breakfast establishments for your convenience, but reservations would likely be a good idea. Here are some you might want to check out:

Southport, NC

Hampton Inn Southport

Riverside Motel

Southport Comfort Suites

Wingate by Wyndham Southport

Oak Island, NC

Captain’s Cove Motel

Island Resort

Ocean Crest Motel

Southport, NC Bed & Breakfasts

Bell-Clemmons House

The Brunswick Inn

Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn

Robert Ruark Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bald Head Island, NC Bed  & Breakfasts

Marsh Harbour Inn

While you are here, you will need to eat as well, of course. Here is a list of some of the really good restaurants in the area:

Southport, NC

Atlantic Seafood & Steaks

Bella Cucina

Dry Street Pub & Pizza

Fishy Fishy Cafe

Frying Pan

Joseph’s Italian Bistro

Mr. P’s Bistro

Ports of Call Bistro & Market

San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano

Oak Island, NC
Bald Head Island, NC

If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday afternoon, Leland, NC is just a short drive away and you can enjoy the Leland under the Lights car show and cruise-in. Admission is free.

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PUMPKINS N HAY N OYSTERS, OH MY!

Ahhhhhhhhhh. Fall has arrived to Brunswick County, NC. Sunny days, cool breezes, open window nights with the sounds of crickets and night birds, glorious sunrises and sunsets, sparkling ocean waters, sandy beaches for walking, family oriented festivals – we have the best of it all. The upcoming weekend promises to be beautiful and is filled with outdoor events for adults and families. What adult among us does not recall the fun of fall hayrides? You can relive them this weekend – and in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, you can experience a hayride with a twist:  Boiling Spring Lakes Haunted Hayride

Fall and oysters go together like – well – fall and oysters. Add to that a festival and you couldn’t ask for anything better –  especially when it is happening in Ocean Isle Beach, NC and includes an oyster shucking contest and a road race.

North Carolina Oyster Festival

Fall is harvest time at the farms – a time to celebrate another successful harvest. What better way than to have a day filled with pumpkins, hayrides, good food and fun events for kids and adults alike. One such working farm near Calabash, NC, invites you to take part in just such a day:  Indigo Farms Pumpkin Day

LELAND, NC – NEW HOME COMMUNITIES

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 (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/homes-real-estate/neighborhood-development/leland/compass-pointe/profile/)

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/homes-real-estate/neighborhood-development/leland/the-bluffs-on-the-cape-fear/profile/)

Brunswick Forest (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/homes-real-estate/neighborhood-development/leland/brunswick-forest/profile/)

Ride the Tide

Oak Island, NC is an awesome place for kayaking whether on your own, with friends or in competition. The Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department has joined with The Adventure Kayak Company (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/kayak-canoe/) again this year for their annual Ride the Tide event. The event takes place on Saturday, March 29, on the Davis Canal, beginning at 9 AM at the recreation center which is located at 3003 E. Oak Island Drive. The Davis Canal takes you through one of the loveliest areas of salt marsh on the island where you can see wildlife and birds like the Great Blue Heron, egrets and Ibis. There will be a kayak float and a race on the outgoing tide from the recreation center to the Blue Water Point Marina (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/marina-boat-sales-service/). Awards will be given for specific age groups. There will also be a costume contest and a poker run. If you don’t have your own kayak, you can rent one for the event. The early entry fee is $20 and the first 75 paddlers to register will receive a free t-shirt. If you are interested in helping with the event you are welcome to volunteer. To register or to volunteer just call the recreation center at: 910-278-5518 or visit their website at: http://www.oakisland.com.