BEACH VACATIONS

It’s never too soon to plan your beach vacation. We are thankful for the mild winter we are experiencing in Brunswick County, NC, especially after the last two unusually cold ones. It’s lovely, and we are lucky, to be able to walk on the beach (even if bundled up) throughout the year. Most folks, however – especially those from colder climes – prefer summer at the beach. During the season, we share our beaches with folks from far and wide. These visitors need places to stay. Yes, we have many nice hotels, motels and B & Bs, but sometimes it works better to rent a house – even for locals who may be getting too many visitors to accommodate in their homes. This is where beach rental agencies come in handy. Renting a house on the beach is almost like living at the beach, however temporarily. You can walk out your door right onto the beach. You can sleep to the sound of the surf at night. You can choose to eat at one of the many fine restaurants in the area, or stop at the grocery store and pick up ingredients for you own special dishes. You can bring your whole family with you, have a family reunion, or invite all your friends to stay. There are some great beach rental agencies in the area – here are just a few:

In Southport, NC,  Southport Realty Rentals and Property Management :
The Landing At Sp Real Estate - 6129 River Sound Circle, Southport, NC - 28

In the Town of Oak Island, NC,  Oak Island Accommodations:

On Bald Head Island, NC,  Bald Head Island Rentals, LLC:

SUMMER’S END

It ‘s the middle of August. Summer is coming to a close. The kids will soon be starting back to school if they have not done so already. Visitors will be dreaming for another year of staying at the beach until they can, again, make that dream a reality. Those of us who live here are the lucky ones. Do not despair. There are still some interesting, fun, exciting events in which you can take part. Here are a few:

Phlock to the Beach, August 22 – 23, 2014 (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/august/phlock-to-the-beach/profile/)

The Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival, August 30, 2014 (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/august/oak-island-art-guild-labor-day-arts-and-crafts-festival/profile/)

 

 Children’s Crab Derby, September 1, 2014 (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/childrens-crab-derby/profile/)

TAKE A TOUR

You have been to the beach. Maybe you have gotten a bit too much sun. You have done your shopping and have your car loaded with all the gifts and souvenirs it will hold. Your vacation is not yet over and you are looking for something interesting and stimulating to do with your time. Why not consider taking a tour to learn about the area in which you have been enjoying yourself so much. You can just sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery – maybe take some pics – while someone else does the driving and tells you things you would never have guessed on your own.

On Bald Head Island, you can take the Bald Head Island Historic Tour which includes free entry to the Old Baldy Lighthouse and the Museum. ( http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/tours/bald-head-island-historic-tour/profile/)

If you are feeling energetic you might enjoy the Historic Southport Bicycle Tour – and you don’t need to have your own bicycle. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/tours/historical-southport-bicycle-tours/profile/)

How about a tour from the air? Take yourself out to Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island and check out High Tide Helicopters as well as some other air tours. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/tours/high-tide-helicopters/profile/)