Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NC Holiday Flotilla 2010 Winners

The 2010 North Carolina Holiday Flotilla took place in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, November 27.  The fireworks display lasted 27 minutes - one minute representing each year that the lighted boat parade has made it's rounds in Wrightsville Beach.  It was a spectacular ending to a spirited parade that wound through the Intracoastal, Motts Channel, and Banks Channel.

The boat decorations, costumes, and themes this year were extraordinarily creative and festive.  Here are the winners as announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach and as announced on NCHolidayFlotilla.org:

1st Place- Best in Show
Captains- Paula Sturdy & Van Marr of Wrightsville Beach
Boat Name - Reel Hot
Theme - "Christmas Snow Globes and Once In a Blue Moon"

1st Place- Best Costume & Crew Spirit
Captain- Brady Semmel of Wilmington
Boat Name - Jaws
Theme - "Santa's Sleigh"

1st Place- Best Powerboat Under 26'
Captain- Kendra Homer of Wilmington
Boat Name - Primo Bambino
Theme - "Christmas in New York"

1st Place- Best Powerboat Over 26'
Captain- Skip Wilson of Wilmington
Boat Name - The Bottom Line
Theme - "Dragon Pulls Santa"

1st Place- Best Sailboat
Captain- Frank Lindsey of Wilmington
Boat Name- Los Brisas
Theme - "Christmas Tree"

To see photos of these amazing winners please visit 2010 Winners, NC Holiday Flotilla.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spending the Holidays in Wrightsville Beach

While many visitors may think of Wrightsville Beach when they consider their summer vacations, there are also those who call the beach their home for the holidays. 

The temperatures may be colder, but some of our oceanfront and waterfront homes and condos are just the place you want to be when it's time for snuggling in.  Renting a beach house with family and friends for the winter holidays can provide the feeling of being on vacation when all there is do is sleep in, bundle up for long walks on the beach, watch the sunset, enjoy a dinner in (or out) together, and just lay low.  An oceanfront accommodation with large windows overlooking the ocean or water allows the feeling of calm, peace, and lots of space even when you're inside.

Wrightsville Beach is an ideal location for getting the family together at the holidays because of the options for privacy, seclusion, and peace and where it's also easy to get out exploring, exercising, shopping, dining, catching a movie, or simply picking up groceries to stock up the house.  You also might get lucky and enjoy some 70 or 75 degree days in the middle of November, December, and January!

We love the peace, comfort, and coziness of spending the holidays on Wrightsville Beach and would love to hear from you if this is a tradition in your family (or if you plan on starting one)!

Remember that you can contact Hardee Hunt and Williams for inquiries regarding Wrightsville Beach Real Estate: 800-852-1605.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

26 Island Drive, Wrightsville Beach NC

Hardee Hunt and Williams is pleased to feature our listing at 26 Island Drive in Wrightsville Beach NC.  This beautiful three story single family home is one of Wrightsville Beach's premier properties.  It's location on South Harbor Island (just before you go over the Banks Channel bridge towards the beach) provides gorgeous views of the Sound, Intracoastal Waterway, and the Marsh.  It includes a dock, boatslip, boat lift, and deep water anchorage.

The interior of the home at 26 Island Drive is impeccable and includes some of these features:
  • elevator, 
  • media room, 
  • CAT-5 wiring, 
  • 2 wet bars, 
  • widow's watch, 
  • large Ipe sun deck, 
  • walk-in cedar lined storage closet, 
  • private guest suite, 
  • hardwood floors, 
  • marble countertops, and 
  • 7 porches.
The team here at Hardee Hunt and Williams is excited to include this property among our featured Wrightsville Beach real estate listings. We invite you to get more details at our website: 26 Island Drive, Wrightsville Beach NC For Sale and call us to schedule a showing: 910-256-6998.

Friday, November 12, 2010

PPD Beach 2 Battleship Triathlon 2010

Wrightsville Beach, NC plays host to the third annual PPD Beach 2 Battleship Triathlon on Saturday, November 13, 2010.  Residents and visitors to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach are invited to cheer on the athletes as they make their way from the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach to Battleship Park along the Cape Fear River - swimming, biking, and running to get there.  If you're not a part of this race as participant or cheerleader, then please be advised that traffic throughout the area will be affected during the race time.

The PPD Beach 2 Battleship is a full Iron distance and half Iron distance triathlon.  The race starts with a 2.4 (full) or 1.2 (half) mile swim - with the current - point to point in the Banks Channel of Wrightsville Beach.  The 112 (full) or 56 (half) mile bike takes competitors from Wrightsville Beach through northern Wilmington, up towards White Lake, and back to the transition area at the Battleship North Carolina.  The 26.2 (full) or 13.1 (half) run covers two bridges, starting and ending at Battleship Park.

The PPD Beach 2 Battleship Triathlon was an Editor's Choice from Triathlete Magazine as one of the 100 best races.  You can find full information at their website: www.Beach2Battleship.com.  We hope that visiting competitors can recover enough to take in the town, enjoy the area, and plan on coming back next year.

Good Luck Racers!

For information on other area races, please see an earlier post on Wilmington YMCA Triathlon 2010 at Wrightsville Beach NC.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Honor of Veteran's Day, 2010

Veteran's Day was established as a national holiday to commemorate the end of hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany during World War I.  The time of this event is recorded as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" in 1918, to quote the Department of Veteran's Affairs.  And now we officially celebrate Veteran's Day on November 11th each year.

This is such an important opportunity we have to take time out to honor all active and retired military personnel as well as all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  We recently uncovered an excellent article from 2007 published in Wrightsville Beach Magazine profiling "The Greatest Generation" World War II veterans who are also Wrightsville Beach residents.  The insight we can glean from them and the unique sense of history they provide for the generations after them are invaluable.

Take a minute out today to read these stories - you'll be glad you did: An Exemplary Era.
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