Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wrightsville Beach Weathers The Storm Of Hurricane Irene


Wrightsville Beach residents, home owners, vacationers, and town officials prepared for the worst, but were extremely thankful when the worst of Hurricane Irene passed by, sparing our beaches and homes. After Irene moved on we were treated to a beautiful Sunday.

The second half of the weekend was spent taking down boards and hurricane shutters, cleaning up debris in yards, and returning things to normal - as well as enjoying the gorgeous beach day. Surfers took advantage of large, clean waves, and beachgoers hunted for huge shells that washed up during the storm.

Though there are a few instances of damage and flooding across the island on the whole the impact of Hurricane Irene was relatively minor. Wrightsville Beach is open for business, and ready to send summer out in style during the long Labor Day Weekend. And of course though September 5th will mark the official end of the summer beach season, in Wrightsville Beach the warm weather is here to stay for several more weeks.

Plan a fall trip to our beautiful island and take a look at Wrightsville Beach real estate and think about making this your home. Make a call to Hardee Hunt and Williams to get started - 800-852-1605!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wrightsville Beach Condos & Real Estate

Purchasing a Wrightsville Beach condo can be the ideal solution to getting the beach property you've always wanted at a more affordable price and with amenities that help improve your quality of life on the island.  A condo on Wrightsville Beach can be oceanfront with water views, private beach access, swimming pool, garage, elevator, and more.

If you've thought before that Wrightsville Beach real estate might be beyond your reach, then looking for a condo on the island might be just the right start for you.  From luxurious oceanfront condos to one bedroom units in one of our island's favorite resorts, there are a ton of great options when it comes to searching for condos.

Wrightsville Beach Condo as a Vacation Home or Investment Property

Condos can be especially valuable when it comes to considering a vacation home or investment property.  HOA's may take care of most of the exterior maintenance freeing you up to simply enjoy the condo and the beach while you're there or while vacationers are staying there.  The peace of mind of having close neighbors while you're away and the ease of having someone look in on your property affords condo owners the confidence and flexibility they need when it comes to a vacation home or investment property.

Wrightsville Beach Condo as a Primary Residence

If you're looking to relocate or retire to a Wrightsville Beach condo, there are options for many different budgets.  Condos on the island come in many forms - from a shared home, to condo developments, to luxury oceanfront resort condos.  If you're choosing a condo as your primary residence, be sure it comes with the amenities you need (and want) for everyday living - think parking, elevator, pool, etc.  The expert agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams Real Estate can help match you up with a beautiful Wrightsville Beach condo that suits your budget and needs for your next primary residence.

Contact Hardee Hunt and Williams

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach Real Estate company with close relationships with many of the island's condo communities.  Whether you're looking for a vacation home, investment property, or primary residence, Hardee Hunt and Williams is your source for Wrightsville Beach condos.

Contact their agents today at 910-256-6998.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wrightsville Beach Surfers are Loving Hurricane Irene

Photo by NCBrian
While the majority of the population ponders whether to stay or go during a hurricane, surfers rush straight to the beaches to take advantage of unusually high surf and challenging waves.  This is akin to skiers and snowboarders who flock to the mountains during a Nor'easter while the rest of the world cozies up at home.

Surf shops in Wrightsville Beach are celebrating a busy rush as surfers cram to get leashes and bigger boards to handle the larger waves (See: Surfers Catch Big Waves).  While the waves start to swell about 4 or 5 days before a hurricane, many surfers are anxious for the storm to get closer and the waves to get bigger (See: Surfers Braving the Waves at Wrightsville Beach).

Wrightsville Beach is well known for it's beautiful blue waters and great surf, attracting many surfers as well as surf schools and international surf competitions to it's shores. 

Hurricane Irene is on it's way to the North Carolina coast but we are generally lucky that it's not set to make landfall in the Wrightsville Beach area.  We're hopeful that the properties, beaches, and personnel in the Outer Banks region as well as the coastal Northeast get through this storm intact.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Labor Day Weekend in Wrightsville Beach NC

Wrightsville Beach NC is an ideal place to celebrate Labor Day Weekend, a holiday long regarded as the closing bookend of summertime.  But summer temps, warm water, and great surf are still in full swing at Wrightsville Beach in early September.  Residents, neighbors, and visitors love to spend the holiday weekend here, dining out along the water and enjoying plenty of time outdoors whether boating, swimming, fishing, walking The Loop, or going to the beach.

Labor Day Weekend is generally a busy holiday in Wrightsville Beach but with a little extra planning, your weekend can be as relaxed - or as active - as you want it to be.  Here are some ideas to help in planning your Labor Day Weekend in Wrightsville Beach.

Accommodations

Reserving a hotel room early or booking a vacation rental well in advance will help ensure that your accommodations are just as you want them.  If you want water views, an oceanfront suite, a 3 bedroom condo with a pool, or other specific amenities, do your research early and call ahead to make your reservations. If you love the room or vacation rental you stay in this Labor Day Weekend, go ahead and book it for next year!  It's never too early to plan for a great vacation.

Dining

Wrightsville Beach has amazing dining options - whether you want to eat out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or if you want fresh seafood right off the pier or straight from the docks.  If you love outdoor waterfront dining, you can pick from some wonderful restaurants.  Along the Intracoastal, popular restaurants include the Bluewater Grill, Causeway Cafe, South Beach Grill, and, across the drawbridge, The Bridge Tender, The Fish House Grill, and Dockside.  For oceanfront dining, The Oceanic has seating right outside on the pier.  There is no shortage of fresh seafood here on the island but there are plenty of options for non-seafood lovers as well.

Activities

While many people come to enjoy our white, sandy beaches, blue water, and great surf, others love to take part in activities such as boating, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, or biking.  If you've always wanted to learn to surf, try paddleboarding, or even learn kitesurfing, Wrightsville Beach has instructors and equipment to help you get on your way.  We also have boat rentals and fishing charters.

If you need a break from all that activity, then take yourself shopping to our island boutiques or to nearby Landfall Shopping Center, the Forum, or Mayfaire.  Mayfaire also has a state-of-the-art movie theater if you're looking to escape the sun and heat or for a little evening getaway.

Wrightsville Beach Real Estate

While enjoying your Labor Day Weekend in Wrightsville Beach, be sure to contact the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams to explore your real estate options in the area.  They specialize in Wrightsville Beach Real Estate, Landfall homes, and Figure Eight Island properties.  Visit their office right on the Causeway to talk about your interests in a Wrightsville Beach condo or house, Landfall property or Figure Eight Island real estate.

Contact Hardee Hunt and Williams: 910-256-6998

Friday, August 12, 2011

Surfer's Healing Camp for Autism, Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is proud to host one of the Surfer's Healing camps during their nationwide summer tour.  Surfer's Healing is a non-profit organization seeking to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.  They travel the U.S. throughout the summer visiting various beach towns from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, Malibu to Rhode Island.  These camps are extremely special and truly enrich the lives of the people who get to participate.

The Wrightsville Beach Surfer's Healing camp will take place on August 22, 2011.  A typical day at a Surfer's Healing camp starts with a check in, getting suited up with a life vest, and getting partnered with a volunteer surfer.  The campers have to get set up with the correct positioning on the surfboard.  They will then be surfing on the board with their volunteer.  Students who are more comfortable in the ocean can even get one-on-one surfing lessons so they can ride the waves on their own.

For people and families of those affected by autism, the Surfer's Healing camp can be transformative.  They can go back year after year and many families form a community around Surfer's Healing.  It is a great day for the campers, families, volunteers, and viewers.

For more information on this event, visit www.SurfersHealing.org.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wilmington, NC Tops Orbitz List of Best Late Summer Beach Bargains


Wilmington, NC came in at the top of the Orbitz list of Best Late-Summer Beach Bargain Destinations announced in late July, 2011.  Orbitz reports an average daily hotel rate for late summer vacations in Wilmington at $87.00.

Wilmington is a city of 100,000 residents located along the southeastern coast of North Carolina.  Travelers to Wilmington can easily take advantage of area beaches during their stay.  Wrightsville Beach is a border town, separated only by the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge.  Surrounded by the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean, this barrier island is a favorite beach destination for local, regional, and national visitors.

And now, you can count Wrightsville Beach among the Best Late-Summer Beach Bargain Destinations!

See the full Orbitz report here: Orbitz Names Best Late-Summer Beach Bargains

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wahine Surfing Tournament, Wrightsville Beach

The 15th Annual East Coast Wahine Surfing Tournament will take place at the Columbia St. access in downtown Wrightsville Beach the weekend of August 20 and 21, 2011.  This event partners with Wrightsville Beach's Sweetwater Surf Shop and celebrates 15 years of women's surfing.

Female surfers of all ages and abilities will display their skills in shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, and novice divisions.  Wrightsville Beach has been named a Top Ten Surfing Town and UNCW is one of the Top Ten Surfing Colleges in the nation according to Surfer Magazine.  Away.com also named Wrightsville Beach one of the Best Places to Learn to Surf.  In light of this recognition, it does seem apropo for Wrightsville Beach to host a celebration of East Coast women surfers.

The event has a number of local and national industry sponsors and now receives national level coverage.  We hope you can come out to see the talent, enjoy the late summer beach and surf, and celebrate some amazing wahines!

For more information about the event, please visit www.EastCoastWahines.com.

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