Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec Programs for the Winter

Winter may be the off-season for Wrightsville Beach, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do! Once the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, the crowds at Wrightsville Beach thin out and locals enjoy many off-season activities. If you're not from the area but would like to visit, consider coming to town between the months of November - February to get a feel for how the locals live in the off-season and enjoy some unique winter beach festivities!

Here's a look at a few year-round programs, courtesy of the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department:

Extreme Cross Training - Don't spend the winter months hibernating! Stay in shape by staying active through this challenging but fun fitness class. This program will help you improve strength and endurance both aerobically and anaerobically with a wide variety of training techniques. Classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-10 a.m.

Zumba - What began as a Latin-inspired dance fitness routine has effectively grown into a wildly popular workout for ladies (and gentlemen, too) from around the world. Come see what Zumba is all about Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Tennis Lessons - Want to learn to play tennis? Or perhaps improve your technique? The town of Wrightsville Beach offers tennis lessons for adults, youth ages 9-12, and ages 6-8. Group lessons meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you're a WB resident, pay only $55 for six one-hour lessons. The fee is $70 for non-residents.

Kids Cooking Class - Does your child enjoy being your "helper" in the kitchen? Encourage those culinary curiosities by enrolling your young one in this fun, hands-on cooking class for kids. from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Mondays with the upcoming session full of holiday recipes: November 19-December 17, 2012.  Pre-registration is required - see below for contact information.

These are only a handful of exciting activities that the town of Wrightsville Beach offers throughout the year. Be sure to visit for more information. To learn more about fees, class details or registration, call (910) 256-7925 or send an email to

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Condos in Wrightsville Beach, NC

Owning a home in Wrightsville Beach is like owning your own little piece of paradise. The sun, sand and surf are enough to attract property buyers from far and wide. Add in the friendly atmosphere, fabulous local restaurants and convenience to the action of downtown Wilmington, and you've got more than just your ordinary beach town - you've got a truly fantastic place to call home. For buyers who are looking for a prime location with the benefits of low-maintenance homeownership, a Wrightsville Beach condominium is your best option. There are plenty of wonderful condo communities that are located on the island.

The Duneridge Resort Oceanfront Condos is one of the most popular communities in Wrightsville Beach. All condos in this resort-style property feature oceanfront balconies, master suites, living and dining areas, so you can enjoy the beauty of the ocean from just about any room in your home! Prices at the Duneridge condos start at $829,000. For more information, visit the website at:

Shell Island Resort, located right off of Lumina Ave., also offers condominiums for sale. Currently, there is a 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath unit available in this oceanfront property for $249,900. This resort offers private beach access, an on-site restaurant, business center, on-site property management, a fitness facility and much more. For details, visit

Station One Condos is yet another community of condominiums located in Wrightsville Beach. This property boasts two- or three-bedroom floor plans, an oceanfront pool, secure entry, private clubhouse and, best of all, it's within walking distance to many of the popular shops and restaurants. Prices are around $525,000. Visit this website for more information:

The Islander Condos are located on North Lumina Ave. and just a few footsteps from the beach. The Islander offers many of the same great amenities as the above-mentioned properties, including low maintenance oceanfront living, private beach access and a private pool. The Islander currently has a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for sale at $519,900. Check it out here:

Last, but certainly not least, Wrightsville Dunes Oceanfront Condos is another popular condo community situated on strand of prime oceanfront property. Enjoy 3 separate ocean beach paths, 2 oceanfront pools, ample parking, private tennis courts and much more at this resort-style community. Looking for a place with enough room for the whole family? You can snag a spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo at Wrightsville Dunes for $680,000. See details here:

To learn more about condos for sale in Wrightsville Beach, be sure to contact the local experts at Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.  They are a well established, well connected team of real estate agents looking out for your best interests.  Call today at 910-256-6998

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

5K Jingle Bell Run in Wrightsville Beach

It's time to don your Santa hats, affix your elf ears and sign up for the annual 5k Jingle Bell Run at Wrightsville Beach!

Runners who want to experience something a little more festive than an ordinary 5k should mark their calendars for December 15, 2012, when local runners get in the holiday spirit by dressing in their favorite Christmas garb while competing for the best run/walk time.

The 5K course will take participants around the John Nesbitt Loop and will include a short run up North Channel Drive and back. Runners can enjoy the lovely winter beach scenery, see historic cottages and meet lots of friendly folks from around the area.

Registration for this Christmas-themed race begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Wrightsville Beach Museum. Registration closes at 8:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp! Your entry fee will cover your race registration, jingle bells, a free T-shirt for the first 300 registrants, and complimentary refreshments after the race. Proceeds will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

For more information, check out the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History at and click on the "Jingle Bell Run" tab to the left. You can also call (910) 256-2569 or send an email to

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

It's that time of year again! Time to mark your calendars for the 29th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach!

For almost 30 years, Wrightsville Beach has been hosting the much loved boat parade and bringing holiday joy to locals and visitors alike. In addition to the parade, the NC Holiday Flotilla offers two whole days of family-friendly events. From the Anchor's Away Launch Party on Friday evening to the Festival in the Park Saturday afternoon, this combination of events makes for a truly amazing holiday experience.

Here's a quick rundown of the events:

Friday, November 23
5:45 PM: Tree Lighting Ceremony & visit with Santa Claus at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall
6:30 PM: Captain's Meeting at the Blockade Runner resort
7:00 PM: Anchor's Away Launch Party sponsored by Atlantic Marine ($25 per ticket, open to the public.)

Saturday, November 24
10 AM to 4 PM: Festival in the Park
6 PM: Boat Parade
7:30: Fireworks will immediately follow parade.

If this is your first time attending the NC Holiday Flotilla, you are in for a treat! As a new feature this year, guests can cast their vote easily by texting their favorite boat's number to "24587." For example, if boat number 3 was your favorite, you would send a text message of "boat3" to the number listed above.

Are you a business owner looking for more exposure? Each year, the NC Holiday Flotilla attracts an estimated 50,000 visitors to our beautiful town. Why not get your company's name out there for them to see by becoming a valued sponsor? Sponsorship levels begin at just $250.

If you'd like to read more about this cherished North Carolina holiday tradition, visit or call (910) 256-2120.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Enchanted Airlie in 2012

Voted one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events, Enchanted Airlie is a much-loved holiday tradition for Wilmington residents and visitors alike. This year, Enchanted Airlie returns for the seventh year, transforming the beautiful gardens into a winter wonderland of lights, music and more.

The magic begins on November 23, 2012 and continues through December 22. Visitors can stroll through the gardens at their own pace while enjoying the beautiful winter flowers and colorful lights. In addition to the stunning beauty of Enchanted Airlie, guests can enjoy live musical entertainment, a model train display and, returning this year, "LEGOS," an exhibit that is sure to bring back fond memories from your childhood.

Admission is $5 per adult and $4 per child 4-12, plus a $5 parking fee. For $22, you can opt for the economical "Carload" admission (admits as many people as you can safely fit in your vehicle) and not have to pay extra for the parking pass.

To get your tickets to this year's Enchanted Airlie, simply visit and click on the "event" page. Please note, all tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the gate. For more information, call Airlie Gardens directly at 910-798-7700.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fall Season in Wrightsville Beach

The summer may have come and gone, but for residents of Wrightsville Beach and the surrounding area, fall is no less exciting! Even if you're not a resident, visitors and potential relocators will love spending time in Wrightsville Beach during the autumn months. With so much going on, from oyster roasts to holiday parades and much, much more, Wrightsville Beach is anything but boring in the off-season!

If you're looking for a fun, outdoor activity, Wrightsville Beach offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the cooler weather in a scenic atmosphere. In mid-November, the annual Surf to Sound Challenge offers stand-up paddleboarders from around the globe the chance to test their skills and raise money for a local nonprofit organization. If you're new to water sports, why not visit some of the local surfing schools and sign up for some lessons? Fall is a great time of year to get a feel for the waves, since the beaches will be less crowded. More experienced surfers will enjoy the fall months, as our hurricane season usually offers more favorable wave activity.

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit? Wrightsville Beach and the surrounding area hosts a variety of events that are sure to spread holiday cheer! Check out the 29th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla on November 24, where local boaters decorate their vessels with holiday themes and parade them through Motts and Banks Channel. Or come sign up for the 8th annual Turkey Trot on the morning of November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) and help raise money for the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to these special events, Wrightsville Beach also offers a variety of fun activities that you can take advantage of any day. Want to take a stroll along the beach? Maybe walk "The Loop?" You can do all this and more in Wrightsville Beach, and what's best about doing it in the fall is that you can enjoy these perks without having to pay for parking! Enjoy complimentary public parking in Wrightsville Beach from November 1 to April 30. Want to bring your furry family member along for the day? Dogs are welcome on Wrightsville Beach from October 1 through March 31, as long as they are on a leash. (Be sure to pick up after them, too or you could get stuck with a hefty fine!)

If this isn't enough to entice you to spend your fall in Wrightsville Beach, here's a few more reasons to head to WB in the off-season:
  • Fall fishing via charter boat, fly fishing or on Johnnie Mercer's Pier.
  • Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast in October (if you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year's event!)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot 2012

Kick off the holiday season with the 8th Annual Turkey Trot in Wrightsville Beach, NC -  a fun, family-friendly event benefiting Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

This 5k run/1 mile walk will take place on Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2012, at the Wrightsville Beach Loop. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race to follow one hour later. Be sure to stick around for the prize ceremony at 9:15 and enjoy more food and fun!

The cost to participate is $25 for the 5k runner advance registration ($30 the day of) and $15 for the 1 mile walker advance registration (same price the day of). Children under 10 are admitted free to this event, but if they want to be timed, they will have to register as an adult and pay the regular fee.

Over the years, the Turkey Trot has become an eagerly anticipated way to celebrate the holidays and give thanks to the local community. If you've never participated in a Turkey Trot event before, why not check it out this year? You may just find your next holiday family tradition!

If you're interested in preregistering, please visit: Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot 2012.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2514 North Lumina Avenue, Condo #1-D, in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. for Sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams Real Estate

An oceanfront 3 bedroom condo in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate team. This unit in the Wrightsville Dunes community is complete with gorgeous views, easy beach access, and amenities including an oceanfront pool and tennis courts.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. November 2012 -- The team at Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate has a new listing in the MLS for 2514 North Lumina Avenue, #1-D, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  This three bedroom unit is part of the Wrightsville Dunes oceanfront condo community and comes complete with ocean views and access to two swimming pools, the ocean beach, a private tennis court, and ample guest parking.

Wrightsville Dunes is a well established oceanfront community located on the quiet north end stretch of Wrightsville Beach. The unit for sale, #1D, sits directly oceanfront with a three bedroom, two bathroom floor plan arrangement. This condo enjoys amazing oceanfront views throughout with open living room, dinning room, and kitchen design. The covered oceanfront exterior deck opens via sliders to an oceanfront living area. The condo is alive with natural light.

The oversized oceanfront master suite includes a reading lounge or office area. Guest bedrooms offer great westerly views overlooking the tidal marsh perfect for observing water fowl. The condo comes furnished, with few exceptions, with a tasteful coastal furniture package.

Covered parking is available with a two vehicle car port below the condo. Ocean access is just a few short steps away to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach along the Wrightsville Beach north end.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach real estate company dedicated to matching buyers and sellers with homes, investment properties, and condos in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, and Figure Eight Island, N.C.

To learn more about the Wrightsville Dunes oceanfront condo at 2514 N. Lumina Ave, please visit  Contact Hardee Hunt and Williams to schedule a guided tour: or call 910-256-6998.


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

901 Schloss Street in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. for Sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams Real Estate

A gorgeous single family home on the quiet south end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company. 901 Schloss Street is a three thousand square foot, six bedroom home with ample outdoor living areas just steps from the sound and ocean beach access. 

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., November 2012 -- Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company is pleased to announce a new listing in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 901 Schloss Street.  This exceptional six bedroom single family home is situated on the quiet south end of this quaint, upscale beach town and is just steps from the sound and ocean beach access.

The coastal architecture of this home includes long lasting cedar shake siding and a well established landscaping package.  Multiple exterior decks adorn both the front and back of the home.  A circular driveway with dual garages offers ample off street parking and storage for all season beach needs.

The interior of the home has a reverse floorplan (with elevator) where the lower level houses a superior master suite with an oversized luxury master bath.  The master bedroom and guest rooms open to a covered exterior deck.  The living level features an open, spacious design with hard wood flooring and vaulted ceilings, all opening to another large exterior deck.  There are an abundance of well placed windows to allow natural light to flow through the entire home.  The top level includes additional bedroom space along with two decks providing long range exposure of banks Channel, Masonboro Inlet, and the Intracoastal Waterway.  The Captain's Quarters are ideal for enjoying sunrise or sunsets over the water from the comforts of a rocking chair.

This elegant home at 901 Schloss Street provides easy and convenient access to the sound and ocean beaches.  

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach real estate company dedicated to matching buyers and sellers with homes, investment properties, and condos in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, and Figure Eight Island, N.C.

To learn more about the property at 901 Schloss Street, please visit and contact Hardee Hunt and Williams to schedule a guided tour: or call 910-256-6998.


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NC Surf to Sound Challenge 2012

Photo by Joshua McClure

On November 17, 2012, the 2nd annual North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge organized by the Blockade Runner Resort will take place in Wrightsville Beach. If you're a stand-up paddleboard enthusiast, you'll definitely want to mark your calendar for this popular fall event!

Two races compose the annual NC Surf to Sound Challenge: the 6.5 mile Surf to Sound Challenge and the 4 mile Harbor Island Outer Loop. In the 6.5 mile challenge, extreme paddlers will perform a surf start, paddle through the open Atlantic Ocean, navigate through Masonboro Inlet straits, continue behind Masonboro Island and finish the race soundside on Wrightsville Beach.

The 4 mile loop will allow paddlers to circumnavigate Harbor Island, taking in Mott's Channel, the Intracoastal Waterway, Lee's Cut and finally, Banks Channel to the finish line. This race is designed for less experienced paddlers.

Both events allows paddlers to compete for prizes while helping support Masonboro Island - one of our area's most beloved treasures.

Interested in signing up? Registration is open now until November 16, 2012. The cost to register is $60 for either race and proceeds will benefit FOR Masonboro (Friends of the Reserve). Register online by following this link:

Friday, October 19, 2012

FOR Masonboro Island Fundraiser, 2012

The 3rd Annual Friends of the Reserve (FOR) Masonboro Island Fundraiser event is coming up on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Blockade Runner Resort on Wrightsville Beach beginning at 4pm.

The event kicks off with a family-fun afternoon of educational events followed by an evening filled with great food, music, and silent and live auctions.

Abundant seafood prepped by the award-winning BRBR culinary team will be served. Brazilian guitarist, Rafael, Whitney Pearsall and the Dylan Holton Band entertain.

Kids events this year will be from 4-6 p.m and include interactive events from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, T-shirt painting led by local artist and Wrightsville Beach School marine science instructor Cissie Brooks and a Halloween costume contest.

Ticket are $25 per person (advanced) / $30 (at the door).  Kids under 12 are free.  Proceeds from ticket sales, auction bids, and raffle chances are donated to the North Carolina Coastal Reserve, the island’s steward, for education, conservation and research.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this event.  Please contact with any questions.

For more information, please visit

Friday, October 12, 2012

Taste of Wrightsville Beach Festival, 2012

The Inaugural Taste of Wrightsville Beach food, wine, and beer tasting event will be held in Downtown Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 4 until 7pm.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Beautification Project.

The Taste of Wrightsville Beach Festival festival will celebrate the island’s diverse and delicious fare on and around the beach with over 30 food, wine and beer tasting booths. VIP participants will also enjoy an old fashion seafood boil or bucket of oysters.

Celebrity judges will rate the dishes with a “Best in Show” and participants will select the “People’s Choice” award.  Live music by Wrightsville Beach's own Hali Esinhart, guitarist and the South Hammock Bluegrass Band.

Tickets are $40 for General Admission in advance through Oct. 25 at midnight ($50 day of event) or $75 for VIP Tickets.  The ticket cost includes admission to the event and one tasting of each food, beer and wine vendor.

Participating Wrightsville Beach restaurants are South Beach Grill, Tower 7, Banks Channel Pub & Grille, King Neptune,  Mellow Mushroom, 22 North, Bridge Tender, Fish House, Dockside, Holiday Inn Resort, Shell Island Resort, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Bluewater/Oceanic,  Vito's Pizza, Rita's Italian Ice, and SurfBerry.​

This is an event not to missed!  Come eat, celebrate, and join your fellow Wrightsville Beach foodies for this fun and unforgettable event.

Learn more at

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cape Fear Kite Festival, 2012

Anyone who thinks there's nothing to do in a coastal town in the off-season obviously never spent the fall in Wrightsville Beach! In addition to offering a variety of special events, fall is a great time to visit WB, as hotel rates are typically lower and the crowds are fewer. One of the most well-loved fall events on the island is the annual Cape Fear Kite Festival, where flyers from far and wide come together to paint the sky!

At this year's Cape Fear Kite Festival, young and old can experience the fun of kite flying while enjoying the favorable fall weather on Wrightsville Beach.

The event will take place in front of Shell Island Resort on November 3rd and 4th, 2012 and will feature an outstanding variety of kites. From simple to elaborate, you may see anything from giant butterflies to flying squid! It's certainly not your ordinary day at the beach.

Coming in from out of town? Here are a few helpful hints for your Cape Fear Kite Festival planning:

Lodging: If you need a hotel room, Shell Island Resort is apparently holding a block of rooms at a special rate for CFKF travelers. According to the CFKF Facebook page, the person to ask for is Michael and you should mention you are coming in for the festival. If, for some reason, Shell Island books up - don't worry! There are plenty of great places to stay in Wrightsville Beach!

What to bring (other than your kite, of course): Although November typically offers great conditions for kite flying, you'll probably want to bring a sweater or jacket as the coastal winds can be a bit chilly. Also don't forget to pack your camera (and battery charger!) so you can capture some awesome kite-flying shots!

To learn more, visit the Cape Fear Kite Festival Facebook Page.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

19th Annual Bark in the Park, Wrightsville Beach NC

If you've got a frisbee-loving canine who loves to show off their catching and fetching skills, don't miss out on this year's Bark in the Park!

 The 19th Annual Bark in the Park Skyhoundz Hyperflight Canine Disc Championships features some of the area's top dogs as they fly through the air and snare frisbees in their jaws. Whether you've got a mutt or a purebred, a champion or a newcomer, all skill levels are welcome to participate in this fun and unique competition.

 Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. (rain date Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m.) at Wrightsville Beach Park to enjoy this free, family-friendly event.

 If you'd like to register your four-legged family member in the competition, simply contact the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 910-256-7925. You can also visit for more details.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall in Wrightsville Beach, NC

Spending the fall season in Wrightsville Beach is a wonderful experience. With fewer crowds, milder weather and plenty of attractions, visitors of this coastal community can enjoy the beach in a laid back and beautiful atmosphere.

Here are the top three reasons to spend your fall vacation in Wrightsville Beach, NC:

Save Money - Hotels and rental homes typically book up fast in the summer, and guests will usually pay top dollar; however, right around September is when the availability opens up and the rates drop. A typical beachside hotel room may rent for as much as $300 a night or more during the peak season, but in the fall - the same room could be yours for half the price.

Fewer crowds - The many tourists and vacationing college students begin to dissipate after school starts and the weather cools off. This means you can enjoy spending the day at the beach without the crowds or enjoying a long walkwithout the midsummer heat. It also means that restaurants, shops and other attractions will have shorter lines and may even offer special seasonal discounts.

Beautiful weather - Wrightsville Beach, like most of southeastern NC, stays warm well through September. However, humidity tends to lighten up after Labor Day (along with the traffic). A lot of folks say that late September and early October are the best times to visit, due to temperatures lingering between 75-80 degrees during the day. This mild weather is just warm and comfortable and yet cool enough to actually enjoy dining alfresco at the Causeway Cafe or The Oceanic.

We hope you enjoy your Wrightsville Beach Fall Vacation.  Be sure to contact the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams to find opportunities for investment properties, vacation homes, retirement homes, or condos in Wrightsville Beach.  Visit or call 910-256-6998.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

NC Big Sweep Beach Cleanup, Wrightsville Beach

Since 1987, New Hanover County has made a yearly effort to reduce the amount of litter that pollutes our waterways through a volunteer beach cleanup event. What began as a simple beach sweep with about 1,000 volunteers soon evolved into the statewide event known as Big Sweep.

This year, The North Carolina Big Sweep will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at different site locations. Anyone who is interested in taking part in this environmentally-friendly event should visit to sign up. There is no cost to participate.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with more detailed information on the cleanup sites. Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen, closed-toes shoes and clothes that can handle getting a little dirty.

As a fun incentive and special prizes will be given for the most unusual trash found! Just think of what you might discover...

For more information, visit or call (910) 798-7564.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Birding in and around Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach may be a small coastal community, but did you know it's located right along the edge of a bird superhighway?

The Eastern Atlantic flyway is one of five major avian migration paths in North America, and the Wrightsville Beach area is a popular stopover for frequent feathered fliers. Throughout September and October, area residents and visitors will have the opportunity to see some of these migrating species in a natural environment.

Thanks to Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and The Cape Fear Birder, Joseph Abbate, bird lovers will get the chance to explore the Intracoastal Waterway and other nearby coastal environments while searching for Caspian Terns, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons and more. Here's a look at the schedule:

Masonboro Island Birding Cruise 
October 11 10am-12pm

Hutaff Island Exploration 
October 27

Masonboro Island Shelling Eco
September 17 & October 11

Photography Sunset Cruise 
September 19 & October 19

For more information:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Beach 2 Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach

Are you ready for a unique athletic challenge? Experience everything this waterfront community has to offer while competing with other athletes and pushing yourself to the finish line with the annual PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon.

This internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon attracts competitors from across the state, country and even the world. Named one of the top 5 iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete Magazine, the Beach2Battleship entails running, bicycling and swimming.

This year's event will take place on October 20, 2012 and will begin at Wrightsville Beach.

Here's a look at the distances for Iron and Half Iron:

Swim Course - Wrightsville Beach
Iron Distance: 2.4 miles
Cut-Off Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Half Iron Distance: 1.2 mile
Cut-Off Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Bike Course - Through Wrightsville Beach and North Wilmington
Iron Distance: 112 mile
Cut-Off Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes (cumulative from start of swim)
Half Iron Distance: 56 mile
Cut-Off Time: 5 hours, 45 minutes (cumulative from start of swim)

Run Course - Start at Wilmington Convention Center through Downtown Wilmington
Iron Distance: 6.55 mile (two loops)
Cut-Off Time: 17 hours (cumulative from start of swim)
Half Iron Distance: 6.55 mile (one loop)
Cut-Off Time: 9 hours (cumulative from start of swim)

Visit to learn more or to register for the event.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

YMCA Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach 2012

YMCA Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach NC
Since 2001, the Wilmington Triathlon Club has been coaching and empowering its members in running, bicycling and swimming. Now, for the eleventh year, the Wilmington Triathlon Club and the Wilmington Family YMCA will be hosting the annual YMCA Triathlon on September 22, 2012.

The event will take place starting at 7 a.m. at Wrightsville Beach and will feature a 1500 swim, a 12 mile bike and a 5k run. Registration is now open, so any able-bodied athletes out there who would like to give it a try are welcome to sign up. Not an elite athlete? Not to worry! The Wilmington Triathlon Club prides itself on being a multi-level club, welcoming all levels from beginners to experts.

To register for this event, visit this link:

To learn more about the Wilmington Triathlon Club, visit:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What is The Loop in Wrightsville Beach NC?

Map of The Loop, Wrightsville Beach NC
If you're a newcomer to Wrightsville Beach or the Wilmington, NC area, you've probably heard people refer to "the loop" and wondered what in the world they're talking about. The John Nesbitt Loop (just "the loop," to locals) is a popular trail located in Wrightsville Beach.

This 2.45-mile stretch begins at Causeway Drive/U.S. Hwy. 76, wraps around North Lumina Drive, bends along Salisbury Street/U.S. Hwy. 74 over Banks Channel and then connects back to Causeway Drive/U.S. Hwy. 76.

The loop is commonly used for walking, biking, jogging and skating. Whether you want to get some fresh air and exercise or you just want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island, the loop is a well-loved fixture of Wrightsville Beach. The loop is also a great place to walk your four-legged friends (just make sure you pick up after them or you could be fined $250!)

Click here for a map of the John Nesbitt Loop:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lumina Daze 2012, Wrightsville Beach NC

The annual Lumina Daze celebration will be held Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach. This special evening will feature live and silent auctions, delicious food and drink provided by the resort, and lively music from the jazz, shag and big band eras.

In addition to great food, great music and great company, attendees will get to experience some of Wrightsville Beach's greatest moments in history as they stroll through themed presentation areas and learn about our beautiful island's past.

Admission is yet to be determined, but stay up-to-date by checking back with us or by bookmarking this site:

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum. To learn more about the museum and its efforts to preserve Wrightsville Beach's fascinating history, check out their website here:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

UNCW Beach Blast, Wrightsville Beach NC

UNCW Beach Blast - photo from
August is a month of mixed feelings for most students. While they're saying farewell to their summer jobs and carefree days at the beach, they're looking forward to the start of a new semester and furthering their academic careers. Although warm summer weather usually extends well into September here in Wilmington, the annual UNCW Beach Blast offers students one last beach party before hitting the books in August.

This year's UNCW Beach Blast will take place on August 21, 2012 at Wrightsville Beach. The usual spot for the festivities is along the shore near the Crystal Pier (the stretch between beach accesses #35 and #38). Set up for the event will begin at 7 a.m. and the fun will continue through 3 p.m.

In addition to offering fun, sun and surf, the annual Beach Blast also offers a chance for students to get to know the community and sometimes even lend a helping hand. Past events have coincided with free surf camps from various surfing schools in the area as well as ECO Beach Sweeps, making sure no trash is left behind.

If you're a UNCW student, don't miss out on this awesome community event, organized just for you!

Friday, July 27, 2012

2632 N. Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach for Sale

A five bedroom oceanfront home is for sale in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. by Hardee Hunt and Williams Real Estate.  The luxury property at 2632 North Lumina Avenue is an amazing opportunity for oceanfront, coastal living with outstanding views, gorgeous landscaping, and attention to detail.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. July 27, 2012 -- 2632 North Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (MLS# 479605) is a five bedroom, five and a half bath oceanfront home on the quiet north end of the island.  This property presents luxury oceanfront living at it's best.

The home at 2632 N. Lumina Ave. sits on .28 acres of valuable oceanfront land at the north end of Wrightsville Beach in southeastern North Carolina.  Pristine coastal architecture, gorgeous native landscaping, and panoramic water views from the top level Captain Quarters provide an incomparable oceanfront living experience.

Enter the home on the ground level with beach friendly ceramic tile flooring throughout.  The large oceanfront game room opens to an oceanfront deck ideal for entertaining year round.

The main living level provides an oversized, covered oceanfront porch for all season enjoyment. The oceanfront family room and lounge has a fireplace, well placed windows that provide ample light, and views throughout the open floor plan.

The high end chef's kitchen includes hard surface counters, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.  There is an open breakfast area and breakfast bar as well as a formal dinning area, all with ocean views.

The third level features the oceanfront master suite with a private deck and an impressive master bath. A top level captain's quarters has a wet bar, wine cooler, and ample room to enjoy panoramic water views.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach Real Estate company dedicated to matching buyers and sellers with homes, investment properties, and condos in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, and Figure Eight Island.

To learn more about 2632 N. Lumina Ave, please visit For more details about Hardee Hunt and Williams or to learn more about Wrightsville Beach Real Estate, please visit


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Surfers Healing and Surf Gala 2012 in Wrightsville Beach

News from

Wrightsville Beach NC hosts Children with Autism
& Gala Fundraiser for Surfers Healing

Photo: Julian Kehaya
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. -- One of the world's 20 best surf towns (National Geographic, 2012) will host Surf Gala 2012 and Surfers Healing, an international surf camp for children with autism, Aug. 19-20.

Sunday, Aug. 19, Surf Gala 2012 will be hosted by widely acclaimed Port Land Grille. Owners Anne Steketee and husband Chef Shawn Wellersdick will prepare a magnificent multi-course dinner, with an evening of live music (Kyle Lindley), video clips, and silent auction.

Diners will have the opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Izzy Paskowitz, Surfers Healing founder, and his ohana (family) of legendary Hawaiian surfers. Advance copies of Izzy's memoir "Scratching the Horizon" will be signed and provided to each guest. All income from this special evening will be used to pay for the cost of the Surfers Healing surf camp for children with autism at Wrightsville.         

On Monday, Aug. 20, 200 families from across the United States are visiting Wrightsville Beach to witness the miracle of Surfers Healing, an international surf camp for kids with autism.

This event takes place at the popular Stone Street Public Beach Access located in the heart of downtown Wrightsville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Spectators are welcome to "cheer" the children.

Surfers Healing was founded in California by professional surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz for his son, Isaiah, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Because Izzy discovered the positive impact surfing had on his son, he shared this unique therapy with other children diagnosed with autism. 

Surfers Healing Camps are now hosted in Hawaii, California, Mexico, Puerto Rico and a few surf towns like Wrightsville Beach. These camps enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Members of the international surfing community travel with the event and work one-on-one to coach children with autism to ride the waves.

Volunteers are welcome at the Stone Street Public Beach Access.

For reservations, information, interviews:
John Pike, Surfers Healing
(910) 471-7453

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

34 Pelican Drive in Wrightsville Beach N.C. for Sale

A beautiful waterfront property in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is now available for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.  Listed at MLS# 477814 with an asking price of $1,595,000, the home at 34 Pelican Drive has a private boat slip and gorgeous views.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., July 2012 -- A soundfront coastal home with incredible water views and a private dock and boatslip in the heart of Wrightsville Beach is listed for sale at MLS# 477814.  Hardee Hunt and Williams Real Estate Company is listing this gorgeous and unique home for sale at 34 Pelican Drive.

The prime location of this home in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. affords water views overlooking Lee's Cut and a private dock with multiple deep water boat slips in a no-wake zone area.  All-season water activities are accessible just steps from the back door including swimming, fishing, boating, and paddleboarding.

Enjoy plenty of outdoor living space at 34 Pelican Drive with a lower level patio - ideal for entertaining - as well as second and third story waterfront decks. The soundfront family room includes real wood flooring, a fireplace, and many well placed windows providing an abundance of natural light. 

An oversized, exterior deck with built-in bench seating is conveniently lcoated adjacent to the living room. The kitchen features water views overlooking Mott's Channel and Keenan's Creek, hard surfaced corian countertops, a breakfast bar, and real wood flooring. The top level master suite has access to a private wrap-around waterfront deck with sensational views over the water. 

Recent improvements to the property include a new roof and new dual zone heat pumps. There is ample parking available with a three car garage and oversized parking pad ideal for large beach gatherings.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach real estate company dedicated to assisting buyers and sellers with their beach homes, investment properties, condos, and land lots for sale.  The agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams are experienced professionals with years of expertise in Wrightsville Beach real estate, Landfall homes for sale, and Figure Eight Island properties.

To learn more about 34 Pelican Drive in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., please visit  For more information about Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate, please see


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408


Friday, July 6, 2012

Wrightsville Beach NC Makes Top 20 List of the World's Best Surf Towns

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. was recently named to the National Geographic list of the Top 20 World's Best Surf Towns.  Wrightsville Beach stands out among surf towns of the world because of it's inviting, easy going attitude and access to great surf.

The article features an interview with Surf City Surf Shop owner, Mike Barden, and mentions some other fun and unique things to do in Wrightsville Beach including stand-up paddleboarding in the Harbor Island Outer Loop as well as charter fishing trips.

We already know that we have the best beach town in the world, a friendly community, great surf, and awesome local businesses and activities.  But we just love the recognition from National Geographic!  You can read the article here: World's Best Surf Towns - National Geographic.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wrightsville Beach Lot for Sale - 834 S. Lumina Avenue

A 50' x 100' buildable lot, second row from the ocean, is reduced to sell on the south end of Wrightsville Beach, N.C.  Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company is representing the sale of the lot, MLS# 467426, and has it listed at $795,000.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., July 2012 -- Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company is representing the sale of a buildable lot in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. listed at MLS# 467426.  This 50' x 100' lot is second row from the ocean on the coveted south end of Wrightsville Beach.  Gorgeous ocean views and convenient beach access are the highlights of this land for sale.

The 50' X 100' buildable lot at 834 S. Lumina Avenue is reduced to sell on the highly sought after quiet stretch of South Lumina Avenue. This second row lot will provide excellent ocean views and convenient ocean beach access for all the activities and enjoyments that the south end of Wrightsville Beach has to offer including excellent fishing from the rock jetty and inlet and dining on the pier from the Oceanic Restaurant. 

In addition to the easy ocean beach access, this lot for sale also features sound side public access just steps away for low current swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach real estate company dedicated to matching buyers and sellers of premier Wrighstville Beach property.  Agents Jim Hardee, Ronnie Hunt, Randy Williams, and Ace Cofer have extensive experience with real estate in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, and Figure Eight Island including waterfront homes, investment properties, condos, and land for sale.

To learn more about the lot for sale at 834 S. Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach, please visit  To learn more about Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company, please visit


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2012 Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament, Wrightsville Beach

The 2012 Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament is celebrating 39 years and counting!  The dates for the 2012 tournament are June 27th - June 30th with headquarters at Wrightsville Beach Marina.  The schedule of events includes:

  • Wednesday, June 27 - Registration from 3pm-5pm at Lumina Hall followed by the Captain's Party from 6pm-10pm (Open Bar, Food, Live Music)
  • Thursday, June 28 - Fishing Day from 8:30am - 3pm followed by the Weigh-in from 4pm - 8pm and then the Party Under the Gazebo at Wrightsville Beach Marina from 6pm - 8pm
  • Friday, June 29 - Fishing Day from 8:30am - 3pm followed by the Weigh-in from 4pm - 8pm
  • Saturday, June 30 - Fishing Day from 8:30am - 3pm followed by the Weigh-in from 4pm - 8pm.  The Awards Ceremony at Lumina Hall starts at 7pm (Open Bar, Food and Live Music).
There are different levels of entry with corresponding entry fees, requirements, and prizes.  Visit for complete details.

The Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament is a wonderful tradition for Wrightsville Beach.  We are proud to host such a prestigious North Carolina fishing tournament and wish the best of luck to all participants!

Friday, June 8, 2012

WECT Sound of Summer Concert Series, Wrightsville Beach

The WECT Sounds of Summer Series in Wrightsville Beach is a favorite Thursday night event for beach residents, neighbors, and visitors.  Bring picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy live music at Wrighstville Beach Park starting June 21, 2012.

From Lumina News:

Beginning June 21, the series will run every Thursday for eight weeks and feature an array of local talent. Every concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. All Wrightsville Beach ordinances concerning banned substances apply. For more information, call the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation office at 910-256-7925 or visit

June 21: Soulbeam, a Wilmington-based dance and groove cover band that brings a fresh and vibrant new sound to classic and modern Motown, rock and soul hits.

June 28: Dutch Treat — This female-fronted band specializes in dance rock and 1980s tunes.

July 5: Selah Dubb, a surf-reggae-rock trio that has gained renown for its up-tempo, upbeat brand of modern reggae.

July 12: 360 Degrees — Serving the greater Wilmington area for 18 years, the band provides a combination of diverse music genres and an interactive, high energy show at every performance.

July 19: 40 East, a local six-member band specializing in multi-genre hits from country, rock, R&B and pop.

July 26: Heart and Soul, a six-member band that performs hits from R&B, soul and dance music.

August 2: Scearce and Ketner, an acoustic duo from Swansboro, N.C., that plays crowd favorites from a wide variety of artists, as well as original songs from their album, "Abducted."

August 9: The Imitations — Beach, soul, and rock and roll are what this band is all about. Currently, The Imitations have four different sets: Elvis, The Temptations, the Blues Brothers and the Beach Boys.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

205 South Channel Drive in South Harbor Island, Wrightsville Beach NC

Unique southern facing soundfront property now available in Wrightsville Beach, NC in the premiere primary residence community of South Harbor Island. Listing by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company, MLS# 477077.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., May 2012 -- The opportunity to purchase a unique southern facing Wrightsville Beach property has now been made available through a listing by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.  The soundfront home at 205 S. Channel Drive on South Harbor Island in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is listed for sale with MLS# 477077.

The waterfront location within the premier residential community of South Harbor Island helps to make 205 S. Channel Drive a desirable property.  South Harbor Island is a secluded community of high end primary residences conveniently located to Wrightsville Beach shopping, dining, and recreation, while out of sight and off the beaten path for summer visitors.  The area is thoughtfully laid out with ample green space providing residents with parks, boulevards, sidewalks, and well-established old growth coastal trees.

Property highlights and features at 205 S. Channel Drive include a private pier and boat lift, a multi-vessel dock, 87' of water frontage, impressive waterfront exposure, a .24 acre lot, and long range, unobstructed water views.  The southern exposure of this home overlooks Motts & Banks Channel.  There are dual waterfront covered decks providing soundfront and amazing sunset views overlooking the water from two lower guest suites, as well as incredible views from the upper level living room, kitchen, and dining areas. The property is surrounded by well established old growth coastal landscaping including cedars, myrtles, and fruit bearing fig trees. The location provides convenient access to North Carolina's most well maintained and navigable inlet at Masonboro for small and large vessels.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is dedicated to Wrightsville Beach real estate with a focus on waterfront homes, condos, primary residences, and investment properties.  They have extensive experience with Wrightsville Beach real estate and are knowledgeable about the island, it's properties, history, and real estate opportunities.  They are adept at serving the needs of both buyers and sellers and offer the local connections and relationships that can help discover or effectively market Wrightsville Beach properties.

To learn more about the waterfront property at 205 S. Channel Drive, please visit  To learn more about Hardee Hunt and Williams, please visit


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408


Monday, May 14, 2012

Fire on the Dock Chef's Competition in Wrightsville Beach

Have you been following the Fire on the Dock local chef's competition here in Wrightsville Beach?  Shell Island Resort is host to this Wilmington North Carolina area cooking competition featuring our favorite local chefs and mystery ingredients local to NC.  The secret ingredients so far have included flounder, Cheerwine (!), bison, curry, strawberries and asparagus, pork, milk and chocolate, eggs, bacon and ham, and poulet rouge and perfect puree.

This 8 week event has featured 2 battles per week and we're down to the semi-final battle this week.  Andy Hooper and his team from Chefs 105 in Morehead City will battle the winner from Marc's on Market and Coral Bay Club.  Gerry Fong and his team from Persimmons in New Bern will battle the winner from Swim with the Fish and Cameo 1900.

This is an amazing opportunity for local chefs and restaurants to showcase their talents and for area foodies to experience Iron Chef style dishes.  Reserve your tickets now to experience the fun and excitement of the Fire on the Dock event and maybe even get inspiration for your own kitchen.

Get complete details including chef bios and results from previous battles at Fire on the Dock Competition Dining.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Islander Condos Unit for Sale in Wrightsville Beach

The oceanfront condo unit at 1704 North Lumina Ave, Unit 7-D at The Islander Condominium highrise is for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams.  The asking price for the 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is $519,900.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., May 2012 -- The Islander oceanfront condominium community is a long established and well managed Wrightsville Beach property.  The agents with Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company recently listed a two bedroom, two bath unit at The Islander for sale.

Tucked into a quaint section of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, The Islander community features and benefits include secure entry, ample parking, a private oceanfront pool with native landscaping, outdoor grills and a tiki bar, private tennis, an elevator, exclusive beach access, and on-site management.  The well managed HOA provides an all inclusive, low maintenance lifestyle.

The condo unit for sale at 1704 North Lumina Avenue, Unit 7-D is a penthouse suite which includes a private rooftop deck with 360 degree views.  The Islander is ideal for full time residence, a second home, or as a vacation rental investment opportunity.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a specialized firm dedicated to Wrightsville Beach real estate, representing both sellers and buyers in this southeastern North Carolina beach community as well as at nearby Landfall and Figure Eight Island.  With extensive experience in real estate in this area as well as a long history of living and doing business here, the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams have the knowledge, experience, and connections it takes to find the ideal buyer and seller match for Wrightsville Beach homes and condos.

For more information about 1704 North Lumina Avenue at The Islander on Wrightsville Beach, visit  To learn more about Hardee Hunt and Williams, visit


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market 2012

The Wrightsville Beach Farmer's Market kicked off yesterday, May 7, 2012 and will be held on Mondays through September 3rd on Old Causeway Drive across from the Post Office from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This year marks the 4th season the Farmer's Market has been in Wrightsville Beach.  It provides local residents and visitors a chance to connect with area farmers, growers, and vendors and purchase fresh, locally grown produce and more.  We are so excited to have the Farmer's Market back.  It's a great way to connect with our neighbors and the Wrightsville Beach community while supporting great local businesses and healthy eating.

Mark your calendars so you'll remember to visit the Farmer's Market on Mondays.  It goes until 1:00 so you can even stop by on your lunch break!

For more information, including vendor applications, visit Town of Wrightsville Beach - Farmer's Market.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

126 Driftwood Court for Sale at the Channel Walk Condos in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company has listed for sale the 3 bedroom, 2 bath town home at 126 Driftwood Court at the Channel Walk waterfront condos in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., April 2012 -- A waterfront condominium unit in Wrightsville Beach was recently listed in the MLS by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company. The Channel Walk town home at 126 Driftwood Court is a three bedroom, 2 bath waterfront unit with a well managed HOA, day dock, and easy walk to the nearby marinas, parks, and restaurants.

This tastefully updated three bedroom Channel Walk condo located soundfront just over the drawbridge on Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is being offered at an attractive asking price.  The condo is move-in ready with features including wood flooring, contemporary interior doors, fresh paint, carpets and more.  The property boasts bead board ceilings in multiple baths and a ceramic tile foyer entry.

The well managed HOA at Channel Walk facilitates easy, low maintenance living.  A common area landscaping package provides a peaceful, quiet environment filled with old growth native live oak, cedar and holly trees. Channel Walk condo owners enjoy a community pool as well as a soundfront community pier for all season water access. It is an easy walk to the dock for paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, or fishing in the Lee's Cut no-wake zone.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique firm dedicated to Wrightsville Beach real estate, representing both sellers and buyers in this southeastern North Carolina beach community as well as at nearby  Landfall and Figure Eight Island.  With extensive experience in real estate in this area as well as a long history of living an doing business here, the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams have the knowledge, experience, and connections it takes to find the ideal match for Wrightsville Beach homes and condos.

For more information about 126 Driftwood Court and the Channel Walk Condos on Wrightsville Beach, visit  To learn more about Hardee Hunt and Williams, visit


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. 28408


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Carolina Cup SUP Tournament, Wrightsville Beach NC

News from

Carolina Cup welcomes competitors from distant shores to Wrightsville Beach
April 27 - 29, 2012

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. -- After its inaugural launch in 2011, the Carolina Cup quickly became one of the premiere stand up paddle board competitions in the world, drawing paddlers from as far away as California, Canada, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Open to pros and amateurs, adults and children, the weekend-long event will begin on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

According to Co-Chair William Pope, registrations for 2012 far exceed 2011. Thus far, athletes from 3 nations, 18 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have signed up to participate in the Carolina Cup SUP races. As of today, approximately 70% of registrations are outside the state of North Carolina. Pope reminds local athletes not to rely on late registration, as each race is capped in 2012. Interest in The Carolina Cup has grown substantially and the Wrightsville Beach event is a qualifier for the World SUP Championships. Participating nations/commomwealth/states include:  USA, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Utah.

The dynamic and strenuous paddling conditions of the Wrightsville Beach area will pose a significant challenge to competitors returning for another year as well as those testing the waters for the first time. The main attractions are the myriad conditions - from the flat waters of Banks and Motts channels to the wind-chopped surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

There will be three different long distance courses, along with the Turtle Kids Race and the Sunday Sprint short distance race. The three different long distance courses are the 3.5-mile Harbor Island fun race, the 6.5-mile Money Island race and the grueling 12.5-mile Graveyard trifecta traversing inlets, ocean and channels. Only this race is open to elite division paddlers, all others are open to all levels of paddlers. There are different divisions for men and women, based on board length (14 feet, 12 feet 6 inches, 12 feet and under, Surfski and OC-1) and paddling position (prone or standup). Sunday's Carolina Cup Sprint Races will be open to men and women, exhibiting power and skill on the short course with one buoy turn on the water.

Festivities for the weekend begin at noon on Friday, April 27 with standup paddleboard demos until 6 p.m., a clinic with SUP World Champion Candice Appleby and defending Carolina Cup Champion Anthony Vela from 2-4 p.m. Clinics will be followed by a race reception at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort from 5-8 p.m. The majority of the races will take place on Saturday, April 28 with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. and an after party hosted by Surfers Healing at 7 p.m. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, April 29, with a racers' brunch, the Turtle Kids Race, the Carolina Cup Sprint Races, and more clinics from noon to 2 p.m. including one of the world's leading SUPers Danny Ching.

Hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, the Carolina Cup is a qualifier for the World SUP Championships. Registration fees vary by race. Proceeds from this year's Carolina Cup will be donated to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island, Surfers Healing and Athletes for Cancer.

For more information and registration visit

Monday, April 2, 2012

108 A S. Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach NC For Sale

Second row condo for sale in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. at 108 S. Lumina Avenue, #A.  2800 square foot spacious open floor plan has 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and is an easy walking distance to the ocean and sound.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., April 2012 -- Wrightsville Beach condos make amazing investment properties, vacation homes, or retirement homes.  There is a great opportunity right now to purchase a Wrightsville Beach condo at 108 A. South Lumina Avenue.  This is a 2800 square foot unit with 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths and a spacious open floor plan, just steps from the ocean and the sound, listed for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.

108A South Lumina Avenue features a contemporary living area with fireplace, built-in sound system, and sliding glass doors that open to a covered deck. Water views from the deck overlook the ocean. All baths have been updated with superior finishes and fixtures including granite vanities and custom ceramic tile showers. The master suite features a private covered deck with great views overlooking the sound waters of Banks Channel. The master suite also includes a gorgeous private bath and oversized closet space.

In addition to the main living areas and the master bedroom suite, a guest suite on the second level of this Wrightsville Beach condo provides incredible views of the ocean and also has a covered deck. There is a bonus bedroom on the top level with another premium bathroom.

Other features of this condo include a 2 car garage, ample storage space, coastal landscaping, and some excellent furnishings to be included in the sale.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique Wrightsville Beach Real Estate company, specializing in the buying and selling of properties on Wrightsville Beach, Figure Eight Island, and in the Landfall community.  The agents with Hardee Hunt and Williams possess the background, knowledge, and experience necessary to provide the best possible service for their real estate clients.

To learn more about this condo for sale in Wrightsville Beach, visit  To learn more about Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company, visit


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt & Williams
Lic: 255168
602 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Friday, March 30, 2012

World Autism Awareness Weekend on Wrightsville Beach NC

News from

Wrightsville Beach hosts 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend
April 20-22, 2012

In North Carolina alone, as many as 60,000 families are impacted by autism with one or more members affected by some form of the syndrome that sometimes isolates families and their members from day to day activities. For a three-day weekend, April 20-22, Wrightsville Beach invites these families and the public to participate in the inclusive 3rd Annual World Autism Awareness Weekend.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, April 20 - Arrive and connect with old friend and make new ones. Stroll the beach, play games on the oceanfront lawn, enjoy gluten free and special menu options available at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, host hotel, and register for Saturday's 5k and fun run/walk events.

Saturday, April 21 - Participate in two major events:
8:30 a.m. the 2nd Annual Coastal N.C. Run/Walk at Mayfaire Town Center includes three events: a 5k race, 1 mile fun-run and kid's dash. Proceeds support autism services. Sponsored by the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports.

11a.m. to 4 p.m. Surfers Healing presents Family Day in Wrightsville Beach Park. Experience a day of hands-on kids' activities, networking and resource sharing. Booths will feature children's activities like board waxing, face painting, fishing, corn toss and more. A miniature skate park is featured along with sensory and calming toys. Indo Jax Surf Charity will sponsor the bounce house and Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards will lead special water safety instruction. Bi-lingual information booths will be hosted by theAutism Society of North Carolina;; Family Support Network; NC Aquarium; N.C. Chapter of Surfers Healing; Ocean Cure; S.H.A.R.E.; TEACCH; Wilmington Children's Developmental Services Agency; Oasis and Exceptional Friends Network.

Sunday, April 22 - Water and skateboarding activities:

Families may select from games on the oceanfront lawn, offered all day, or water activities at the Blockade Runner beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until everyone is happy! Kayaks and equipment will be provided by Hook, Line and Paddle for those who wish to paddle scenic Banks Channel. Captain Joe Abbate, the Cape Fear Naturalist, will offer scenic and comfortable water cruises aboard The Shamrock. See Banks Channel, Motts Channel, Money Island and hear stories told by Captain Joe. Sunday morning buffet and a mid-day seaside cookout will be available.

For skating fans, A.skate is sponsoring a clinic at the Double Wide Skate Barn in Hampstead 9 to 11 a.m. The camp is fully booked, but Autism Weekend participants are encouraged to come and cheer these talented skaters!

The goal of World Autism Awareness Weekend at Wrightsville Beach is outreach, inclusion and awareness, and to provide activities and festivities for children on the autism spectrum and supply networking and resource opportunities for their parents and other family members. World Autism Awareness Month (April) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.


John Pike, North Carolina Surfers Healing Camp Director
(910) 471-7453

Heather Hargrave, Autism Society of North Carolina
Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism Coordinator
(800) 442-2762 (ext. 1106)

Host Hotel:

Blockade Runner Beach Resort (Special room rate available. Limited availability. Specify World Autism Awareness Weekend. Special menus available.)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

324 Causeway Drive for Sale, Wrightsville Beach NC

Waterfront signature property at 324 Causeway Drive with superior construction, luxury finishes and amenities now listed for sale in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. 324 Causeway Drive features long range water views and private multi-vessel covered dockage. 

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., March 2012 -- A signature Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina property has recently come up for sale.  The home at 324 Causeway Drive is listed in the Wilmington area MLS by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.  The three bedroom, 4,200 square foot home sits on the Intracoastal waterfront and has multiple boat slips with a canopy to protect vessels from the elements.  The canopy also serves as an oversized waterfront deck.

This Wrightsville Beach home has been the personal residence of the island's preeminent real estate developer.  Home to a true, lifetime yachtsman, this property boasts a structurally engineered concrete and steel canopy to protect dockage for multiple boats. The canopy also provides an expansive unique outdoor waterfront living area with sweeping views of the best Wrightsville Beach has to offer.

The features at 324 Causeway Drive include an elevator, two waterfront living areas, a game room and workshop, sauna, multiple waterfront decks, multiple boat slips, oversized dual garages, luxury kitchen and baths, an oversized master suite, and two fireplaces.  Homeowners here can enjoy all season private waterfront living: fishing, sailing, boating, paddle boarding plus an easy walk to restaurants, shops, and more.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a specialty Wrightsville Beach real estate company dedicated to homes, condos, and lots in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, and Figure Eight Island.  This is a small firm where the agents are committed to matching the right properties with the right buyers. They have the access, knowledge, and experience to enhance the buying and selling experience for homeowners and homebuyers.

To learn more about the property for sale at 324 Causeway Drive in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., please visit or


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt & Williams
Lic: 255168   
602 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Aerial Video of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Spring is upon us here in Wrightsville Beach and it's time to plan your vacation!  Whether you were here for the Quintiles Marathon or you're coming for the Wrightsville Beach Biathlon or the Blue Ribbon Run, you know that spring and summer are some of the best seasons to visit our island oasis. 

We thought you would enjoy this aerial video of Wrightsville Beach in case you needed any inspiration to start your real estate search here:

Wrightsville Beach Flyover from lemonstripe on Vimeo.

Contact the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams to schedule some showings around the island.  We work exclusively on Wrighstville Beach, Landfall, and Figure Eight Island and can help match you with your dream home or a great investment property: 910-256-6998

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wrightsville Beach Biathlon 2012

The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon enters its third year, taking place on March 23-24, 2012.  New this year is a Team Relay component. 

This unique biathlon event is 8 miles Surf to Sound and combines flat-water stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) around Money Island for 4 miles followed by a 4 miles beach run.  What a challenge!  The race begins and ends at the Blockade Runner Resort on Waynick Blvd. in Wrightsville Beach.

The SUP course starts out in the open channel near the Blockade Runner and follows a flat-water course around Money Island, leading back to the Blockade Runner.

After completion of the paddleboarding part of the event, racers will begin the run, heading to the ocean beach from Access 33 and running to Johnny Mercer's Pier, to Crystal Pier, and back to the Blockade Runner.

Relay Teams and Corporate Sponsorships are welcome!
The Biathlon is a challenging, unique, and super-fun event.  We are proud to have Wrightsville Beach host such a modern, scenic, and inspiring race.  Learn more at
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