Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions, Wrightsville Beach Style

As 2011 comes to a close, what kind of resolutions will you be making for 2012?  If you live, work or play in Wrightsville Beach, chances are you've experienced several of the island's attractions. If not, now's the perfect time to think about the things you'd like to do here.

Dining locally, patronizing local businesses, visiting local attractions and enjoying the natural beauty of this area will not only help you have more fun in 2012, it will help support your community and your local economy!

Here are a few resolutions for the Wrightsville Beach resident. If you see anything you haven't done, be sure to add it to your New Year's resolution list!

1. Walk, run or bike "The Loop" - The Loop at Wrightsville Beach is a circular 2.45-mile path around the public park and scenic marshes and through the village of Wrightsville Beach. Many locals utilize The Loop, as it provides a great way to stay in shape while enjoying the beauty of the area.

2. Take a surfing lesson - Wrightsville Beach is a popular surfing destination on the East coast. If you've never surfed before, there are several surfing schools in the area. WB Surf Camp, Indo Jax, and Kowabunga are a few popular surf schools in Wrightsville Beach.

3. Visit Masonboro Island - Masonboro Island is the largest undisturbed barrier island along the southern part of the North Carolina coast. If you want to enjoy coastal beauty without the heavy tourism, Masonboro Island is a must. Be sure to secure reliable transportation, as the island is only accessible by boat!

4. Learn to paddle board - Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP for short, is becoming a very popular way for people to enjoy the water. Although it takes a bit of practice, most people quickly get the hang of it. It's a great way to explore inlets and waterways around Wrightsville Beach. If you don't have your own paddle board, there are a few places to rent one on the island.

5. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History - Learn about the town of Wrighstville Beach and its humble beginnings. The museum hosts several events throughout the year and features rotating exhibits that highlight Wrightsville Beach life and lore.

6. Book a weekend "staycation" at aWrightsville Beach hotels - Even if you live in Wrightsville Beach, why not treat yourself to a little room service and pampering? With several options for lodging on the island, from five star resorts to quaint motels, there's something for just about any budget. Not to mention you can usually snag a great room rate during the off season!

These are just a few suggestions for making 2012 a great year to live on Wrightsville Beach. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Visitors Center or check out their website ( ) for more ideas!

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