Tuesday, November 26, 2013

30th Annual Holiday Flotilla - November 29-30, 2013

It's time to make plans for one of Wrightsville Beach's most popular holiday traditions! 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Holiday Flotilla and the excitement is building. In fact, there are only a handful of spots left for creative boat captains and their crews who'd like to decorate their vessels and dazzle the crowds. Last year's number of estimated onlookers was 50,000!

As always, the fun gets underway on Friday evening, November 29th at 7 pm, with the Atlantic Marine Holiday Launch Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the Flotilla's Host sponsor. Tickets for this event are $25 and admission is open to the public. It certainly promises to be a fun evening, and will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and live music by the Craig Woolard Band.

On Saturday, November 30th, get to the island early, and claim your spot! It's easy to spend the day here and be sure to stop by Festival in the Park, which takes place from 10 am until 4 pm. The festival has become almost as popular as the Holiday Flotilla and is a great place to purchase handmade craft items, photography, art, and other holiday gifts. This year's festival will include a large play area for children with several inflatable slides, bouncey houses, a coloring contest, the Arab Choo Choo, festival food, an antique car show, and over 100 arts and craft vendors.

At 6 pm the main event begins and culminates with one of the most outstanding fireworks shows in the southeast. For updated details, including this year's prizes, judges, and special accommodations packages from the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, please use this link: www.ncholidayflotilla.org.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2345 Ocean Point Drive for Sale in Landfall

Private estate lot in Landfall overlooking Howe Creek in Wilmington, NC is for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams Real Estate. 2345 Ocean Point Dr. (MLS# 497093) has six bedrooms, five full baths and 2 half baths with gorgeous marsh views. 

Wilmington, N.C., November 2013 -- The agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company are pleased to announce a new Landfall property listing for sale at 2345 Ocean Point Drive in Wilmington, North Carolina (MLS# 497093).

Take a video tour of the home and property: Video - 2345 Ocean Point Drive

This coastal southern colonial home is situated on a spectacular private estate lot in Landfall overlooking Howe Creek. The location and features of this home represent all the best this gated, award-winning golf community has to offer. One of the most impressive highlights of the property is that nearly every window throughout the home offers a view of the expansive creek and marshland.

The home itself features six bedrooms, five full baths and 2 half baths. An executive office/library and additional den and hobby rooms will accommodate every family. The dining area adjoins the elegant living room with sound views. A breakfast room adjoins the waterfront screened porch.

Exterior living areas truly take advantage of the waterfront setting. Homeowners will enjoy the salt air and ocean breeze from a large, elegant brick veranda. There is also a large deck overlooking a private enclave surrounded by live oaks and southern pines. In additon, the property boasts a beautifully manicured lawn and native landscaping.

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a boutique real estate company with a focus on Wrightsville Beach real estate, Landfall properties, and Figure Eight Island.  The agents operate as a team and know every inch of the island community. They have the knowledge, connections, and real estate experience needed to match sellers with the right buyers and to help buyers find the Landfall or beach property ideal for them.

To learn more about the Landfall home for sale at 2345 Ocean Point Drive, please visit http://www.2345OceanPointDrive.com or call the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams at 910-256-6998 to schedule a guided tour.


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Make Plans to Attend Enchanted Airlie

If it's been a few years since you visited Enchanted Airlie, you'll be surprised how much it has grown! Last year, it was chosen by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Since 2005, visitors of all ages have enjoyed the magical displays, festive lights, holiday music and cheery cold-weather refreshments.

Once again, Airlie Gardens will undergo its charming transformation to become Enchanted Airlie. This year promises to be better than ever. Along with a number of local favorite displays, Santa will be on hand, and last year's amazing Lego exhibit will be back! The North Carolina Legos Users Group from Raleigh has generously agreed to install the 250,000+ brick model for an exclusive Enchanted Airlie engagement. The dates for Enchanted Airlie are as follows:

November 29, 30
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22

There will be two shows each night, from 5 pm until 7 pm and 7 pm until 9 pm

Because Enchanted Airlie has become a family tradition for so many in the area, tickets are only available for advanced purchase. Please be aware, that tickets for Enchanted Airlie frequently sell out. To obtain details about ticket prices and how to make this a holiday tradition for your family, please visit the Enchanted Airlie website.

You may also call the office at Airlie Gardens 910-798-7700.

Please note that children under the age of 4 are admitted for free!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Why Invest in a Wetsuit for Winter in Wrightsville Beach

Are you a fair-weather beach goer? Love swimming and boogie boarding in the clear blue-green Atlantic waters of Wrightsville Beach, but only as long as the sea water temperature is closer to bath water? With winter on the way, there's no need to abandon some of your favorite pastimes. Owning a wetsuit could open up possibilities that you may have never considered!

Wetsuits have come a long way in recent years and most novice owners are shocked when they realize how toasty they can be in a layer of neoprene. With 4 full-service surf shops right on the island of Wrightsville Beach, suiting up in a little "rubber" is a snap. Just be aware that trying on your first full wetsuit can be…well…an unusual experience. Let's just say that a little previous know-how in regard to pulling on a pair of pantyhose or tights will help. Winter is also a good time for purchasing a wetsuit package, because there are often special holiday deals, and Santa may be willing to participate!

As the proud new owner of a wetsuit, you'll be able to feel the invigorating splash of cold salt water in your face while the rest of you stays nice and warm. Now you can swim, boogie board, kayak, SUP, or paddle out into the lineup with ease. Prepare for prolonged feelings of extreme exhilaration!

Having a jug of warm water in the car for a post-fun rinse is nice along with a changing poncho and a Rubbermaid tub for your wetsuit.

No need to abandon the water now that winter is on the way.  A wet suit is the ideal way to prolong your favorite beach-going days throughout the year.

Enjoy the "off" season!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

3rd Annual Surf to Sound Challenge

Let's hope that our Indian Summer weather continues through mid-November! It could make the conditions ideal for the upcoming Surf to Sound Challenge on November 15th through November 17th, 2013. Two WPA-sanctioned races plus lots of great opportunities for spectators are just a couple reasons why this is such an anticipated Stand Up Paddle board event.

The Surf to Sound Challenge kicks off on Friday evening at the Blockade Runner with registration and a reception for paddlers, their friends, and families. At that time, race fees will be collected and race jerseys will be distributed. All participants will also have free admission to Saturday's N.C. Surf to Sound Expo from 12 noon to 6 pm.

The elite 6.5-mile course is for extreme paddlers who will begin the race with a surf start and make their way to the open ocean, through Masonboro Inlet, navigate the channels behind Masonboro Island and finish on the sound side of Wrightsville Beach. The top 3 finishers in Men's 14 and Women's 12'6 will be awarded cash prizes. Additionally, there will be other awesome prizes from the Surf to Sound Challenge sponsors. Other board divisions this year include, Men's Unlimited (over 14), Men's 12'6, and smaller boards under 12'6.

The 4-mile Harbor Island Outer Loop is a flatwater course and perfect for intermediate paddlers. It will circle Harbor Island, pass through Mott's Channel, the ICW, Lee's Cut, and end at the finish line in Banks Channel. The course is especially rewarding and fun because it takes paddlers under all three bridges!

Of course the kids are going to need to try their hand at SUP racing as well! On Saturday, they will have their chance at the Surf Zone Kids Race, which begins at 1:00 pm-sound side in front of the Blockade Runner. This event is free.

On Sunday, November 17th, the East Coast Paddle Surf Championship will take place starting at 10 am. Paddlers will test their wave-riding skills, ocean side, in front of the Blockade Runner. The weekend's festivities will wrap up with an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon-time TBA. The Blockade Runner Resort is the official headquarters. For more information and to register for the races, view the 2013 NC Surf to Sound Challenge eventbrite website.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

South Harbor Island and North Harbor Island, Wrightsville Beach

South Harbor Island and North Harbor Island are tight knit communities in Wrightsville Beach.  In addition to our beachfront condos and homes, properties on Harbor Island are some of our most sought-after real estate.  Some of the highlights of living in Harbor Island include easy access to the mainland and the beach, excellent dining and shopping close to home and close proximity to Wrightsville Beach park and The Loop - our 2.45 mile walking/running path.

Homeowners and families living in North and South Harbor Island enjoy waterfront and water view homes, private boat slips, biking, walking and traveling by golf cart around the community.

We thought you would appreciate these recent grassroots, citizen driven upgrades to the community:

Both North and South Harbor Island communities are special places to live. There are also investment property opportunities available ideal for income generating, long term rentals.

Learn more about Harbor Island Real Estate from Hardee Hunt and Williams. Call us today at 910-256-6998.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Unit B of 1600 North Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach for Sale

1600 N. Lumina Ave, Unit B (MLS# 493104) is a beautiful waterfront condo for sale in Wrightsville Beach with a 23' boat slip, water access, elevator, and covered parking in a low traffic area. Listed by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company: 910-256-6998.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., September 2013 -- Unit B of 1600 North Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach (MLS# 493104) is a side-by-side, four bedroom condo for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.  This soundfront property includes a 23' boat slip in the no-wake zone of Banks Channel in the Intracoastal Waterway. See info on Unit A.

The condo is located at the corner of Lumina Avenue and Crane Street in Wrightsville Beach with ocean access just a short walk from the condo. This area of Crane Street offers no public parking so traffic is light and beach access is easy. 

Condo owners will enjoy a well maintained and beautifully landscaped waterfront lawn with a sheltered gazebo.  There is plenty of storage on the property for beach, boating, and fishing equipment. The property is ideal for all season water activities as well as outdoor living. The lower level of the raised condo is an ideal entertaining area for family and friends' gatherings, oyster roasts, and cookouts.

The four bedroom, four and a half bath condo is situated on multiple levels with an elevator for ultimate convenience.  The interior has two soundfront living areas, each with a waterfront deck, offering spectacular views. Other interior features include a fireplace, built-in shelving, a wet bar, and a rooftop deck.

Hardee Hunt and Williams has been specializing in Wrightsville Beach real estate for years and their agents know every inch of the island community.  Consider this team your experts in Wrightsville Beach.  They have the knowledge, connections, and real estate experience needed to match sellers with the right buyers and to help buyers find the beach property ideal for them.

To learn more about the Wrightsville Beach condo for sale at 1600 North Lumina Avenue, Unit B, please visit www.1600nluminaavenue.com or call the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams at 910-256-6998 to schedule a guided tour.


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ready for an Oyster Roast?

September-r-r-, October-r-r, November-r-r … finally the "r" months have arrived.

Ostreaphiles, better known as oyster lovers, know what that means! Whether you procure them yourself or from your local fishmonger, the cooler, crisper weeks of fall are just perfect for roasting oysters. If you've never had the pleasure of cooking a peck or bushel of those succulent bivalves, what are you waiting for?

Here's a handy "how-to" guide and supply checklist for a DIY oyster roast:
  • Choose your spot - Given their potential for being a bit messy, it's best to cook oysters outside. If that's out of the question, inside on the stove, or even in the microwave, is perfectly acceptable. However, a propane cooker equipped with a tri-pod stand, large pot and steamer insert are preferred.
  • How many tables? Because shucking and eating oysters is a vigorous activity, there's no need to provide seating. Several sturdy tables or even sheets of plywood placed on saw horses work well. Many like to spread newspaper or butcher paper for easy cleanup.
  • Condiments - Have plenty of melted butter, sliced lemons, Texas Pete, Tabasco, and Cocktail sauce on hand. Saltine crackers are a must. If you're going for an upscale experience, garlic bread is acceptable. Rolls of paper towels and napkins will also be necessary.
  • Utensils - Shallow bowls make dipping oysters in your chosen accompaniments a snap. For those who'd like to keep things really simple, compostable paper plates and bamboo forks can be found locally at Lovey's. Of course oyster knives are a must. Many guests opt to bring their own, but there should also be enough on hand for everyone.
  • How Many Oysters?  Depending on how many "professional" oyster aficionados will be in attendance, a good rule of thumb is one bushel for every 4 to 5 guests.
  • Cooking the Oysters - Rinse them well-doing this outside with a garden hose is quick and easy. Discard any that are already open! Next, fill the large steamer pot with water that reaches the base of the steamer insert. Add ¼ of a cup of white vinegar. Cover and bring to a rolling boil, then turn the heat down to maintain a simmer. With heavy-gloved hands, carefully stack the oysters inside the steamer basket. Cover and check in 10 minutes-
    • Medium rare oysters will be slightly open, about an eighth on an inch. Well-done oysters will be open a quarter of an inch or more.
    • Carefully transfer the cooked oysters to the table and enjoy! Leftover oysters can be used to make delicious oyster stew, dressing, and a right of passage for some - oyster s'mores!
Enjoy your oysters and your oyster roast!  We are big fans of this seasonal tradition:)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Events in Wrightsville Beach 2013

Fall in Wrightsville Beach is a Great Time to…

Save $2 / hour on parking - after October 31st that is! Fall also signals the 6-month period that allows dog owners to bring their best friends to the beach. From October 1st through March 31st, dogs are allowed on the beach strand along Wrightsville Beach as long as:
  • They are on a leash.
  • Their owners are responsible, clean up after their canine pals, and dispose of the waste bag in a public trash receptacle.
  • Please be aware that failing to follow those guidelines can result in a $250 fine, even for first offenders.
  • See Wrightsville Beach Pet Rules for more info.
This will mark the 26th year for the N.C. Big Sweep Cleanup! On Saturday, September 21st, volunteers will gather across the region to pick up trash, debris, and millions of cigarette butts from the state's beach strands and waterways.

The Wrightsville Beach Big Sweep draws hundreds of volunteers annually. It's a great way for friends, families, businesses, and service groups to spend a beautiful fall morning and participate in a global event that has become a part of the International Coastal Cleanup. To date, there are close to 90 countries, 55 states and territories that take part in this worthwhile endeavor.

For details on how to volunteer please use this link: www.ncbigsweep.org or call Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation at 910-256-7925.

Hope you and your 4-legged friend have been practicing because the competition will be fierce at this year's 20th Annual Bark in the Park Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Disc Championships. The action takes place on Saturday, October 5th at 11 am at the Wrightsville Beach Park. It's free to register and competitors need no previous experience. A rain date has been set for October 6th. To register, please call 910-256-7925.

The 2nd Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th. Last year's event was a big success so make plans early! Nearly 30 Wrightsville Beach purveyors of food, beer, and wine, will showcase their delectable island fare. 

This fundraiser benefits the Wrightsville Beach Beautification Project and Weekend Meals on Wheels. Celebrity judges will be on hand to present the "Best in Show Award" and the hungry crowd will be in charge of naming the "People's Choice" winner.

The food booths and band, The Blue Tang Bandits will be set up at MarineMax at 130 Short Street at Wrightsville Beach. For ticket prices and more information, please visit this website: wrightsvillebeachfoundation.org/taste-of-wrightsville-beach

Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis on Saturday, October 26th around the John Nesbitt Loop. The walk registration begins at 3pm and the walk starts at 4. This is the nation's only event of its kind, at this time. Please join volunteers and sponsors in support of this worthwhile cause. The proceeds gathered from sponsored walkers will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

For details and to register on line, please visit: Steps for Crohn's and Colitis.

We hope you have a wonderful fall season planned.  We just love this time of year and hope you can get out and enjoy it.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Triathlons 2013

Are you aware that the Greater Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach areas have become world-class destinations for triathletes? The fall season heralds the arrival of two of the most anticipated events for these athletes, their families, and thousands of spectators.

Wilmington YMCA Triathlon

On Saturday, September 21st, the 16-mile Wilmington YMCA Triathlon kicks off at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. As part of the AAA Car Care N.C. Triathlon Series, this local event is one of the largest of its kind along the Eastern Seaboard. The action will get underway soundside at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort with a 1,500-meter swim through Banks and Motts Channels. Next, athletes transition to a 20k (12.5-mile) cycling course that takes them over the ICW drawbridge and along scenic Airlie Road. The race culminates with a 5k (3.1-mile) run along the famed John Nesbitt "loop," which takes runners around the park and through the heart of Wrightsville Beach.

Organizers are happy to report a new "beach cruiser" cycling category this year. Designed for casual participants, each entrant will receive a free ticket and be eligible to win a new beach cruiser. This popular event is almost full.

To register for the Wilmington YMCA Triathlon visit: www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2287

PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

Just a few weeks later on October 26th, the Cape Fear region will be the site of the PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon. There are 50 charity slots open for the Full Iron Distance and the Full and Half Iron Distance events are already sold out.

The 140.6-mile course will take participants from the south end of Wrightsville Beach with a 2.4 mile swim and on to either a 112-mile (Full) or 56-mile (Half) bike course along area highways, rural roads, and I-40. Perhaps the most challenging portion of the cycling course is the home stretch, which takes the athletes over the Cape Fear River and back towards the Port City. Finally the running portions (26.2 mile-Full and 13.1 mile-Half) winds through historic downtown and around lovely Greenfield Lake.

For more information about PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, visit: www.beach2battleship.com

Please join Hardee Hunt and Williams in welcoming these athletes, their families, and enthusiastic spectators to the Cape Fear Coast. Collectively, these two events will showcase over 3,200 triathletes from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and almost every U.S. state.

Triathlete Magazine has named October's Beach2Battleship one of the Top 5 Iron Distance Triathlons in the World.

The general manager of the Blockade Runner Beach resort, Nicholas Montoya, has this to say about the races: "The reason these events appeal to the athletes and their families are the location, time of year, ease of access from the interior of the state, conditions, scenery, and the flat, fast and relatively easy courses."

We couldn't agree more, and believe that the abundance of Southern hospitality found in the Greater Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach areas have something to do with the popularity of these events as well!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Free Birding Tours in Wrightsville Beach

Have you ever wondered which bird species inhabit our North Carolina beaches and which ones are just passing through? Perhaps you'd like to understand the difference between a heron and a crane or an ibis and an oystercatcher?  If finding out more about the feathered creatures that call the Cape Fear Coast home, join Audubon NC naturalists on Friday mornings at Wrightsville Beach from 9 until 10 am.

From now through September 13th, you'll have the chance to see native seabirds in action and learn about their survival skills, diets, foraging techniques, migration patterns, nesting and mating habits. The tour is absolutely free and gathers each Friday morning at 9 am at Access # 43 at the south end of WB along Lumina Avenue.

Participants are reminded to wear sunscreen, comfortable clothing and bring a camera. For more information or to inquire about a group tour, please call the Cape Fear Audubon Society at 910-686-7527.

Happy Birding!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Outdoor Dining at Wrightsville Beach

Whether it's for a quick bite or elegant meal, waterfront dining is hard to beat. From the bustling waterway to the sparkling Atlantic, Wrightsville Beach has quite a few dining establishments where patrons can enjoy warm ocean breezes and stunning views. Here they are:

Beginning with a few spots along the waterway, there is The Fish House Grill, the Bridge Tender, and Dockside. All three of these restaurants are on Airlie Road and across the ICW from Wrightsville Beach. Each one boasts its own delicious seafood specialties and runs the gamut from casual to upscale. All three are open for lunch and dinner and you can check menus, hours, cocktail or dining specials and live music schedule on their websites linked above.

Across the drawbridge, and back towards the ICW, is one of the island's largest restaurants. As the 2013 Encore Magazine winner for "Best Outdoor Dining", the Blue Water Grill has a reputation as a lively place for lunch, dinner, cocktails, and live music. Two stories and ample outdoor seating offers guests sweeping views up and down the waterway.

Two Wrightsville Beach hotels where dining outside is an option are the Blockade Runner and the Holiday Inn Sunspree. Please note that only registered guests may use the pool. However, diners are always welcome at the Holiday Inn's Lazy Daze and the Blockade Runner's open air poolside restaurant. The Blockade Runner is at 275 Waynick Bvd and the Sunspree is at 1706 N. Lumina. Both offer a variety of salads, wraps, grilled items and full bar.

The Oceanic Restaurant is hands down one of the island's best places to enjoy true, oceanfront dining. Situated at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, the Oceanic is undergoing a comprehensive facelift and addition. Don't worry! They are still open and happily serving lunch and dinner. There is often live music on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.

Please note that during the busy weeks of summer, calling ahead and making a reservation, especially for dinner, is recommended.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

1600 North Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach, Unit A, for Sale

A beautiful soundfront condo is for sale in Wrightsville Beach with a 20' boat slip. Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company is listing Unit A (MLS# 494049) of this side-by-side condo with water access, elevator, and covered parking in a low traffic area at 1600 North Lumina Ave. Call today to schedule a tour: 910-256-6998.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., August 2013 -- Unit A at 1600 North Lumina Avenue in Wrightsville Beach (MLS# 494049) is a side-by-side, four bedroom condo for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company.  This soundfront property includes a 20' boat slip in the no-wake zone of Banks Channel in the Intracoastal Waterway.

The condo is located at the corner of Lumina Avenue and Crane Street in Wrightsville Beach with ocean access just a short walk from the condo. This area of Crane Street offers no public parking so traffic is light and beach access is easy. 

Condo owners will enjoy a well maintained and beautifully landscaped waterfront lawn with a sheltered gazebo.  There is plenty of storage on the property for beach, boating, and fishing equipment. The property is ideal for all season water activities as well as outdoor living. The lower level of the raised condo is an ideal entertaining area for family and friends' gatherings, oyster roasts, and cookouts.

The four bedroom, four and a half bath condo is situated on multiple levels with an elevator for ultimate convenience.  The interior has two soundfront living areas, each with a waterfront deck, offering spectacular views. Other interior features include a fireplace, built-in shelving, a wet bar, and a rooftop deck.

Hardee Hunt and Williams has been specializing in Wrightsville Beach real estate for years and their agents know every inch of the island community.  Consider this team your experts in Wrightsville Beach.  They have the knowledge, connections, and real estate experience needed to match sellers with the right buyers and to help buyers find the beach property ideal for them.

To learn more about the Wrightsville Beach condo for sale at 1600 North Lumina Avenue, Unit A, please visit http://www.1600nluminaavenue.com or call the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams at 910-256-6998 to schedule a guided tour.


Ace Cofer
Hardee Hunt and Williams
602 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Monday, August 12, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Hot Spots for Cold Treats!

Ice cream and its frozen relatives (frozen yogurt, smoothies, shave ice) are synonymous with summer along with trips to the beach, grilling out, and taking in a gorgeous sunset. On the island of Wrightsville Beach there are plenty of places where you can indulge in your favorite flavor - or perhaps discover a new one.

If the urge grips you as you cross the drawbridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, you're in luck! Surfberry is just on the right, before Mellow Mushroom and after the post office. The smoothie and frozen yogurt bar offers a wide range of enticing combinations. Hawaiian shave ice is a unique choice and Surfberry regulars reportedly favor blue raspberry and the tropical delight, li-hing-mui. Check out their Facebook page for more details: facebook.com/surfberry

Wilmington folks are certainly familiar with Kohl's Frozen Custard since it has a few locations throughout the area. Many locals have their preferred "flavor of the day" which dictates when they pop in. Still others anxiously await flavors that are only available at certain times of year, such as fresh peach, blueberry cobbler, or pumpkin. Sundaes and enormous shakes are also big draws. You'll find Kohl's tucked away at 92 S. Lumina, just adjacent to Wings and across from the Trolley Stop. Visit this link for more details and to find out the "Flavor of the Day": facebook.com/Kohls-Frozen-Custard-and-Jumbo-Burgers

Probably the most iconic of all the shops providing beach goers with cold, creamy delights is The Original Ice Cream Stand. Located just around the bend where Waynick Blvd. intersects N. Lumina, the stand has served as a "comfort station" along the WB Loop for over 20 years. It is definitely hard to choose between the hand-dipped cones, fresh fruit smoothies, fat free frozen yogurt and frozen candy bars. When you do, make sure to have cash, because that's the only way to pay at this old fashioned favorite. Old fashioned indeed!-The Original Ice Cream Stand has no FB page yet, but the address is 3 N. Lumina and the summer hours are 12-10:30 pm Mon.-Fri. and 12-11 pm Sat. and Sun.

Just up the street, at 32 N. Lumina, another place to indulge in a cool and delicious delight is Rita's Italian Ice. With its cheery red and white striped awning Rita's is easy to spot. Making a choice once inside, however, may prove a bit more tricky. Whether you decide on a fresh and fruity Italian Ice, luscious milkshake, Misto, or Rita's own "cream ice", which is an addictive combination of Italian Ice and frozen custard, chances are, you'll be back! Find out more here: ritasfranchises.com/stores/wrightsville-beach

Last but certainly not least, is Nye's Cream Scoop Shop, inside Roberts Grocery at 32 N. Lumina. Locally handmade, with a focus on small batch quality, Nye's is gaining a reputation for its rich, thick ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, and hand dipped cones and cups. With flavors like Meyers Lemon Cardamom, one could even say this would be the place for those in search of an artisanal cone. Seasonal specialties are also in the mix, such as watermelon sherbet and yummy blueberry pie! Have a look at what you're missing here: nyescream.com

Try them all and enjoy:)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Perfect Beach Day Itinerary for Wrightsville Beach

Whether you are new to the area or an overworked local, sometimes going coastal is easier said than done. It could be that there are too many responsibilities on the home or office front. Perhaps you have the perception that a day at the beach can not happen until you have a new swimsuit, state of the art beach chair, or spray tan? The truth is, spending an entire day or just a few hours walking along the beach, splashing in the surf, or gazing at the sea can be extremely rejuvenating. Occasionally, we all need a little push to get out there and like the Nike ad says, "just do it." So, if you've been procrastinating, now's the time to languish in the sun, drink in the salt air and kick back on one of the prettiest stretches of beach in the world. Here's an easy plan to walk you through the process:

Check the weather and pick your day. Pack the car the night before, but don't go overboard. Address your needs and add an indulgence or two, like a gourmet fruit cup, new magazine or cooling citrus spray, but keep it simple. You don't want to start your day in the sun like an overloaded pachyderm!

Strategize your parking. It is $2 an hour to park at Wrightsville Beach between 9am and 6pm. You can use a ticket from one of the machines at the metered spaces anywhere on the island. You can also use the Park-By-Phone system or bring a roll of quarters. Considering the natural beauty and all of the possibilities, even at $2 an hour, Wrightsville Beach is still an entertainment bargain!

Plan your beach activities- or play it by ear. Once you've parked, unloaded, and set up your spot on the beach, now the choice is up to you. What will it be?-People watching, swimming, strolling, shelling, napping, or finally getting into that summer read? When was the last time you built a sand castle, lolled around in a tidal pool, or plunked your beach chair right at the edge of the surf? Again, take Nike's advice! Just do it.

Getting food near the beach. When hunger pangs hit, if you did not pack a lunch, no worries. Depending on where you are on the beach, there are several options, just an easy walk away. Some of the noteworthy standbys include Johnny Mercer's Pier, Vito's, the Trolley Stop, and of course, Robert's Grocery where you can still get a Saran wrapped pimiento cheese sandwich or some of that famous chicken salad! Both the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and the Blockade Runner welcome outside visitors to their poolside grills. Please note, appropriate clothing is a must, such as a cover-up, and only hotel guests may use the pool - but who cares? - the food is great!

Swimming (and more sunscreen). If you have the afternoon free, make sure to reapply sunscreen and maybe break out a hat. It may be time for a refreshing swim. Wrightsville Beach is great for swimming and unlike many beaches, during the summer months, it is staffed with a team of vigilant, qualified life guards.

Take a stroll along the beach. As your day winds down, walking all the way to the south end can be quite promising. Depending on the conditions, you may see some world-class surfers, SUPers, or kite surfers. Walking to Masonboro Inlet can provide some pretty impressive photo ops thanks to the area's local sailing community. Should you choose to head north, you'll be rewarded with sweeping views of Mason's Inlet and Figure Eight Island.

Catch the sunset. Hopefully, before heading home, you'll have time to take in a magnificent Wrightsville Beach sunset!

…a few more ideas:

Shopping. visit the gift shop at Johnny Mercer's pier or Wings for some postcards - won't your friends love hearing about your beach day - finally?

Collecting. When you walk, make it your mission to find at least one piece of sea glass or a shark's tooth.

Fresh catch. Stop by Mott's Seafood for DIY "fresh catch" dinner ingredients. During the summer they even offer local veggies to accompany your fried flounder, boiled shrimp, or grilled mahi!

Enjoy your Day at Wrightsville Beach!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic, 2013

See more photos of the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic is an annual celebration of our female surfers of every age and ability. Co-hosted by Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Jack Viorel of IndoJax Surf School, the surfing event features amateur to pro levels in the following divisions:
  • Pro Shortboard and Pro Longboard, open to all ages
  • Amateur shortboard and longboard, grouped by age
  • Novice category, open to all ages competing in their FIRST contest
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (a NEW division!)
  • Guppy event, a crowd favorite to complete the competition
The event is scheduled for August 17 and 18, 2013 with an event banquet on Saturday night, August 17.

Prizes will be awarded to ALL Amateur Finalists. Pro Finalists will receive a cash purse.

Get all of the details as well as a history of the event at www.wrightsvillebeachwahineclassic.com.

See awesome photos of the past Wahine Classic competitions here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sunset SUP Series in Wrightsville Beach

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an SUP contender? Every Thursday evening from now through August 29th, you'll be able to test your prowess and hone your skills at the Sunset SUP Series.

The SUP races begin at the Blockade Runner sound side dock each Thursday at 6 pm. The address for the beach resort hotel is 275 Waynick Blvd. Simply arrive early enough to register and unload your gear. The event is free! Remember that PFDs and leashes are required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

There will be two races for both the Men's and Women's Intermediate and Elite Divisions. The courses will start from the Blockade Runner and change weekly. Courses will be set up based on the conditions and announced by 4 pm each Thursday. After a fun and challenging race, participants can enjoy post-race refreshments provided by Natty Greene's Brewing Company.

It typically takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete the course. Please note that participants will be responsible for securing their own parking space, along Waynick Blvd.

For more details, please call the Blockade Runner at 910-256-2251 or visit the event page at: events.blockade-runner.com/sunset-sup-series/

Friday, July 19, 2013

Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

If you still have not made it to Airlie Gardens for the Summer Concert Series, don't worry - there's still time! The lovely landscape, mighty oaks, and ocean breezes make this venue one of the area's most special. Every first and third Friday from now through September 20th, the concerts will be held from 6 to 8 pm. A free trolley leaving from the Cinema 6 parking lot, which is adjacent to Tidal Creek on Oleander Drive, will shuttle guests to and from Airlie. The trolley is also equipped for handicapped guests.

Before you head out the door for an evening of great music, make sure to pack a blanket or beach chair. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome, however, beer and wine are the only allowable alcoholic beverages. For those who'd like to purchase a ready-made picnic, Front Street Brewery will also be on hand for each concert with a variety of delicious offerings along with some of their best brews and seasonal wines.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for kids, and Members of Airlie get in for free. Here is a look at the upcoming schedule:

July 19th - Jack Jack 180 - Wear comfortable attire for this band because you're likely going to be on your feet and rocking out in no time! Jack Jack 180's playlist covers a broad range of genres, including pop, rock, and alternative.

August 2nd - The 360 Degrees - Wilmington's #1 Party Band has a reputation for soulful tunes from James Brown, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to 80s sensations The B-52s and Pat Benetar, plus covers from new artists like Joss Stone. Question is: "Can you keep your flip-flops on?"

August 16th - Grenoldo Frazier - This Port City native has quite a large local following. And no wonder-he is an accomplished composer, pianist, and actor. Frazier's smooth jazz stylings and masterful stage presence never disappoint.

September 6th - Stardust - Comprised of some of the most talented area musicians, this jazz ensemble is a proven crowd pleaser. Their repertoire includes traditional jazz, a little swing, a bit of Big Band and a few party hits.

September 20th - The Imitations - Chosen to wrap up the concert series, this lively bunch of musicians always leaves their fans wanting more. Take it from the band, who plays Beach, Soul, and Rock and Roll and "make every party a par-tay!"

If you need more information, please call the Airlie Gardens office at 798-7700.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Surfalorus, Wrightsville Beach 2013

Wrightsville Beach truly hits its stride during the summer months.  The island and the beaches are hopping and the community embraces this season with lots of fun, family-oriented events and things to do.  Check out this special event happening in July:

Second Annual Surfalorus Film Festival

On Thursday, July 18th through Saturday the 20th, it's time to channel your inner Moondoggie and Gidget for this unparalleled surf event, the Surfalorus Film Festival. A full daily roster of short and feature films will be shown at outdoor venues in Carolina Beach, historic downtown, and Wrightsville Beach. The films will feature their fair share of ripping and shredding plus a range of topics, including conservation, coastal preservation, and surfing lifestyles around the globe. In addition to the films, there will be a variety of other activities, music and the Board and Beach Expo at Tidal Creek on Saturday.

The festivities kick off on Thursday evening at Carolina Beach's Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. The band starts at 6:30 pm, followed by fireworks at 9 pm and 2 films at 9:30 pm.

On Friday morning, get your sesh in early so you can head to Red Dogs at Wrightsville Beach for an unforgettable day of surf films. The first screening starts at 10 am with a collection of 9 short films wrapping up just after 7 pm.  Later in the evening, at 8 pm, the party moves to Jengo's Playhouse downtown, where there will be live music and 2 more films.

Don't stay out too late because the fun intensifies on Saturday morning at Tidal Creek Co-op. There will be activities for the whole family, beginning at 10 am. Get there early to try "Surfer's Yoga" from the Wilmington Yoga Center, watch a demo by local surfboard shapers, sample microbrews, visit surf vendors, and take part in a coastal cooking workshop with local chef, James Bain. If you're worried about the July heat - don't sweat it - just cool off with a ride down the All-Day Slip-N-Slide!

The final leg of Surfalorus wraps up at Jengo's Playhouse. Films will run from 5 pm until-culminating with the Surfalorus Night Cap-a showing of vintage surf classics at 11 pm.

Get your tickets and plan your strategy now! As with any film festival, it is advised to read about what is showing, when and where, so you won't miss anything on your personal "must-see" list.

Please use this link to view the full schedule along with the list of films and more information: www.surfalorus.com

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Historic House Move by Boat in Wrightsville Beach

During the week of June 17-22, 2013, the historic 1946 Palmgren-O'Quinn house is being moved by barge from Harbor Island to the Historic Square on West Salisbury Street in Wrightsville Beach.  The Palmgren-O'Quinn house is home to the N.C. Coastal Federation.  The organization will soon have a new Regional Office and Coastal Education Center next to the WB Museum and Chamber of Commerce.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is dedicated to providing citizens and groups with the assistance they need to take an active role in the stewardship of North Carolina’s coastal water quality and natural resources.  It is a non-profit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy and habitat preservation and restoration.

The move of this historic home will be live tweeted @NCCoastalFed on Twitter.  They also have a Facebook Event dedicated to the move.

This effort not only preserves a historic home but also demonstrates the North Carolina Coastal Federation's commitment to the citizens of Wrightsville Beach.

This will be an exciting and fun event. You can even make plans to dine at one of our amazing waterfront restaurants to watch the house move!  We're wishing the NC Coastal Federation the best of luck transporting the house safe and sound and best wishes in their new home!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pro-Am Surf Fest 2013, Wrightsville Beach

Back in Wrightsville Beach after a year off, the 8th Annual O'Neill / Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest will take place on July 12, 13 & 14, 2013.

Divisions include:
  • Guppies (for kids needing assistance)
  • Guys 14 & Under
  • Guys 15 & Over
  • Guys Open Longboard
  • Girls Open
  • Girls Open Longboard
  • Professional (The pro division will be limited to a certain number of entries, so if you plan to surf this division, please get your entry in as soon as possible.)
Get more info and access to the entry form at wblivesurf.com.

This is such a fun event for Wrightsville Beach, for the participants, and visitors.  We are proud to be home to one of the world's best surfing towns and the Pro-Am Surf Fest gives us a chance to show it off!

Related Post:
Local NC Surfers Give Back

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Plan a Perfect Day on the Water in Wrightsville Beach

There are a number of reasons why the islands and areas around Wrightsville Beach are ideal for recreational boaters. Not only is it scenic, there are lots of fun spots to motor or paddle to. Whether your vessel is equipped with horsepower or hand-power, a day of boating along Wrightsville Beach is full of possibilities.

As a boater, hopefully you have taken a Coast Guard Safety class and know the rules of the waterways and channels. Before you head off to the boat ramp or launch site, take care of the basics, such as a float plan, weather check, and life jacket count. Pack your boat before you leave with all of the essentials for your day on the water. Taking care of this the night before will ensure that nothing important is forgotten. Depending on your preferred activities, remember to pack sunscreen, snacks, water, trash bags, a bucket for your treasures, beach chairs, towels, plus fishing gear and license.

In regard to your destination, are you after a natural experience at a remote location or interested in cruising around some of the island's waterfront neighborhoods? Perhaps you're headed out to the Gulf Stream for some serious fishing or have your longboard for a quick session at Masonboro Island?

If you know you want to try a new spot, but just can not decide, here are a few suggestions:

1. Lea-Hutaff Island - North of Wrightsville Beach, between Figure Eight and Topsail, you'll find Lea-Hutaff Island. The 5,641 acre undeveloped barrier island was once actually two separate islands. After the Old Topsail Inlet closed in 1998, they became one. The pristine strand is a favorite place for those who enjoy beach combing, bird watching, fishing, swimming, and surfing. A 35.7-acre tract of Lea-Hutaff Island was established as a partnership among Audubon North Carolina, the NC Coastal Land Trust, and the State of NC. During the spring and summer months, the island is monitored by Audubon biologists to protect large areas known to be nesting sites for both sea turtles and hundreds of beach-nesting seabirds and shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and marsh birds.

2. Figure Eight Island - Just south of Lea-Hutaff, is Figure Eight Island. There is no true public access to the main part of the private island; however, the very southern tip is a favorite hangout for boaters. If you go, be respectful of the homeowners and know that anchoring here can be tricky due to the swift current of Mason's Inlet. The 5-mile stretch of beach is ideal for a leisurely stroll or just about any other seaside activity you can think of.

3. Masonboro Island - South of Wrightsville Beach is one of the most popular destinations for boaters and surfers-Masonboro Island. From the ICW side of the island, boaters often anchor out and make their way to the beach side. Another uninhabited barrier island, Masonboro is also home to a variety of wildlife and visitors are urged to tread with care. Primitive camping is allowed as long as campers set up in previously camped areas. Like Lea-Hutaff, and Figure Eight, Masonboro is just one more incredible place to spend a day at the beach!

Before planning a visit to any of these unique spots, please keep in mind:
  • There are no lifeguards, so use precautions when swimming or surfing, such as the buddy system.
  • There are no trash receptacles either, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN TRASH BAGS AND DO NOT LITTER.
  • Be aware that along with being a potential nesting area, sand dunes and their vegetation are essential in reducing beach erosion. Never walk on the dunes or destroy coastal vegetation.
  • After a storm, beachcombing can yield all sorts of treasures, from blue sea glass to huge conch shells and some pretty amazing driftwood.
Wrightsville Beach is such a special place because of our access to unique islands, channels, and waterways.  Take a tour of Wrightsville Beach by water and we're sure you'll be hooked!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Landfall Home for Sale - 1245 Arboretum Drive, Wilmington NC

A signature Landfall home is for sale at 1245 Arboretum Drive in Wilmington, North Carolina. Whimsically dubbed Chateau Relaxo, this well appointed estate features interior and exterior details that reflect the highest level of quality, taste, and elegance. Chateau Relaxo is quietly nestled in the heart of Wilmington's most prestigious address, the private gated community of Landfall.

Wilmington, N.C., May 2013 -- Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate team is pleased to offer a beautiful Landfall home for sale at 1245 Arboretum Drive in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Landfall is Wilmington's premier gated address and the whimsically named Chateau Relaxo is situated atop a secluded wooded knoll in the heart of the Landfall community.

A rare one room deep floorplan takes advantage of the home's park-like setting.  Vaulted ceilings and an abundance of windows offer stunning ambient daylight. There are four bedrooms including an elegant first floor master suite. Both the interior and exterior showcase a designer's masterful touch.

The wooded exterior offers seclusion and privacy while providing the perfect overflow entertaining area.  An expansive Piedmont stone patio and Charleston fountain garden become a grand outdoor bonus room accessed directly through the French doors of the kitchen suite, ideally created for Landfall's ocean cooled evenings.

The home and half-acre estate of Chateau Relaxo have been meticulously maintained by its owner. Buyers seeking upscale living in a private, unique location will find lasting value in this quintessential downsized estate home.

Landfall community amenities include optional membership at the Landfall Country Club with two luxury clubhouses, eighteen holes of championship golf by Pete Dye and twenty-seven holes by Jack Nicklaus.  Tennis is also a part of the Landfall Country Club, with fourteen varied court surfaces at the beautiful Drysdale complex. Other club amenities include a fitness center, Olympic pool, social events, and gourmet dining.  Club membership or not, all Landfall residents get to enjoy an abundance of nature trails or trails around Landfall Lake as well as community recreational facilities.

In addition to on-site amenities, Landfall is only minutes from gorgeous Wrightsville Beach and all the outdoor recreation it has to offer such as boating, paddling (kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard), surfing, biking, birding, and more.

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

To learn more about Chateau Relaxo at 1245 Arboretum Drive in Landfall, please contact the agents at Hardee Hunt and Williams today: 910-256-6998 or visit http://www.hardeehuntandwilliams.com. Find photos and more details about the property at http://www.1245arboretumdrive.com.


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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Local NC Surfers Give Back

Think most Wrightsville Beach surfers are like Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High? For the most part, that stereotype could not be further from the truth. In fact, a number of area surfers have been recognized for their groundbreaking charity work and community outreach. Some of their efforts have taken them as far away as the beaches of India…and Norway.

In the words of IndoJax Surf School owner, Jack Viorel, "We are nothing unless we give back." Since moving to Wilmington from northern California several years ago, he has inspired the local surf community with this philosophy. Along with numerous free camps he conducts through his surf school, he has also worked extensively with a girl's orphanage in India. Making the sport accessible to a variety of individuals, from those with physical and mental challenges to military personnel and their families to inner-city youth is something Viorel feels strongly about. Last year, as a mission project to spread the news of how surfing can inspire and change lives, he and his team traveled to all four oceans, where they offered charity surf camps to special needs children.

WB Surf Camp holds Aloha Charity Surf Camps  in Wrightsville Beach each year.  In the past, they have offered an Alopecia and Cancer Survivor learn to surf camp as well as free camps for mothers and for teachers.  According to WB Surf Camp owner, Rick Civelli, "The purpose of our Aloha Camps is to share the restorative Hawaiian art of surfing with those who have a positive impact on the community or groups that we feel can benefit from the therapeutic healing powers of the ocean." 

Ocean Cure is a local nonprofit organization, which also uses surfing as a vehicle to change lives. The founders of Ocean Cure "believe very strongly in the powerful emotional and physical healing properties of the ocean and surfing." Along with holding free surf camps and clinics for medically fragile and at risk youth and adults, Ocean Cure is the main local coordinator for the "Life Rolls On-They Will Surf Again" event. California surfer, Jesse Billauer, founded Life Rolls On after a spinal cord injury resulted in his paralysis. "They Will Surf Again" is for those who've undergone spinal cord injuries. It takes place in several locations around the country. The enthusiasm of surfers along the Cape Fear Coast, have made this venue one of the most well attended. In 2011, Kevin Murphy, the president of Ocean Cure, accepted local TV channel WWAY's award that recognized Ocean Cure as the Cape Fear area's "Best Charity."

Surfer's Healing is an organization aimed at sharing the power of surfing with Autistic youth and adults. It was founded by Izzy Paskowitz, of the famous first family of surfing, who realized the positive influence surfing had on his autistic son. Local surfer, John Pike, heads up the annual event that typically takes place in August at Wrightsville Beach. Participants come from up and down the coast to participate in a day of surfing that celebrates the magic of the ocean.

In the words of the poet e.e. cummings:

"for whatever we lose~like a you or a me…
It's always ourselves that we find in the sea."

To learn more about the work of these worthwhile organizations, find out how to volunteer, and find out about their upcoming events, please visit http://www.ncpressrelease.com/small-surf-town-reaches-out-to-special-needs-kids-and-adults/.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Wrightsville Beach NC

Ready to Try the Hottest Watersport in Wrightsville Beach?

Wrightsville Beach is becoming a preferred destination for one of the world's fastest growing new sports. Stand Up Paddleboarding, known as SUPing, has gained steady popularity since its emergence in the 1960s. The sport originated in Hawaii, where its official term is "hoe he'e nalu". It is thought to have evolved from the practice Hawaiian surfers and instructors used to take surf photographs. Since around 2000, it has been embraced by surfing legends such as Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. Although experienced surfers may take to the monster-sized boards as a means to catch more waves, newbies seeking a tamer experience are the reason the sport is spreading like wildfire.

The calm, clear waters of Wrightsville's channels, inlets, and waterways are often filled with SUPers. In fact, year round, the island is the site of several major SUP races and special events, including the coveted World Paddle Association-sanctioned Carolina Cup. It brings in highly skilled paddlers from around the globe and has gained fame for its challenging ocean courses and high level of competition.

The appeal of Stand Up Paddleboarding is likely due to the fact that almost anyone can do it. For flat paddling as opposed to catching waves on the beach side, very little athletic skill is required - just a little balance and some enthusiasm is all it takes! If you think you'd like to give it a go, there are scores of local businesses ready to lend a hand. Before investing in a paddle and board, try it out by taking a few lessons and using rental equipment. Chances are, you will be hooked the first time out. However, since SUP gear is pricey, it is highly recommended that you try it before you buy it.

As you plan your upcoming Wrightsville Beach SUP adventure, here's a handy list of things to keep in mind:

1. In 2010, the US Coast Guard made it mandatory for all adult stand-up paddlers to have a Type III-Personal Flotation Device-PFD, on board. SUPs are now classified as vessels and operators must also have a sound signaling device, such as a whistle, a visual distress signal, and a navigation light or flashlight. Kids 12 and under, must wear a life jacket at all times. Please do not let these points deter you - these items are for your safety, easy to obtain, and can be placed on the deck of your board, thanks to PFD pockets or special waterproof bags. Note also that these requirements are for paddlers who are traveling from point A to B, not for those entering from the beach side to SUP surf. For surfing SUPers, a leash is required, along with compliance to the surf zone regulations.

2. Aside from a paddle and board, paddlers should wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and water shoes. Although much of the bottom around Banks Channel and the ICW is sandy, there are also plenty of hazards that could cut your feet, such as oyster shells and broken glass.

3. Prepare to fall! That is, should you have on sunglasses or a hat, make sure they are tethered to you. Falling off the board is just part of the learning experience and even seasoned SUPers take a spill from time to time. Get back on and remember: "No one looks stupid when they are having fun."

4. Research where you are allowed to launch and park. Wynn Plaza and the public boat ramp are two good choices.

5. Just as you would with a day of boating, check the weather conditions before you go including the wind speed and direction and the tide times.

6. In Banks Channel, avoid close contact with swimmers, boaters, and jet skis. Be courteous to the cruising boats in the designated anchorage by keeping your distance and noise down.

7. Get ready to channel your inner warrior and experience the natural wonders of the water!

We hope you find these tips helpful and that you make the decision today to go out and try stand up paddleboarding at Wrightsville Beach!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Boat Ramp Etiquette

Spring and summer are busy times for the only public boat ramp at Wrightsville Beach. Located at the junction of the I-40 terminus and US Hwy 74, aka the Martin Luther King Parkway, it is just to the left after crossing the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Although most boaters take a safe boating course, many never grasp the fact that practicing good manners should happen both in and out of the water. Before planning a day of boating or fishing, please review a few simple suggestions regarding boat ramp etiquette.
  • Practice makes perfect - If you are not comfortable maneuvering your vessel down the boat ramp and into the water, then by all means practice a few times before attempting it on a busy weekend morning. Everyone is anxious to start their day on the water, so please don't hold up fellow boaters while you try and try again.
  • Pack the boat before leaving home - The public boat ramp is not the place to transfer everything you'll need for the day from your car. Take care of that before you have your boat trailer poised on the ramp holding up traffic. Consider what you'll need, load it up, ice it down and secure it properly before leaving home.
  • Pay it forward - Remember the kind old salty dog who came to your rescue with some WD-40 when your winch seized up? When you see someone having trouble - be that guy! Rather than getting impatient and surly, offer a hand and be prepared to get turned down - it's a man thing, ok? If that happens, at least you tried!
  • Go the extra mile - Since the public ramp at Wrightsville Beach only has 68 parking spaces, consider having a friend or family member drive your vehicle and trailer back home or to your vacation rental, so the space can be free for one more boater. Who can't use a little extra good karma?
We hope these Wrightsville Beach boat ramp suggestions are helpful as we launch into our high season of boating and beach adventures. Enjoy!

Friday, April 26, 2013

10 Ideas for Mother's Day on Wrightsville Beach

Mother's Day is just around the corner, so go ahead and plan to give your mom the royal treatment! The holiday, which will mark its 99th year on May 12th, was established to commemorate motherhood and acknowledge all of those "honorary moms" out there. Since a typical May day along the coast of southeastern North Carolina can often be quite spectacular, Wrightsville Beach is a great choice for a celebration destination.

Not sure where to begin? Here are 10 suggestions sure to warm her heart!

1. Invite mom on her special date in a uniquely coastal way. Paint a message on a shell, make a card from a photographed message in the sand, or put a note in a bottle she'll find first thing Sunday morning.

2. Treat her to breakfast or brunch - is she crazy about the coffee and delicious muffins at CafĂ© del Mar or does she crave the shrimp and grits at Causeway?  Get there early to put your name down and enjoy the atmosphere along the beach or waterway.

3. After breakfast, she'll be ready for a boat ride for sure! There are scenic water tours and, if she's the sporty type, kayak or SUP rentals.  Regardless of which type of cruise she'd prefer, exploring Banks Channel is always a great way to spend some time.

4. Want to give her the perfect gift for today and beyond? You can't go wrong with a new beach chair, sun hat, sunscreen and lip balm, plus plenty of VIP reading material- you know -Vogue, In-Style, and People!

5. Whether it's on the beach or at the park, what could be nicer than a picnic? It will be up to the hosts to create the picnic of mom's dreams with all of her favorites. Don't forget a diversion for the kids, like sand toys or a Frisbee and perhaps mom's favorite cold beverage?

7. Since not everyone is a fan of just lazing on the beach, now is an excellent opportunity to introduce mom to something that may be on her "to-do" list anyway. Consider a side outing or lesson for the afternoon such as surfing, SUPing, sport fishing, kite boarding or a tennis lesson at the park.

8. As the day winds down, and if the kids are agreeable, late afternoon is a lovely time to partake in everyone's favorite WB pastime - walking The Loop.

9. After all that activity, mom will definitely need an ice cream cone, and luckily, there are several places on the island that serve hand-dipped cones, cups or frozen treats on a stick.

10. If the queen and her court are up for it, watching the sun set is a magical way to end the day. It can be especially nice when viewed over a scrumptious dinner from one of the island's fine dining establishments or from the deck of a beach house…that just happens to be for sale…Hey? Isn't mom's birthday coming up anyway?

For more ideas on where to go and what to do, please visit the Convention and Visitor's Bureau for Wrightsville Beach.

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Special Events for May 2013

It promises to be another fun-filled, action packed few weeks in and around Wrightsville Beach. The weather is usually ideal for a variety of outdoor activities. See which ones of these upcoming happenings appeal to you:

Airlie Gardens Concert Series - Kick off the outdoor concert season on Friday, May 3rd with local favorite, L-Shape Lot. If you have never attended a concert at this breathtakingly beautiful venue, by all means get to a concert this summer! Convenient free parking and shuttle service operates from the former Cinema 6 site at 5335 Oleander Drive, which is adjacent to Tidal Creel and Great Harvest. Admission is free for Airlie members, $8 for adults, and $2 for kids. Upcoming concerts will feature Bibis Ellison, 40 East, and Shine. Learn more by calling 910-798-7700.

Safari Hunt - Saturday, May 4th- 9:00 am-Have you ever wanted to be in one of those survival skill reality TV shows? How about an Easter Egg Hunt on steroids? This event could come close! Divers will search the water around the Liberty Shipwreck for numbered tokens that will be hidden on the 400-foot long vessel. Each diver is allowed to retrieve a maximum of 3 tokens. Afterwards, the participants will celebrate with a free hot dog cookout at the Bridge Tender Marina. Yes! There will be loads of prizes and free Safari Hunt Tees for participating divers. This event is sponsored by Aquatic Safaris. Early entry is $20 through May 1st and $25 prior to the event. For more information, visit this website: aquaticsafaris.com/safarihunt.html or call: 910-392-4386

23rd Annual River to Sea Bike Ride - Saturday, May 4th-What a perfect way to enjoy a springtime Saturday with the whole family! This leisurely paced 11-mile ride starts in downtown Wilmington and ends at Wrightsville Beach Park. Helmets are required and there will be a trolley option for the return trip. For details call 910-256-7925, or visit the event website here: rivertoseabikeway.com.

Kona Waterman Classic - Presented by the Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association - Saturday May 18th through Sunday May 19th. This 2-day event draws watermen from up and down the eastern Seaboard. The Longboard Classic is set for Saturday with an SUP Ocean race slated for Sunday. The awards ceremony will feature raffles and music. Proceeds generated from this event will directly benefit the WBLA's scholarship and outreach programs. Get all of the details here: wblasurf.org/category/events/.

40th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament - May 29th through June 1st. This year's tournament promises to be the biggest and best yet! Wrightsville Beach Marina will serve as headquarters and official weigh station. For all of the details and complete roster of special events during the event, please visit this website: capefearbluemarlintournament.com.

Enjoy this beautiful spring season on Wrightsville Beach!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Why Wrightsville Beach Made List of the World's 20 Best Surf Towns

National Geographic Magazine named Wrightsville Beach, N.C. to it's list of the World's 20 Best Surf Towns!  Here's why:

In the last 20 years, Wrightsville Beach has undergone quite a few changes. Thanks to the completion of I-40, just 23 years ago, the sleepy little beach village became easily accessible to thousands of folks who've now made it a top choice for day-tripping. What has also become apparent is that the 4-mile stretch of beach boasts some pretty amazing surf breaks. The sandy white strand of Wrightsville Beach is heralded these days as a preferred destination for surfers. When conditions are right, it's known for pumping out sizeable A-frames and glassy barrels. Wrightsville Beach has also gained fame as an ideal spot for beginning surfers. Currently, there are several well-established surf schools on the island, catering to all ages and skill levels.

According to the author of the National Geographic magazine article, Tetsuhiko Endo, there are several components a town must possess to be considered for inclusion on the "best surf towns" list. They are:
The nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodations, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.
Considering those requirements, it's no wonder Wrightsville Beach made the list!

If you are thinking of paddling out and trying your hand at the "Sport of Kings," it's always a good idea to take a few lessons from an experienced surf instructor. Unlike hitting the gym or the tennis court, the conditions on the water are subject to change hourly. Until you become skilled at analyzing the tide, wind, current, and potential wave height, it is better to rely on the advice of those in the know. There are four surf shops on the island, and this is the best place to start for information on rentals, lessons, surf schools, and surf zones.

Happy Surfing:)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Carolina Cup SUP 2013

Paddlers from up and down the Eastern Seaboard are gearing up for what promises to be one of the most well attended SUP events in the country. Last year, over 400 contestants tested their prowess in both the inland and offshore waters around Wrightsville Beach. SUP enthusiasts from as far away as California, Canada, and Puerto Rico participated.

The Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and event organizer is pleased to announce that this year's Carolina Cup will take place from Thursday April 25th through Sunday the 28th. All of the action starts at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

Here's a look at the four races. Please keep in mind that several age divisions have been established, and cash prizes will be awarded for the Carolina Cup's most challenging contest, the Graveyard Race.

Harbor Island Fun Race - This 3.5 mile trek takes paddlers under all three bridges that span the ICW, Banks Channel, and the inland waterways along Wrightsville Beach. A pleasant and fairly easy trip, this is a nice way to spend an hour or so!

Money Island Race - Often compared to a 10K, this one's for intermediate and advanced SUP-ers. The 6-mile course around Money Island can prove tricky, thanks to wind, current, and boat traffic.

Graveyard Race - This demanding 12-mile race is definitely not for the faint of heart. Paddlers will start and finish ocean side at the Blockade Runner Resort. Typical challenges include, ocean swells, wind, current, and boat traffic. For this race, everyone is required to wear a leash and a life jacket.

Kid's Race - Please check the event website for more information, since this race is still in the planning stage.

With race age divisions set for 12 and up, Junior-16+, Men, Women, and 50+, this is definitely a family friendly affair and an excellent excuse for a 4-day weekend at beautiful Wrightsville Beach!

To view the courses, check the list of last year's participants, and learn more about the rules and how to register, please visit the website: http://carolinacup-sup.com/about-the-carolina-cup/

Monday, March 25, 2013

Get in Shape for Summer with Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec!

So - how’s it going with those New Year’s resolutions you made to lose weight and get in shape? Although getting outside and improving your fitness level can be tough in the winter, with spring almost here, there are no excuses! Thankfully, the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department operates a variety of programs for all ages. From Aerobics to Zumba, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest. Honestly, you’ll probably be hard-pressed to narrow your choices down to just one!

To participate, there is no membership requirement and the athletic equipment is provided. Both Wrightsville Beach residents and visitors are welcome. Most classes do require a small fee which is mentioned on the WB Parks & Rec website. Here’s a look at just a few of the ongoing programs:

Dance Classes - Both line dancing and shag classes are offered. Either one of these fun choices is a great way to learn, meet new people, and enjoy yourself. Learning these moves is also a wonderful tactic to get ready for upcoming parties, concerts, and weddings.

Bridge - If you’ve always wanted to learn, now’s your chance! In addition to learning the game, workshops are offered several times a year that offer tips for how to improve your skills.

Yoga - Discover which style is right for you-gentle or power yoga, maybe both?

Pilates - What an excellent way to get ready for swimsuit season! This class is a sure fire way to increase your flexibility and muscle tone.

Zumba - As the WB Parks and Rec website says, “Party yourself into shape with this Latin-inspired dance-fitness program.” Sounds like an effortless and exhilarating way to get fit!

The above-mentioned classes are just the tip of the iceberg. So much more is offered, such as flag football, tennis, extreme cross training, and kid’s cooking. Check out the WB Parks & Rec Calendar for more details on this event, including fees, class times, and locations as well as other WB Parks & Rec events scheduled this year.

Aside from what is available through the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec Department, the park area itself provides a refreshing change of pace for those who prefer exercising alfresco. Walking or jogging around the “The Loop” is an addictive activity. The beauty of that is all you need are your tennis shoes, and perhaps an I-Pod.

Those that enjoy a little action on the court may be able to get in on a pick-up game of b-ball. Tennis buffs can use the backboard area to perfect their strokes, take lessons, sign up for the WB Tennis Ladder, or simply enjoy a few impromptu sets. One thing is for sure - with all of these options, improving your fitness level is fun and easy!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Class a Must for all Boaters!

The US Coast Guard Auxilliary Seal
As the longer, warmer days of spring and summer approach, the waterways and channels around Wrightsville Beach will see a proliferation of recreational boaters. While many are well versed in the rules of the road, boating safety, and all things nautical, unfortunately, a significant number are not. Since paddle boarding and kayaking continue to increase in popularity, it is imperative that those operating powerboats use common sense and courtesy when maneuvering their vessels. Teaching those points is one of the main objectives of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship Class.

Within the last few years, a law was passed in N.C. that requires anyone under the age of 26 operating a powerboat to have completed this class. They are then required to carry their Boater Education Card as proof. Additionally, those operating personal watercraft or jet skis must have the class as well.

The local Coast Guard Auxiliary offers several classes throughout the year. Along with the basic boater safety class, there are also more advanced classes available. Some topics covered in the beginning class are:
  • Boat Handling
  • Correct Passing
  • Lines and knots
  • Navigation aides
  • Rules and regulations
  • Courtesy
  • Waterway markers
  • Safety equipment
The "About Boating Safety" class will next be offered on April 22. It includes 8 hours of instruction and the textbook-that's Monday and Thursday evening for 2 weeks, from 7pm until 9m. Cost for the class is $35. It will be held at the Fran Russ Recreation Center at 321 Causeway Drive. Other dates scheduled are June 10th and August 5th.

TBA - Hopefully, a paddle sports class will be scheduled that will focus on safety and instruction in kayaking, canoeing and other paddle sports. If it is the same format as last year, it will cost $30, and include an instructional booklet, passing certificate and paddle sport vessel identification sticker.

For more information, please contact: Andy Cardwell - the USCG Auxiliary Division Flotilla Commander at gacar@ec.rr.com.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1704 N Lumina Ave Condo 3A for Sale - The Islander Condos in Wrightsville Beach

Condo 3A at The Islander Condos in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is for sale by Hardee Hunt and Williams real estate company. This three bedroom oceanfront condo is a beautiful end unit with a covered balcony and is being offered at an exceptional price.

Covered Oceanfront Balcony, Unit 3A at The Islander Condos

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., March 2013 -- A beautiful oceanfront condo is for sale in Wrightsville Beach at the The Islander Condos, 1704 North Lumina Avenue (MLS # 487664). Condo 3A is a three bedroom, two bath end unit condo and is being offered at an exceptional price.  The Islander amenities include an oceanfront pool, a private beach path, and private tennis.

Condo 3A takes advantage of its oceanfront location with an abundance of well placed windows to enjoy ocean views from almost every room. The covered oceanfront balcony has dual sliding glass walls for all season waterfront enjoyment and opens to the oceanfront interior living area.

Other features of this unit include a coastal kitchen with beach friendly ceramic tile flooring, hard surface counter tops, and an oversized breakfast bar. The master suite includes an additional private balcony providing westerly water and sunset views over the tidal Lolly Pop.

The Islander amenity package, as mentioned above, has a number of special features including the oceanfront pool, private beach path, cabana area, stainless steel grills for outdoor cooking, a private tennis court, an elevator, covered loading and unloading area, secure lobby entrance, and on-site management.

An all inclusive, well managed HOA creates the ultimate low maintenance setting for primary, second home, or investment rental use. 

Hardee Hunt and Williams is a specialty 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, North Carolina.

To learn more about The Islander oceanfront condo at 1704 North Lumina Avenue, #3A, please visit http://www.theislandercondos.com or take a virtual tour here: http://tours.uniquemediadesign.com/public/vtour/display/98280?idx=1. Contact Hardee Hunt and Williams to schedule a guided tour: 910-256-6998.


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