Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Don’t Miss Fire on the Dock - February 18th - March 13th, 2013

Fire on the Dock To Be Held at the Bluewater Grill
Bluewater Grill at 4 Marina St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
In the near future, Wilmington foodies will have the opportunity to sample and judge fare from some of the state’s most creative and innovative chefs. As part of the statewide competition, “Got to be NC,” Wilmington is one of 6 cities where the chefs will convene and vie for the coveted “Red Chef Jacket," $2000 and the chance to progress to the final round, which takes place in Raleigh in November.

The Iron-Chef style contest is set for February 18th through March 13th. With the stunning Intracoastal Waterway as a backdrop, the "Fire on the Dock" competition will be held each evening at 7pm at The Bluewater Grill in Wrightsville Beach. For each day of the 24-day competition, two chefs will go head to head as they prepare 3 courses each. The twist is that daily at noon, prior to the competition, a secret NC ingredient will be revealed. Each chef is then responsible for incorporating it into each course. For just $59, diners will have the pleasure of sampling and savoring all 6 courses. Each competitor will prepare 3 courses and the dinner guests will be served without knowing which chef created which course or the secret ingredient. At the end of the evening, the diners decide who moves to the next round.

Please be aware that reservations should be made early. For the semi-final and final for each region, tickets are $69. Also, please note that beverages and sales tax are not included.

Other North Carolina cities hosting this “Competition Dining Series” are:
  • Asheville: Fire on the Rock
  • Blowing Rock: Fire on the Rock
  • Greensboro: Fire in the Triad
  • Raleigh: Fire in the Triangle
  • Charlotte: Fire in the City
To learn more about this awesome event, make reservations, see photos, discover last night’s “secret ingredient,” and read chef bios, please visit the official contest link at:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Private Condo Communities in the Wrightsville Beach Area

Duneridge Condos in Wrightsville Beach
Duneridge Condos in Wrightsville Beach, NC
At Hardee Hunt and Williams, we know how easy it is to fall in love with Wrightsville Beach. If you are considering investing in a coastal property, why not look into the convenience of condo living? Whether you are planning on making it your full-time residence or second home, you’ll soon find that the worry-free convenience of a private community is tough to beat. As you prepare to “go coastal,” here are a few of our favorite places to do just that!

The Shell Island Resort - Located at the less congested south end of the island, the Shell Island Resort has recently undergone a $10 million renovation. To say that each unit offers an oceanfront view is an understatement. From its vantage point on Wrightsville Beach’s north end, the resort has stunning unobstructed views of the beach strand, ocean, and Figure Eight Island. The 100% smoke free facility provides a covered parking deck, on-site restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, playground, and hot tub. There is also a business center with complimentary Wi-Fi and a fully equipped fitness room. To find out what units are for sale, please contact a Hardee Hunt and Williams agent at 910-256-6998. In the meantime, here is a link to the resort: www.ShellIslandResortCondos.com

Duneridge Resort - This property is also at the more relaxed north end of Wrightsville Beach. Tasteful contemporary Mediterranean architecture and lush palms make Duneridge a special place to call home. The private, oceanfront balconies of each unit are where you will want to begin and end each glorious day. Everyday is a holiday when you settle in to all that Duneridge has to offer! In addition to being just steps from the ocean, residents enjoy full use of the clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts. See if this is the type of coastal lifestyle you’re after by visiting the website: www.DuneRidgeResortCondos.com

Wrightsville Dunes - Here is yet another north end gem where resort-style living is standard! You can make your way to the beach easily by way of 3 separate accesses or choose to laze around one of two oceanfront swimming pools. Along with peaceful views of the Atlantic, this 4 complex community features private tennis courts, plenty of parking and elevators. Be aware that the Wrightsville Dunes condos offer a few different floor plan options. For more details, visit the website at www.WrightsvilleDunesCondos.com

The Islander - Situated along North Lumina Avenue, near the Wrightsville Beach Holiday Inn, The Islander is one more top choice among those who are ready to embrace the “no worries” lifestyle that beach living offers. Again, here you can expect incredible, unobstructed ocean views, solitude, and private amenities, such as a swimming pool and tennis courts. The Islander also has a full-time on-site manager. These properties are available in one and two-bedroom units. Learn more when you visit this site: www.TheIslanderCondos.com

Station One Condos - Living here truly provides you with the best of both worlds. Of course these spacious, oceanfront condos have plenty of windows and balconies to make enjoying your backyard views of the stunning Atlantic and Wrightsville Beach strand easy! Amenities include private beach access, secure entry, swimming pool, and use of the clubhouse. Station One is also so convenient to the heart of downtown Wrightsville Beach. An easy walk or short ride on your beach cruiser will have you at one of many local favorites such as Robert’s Grocery, Vito’s Pizza, or Sweetwater Surf Shop in no time! We encourage you to learn more by visiting the website at: www.StationOneCondos.com

To discuss any of these private communities or obtain information on what is for sale in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, or on Figure Eight Island, please do not hesitate to contact our office, located just before the Causeway Bridge, near beautiful Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach. Our number is 910-256-6998 or visit us online at www.HardeeHuntandWilliams.com.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Surfing and Kiteboarding Safety and Guidelines

photo by paraflyer on Flickr
Wrightsville Beach is one of the east coast's most popular destinations for surfers and kiteboarding enthusiasts. For decades, visitors and residents alike have graced this beautiful area to enjoy the thrills of outdoor water sports. If you're considering a kiteboarding excursion or a surfing getaway, be sure to familiarize yourself with the local regulations and safety guidelines.

Here's a quick rundown of the do's and don'ts when it comes to surfing and kiteboarding in Wrightsville:

Surfing Regulations

  • To help ensure the safety of all beach patrons, surfers must be securely attached to their board with a "leash."
  • Surfing is always prohibited in the following areas:
    • Within 500 feet of Johnnie Mercer's Fishing Pier (between Beach Access # 15 & #16)
    • Within 100 feet of Crystal Pier at Oceanic Restaurant (between Beach Access #36 & #37)
    • Within 100 feet of the Masonboro Inlet Jetty (between Beach Access #42 & #43)
  • From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, surfing is prohibited in areas located in front of each lifeguard stand. The length of these "No Surfing" areas will be no less than 600 feet and no greater than 750 feet. Surfing is prohibited in these areas whenever lifeguards are on duty. Lifeguard stands are normally staffed from 10 AM to 5 PM, but these hours may be extended when the beach is busy
  • "No Surfing" areas will be clearly marked with black and white flags.
  • Additional "No Surfing" areas may be found at other locations due to weather conditions, beach population, special events, etc. These areas will also be marked with black and white flags.
  • Reckless surfing that endangers another person is prohibited. 

Kiteboarding Regulations

  • When the checkered flags designating "No Surfing" areas in front of lifeguard stands are posted, kiteboarders shall stay at least 100 yards offshore from these areas.
  • Kiteboarders shall enter and exit the water via the multi-use areas outside of the "No Surfing" areas. 
  • Kiteboarders must enter and exit the water in a safe, controlled manner, taking in to account wind speed and direction.
  • Always have an experienced kiteboarder assist you with launching and landing, or use a secure anchor.
  • Kiteboarders must acknowledge and obey directions from lifeguards.
  • Always yield the right of way to swimmers and pedestrians.
  • When not in use, secure your kite with sand and roll up your bar and lines.
  • Always store unused gear up near the dunes and keep the beach clear of excess equipment.
  • Anyone kiteboarding in a reckless manner will be asked to leave the beach.

If you are unclear on any of these guidelines or regulations, please contact the Town of Wrightsville Beach at 910-256-7900 or visit their website here: www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com

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