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: 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:

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:

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:

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:
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