Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Season of Giving…

At Hardee Hunt and Williams, we deeply appreciate what a truly special place the Cape Fear Coast is. This time of year, as we all hustle and bustle to parties and frantic searches for that "perfect" gift, we may lose sight of what is really important. That is why we encourage you to take a moment and consider how vital it is that we work year round to preserve our beaches, creeks, inlets, rivers, lakes, ponds, sounds and salt-water marshes. Not only are these areas the natural habitats of our local wildlife and treasured plant life, they are also what make New Hanover County special in the first place!

We would like to spotlight four organizations this month and encourage you to learn more about the vital work they do. Each of them have frequent volunteer opportunities and getting involved is not only easy, it's fun! And…please browse each of their websites-you may luck into one of the "perfect" gifts, which will allow you to both give and give back!

The Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project - This group strives to protect nesting sea turtles along Wrightsville Beach. See their amazing photo gallery and learn more about their mission here:

Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. - This organization has recently launched a very effective partnership with UNC-Wilmington, Surfrider-Cape Fear Chapter and Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean. In addition to educating undergraduates and the public about plastic marine debris and their devastating impact, there is also a local initiative to promote curbing the use of single-use plastics such as drinking straws and eating utensils. Read more about what they do here and see which local businesses are doing their part: http://www.plasticoceanproject.org/#/

(there are also some awesome gift ideas available that fund their work and help spread the word)

The N.C. Coastal Federation - If you have not stopped by their new headquarters that is adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Museum, please do! That way, you can learn about the extensive work they do, not just here but throughout the state to protect coastal interests, promote conservation and preserve our coastline. Please read more here: http://www.nccoast.org/

Surfrider Foundation - Founded in 1984 to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves and beaches, our local Cape Fear chapter works hand-in-hand with this nonprofit. From annual beach sweeps to community partnerships and education programs, there are scores of ways to get involved. Read more and check out their great merchandise, including Surfrider's 2016 calendar here: http://www.surfrider.org/

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Gift of Real Estate this Holiday Season

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" quite like the gift of real estate! Investing in property along gorgeous Wrightsville Beach ensures decades of enjoyment, great ROI potential, plus it is also one of those gifts that never stops giving. From a vacation home, shared family compound to rental investment home, the appeal is tough to beat! If you have not considered a coastal home purchase in a while, you may be surprised at what is on the market. Please also keep in mind that oftentimes, the winter months can be a strategic period in which to secure a competitive price!

As so many Baby Boomers are looking ahead to retirement and wondering when to downsize from their McMansion-sized empty nests, condominium properties are an excellent choice! Currently, we have a nice selection of Wrightsville Beach condo properties listed, so please, have a look! We have observed that those new to this lifestyle frequently ask the question, "Why didn't we do this sooner?"

Virtually no yard work, smaller space to keep tidy, built-in amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and for the lucky few-boat docks, are just a few reasons why condo life is so appealing. And in the case of Wrightsville Beach, most are steps from the beach strand, sound or waterway!
The keys to one of these would fit perfectly into some lucky loved one's stocking:




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Feautred Listing - 12 Heron Street Wrightsville Beach

How many times have you reluctantly trudged back from a wonderful day at the beach along a sandy path to your car? Chances are, you wistfully gazed up at a few oceanfront homes and wished that you never had to leave. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it could be that your chance is finally here!

We are pleased to offer one of our favorite listings: #12-A Heron Street. The classic 2-story, oceanfront condo is situated just a few blocks north of Johnny Mercer's Pier and downtown Wrightsville Beach. It is one half of a duplex condominium. With 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, it covers a spacious 1752 square feet. Large windows and sliding glass doors give way to the stunning backdrop provided by the sea and endless sky. Imagine waking up each morning to awe-inspiring sunrises and the sound of gentle waves along the beach strand. Those lucky enough to live at the beach full time know all too well how truly special it is!

The living room is quite expansive and even has a wood-burning fireplace, which is perfect for those cozy winter evenings. A well-planned galley kitchen opens onto the living and dining areas, so the cook will never miss a beat. There's also a breakfast bar, which is ideal for feeding the kids before they head out for an action-packed day at the beach!

Large decks offset both the first floor living space and the upstairs master bedroom. They are the perfect spot for casual entertaining, al fresco meals and just relaxing. With three bedrooms, there's definitely room for everyone! Like the master suite, the upstairs guest bedroom also has its own private bath.

A covered carport is roomy enough for 2 cars. There is also ample enclosed storage space for stowing beach chairs, bikes and boogie boards. Back the cars out a bit and BAM!-you have just the place for an impromptu oyster roast or shrimp boil.

The winter months are an excellent time to snag a great buy on a beach home. If the timing is not right for a relocation, #12-A Heron Street may also make a good investment property.

See for yourself just how wonderful this property is:

Friday, December 11, 2015

December Events Around Wrightsville Beach

As December sweeps through the Cape Fear Coast, we've been especially fortunate with some surprisingly nice weather! Warmer temps have made it easier to get out and enjoy all of the holiday happenings. Here are a few you don't want to miss:

The Cookie Walk - Saturday, December 12th-Wrightsville Beach Methodist Church. Make plans to attend this drool-worthy event that benefits the worthwhile church missions program. Even though this extreme bake sale will feature literally thousands of cookies, candies and maybe even some sugar plums-plan on arriving early for access to the best selection of amazing goodies! This is also a great stop to pick up a few thoughtful gifts for those on your holiday shopping list. You could stock up, fill your own tins and keep it on the down-low! Someone's got to be naughty, right? The hours are from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and the address is 4 Live Oak Drive/Wrightsville Beach.

Hark the Herald Angels Swing VII: A Christmas Cabaret - Saturday December 19th and Sunday brunch on the 20th-The Blockade Runner Beach Resort/275 Waynick Boulvard. If you are looking for a "wow factor" gift for a special someone or the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, this is it! The renowned Opera House Theater Company will be at the helm for a fun-filled evening that includes cocktails, dinner and a show. Local legend, celebrated director and choreographer, Ray Kennedy has put together an impressive cast for this unforgettable evening. (A portion of the proceeds will benefit the theatre company.) Showtimes are Saturday and Sunday, 7 pm with cocktails at 6pm and Sunday Brunch, beginning at 12:30 pm with cocktails at noon. Admission is $70 per person-for further details, contact: Robert Astraikis at 910-256-2251

Enchanted Airlie -Y es! There are still a few dates available for this spectacular evening of unique entertainment. Celebrating its 10th year, each evening brings a different line-up of activities for kids of all ages, plus local musical talent. This year is the most magical yet, with over 750,000 festive lights, holiday refreshments and regular visits from Santa-and…you only have until December 22nd to experience the wonder that is Enchanted Airlie! Before your visit, the coordinators have a few suggestion of how to make the best use of your time while taking in all of the amazing sights and sounds:

  • Don't wait to get your tickets because as the final night approaches, they're going faster that Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve!
  • Increase your chances of securing tickets and avoiding the crowds by choosing a Thursday night and there are not many left! There are also some upcoming dates for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Also, please note that each night, you must select a scheduled date and choose between the 5-7pm and 7-9pm time slots. All guests must leave by the time designated on their tickets.
  • If the night you want is sold out and you're coming from out of town, why not plan a holiday getaway at one of our area hotels or beach rentals? The Blockade Runner Beach Resort is offering a special Enchanted Airlie package that includes tickets and a free shuttle ride.
  • Families with small children will want to visit the North Pole to see Santa first so they have not over done it by the time they get in line.
  • To avoid losing any members of your party, stay together. Airlie Gardens covers many acres and although it is beautifully illuminated, it is a nighttime activity and best to exercise a little caution.
  • Parents of special needs kids can make a reservation for "A Quiet Visit with Santa" by calling 910-319-7744.

To check dates and obtain more event information, please call the Airlie Gardens office at 910-798-7700 or visit this link: www.airliegardens.org or http://www.visitnc.com/event/enchanted-airlie

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November is Action Packed! - Events in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington

In case you think that November is mainly just about football and Thanksgiving-think again! Our area is fortunate to host several annual events which have become treasured traditions for scores of locals and visitors. A few have also been recognized as top attractions in the southeast by several venues including the Southeast Tourism Board, TripAdvisor, and Go Magazine. Here's a look at 4 events that truly make the 11th month special!
  • The Cucalorus Film Festival - Can you believe it's celebrating its 21st anniversary? Heralded as one of the largest independent film festivals in the south, this year it takes place from November 11th through the 15th. A number of downtown venues are screening an amazing variety of over 200 films. Come on down and find out why Movie Maker Magazine dubbed Cucalorus, "One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World-2015." For schedules and ticket info please use this link: http://www.cucalorus.org
  • The Turkey Trot - Ready, set, burn those pre-Thanksgiving calories on the big day, November 26th and benefit the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity in the process! As always, the race gets underway at Wrightsville Beach Park with on-site registration at 7:00 am. There's a 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K-come early to snag a much-coveted Turkey Trot tee. For more information or to register, use this link: https://its-go-time.com/2015-wrightsville-beach-turkey-trot/
  • The 32nd Annual Holiday Flotilla - From the festival in the park to the fireworks that follow the flotilla, this one's not to be missed folks! Make plans to attend all of the festivities this year on Saturday, November 28th. The festival at Wrightsville Beach Park is known for bringing in an outstanding collection of fine arts and crafts vendors as well as great food and fun activities for the kids. It is the prefect place to do a little holiday shopping and enjoy lunch or an early dinner. At 6:00 pm, the celebrated boat parade begins its spectacular cruise around Banks Channel and is followed by one of the area's most impressive fireworks displays. Plan your strategy for all of this year's flotilla fun: http://www.ncholidayflotilla.org/boat-parade/
  • Enchanted Airlie - This marks the 10th year for the magical holiday light show at Airlie Gardens. Each evening brings a different line-up of activities for kids of all ages, plus local musical talent. Over 750,000 festive lights, holiday refreshments and a visit from Santa truly make this one of the season's most special events! Enchanted Airlie runs on select weekends and week days from 5:00 until 9:00 pm beginning on November 27th through December 22nd. Please note, that many dates have already sold out-ticket info is available through this link: http://www.visitnc.com/event/enchanted-airlie

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Surf to Sound Challenge sees a Surge in Competitors

Organizers of this year's North Carolina Surf to Sound SUP Challenge are expecting the best turnout in the event's five-year history - with participation possibly doubling last year's numbers, according to 2015 Race Director Mark Schmidt.

The Challenge will be held November 6 - 8 with a variety of stand up paddleboard races, the most grueling being Saturday's 6.5 mile ocean start competition.

Last year's addition of the Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship is being credited for the surge in competitors, since it allows paddlers who may not want to brave the unpredictable November ocean conditions to still participate.  The 9 mile Flatwater race will be held on Sunday.

Other competitions in this year's Surf to Sound Challenge include the 4-mile Harbor Island Outer Loop and a kids' race.  The 5th annual event is being hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club.

Visit the Paddle Club's website for additional information on race schedules and instructional clinics.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Featured Listing – 6226 Richard Bradley Drive in Bradley Hills

Hardee Hunt and Williams is pleased to present one of Wilmington's most extraordinary properties, 6226 Richard Bradley Drive in Bradley Hills.

This stunning Tudor Revival is situated on a gated, 3 acre estate and is the absolute epitome of gracious, luxurious living.

Inside this 4 bedroom, 6 bath home, you'll find master-crafted details formed from teak and cypress and beams milled before the Civil War.  The expansive dual kitchen is a chef's dream, and the 1500 square feet collector's garage is a truly rare amenity.

Outside, the rest of the world seems far away under the canopy of southern oak trees, where a stunning in-ground swimming pool and tennis court await.

This home is truly a masterpiece.  Call us today for more details or to make an appointment to see this royal property for yourself.

Details on 6226 Richard Bradley Drive:

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Square Feet: 5225
  • Age: 38
  • MLS #: 529013
  • Current List Price: $1,895,000 (as of 10/19/2015)
Additional Features: Garden space, landscape speaker system, security system.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Featured Listing: 8232 Bald Eagle Lane in Wilmington, NC

Why waste the time and energy to build your waterfront dream home when it is already waiting for you? Even better, it's just a wedge shot from the prestigious Eagle Point Golf Club which will host the 2017 Wells Fargo PGA Tournament! Located along a pristine stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway, near Wilmington, NC, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island, this one-of-a-kind luxury property is an elegant example of classic architecture that marries form and function.

Built in 2006 by one of the state's most innovative, mindful builders, the goal was to create a home that would serve as both an idyllic coastal escape and family compound. One visit to 8232 Bald Eagle Lane, and you'll agree that goal was surpassed! The attention to detail involved in the compound's design is immediately apparent thanks to the charmingly landscaped grounds. Native plants and shrubs gracefully offset the 8,850 square foot, 6-bedroom main house as well as the adjacent 1,800 square foot, 1-bedroom carriage house. Both residences have 2-car garages.

The 3-story main house is a true Southern beauty. An inviting front entrance gives way to an absolutely stunning interior with custom features too numerous to mention. However, there are a few standouts, such as locally built black walnut cabinetry, hand-hewn pine floors, Pella windows throughout, and fully tiled, spa worthy bathrooms-complete with German-made fixtures. In addition to solid, no expense spared construction, both properties are state-of-the-art Green Builds. A few impressive high-tech components include 50 solar panels, icynene insulation and cement bond Hardie Shake shingles.

It is difficult to say which aspect is more impressive-the home itself or the property it's situated on. With the Intracoastal Waterway as a backdrop, residents are provided with unparalleled views-year round. Two full porches and a ground level portico grace the entire east side of the home. In addition to being the perfect places for entertaining and relaxing, they are also ideal vantage points for taking in the glowing natural canvas of blues, greens, and golds that illuminate the water and lush marsh grass. Living right on the waterway means easy access to boating, paddling, fishing and bird watching. How does a morning kayak trip to Figure Eight sound? From breathtaking sunrises to dazzling sunsets, living here offers an immediate connection to this home's spectacular natural setting. Of course there is a private dock, complete with a covered gazebo and two boatlifts that can accommodate 32 to 34-foot vessels.

8232 Bald Eagle Lane 
Wilmington, NC 28411
Price $2,295,000*
Type Single Family
Style 3 Story, Other
Rooms 14
Bedrooms 7
Full Baths 7
Half Baths 2
Age 9

County New Hanover
MLS# 498382
Take a virtual tour of this property

* Listing price as of 10/21/2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Massive Storm – Massive Cleanup

The recent storm that pounded our coast did more than sweep away lifeguard stands and cause beach erosion - it also washed a heart-breaking amount of debris onto our shores.  Fortunately, the annual Keep America Beautiful Beach Sweep just days after the storm was a well-timed and hugely successful event.

Coordinated by the Cape Fear River Watch, the October 10th cleanup on Wrightsville Beach had the support of scores of volunteers, many of them from partner organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean, and the Plastic Ocean project.

According to the Plastic Ocean Project, the beach sweep collected more than 1000 cigarette butts, more than 600 plastic bottle caps, and hundreds of plastic straws.  Other common items collected were food wrappers, children's toys and aluminum cans.

The final haul hasn't been announced yet, but according to Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean, volunteers in 2014 collected a total of 525 bags of litter from our beaches.

If you'd like to join in the year-round effort to keep our beaches beautiful and our marine life safe, visit the websites of the Cape Fear River Watch, Wrightsville Beach Keep it Clean, The Plastic Ocean Project, or the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation  to learn how you can become involved.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jackson Hardee to Represent New Hanover County Schools as the 2016 US Presidential Scholar Nominee

Congratulations to Jackson Hardee, Jim's son, for being selected to represent New Hanover County Schools as the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee. Each school district in the state selects one student to represent the district. Five students will then be selected to represent North Carolina at the national level.

 The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program began in 1964 to honor some of the Nation's top graduating seniors. The program also seeks to recognize students who show exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. Jackson is currently in the Hoggard Adobe Academy program and is a fourth year honors German language student.

Post graduation, Jackson plans to attend NC State University.

Friday, September 25, 2015

4th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach

When the beach breezes cool down and dusk comes a little earlier, you know it’s time for Wrightsville Beach’s most delicious event – The Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Foundation, this year’s gathering will be held on the waterfront at MarineMax on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 5pm – 8pm.

Dozens of local restaurants are set to participate in this year’s competition, with celebrity judges deciding the winners of Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish, and Best Overall Dish.

People’s Choice Awards will be named by festival attendees, who can sample cuisine, beer and wine from more than 30 booths.

Proceeds from The Taste of Wrightsville Beach will help support the New Hanover County Weekend Meals on Wheels Program, and the Cape Fear Community College Pineapple Guild, a club for Hotel-
Restaurant and Culinary Technology students.

The nonprofit Wrightsville Beach Foundation also raises funds for beach beautification projects and park amenities and programs, in cooperation with the Town of Wrightsville Beach.

Advance tickets for the event are available at Robert’s Grocery, MarineMax, and the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, or may be purchased online through the Foundation’s website.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Featured Listing - 17 Sea Oats Lane Wrightsville Beach

Traditional elegance meets casual coastal living in this meticulously cared for home in Wrightsville Beach. Its unique orientation – 6 degrees east of due south – takes full advantage of the sunlight and ocean views.

This completely renovated home offers four bedrooms and three full baths on two upper floors, with ground floor flex space that is fully climate-controlled.


Charming accents like Williamsburg style crown molding, colonial built-in bookcases and a large fireplace give this home a gracious character not often seen in beach homes.


The master bath features a spacious Jacuzzi tub, with American Standard tubs and bidets in each bathroom. Kitchen highlights include top of the line appliances and raised wood cabinetry.

 Large decks on the upper floors are ideal for outdoor entertaining and relaxing.


This unique home has too many features to mention here – contact us today to see this listing for yourself.

Details on 17 Sea Oats Lane
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Square Feet: 2,500
  • Age: 34
  • MLS #: 526797
  • Listing Price: $ 2,00,000 (as of 9/15/2015)
  • Additional Features: Landscape sprinkler system, security system, double pane windows, window treatments.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

17TH Annual Brits at the Beach Car Show

If car shows make your heart race, you'll want to make sure you check out a truly unique event at Wrightsville Beach Park in September.

The British Motor Club of the Cape Fear will be hosting its 17th Annual Brits at the Beach Car Show on Saturday, September 26, 2015. A dazzling array of British sports cars will be on display, including MG Roadsters, Jaguars, Triumphs and Austin Healeys - just to name a few of the models you'll see.

The event kicks off with registration at 9am at the Wrightsville Beach Show Field, and in addition to rows and rows of beautifully restored British machines, you can enjoy food vendors, a 50/50 raffle and music by the Rusty Bumpers. Founded in 1988 by a small but dedicated group of British car enthusiasts, the British Motor Club of the Cape Fear has grown its ranks to more than 100 members today.

The group holds monthly meetings and a variety of events throughout the year - with the Brits at the Beach show serving as their cornerstone event. The club proudly donates proceeds from the event to a variety of local charities. For more information on this year's show, visit the club's website at www.bmccf.org.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Featured Listing – 14 West Salisbury St Wrightsville Beach

This classic coastal cottage will open up a world of possibilities for you, whether you're looking for a year-round beach home, a vacation nest, or a great investment property.

This 2-unit property is located on Wrightsville Beach's tranquil Sunset Lagoon, and is central to all of the best attractions and amenities this community has to offer.

Each of the self-sufficient units offers a 3BR/2BA floorplan with access to a private dock with multiple 20' boatslips.

Inside, you'll find a home that has retained its old school coastal charm but with plenty of modern updates throughout.  The upstairs unit features a window-filled, waterfront sunroom as well as an outdoor deck that takes full advantage of stunning sunset views.   Hardwood flooring and knotty pine walls and ceilings provide an atmosphere reminiscent of simpler, mid-century days gone by.

The downstairs unit features tile flooring and a patio that leads out to the sandy, soundside beach and dock.  An endless variety of water sports await you just outside the door of this lovely cottage nestled in a prized location on Wrightsville Beach.

Details on 14 W. Salisbury St.

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Approx. Square Feet: 2,575
  • Age: 65
  • MLS #: 519263
  • Current Listing Price: $ 1,195,000
  • Additional Features: Laundry room, blinds, ceiling fans, built-in shelves

Monday, August 24, 2015

Relive Wrightsville Beach’s Golden Era at Lumina Daze

To so many residents and visitors, Wrightsville Beach is still known as the "Fun Spot of the South." But this slogan was never more fitting than in the early 1900’s, when the legendary Lumina Pavilion shone as a beacon of summertime delight on our shores.

This 25,000 square foot, three-story dance hall on the south end of Wrightsville Beach was THE place to ‘see and be seen’ for North Carolinians who suddenly had access to the coast via an electric trolley line. More than a thousand incandescent light bulbs made up the enormous ‘Lumina’ sign on top of the stately pavilion, which shone so bright that sailors often navigated by it at night.

Sadly, the Lumina Pavilion was demolished in the 1970’s, but you can still enjoy the spirit, music and unbridled joy of this storied era at the 19th Annual Lumina Daze party hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

Lumina Daze will be held on Sunday, August 30th from 5-9pm at the Blockade Runner Resort. This year’s live music line-up includes the Imitations, Wilmington Big Band, and the Dixieland All Stars. In addition to dancing, great food and drinks, you can enjoy short films on the lawn – a nostalgic reminder of when silent films played on a giant screen that rose up from the sea in front of the historic landmark.


Artists will be painting in the “plein air” style on the grounds, while partygoers browse through the many silent auction items up for bid. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History or at the door. Proceeds from this popular trip down memory lane help support the ongoing work of the museum.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Popular Restaurants in Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is a great place to work up an appetite.  The lifestyle here is all about embracing the outdoors with a seemingly endless array of activities that make the most of being in, on and around the water.

There's also no shortage of great places to eat when it's time to rest, relax and refuel.  Nothing makes a sumptuous dining experience more memorable than a great view.  So, here's our list of the best restaurants in Wrightsville Beach that are not only a treat for your palate, but also a feast for your eyes.

Bluewater Grill - This casual American restaurant offers panoramic views of the waterway from its expansive patio which is cooled by ceiling fans for pleasant waterfront dining nearly any time of the year.   Located adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Marina, Bluewater is a popular spot for boaters to dock up and grab a bite to eat.  The fare ranges from hand-cut steaks to homemade desserts, with plenty of choices for seafood lovers, too.  4 Marina St.

South Beach Grill - For 17 years locals and tourists have flocked to the South Beach Grill for southern inspired meals. The restaurant is located at 100 South Lumina Ave and is accessible by car and boat (via the city's public dock at Wynn Plaza). South Beach Grill has a patio which overlooks Banks Channel. Open for lunch and dinner. 100 South Lumina Ave

The Post - This peaceful, zen-like café is the newest place on the island to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner while gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean.  Located in a quiet neighborhood on the South End, The Post offers a wide variety of bakery items, creative sandwiches and an extensive beverage menu with unusual tea blends, coffees, beer and wine.  708 S. Lumina Ave.

Oceanic - Located just across the street from The Post is one of Wrightsville Beach's traditional dining-with-a-view favorites.  Visitors come back time after time to savor the Oceanic's unique oceanfront setting on the Crystal Pier, and a wide range of freshly prepared dishes that will please everyone at the table.  703 S. Lumina Ave.

Oceans at the Holiday Inn Resort - This is not your grandfather's Holiday Inn restaurant.  This oceanfront spot highlights gorgeous views of the beach, outstanding service and a surprisingly creative and diverse dinner menu.  A great wine list rounds out a superb dining experience.  1706 N. Lumina Ave. 

Bridge Tender - Breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway combine with classic southern coastal elegance at this Wrightsville Beach favorite.  Bridge Tender is known for its expertly prepared seafood and steaks.  Enjoy the water view inside the intimate dining room or on the patio.  1414 Airlie Rd.

Fish House Grill - Located right next door to the Bridge Tender, the Fish House Grill is a great place to go if you're looking for fresh seafood and stunning views  in a more casual setting.  Situated at the foot of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge, the Fish House deck is the perfect place to watch the boats pass by while enjoy a cold drink and a grilled fish sandwich or a bountiful seafood platter.  1410 Airlie Rd.

Dockside - This is the waterfront spot to "see and be seen" on a sunny weekend afternoon or evening. From Dockside's big deck overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, you'll enjoy an ever-changing vista of beautiful boats and beautiful people.  The menu highlights fresh steamed shellfish and creative takes on traditional seafood favorites.  1308 Airlie Rd

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Point Break Live! Live-Action Show to Benefit WB Local Battling Leukemia

Point Break Live!, the live-action stage show that played to sold out audiences and rave reviews last year in Wilmington is returning to Ziggy’s By The Sea on Aug. 13 and 15th! All proceeds of the Aug.15th show will go to the speedy recovery of one of the show’s most precious fans, Tess Perry, as she kicks Leukemia’s butt!

Hailed as “So over the top you can’t stop laughing!” by LA Weekly and “About the most dead-on dose of hilarity to ever be on stage!” by LA.com, Point Break Live! is a spoof of the 1991 blockbuster classic starring Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the Zen-surfing leader of a gang of bank robbing adrenaline junkies called the Ex-Presidents, and Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an ex-college football star turned undercover FBI Agent.

 But the best part? YOU CAN BE KEANU!!! That’s right — at each performance the lead role (Johnny Utah) is played by an unrehearsed volunteer chosen directly from the crowd and voted for by the rest of the audience. One of the many reason that Variety raved it as “Hilarious!” Righteous BRAH!

 Point Break Live! is not your typical theater experience. The interaction literally spills out into the crowd as the cast robs banks, rips waves, catches tubes, blows things up, skydives with loaded guns, and even chows down on hot meatball subs. “Utah, get me 2!”

Described by LA2day.com as “all-encompassing, wet, interactive, loud, extreme, and altogether awesome,” Point Break LIVE! is not the place to show off any new designer evening gowns. Leave your finery at home and don’t forget to buy a survival kit. You will get wet, you will be robbed at gunpoint, you will be spattered with fake blood and possibly even thrown on the floor by belligerent bank robbers; you might even get hit with a meatball sandwich. The audience is involved in the action to such a degree that HustlerofCulture.com proclaimed, “’Point Break LIVE!’ is the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ for our generation.”

For tickets and more information visit: http://ziggysbythesea.com/events/point-break-live-2/

Monday, August 3, 2015

Wahine Classic Returns to South End

A much-loved surfing tradition, The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic is back for another year, featuring female surfers from ages 5 to 65.

The 2015 event will be held August 15 and 16th at the Oceanic restaurant beach access. Hosted by the Crystal South Surf Camp and its leader Jo Pickett, this all-female surfing contest is known for its wide range of age divisions, including the ever-popular Teenie Wahine division for girls 10 and under.

The Wahine Classic highlights professional, amateur, shortboard and longboard divisions as well as the newer SUP surf division, which sees a growing field of competitors each year. Either as a spectator or a competitor, the Wahine Classic is a great way to inspire a young woman you know to embrace Wrightsville Beach’s most popular sport.

Registration closes August 12. For more information, visit www.wrightsvillebeachwahineclassic.com.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Featured Listing – 2303 N Lumina Ave in Wrightsville Beach

Dramatic soundfront views and stunning sunsets await you in this rare 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Cordgrass Bay on Wrightsville Beach’s peaceful north end.

This spectacular condominium has been extensively remodeled to include the finest in high-end details, such as cork flooring, vaulted ceilings, and custom cabinetry throughout. The kitchen has been completely reconfigured with custom lighting, stainless appliances and a large island.


The soundfront master suite steals the show, with breathtaking water views and a luxuriously upfitted bathroom, featuring heated marble floors, detailed tilework and built-in closets.

This highly unique property includes a 24' boatslip just steps away from the home and a fully-enclosed garage.

The Cordgrass Bay community is situated on one of the most scenic stretches of inland water known to locals as "lollipop bay." This upper-level home affords you the opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas of this tidal bay, whether as a vacation retreat or a full-time residence. Ocean access is convenient and is just a short stroll away.


Schedule an appointment to see this beautifully renovated and spacious home today.

Details on 2303 N. Lumina Ave:
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Square Feet: 1840
  • Age: 27
  • MLS #: 510203
  • Listing Price: $1,100,00
  • Additional Features: Dock maintenance, community pool, tennis, exterior building maintenance

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