10 Fun Things to do This Fall in Coastal North Carolina

by seacoast_ashley 8. September 2015 14:05

 

Fall is quickly approaching, and although we are blessed with mild coastal NC weather and extended summers it is time to start the autumn memory-making process! We have compiled a list of 10 fabulous things to do in and around Wilmington, North Carolina this fall! Explore and enjoy the upcoming months!


1. Grill out (preferably S’mores!)

What fall would be complete without the toasty shell of a marshmallow cooked over open flames? Heck, anything cooked over an open flame is always better! Bonfires or grilling are immediate ways to get your friends and family bonding. No one can argue the lure of the open flames, and the sense of wonder that they create. Let the story-telling time begin! Topsail, Oak Island, and Carolina Beach (Freeman Park) all offer some way of taking the stories to the beach. You can find their rules and regulations on bonfires or grills on the beach in the following links:

http://www.topsailbeach.org/

http://www.oakislandnc.com/

http://www.carolinabeach.org/


2. Take a Hike...or Bike!

Our area offers up some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Where else can you bike from a bustling riverfront to the calming waves of the Atlantic Ocean? The cross-city trail is tagged as the upcoming “urban Appalachian Trail.” But, you don’t have to wait for its completion to get your move on. Take the camera and hike The Basin Trail, aka the “Hermit Trail,” at Kure / Fort Fisher. Look at the leaves changing on the campus of UNCW. Or just stroll the sands of Oak Island! Whatever you choose to do, your body and mind will thank you!


3. Spend an Afternoon Treating Yourself to a Wine or Craft Beer Tasting!

Wilmington, NC has hit the craft beer scene with a bang! Breweries are popping up all over town, and they don’t disappoint. Grab your best friends for an afternoon of talking and tasting. If beer isn’t your thing, try some of our local wines! Nothing like a slow glass of scuppernong wine to warm the soul. Did you know that the scuppernong is our state fruit?! Yeah, we are the fun state!

https://www.duplinwinery.com/


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4. Get Your Party on at any of our Area Festivals!

Just because Azalea Fest has rolled on by doesn’t mean that you have to live festival-free for the season! The NC coast is known for its love of a good party. We will find any reason to celebrate...a few of us have been known to throw a hurricane party! To party with the whole community head to one of the plentiful festivals in the area. It is a good way to meet your neighbors, learn a little about the area’s culture, and get your fill of fair food!

 

 

Downtown Wilmington will be hosting Slide Fest. Though technically not a “fair food” event, it is an opportunity to slip and slide your way through downtown!

http://slidefestusa.com/wilmington-nc/

Head to Kenansville, NC for the Muscadine Harvest Festival

http://www.muscadineharvestfestival.com/aboutus.php

 

 

5. Explore the City from the Cape Fear River with a Riverboat Tour

Nothing is more beautiful than watching the sunset from the bow of a boat. Coastal NC knows it, and is happy to offer up some fun and unique water tours! A fixture of downtown Wilmington is the Henrietta III. The Henrietta has been host to many weddings, private parties, proposals, and even gives Santa Claus a lift from the North Pole!

http://cfrboats.com/

http://www.wilmingtonwatertours.net/

http://wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com/


6. Get Ready for Halloween with a Haunted Ghost Tour!!

Wilmington, NC was founded in the 1700s. A lot of the previous tenants must have loved it so much that they just don’t want to leave! With Halloween just around the corner, this might be the ultimate fun fall activity! If the spooky stories have your nerves shot, maybe the haunted pub tour is more your speed! Whichever tour you choose, you are sure to appreciate the history of Wilmington and its natives a little more!

http://www.hauntedwilmington.com/


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7. Spend a night at the Theatre

The arts scene in coastal North Carolina is alive and thriving! With inspiring natural scenery and vibrant town life, it's no wonder that on any given Saturday or Sunday you can find a host of theatres offering up some of the area’s best talent! Since its construction beginning in 1855, Thalian Hall has been the premiere stage for watching productions both big and small. We encourage you to soak in the scenery of this magnificent space. At the end of September you can even catch a performance of the Adam’s Family! Get your family ready to rock October!

http://www.thalianhall.org/events


8. Get your Yard and Home Ready for the Holiday Season!

Do you remember all of those boxes taking up space in your attic labeled "Holiday Stuff?" It's time to break those babies out!! Start with all of the orange-colored decor, then work your way to the red, greens, and whites! When you get tired of prettying up your home make your way to the yard! Go ahead and rake that grass down to the sand! Let the kids wear themselves out jumping...and re-raking. The photo ops will be worth it! Then blow the dust off of the top of the board games and declare the winner of the day! You will sleep good after this day!


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9. Football and Chili

Nobody appreciates local football like North Carolina appreciates football! Set the crockpot on and head out for some Friday Night Lights! Throw your team colors on and cheer, cheer, cheer in the crisp autumn air!


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10. Fishing!!!

What respectable “Things to do in Coastal North Carolina” list would be complete without fishing? None. Say goodbye to summer, but not the ocean! Load your freezer (or catch and release). Locals love the fact that fishing spots are less crowded in the fall. And, we all love the fact that Red Drum, Flounder, Trout, and King Mackerel (if you are off-shore) are biting! Novice or not, there is no memory worth more than the ones spent with family, wrapped in a hoodie, holding a fishing pole!

We even have a festival for that!

http://www.ncspotfestival.com/schedule.html

Tracking Down the Food Trucks!!!

by seacoast_ashley 24. July 2015 04:53

Work up an appetite this weekend visiting some of our open houses then find a food truck! The food truck scene in Wilmington has grown exponentially in the past few years. Our family loves to do a good food truck hunt! The best way to love where you live is to explore it. Here are a few of our favorite conquests!

  1. Catch - Sliders, street tacos, and more filled with locally caught yumminess. There is a reason that the movie studios loves Catch so much. It is divine. This is by far one of the best road restaurants out there!! http://www.catchthefoodtruck.com/home#menu

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Image via WECT

  1. Poor Piggy’s BBQ - Specializing in North Carolina BBQ, and you know how seriously we take our BBQ here! Just like strolling into your favorite sit down BBQ joint, Poor Piggy’s serves up the sandwich or plate options (with hushpuppies!!!). http://www.poorpiggys.com/#!

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Image Vis Poor Piggy’s Facebook Page

  1. A&M’s Red Food Truck - If you are out exploring and hit a hankering for brunch food, I would highly suggest that you hunt down this truck! Chicken and Waffle sliders....need I say more? Fresh fruit, crepes, breakfast casseroles?!!?! What?! I know. https://www.facebook.com/Aandmsrft

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Image via A&Ms Red Food Truck Facebook Page

  1. Funky Fresh Food Truck - Funky and Fresh! The name says it all. This truck serves up FRESH! The menu may include corn fritters, snapper, mac-and-cheese bites! You are free to go on your search now! https://www.facebook.com/funkyfreshfoodtruck

  1. Soulful Twist - Need some comfort food? This is the truck that you need to find. Cozy on up with fried okra, cornbread fritters, and so much more made from the heart. Dare I say that it competes with my Mama’s food! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soulful-Twist/1397800603835622?fref=ts

Anyone crazy enough (and I mean this in the best possible way) to operate a food truck may find it cumbersome to commit to just one menu. I can guarantee you though, that you should trust their menu decisions! Go. Explore your city. Support your neighbors, and fill your belly in the process!!

I know that with so many great chefs taking to the road I have missed quite a few. Who should we hunt next? Tell me what your favorite food truck is! https://www.facebook.com/seacoastrealty


**After writing this post, I stumbled across this story in the Huffington Post. I love a good read on people doing extraordinary things. Have a look! http://huff.to/1JAQMOl

10 Awesome Things to do This Weekend! Get Out and Explore!!!

by seacoast_ashley 16. July 2015 08:41

 

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One of the greatest things about living in Coastal NC is the abundance of unique weekend events. Whether you have visitors from out of town and want to show them a good time, or you are looking to explore your hometown you have lots of options for this weekend. Here are 10 of the activities going on this weekend that are worth a look! Explore! #lovewhereyoulive

1. Nurishment Class: Homemade Condiments

Learn to make all of the condiments that you need for a summer cook-out. When you are done, grab a bite and shop for your party supplies!

http://bit.ly/1I6sqzt

Tidal Creek

2. Beach Reads Book Sale at the Northeast Regional Library

Pick-up some good beach reads for the second half of summer! Books are only $0.50!!

http://bit.ly/1JkDBkm

NHC Public Library, Northeast

3. Carolina Beach and Riverwalk Farmers Markets

Spend the morning strolling around in the beautiful sunshine! Show your home some summer lovin’ by bringing home fresh flowers!

http://bit.ly/1oOntA2

http://bit.ly/1f83vQA

Carolina Beach / Downtown Wilmington

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4. Historical Southport Bike Tour

Get outside, get active, and gain some knowledge about historical Southport. Southport offers up tons of unique shopping and dining experiences when you are done! See why they are America’s Happiest Seaside Town!

http://bit.ly/1CJHAdj

Southport

5. Cornhole Tournament Benefiting Brandon Bailey

Do you have what it takes to sink the bean bagjQuery15206205183092970401_1437072070443? Then you might want to head out to Sneads Ferry to show-off your skills, win a prize, and support Brandon’s fight against Lymphoma. Triple win!

http://bit.ly/1fMJ8cD

Sneads Ferry

6. Pro-Am Surf Fest

Watch some of the greatest surfers in the world compete at one of the largest surfing competitions on the East Coast! Sun, salt, and surfing sounds like the perfect beach weekend!

http://bit.ly/1K9tNN6

Wrightsville Beach

7. Yoga Fest 2015 : Summer of Hope Fundraiser

Get your mind and body relaxed and ready to face the work week! The best part? Proceeds will benefit Homes of Hope Orphanages in India! Feel good, do good, be good!

http://bit.ly/1CG8x1L

Wilmington Yoga Center

8. Family Park Days “ Bubble Bash”

Who doesn’t love blowing bubbles in the warm sunshinejQuery1520807116371113807_1437072282760 Meet your neighbors while chasing bubbles. Paint with bubbles and make your own bubble wand! And, did I mention it is freejQuery152021012896252796054_1437073018743?

http://bit.ly/1I69Ads

Phillips Park (Jacksonville)

9. US Coast Guard One-Day Safety Course

Living near the water necessitates that you know how to be safe on or when operating a boat. This one day course is designed to get you boating ready. One day inside, is worth a whole summer of safety!

http://www.southport-oakisland.com/index.php/event/3270/uscoastguardonedaysafetycourse

Oak Island / Southport

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10. Summer Pop-up Starry Nights (other themes throughout the month)

Spend time with your family cooling off at the Cape Fear museum participating in various interactive experiences! This is the perfect way to learn about the people, places, and things that create our unique region. This week learn about the constellations in the summer sky!

http://bit.ly/1gDYUXf

Cape Fear Museum / Wilmington

***Bonus Activity! Coast in and Win!!***

Visit some the beautiful homes listed by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and enter to win $500! Winning could fund a lot of weekend adventures! For a list of our open houses visit

http://bit.ly/JVRxuj

Fun Things to do in Wilmington this Weekend

by seacoast_ashley 1. May 2015 03:46


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1.Parade of Homes

75+ homes in Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover county will be open for viewing in the 29th annual Parade of Homes. This event is a great chance for buyers to see some of the new homes in our area, and get the opportunity to see what makes each of the local homebuilders unique. This event is free. Homes are open Sat. and Sun. from noon until 5pm each day.

http://wilmingtonparadeofhomes.com/


2. Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series

The summer concert series at Airlie Gardens kicks off Friday from 6:00-8:00pm. Enjoy music in the stunning setting of Airlie Gardens, surrounded by the beauty that is Eastern NC. Tickets are $9/Adults, $2/Children (4yrs-12yrs), Free/Children under

http://airliegardens.org/airlie-events/summer-concert-series-jack-jack-180/

 

 

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Photo courtesy http://www.bellamymansion.org/

3. Wilmington Wine and Food Festival

Wilmington’s 3rd annual Wine and Food Fest featuring some of Wilmington’s top chefs and culinary experts. This festival benefits The Bellamy Mansion Museum and Nourish NC. Sample wines and beers paired with amazing food. Sounds like you can’t go wrong with this one!

http://www.wilmingtonwineandfood.com/

4. Cape Fear Habitat Re-Store Upscale Resale

Treasures galore at the UpScale ReSale benefitting Habitat for Humanity. Find unique creations by local designers working with ReStore finds. Friday evening kicks off the event with a preview sip, see, and sale. Saturday continues the fun with a sale open to the general public.

http://www.capefearhabitat.org/

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Photo courtesy http://www.capefearriverwatch.org/gallery/photos

5. LakeFest Kayak Race at Greenfield Lake

A family friendly event with the Cape Fear River Watch. The festival should be lots of fun with kayak races, educational eco-tours, animals, arts and crafts, face painting and more! Enjoy all that Greenfield Lake has to offer!

http://www.capefearriverwatch.org/education/lakefest-2015



With spring in Full swing our area is bustling with things to do! Here are a few more of the events happening around our area, and links for information.


Southport Naturefest

http://stateportpilot.com/news/article_d1d2b224-c5a6-11e4-9255-fb7bbee9cea4.html

Fundraiser - Kentucky Derby Party at Poplar Grove

http://www.poplargrove.org/events/kentucky-derby-party/

Topsail Island Surf and Pier Fishing Challenge

http://fishermanspost.com/tournaments/topsail-island-spring-surf-fishing-challenge

Boogie in the Park at Kure Beach

http://www.visitkurebeachnc.com/events-calendar/boogie-in-the-park-presents-uncle-hairy/

Cape Fear Comedy Festival

https://capefearcomedy.com/


***AND AS ALWAYS - VISIT ANY OF OUR OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND TO BE ENTERED TO WIN $500 IN OUR COAST IN AND WIN***

http://www.seacoastrealty.com/property/property-list.asp?VAR_SearchType=openhouse&VAR_MapStatus=LISTMAP

10 Things to do in Eastern NC This Weekend!

by seacoast_ashley 23. April 2015 15:21

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As the weekend approaches our coast is gearing up for activities galore! Whether you have guests in town, or are visiting our area you will surely find something fun! Here are 10 things to do on the NC coast this weekend!


1. 2015 Parade of Homes

If you are exploring your home buying options here in the Cape Fear, or just love to look at beautiful homes then this is the activity for you! Over 70 homes will be on display this year. See some of the options offered up by our local homebuilders. The event runs for two weekends April 25-26 and then again from May 1-2. Homes are open for viewing from 12pm-5pm. For more details visit

http://wilmingtonparadeofhomes.com/event-information/


2. Southport Paint the Town Plein Air Paint Out

The town of Southport will be hosting the Plein Air Paint Out. Both beginner and seasoned artists alike will be practicing the art of plein air painting (painting in the outdoors). Visitors will be able to meander the quaint town of Southport, have the chance to speak with the artists, and the opportunity to purchase paintings on site. The event runs from 9am-5pm April24 - April25.For more details, check out the Star News article

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150421/articles/150419797


3. Celebrate the Flytrap!

The NC Coastal Land Trust sponsored event Flytrap Frolic will be held Saturday from 9am-1pm at 3800 Canterbury Road. This is a freeevent with activities the whole family can enjoy. After treating the kids to a carnivorous plant lesson, drop them with the sitter and head out to one of Wilmington’s newest watering holes. Head to  Flytrap Brewery for live music and dinner from the Vittles Food Truck. Cheers to our region and the unique plants that grow here! http://www.coastallandtrust.org/Flytrap  

http://www.flytrapbrewing.com/home.html

4. The Star Party at Carolina Beach State Park

Star gaze on April 24 from 7:00pm-10:30pm. Telescopes will be set up for viewing our beautiful night sky, and astronomy related activities will be available for all to enjoy. This is a state wide event happening all along our coast. You might also be interested in the event happening in Jacksonville. In the event of rain the event will be held the following night April 25. To learn more about the event or to find a Star Party closer to you, visit

http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/ssp2015-carolinabeach/


5. The Carolina Cup

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Head out to Wrightsville beach this weekend to catch the tail end of the Carolina Cup! This weeklong event will wind up on Saturday. Wrightsville Beach is one of the premiere locations for SUP (Stand-up Paddling). There are sure to be some amazing sites and most likely include a ride home filled with plans for buying your first SUP. Events will be in full swing April 24 - April 25. For information about this event

http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/


6. Earth Day Celebration at Hugh MacRae Park

Celebrate our Earth with your family in a beautiful setting. This annual event will be held April 25 from 12pm-6pm. The event is free to attend. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This is a family friendly FUN event. The offerings include live music, a kids zone, and exhibitors galore! This event is designed to honor our Earth, educate, and inspire eco action!

http://www.wilmingtonearthday.com/celebrate_2015.html#more


7. Wilmington Riverfront Farmers Market

Yay! The market is back until November. Stroll downtown, maybe catch a yummy breakfast at The Dixie Grill, then head down to the Riverfront to scoop up plenty of fresh local foods, flowers, and crafts. This is a nice place to meet the people in your community and explore the amazing things that our farmers grow! The market is open April 25 from 8am-1pm.

http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/events/farmers-market


8. Coastal Cluck Coop Tour

April 25 from 10am-3pm visitors will be able to tour the many cool coops of Wilmington chicken owners! The event is free with a donation of non-perishables for Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen. If you have been thinking about owning and raising your own chickens, or just want to see some of the coops around town then this is the event for you. Coop owners will answer questions and educate the public on raising chickens. Many of the stops on the tour will be selling various chicken or farm related products, think fresh local eggs! For more information about the tour check out their Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coastal-Cluck-Coops/218543004885713


9. Walking Tour of Historic Churches in Wilmington

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Wilmington has some of the most beautiful churches in the state. This is a chance to take a 2 1/2 hour long tour of seven of the historic churches located downtown. The tour starts at the Latimer House at 1:30pm April 26. What a great way to meet people, explore some amazing sites, and get your exercise in!

http://www.hslcr.org/

10. Coast in and Win!

While out and about exploring our area stop in at one of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage’s open houses on Sat or Sun. By stopping in and viewing the house you will be entered into the monthly drawing for $500! Pretty easy way to pay for all of those weekend activities!

 

http://www.seacoastrealty.com/property/property-list.asp?VAR_SearchType=openhouse&VAR_MapStatus=LISTMAP

Farm Fresh Eastern NC

by seacoast_ashley 31. March 2015 05:55

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Spring is one of my favorite times of year in eastern NC. At the coast, we have a brief period of time before the tourists arrive in droves to enjoy our pretty towns and beaches. We get surprise beach days, where the parking is ample and the weather is warm. We rejoin the community that we had to watch from cold glass windows in the winter and we get outside!


Every year my family eagerly awaits the opening of our many local farmers’ markets. We countdown the days until we can visit places such as Lewis Farms and pick strawberries until we collapse at picnic tables with a cone of fresh ice cream. Mmmmmm.....ice cream. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite farmers’ markets and agrarian adventures. To be honest, I will be putting this list on my refrigerator so that I don’t miss visiting any this season. Enjoy!


Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market

Opens April 1st

This farmers’ market is one of my very favorites. It is the perfect place for families. We usually take a long walk on the trails then buy all of our yummy treats. There is a family day scheduled in June. You can find more information about Poplar Grove and their farmers’ market by visiting

http://www.poplargrove.org/farmers-market/


Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market

Opens May 16th

The Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market definitely conveys a bit of an island flare. We love to visit this market if there is time in our schedule to take a quick ocean dip or to boogie to the music that is performed at the market. This market also has a large array of crafts made by local artisans. To see the vendor lists, schedules, etc. visit

http://carolinabeachfarmersmarket.com/


Riverfront Farmers’ Market (downtown Wilmington, NC)

Opens April 4th

This market is the one that my family visits most frequently due to its proximity to our house. Although it has typically been a bit smaller in offerings than the others in previous years, each year it gets bigger. I hope that this market continues to expand. I love picking up gifts for friends and family at the Riverfront market. From pickled peppers, fresh flowers, to local honey I can always find something that makes for a unique gift. Pickled collard greens anyone?

http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/events/farmers-market


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Eagle Island Fruit and Seafood

Open Year Round

Though Eagle Island is not a farmers’ market it is an amazing place to buy fish, fresh produce, and plants. Eagle Island has a rotating inventory and the best is when they have fresh cakes made by locals in stock. They also serve up a HUGE cup of ice cream for not very huge prices. This place is a true general store. It is the kind of place that I grew up hanging out in with my Pawpaw, and I take my kids here to experience the slower pace of a lot of regulars talking farm out front.  Oh, and if oysters is what you want then you might want to bring the pick-up.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eagle-Island-Fruit-Seafood/146282825406866


Lewis Farms

Opened March 27th

There are a few different Lewis Farms locations. The one that I visit (and love) is the Gordon Road location. I have more Lewis Farms buckets (you get one to fill when you enter) than I do drinking glasses! This place is kid heaven, and it isn’t too bad for parents either. We go to pick strawberries, though they do sell plants and pre-picked veggies. The berries are very reasonably priced, and picking them yourself makes them taste better, I’m pretty sure. Because the berries are planted in long rows on knee high mounds little kids can only go so far. They have a long row to run, and you are usually the only group in your row. This place became a favorite when I had toddlers. After picking berries heading to the picnic tables to enjoy fresh berry ice cream is the best. Sometimes we drive out to Lewis Farms just for the ice cream, it's that good.

http://www.lewisfarms.com/lewis-farm-markets


Greenlands Farmstore

Open year round

Greenlands Farmstore often becomes one of our family stops to or from Oak Island. The farm is located on Midway Road and it opened in 2001. This place has a little bit of everything and you never quite know what you are going to get. There is the farm store which offers  everything from jellies to goat’s milk soap. There is the cafe serving up super yummy sandwiches. There are pony rides and a petting farm. My favorite offering (even though I have not had the chance to explore it) is the Homestead and Jr. Homestead Dinners. These are farm fresh dinners that are scheduled two times a month. There are too many awesome things to list (like hayrides for the kids and s'mores). I will definitely be making room in my summer schedule to experience the farm to fork dinner.

http://www.greenlandsfarmstore.info/homesteaddinners/


There are so many great places in our area for buying (and eating) amazing locally grown farm fresh foods. I will be adding to this list as the season progresses and I have the opportunity to explore more of them. Where should I go? Guide me by commenting on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/seacoastrealty

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