Spring Art Show in Southport

The Annual Southport Spring Art Show that takes place each year is a sure sign of spring that just about everyone looks forward to. Artists from throughout southeastern North Carolina will display their latest paintings, pottery, and sculpture from March 2 through March 21, 2015 at the Franklin Square Gallery.

Spring Art Show in Southport

Guest artists from throughout the region will unveil their latest paintings and pottery as they join the Associated Artists of Southport. The show opens on March 2 and runs three weeks until March 21. Over $1500 in prizes and awards will be presented at the evening reception, part of Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk, on March 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Many of the artists participating are long-time area professionals that are introducing the latest additions to their body of work. New artists just arriving in the area will be showing here for the first time. Many of the students from the gallery’s painting, watercolor, and figure drawing classes use this as their first major exhibition.

Spring Art Show in Southport

Professional painter Susan Mauney notes, “This show is a good one for people in the community because it’s open to all and it gives talented beginning artists a chance to hang their work.” Mauney is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and this is the first local showing of her painting “Shell Game,” a soft, abstracted piece with layers of granulating watercolors that bring a lot of texture to the surface.

Spring Art Show in Southport

This is also the first competitive show for member Susan Dade’s “Old Yacht Basin,” part of a series depicting the changing light of this marina at morning, noon, and evening. Award-winning acrylic painter from Holden Beach, Greta Swaim, will bring two of her newest linear expressionist abstract paintings.

This diverse group of painters and ceramic artists bring a range of style, techniques, and creative vision to the exhibition this year. Painters focus on local scenery, still life, a variety of cultures, and scenes from their travels. Ceramic artists will be displaying large decorative pieces, hand-built clay creations that stretch the imagination, as well as functional platters, bowls, and vases.

Spring Art Show in Southport

      The show will be judged by Skip Lawrence for two-dimensional work, and Brian Evans for three-dimensional. Lawrence is a well-known and versatile artist and instructor from Maryland who is known for his painting workshops from Springmaid in Myrtle Beach to locations in Maine. Award-winning potter Brian Evans, owner of Evans Pottery in Wilmington, has taught at Cape Fear Community College and is a founding member and past officer of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild.

In addition to the work presented in the Spring Show, the Associated Artists also offer an additional selection of paintings and pottery for everyday use, reproductions, matted originals, note cards, and ceramic gift items on display in the gallery.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Admission to the gallery and this event is free. The public is invited to meet the artists and judges at the evening reception on March 6, part of Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Super Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching we have some super suggestions on ways for you and your valentine(s) to have a really extra special holiday this year. Put these ideas into practice and they will leave a lasting impression on someone if not everyone you love. Just imagine the thrill of discovering you’re being treated to a holiday beach vacation for Valentine’s Day. If you want to impress someone this is a great way to do it!

Super Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

Many people come here to enjoy beach vacations every year but they usually wait until the heat of summer arrives and the kids are out of school. Try something special this year and come during the off-season when rates are low and the beaches are relatively vacant. You’ll like the change of having the beachfront to yourselves.

Many restaurants in the area will have special meals and rates for the holiday. You and your valentine can enjoy a lovely dinner out if that’s what you want to do. If so, call to make your reservation now. You can add the Bam! factor to dinner when you opt for a candlelit dinner at home that you’ve made yourself or had catered in. Decorate your vacation rental in pink and reds and have live flowers and paper hearts strewn about. If you have children along, they’ll love to participate in this.


Super Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

When it’s just the two of you coming, you can’t go wrong with choosing from any of our beachfront accommodations. Each year we put the fun and comfort in many people’s beach vacations. So when you’re thinking about where to dine on Valentine’s Day consider a romantic beachfront candlelit picnic or a dinner theatre at the Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations, Dixie Stampede or the Alabama Theatre across the nearby border in SC. Again, be sure to make your reservations now as they may fill up quickly.

Beach vacations and their accommodations are what we know well. Give us a call at 800-842-6949 when you’re ready to book your accommodations. We’d be happy to help!


How to Keep Those New Year Resolutions

In case you haven’t heard, the northern states are absolutely freezing their toenails off so far this January. For those who live there, know that we’re here in coastal North Carolina with welcoming and open arms where the temperatures are kind. We have plenty of sunshine, beachfront, and extracurricular activities we’d love to share with you. We have winter rentals in Holden Beach that you won’t ever want to leave! Come spend a month with us or why not come and spend the entire winter. We can promise you this — you’ll be so glad you did.


How to Keep Those New Year Resolutions

Of all the accommodations in Brunswick County North Carolina you won’t find any that are more affordable and comfortable than ours. Staying with us you’ll be able to stay on track with those fitness resolutions you made. Once you experience our comfortable vacation rentals you’ll “oooh” and “aaah” from the moment you walk in the front door to when you step outside and take in the views.

If you’re like us, many of you are working diligently on those New Year resolutions. But if you’ve already gotten derailed, don’t fret. This is a great place to come and get back on track – clear your mind, get your focus back on those goals that seemed like a great idea on Dec. 31 and start out fresh again.


How to Keep Those New Year Resolutions

For those resolved to have a healthier and more active year, this is truly the perfect location for that to happen. You’ll love taking advantage of our properties with pools, exercise and game rooms, close proximity to the beach and Jacuzzis, too. Nature’s own fitness center is just steps away and offers you miles of beachfront to run, walk or stroll your way through the new year.

You might find other accommodations that are appealing for one reason or another. We get that. But once you stay in our Brunswickland Realty vacation rentals you’ll see what makes us #1 among all resorts in the Brunswick County area. Give us a call at 800-842-6949 if you have any questions or would like assistance in finding a winter rental.

Things To Do During the Holidays

With the arrival of December comes many local area events taking place on behalf of the upcoming holidays. If you’re planning a trip to the area soon make sure you take in as many of these events as you can. On the other hand, if you want to just kick back and relax, you can do that too and we have a large selection of Holden Beach oceanfront holiday rentals for you to choose from.

The Shallotte Christmas Parade takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. on December 6 starting on Main Street in Shallotte. This event is fun for the entire family. Roads will begin closing on Dec. 6 around 8:30 a.m. and remain closed for the duration of the parade.

Christmas at the Sunset Bridge in Sunset Beach NC

On Monday, December 8 from 6-8 p.m. the annual Christmas at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge will take place. It’s a magical, musical evening that you shouldn’t miss. Come enjoy soloist Linda Ladrick, The Belles hand bell choir, and the Soaring Angels, directed by Kathryn Parker of Seaside United Methodist Church. Afterwards there will be a community sing-a-long. Light refreshments will be served. Admission for the event is free. The Old Bridge is located at 109 Shoreline Drive West, Sunset Beach, NC. For more information call 910-363-6568.

The Laser Holiday Show at Ingram Planetarium takes place weekly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4-5 p.m. through January 3, 2015. This event is free for members. Non-member price per show is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (3-12) and free for those under age 2.

12 Tastes of Christmas in NC

Back by popular demand the 2nd Annual 12 Tastes of Christmas will take place at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. This all-inclusive benefit features 12 food and drink pairings, music and more – all in the spirit of the season. Guests 21+ are invited to join CFLC for delicious delights. This event is sponsored by the Cape Fear Literacy Council. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at cfliteracy.org.

The annual North Carolina Christmas Festival and Parade will take place December 12 and 13 in Leland Town Hall Park, Leland, NC. The parade is from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 13 and will follow Village Road from the First Baptist Church to the North Brunswick Shopping Center. The Christmas Festival will begin right after the parade and last until 4:30 p.m. There will be food vendors, children’s entertainment, music and performances by dance troupes. Free and open to the public.

Southport Tour of Homes over the holidays

The Christmas Tour of Homes in Southport is always a popular event. This year it will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 2-7 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful homes in Southport, all dressed up in their Christmas finery. Pre-sale tickets at Southport Visitors Center, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, and Franklin Square Gallery. Proceeds benefit both historical restoration and educational programs. Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floors in these historic homes. Price is $10 per person in advance or $15 day of tour. Call 910-454-4327 for more information.

In addition to these events there are also plenty of holiday events taking place a short distance away in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. Definitely worth the drive to check them out!

Happy Holidays in NC from Brunswickland Realty

All of us at Brunswickland Realty would like to wish you and your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Solution to Holiday Stress

Once November arrives and the temperatures start cooling off everyone’s thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays. Decisions have to be made, like whether they’re staying home this year or traveling to visit friends and family. Many people spend the first three weeks of November coming up with a “plan of attack” on the holidays. Others just let them arrive without any concern or plan. Joyous as the holidays are, too often people get caught up in the other factors surrounding the holidays like family expectations, shopping, meal prep, cleaning and decorating and they lose sight of what the holidays are really about. Have you considered how much easier it would be to just spend your holiday at the beach? Check out our large assortment of holiday vacation rentals. We think you’ll be pleased with what you see.


Holden Beach Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving 2014

Every year Holden Beach has an assortment of festive events taking place between now and the end of the year. Starting with the Holden Beach Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 27 at 8 a.m. this route is approximately 2 miles long. Join us for this low key fun run/ walk and wear a Thanksgiving costume. This event will not be timed so it’s no-pressure but there will be a costume contest so get your creative juices flowing. Preregister at the Holden Beach Town Hall. There is no registration fee, just bring one canned food item to donate to Brunswick Family Assistance.

We have many people that return to Holden Beach at this time of year specifically to run in a chosen Turkey Trot and then hold their family Thanksgiving dinner in their holiday vacation rental. They escape here and enjoy a four-day weekend and they have a relaxed and peace-filled time. Why not spend your holiday giving thanks at such a beautiful oceanfront location as  Holden Beach this year.

Once December arrives, the Town of Holden Beach gets dressed up in its holiday finest when the annual tree lighting event takes place. There will be an assortment of holiday flotillas taking place up and down the Intracoastal Waterway throughout the month. And you won’t want to miss the Chili Cook Off that will be held the same night as the tree lighting at Holden Beach Pavilion.

Holden Beach: The Solution to Holiday Stress

The Saturday following Thanksgiving on November 29 will be worth a visit to nearby Ocean Isle Beach as they celebrate the upcoming Christmas season with Super Saturday. The day begins with the Ocean Isle Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Causeway at 5 p.m. and then a Christmas Boat Flotilla and ending the evening with a party at Sharky’s.

There are many ways to escape stress during the holidays but we think spending them in Holden Beach is at the top of the list. Why not come spend the holidays in Holden Beach this year. Give us a call at Brunswickland Realty if we can help you with booking your own holiday vacation rental home here in Holden Beach, NC. We can be reached at 1-800-842-6949 and look forward to talking with you.


Come Spend Thanksgiving in Holden Beach This Year

If you’re looking for a new and different way to celebrate the holidays this year or perhaps start a new tradition for your family, we have a wonderful idea for you! Why not enjoy the holidays in a beachfront vacation rental at Holden Beach, North Carolina, where the weather is temperate and the beaches invite you to spend some time just strolling along and enjoying the views.
Come Spend Thanksgiving in Holden Beach This Year
Too often people get so stressed out over the holidays when they get together with family. The house cleaning, the meal preparation, the maintaining peace between at-times-difficult family members – is this what holidays are really supposed to be like? We think not. In fact, take our suggestion to spend the holidays in one of our vacation rentals on Holden Beach this year and it just might be the best holiday you have ever celebrated!
Our holiday vacation rentals come fully furnished for your comfort. Kitchens are well equipped with everything you need to prepare a holiday meal no matter how large or small. There’s a Food Lion in Holden Beach where you can purchase everything you need for whatever type of holiday meal you’re planning on making. If you prefer to dine out there are also plenty of restaurants nearby serving a vast assortment of menu items sure to meet your needs.
One of the popular ways to explore the Brunswick Islands is on a bicycle. On Holden Beach alone there are three different bike routes totaling approximately 20 miles. You can get a brochure showing the bike routes on Holden Beach along with the traffic laws for bicyclists that you should know about.
Come Spend the Holidays in Holden Beach
A day excursion worth taking while you’re here is a trip to the small historic waterfront town of Southport, NC. Just 30 minutes from Holden Beach, this town is full of quaint historic homes, a waterfront park and a maritime museum. Take the car ferry out to historic Fort Fisher and check out the aquarium at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The historic city of Wilmington is a short drive from Southport and where you can visit the USS Battleship North Carolina.
Spending your Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals this year is a fabulous way to begin a new tradition for your family. Whether you come with just your immediate family or you extend the invitation to your entire clan and make reservations for one of our larger vacation homes, we’re pretty sure you’re going to be wondering why you didn’t think of this sooner! Come spend the holidays with us. You’ll be glad you did.

NC Festival by the Sea at Holden Beach NC

One of the most popular of the local events, the 2014 North Carolina Festival by the Sea, is taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, beginning with a parade down the Holden Beach NC causeway. There will be free admission and free parking during both days of this year’s festival.


2014 North Carolina Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach


This annual event features an in-shore fishing tournament, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, hot air balloon rides, a sand castle building contest and a horseshoe tournament. The arts and crafts vendors will be open for shoppers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Children will enjoy special activities just for them including face painting, kite flying, Home Depot workshop for kids and other amusements. There will be live musical performances both days in the pavilion at Holden Beach.

Following is the schedule for this year’s Festival by the Sea:

Saturday, October 25 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7:30 a.m. In-Shore Fishing Tournament
Captain’s meeting will be Friday night.

10 a.m. Parade
Holden Beach Bridge will close at 9:30 a.m. and open after the parade. Parade Grand Marshall for 2014 is CC Martin, a local county music singer and songwriter from Shallotte, NC.

10 a.m. to 12:30 Brickhouse Band

11:30 a.m. Horseshoe Tournament Registration
Location: Mermaid Island Bar and Grill

1:30 to 4:00 p.m. CC Martin Performs

2 p.m. Sand Sculptures Judging Begins
You may begin your sand sculpture any time Saturday morning. The contest will be held at the public beach access across from Jordan Blvd. Please check the Holden Beach tide tables for tide times and plan accordingly.

11:30 a.m. Car & Motorcycle Show Registration
You are welcome to come early and be in the parade or just come afterwards.

11:30 a.m. Re/Max Hot Air Balloon Rides
On Blockade Runner, weather permitting.


The Catalinas performing at North Carolina Festival by the Sea


7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Street Dance
The Catalinas (shown above) will be performing at the Beach Mart Parking Lot. Bring your chairs and your dancing shoes! Free parking. No admission fee.

Sunday, October 26 – 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8:00 a.m. Church Service
Service by Pastor Tom Johnson of Harvest Fellowship. Music by Laura Lee and Harley Lytton

10 a.m. to 12 noon Morris Cardenas Band Performs

12 noon Corn Hole Tournament
To be held on festival grounds

1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Gary Lowder & Smoking Hot Performs

1:00 p.m. Children’s Costume Contest
To be held in the children’s area.

2:00 p.m. Womanless Beauty Pageant – Tips and Assets
All tips collected will go to Wounded Warriors.


The Festival by the Sea is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. A mission of charity and local promotion, the Greater Holden Beach Merchant Association was formed over 30 years ago to promote local businesses and tourism.

It's a Great Time for Golfing in Holden Beach

Some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country can be found right here on the Brunswick Islands of North Carolina. If your summer has been so busy that you’ve been putting off that golf vacation now is the perfect time to get it scheduled. At Brunswickland Realty we can set you up in comfortable accommodations that are beautifully decorated as well as reasonably priced. Come to enjoy the Holden Beach golf courses and take advantage of the Holden Beach vacation rentals that we have and you can save a bundle.

Holden Beach golf courses


When you stay with us in Holden Beach you’ll have access to the following golf courses that are close by. You’re sure to appreciate the scenic beauty these courses provide. Features such as coastal ocean views, fairways edged by forests and live oaks, marshlands and Intracoastal Waterway views await. Thanks to our mild winters here we have the added benefit of offering you year round play. Come during the Fall when the courses are less crowded and the weather comfortable or come anytime at all. We think you’ll agree — there’s just no bad season for golfing!

Following are some of the golf courses that are closest to Holden Beach.

Brick Landing Plantation
1882 Goose Creek Road Southwest, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
(910) 754-5545 or (800) 438-3006

Lockwood Folly Country Club
19 Clubhouse Drive, Holden Beach, NC 28462
(910) 842-5666 or (877) 562-9663

Ocean Ridge Plantation
351 Ocean Ridge Parkway, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
(910) 287-1717
Panther’s Run, Lion’s Paw, Tiger’s Eye, Leopard’s Chase

Oyster Bay Golf Links
614 Lakeshore Drive, Sunset Beach, NC
(910) 579-3528 or (800) 697-8372

Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club
800 N. Sandpiper Bay Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
(910) 579-9120 or (800) 356-5827
Bay Golf Course, Piper Golf Course, Sand Golf Course

Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center
211 Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
(800) 508-1204
Willard Byrd Course, Dan Maples Course

Sea Trail Plantation & Golf Resort
75 Clubhouse Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
(888) 229-5747
Rees Jones Course

Thistle Golf Club
8840 Old Georgetown Rd., Sunset Beach, NC 28468
(910) 575-8700, (800) 571-6710
North Course, West Course, South Course

Whether you’re coming to Holden Beach for that much needed golf vacation or you’re coming to look at Holden Beach real estate and want to enjoy some of the pristine golf courses in the area while you’re here, give us at call at Brunswickland Realty at 1-800-842-6949 if we can assist you in any way. Our Facebook page will enable you to keep up-to-date with what’s going on with us. Why not stop by, enjoy the photos we post and leave us a message.

Fun Things To Do In Holden Beach: Kite Flying

When it comes to finding fun things to do in Holden Beach, North Carolina, you now have something brand new to consider. The Holden Beach Kites & Flag Company just opened for business. Get ready to play like a kid again!


There are all types of kites available in today’s market. To name a few there are barn door kites that can fly without tails, three dimensional cellular kites, delta kites (also called stunt kites), the most common diamond kites, rokkaku or rok kites (of Japanese origin), roller kite, sled kites, and fighter kites. More and more novelty kites are being designed every year so no matter what your skill level, from beginner to seasoned pro, there’s sure to be the perfect one for you at the new Holden Beach Kites & Flag Company.

If you were fortunate to attend their huge kick-off party you know how much fun it was! There’s one thing Holden Beach residents and visitors alike enjoy and that’s a big party! There was plenty to see, do, and best of all, to eat. The kids enjoyed lots of inflatable games…as well as more than a few adults that we saw!

The beach is one of the best places for kite flying because there’s nearly always an ocean breeze. Check your local weather station before heading out to be sure there are light to moderate winds. You’re not looking for gale force winds as they will likely destroy your kite. Wind speeds of 5 to 15 mph are ideal.

Stay away from buildings, power lines, trees and anything under foot that you could trip over. Ideally you want to fly your kite in wide, open spaces using lots of string. With your kite tied to the string, raise your arm and run with the kite until the wind catches it. Once that happens give it lots of string, being sure to keep the line taut.

Pay attention to any kite you have up in the sky and don’t abandon it. You control it by how much string you let out but remember, you’ll have to reel it all back in when you’re done for the day. Sudden changes in wind direction or speed can send your kite into a nosedive. If this happens, pull the string tighter to give the kite more lift. Avoid letting your kite crash nose first into the ground and you’ll extend its life indefinitely.

Don’t Miss Out On The Mermaid Island Grill

Open for the 2014 season is the new Mermaid’s Island Grill (formerly Paradise Cafe) and we’re recommending you stop by and check them out the first chance you get! Their spring hours are 11:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11:30 to midnight Thursday through Saturday.

Located at 102 Jordan Blvd in Holden Beach the fun casual atmosphere of this grill is THE place to go the next time you want to watch a sporting event with your friends. With 11 televisions, plenty of snacks and drinks coming non-stop, you just won’t find any better place. Just take a look at these items we handpicked off the menu. They already have all ABC permits, too!

Fine Casual Dining

There’s a full lineup of appetizers that include fried pickles, shrimp & crab dip, bacon cheese fries, seafood bites and more!

Garden fresh salads include the house salad of a Greek salad, both with your choice of dressing. Jazz up that salad with grilled chicken souvlaki, Calabash shrimp, grilled jumbo shrimp, grilled fish of the day, marinated steak or their own gyro meat; all at an additional charge.

Their sandwiches include gyros with homemade Tzatziki sauce, Philly wraps or hoagies and certified Angus beef cheeseburgers. There’s a large choice of meats for your to select from for your gyro or Philly including the traditional lamb & beef slices, lemon chicken Sowlakia, marinated steak, fried oysters, Calabash shrimp, fried flounder, crabcake, crispy chicken breast tenderloin or the fresh catch of the day, grilled or fried.

When you want to enjoy a dinner out be sure to give Mermaid’s Island Grill a try. We found their entrée menu to be impressive with jumbo shrimp, ribeye steak, seafood combination platter, flounder or tilapia, Maryland-style crab cakes, Calabash shrimp, fried oysters, marinated sirloin beef tips, lemon chicken Sowlakia, Brunswick catch of the day and a chicken finger basket of breast tenderloins and fries. All entrees come with a choice of sides.

Perhaps you’re just looking for somewhere to top off an already splendid evening? In that case, stop by Mermaid’s Island Grill to treat your selves to their mouth-watering dessert menu. Scrumptious delights like Passion Mango Cheesecake, Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Homemade Key Lime Pie and Bourbon Street Pecan Pie await!

At Brunswickland Realty we know great food when we taste it and that’s why we give Mermaid Island Grill our recommendation with two thumbs up and a hearty “Welcome to the Neighborhood!”

Mermaid Island Grill
Fine casual dining in Holden Beach, North Carolina.
102 Jordan Blvd
Holden Beach
North Carolina

Holden Beach, NC