10 Things to Do On a Rainy Vacation

Nobody expects it to rain on their vacation so most people don’t plan for it. If you don’t have a list of alternate ideas in the case of a downpour you’re going to be left sitting in your vacation rental  twiddling your thumbs. Here’s our custom list of 10 great ideas for things to do if it rains on your vacation to Holden Beach North Carolina.

10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation

  1. Go to the Movies – The closest movie theatre is Coastal Stadium 10 in nearby Shallotte, NC. With 10 big screens you’ll have an assortment of choices for movies. Location: 5200 Bridgers Road, Shallotte, NC.
  2. Bring the Movies to You – Redbox offers unlimited movies that you can rent and watch in the comfort of your vacation rental. Pick up a half dozen or so and spend the day kicked back and relaxing. At various locations: 3045 Holden Beach Rd SW, 1138 Sabbath Home Rd. SW or 1100 Sabbath Home Rd. SW, Holden Beach.
  3. Walk in the Rain – As long as there’s no lightning or thunder taking place, grab an umbrella, kick off your shoes, and go for a walk along the beach. Location: Right outside your door.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  4. Visit an Art Gallery – The Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop is where you’ll find an eclectic assortment of fine art, jewelry, pottery and other collectibles made by regional artists along with boutique wines from around the world. Location: 3422 Holden Beach Rd., Holden Beach.
  5. Check out the Museum of Coastal Carolina – The Museum of Coastal Carolina has many themed galleries with outstanding dioramas and exhibits about the natural history, environment, and culture of the Coastal Carolinas. Special programs are held daily. Location: 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  6. Ingram Planetarium is where you can experience Laser Light & Music Shows, free science-related programs, learn about the prehistoric adventure of sea monsters, and enjoy star shows. Location: 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach, NC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  7. Bowling, Arcades & Mini-GolfPlanet Fun offers 32 lanes for bowling, laser tag, indoor mini-golf, jungle gym, bounce house and more! Location: 349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  8. Broadway at the Beach – There is something for everyone here and you’re guaranteed to spend an entire and part of the evening staying occupied with shopping, dining in a large assortment of restaurants, and enjoying amusements such as MagiQuest, Ripley’s Aquarium, Palace Theatre, WonderWorks and so much more! Location: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  9. Barefoot Landing – More than 100 shops and restaurants for the whole family’s enjoyment. Lots to see and do here including a reptile park, live music, and a carousel. Attractions include Alligator Adventure, House of Blues, Alabama Theatre, and so much more! Location: 4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
  10. Wilmington Trolley Co. Tours – Jump on board a trolley and weave through the bumpy cobblestone streets and hear the stories of the homes, people, and events that make Wilmington the historical city it is. The 45-minute tours depart from Water Street between Market and Dock Streets. Location: 460 Baytree Rd, Wilmington, NC

We want you to make the most of your vacation whether the weather is beautiful or it is raining out. If you’ve been considering a move to the area, there’s nothing like a few rainy days to get vacationers perusing the local available real estate. Get in touch with us at Brunswickland Realty if you’d like to look at properties.

 

Free Summer Concert Series

With the official kick-off to the summer season approaching quickly, the Town of Holden Beach is getting ready to welcome this summer’s visitors. We know that most vacationers come to town to spend a week (Or more, if their lucky!) lounging on the beach, playing in the water, and making the most of the laid back coastal life, but that doesn’t mean they want to lay around all day every day.

As a kick off to the 2015 season, Holden Beach is reviving its free summer concert series. The first concert, planned for Memorial Day, May 24, will feature The Imitations, a Wilmington-based group that plays mostly beach music with a great selection of rock & roll, Motown, and other classics mixed in. These crowd pleasers are looking forward to opening up the summer season with a great party.

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All shows in the Holden Beach Concert Series are free of charge and will be held at the Holden Beach Pavilion, giving concertgoers a great view of the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway. Far from a one-time event, there are shows scheduled every Sunday night at 6:30 PM from May 31 through the end of the season on Labor Day weekend. The final show is scheduled for September 6.

The Holden Beach Concert Series has planned a little something for everyone this year. Attendees can look forward to hearing some of the greatest hits from classic rock, country, top 40, soul, funk, and of course plenty of beach music that was made for dancing. With a beautiful waterfront venue and a friendly crowd, these shows guarantee a great time.

If you’re not ready to call it quits after the show, there are plenty of places within walking distance to grab a bite to eat, a quick night cap, or both.

Mermaid’s Island Grill– Well know from some of the best cocktails on the island, this Bar & Grill also makes a pretty mean burger.

Captain Pete’s Seafood– Located right on the Intracoastal Waterway, Captain Pete’s is the place to be if you love seafood. A great view complements a tasty meal as the perfect way to finish the night off right.

Castaways Raw Bar & Grill– If you’re looking for a view of the ocean to go along with your dinner, Castaways upper deck is a great choice. Crisp ocean breezes will cool you off on even the hottest days. Oh, and they also happen to have some great food and drinks to go along with their excellent location.

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Waterway Properties in Holden Beach

There are plenty of waterway properties in Holden Beach and the surrounding areas where everyday of your life will feel like a vacation. Surrounded by views of the ocean, sounds of the surf, and the aroma of the salty ocean breezes, you’ll have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. That’s just how much new homeowners in the area love it here!

Waterway Properties in Holden Beach

When you live someplace where you can have your boat docked outside your back door it really is just perfect. White there’s value in this convenience you’ll find these Holden Beach waterway properties to be quite affordable.

The waters off the coast of the South Brunswick Islands in North Carolina, are packed with tuna, mahi-mahi and marlin. Just imagine yourself owning one of our waterway homes and being able to walk out your door, hop in your boat, and navigate to the Gulf stream where you’ll spend the day fishing. There really is no better day than that!

Waterway Properties in Holden Beach

Holden Beach is adjacent to Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach making homes in this area popular with anyone wanting to reside on the Brunswick Islands. We have a large number of waterway properties that include houses, condos, villas and land. Any of these waterway properties would make an excellent investment at a time when prices are low and interest rates are lower.

This is a beautiful place to visit as well as to retire to. If you buy your retirement home now, before you need it, you can rent it out and have it provide rental income as it appreciates in value. When you’re ready to retire you can move into it or sell it at a profit.

Living in Holden Beach, North Carolina, there is always plenty of things to do. From fishing to water sports to some of the best golf in the country, you can’t go wrong by buying property in Holden Beach or the surrounding areas. Living so close to Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC, you will always have easy access to shopping, a thriving music and artistic community, and a wealth of amusement and entertainment venues.

Local Activities Around Brunswick County

With spring here and Easter rapidly approaching there’s plenty of local activities taking place around Brunswick County. If you’re making plans to visit the area and are seeking information on where to stay, give us a call at Brunswickland Realty, 800-842-6949.

We’ll give you the specifics on what’s going on in the area over the next few weeks. Be sure to come out and take part in as many events as you can to support the local residents and businesses.

What's Going on Around Here

First 2000 Days 5K

Come out and support Smart Start of Brunswick County with this 5k run/walk on March 21 from 8-10 a.m.. There will also be a 1 mile fun run/walk. Runners, walkers, families, teachers and students are all invited to join. Group rates available. Free caps, prizes, and children’s awards. For race details and to register online go to www.its-go-time.com or contact Smart Start of Brunswick County at 910-754-3166. Location: Lowes Foods at Brunswick Forest, 1152 East Cutler Crossing, The Villages at Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC.

What's Going on Around Here

Calabash Easter Egg Hunt

Calling all children! On Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Town of Calabash will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Meet the Easter bunny! Parents should bring their cameras! Children should bring their own baskets. There will also be children’s games and crafts. Locdation: 868 Persimmon Road, Calabash, NC.

What's Going on Around Here

Sea Notes Sings the 60’s

The Sea Notes Choral Society will hold its 2015 Spring Concert from March 27-29, 2015. The singers will sing “Songs from the 60s”. The chorus will be directed by Susan Linton with Jane Boberg accompanying. The free concert will be held at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Caswell Beach/Oak Island and three performances are scheduled. The first performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27. There is an extra matinee on Saturday, March 28 in celebration of “Friends of Sea Notes.”  Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 will both be Matinees at 3:00 pm. Concerts are free to the public. Donations are welcomed as Sea Notes is a nonprofit organization. For more information go to www.sea-notes.com or call 910-620-6275.

Our Brunswick County Condo Rentals

We’ll be turning our clocks ahead this weekend and it’s the first sure sign of spring soon to arrive! A sign many people have been waiting for this year with winter having been so hard on everyone from the far south, up to the northern states and along the New England coastline. Now is the time to start looking at our Brunswick County condo rentals in North Carolina. We have tons of availability!

Our Brunswick County Condo Rentals are Toasty Warm
If you’re in dire need of getting away (And who isn’t this time of the year!) it’s never too early to reserve your accommodations if you want to stay somewhere toasty warm. One of our Brunswick County condo rentals might be exactly what you need to warm yourself up.

Our Brunswick County Condo Rentals are Toasty Warm
At Brunswickland Realty we have an excellent assortment of beautifully furnished condos for you to choose from. Take the time to walk through our website and see the photos we have displayed of each of our vacation rental properties. You’ll know pretty quickly which one speaks to you to come and stay awhile in North Carolina!

Our Brunswick County Condo Rentals are Toasty Warm
When you stay in one of our Brunswick County condo rentals you’ll have easy access to everything around coastal North Carolina as well as inland around the city of Wilmington. Whether you’re coming to visit family, play some golf, or just relax away from work and home, we can provide you with accommodations.

Give us a call today. Tell us the size of the rental you’re looking for, what amenities you’d like to have and where you’d like to stay and we’ll help you choose the perfect vacation rental. Tell us when you’re coming and how long you’d like to stay and we’ll tell you what’s available. We’ll put you in the ideal vacation rental and at a price you can afford. You can count on us.

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.

 

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