Enjoying Your Baby’s First Beach Vacation

Going on a beach vacation with a baby is not like when you went as a couple or even as it is with older children in tow. Chances are if you have older children you’ve already navigated these waters but for those who haven’t, we have some excellent tips to help you and your baby have an enjoyable and safe time on your baby’s first beach vacation.

How to Enjoy Your Baby's First Beach Vacation
With some advance planning, a beach vacation with your baby will be a pleasant and fun-filled time. As long as your baby’s basic needs are met they will be content to go anywhere you’re going. Keep them on their usual eating and sleeping schedules and they’ll be happy.

Some vacation rentals come with baby equipment (cribs, highchairs, play yards, etc.) at no extra charge. When you’re considering the different rentals look at the list of amenities to make sure equipment for your baby’s comfort is available. If not, you’ll need to either bring your own, rent the equipment locally or choose a different rental property.
How to Enjoy Your Baby's First Beach Vacation
Here are some tips that will come in useful for your baby’s first beach vacation.

  • When to travel. Schedule your flight during your baby’s nap time. Walk and play with the baby while in the airport. The more energy you exert in the airport will be less energy the baby exerts while in the air.
  • Stay on schedule. While you’re on vacation be sure to maintain the same schedule you and the baby are on at home. That means the time you wake up and go to sleep, the time you eat meals, and when nap time is.
  • Bring favorites. Bring your baby’s favorite stuffed animals, a special blanket, pacifier and whatever toys they’re used to having around them.
  • Ask first. Does the rental where you’ll be staying provide sleeping arrangements for babies? Ask about car seats from the car rental agency, too.
  • Stay calm. Don’t stress out getting ready for your trip. Stay calm, move slowly, and it will help the baby to stay relaxed as well.
  • Less is more. Don’t over stimulate your baby. Provide a quiet and comfortable space for them to take their naps. Afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening.
  • Use sunscreen. When you’re on a beach vacation be sure to keep the baby out of the midday sun. Use hats, lightweight clothing and sun shelters like umbrellas. Apply sunscreen and consider renting a cabana or sun tent.
  • Babyproof everything. If your baby is mobile, be sure to baby proof your accommodations as soon as you arrive.

Follow the helpful baby tips above and you can count on having a wonderful beach vacation with your baby. Be sure to bring your camera because there will be priceless opportunities for great photos that will only come around once!

 

We Have Partial Week Rentals Too

There are plenty of people that can only escape for a vacation for a very limited time. We have last minute vacation rentals as well as partial week rentals, too! If you’re someone that can’t commit until the last minute, then we are the coastal vacation rental company for you.

We Have Last Minute Rentals, Too
Some people can’t even imagine taking off at the drop of a hat while others operate their whole lives that way. We get that and so we’re prepared to work with you. Take that vacation whenever you can and you can count on having the perfect vacation rentals to choose from right here in Holden Beach.

We Have Partial Week Rentals, Too
While you take your chances when making your plans last minute, people do it all the time, even families. Holden Beach, South Carolina, is a wonderful family-friendly oceanfront location and our Holden Beach vacation rentals can supply you with a comfortable place to stay.

water sports

When you’re coming up short on things to do you don’t have far to look to have some fun. There are plenty of water sports here that include body surfing, charter fishing, jet ski rentals, boat rentals and swimming. Rent bicycles and explore the Brunswick Islands in their entirety. Or head to the beach to fly kites, play croquette or volleyball, or take in one of the free concerts available throughout the summer.

If you’re someone looking for that last minute rental and coming up short, give Brunswickland Realty a call and come enjoy a wonderful vacation at Holden Beach, North Carolina.

Annual Holden Beach Concert Series

Summer at Holden Beach just wouldn’t be summer without the popular Holden Beach Concert Series that we look forward to every year. For many of us at Brunswickland Realty it signifies the official kick off of summer and this year is no exception. Concerts include beach music, oldies, jazz, blues and rock ‘n roll.

Every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. free concerts are held at the Holden Beach Pavilion. The concert series starts on May 29, 2016. Refreshments are available for sale so bring cash and bring a chair if you just want to sit and listen. Following is the schedule for this summer.

May 29 – The Imitations
June 5 – Jim Quick & Coastline
June 12 – Mark Roberts Band

Annual Holden Beach Concert Series

June 19 – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
June 26 – The Embers
July 3 – Steve Owens & Summertime

Annual Holden Beach Concert Series

July 10 – The Entertainers
July 17 – Fantastic Shakers
July 24 – Tim Clark Band

Annual Holden Beach Concert Series

July 31 – Band of Oz
August 7 – Sea Cruz
August 14 – The Holiday Band

Annual Holden Beach Concert Series

August 21– Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
August 28 – Carolina Breakers
September 4 – The Imitations

Things To Do When it Rains on Vacation

When you finally find yourself on that much-needed Holden Beach vacation and the forecast calls for rain, don’t fret. There are plenty of indoor things to do in and around Holden Beach that will ensure you stay dry on even the rainiest of days. Here are just a few of the more popular ones.
 
Things To Do in Holden Beach When It's Raining
Take the family and visit the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center and enjoy scheduled events and activities like Summer Fun Camp for kids, Family Fun activities, and Pot Luck Dinners. Location: 44 East First Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
 
Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade
Family fun can be found for all ages at Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade. Come enjoy bowling, mini golf, laser tag, arcade games or the grill next door. Location: 349 Whiteville Rd. NW, Shallotte, NC.
 
Things To Do in Holden Beach When It's Raining
A vacation to Ocean Isle Beach isn’t complete without a trip to the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach. Art shows and regularly scheduled events are for the whole family. Admission fee.
 
Laser light shows at Ingram Planetarium
If you’ve never visited a planetarium the Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach is the place to go! Movies, laser light shows and music shows. Admission fee.
 
Silvery Coast Winery / Winery Tasting Room
The Silver Coast Winery is located on Ocean Isle Beach at 6680 Barbeque Rd., NW, and at 105 South Howe St., Southport. The winery is known for their wine festivals, assortment of other special events and their wine tasting rooms.
 
Go Shopping in Holden Beach When It's Raining
Spend the day shopping but be sure to visit Island Art & Books, OIB Surf & Java and The Beach Mart.
 
Visit the uss_north_carolina battleship in Wilmington NC
 
Or hop in the car and go for a short road trip to Southport and Wilmington, NC, where you can enjoy the NC Maritime Museum at Southport, the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum, and definitely not to be missed, the Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington.

 

Rain doesn’t have to spoil your vacation, not when you have all these activities to do and sites to see in the area. When you’re ready to make those vacation bookings, come rain or some shine, give us a call at Brunswickland Realty at 800-842-6949 and we’ll assist you in any way we can.
 

Holden Properties with Easter Availability

This year Easter Sunday arrives on March 27, 2016. How do you plan to celebrate Easter this year? If you haven’t given it much thought it’s a good time to do so. We turn the clocks forward one hour this weekend and that’s a sure sign that spring is moving right along, ready or not. Brunswickland Realty has plenty of Holden Beach properties that have Easter availability but just like the Easter candy — these won’t last forever!
 
Our favorite place to spend Easter is right here at Holden Beach on the Southern Brunswick Islands of North Carolina. It’s peaceful, the weather is temperate this time of year, and it’s just an overall great place to get away to. If you’ve never visited our beautiful Holden Beach it’s time to treat yourself and Easter is a lovely time to do just that.
 
Holden Beach Properties with Easter Availability

Easter Egg Hunt in Wilmington

Hugh MacRae Park

Come join an Easter Egg Hunt at the Hugh MacRae Park baseball fields in Wilmington on Friday, March 25, 2016 starting at 10 a.m.. The event is sponsored by Winter Park Baptist and Wesley Methodist churches and features hunts, crafts, and more. Location: Hugh MacRae Park, 314 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC.
 
Holden Beach Properties with Easter Availability

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill

The 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill in Wilmington, NC, will take place on Friday, March 25, 2016. The special day features egg-cellent goodies for kids under age 14, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, refreshments and door prizes. Free! Location: Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, 4240 Market Street, Wilmington, NC. For more info, call (910) 762-0173.
 
Holden Beach Properties with Easter Availability

Dinosaur Egg Hunt

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The Dinosaur Egg Hunt at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach is for ages 3 to 10 and offers the opportunity to create a special dinosaur egg basket as well as to search for candy-filled “dinosaur eggs”. The hunt takes place in the Aquarium garden during which time you’ll get to meet a live baby alligator and learn about reptiles, both prehistoric and those currently stalking the earth. Hours: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission: $10.95 to $20.00. Location: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC. For more info call (910) 458-8257.
 
Holden Beach Properties with Easter Availability

Southport Spring Festival

Franklin Square Park

The Southport Spring Festival will be held March 25 & 26 at Franklin Square Park and features activities for kids, more than 130 arts & crafts vendors, raffles and live music ranging from big band to R&B and country rock. Take a look at the music schedule here. No pets. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Franklin Square Park, Corner of Howe & West Streets, Southport, NC.
 
Holden Beach Properties with Easter Availability

Oak Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt

William “Bill” Smith Park, Oak Island

This popular annual event will take place on Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10 a.m. Don’t miss the special visit from the Easter Bunny! It’s a free event for children 10 and younger. Children will be divided into age groups of 3 and under, 4 to 6, and 7 to 10 years old. Location: William “Bill” Smith Park, 4410 Fish Factory Road, Oak Island, NC. For questions, please call (910) 278-5518.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate

If you’re still looking for Valentine’s Day ideas we have a delightful event to tell you about that’s taking place at nearby Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. On behalf of this most romantic holiday they’re holding a Wine & Chocolate Pairing you won’t want to miss!

Cheers to Love and Chocolate

Whether you’re celebrating your first Valentine’s Day ever with your sweetie or your fiftieth, come experience a wine and chocolate pairing like no other. Visit Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, February 13 or the Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room on S Howe Street in Southport on Sunday, February 14.

The event will feature Silver Coast Wines and Birnn’s Chocolates of Vermont. The Silver Coast in-house tasting guru, Al Gomes, has created a one of a kind tasting experience. Perfectly paired with Silver Coast Wines, these decadent chocolates not only taste amazing, they look almost too beautiful to eat! But don’t let that stop you!

The wine & chocolate pairings are just $15 per person. Reservations are required with 3 available seatings at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. at both locations with limited spaces. Purchase your tickets to join us this Valentines Weekend!

If you’re looking for other super romantic Valentine’s Day ideas be sure to check out our blog posts from recent years.

How to Cure Those Winter Blues

If you’re looking for an antidote to the winter blues look no further than right here in coastal North Carolina! Lots of people find it necessary to escape from the cold and snow each year during the long winter months. As it turns out it’s usually just what they needed to recharge them enough to get through the rest of the season. For others, they come here for one to three months and return after the snow melts.

How to Cure Those Winter Blues

What we will tell you is that we have many comfortable vacation home rentals that will begin lifting your spirits from the moment you walk through the front door. There are plenty of oceanfront rentals that will provide you with the opportunity to catch a sunrise from your deck each and every morning while enjoying breakfast and a long walk along the shore every afternoon.

We know it’s tough for many people living in the northern states to endure those long winter months and it seems like the older you are, the harder it is. In many states across the country it’s rare that people ever see the sun during this time of year and many times when it is out it’s too cold to even enjoy the outdoors. Here along the coast in North Carolina the sun seems to almost always be shining and the temperatures are a long ways from cold. We invite you to come treat yourself to a stay in any one of our vacation home rentals.

How to Cure Those Winter Blues

It’s a known fact that moods are significantly lifted when you get adequate sunlight. Some people use “Sun Boxes” and while it helps it doesn’t come with a beautiful sandy beach to walk along or all the golf courses, shopping and dining we have here in North Carolina.

Don’t settle for imitation sunshine when coastal North Carolina is so close. The weather is so temperate that you can walk the beaches, go bicycling, and hit the golf courses any time of the year. Those are the very things that will lift your spirits and put you back into a good mood. We’re pretty sure that explains why so many people relocate to this area after retiring and are always happy they did so.

Medically, sunshine is essential for our physical and emotional wellbeing. It encourages our body to release serotonin, a chemical derived from the amino acids in our body’s tissues, that significantly improves our mood. It’s also our body’s main source of Vitamin D, which is essential for strong teeth and bones and the older you get the more important this is.

How to Cure Those Winter Blues

When the sun is out and the temperatures are warm, you’re more likely to want to go outside and do things. Around these parts there are plenty of things to do outdoors, too. Fun things like playing golf, shopping, visiting museums and local parks, gardens, and many historic landmarks await.

If you’d like to experience an increase in your mood first hand, why not come and visit us in coastal North Carolina. We promise you won’t run out of things to do while you’re here and you’re going to feel a whole lot better because you came. Take a look at the vacation home rentals we have on our website and if you have any questions just give Brunswickland Realty a call at 800-252-9930. We’d be happy to hear from you.

Holiday Events Being Held In The Area

With so much going on in the area for the holidays we try to get out to as many holiday events as we possibly can. There’s plenty to see and do around Wilmington that you won’t want to miss out on. We’ll share with you just a few of them here. Remember — if you’re spending any part of this year’s holiday season on the Brunswick Islands be sure to check out the affordable vacation rentals that we have available.

11th Annual Polar Express Holiday Show
Polar Express Holiday Show

This year’s holiday festivities in Wilmington include the 11th Annual Polar Express Holiday Show at the Wilmington Railroad Museum, 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, NC. Come enjoy a special reading of the “Polar Express” story, a visit from Santa Claus, hot cocoa and more. Shows are Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Just $5 per person, children under age 2 admitted free. Prepaid reservations are required. Call 763-2634 for more information..

The Railroad Museum also has The Christmas Train and Light Spectacular going on every weekend through Dec. 27. The museum lights up their model railroads for night viewing under thousands of holiday lights. This light show takes place every Friday and Saturday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. A one-of-a-kind show not to be missed, it costs just $5 per person. New train displays and over 2,000 additional lights have been added this year.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents Coastal Carolina Christmas:
The Wilmington Boys Choir

Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
A concert featuring carols by the Wilmington Boys Choir and selections from Handel’s Messiah by the choir of St. Paul’s, soloists and chamber orchestra. A Sparkling Chocolate Reception will follow. $25 per person.

Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
A jazz cabaret performance by Al DiMarco. Includes an appetizer and beverage reception. $25 per person.

Sunday, December 13 at 5:30
The Wilmington Boys Choir will perform “Christmas by Candlelight” –a collection of carols and holiday classics.

Contact St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at spechurch.com or 910-762-4578. Tickets are available online.

All of us at Brunswickland Realty would like to wish you and your family a delightful holiday season!

Come Enjoy a Holden Beach Thanksgiving This Year

Now that November is here the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner. Do you know where you’re going to spend it this year? If you’re still undecided on how to spend this Thanksgiving why not come to Holden Beach NC and stay in one of our affordable beach vacation homes in Holden Beach. Rally up the entire family and meet at a prearranged destination like any one of our spacious vacation homes. This could just be the best Thanksgiving the family has ever experienced!

Come Enjoy a Holden Beach Thanksgiving This Year
All of our rental properties come beautifully decorated and fully furnished with everything you’d require for a comfortable stay. Many people find the kitchens in a number of our Holden Beach vacation homes to be larger than what they have at home. That’s just one more reason why getting away for the holiday could be a really good way to treat yourselves!

Larger homes are very appealing, especially at this time of the year when families come together. We have guests that return to stay with us every year specifically to hold their family Thanksgiving in one of our larger vacation home rentals. They make a four-day weekend of it and have a delightful time. Spending your holiday with family, giving thanks at such a deeply moving oceanfront location, is something everyone should be fortunate to experience.

Why not let this year be one of the best Thanksgiving holidays you’ve ever had! Give us a call if we can help you with booking the perfect vacation rental home for you and your family right here in Holden Beach, NC. We can be reached by calling Brunswickland Realty at 1-800-842-6949 at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving this year!

Late Season Vacation On a Budget

It may be September but there are still plenty of people that want to squeeze a late season vacation in before end of year. If you’re someone taking a late season vacation on a budget, then read on. There’s a number of reasons to take a vacation after the peak season ends — less crowded conditions and still gorgeous weather is just a couple of them.

Taking a Late Season Vacation On a Budget

When you take that vacation later in the summer you will have far more coastal vacation rentals to choose from around Holden Beach. Vacationing on a budget is certainly doable. People do it all the time, especially families. Holden Beach, South Carolina, is a great fabulous oceanfront location and our Holden Beach vacation rentals we can supply you with won’t break your budget.

Taking a Late Season Vacation On a Budget

There are plenty of ways to spend less yet have more when it comes to fun. And family vacations are all about fun. Fly kites, gaze at the stars after a nighttime picnic on the beach, go body surfing, take a croquette challenge, hike, bike, swim, go fishing, join a volleyball game, set up a Frisbee™ match or just play ball. From free concerts to nature walks, you really can spend less while having more fun.

Taking a Late Season Vacation On a Budget

Many of our accommodations have swimming pools, hot tubs, and TV’s with DVD players, all of which will keep you within your budget. Preparing your own meals will save you money over dining out in restaurants while you’re here.

When you’re looking for Holden Beach accommodations that won’t sink you financially, give us a call at 1-800-842-6949 and we’ll set you up with something that will keep you within your budget.

 

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