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 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.


Where to Get the Best Ice Cream

When it comes to tasty treats just about everyone turns to ice cream! Whether it’s a special mid-day treat, dessert, or a bedtime snack, ice cream never disappoints. The following are some great places on the South Brunswick Islands where you will find the best ice cream and can indulge to your heart’s content. Stop by one or, if you’re in town long enough, try them all!


Sandman’s Candyland, 109 Jordan Blvd, Holden Beach

Sandman's Candyland

Beaches ‘N Cream, 3316 Holden Beach Rd SW, Holden Beach
Where to Get the Best Ice Cream

Haley’s Ice Cream Store, 477 Ocean Blvd., Holden Beach
Where to Get the Best Ice Cream

Ocean Isle Creamery, 8 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach
Where to Get the Best Ice Cream

Where to Rent Beach Houses in Holden Beach

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Those aren’t just words to a song, it’s the way life is here on Holden Beach, NC. It’s the reason many people vacation here year after year. And it’s the reason many others choose to move here after retirement. When you want to try the area on for size you’ll need to know where to rent a beach house. Look no further than the blog you’re reading because at Brunswickland Realty, we have beach houses for rent that you’re sure to love!

Where to Rent a Beach House in Holden Beach

To really experience the easy living on Holden Beach you’ll need to stay in one of our completely furnished beach houses. Spend a week, a month or come for the entire winter! This will provide you the opportunity to truly experience what living here full time would be like. You will have a better understanding of this friendly community and appreciate being centrally located halfway between Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

The awesome beach houses that we have come in a full range of sizes – whether you’re a growing family with children or a couple on the brink of retirement – we have beach houses that are sure to meet your needs. Our beach house rentals come completely furnished with nicely equipped kitchens. You can spend the day however you like – take a fishing charter boat out, rent a beach cruiser and go biking or visit the area shops and eateries. There are not many places as beautiful as you’ll find this area to be.

Don’t forget to explore the famous Bird Island off the coast of Sunset Beach and leave your well wishes in the mailbox there. Spend the day on Holden Beach or walk the full length of the Brunswick Islands. This is a vacation after all so you should be having fun. And just in case you were wondering, yes, we do have plenty of golf courses nearby as well.

Top 8 Activities in Holden Beach

Everyone looks forward to a beach vacation. It’s when they can kick back and relax without a care in the world. While some people want to stay as busy as possible, going non-stop the entire time, we’re more about being low key and taking the easier, slower route. Let’s face it – don’t we rush about enough in our day-to-day lives? Aren’t we supposed to do things differently when we break away for vacation? That would be the “vaca” part – as in vacate your normal mode of operation.

Top 8 Activities in Holden Beach

When families come to Holden Beach, NC, for a vacation they can be as laid back as they want. They can sit on the beach in a lounge chair and do nothing but soak up the warming rays of the sun. Or they can take advantage of local events going on around the area and numerous activities. Here are the top 8 activities in Holden Beach this summer that we think you’ll want to check out!

  1. Free Summer Concerts – Every Sunday night through Sept. 6 there are Free Concsert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion on Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes! Music ranges from jazz to rock & roll and beach music to oldies.
  2. March of the Turtles – Holden Beach is a popular sea turtle habitat. During the hatching season from May to October you can watch as hundreds of small sea turtles “boil out” of the sand and march into the ocean during the night. Read more about this Turtle Watch program.
  3. Learn to Surf – You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to surf at the Carolina School of Surf, 118 Ocean Blvd East, Holden Beach. They specialize in kid’s surf camps, private surfing lessons and group surfing lessons.
  4. GolfLockwood Folly is our local course located at 19 Clubhouse Drive in Holden Beach. This links style course winds its way around salt marshes, creeks, forests, fields and the community. This course gets named “Best Golf Course in Brunswick County” time and time again.
  5. Fishing Charters – Go out on a fishing charter boat and enjoy recreational cruises, family fun fishing charters, Gulf Stream fishing, and ¼ day, ½ day and full day fishing with Catch22 Fishing Charters.
  6. Ice Cream & Mini Golf – You can’t go on vacation and not enjoy at least one game of miniature golf. Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Mini Golf provides everything you need for a fun memory-making outing for the family. Located at 3354 Holden Beach Rd. SW, Holden Beach.
  7. Explore by Kayak or Bike Beach Fun Rentals has several kayak models to choose from to explore the local flat waters and surf the ocean wave. Singles and tandems available. Daily and weekly bicycle rentals include children’s bikes, adult beach cruisers, tandems, and three wheelers.
  8. Jet Ski Rentals – Experience a power packed ride while zooming across the water – something your kids won’t ever forget! Skis can hold up to three people so it’s an excellent choice for a family outing. WaveRunner Jet Skis are available to rent from Holden Beach Watersports at the Holden Beach Marina, 3238 Pompano St. SW, Holden Beach.

When you’re making your plans for a Holden Beach visit be sure to print this list out. Bring it with you and you’ll have leads on fun-filled events that just might make this your best vacation ever!



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.

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