Annual Holden Beach Concert Series

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. The Holden Beach concerts include beach music, oldies, jazz, blues and rock ‘n roll.

Free concerts are held at the Holden Beach Pavilion every Sunday night starting at 6:30 p.m.  on May 28, 2017. 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 28 – Steve Owens & Summertime

June 4 – Jim Quick & Coastline

June 11 – The Fantastic Shakers

June 18 – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

June 25 – The Holiday Band

July 2 – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues

July 9 – The Tams

July 16 – Too Much Sylvia

July 23 – Part Time Party Time Band

July 30 – The Tim Clark Band

August 6 – Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot

August 13 – The Entertainers

August 20 – Band of Oz

August 27 – Carolina Breakers

September 3 – The Imitations

Concerts are held Sunday nights through September 3, 2017. They’re free and are held at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Open to the public!

 

How to Save Money on a Family Beach Vacation

A beach vacation whether for the family or just for spring break doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are some tips we’ll tell you about so that you and your family can have an affordable beach vacation without scrimping on the fun. At Brunswickland Realty we know all about vacations and saving money. Following are a few things you can do that will help you have the best and most budget-friendly beach vacation ever.
 
How to Save Money on a Family Beach Vacation

Planning Ahead

Take the time to plan ahead for your vacation and it will make a huge difference in how much you spend. By planning, you will be able to do most of the following steps without feeling pressured or stressed. Planning ahead of time also gives you the freedom to explore your options. When you start planning ahead you also allow time to plan your trip, set a budget, and save funds for your beach vacation.
 

Set a Budget

Frequent vacationers know that setting a budget helps you to fully enjoy your vacation without stressing about the cost. Be realistic and know what you can and can’t afford. A vacation shouldn’t break the bank or sink you into debt. By planning ahead you’ll be able to save your money for the vacation. You won’t be trying to scrape up cash or limit your activities because you waited too long to save what you need.
 

Choose a Vacation Rental

In most cases, renting a beach vacation home or condo is more affordable than a hotel or motel stay, especially if you’re traveling with family. What you gain in choosing a vacation rental over a hotel/motel room is better privacy, more space, more personalization, a kitchen, extra bathrooms, and just translates into more bang for your vacation buck. Vacation rentals are typically more affordable when you rent them for an entire week, as opposed to just a few days. Vacation homes and condos can meet your specific needs and wants by providing the amenities that are important to you and your family. Decide ahead of time how many bedrooms you need, do you have your heart set on a swimming pool, or does a big screen TV matter most?
 
How to Save Money on a Family Beach Vacation

Take Advantage of Free Things

By doing your homework ahead of time you can find many things in the area to do that won’t cost any money at all. Perfect examples of places that often offer free admission (or perhaps a voluntary donation) are museums, local festivals and events, historic sites, local parks and playgrounds, fishing piers, boardwalks and the beach. Bring your bikes along on vacation and you can explore the area for free!
 

Decide What to Spend Money On

As a family, decide ahead of time what to spend your money on. You can save a lot of money by not dining out, for example. Money that you could use to go charter fishing, jet skiing, or to an amusement or water park. Everything you need to know about the specific area you’re going to can be found online.
 
How to Save Money on a Family Beach Vacation
If you have any questions about vacation rentals and condos, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Brunswickland Realty. We look forward to talking with you.
 

Investing in Your Own Vacation Home

If you find yourself returning year after year to the Holden Beach area of coastal North Carolina maybe it’s time to invest in your own vacation home. Home prices are very reasonable right now and combined with low interest rates, you could find yourself with incomparable deals you just can’t pass up.
 
Investing in Your Own Vacation Home

If you have concerns about purchasing a vacation property you are not alone. At Brunswickland Realty we can answer all of your questions about purchasing and owning a coastal vacation home. We can also help you find that perfect property. When you pair up with one of our Realtors you will have a professional to guiding you through the process of finding and purchasing a home.

 

Here are some helpful tips for making that investment:

  1. If your family has a favorite vacation location and the area just seems to call to you, this may be the ideal spot for you. Decide whether this is a place where you’d like to spend every vacation. Base your decision on your lifestyle and recreational interests.
  2. Choose the size vacation home you will need. Make sure it fits your family and their comfort level and has enough bedrooms. Will you be getting a lot of company? If so you’ll want to buy a home with extra bedrooms.
  3. Figure out what your budget is. Get pre-qualified for a loan if you need one before you start looking. You should know your budget before you contact your Realtor.
  4. Once you know how much you can spend, write down the features you want in a vacation home so you can view some properties for sale.

 
Investing in Your Own Vacation Home

We will arrange for you to see the homes that match your price range and features that are on the market. Once you find one you like, have your agent do a market analysis on the property to determine if the pricing is fair. Sellers sometimes have inflated expectations, and buyers sometimes don’t realize the higher value a vacation home can have. Make an offer based upon this research and the advice of your agent.
 
If all goes well with your financing, the home inspection, and your offer, you may find yourself the new owner of a vacation home! How will you care for the property that you may not be living in full time? If you’re within reasonable driving distance you can care for it yourself. But if not, you’ll want to get references of rental management firms that can take care of maintenance, upkeep and rentals when you are not there.
 
This is a perfect time to secure your future vacation memories as well as make a sound real estate investment that will gain value in the years to come. Start now to get a jump on the spring buyers who will come out as soon as the weather warms up.  We look forward to helping you secure your very own vacation home.

 

 

Spending Valentine’s Day on Holden Beach

Spending Valentine's Day on Holden Beach
If you want to do something special for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, it’s not too early to make those plans. Don’t let this be another year where there are flowers and candy and not much else other than maybe dinner out. Let this be the year you go the extra mile and take it over the top by spending Valentine’s Day in our holiday accommodations on Holden Beach along the North Carolina coastline.

Where to Stay

The first thing you should do when planning a romantic beach vacation is to make your reservations early for that perfect place among our vacation rentals in Holden Beach. That way you’ll know you have the perfect spot to spend the holiday. Look at the amenities that each property offers and how they may benefit you on this most romantic holiday vacation away together.

Romantic Ideas

As the day approaches think about how you’d like to spend the time together. Many people will take this year’s Valentine’s Day and spread it out into a full weekend celebration since it’s on a Tuesday this year. Think about a candlelit dinner on the beach. Or enjoy a leisurely breakfast together while watching the sun come up seemingly out of the ocean. Slow dancing on the beach under the stars with your favorite tunes playing from your phone are memories neither one of you will soon forget.
Spending Valentine's Day on Holden Beach

Holiday Accommodations

Our holiday accommodations come fully furnished and beautifully decorated with beach decor. They all have their own well-equipped kitchens and dining areas so if you wanted to prepare a meal and eat in you could do that. Perhaps you don’t cook. No problem! Many of the larger grocery stores have ready-to-go meals that you can order ahead of time. Choose the types of food you want for your dinner and simply pick them up from the grocery store when they are ready. You won’t have to cook or clean and will have more time to enjoy the precious moments of your romantic beach holiday together.

Go ahead and make plans for a romantic Valentine’s Day vacation away this year to Holden Beach, NC, then plan on enjoying each other rather than getting caught up in all the commercialism of the holiday.

If you have any questions about our accommodations please just give Brunswickland Realty a call at 800-842-6949. We look forward to adding to your special holiday!

 

 

When There’s No Room at the Inn, Come Stay With Us

We just love this time of year! Everywhere you look there are beautiful decorations strung up for the holiday, lots and lots of local events to take part in, and the joy of the season just seems to be filling everyone! All of us at Brunswickland Realty would like to wish you and your family a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

 

When There's No Room at the Inn, Come Stay With Us

 

If you have guests arriving from out of town but don’t have adequate sleeping quarters give us a call and secure one of our holiday vacation homes close by. We’ll set your visitors up in comfortable accommodations that are fully furnished and beautifully decorated. We don’t think they’ll mind at all that you didn’t have room for them at your inn.

 

So many people come to the area and want to be near the beach. We have plenty of vacation rental homes that are oceanfront or near by providing phenomenal views up and down the coastline. Your guests will enjoy strolling the waterfront each day, looking for shells while feeling the rejuvenating effects that can only be found right here at the beach. It’s far more relaxing than fighting the crowds at the local mall!


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Don’t miss the Season of Light Holiday Shows at Ingram Planetarium this year. See many of the world’s holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season – from the burning Yule log and sparkling Christmas tree lights to the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. Learn winter constellations and astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.”  A fun and entertaining show for all ages runs twice a day, once right before the seasonal favorites sing-along show, Laser Holidays, each Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except Saturday, Dec. 24th) and each day from the day after Christmas until New Year’s Eve. Per-show admission is $9.50 for adults (13-61), $8.50 for seniors (62 and +), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under. Location: 7625 High Market St, Sunset Beach, NC.

 

When There's No Room at the Inn, Come Stay With Us

The 27th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes in Southport is from 2-7 p.m. on December 10 in Historic Downtown Southport. Tickets and maps are available at the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum Visitor’s Center and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Complimentary trolley transportation will be available. Tickets are: $10.00 per in advance. $15.00 per on day of tour. Limited number of tickets sold.

 

The 24th annual North Carolina Christmas Festival and Parade is at the Leland Town Hall Park. The parade is 10 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, and will follow Town Hall Drive, from Division Drive to the BB&T entrance way. Immediately following the Christmas parade, the Christmas Festival will last until 4pm. There will be food vendors, children’s entertainment, music and holiday performances.

 

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Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, will be hosting their 11th Annual Christmas Train Show on Dec 10, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Layouts from the smallest “Z” scale to larger N, HO, O and G-scale models in over 20 different layouts. The show is fun and enjoyable for train enthusiasts and kids of all ages. The displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime. There will be baked goods, train vendors, a train raffle and Santa Claus! Free admission. Location: 758 Longwood Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

 

Make and Take Gifts for Children will take place at the Museum of Coastal Carolina from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 22 and 23. The museum will supply children with a shell, paints and craft supplies to make their own ornament to take home for the holidays. Children can stop by the Museum to pick up a template letter to Santa (or bring their own letter with complete return address indicated). Completed letters can be dropped off through December 17 in our Santa Mail Box located at the front of the museum. Location: 21 E 2nd St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

 

 

Spending Thanksgiving Oceanfront in Holden Beach

If you’re looking for somewhere different to celebrate the holidays this year why not spend it at the beach! Come enjoy Thanksgiving in a beachfront holiday rental from Brunswick Realty at Holden Beach, North Carolina. The weather is just delightful this time of year and the beaches invite you to take the time to take a stroll and enjoy the views.

Spending Thanksgiving in Holden Beach

Too many people start out with good intentions but end up so stressed out over the holidays once they get together with family. Maybe this is the year for you to make a change and do something completely different! 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?

Take our advice and come spend the holidays in one of the holiday vacation rentals Brunswickland Realty has on Holden Beach. It just might be the best Thanksgiving you have ever experienced!

Spending Thanksgiving in Holden Beach

All of our holiday vacation rentals come fully furnished and nicely decorated. Kitchens are well equipped with everything you need to prepare a holiday meal no matter how many people are coming. There’s a Food Lion in Holden Beach where you can purchase everything you need for whatever type of meal you’re planning on making. If you prefer to dine out there are also restaurants nearby putting on a holiday feast sure to meet your needs. A few of those are:

Brick Landing Plantation
1882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Phone: (910) 754-5540

The Boundary House Restaurant
1045 River Rd, Calabash, NC
Phone: (910) 579-8888

Thanksgiving Dinner in Holden Beach NC

If you’re like many people you might overeat on Thanksgiving Day. There’s just something about having all that food placed in front of you, right down to the pumpkin pie with whipped cream, that makes it tough to say “Enough!” Rather than sit around feeling guilty, or counting out how many days you’ll get to enjoy the leftovers, why not get yourself out there on a bicycle explore the Brunswick Islands. On Holden Beach there are three different bike routes totaling approximately 20 miles that are really worth enjoying.

Get some exercise post-Thanksgiving Dinner! Ride bicycles.

Enjoy a day excursion while you’re here 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. And why not visit the historic city of Wilmington just a short drive from Southport where you can visit the USS Battleship North Carolina.

Spending your Thanksgiving holiday this year in one of Brunswickland Realty’s oceanfront holiday rentals is an awesome way of spending quality time with your family. Whether you come alone or you bring your extended family, we’re pretty sure you’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t think of this sooner! Come spend the holidays with us. You’ll be glad you did.

Great Tips to Sell Your Home in the Fall

Fall is the second peak season for the Brunswick County real estate business, with spring being the first. This season can be an attractive time to put your North Carolina home on the real estate market. If you’re hoping to sell your home in the next few months, all of us at Brunswickland Realty would be happy to help you with that.

Potential buyers like retirees or millennials who aren’t worried about moving after the school year has started are willing to compete for fewer homes on the market. An added benefit at this time is a faster sale. They will likely want to close before the holiday season arrives.

Following are some great tips that will make your Brunswick County home more attractive during these autumn months, so you will attract a buyer well before winter arrives.

Great Tips to Sell Your House in the Fall
1. Clean It Up
With the industry moving from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market, you should take the extra steps to make your house look better than ever. Eliminate the clutter and safety hazards that can blow in with the wind at this time of year.

– Clear all leaves and debris from your yard, walkways and gutters.
– Mow and edge both your front and rear lawns so they look neat.
– Trim trees so unexpected winds don’t knock down branches at an inopportune time.
– Provide a doormat at your entrance so visitors can wipe their feet in case it rains.
– Wash decks and wipe down windows so they sparkle.
– Vacuum and wash down the fireplace.
– Be sure your entryway and the house is free from knick-knacks, bicycles and toys that can make your home appear cluttered.

Great Tips to Sell Your House in the Fall
2. Creating Autumn Curb Appeal
If your home’s exterior looks drab, you may want to consider painting it a warm color, planting Autumn flowers, or placing pumpkins strategically along your walkup to accent your home with color. Potential buyers will make an instant judgment when they see your home, and first impressions are powerful. Don’t be too enthusiastic with fall decorations. You don’t want to detract from the home itself. Make sure the paths and entryway well lit for your nighttime showings.

3. Keep the House Cozy
Warm up your home with a fresh coat of paint and set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Keep the porch lights on as the days get shorter.

Great Tips to Sell Your House in the Fall
During the day, open blinds and curtains so plenty of light illuminates the home’s interior. Use color like red, orange or golden yellow pillows to breathe new life into dull sofa or highlight a certain area of the home with a fall centerpiece.

Well-chosen embellishments can give potential buyers the impression you’ve paid attention to the smaller details of the home. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with trying to sweeten the deal with the comforting aroma of a just-baked apple pie or banana bread to leave a lasting impression.

If you’ve decided you want to sell your home before the holidays arrive, give us a call at Brunswickland Realty and we’ll set up a mutually agreeable time to sit down so we can tell you what we can do for you.

Book Your Holiday Accommodations Now!

With the turn of the seasons upon us it will be Thanksgiving before we know it. Have you decided how you’re going to spend the holiday this year? Will it be another year where you stay home and prepare a meal for your family? Or perhaps you’ll go out to share a Thanksgiving dinner this year. If you haven’t decided how to spend the holiday we have a great idea to suggest! Do something different this year and stay in one of our holiday vacation homes right here in Holden Beach, North Carolina.

 
Book Your Holiday Accommodations Now!
 
Our comfortable and affordable vacation rental properties come beautifully decorated and fully furnished with everything for a comfortable stay. Many of the kitchens in some of our Holden Beach vacation homes to be larger than what they have at home. So preparing a meal here could be so much easier!

 

Many of our guests return every year specifically for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving with their family in one of our larger vacation rentals. It’s a great tradition – one you might consider for your own family. Families make a four-day weekend of it and have a glorious time. Spending your holiday giving thanks with family at an oceanfront location in Holden Beach is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

 
Book Your Holiday Accommodations Now!
 
On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 26, Ocean Isle Beach kicks off their Christmas holidays with their very own Super Saturday: Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. It starts with the Christmas Parade on Saturday, followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and then Christmas Boat Flotilla and wrapping up with a big party at Sharky’s ending the super day that evening.
 
Residents and businesses decorate their golf carts and other vehicles for the annual Christmas Parade that starts on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. At 5 p.m. the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Causeway, on the mainland side of the bridge, across the street from the Fire Department begins. Bring your Christmas spirit and your best singing voice because this is where we get together for some caroling. Following this is the ever popular Christmas Flotilla and Party.

 

Why not make this one of the best Thanksgiving holidays you’ve ever had! Give us a call if we can help you with booking the perfect holiday vacation rental in Holden Beach, NC. We can be reached at 1-800-842-6949 at your convenience and we look forward to hearing from you.

Woman Reflects On Visiting Holden Beach

In 1934, Holden Beach had one road leading from the ferry dock to the “Old Hotel,” built by John Holden in 1925. It was this one road Catherine Thompson and her family traveled when she was but a few months old.

catherine thompsonCatherine Thompson, 82, of Greenville, has been coming to Holden Beach with family members since she was an infant. Her most recent trip brought her back with family to stay at Perfect Landing, a home in the 700 block of Ocean Boulevard West. From back are Thompson’s grandchildren Hoke Thompson, Christian Rockermann, Catherine Grace Thompson, Mary Pat Thompson and Camille Thompson.

Now, 82 years later, she and her family are still returning to the beach they fell in love decades ago.

Catherine Thompso, of Greenville, was born March 10, 1934 in what is now Town Creek to David and Elizabeth Traynham, where her father served as a Methodist preacher at Zion Methodist Church.

“Brunswick County was just country in those days,” she said. “I had no electricity, and we had a pump out in the yard to pump water. We used what I called Aladdin lamps, and our windows had no screens.”

Thompson’s family did have one thing most in Brunswick County didn’t have at that time: a car.

“My dad and the doctor were about the only two people who had cars,” she said. “People traveled by wagon and mules.”
And while life may have varied for members of Zion Methodist Church, one event that brought them together every year was the church’s picnic every summer held in Holden Beach.

When Thompson was 18 months old, her family moved to Caswell County, near the Virginia line, but that didn’t stop them from still making an annual trip down to Holden Beach — a rather treacherous journey at that time, she said.

“We had to bring all of our provisions because there were no stores down there,” she said. “To get to Holden Beach, we came from the main highway, and there was one road that came down to Holden Beach, and that road was somewhere in the area of Stone Chimney Road (now), and it was all sand. There were two creeks that we had to drive through to get here.”

Thompson said the family was mostly able to stay in the ruts on the road created for them to drive on, but just in case the sand was too much, planks could be found on the side of the sandy roads to be slipped under wheels. Once the car was in neutral it could be lifted up and eventually freed from the earth’s clutches.

Once the arduous trip on land was over, the trip across the Intracoastal Waterway began with the car being pulled across on a ferry that operated on hooks and ropes.

What awaited the family during those days on the other side of the ferry ride was mostly wild land, save for one road that led to one hotel, known as the Old Hotel, run by Luther Holden, originally built in 1926, near the site of what is now Mermaid’s Island Grill.

Thompson said she remembered Holden selling small knickknacks on the first flood of the hotel on tiny shelves and food items including Saltine crackers and small sausages. An icebox held drinks for guests, with a machine to collect the caps off the bottles once they were popped off for customers.

Hotel rooms were small, with a bed and ironing board provided. A small kitchen in the building held a long table and benches for eating, an oil stove and another icebox. Water had to be pumped up to the kitchen through a wooden pipe. This pump also provided water for beachgoers who wanted to clean themselves; it was the only way to bathe. For restrooms, the hotel had two outside “Johnny Houses,” or outhouses.

Thompson said she can remember technology progressing at the hotel a few years later, in 1939, when Holden built a wooden tank to collect rainwater that could be used for bathing.

“He had a sort of system, and the idea was to catch rain and the sunshine would warm the water, so you could get the sand off with the water that was not as cold as the water coming out of the ground,” she said. “That was really a modern improvement.”

For entertainment, Thompson and her fellow young beachgoers, when not splashing about in the waves, also liked to play among the sand dunes.

“These sand dunes were like mountains,” she said.

She would also collect seashells and bring them back to put on shelves. Today, she has shelves full of seashells in her Greenville home.

“I (also) have glass jars filled with olive shells and some conch shells. They’re beautiful,” she said.

World War II stopped the family from returning to Holden Beach, but after Thompson married Methodist preacher Emerson Thompson and the two began having children, they began to discuss the possibility of returning to Holden Beach. The Thompsons and Emerson’s sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Alan Baldwin, and their children, Cathy Thompson and Al Jr., made their way back to the island in 1962 — this time by high rise bridge.

And this time, the family rented a good-sized cottage known as Blackman Cottage with three bedrooms and a bathroom that was indoors.

As the Thompson and Baldwin families grew, they continued their vacations to Holden Beach. Now Thompson’s three children, Cathy Thompson, Emerson Thompson III and David Thompson, with their own children — seven in all — try to continue the tradition to this day.

“I’ve enjoyed vacationing with my children, to see them grow and now my grandchildren (grow),” Catherine said. “And my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are just a couple of houses down. It’s just a good time … to get us all together. We love our family and we love the tradition of the children getting together.”

Catherine’s children shared their own memories of their family vacations to Holden Beach. Emerson III remembered being hired to sweep the sand from the mini golf area, but only for one summer because of how arduous it was. The three also remembered the sound the bridge connecting Holden Beach to the mainland would make when it needed to pivot apart to let pleasure boats through. Old Lyle’s Bait Shop provided them with bait and ice cream, which they would eat while watching boats go by. Surfside Pavilion provided a place for the kids to shoot pool or read magazines. An old Civil War Blockade Runner was visible during low tide, and they would watch people stand on the ruins as they cast their fishing lines.

In 1969 the family shelled out a fortune to rent a black and white TV to watch the moon landing, which Catherine said cost about as much as a house rental at the time.

While much has changed of Holden Beach, much is still the same, Emerson III said.

“Even though it’s grown, it’s kept its character and is the same culture now as it was back then, which is important,” he said.

The memories are now spilling into a new generation, with Catherine’s grandchildren sharing their own.

David’s daughter, 16-year-old Mary Pat Thompson of Kitty Hawk, said one of her earliest memories was running around as a 5- or 6-year-old in one of the Holden Beach homes the family rented as the fireworks burst in the air, and eating candy from Sandman’s Candyland under the Holden Beach Bridge.

“So that’s super fun, being with everyone,” she said. “Being down here fills you with memories of all the years past, and just getting to be with everyone. That’s the best part of coming to Holden Beach. We’ve been coming here forever—we’ve never deviated.”

Emerson III’s daughter, 17-year-old Camille Thompson of Charlotte, said one of her earliest memories was making sand cakes with Mary Pat.

“We would make the best sand cakes,” she said.
Mary Pat agreed, and said it’s nice to see all of her cousins and other family members, including Catherine, who everyone all calls “My Momma,” under one roof.

“Holden Beach is such a part of our lives,” she said.

Source: Brunswick Beacon

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!