With several prime fishing spots, two large cleaning stations with fresh running water, and a grill and ice cream shop with plenty of screened-in outdoor seating, the Surf City pier is the place to be this summer!
If you are Spending the Holidays on Topsail Island this year or visiting the area…
Don’t miss out on these Good Tidings!
By Amy Baker
Spending Christmas on Topsail Island?
Topsail Island and the surrounding communities are all abuzz as the holidays are fast approaching! If you’re planning to be here for the Holidays, check out what’s happening on and around Topsail Island. If you haven’t made plans yet, we do have some great Christmas specials.
If you’re looking for the freshest seafood Topsail Island has to offer, it’s hard to beat Surf City Crab Seafood Market without catching it yourself. This fresh seafood marketplace has been in business for more than 20 years and during that time, they’ve served the local community and visitors to Surf City and all of Topsail Island with the freshest seafood available. They take great pride in their ability to bring out the best selection and freshest seafood day after day.
Surf City Crab is open daily from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm and they do offer plenty of onsite parking. The market itself is owned by the Kugatow family and is currently under the management of Adrian Kugatow and J. M. Moseley.
Not only do they provide excellent quality in a wide variety of fresh seafood, we believe you’ll find the prices at Surf City Crab to be outstanding. A trip to Surf City Crab might not seem like the top of your priority list but it’s quickly becoming a Topsail Island tradition. You can even purchase really cool tee-shirts to commemorate the event. This tradition always ends in folks sitting around their own table, enjoying delicious fresh seafood dishes in the company of their closest friends and families. Now what could be better than that?
The market operates year round offering a fine selection of fresh seasonal seafood. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras with a crawfish boil or shrimp etouffee or you’re looking for oysters for your holiday dressing — or maybe a romantic evening in, they’ve got you covered.
If you’re a little lost for what to do with the bountiful selection of seafood, or perhaps you’re not the greatest cook in the world… don’t worry. Just ask some questions on what to buy and how to best prepare and you’ll be amazed at the helpful hints, tips, and suggestions you can get form the friendly staff at Surf City Crab. These people know seafood!. Most importantly, you’ll surprise your family and friends by preparing a culinary masterpiece they had no idea you could create. Find The Surf City Crab Seafood market on Facebook or check out this short video about Surf City Crab
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Planning A Topsail Island Vacation?
Why wait for the summer to come to the beach? If you reside in Jacksonville or anywhere near Topsail Island, September and October are great months for a weekend getaway to the beach!
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Topsail Island in the Fall
9) Warm Water: In September, the average sea temperature is still 81 degrees! October’s average is 77 degrees.
8) Water sports: With the weather and the water being so pleasant on Topsail this time of year, surfing, swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and the like are all very enjoyable.
7) Golf, Tennis, and More: Take your pick from one of several nearby golf courses like North Shore Country Club, Castle Bay, Olde Point, or Belvedere Plantation, and enjoy several rounds from sunrise to sundown. There are several public tennis courts on the island and several of our condo properties and neighborhoods have private courts accessible to renters. Don’t forget our local parks, where guests can enjoy playground areas, basketball courts, picnic shelters, and other local concerts/events.
6) Shopping: Golfing not really your thing? Why not take home some Topsail Island treasures? Lots of local shops are still open in September and October, and the discounts abound as shopkeepers transition into the off season.
5) FISHING: One of the best times of year to fish on Topsail is in the fall. Go to fisherman’s post for a report of the local action. Then, check out one or more of Topsail’s fishing piers, like Sea View, the Jolly Roger, or Surf City Pier, or try your hand at surf fishing from your own tailgate–in one of the few places where you can actually drive your vehicle out on the beach (on the northern tip of the island). Of course, there are fishing charters available as well for those who prefer offshore trips. Contact Topsail Charter Fishing or Rough and Ready Charters for more information. Don’t miss the Spot Festival happening September 28th and 29th!
4) SEA TURTLES Hatch: Many of the sea turtle nests on Topsail will come alive in September and October. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness the miracle of life as these endangered creatures emerge and make their way into Topsail’s waters. For more information see Topsail’s local Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center website.
Take a look at this video captured on Topsail:
3) SHORT STAYS Available: Need a break from the grind? Why not getaway just for the weekend on Topsail? Enjoy a 2 night stay in nearly all of our condos. Some homeowners will accommodate 3 or 4 night stays on those long weekends as well. Give us a call for more info. or to book a short stay: 800-762-3961.
2) CHEAPEST RATES: Stay in an oceanfront condo cheaper than you can stay in some of the mainland hotels! Rates start at just $90 per day!
…and the NUMBER ONE reason to come to Topsail in the fall is…
1) R & R: Escape the noise of city life and enjoy the beauty and serenity of Topsail Island in the fall. This is the time of year when you can really get a sense of what it might be like to have your own private beach! Experience the peace and tranquility that settles over your soul as you breathe in the salty air, listen to the waves roll, and watch the wildlife. But be forewarned…just a weekend may not be enough; you may be tempted to extend your stay!
Just imagine yourself and your significant other enjoying a fall sunset from your private balcony at the St. Regis:
…Or maybe here on the sound side?
With mild temps, our cheapest rates, short stays, excellent fishing, awesome surfing, and fewer crowds, now is the time to plan your fall visit to one of the most beautiful places on earth! Don’t wait; give us a call today to book your 2, 3, or 4 night stay on Topsail Island: 800-762-3961.
*Several photos appearing in this post were taken by previous Treasure Realty guests and have “FlipKey Traveler Photo” logos. These photos are provided courtesy of FlipKey.
Everything You Need For Fun In The Sun
Before heading out for some fun in the sun with family or friends, stop at Herring’s Outdoor Sports. Located in Surf City on Topsail Island, Herring’s Outdoor Sports store has everything anyone could ever need for virtually every type of oceanfront sport you can think of. This store carries kites, kayaks, fishing gear, beach items, camping essentials, tools, knives, hammocks, and even products for pets. They also offer men’s, women’s, and children’s sportswear, footwear, and accessories.
Brand Names and High Quality Items
The Herring’s Outdoor Sports store knows how important it is to have safe, durable, and high-quality products, so they only offer the best of the best. Some of the brand named apparel customers will see in the store include The North Face, Horny Toad, Patagonia, Royal Robbins, Lole, Ex Officio, and Life Is Good. In the footwear section, customers will have a wide range of choices, by trusted brands like Teva, Crocs, Keen, Olukai, and Merrell. Each product has been carefully selected to meet Herring’s high demands of durability, function, quality, and value.
The Kayak Specialists
Herring’s is a business that is focused on families and one activity that families enjoy in North Carolina is kayaking. In fact, Herrings Outdoor Sports is the area’s premier kayak outfitter. Not only do they have new and used kayaks for sale in the store, they also have kayak rentals. Whether it’s the first time you’ve been in the warm water that surrounds Topsail Island or your one hundredth time, Herrings guided and self-guided tours are the best in the area.
Here Is A Great Video Shot By A Topsail Island Visitor During July of 2012. Looks Like Fun.
When the weather is warm, get outside and play or take a kayak out and enjoy the blue skies and amazing scenery in and around Topsail Island, North Carolina. If you need gear to get your adventure going, the friendly staff at Herrings Outdoor Sports store will have you ready in a snap.
For more information about Herrings Outdoor Sports, visit their website at: http://www.herringsoutdoorsports.com.
Topsail Island Shopping
Whether you’re making a permanent move to Topsail Island or simply interested in buying or renting a vacation home, there are plenty of things to do, see, taste, touch, and experience in and around Topsail Island. One thing that’s a popular favorite, however, is shopping. Topsail does not disappoint with plenty of excellent shopping opportunities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Here are just a few examples of the types of shops and stores you can find on Topsail Island.
Mia’s Marketplace offers a wide range of gift items along with home décor, fashion accessories, candy, art, and jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a vacation souvenir, a holiday gift, or something special for any occasion this shop has a lot to offer.
In addition to the items mentioned above you’ll also find a nice collection of beach items, handbags, bath and body products, baby specialty items, candles, and books. Many shoppers also appreciate the nostalgic offering of candies that include old favorites like JuJu Bees, Mary Janes, and Wax Lips. But there’s also an impressive selection of gourmet mixes, salsas, dips, and other gourmet condiments available at Mia’s Marketplace. Be sure to check out the website: http://miasoftopsailisland.com/ to learn more about the products available at Mia’s Marketplace.
Carolina Décor and More!
Carolina Décor and More! is a small flea market type of operation that specializes in more artistic offerings for home décor and jewelry. Vendors change often, though some have permanent booths, as does the inventory. Here you’ll find many unique, one of a kind items that make excellent statement pieces and/or gifts.
Some of the items you may find include vases, blown glass, art, paintings, furniture, China, costume jewelry, handmade jewelry, clothing items, and vintage toys. The sky really is the limit and there is always something new to discover among the consignment and vendor items showcased at the emporium. Visit the website at: http://www.carolinadecorandmore.com to learn more about when they’re open and what they have to offer you.
Topsail Island Gifts and Fudge
This must-see shop is a fun place to visit whether you’re a year-round resident of Topsail Island or only visiting for a little while. The shop offers a wide range of nautical gear and equipment that are ideal for anyone interested in decorating their homes with an island, boating, or lighthouse theme.
However, there’s a lot more to the shop than the immediate cache of weather and tide instruments. Jewelry is a popular item in this store especially for people looking for the perfect charm to define a vacation or something special for friends and family left behind at home. Those who call Topsail Island home can appreciate the nice gift selection and the convenience of not running fighting mainland traffic to get great last-minute gifts. Oh, and don’t forget the fudge. You want walk out the door without first taking a moment to savor the delicious fudge you’ll find here. See what Topsail Island Gifts and Fudge has to offer for yourself by visiting their website at: http://www.tideandweather.com.
You don’t have to go far to find great shopping opportunities during your stay on Topsail Island. These are just a few of the fabulous examples and great shopping opportunities you’re sure to enjoy during your stay.
Are you a fishing fanatic that loves to hit the water or find a deal on the latest fishing equipment? East Coast Sports offers something for every fisherman from the novice to the seasoned. East Coast Sports has been in business since 1952, offering fishing merchandise and charter boat trips to locals and tourists. East Coast Sports is located on 409 Roland Ave in Surf City, North Carolina. You can reach them by phone at (910) 328-1887 or send an email to ecsports (at) earthlink (dot) net.
East Coast Sports, Surf City NC: The Store
The store at East Coast Sports offers rods, reels, combos and even fishing shoes. You can view some of the available merchandise on the official website or visit the store for a hands-on experience. Some items are available for purchase online so you can enjoy the selection of East Coast Sports even when you’re away.
East Coast Sports, Surf City NC: The Charters
While selling tried and trusted fishing gear is something that East Coast Sports does very, very well, they are truly comfortable on the water. They offer Family Day Charters, Inshore Charters and Offshore Charters. You can boat for quarter, half or full day. Adventures on the water include clamming, tubing, fishing and crabbing; so what’s your open water pleasure?
All captains working with East Coast Sports are Coast Guard Certified, 1st Aid trained and CPR trained. Crew regularly checks out every boat from top to bottom to ensure the safety of all passengers. For more information on charters from East Coast Sports, also known as Topsail Beach Charter Fishing: contact them at topsailcharterfishing (at) earthlink (dot) net.
Learning More About Fishing from East Coast Sports
If you want to learn more about cleaning fish, surf fishing or altering jigs ñ East Coast Sports has you covered. Visit the How To portion of the website for videos pertaining to the art of fishing. You can even view fishing reports so you know what to expect during your day of fishing.
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At the Bumblebee Market you’ll find cute, eclectic and unique gifts for everyone from your mom to the kids in your life. Located on 513 Roland Ave in Surf City, North Carolina, The Bumblebee Market offers online and in boutique purchases you’re sure to love. You can contact the boutique at (910) 328-2105 or email the owner at Julie (at) TheBumblebeeMarket (dot) com.
The more appropriate question would be what’s not popular? All of the items at Bumblebee Market are designed to be given with an unforgettable message in mind. Charm bracelets, charm necklaces, earrings and halia charms are some of the more popular pieces, but that ís not all the boutique has to offer. They also sell fashion handbags, beauty items and fashion clothing for even the most difficult person on your gift list.
Have a cook in the family? You’ll find a vast array of cookbooks, cookie cutters, drink kits, pantry items and even pasta. Applique linen towels round out the kitchen gifts with warm messages of love and funny messages for all to enjoy.
Kids love the selection of fun and entertaining toys available from Bumblebee Market, but the best items are the ones you don’t find anyplace else. String dolls are all the rage right now with kids and Bumblebee Market has more than a few to choose from. These little string creations are handmade in Thailand and come in cute renditions of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz to Buzzy the Bee.
You can choose to shop for many of the items available from Bumblebee Market online. Simply add your selection to your tote and checkout. Shipping and handling times and information are available on the Bumblebee Market website. All items are shipped directly from the store in North Carolina so west coast gifts take the longest to arrive.
Photos in this article are provided courtesy of the Bumblebee Market facebook page.
Mystic Treasures Jewelry Is Exquisite And Unique
Located right in the middle of Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina,
Mystic Treasures Jewelry offers rare and unique handcrafted jewelry that will
take your breath away. This store showcases rings, bracelets, pendants, and
earrings, all designed and handmade by four artistic designers. Mystic
Treasures is the perfect place to get a special souvenir from your visit to
this beautiful ocean-side location.
The majority of the wonderful pieces featured in the store are designed and
made by Tommy James. In addition to his work, Tommy has selected the work of
other nationally known designers, John Kennedy, Matthew Bezak, and Patrick
Murphy, who he worked with for many years in St. Thomas. All four designers
have unique and brilliant jewelry that complement each other perfectly, and
have customers coming back again and again.
The majority of the pieces at this store are of a nautical style, representing
Topsail Island, mixed with items from the natural world and contemporary art.
When you have a beautiful ring from the Sea Mist Collection, a luxurious crab
pendant, a stunning Armada Hook bracelet, or an exquisite pair of Blue Drop
earnings, you will remember your trip to Topsail Island forever. The items found
in this store are of such high quality that you’ll be able to pass them down
Not only do the designers at Mystic Treasures Jewelry offer their masterpieces to the
public, they now provide state-of-the-art custom design jewelry capabilities
for anyone that seeks a unique piece of jewelry. If you have a special design
for a pair of earrings, a one-of-a-kind ring, or any other type of jewelry, the
designers at Mystic Treasures will make your dream a reality.
Mystic Treasures Jewelry is located at 121 South Topsail Drive, Topsail Island,
NC. For more information about this exotic store, or to purchase unique and
fantastic jewelry online, please visit their website at: http://www.mystictreasuresnc.com.