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Even a Rainy Day on Topsail Island is Magical

by Donna Byrd


I love Wednesdays because that’s my husband’s day off. Usually, in the warmer months, Bill golfs for half of the day at one our beautiful, local golf courses and then spends the rest of his day with me, maintaining the yard, fixing things around the house, visiting places we haven’t been before, walking the beach or (my favorite) shopping.

This past Wednesday, we awakened to a rainy, gray day.  It was obvious that golf was not in the forecast and neither was working in the yard. What could we do on a warm, rainy Wednesday to make it feel special? We took a ride down the beach road and searched for a cozy lunch at a place we’d never been before.

I’ve always loved a rainy day at the beach and when I was growing up and we’d go to the beach on vacation, the week would usually have at least one rainy day. That was the day we doctored our sunburns, read books and magazines, ate at one of our favorite seafood restaurants from the cheaper lunch menu and then explored the local shopping scene.

This Wednesday with Bill felt like one of those days. As soon as the car left the high bridge and began making its way down the beach road, it began to rain in earnest. The windshield wipers were having trouble keeping up with the big drops, but I didn’t care. I loved the sound of the rain hitting the glass and the rhythm of the wipers slapping against the sheet of water. It seemed as if we were in our own world on that deserted beach road, safe and dry while all nature outside was fending for itself in the pouring rain. I know it makes me seem like an odd sort of person, but that feeling makes me feel satisfied and content.


We decided to go to “Daddy Macs” for lunch.  It’s in a wonderful location; right on the ocean looking out over the Surf City Ocean Pier, Topsail Island’s first pier, built in 1948.   I was hoping to get a few good pictures of the pier from the restaurant’s back porch/deck.

The restaurant was casually beautiful! The dining area was surrounded by windows that gave majestic views of ocean waves tipped in foamy white, gray sky, seagulls and nautical birds trying to fly with the wind currents. We saw rain darkened, faded gray planks that made up the pier next door and the fishermen on it, covered in yellow, red and blue rain slickers.

IMG_2444 Although it was gray and misty, it was one of the most beautiful scenes I had witnessed at the beach. There was even a huge, bright, American flag that proudly flew from the pier, brightening up the dreary landscape.  I stepped outside in the rain to take some pictures.

We were seated in a booth by the windows. I had fried flounder, fries and slaw while Bill had one of Daddy Mac’s classic hamburgers. We took our time at the cozy table and watched the ocean swells through the rain splashing down the windows. The staff had some great music playing on a Pandora station. Our food was delicious and so was that “rainy day at the beach” lazy feeling. Ahhh…did I tell you I love the beach in the rain?

We couldn’t sit at the lunch table all afternoon and eventually we paid our bill and left. We met a sweet couple with a few kids outside on the front porch.  They were from Burnsville, North Carolina in Yancey County.  That little town is far away from here, right by the Tennessee border. They love to come to Topsail Beach in October when things aren’t quite as busy. Even they didn’t mind the rain.

We said our goodbyes and ran to our cars, sorry for our Daddy Mac experience to end. I wished the nice couple lived near Topsail. I knew if they did, we might become good friends.

We rode over the swing bridge, leaving the island to go home by way of Highway 17. Stopping at the new Dunkin Donuts on the mainland side, we got a coffee to share and began to make our way back to “The Ferry.” We took a few detours and discovered some roads we had not yet travelled. On a whim, we took a “dead end” that surprised us with its quaint homes and pretty twists and turns. The trees along the road were in full fall color and were swirling in the air with the rain. There was a little white chapel with a steeple and suddenly, the road ended. We could have driven straight off into the Intracoastal Waterway!

Stopping the car, we sat there drinking our coffee,  in our own little dry world, while the rain fell from the gray sky and we watched the dark gray water lap at the grassy shore. Even a rainy day at the beach is magical.  See you soon?

End of Summer Celebration in Surf City, NC

End of Summer Celebration in Surf City, NC

If you’re going to be in the Topsail area this Labor Day weekend, don’t miss the first Surf City, NC “End of Summer Celebration,” complete with a concert and fireworks display! The event will be held at Soundside Park on August 29th, Continue reading End of Summer Celebration in Surf City, NC

Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations for Topsail Island and Surrounding Areas

If you’re planning to be on or around Topsail Island this July 4th, don’t miss out on these local opportunities to celebrate our freedom:

Fireworks at Swing Bridge Continue reading Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations for Topsail Island and Surrounding Areas

A Topsail Island Tradition Since 1975: Andrews’ Produce in N. Topsail Beach

A Topsail Island Tradition Since 1975

The Andrews’ Produce Stand in N. Topsail Beach

The Andrews sign

For nearly 40 years, the Andrews family has been selling produce and other locally grown goodies at the corner of Island Drive and 2nd Avenue in N. Topsail Beach. It all started around the time that Onslow County native, James Andrews (pictured below), built a beach home on 2nd Ave in N. Topsail Beach back in the 70’s.  Continue reading A Topsail Island Tradition Since 1975: Andrews’ Produce in N. Topsail Beach

Topsail Sea Turtles Return Home

Topsail Island Sea Turtles Return Home

The New Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is Now Open to the Public!

Arendell & volunteers

What a sight to behold was the recent Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center’s “turtle release” in Surf City, NC! Monday, June 2, 2014, was a beautiful day to attend my first ever “turtle graduation,” as some Sea Turtle Hospital volunteers proudly dubbed the festivities. Additional releases took place Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.

Honestly, I’m not sure if it was the fact that I am pregnant myself, or if there was more to it than that, but I became quite emotional as I approached the staging area and saw nearly a dozen turtles cradled in the arms of caring volunteers. Each one I approached proudly showed off the turtle (whether small or large) in their care. Continue reading Topsail Sea Turtles Return Home

Coming to Topsail Island This Summer? Don’t Miss the Surf City Pier!

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!

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Topsail’s Latest Attraction: An Alligator’s New Home

New Sneads Ferry Library & Environmental Education Center is now OPEN!OCPL Sign

We are very excited to announce that the new Onslow County Public Library and Environmental Education Center is now open in Sneads Ferry, NC, just minutes from Topsail Island’s beaches!

Saturday, April 5th, marked the Grand Opening of the Environmental Education Center and the “Discover Onslow” Exhibit. Continue reading Topsail’s Latest Attraction: An Alligator’s New Home

Taking the Plunge: Surf City’s Twelfth Annual Dolphin Dip 2014

dolphin dip t-shirt

By Amy Baker

January 3, 2014

Would you take a winter time dip with dolphins on Topsail Island in January?!

Well that is exactly what a few hundred people did on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in Surf City, NC!

According to WECT News, there were more than 2500 people Continue reading Taking the Plunge: Surf City’s Twelfth Annual Dolphin Dip 2014

Visiting the Topsail Area this Holiday Season?

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.

Pic of SC Christmas Tree

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Topsail Island Things To Do – Inis Spa Wellness Center

Inis Spa Surf CitySurf City, North Carolina is home to one of the premier spas on Topsail Island… Inis Spa. The Inis Spa Wellness Center is committed to creating an atmosphere of calm serenity that’s ideal for the high quality holistic treatments they offer their clients. If you’re looking for a great day at the spa while visiting Topsail Island, you definitely want to consider Inis Spa.

This is a full service facility that offers all the services and atmosphere that you would expect to find as well as a few additional treatment options, such as reflexology and reiki, that make excellent and relaxing additions to your visit.

Manicures and Pedicures Aren’t Just For Mom

In addition to a wide range of manicure and spa pedicure package offerings, Inis Spa Wellness Center also offers a very special Little Mermaid Manicure package so that young girls, aged 12 and younger, can enjoy a day at the spa like their favorite super Mom.

And if you’re really interested in the works for your manicure or pedicure, be sure to consider the Toes in the Sand Signature Spa Manicure/Pedicure package that provides a spa manicure and pedicure for one low price.

Insis Spa Topsail islandWaxing Treatments

The perfect stop before your day on the beach is at Inis Spa Wellness Center. Whether you’re interested in a half leg, full leg, arm, back, bikini, or Brazilian wax treatment, Inis has the resources to help you meet your requirements before you head out to the beach.


Inis Spa offers a wide range of massage treatment options too. This includes the Inis signature spa massage, pre-natal massage, and couples massage. You’ll have a difficult time discovering a more relaxing way to meet the day while you’re on vacation.

If you are looking to spend the day in paradise relaxing and rejuvenating, one of the best solutions is to spend the day with friends pampering yourselves at the spa. Bring out your inner goddess at Inis Spa Wellness Center.

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