If you know Topsail Island, then you probably already know that the island is a haven for Sea Turtles, a haven where our residents and guests alike take great pride in preserving the turtles nesting grounds and also helping as many of the turtle population as possible survive and thrive. No one has done more to embody this spirit and to help the sea turtle population than Jean Beasley. (Jean is pictured left. Photo credit to Oceana.org)
Jean operates the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center which is located at 822 Carolina Avenue, Topsail Beach, NC 28445. The Sea Turtle Hospital is a wonderful place to visit if you are in the area although they are currently not able to allow tours of the facility. They do hope to be able to open up for tours before the end of the summer.
Please check their website often for updates. You can also click this LINK and follow Jean and The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Facebook.
On July 30th Jean was honored by the environmental group Oceana with the 2013 Ocean Hero Award.
Here is a brief portion from the article posted the Oceana.org website.
“… “It’s a very humbling experience,” Jean explained. “I am very, very fortunate because sea turtles seem to illicit very strong feelings from people. I see it all the time when they visit our rescue and sometimes they’re seeing sea turtles up close for the very first time, they have a very emotional reaction to them. I say all the time that if I could bottle that charisma, and sell it, I’d never have to worry about finances again! Without that charisma from those animals looking into your eyes – I like to say that they look down to your soul – we wouldn’t be able to do the things for them that we do, that’s for sure. It’s a privilege to work for them.”
“When we started our rehab work with sea turtles sixteen years ago, this was not so much on my radar, it was more about honoring my daughter and her work and the legacy that she left me, and about these animals that I had fallen in love with twenty years before. None of us ever planned to have a sea turtle hospital, it was an injured sea turtle that did it.”” Click Here To Read The Entire Article
We, at Treasure Realty, would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean for her years of tireless effort and dedication to this cause and to say congratulations on winning this very special award.
Topsail Island as you probably already know is one of the most beautiful places on the planet to relax and enjoy yourself with friends and family. As you can see from the pictures included here, the Topsail Island sunsets are absolutely amazing. They are filled with vibrant colors and cloud formations that are truly mesmerizing and that’s just for starters.
Topsail Island also has 26 miles of white, sandy beaches on which you can walk, play or just lay back, relax and soak up some sun. In addition to our beaches, Topsail Island and nearby Sneads Ferry are home to some of the best restaurants you’ll find anywhere. From fresh local seafood and shellfish to italian, chinese, authentic mexican and more, Topsail Island has something for every taste.
And things to do…. the choices seem endless. Shopping, dining, golf, boating, surfing, kayaking and more are all easily accessible here on the Island and in nearby Sneads Ferry, Wilmington and Jacksonville. There is something to satisfy everyone in the family making Topsail Island the “perfect” family vacation destination. And we have something else here on Topsail Island.
Topsail Island and surrounding areas are host to some of the best coastal fishing anywhere. You can relax on the sand and fish in the surf, you can check out one of the 3 piers here on Topsail island or you can book a trip with one of many experienced, local Captains for either in-shore or off-shore fishing excursions.
This time of year you can expect to catch a wide variety of fish in Topsail waters. Red Drum are typically plentiful in the surf and sound during the summer as are flounder and also sheepshead. Flounder are my favorite fish. Flounder, for those of you who haven’t tried it, is a mild, white, flaky fish that is absolutely delightful fried, baked, grilled or any other way you choose to prepare it.
On the piers during the summer you will find folks reeling in spanish, blue fish and also good size trout which are are another delicious fish to eat. Some of these catches require specialized bait and tackle but the trout are caught a lot of times on nothing more than live shrimp. Our friends at East Coast Sports offer a frequently updated fishing report. Watch a recent report for July 3rd, 2013.
Here are a few resources you might want to check out if you have an interest in fishing here on Topsail island
The Topsail Island July 4th Celebration 2013 at Surf City, NC is just a couple of weeks away and includes music, good food and of course, an awesome fireworks display.
Independence day celebrations mark the commemoration of our country’s birth into freedom. It is a time of great festivities and community bonding which has been observed throughout the years and shall continue to sound its bells as long as our country enjoys the perks of being a sovereign nation. No other traditional event has the same patriotic tone than does the “Fourth of July”. It reminds us of our strength as a people and our resilience as a union. We remember our heroes who boldly treaded the path of self sacrifice for the good of all future generations.
Honoring this day, a multitude of towns in each state have each conceived their own unique line-up of activities to celebrate our Independence. These activities include, among many others, music extravaganzas, street parties, food festivals, parades, and awesome fireworks displays. Thankfully, our forefathers chose the perfect timing to raise our flag of freedom. Freedom declared just in time for the arrival of summer make the 4th Of July the perfect time for parties, barbecue, and of course, some amazing fireworks.
Here in Surf City, North Carolina, our celebration will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 3rd of July 2013 at Soundside Park. It will be an evening of fun and revelries kicking off with a concert featuring the remarkable Mark Roberts and Breeze who will be playing the best in variety including Dance, Funk, Blues, Rock and Roll, Motown, Beach Music, and Country. The Surf City Fire Auxiliary will be manning hotdog stands offering cool drinks, snacks, popcorn, and hotdogs loaded with your favorite toppings. Please make a note that coolers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed as this is a family fun night.
The star of the show, the fireworks display, will start at 9:00 pm. The grand display of bursting lights, colors and sounds are guaranteed to be a real treat for the senses. There is no better way to immerse yourself in that celebratory spirit and really feel what independence is all about. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the evening.
You can check out the video below and see a short segment of the fireworks display from 2011. This really is an amazing night that you don’t want to miss.
In just a matter of weeks, school will be “out,” and the long lazy days of summer will be upon us! Kids and parents alike can finally enjoy some much needed R &R along the shores of Topsail Island! Whether your family is here for one week or for the whole summer, make sure you don’t miss the fun! As you already know, there is plenty to do around here, but we wanted to make you aware of a few upcoming local activities specifically designed for the kids. Take a look at these great opportunities all around Topsail Island.
Primarily, both Onslow County and Surf City Parks and Recreation Departments are offering local day camps throughout most of the summer for youth ages 6-15.
Surf City Summer Camps
Opportunities for fun and adventure abound in the various themed weeks of summer camp at the Surf City Community Center, which will be held 5 days a week from June 10-August 19 (except for the week of July 1-5). Kids ages 6-9 can experience everything from space adventures and superheroes to the Wild West and pirates. (Don’t worry parents, these camps are designed to be educational and promote safety.)
Onslow County Summer Camps
The Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring summer camps conveniently located on-site at various local schools including: Dixon Middle, Hunters Creek Middle, Southwest Middle, Summersill Elementary, and Swansboro Middle. Children will hear from guest speakers and participate in field trips, games, arts, and other activities.
There will be two sessions and each session will be four weeks long. Session I begins June 17 and ends July 12, 2013. The second session starts on July 15 and goes through August 9, 2013.
Classes are every day, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM-5:30 PM. Sessions require a $130 registration fee. (Multiple children from the same family will receive a small discount.) In addition, children should bring their own snacks and lunches.
Local Fun for Preschoolers Too
We don’t want to leave anyone out! Make sure you take advantage of story time at the Sneads Ferry Library. Every Tuesday at 10 AM, preschoolers and their parents can come and hear stories, explore the children’s collection, and engage in fun activities. More information is available online.
Youth Fishing Tournament
East Coast Sports and Surf City Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a FREE fishing tournament for youth on June 15, 2013 from 11 AM—12 PM at Soundside Park in Surf City, NC. Pre-registration will open on June 7th at East Coast Sports; same day registration is available at the park. Be sure to get there early, since the first 180 children (under 12 years old) will receive a FREE rod and reel! Gift certificates and trophies will be awarded to 1st-3rd place winners. Other participants finishing in the top 35 will also receive trophies! Don’t miss these exciting and fun summer opportunities on Topsail!
Located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Bear Trail Golf Club is yet another golf facility that golf lovers who vacation or reside on Topsail Island can enjoy. It is a fantastic championship golf course that was designed by consummate golf architects Gene Daniel of Blackwater Golf, LLC and Rusty Simmons of Simmons Golf Designs in Orlando, Florida.
The course itself features 18 championship golf holes with slick undulating putting surfaces, lush tee boxes and well maintained fairways. Mature trees and water hazards are in play as you attempt to make your way through each hole. This makes Bear Trail Golf Club challenging and also scenic… exciting and relaxing at the same time. In addition to the par 72 championship golf course, the club also has a state-of-the-art driving range, putting green, well stocked pro shop, swimming pool and nature trails for walking.
Bear Trail Golf Club has a luxurious pool house patio that can accommodate up to 160 guest for special events such as charity events, retirement parties, and promotional parties. To make planning events easier for guests, there are several event packages to choose from. Schedule a free consultation with friendly and professional event planner to learn more by simply calling the Bear Trail Golf Club pro shop and asking for Michele, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy a brief introduction to Bear Trail Golf club by viewing the video below:
Tournaments and Special Events
The Bear Trail Golf Club has tournaments scheduled throughout the year for members and non-members alike. There are several special tournaments scheduled through the Bear Trail Golf Association, complete with awards and prizes for the winners.
Bear Trail Golf Association
In addition to members of the Bear Trail Golf Club, guests can also become members of the Bear Trail Golf Association and take advantage of the competitions they put on throughout the year. To compete in these competitions requires that you be a member of the Association. To become a member of the Association, golfers must have a current USGA handicap at Bear Trail Golf Club. You can contact Mr. Ed Kangas at email@example.com for more information on joining the Association.
Within minutes of Topsail Island, golf course like Castle Bay await avid golfers of all skill levels. Castle Bay Country Club, a Scottish links style championship golf course, is one of the best the Topsail Island area has to offer. Located in Hampstead, North Carolina, Castle Bay is very convenient to all the Topsail beaches. In keeping with the tradition of links golf, there are no trees on this unique and beautiful 18-hole golf course, but golfers will be challenged in other ways; by water and waste areas, as well as bunkers and without trees, golfers almost always have some wind to deal with, which is very typical of links style golf.
As a full service club, Castle Bay also has great practice facilities including driving range, practice green and bunker. They also offer golf lessons, golf outings, electric golf carts, and serve delightful food and drink in their restaurant. All of these services are available to the public but golfers that live in the Hampstead area, who may be looking for a home course, can take advantage of multiple membership programs offered by Castle Bay.
Membership Plans Provide Private Perks
There are four different membership options available to golfers at Castle Bay Country Club: Associate memberships for singles and families as well as property memberships for either singles or families. There are many advantages to membership including tee reservation advantages, discounts at the pro shop, and discounted golfing expenses for frequent use. These memberships also include the use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts that are located on the property. Please call the friendly folks at Castle Bay for more detailed membership information.
Eat With the King
The King’s Table restaurant is the perfect setting to grab lunch or dinner after a round of golf. There are a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps for lunch. The friendly staff also offer lunch to go so golfers can take lunch with them when they make the turn and eat on the course. Dinner features a classic coastal North Carolina menu with various options that include meats, local seafood, and vegetables all delicious and all served at moderate prices. Reservations are not needed, but highly encouraged.
Golf Tip from the Pros
If you are a 10+ handicapper and looking to improve, the way to shave strokes off your score is to spend 30 minutes twice weekly working on your short game. In total that would be 60 minutes a week and this time should be split like this:
Be Ye Warned! There be Pirates in Topsail Island’s Waters!
By Amy Baker April 8, 2013
Recently, my husband and I, along with several of the Treasure Realty Rentals staff, participated in a two hour Dinner Cruise and Pirate Show aboard The Belle of Topsail. Our early season cruise was a “dress rehearsal” for the pirates, many of whom are new this year to the crew of the pirate ship, The Raven.
During a leisurely tour down the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with fun tunes, drinks, and dinner, our Captain made a frightful announcement; the Surf City Bridge Tender had radioed to say that a Pirate Ship had been spotted in the waters around Topsail! Not long afterward, our pleasant cruise was waylaid by The Raven and a band of five scurvy pirates!
Our landlubber efforts to deter the buccaneers with water cannons proved futile. In the process, some of our passengers were soaked by the pirates’ return “fire,” or rather, water. Before we knew what had happened, The Raven’s crew was commandeering our vessel while several of the swashbucklers boarded abaft!
Once aboard The Belle, the pirates paraded around the upper deck with lots of pomp and circumstance, flashing various weapons and sounding their typical boisterous, “Aargh!” After Capt. David Luther and a couple of passengers were tied up, several menacing threats were issued until Capt. Luther was sufficiently swayed to hand over the treasure he’d found on Topsail.
Luckily the Belle’s Captain is quite an old salt, so this wasn’t his first encounter with pirates. After some clever parleying, Capt. Luther managed to convince them to share some of their newly pilfered booty with The Belle’s passengers before the sated scallywags slinked back to their sinister ship!
Fortunately, no one was harmed during the harebrained banter, and it appeared that a fun time was had by all. After both boats returned to the dock in Surf City, passengers were invited to have their pictures taken with the pirates aboard The Raven.
(Our very own, Sonya Kennedy is pictured right with some of the wild and wanton crew.)
While the passengers on our voyage were all adults, The Belle of Topsail has much to offer all ages–including families with children, corporate groups, wedding parties, and more.
This summer, The Belle will also host one hour pirate cruises, scenic cruises, dinner cruises, and of course the “Dinner and a show” cruise. You can see more details on The Belle of Topsail website or check out their Facebook page.
Located in Hampstead, North Carolina Topsail Greens Golf Club is very accessible to people in the Wilmington, Jacksonville, and Topsail Island areas. The prices are affordable, the staff are friendly, and the terrain is amazing. This is a semi-private club, so that non-members can also enjoy the golf course. Tournaments are held throughout the year.
It is important to be aware that Topsail Greens Golf Club does have a dress code. Golf shoes with metal spikes or any type of athletic shoes with spikes are not allowed. Also, cut-off shorts, gym shorts, t-shirts, and bathing suits are not allowed.
Topsail Greens is challenging enough for experienced golfers but several sets of tees make the course fun for beginners as well. The golf course itself is a sight to see, complete with sparkling water holes and elevated lush greens. The back nine renovation was completed in 2009 and included a new irrigation system, tee boxes, and a complete redesign of 4 of the 9 holes. If you’re looking for an afternoon of golf while visiting the Topsail Island beaches, you definitely won’t regret choosing Topsail Greens.
Topsail Greens Golf Club has a 17-station driving range, perfect for swing practice and warming up before a round. Golfers will also find putting and chipping greens with great grass to practice your short game. Put in a little time here prior to your round and you’re almost guaranteed to have a better score. Feel free to come out and practice anytime. You’re always welcome.
The Topsail Greens Golf Pro Shop has wonderful souvenirs including golf shirts and hats with the Topsail Greens logo. The shop also has a wide variety of golf apparel, accessories, equipment and anything else that a person would need to have a great golfing experience. Rentals are availble but please call ahead because sets are limited.
The grill and snack bar is a great place to grab something to eat before a round of golf, or to meet up with friends and discuss the game afterwards. There is an assortment of food choices and beverages available for your enjoyment.
The best way to fully enjoy Topsail Greens Golf Club is to become a member. There are a few different types of memberships available, with several different options. Again call anytime and the friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions and assist you as needed.
For more information about Topsail Greens Golf Club, visit their website at Topsail Greens Golf Club or call 910-270-2883
Onslow County NC is, simply put, a wonderful place to live and a vacationer’s / sportsman’s paradise with beautiful sandy white beaches, pristine hunting and fishing, world class golf, festivals and events and lots more. If you’re planning a vacation and you’ve never experienced the Topsail Island beaches or the tranquility that is Sneads Ferry, then you really should make it a point to visit us very soon.
The video below was put together by The Onslow County Tourism Board and will give you a really nice taste of what the county is all about and why you should make plans to visit. Enjoy!
If you would like more information about planning a beach vacation to Topsail Island, just click here => Treasure Realty
Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you as needed so don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-762-3961. We hope to see you soon.
NC Beach Vacations: Golf, Fishing, Shopping, Sun and Fun – SO Much to Do– Part 2 – Read Part 1
While the primary focus of your NC beach vacation probably will be and should be the BEACH, some of the biggest adventures and most exciting thrills and chills NC has to offer take place off the nearest sandy beach. The good news is that there is plenty to see, do, and experience on your NC beach vacation. In fact, there is so much going on in NC that you should be able to keep everyone in your family, group, etc. happy and entertained.
Playing Golf On Your Beach Getaway
The Grand Strand refers to a stretch of beach that is a little over sixty miles long, and is home to some of the best golfing and resorts on the entire eastern seaboard. In fact, this stretch of land is home to more than one hundred golf courses! It’s a golf lover’s dream. The problem, when interested in playing excellent golf while on a NC beach vacation isn’t finding a great game of golf. It’s deciding which amazing course you want to play first. Here are a few you might want to keep in mind.
Vacationing on Topsail island and want to play some world class golf? No problem…. Try these 3 challenging and well conditioned layouts all within minutes of the beaches:
If you’re vacationing in Sunset Beach, Holden Beach or Ocean Isle, the following courses are some we suggest you try as they are all sure to please.
Links golf lovers will have plenty to love when playing The Pearl. There are two 18-hole golf courses: The Pearl-East and The Pearl-West. Each one is a championship quality course, designed by Dan Maples, for the purpose of testing the mettle of every golfer that plays them—no matter how much experience and/or talent you have on the links. There’s also a full service pro shop and practice facilities available.
Sea Trail Golf Courses
There are three golf courses in the Sea Trail family of golf courses. Each one brings a different challenge, pace, and atmosphere to the game. Each course carries the name of the world-renowned designer that was the driving force behind it. Rees Jones Golf Course, Willard Byrd Golf Course, and Dan Maples Golf Course each offer unique experiences that are well worth playing.
The Big Cats Golf Courses
If you’re looking for something a little less civilized—like the primal game of golf you know is out there somewhere, then you need to look no further than one of the amazing Big Cats Golf Courses. The courses include Panther’s Run Golf Links, Jaguar’s Lair Golf Club, Lion’s Paw Golf Links, Tiger’s Eye Golf Links, and Leopard’s Chase Golf Links. These represent some of the finest golf the East Coast has to offer and some of the best you’re going to find in and around The Grand Strand.
Fishing on Your NC Beach Vacation
So you’re through with golf now and want to catch a little dinner… sounds good and why not? Many people dream of catching the big fish while on vacation. If you play your cards right, you can do exactly that on your NC beach vacation. Whether you decide to participate in fishing the sound, from a rental boat or from the pier, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to create a few tall fish tales of our own while on vacation in NC. You might also choose to turn your attention to the ocean and the fine fishing it represents from one of the many fishing piers throughout the region or deep-sea charter boats. There are several piers throughout the region to choose from. Many of them are open year round as well as around the clock if charter boats aren’t in the budget or you’d rather stick a little bit closer to the shore.
Here are a few links you might want to explore that can help you find more information about Fishing the North Carolina Coast
Shopping Adventures Along The North Carolina Coast
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a little world-class shopping during your NC beach vacations too. While it may not be an Olympic sport, there are definitely some Olympic-sized shopping options in the area. These opportunities include: a wide range of trendy and fun boutique shops on the Outer Banks, Tanger Outlets in nearby Myrtle Beach, and also in Wilmington, NC. Additionally all of the NC beaches have quaint shops filled with unusual and oftentimes one of a kind items. Topsail Island for instance has lots of locally owned shops to explore and if you do prefer larger outlets and chains, then Wilmington is just minutes form the Topsail island beaches.
Here are a couple of really neat places to explore on Topsail Island:
No matter which beach you choose for your getaway, please know that there are many, many shops like these to explore all up and down the North Carolina coast so if shopping is your thing, you’re going to love the NC Beaches.
Sun and Fun on NC Beaches
Of course the beaches of NC are the main attraction for any beach getaway in North Carolina. It’s important to set aside a little time in your jam-packed schedule to simply sit back and enjoy the beaches. Whether your idea of enjoying a day at the beach involves a good book, sand pail and shovel, or a nice big bag for gathering seashells, you should plan to spend at least part of your day at the beach. There are simply too many ways to enjoy the beach to leave this important vacation experience off the itinerary.
NC beach vacations can be fun for everyone in the entire family or group. Just make sure to budget carefully and plan ahead in order to avoid potential meltdowns and letdowns once you arrive. A little time, research, attention and a phone call or two before you leave can save everyone a lot of headache and heartache once you arrive. More importantly, it can give you the perfect excuse to let your hair down, relax and really have a great time while on vacation.
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