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My Topsail Island Date Night Secret

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By Donna Byrd

Alright, all of you moms and dads, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who are vacationing on Topsail Island! You’ve probably spent the last few days doing everything in your power to ensure that your children are having a blast at the beach. Believe me, I’m certain the little darlings are building up enough beach memories to last a lifetime!

But now it’s your turn! You have a baby sitter in place so you and your honey can have a date night. It’s time to kick back and have a quiet dinner where you can actually hear the background music, have a wonderful glass of wine, look deeply into one another’s eyes and….OK…You get the drift. But the question you ask is: “Where can we go? What can we do?”IMG_2756 (Large)
Well, at the risk of the entire population of adults on the island showing up on my date night at my favorite places, I’m willing to share my most guarded secret with you. I’m sure others have figured out this fun combination of places to go, but because you don’t live here and don’t know, AND because I”m a fun-loving and unselfish person, I’ll tell you. I want everyone to experience this fun, romantic evening.
To begin with, this evening outing is in Topsail Beach, on the south end of the island. If you’re staying in North Topsail, it may take you twenty -five minutes to get there, if you’re staying in Surf City, fifteen minutes. IMG_2928 (Large)Your first stop will be Quarter Moon Book and Gifts. It’s actually, next to The Gift Basket, which is on the corner.
Now, you may be wondering, “What’s romantic about a bookstore or gift shop? Do you expect us to read sonnets and love poems to each other? What’s dreamy about a gift shop?” Well, that delightful shop turns into more than books and gifts at night. It has a wine and coffee bar, not to mention a cozy and comfy couch and chair grouping at the back of the shop.IMG_2777 (Large)
I don’t know about you guys, but surrounding myself with my favorite things: books, wine and coffee in a smart atmosphere is like slipping into something “a little more comfortable.” Even better, if the weather’s nice, you can sit on the front patio, a sunny, happy place by day, but an intimate, romantic place by moonlight. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, there is live music from 8:00 – 11:00. Who’s ready to go?
Bill and I went to the Quarter Moon Wine Bar around 6:00 p.m. last Thursday night. It was our 37th Wedding Anniversary! We ordered a chilled bottle of white wine and because it was still so warm outside, opted to sit on the soft, green velvet couch deep inside the shop and sipped away as we dreamed and talked of our future. The shop was pretty quiet that time of day and for some reason, we dreamed in whispers and imagined ourselves living out our dreams.IMG_2913 (Large)
Now here is the second part of our fabulous date night combination! Before Bill ordered our wine at Quarter Moon, he slipped over across the street, to the Beach Shop and Grill, a wonderful restaurant that serves a marvelous breakfast and lunch but at night turns into a sophisticated dining room!  He gave our name to the hostess and she gave him one of those restaurant beepers that light up and buzz when it’s your turn to be seated. He had it in his hand as we sipped our wine at at Quarter Moon and after a while (I’m not sure how long because we were having such a wonderful time at the lovely wine bar, ) our buzzer summoned us for our romantic dinner.
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We held hands as we crossed over the street to The Beach Shop and Grill.  It’s in a beautifully old established building with a beach shop on one side and the restaurant on the other. The inside walls are pine paneled and give you the old fashioned “cottagey” feeling the moment you walk into it’s doors. But don’t let that fool you! It’s feels as sophisticated as an “old school” country club that specializes in seafood and steaks. We were seated and given menus. They had excellent Rose’ wines for $25.00 a bottle.
There was no way we could turn down that deal and they brought us out an ice bucket and chilled our wine down a bit. We ordered different entrees on the menu so that we could share a bit if we wanted to. Bill ordered pasta with seafood, a concoction of mussels, clams, shrimp and the star of the dish, a lovely piece of  tuna covered in a herbed, light tomato sauce. It was beautiful and so delicious. I ordered the Delmonico steak with blue cheese crumbles and herbed butter.  It was served with sweet potato fries and braised brussel sprouts. IMG_2857 (Large)IMG_2860 (Large)
I’ve had this dish three times at the Beach Shop and Grill and it is my favorite! Usually, we stay away from deserts, but it was our anniversary! We splurged and got the Krispy Kreme bread pudding drenched in a wonderful sauce.IMG_2894 (Large) As usual, the meal was excellent and  made our anniversary even more special!
After our leisurely dinner, we paid our bill and decided that since the night was so beautiful and considerably cooler, we’d sit out on their patio for a while. We met some great folks from Pennsylvania and chatted with them for a while. They were vacationing but while on the island, were looking for a vacation home to buy! IMG_2917 (Large)That was convenient for them and us since Bill works for Treasure Realty. Maybe he could help them find the perfect home!
After our new friends were called to dinner, we were in no hurry, so we meandered back over to the Quarter Moon Book and Gift Shop. By then, there was a guy singing with his guitar out on the patio, entertaining everyone. We sat out under the moon at Quarter Moon. It was quite the romantic evening.
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Now, I’ve shared with you my “go to” date night secret. I let the cat out of the bag and now I’m sure all of folks will now be
heading down to Topsail Beach for the perfect romantic dinner. I would if I were you. Yes…get that baby sitter and make your plans now! It’s time for you adults to make some memories of your own!

The Quarter Moon Books and Gift Store is located at:

708 South Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC     910-328-4969

The Beach Shop and Grill is located at:
701 South Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach NC      910-328-6501
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Topsail Island Homes For Sale – 4248 Island Drive, North Topsail Beach


4248-Island-DriveImagine spending summers soaking in glorious uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. This oceanfront property offers you that opportunity on several levels. Choose from any of the three balconies or decks to sit back and enjoy the ocean views.

There are seven bedrooms in this impressive home, along with a study that can be converted easily into an eighth bedroom if required. With more than 4,145 square feet of living space to enjoy, you’ll find it’s easy to entertain the whole family and guests in style.

There are also 7.5 luxuriously appointed bathrooms available, two with Whirlpool tubs conveniently included. Out on the deck you’ll find an inviting 5-person hot tub, perfectly situated to make the most of the views.

north-topsail-beach-viewThis property is ideal for keeping family and friends entertained throughout their stay as well. The games room features a pool table and a Foosball table. Even the sound system is installed so you can enjoy music inside and outside. There is also a wet bar in the home and the 4-stop elevator makes it easy for anyone to get around this impressive property.

You can head down to the white sandy beach via your own private access ramp. If tackling the waves in the sea is a little daunting for you, there is access to the community pool if you prefer.

For those who have always dreamed of owning a luxury home on the oceanfront for full time residence or as a weekend getaway, this property is the answer to all your dreams.

kitchen-2If you’re keen to invest in this highly sought-after location, you should be aware that this property offers an impressive rental yield each year. Savvy investors can take advantage of earning in excess of $100,000 per year in rental income from this income producing home on Topsail island.

For more information about this stunning property, please visit: 4248 Island Drive, North Topsail Beach where you’ll find complete information including MLS, high quality pictures and an interactive virtual tour.

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Browse Topsail Island Real Estate Listings

Sneads Ferry Homes For Sale – 291 Grandview Drive

Topsail Island Real Estate – Why List With Treasure Realty?

Sneads Ferry Homes For Sale – 291 Grandview Drive, Sneads Ferry


Are you searching for the ideal home… perhaps a waterfront home in a beautiful coastal North Carolina community with all the amenities you can think of? Are you dreaming of extras like multiple decks that overlook the intra-coastal waterway, huge kitchen and family room, gorgeous views and private pool? If this sounds like your fantasy home you’ll definitely want to see this Sneads Ferry property that will certainly fulfill the dreams you’re having of living the Coastal NC, waterfront lifestyle.

This lovely home boasts more than 3500 square feet of living space, featuring 4 large bedrooms along with 4 full bathrooms. You’ll find a luxurious whirlpool tub in the master bathroom.

This property was definitely built to last. The double paned windows have full hurricane shutters in place and there is plenty of outside lighting. The garage is also enclosed in brick.

The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances and an island bench to increase prep space, along with a raised bar to double as a dining spot. There’s also a window seat installed in the bay window to make the most of the intra-coastal waterway views while enjoying breakfast in the kitchen nook.

sneadsferryhomeviewIf you prefer to entertain a little more formally, there is also a separate formal dining room that ensures there’s always plenty of room for family and friends.

In the sumptuous living room, the stone fireplace with gas logs form a focal point that is sure to be discussed by your guests long after their visit is over. There’s also a feature fireplace in the master bedroom.

Enjoy the views of the Intra-coastal Waterway from your covered middle balcony or soak up the rays from the upper balcony.

sneadsferryhomewithpoolIn the back yard you’ll find a luxurious in-ground pool to enjoy, or you can head out through your back gate to your own boat dock. The dock features 2 boat lifts to make launching vessels much faster and safer for you.

We are certain you will find this stunning property to be the ideal place to enjoy the luxurious waterfront lifestyle that you’ve been dreaming of, no matter whether you choose it for your primary residence or as a weekend getaway home.

For more information about this stunning waterfront beach house in Sneads Ferry including beautiful detailed pictures and an interactive virtual tour that allows you to experience the interior and exterior areas of the home, Please Click Here or call Bizz Baker at 888-929-4602.

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Topsail island Homes For Sale – 638 Hampton Colony Circle, North Topsail Beach

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Topsail Island Real Estate: There Are So Many Reasons To Buy

Topsail island Homes For Sale – 638 Hampton Colony Circle, North Topsail Beach


Topsail Island Homes For SaleThis highly  impressive piece of oceanfront Topsail Island real estate is the perfect solution to that idyllic summer beach vacation with family and friends that you’ve been dreaming about. Situated on the beach front on magnificent North Topsail Beach, this seven-bedroom home offers incredibly stunning Atlantic Ocean views at every turn. Sunrises, sunsets and everything in between are yours to enjoy in style and comfort.

Wrap-around decks on the middle two floors allow you to enjoy the breathtaking ocean views. Alternatively, you can relax on the deck on the other side of the home to take in truly stunning sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway.

The home was designed with entertaining in mind. The deluxe kitchen boasts two dishwashers and two ovens, along with an additional island bench to increase the amount of serving space available.

topsail-island-homes-hottubThe property features two master king suites, both of which are situated on the oceanfront side of the home and both offering full bathrooms. One boasts an oversized Jacuzzi tub, while the other offers a relaxing soaker tub.

There are two more oceanfront bedrooms on the second floor, along with two bunk rooms for the kids. On the first floor, the seventh bedroom is currently furnished for use as a den, but can easily be converted back into a bedroom to accommodate more guests if required.

The 4-stop elevator makes it much easier to access upper floors in this impressive home.

When it comes to entertaining, the great room is sure to impress, including a wet bar that features an ice maker and a wine fridge to keep those drinks perfectly chilled. There is also a games room

638HamptonColony-NorthTopsailBeach-KitchenThis oceanfront property is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the ideal beach vacation every summer surrounded by family and friends.  Alternatively, this home offers investors a rare opportunity to take advantage of impressive rental income year after year.

For more information on this impressive property, please visit:  638 Hampton Colony Circle, North Topsail Beach or call Richard Baker at 888.929.4602. Richard is one of the most knowledgeable real estate folks on Topsail island and one of the friendliest. Richard is always happy to answer any questions you might have about the this home, other homes or about the area in general.

Topsail Island Real Estate – 550 New River Inlet Road, North Topsail Beach

topsailislandrealestate-550NewRiverInletRoadIf you’re dreaming of the ideal summer beach vacation, then  an amazing home with all the amenities and extras that you can imagine is an absolute must!  This truly luxurious oceanfront property is sure to impress. If you are looking for a second home or investment property, this home is even more attractive, producing more than $180,000 in rental income in just the first 7 months of 2013. WOW!


The views from most Topsail island real estate listings are amazing and this property is no exception. The huge windows in the great room on the second floor offer unbeatable views of the Atlantic Ocean and the views from your hot tub out on the balcony are equally breathtaking.

The home features 5 Master bedrooms, all with spectacular ocean views. There are also 2 bunk rooms, making the property capable of sleeping up to 27 people comfortably. No one will ever have to wait for a oceanfronttopsailislandrealestatebathroom to be vacant, as there are 8.5 bathrooms in the home. This is an ideal property. Use it when you want to entertain family and friends while producing rental income during the times you are not using the home. You have the best of both worlds.

Each room is magnificently finished with stylish and elegant furnishings. To make it easier to get around this impressive home, there’s even a 4-stop elevator installed.

The deluxe gourmet kitchen is truly designed with entertaining in mind, featuring 2 dishwashers under the granite benchtops, while an island bench in the center of the kitchen provides additional preparation space.

For those who love to entertain or to ensure that guests are enjoying their vacation, the second den features a wet bar, along with a pool table, air hockey table and even a Foosball table in the games room.

You can enjoy easy access directly down to the white sands of the beach from the back door on your own private walkway. Of course, if swimming in the waves is a little too daunting, feel free to relax in the privacy of your heated pool instead.

topsailoislandrealestatewithprivatepoolAt the risk of repeating myself, this magnificent property is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy an absolute waterfront vacation home surrounded by family and friends. Alternatively, the property also offers attractive rental income options with impressive yields for the savvy investor.

For more information about this stunning oceanfront property, please visit : 550 New River Inlet Road for all the details of this home plus lots of photographs and an interactive virtual tour which places you right inside this beautiful property. There is no better way to see this home without being here. If you have questions about this home or others here in the area or if you would like to schedule a walk through and see the home in person, please feel free to call Richard Baker at 888.929.4602!

Browse Topsail Island Real Estate For Sale – 17 North Osprey Drive

17 Osprey Court17 Osprey Drive, North Topsail Beach

Enjoy a truly luxurious waterfront home as your main residence or as a weekend getaway. This stunning Tuscan-styled home is situated in an enviable position in North Topsail Beach facing the tranquil waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, while the rear of the house takes in breathtaking views of the glorious Atlantic Ocean just 200 yards away.

Featuring 3 Master Suites, this 4 bedroom home also boasts 4.5 bathrooms. The quiet large cab elevator makes it easy for everyone to get around and the lift always returns to the third floor when it’s not in use as an additional safety feature.

topsail-island-real-estateThere is also ample garage space, with 2,174 square feet of space available – more than enough to store a 20 foot boat easily along with your cars. As an added bonus, there is also a boat slip deeded to this property for the keen fisherman and/or boating enthusiast to take advantage of.

The striking outdoor entertaining area is glassed in to provide shelter from the elements while still enjoying the spectacular views and there is a stunning waterfall spanning 2 floors within the home, backlit with a changing lighting display.

17OspreyCourt-view.jpgThe deluxe kitchen was designed with entertaining in mind, featuring an island bench for additional preparation space, 2 dishwashers and a Viking refrigerator. There is also a wet bar included to keep those drinks flowing.

Elegant designer furniture is featured throughout the home, which serves to showcase the stunning 100 year old barn wood floors perfectly. This home was built specifically with strength and durability in mind. The sturdy concrete and steel construction of this home add to its overall appeal.

If you’re interested in experiencing a luxurious waterfront lifestyle in one of North Carolina’s most sought-after addresses, this home is sure to impress.

For more information including high quality detailed pictures and an interactive virtual tour of this gorgeous property, please visit:  17 Osprey Drive, North Topsail Beach or call Richard Baker at 888.929.4602

Topsail Island Real Estate: There Are So Many Reasons To Buy


120x600_2012_bAnyone who has ever visited Topsail Island knows what an amazing place it really is. The peace and tranquility of sandy white beaches and the waves crashing onto the shoreline are truly an unforgettable gift to all who have experienced them.

Thousands of vacationers flock to the shores of Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach and Surf City, NC each year to experience the peace and tranquility, the water sports, fishing, golf, great food and shopping here in our area. Topsail Island is truly unique in that you can take a walk at day break and enjoy some of the most glorious sunrises anywhere on the planet and then be in Wilmington, NC shopping at some of the nicest shops and malls around in about 45 mintues. You can also enjoy  unique shops here on the island and in Sneads Ferry today, and tomorrow take in all the shopping you can stand at Mayfaire in Wilmington.

Enjoy some delicious local cuisine at any number of great local spots like Ricks The MainsailSears Landing, The Bistro at Just Baked, The RiverView Cafe, or Baked Pizza! Venture out to Wilmington or Jacksonville to find national chains or additional fine dining options. Topsail Island offers vacationers and residents alike the best of both worlds, which makes the Island a very popular vacation choice. You can choose the peace and relaxation of Topsail Island and also enjoy the faster pace of nearby Jacksonville or Wilmington, North Carolina. The choice is yours.

Many of those who visit Topsail Island end up owning property here because they love it so much that they just don’t want to leave! And why not, choosing Topsail Island for your dream home is a very easy decision to make considering the beauty, serenity, and all the wonderful things to do, see, and eat. There are also properties of all shapes, sizes and price range from which to choose.

If you are purchasing your property as a second home or investment, it is very simple to use your home for your own vacations (and also produce an income from your home when you are not using it) by adding it to Treasure Realty’s vacation rental listings. Many of our 425+ Topsail Island rentals are booked all spring, summer, fall and holidays and provide a nice income for their owners as well as their very own “castle by the sea” to enjoy year after year with their family and friends. This is definitely a real plus to consider when thinking of purchasing a home on Topsail Island.

Topsail Island Real Estate interactive Site With High Quality Pics and Virtual Tours

Most of you know about our interactive web site (, which allows you to quickly and easily choose the perfect rental home for your family’s vacation and then  book it instantly right online, but you may not know about the interactive sales site we launched a little over a year ago at This site allows you the same ease of searching that our rentals site offers. You can narrow your property search by area, by price range, subdivision, and more making it very easy to narrow the listings down to those that you are really interested in. Once you’ve narrowed your search, you can view complete MLS information, large pictures of each property and interactive virtual tours which provide you with a very good look inside and out of the properties you are interested in. The only way to get a better look is to schedule a viewing with one of our friendly staff and see the home in person and this is what we hope you’ll do! Call us at 888-929-4602 and we will be happy to answer your questions or assist you in any way we possibly can.

Treasure Realty, Inc. has been and continues to be the leader in Topsail Island Real Estate sales and rentals for 3 big reasons. Reason #1 that we are the leader in sales and rentals on Topsail Island is our dedicated and friendly staff; #2 is our tremendous knowledge of the area and the local market, and #3, (and probably the biggest reason), is our commitment to provide the VERY BEST SERVICE possible for each of our clients. We look forward to serving you in the future so please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help you!

Check Out This Short Video From Youtube… Why should you list with Treasure Realty?

Getting The Edge On The Competition: Advice On How To Sell Your Home

Have you recently put your home on the market or maybe, you are getting ready to do so. Either way, learning more details about the home selling process, will prove to be helpful and profitable. Here are some great tips to remember that will help you get the best offer possible and also sell your home fast.

– One of the best things you can do when you decide to sell your home is to find and list it with an experienced, local real estate professional. Call Treasure Realty today at 1.888.929.4602 and let us help you sell your home. We pride ourselves on our customer service and will do everything possible to make your selling experience a fast, stress free and profitable experience.

– When you are considering what price to list your home at, choose a number that does not end in triple zeros. Studies have shown that homes listed at prices ending in 000, like 200,000, wind up selling for less money than homes that have prices ending in 500. One small adjustment could make a big difference in your overall profit.

HELPFUL HINT! During large-scale renovations, astute homeowners will locate the master bedroom suite on the first floor of the house. This is contrary to home-building tradition but it is increasingly popular in the modern real estate market.

– When remodeling your real estate remember to stay tech savvy. Creating an infrastructure within your investment property, such as high speed cable and wireless systems can make the value of the property go way up. As society becomes more dependent on technical devices, the demand for these upgraded properties increases.

– If you plan on staying put and living in your home for a while, meaning the next five years or more, then now would be an excellent time to do some home improvements. Costs are at an all time low as contractors and skilled tradesmen are short on work and aggressively seeking clients.

HELPFUL HINT! Do not get too emotional about the sale of your house. If you can detach yourself from your house during the process, it will help you think more clearly and approach the sale as a business transaction instead of it being the sale of your home.

– If you are selling your house, and a buyer is asking you to show when it is inconvenient for you, do so anyway. You need to be flexible, and cater to what they are asking. If you can not do this, you could be turning someone away who may have bought your house.

– If you have to live in your home while you are trying to sell it, get rid of the clutter as much as possible. When potential buyers walk through your home, they are naturally trying to imagine how their furnishings and decorations will look and fit in the space. If there is excessive stuff already there, they will not be able to do this, and your chances of a quick sale decrease.

HELPFUL HINT! When you are trying to sell your home, pay attention to the reality of the market. If your home has been on the market for a long time with little interest, chances are your asking price is too high.

– If you are showing your home at night, turn on all of the lights. It appeals to buyers when your home seems welcoming. You should turn on all lights, indoor and outdoor. Turning on the lights can add color to your home. It can also give a warming effect. With all of the lights on, the buyers will be able to see all of your house easily and conversely, when showing your home in the daylight hours, letting natural light into your house when buyers are inside, will make your house appear cleaner and more natural. It will make the property seem very comfortable and will make the selling process a little easier. Everyone is drawn to a home that seems to have a lot of natural light coming in.

HELPFUL HINT! When trying to sell your real estate on the short sale, look into new regulations on how to sell the property. In the past, many people had to go into default on their mortgage, in order for the bank to consider a short sale.

– Improving your home’s curb appeal will help you to sell your residence faster. Your lawn is one of the first things a buyer sees as they pull up to your house, and it is one of the last things they see as they leave. Your yard can make a huge impression on the buyer’s overall feeling about the house. Repair your driveway and tidy your yard to make a good impression.

The market is improving rapidly especially here on the North Carolina Coast. Watch this short video illustrating some of the tips we’ve just described.

As was stated in the beginning of the article, learning important details about the real estate selling process can prove to be helpful. Apply the information you learned from reading this article into selling your home.

NC Beach Vacations – Sand, Sun, and Summer Fun

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There are many things North Carolina does well. Beaches, as it happens, are at the top of the list. Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches call North Carolina home. If you’re planning a beach vacation or thinking about it, you really need not look any further than these four impressive beaches in the state of North Carolina. Any one of these beaches can easily be a one-stop vacation destination where you can enjoy  sunning in the sand, dine beneath the stars, play golf, swim, fish and enjoy moonlit seaside strolls in the wee hours of morning. Of course, our favorite is Topsail Island which is actually composed of 3 separate beaches and the first beach we’ll talk about.

Topsail Island, North Carolina

The beaches at Topsail are truly beautiful in an untouched, natural sort of way. On the north end of the island we have North Topsail Beach and on the south end of the island is the town of Topsail Beach. Sandwiched in the middle of the island is Surf City. These beaches aren’t overcrowded like so many east coast beaches and the focus here is on simple pleasures rather than frills and finery. The history of these waters is long and storied with rumors of pirates and pirate treasures abounding. The lore holds that pirate ships would lie, hidden by tall sand dunes, in wait for merchant ships that crossed the water filled with various goods. After a while, merchants caught on and began looking for the tops of ships behind the dunes—which is where the name: Topsail Island originates. Devoted treasure hunters are still searching for Blackbeard’s gold buried in these sands.

Before World War II people could only access the island by boat and during the war, the U.S. Navy with Johns Hopkins University dredged the waterway, built roads, and piped in fresh water to the island which is where the United States Space Program got its start. Between the years of 1946 and 1948 there were more than 200 rocket launches from the island. Afterwards, the island was sold to the public with many of the original structures intact and that was when things really started happening on this wonderful little island.

The residents of the Island want to stick close to its small-town roots and are dedicated to that end. There are only about 3500 full-time residents on Topsail Island but during the summer tourist season, the island population grows to nearly 35,000 people who frequent local gift shops, restaurants, fishing piers, motels, etc. You can read more about Topsail Island’s demographics here. Topsail Island is also home to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center along with the Missiles and More Museum.

There is plenty to do with charter fishing boats nearby and convenient access to the mainland where there are day spas, shopping malls, and other entertainment opportunities. Area golf courses provide the challenge and fun that golfers love and the beaches and clear Atlantic Ocean are the main course for your vacation. Watersports are the name of the day for families interested in a little fun in the sun. There are plenty to enjoy here including: paddle boarding, surfing, yachting, jet skiing, fishing, sailing, and kayaking.

Area restaurants provide delicious fare guaranteed to please any palate. The Island offers everything from fine dining to burgers and pizza but the seafood here is fresh and absolutely second to none so you’ll definitely want to plan a few meals around fresh local seafood. The Riverview Cafe and Ricks Restaurant and Sports Bar are a couple of our favorite places to relax and enjoy a great meal and good company.

Topsail Island is also a popular spot for destination wedding packages. With the beautiful white sand beaches and water as a backdrop, who wouldn’t want this to be the place to begin life as man and wife?

Long story short, the beauty of spending your vacation on Topsail Island is that you can really relax and get away from it all without necessarily leaving it all behind. You can still have access to all the modern conveniences without the hassles of traffic jams, crowds and the nine-to-five grind.

Want to get started planning your NC Beach Vacation? You can click the link and explore 400+ Topsail Island Vacation Rentals

Sunset Beach North Carolina

If you’re interested in a little more in the way of nightlife, amusement parks and other attractions for your vacation then Sunset Beach, with it’s close proximity to Myrtle Beach, may be more along the lines of what you have in mind. While this family-friendly beach community still allows you to get away and enjoy the beach, Myrtle Beach offers more in the way of nightlife, shopping and attractions like Alligator Adventure, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Alabama Theater, House of Blues, Ripley’s Aquarium and other attractions to enjoy during your stay on Sunset Beach. The crowds are bigger here and you can expect to trade some of the slower pace for more attractions, chain restaurants and shopping. Like Topsail Island, you’ll find plenty of championship golf courses nearby or sea charters for fishing or pleasure boating.

Myrtle Beach is a half hour ride from Sunset Beach but there are also attractions local to Sunset Beach. One of the most popular attractions is the Museum of Coastal Carolina Ingram Planetarium where visitors can help feed the animals or see the stars. It’s a popular destination and a great way to include a little bit of science and education in your vacation experience. History abounds in this part of the country and 40 minutes north on US Hwy 17 from Sunset Beach is the Battleship USS North Carolina. If you have never experienced a living history type of event this is one you won’t want to miss. History will literally come to life right in front of you as you hear the stories of the men who called this ship home.

Of course vacation isn’t vacation if you can’t have a little bit of fun on the side. At the House of Blues in nearby Myrtle Beach you can soak up a bit of culture while enjoying great food and excellent music. The Gospel Brunch on Sunday morning is an event that shouldn’t be missed. If you can’t wait until Sunday to enjoy a nice bite to eat, don’t forget to check out Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant and Marina.

If you want something unique to experience during your time in Sunset Beach, NC try looking out for whales. Two species of whale that have been spotted here in recent months include the humpback whale and the right whale; both of which are endangered. Current estimates have the worldwide population of right whales at around 400 so this is a truly incredible and rare sight to behold.

Here is a 10 minute video of a camera mounted to a kite high above Sunset Beach. Enjoy!

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is easily accessible from I-40. On one side of Wrightsville Beach is the Intracoastal Waterway and on the other is the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Surfers will appreciate the fact that this small seaside town was designated, by National Geographic, as one of the world’s best “surf towns”.

Family-friendly fun abounds in Wrightsville Beach and in nearby Wilmington. Golf is popular pastime here with several championship courses within minutes of the beach. Wrightsville Beach is also located 30 minutes from the the Brunswick Isles and just an hour or so from Myrtle Beach, often referred to as the Grand Strand, which features sixty miles of challenging championship level golf courses to choose from.

Here is a video of a short boat tour of Wrightsville Beach

If you’re interested in checking out the local culture during your vacation or need an interesting rainy afternoon pastime during your stay, you’re sure to enjoy the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History which not only explores the history of the people who call Wrightsville Beach home but also the events and occurrences that have shaped this island over the past 100 years such as hurricanes and societal changes.

Shopping on Wrightsville Beach is almost considered an Olympic sport with beach shots, specialty shops, surf shops, and countless small boutiques and vintage shops in between. You’ll find everything from specialty beers and wines to hammocks and ship models in addition to the general fare you’d expect to find while shopping in an island community such as this. Downtown Wilmington also has a multitude of shopping and great dining choices to enjoy and is just a few minutes from Wrightsville Beach. The bottom line is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy sand and sea when you plan your vacation at Wrightsville Beach.

The Outer Banks North Carolina

Perhaps the most famous of all North Carolina Beaches, The Outer Banks have much to offer anyone looking for an outstanding vacation experience. The spectacular sunsets you’ll experience here are worth the trip alone but they are only the beginning of what you’ll see and experience during your stay. Cape Hatteras is home to the tallest brick ch-lighthouselighthouse in the United States. The climb may be long and hard, but the view from the top is well worth the effort.

Ever heard the story of Roanoke? This story may be history but on Roanoke Island, it’s become living history. And, as of yet, the mystery remains. Perhaps you’ll be the one to solve it. This particular history is played out in dramatic faction at the Waterside Theatre in Manteo. It also happens to be the longest running outdoor drama in the U.S. and is performed nightly during the summer months. Speaking of history, ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of the Wright brothers? Here you can see the magic spot where the Wright brothers answered the question that had plagued mankind for centuries. Can men fly?

For yet another taste of history, be sure to check out Fort Raleigh National Historic Site which preserves the heritages of Native Americans, African Americans, and European Americans who have called Roanoke Island home. You should also explore The Elizabethan Gardens which adjoins Fort Raleigh National Park and serves as a memorial to the lost colonists of Roanoke. Destination weddings on the beaches of The Outer Banks are also very popular among brides and grooms alike. Be sure to plan early if you’d like to have this experience during one of the peak months for these events however.

The great outdoors, sand, and surf draw people to The Outer Banks year after year and promises to keep them coming back for more. Whether it’s biking, bird watching, beach going, fishing, hiking, boating, water sporting or more that brings you to The Outer Banks we’re certain you’ll have a hard time passing up an opportunity to come back for more year after year.

Topsail Island VacationsAny of these North Carolina Beaches make excellent choices for your next vacation experience. Choose the beach that most suits your lifestyle and wishes in a vacation location. Whether you want laid back, relaxed and away from it all, or a busier place with more nightlife, people and things  to see and do, North Carolina has a beach for you.

If you think, like we do, that Topsail Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth and that you would like to spend a little time exploring all that Topsail has to offer this summer, then you can visit our website: or call us 800.762.3961 and let us help you plan a NC Beach Vacation that you’ll remember for a lifetime.