Category Archives: Local Lifestyle

Find the best recommendations on Topsail Island places, activities and events written by our local blogger. You, too, can “live like a local” and discover the magic of Topsail Island.

Between Topsail Island’s several towns, plus the cities on the mainland, the number of things to do in the area can be overwhelming. There are dozens of restaurants, scores of stores, heaps of holidays, a myriad of markets, and umpteen activities. So, where do you even start planning your days on Topsail Island?

Our Topsail Island local lifestyle blog will give you the inside scoop on the best things to do here. We are recommending the best restaurants, holiday traditions and ideas for holiday home decorations, places to buy seafood and fresh produce, off-season activities, where to find the best Topsail Island treasures and more. We are also sharing some of our best Topsail Island memories, so share yours with us as well!

Topsail Island Welcomes the New Year, 2018

We couldn’t wait to get home to Topsail Island. Being with our six kids and their spouses, two darling granddaughters and a few granddogs for the holidays had been a wonderful Christmassy dream. We loved, laughed, played hard and ate enough food to feed a platoon of hungry soldiers. Yet, after a while, Bill and … Continue reading Topsail Island Welcomes the New Year, 2018

Thanksgiving at Topsail – Holiday Heaven

  Pardon my cheesiness, but isn’t it time to be thankful?  Yes…it’s that time of the year when families come together with happy traditions and plenty of reasons to be grateful! A little bird told me that plenty of families are headed to Topsail Island for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will possibly be starting new … Continue reading Thanksgiving at Topsail – Holiday Heaven

Bert’s Surf Shop Surf City – Icon of the Carolina Beaches

by Donna Byrd   There are some things that just go together: beach towels and beach chairs, sunscreen and sunglasses, bikinis and cover-ups, Coronas and lime slices, sand pails and shovels, fried shrimp and cocktail sauce, beach vacays and Bert’s Surf Shop… Bert’s Surf Shop? You know it! If you’re like me, you grew up … Continue reading Bert’s Surf Shop Surf City – Icon of the Carolina Beaches

The Swingbridge: Fine Wine, Craft Beers, and Local Talent

  The Swingbridge Beer and Wine Shop by Donna Byrd   Ok guys. We’re getting down to the wire. December 25th is almost upon us and it’s time to take a look at your Christmas “to do” list. Let’s see…You’ve finished decorating the house, which by the way, looks marvelous! Check.  Gifts are wrapped and under the … Continue reading The Swingbridge: Fine Wine, Craft Beers, and Local Talent

Holiday Baking in ‘the Ferry!’

by Donna Byrd   It’s my favorite time of the year! The calendar tells us it’s well into the fall season in Eastern North Carolina and FINALLY…it feels like it! Summer has finally released its control over our warm temperatures and cool, chilly weather has slipped in. It’s now officially “sweater weather!” I’m actually in … Continue reading Holiday Baking in ‘the Ferry!’

Mike’s Farm – It’s Kind of a Must See Place Around Here

by Donna Byrd     Friday night I did something that I had been wanting to do for the last five years. I went to Mike’s Farm!   Yes. Every fall since we moved to Sneads Ferry, our friends and family ask us, “Have you been to Mike’s Farm?” Of course, I wondered, “Who is … Continue reading Mike’s Farm – It’s Kind of a Must See Place Around Here

It’s Official – the Secret is Out – Topsail Island’s Been “Discovered”

Uh-oh. It seems our little “secret” is out! Really, I thought that part of the agreement in buying a home or vacationing on Topsail Island meant that one had to swear they would NEVER divulge to ANYONE how beautiful our little island paradise was.   I was convinced that our quiet, pristine beaches would never … Continue reading It’s Official – the Secret is Out – Topsail Island’s Been “Discovered”