Autumn With Topsail

Check out our updated August with Topsail 2017 blog!   It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The summer heat has finally backed off! Kitchen windows and doors have been flung open, welcoming the cool breezes. Wonderful smells of smoky, back yard pit fires and chilly weather chowders and hearty stews waft through the streets of our neighborhoods and… Read More “Autumn With Topsail”

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 be discovered by the multitudes.… Read More “It’s Official – the Secret is Out – Topsail Island’s Been “Discovered””

Duplin Winery

  by Donna Byrd   Clink. Clink. Cheers! I have a great idea for all of you wine enthusiasts who visit us here on Topsail Island and I know you will be delighted to hear that the South’s largest winery is located only fifty miles from Surf City! Yes! If you’d like to take a day trip to Duplin Winery,… Read More “Duplin Winery”

Have I Got a Scoop for You: Thomas Tackle and Seafood in Surf City

by Donna Byrd   I was walking around a popular local grocery store in the Surf City area the other day, trying to think of a seafood dish I could fix for dinner. While in the produce department, I saw the display of oranges and remembered a fantastic grilled grouper recipe I had prepared the month before. It was filleted… Read More “Have I Got a Scoop for You: Thomas Tackle and Seafood in Surf City”

Andrews’ Produce, Topsail Island’s Farmer’s Market

by Donna Byrd When I was growing up, our family went to the beach every summer for a glorious week in July. Now, when I say family, I really mean the WHOLE family! Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins…lots of cousins. We all rented condos close together and made the vacation like a huge, week long, family reunion. Family Reunions and Fresh… Read More “Andrews’ Produce, Topsail Island’s Farmer’s Market”

The Shrimp Lady: A Real Sneads Ferry Tradition

by Donna Byrd The Shrimp Lady Seafood Market When Edith Millis began selling shrimp out of the back of her Chevy Silverado in 1985, she probably had no idea that she was creating a business that would become a tradition for locals and vacationers that would carry on into the next millennium. Yet, thirty-one years later, her thriving business, The… Read More “The Shrimp Lady: A Real Sneads Ferry Tradition”

Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth – Part One

  By Donna Byrd I’ve heard people say that the happiest place on earth is Disney World. I know, I get it. Magic Kingdom and all.  I’ll tell you about a magical kingdom.  Since I’ve become a bit of a more, I suppose I could say, “middle aged” woman with grown children, I’ve found a new happy place. My place… Read More “Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth – Part One”

Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth (Part 2)

by Donna Byrd I am still at Pender Pines Gardening Center and am now convinced it is Disney, NC.  I have been through the magic kingdom of plants and pretties, piling on my purchases to replicate this piece of heaven in my yard.   Pulling my heavy cart, I walk into a warm blast of moist air and check out the… Read More “Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth (Part 2)”