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July 17, 2019

8 Fun Things to Do in Wilmington That You May Not Know About

There is a bajillion things to do in Wilmington, and the beach is super fun, but we have so much more to offer! Wilmington is perfect because we have many surrounding beaches, we have downtown with a river walk, AND we have a midtown area. We have it all! I have lived here for 5 years and visited here for summers since I was a little baby but I am still discovering new things to do every day! Here are 8 fun things to do in our amazing city, that you may not have known about before


1. Overnight Camping at Freeman Park

Freeman Park is located in the North End of Carolina beach. Not only is this a drive-on beach, but dogs are allowed also! If you’ve gone camping at a regular campsite in the woods, know that camping on the beach is a whole different kind of fun. I suggest having a fire and having hot dogs and smores! Sleep under the stars on a sleeping bag or bring a tent, the wind will most likely clear any bugs away and you will be sandy no matter what so just embrace it! 

Daily drive on passes are $40 and year round passes are $200 (tip: early bird price for the annual pass is only $100! I always get this pass, it is worth every penny!) To go camping reservations are on a first come first serve basis. The campsite permit is $30 per night from April till the end of September (free, no reservation during any other time). To make a campsite reservation go to this site: https://freemanparkcamping.pmreserve.com


2. Sea Legs Pedal Pub or Cape Fear River Cruises

I recently went on the Sea legs Pedal Pub on 4th of July night during sunset when the fireworks were going off. Of course I posted some pictures on social media and everyone was wondering what I was doing. So this is definitely something to mention. The boat is kind of like a pontoon boat but with bike pedals on it. There is coolers in the middle and a table to rest your drink so feel free to bring a 6 pack of whatever your preference is. As you can see in the picture we also brought snacks. The pedals trigger a big wheel in the back of the boat that move the boat around but the boat will also move without anyone pedaling. We pedaled all along the canal in Carolina Beach while the sun was setting and there were many fireworks shows around us. https://sealegspedalpub.com/


Cape Fear River cruises are very similar except there is no pedaling involved. I like to think of the Cape Fear River as the hidden gem of North Carolina. Everyone likes to associate Wilmington with the beach but we live next to such a beautiful river as well. There is a bunch of different cruises you can take along the Cape Fear River.  I definitely recommend trying it out, especially during sunset! Some tours include live music, dinner, or a bar to buy drinks. https://wilmingtonwatertours.net/cruises/


3. Axes and Allies

You literally throw axes at a bullseye and drink beer! This place opened last year and is such a great place to take your out of town friends especially for a rainy day. I have a really big family and we’ve gone here twice, we split up into teams and have a mini axe throwing tournament! https://axesandalliesnc.com/ 


4. Hiking at Carolina Beach State Park

Okay so you can also go camping at Carolina Beach State Park, but I wanted to mention the hiking trails because they are beyond beautiful. There are miles of trees, sandy trails, and views of the Cape Fear River. There are a couple different lookouts that look over the water. Make sure to pack snacks and stop by the picnic tables halfway along your hike to have lunch with a view. https://www.ncparks.gov/carolina-beach-state-park/trails 


5. Panacea Kombucha Bar

Kombucha is super popular now and I love it. I don’t like soda, so it’s my drink of choice other than water and wine. I honestly had no idea about this place but I was asking around about what to add to this blog post and one of my friends mentioned Wilmington had a Kombucha bar. I had no idea! I can’t wait to try it out. Checkout their website to learn all about it: http://www.panaceabrewingcompany.com/latest 

6. Cloud 9

A rooftop bar located above Embassy Suites in downtown with live music and wonderful lobster rolls, what more could you want? Another place I recommend during sunset because the view is just so dang pretty! You get a view of both the river and downtown Wilmington. You may know about this place already but it is worth mentioning just in case you haven’t heard about it yet! Get there early so you can get a spot on the fancy couches! https://www.cloud9ilm.com/ 


7. Mailbox on the beach

Yes the mailbox on the north end of Wrightsville beach survived Hurricane Florence! The mailbox is located closest to access 1, there is parking at access 2 and 3. This activity might not exactly be fun but it is a good place to meditate, relax, and take it all in. There is a notebook and a pen and you have the option to write your thoughts, a dream, a wish, a secret, a good poem, anything that makes you feel at peace. If you are chillin near the north end of Wrightsville beach relaxing by the ocean, take a walk to the mailbox and check it out. 


8. Rock Climbing Gym

I just recently found out that Wilmington has a rock wall gym! There is a range of bouldering walls and climbing walls. They have various classes including learning how to belay. They have all the supplies to rent such as shoes, chalk, harness, etc. They design the gym in a way that prepares you to rock climb in the real world. https://www.wilmingtonrockgym.com/ 


So there you have it, 8 fun things to do in Wilmington that you may not know about. I challenge you to do one of these fun things this week and come back and comment your experience. Also, feel free to comment about your current experience at these places or if you want to add anything to the list! I would love to know and so would the readers!

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April 19, 2019

Easter Weekend in Pleasure Island

Looking for something to do this Easter Weekend in Pleasure Island?


Maybe you’re a local, or you are visiting for the weekend. You might have family in town, kids, grandkids, grandparents, cousins, or in-laws. 

OR you might just be flying solo or with a friend and relaxing. Either way we have some fun ideas for a stress free weekend. From Kid’s Easter egg hunts to Adult Easter Egg bar crawls..if you just want to relax or if you need to occupy the kids.. We have you covered!


If you have kids…

  • Easter Eggstravaganza! From 12-4 at the Beach Community Church you can enjoy games, bouncy houses, raffles, cakewalk, face painting, egg hunts, prizes and much more for FREE. The easter bunny WILL BE THERE! They will be selling food and beverages, children will get a FREE hot dog. The egg hunt is 1-3. For more info please email: EasterEggstravaganzaBCC@gmail.com
  • Kure Beach Street Festival! Held Saturday from 11-5 at the Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach (105 Atlantic Ave). There will be a ninja show, face painting, a craft booth, food vendors, and MORE! Visit here for more info: http://www.townofkurebeach.org/annual-street-festival.aspx
  • Egstravaganza! Saturday 2-4 at the Lazy Pirate you can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, face painting, egg roll, egg toss, bunny sack races, silent auction baskets, raffle prizes and more! Hosted by Ten Twenty Two Design Co. For more info here is their FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/735937950141244/


If you want to relax…

  • Bikes and Beers at Island Beverage! This bike ride will start at Joe Eakes Park at 1pm on Saturday and roll through some of the local neighborhoods until you get to Island Beverage where you can enjoy a beer (or two!) Visit: bikesandbeerilm.com for more info! (or their event on FB https://www.facebook.com/events/1063179953871827/?active_tab=about)
  • Yoga and Mimosas at Island Beverage! They actually hold this event every weekend from 9-10. A very relaxing way to celebrate Easter without overdoing it. Here is their event page on FB for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/599873163812982/



If you have your dog with you…

  • Dog friendly beaches: There are TWO drive on beaches that allow dogs during the day Freeman Park and Fort Fisher. If you don’t own a vehicle that can drive on the beach you can go to the non-drive on section of Fort Fisher State Park and they allow dogs all day!
  • Restaurants that are dog-friendly: Lazy Pirate, Havanas, HopLite, Island Hots, Saint’s Cove, SeaWitch, and Big Daddy’s Seafood.
  • Parks: Carolina Beach State Park is a wonderful trail to walk on even if you don’t have a dog. Or take your dog to the Gurney Hood Barking Lot, an off-leash dog park located in Joe Eakes Park off of Dow.  Or if you want to venture over to Midtown Wilmington you can go to Hugh Macrae Park.



Easter Egg Hunts…

I listed a couple Easter Egg hunts above in the Kid-friendly events but here are some more!

  • Party in the Park! Saturday 10:30-11:45 at Mike Chappell park in Carolina Beach there will be a tote bag craft followed along by an Easter egg hunt, bounce houses, Island Greenway Ribbon Cutting, and FREE hotdogs!
  • If you’re an adult… Wilmington Easter Egg Hunt Bar Crawl isn’t too far from Pleasure Island, it will be located Downtown. Saturday 2-7 at Pour House (103 Market St). Tickets are only $5. You will finding eggs, winning prizes, and bouncing around to different bars including Husk, Calico Room, Pour House, Growlers, Hell’s Kitchen, and many more! Visit this Facebook event to find out more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/427888074625528/


Easter Church Services...


Don’t forget about Cora…

Saturday 5:30-11 we will remember baby Cora and the life she lived at Lazy Pirate for a Silent Auction. For more details please visit their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2076997885928878/


There are so many events in Pleasure Island this weekend if I missed something please comment the event below so readers can know ALL of their options!


Thank you so much for reading our blog post. If you are interested in buying or selling please check out our website. If you aren’t ready to buy or sell just yet but know someone who is, please send them our way. Our website has everything available in this area, and we would love to help out. We also specialize in property management for short term vacation rentals in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville beach, Bald Head Island, and Figure 8 Island. Please visit our website for more info: iTripNCBeaches.com  



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July 19, 2017

Cape Fear Real Estate Flourishes With Flowers

Gardens grow beautifully on Cape Fear real estate. Located at 536 N. Eastern Boulevard in Fayetteville, The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens inspire and delight. Plants flourish and grow in all seasons making spring, summer, autumn and winter all wonderful times to visit. Acres of lush landscapes lie between Cross Creek and the Cape Fear River.

Separate areas of Cape Fear real estate create thematic gardens. The Daylily and Shade Gardens are favorite spots for meditation and reflection. A variety of plants and flowers present a continuous vision of loveliness along the Butterfly Trail. Youngsters are thrilled with the children’s garden while the heritage garden is perfect for meandering through. Wildlife is often spotted near Cypress Pond where a patio perfect for relaxing overlooks the water.

Youth Living In Cape Fear Dig Into Learning

Amazing activities are held in the garden all year long. Lectures focus on horticultural topics and conservation. Day camps and workshops are designed for regional youth. Yoga is peaceful and Tai Chi invigorating in garden spaces. View upcoming events on the calendar here.

Amateur gardens living in Cape Fear benefit greatly from expert advice and information. Memberships are perfect for those with green thumbs. With free annual admission to the garden there is plenty of time to spend within nature. Member only events and discounts are other benefits.


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