escape A Durhamite shares her top recommendations for Bald Head Island B Y J ES S I CA ST RI NGER | PHOTO CO URT ESY BA L D H EAD ISLAN D LIMITED
RIENDS AND COWORKERS FIRST TURNED
Hope Valley residents Marcella and Garnett Kelsoe
on to Bald Head Island. In 2010, they rented a home on the southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands; the next year, they were owners. Now they visit twice a month and for a week or two during the summer and the holidays. We asked Marcella to share her tips for an enjoyable trip to Bald Head. WHEN TO GO When we can, we leave at 2 p.m. on a Friday and come back Sunday. Most of the time, Friday is a terrible time to travel around Raleigh so we leave really early on Saturday morning and make the most of the weekend. AN EMAIL NOT TO MISS Claude Pope from Maritime Market writes a daily email that keeps us up to date, so we know what’s going on around the island ahead of time. BEST PART OF BALD HEAD ISLAND Not having cars, and the experience of taking a ferry so you feel like you’re going to a remote place although it’s not too far. The ferry runs every hour, and they are very much on schedule.
A MUST EVERY TRIP Take a walk. You need to be mindful of the tides. It’s much easier to walk during low tide. That’s one of the things you get in the email from Claude Pope; he tells you every day when the tides are. 26
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My favorite walk is on East Beach, but I also walk on South Beach. SEA FARE You can go to the market and buy [seafood]. If you have a special order, you may want to give them advance notice. If you think you are going to arrive very late, the market can actually [put together] the groceries for you and deposit it in a specified place in your house like your fridge or freezer. It’s super easy. DINING OUT Mojo’s and Delphina are two easy-to-reach restaurants around the harbor. There are the two clubs, the Bald Head Island Club and the Shoals Club, [where] we are members. A couple of times a year, Claude Pope organizes some very fancy, high-end dinners, and then there are the oyster roasts at times like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. BYOB The island can sell wine and beer at the market but if people want to have mixed drinks, the ABC store is in Southport [before the ferry].
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