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t was the February of 1985. I was in the process of selling and compiling my first edition of “TravelHost of Hampton Roads,” a weekly in-room guide for the region’s hotel guests. I was making sales calls one day, which led me to a small ad agency, Fischer-Pile Advertising, in the Hilton Village section of Newport News. That’s when I met Jim Pile. Jim bought in to this new TravelHost concept and signed The Inn Place on as an advertiser for the inaugural issue. As a partner in the agency, Jim was quick to inform me that he was also a professional photographer. I soon signed him to photograph images for clients’ ads. Now, 32 years, hundreds of thousands of miles and millions of photographs later, Jim is retiring. You learn a lot about a man over 32 years. Many of our long-time customers know Jim very well, as he has been taking their photos year-in and year-out. But, Jim continuously surprised me with something new that I was learning about him for the first time. Here are a few things you may or may not know: Jim has a master’s degree in Film from Syracuse University. He loves his Orangeman basketball, even when they are losing. His undergraduate degree in Philosophy is from Gettysburg College in 1967. Jim is an ordained Methodist minister with a Master of Divinity from Drew Seminary in New Jersey. He occasionally fills the pulpit when needed, teaches Sunday School, sings bass in the choir, helps with Vacation Bible School and acts in numerous dinner theaters raising money for missions. Out of college, Jim was a Peace Corp Volunteer. Since 2000, Jim has been volunteering at KIDZ’NGRIEF, an organization dedicated to helping kids deal with grief and the loss of loved ones. He facilitates the middle school group at Mikey’s Camp. Jim is an accomplished magician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Order of Merlin. Part of his job description at VistaGraphics has required that a new trick be performed at our annual Christmas party and often a bonus trick at our summer sales meeting. He is an accomplished musician on the guitar, drum, saxophone and most any wind instrument you can imagine. He plays piano and violin. He has written close to 100 songs and has his own songbook. Our Christmas parties sometimes take advantage of his musical abilities as well. Jim once confided in me that he had just taken up photography shortly before we met, learning on VistaGraphics’ dime as we depended on him more and more. Looking back, I believe he must have been a fast learner because he delievered beautiful work from the very beginning. On top of everything else, Jim is an accomplished family man with three daughters, two stepdaughters, one stepson, three “in-law” children and 10 grandchildren. They all refer to him as a “Renaissance Man.” I couldn’t agree more. Jim, we’re all going to miss you, and we wish you a happy, healthy and well-deserved retirement.

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WELCOME

Welcome The beaches are a sun-seekers paradise.

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hite sandy beaches, blue-green waters extending to the horizon, picture-perfect coastal villages, untamed beach grass swaying in the breeze—by all definitions, you’ve found an incomparable piece of paradise. Scenic and serene, yet full of activity, this coastal region is known as one of the best places in the country to visit and live.

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Stretching from Wilmington’s bustling downtown with its plethora of dining, retail and sightseeing activities, winding all the way down through the languid Brunswick Isles to quaint Little River, South Carolina, your dream vacation is just waiting to be discovered. With more than 45 miles of pristine beach, some visitors never leave their perfect place in the sand. Our white sandy beaches are ideal for sunning, surfing, shelling, swimming or just playing around. From quiet, secluded beaches to bustling boardwalks, you can find the perfect place to spread out your towel and let all your worries melt away.


WELCOME

The Riverwalk, a scenic boardwalk along the river in downtown Wilmington

Wilmington has a long history of ship building and trade.

But of course, the fun doesn’t stop once you step away from the beach. There are a number of other activities to keep the whole family entertained. With more than 30 championship golf courses in Brunswick County alone,

the surf or the fertile waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, or take a charter out into the Gulf Stream. As you might expect, seafood is our specialty along the coast, and the choices are robust.

From quiet, secluded beaches to bustling boardwalks, you can find the perfect place to spread out your towel and let all your worries melt away. golfers are simply spoiled. Perfect greens and stunningly scenic courses are open year-round. Fishing enthusiasts will drool over the diversity of species in our surrounding waters and the variety of ways to reel one in. Fish in

Calabash, known as the “Seafood Capital of the World,” boasts more than 30 seafood restaurants and hosts more than one million diners each year. Don’t forget about our other varied cuisine, especially our world famous North

Carolina barbecue. Be sure to check out our dining guide for great restaurant selections. History and culture define the region and can be readily experienced by a simple stroll through the quaint, tree-lined streets of Wilmington. The thriving port and docks have made themselves into a vibrant waterfront village, and old homes and buildings tell the stories of this historic seaport. Packed with shoppers and sightseers during the daylight hours, the evening hosts a flourishing nightlife scene offering everything from riverfront dining to rooftop dancing. While still retaining the stately grandeur of its past, the downtown area is a perfect blend of old world charm and modern convenience. So whatever your idea of paradise—a remote beach, the city streets or the fairway—you’ll find it here on the Cape Fear Coast and Brunswick Islands. Enjoy your stay!

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SHELLING

Beachcombers Paradise

Jackknife Elongated and narrow, the jackknife are of a yellowish-olive color with a white interior. You guessed it—they are similarly shaped to a jackknife blade, and you’ll discover that its edges are even sharp like a razor.

Lettered Olive Highly sought after along our beaches, lettered olive shells are smooth, shiny and cream-colored with brownish marks scattered around its conical shell.

Rosy Wolfsnail Known as the “cannibal snail” for its speed, ravenous appetite—often, they consume smaller snails in one bite—and predatory behavior, rosy wolfsnails are a land snail. As the name suggests, the color of this shell is a rosy-brown hue.

Sand Dollar As some of the most favorite seashore souvenirs, sand dollars are not actually shells. When you discover these beige, disk-like treasures, what you are really picking up are the skeletons of burrowing sea urchins. When exposed to the sun, their colorful surfaces whiten to become the sand dollars you know and love.

Scotch Bonnet The rare scotch bonnet is the official state shell of North Carolina since 1965. Mostly a creamy, white color with reddish-brown streaks or spots covering its surface, it can also have fine grooves in its cone shaped shell.

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Brunswick Island’s Shores Are Home To An Abundance Of Unique Shells by ROBERT ENRIQUEZ

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dorned with shells of all shapes and sizes, hundreds of rare treasures can be found freckling the beaches of the Brunswick Islands. But where do they all come from? Shells are left behind by soft-bodied animals called mollusks. From shiny and small to the oddly-shaped and cone-shaped, you’ll soon discover that shelling along the beaches of the Brunswick Islands is unlike any other. Even if you’re a veteran shell collector, visitors will be surprised at the extensive variety of shells that can be found here. If you’re newer to the shelling world, you never know … maybe you’ll soon become a shell seeker yourself. Here is just a snippet of the extraordinary shells that you may find while grazing the beaches of Brunswick Islands:

Cockle

Coquina

A commonly found shell you’ll spot while shelling along the coast, cockles are formerly edible clams. Often, cockles can still be found hinged, appearing like folded wings.

While the name sounds unfamiliar, you’ve probably encountered these shells more often than you think; Coquina Beach was even named after the abundance of the coquina clams. Coquinas are shaped almost like long fingernails, and their hues can be anywhere from a light purple to a brilliant orange.

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These shells are frequently found along the Carolina coast. The spiny jewel box’s surface resembles tiny broken icicles, which act as a natural defense against other shell-dwelling mollusks from trying to drill into their shell.

Whelk Much larger in size, the whelk belongs to the same marine family as the conch because of its conical shape, large spiral and wide opening. If you happen to find a whelk dwelling in its shell, don’t throw it back into the ocean because it will most likely not survive; it may become food to other animals, such as sea birds. It’s no secret that there is a great culture of shelling in the Brunswick Islands. Beginners at shelling may want to keep every shell they find, but choose sparingly. While animals no longer live inside these shells, the calcium in the shells is eventually broken down to become new shells. The best time to go shelling is during low tide after a storm. As the cooler months roll around, the abundance of shells is far greater. During the off-season, there are fewer visitors frequenting the beach, allowing for more opportunities to discover a new treasure or bring home a souvenir. Whether you’re an avid sheller or just embarking on this new hobby, the Brunswick Islands are the perfect place to start.


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ONGOING EVENTS April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 22: Fourth Friday Gallery Walk Free monthly events where downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after- hours celebration of art and culture. 6–9 p.m. Wilmington. 910-763-7349. WilmingtonDowntown.com May 7–Oct. 15 (1st & 3rd Sundays): Boogie in the Park Concert Series Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy the music. 5–7 p.m. Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach. 910-458-8216. PleasureIslandNC.org May 26–Sept. 1 (Fridays): 12th Annual Downtown Sundown Concert Series Concerts feature a variety of original and cover bands, both local and regional, as well as beer, wine and food. 910-763-7349. WilmingtonDowntown.com May 27–Oct. 7 (Saturdays): Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market A location for local growers, producers, artisans and crafters to sell their goods directly to the consumer, featuring live music. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Carolina Lake, Carolina Beach. CarolinaBeachFarmersMarket.com May 28–Sept. 3 (Sundays): Sunday Movies at the Lake Every Sunday at dusk, grab your kids, blankets and beach chairs and head to the lake to enjoy a free outdoor movie on a big screen. Carolina Beach. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org June 2–Sept. 1 (Thursdays): Summer Fireworks By the Sea & Boardwalk Gazebo Music Music at the Gazebo stage and weekly fireworks for your enjoyment. 6:30 p.m. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org

June 9–Aug. 25 (2nd and 4th Fridays): Free Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher A free summer concert. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org June 10; July 8; Aug. 12: Battleship 101 Ship volunteers stationed throughout the ship engage visitors in specific subjects and areas including: gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. 9–11:30 a.m. and noon–2 p.m. Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. 910-251-5797. BattleshipNC.com June 12–Aug. 28 (Mondays): Turtle Talk Learn about local nesting sea turtles with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. 910-458-8216. PleasureIslandNC.org June 13–Aug. 29 (Tuesdays): Kure Beach Market Fun kids’ activities and entertainment the whole family will love. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org June 14–Aug. 30 (Wednesdays): Story Time by the Sea Join the Princess and her fairytale friends from Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea for stories, crafts and games. 10–11:30 a.m. Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. 910-458-8216. PleasureIslandNC.org

SEE THE SHIP THROUGH THEIR EYES // Whether you’re listening to ’40s music in the mess decks or proudly standing at the helm of the ship, you’ll soon feel like a sailor yourself. Bring your own convoy aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and become a part of the crew!

June 25–July 4: NC 4th of July Festival For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way with a variety of patriotic events. Southport.910-457-5578. NC4thOfJuly.com June 29–Aug. 17 (Thursdays): Up and Active! Move your body—move your mind! An hour of music, games and fun for everyone. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Ocean Front Park lawn, Kure Beach. 910-458-8216. PleasureIslandNC.org continued on page 15

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SHOPPING

Shopping From The Beach To The Boutiques, This Region Has It All

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he Cape Fear Coast and Brunswick Islands have all the makings for a perfect shopping adventure. In need of new beach clothes and surf gear? Head to the beach communities in Brunswick County, where area surf shops and souvenir stores have everything you need— and much more—for a day at the beach. Looking for fine art and local crafts? Check out one of Wilmington’s many art galleries and festivals, or head to one of the quaint towns on the mainland for unique gifts and antique shops. From city streets to sandy storefronts, shopping along the Cape Fear Coast and Brunswick Islands is a true adventure.

Fashion and Outlet Stores Having a passion for the finer things in life can be expensive … if you don’t know where to shop! Start at Wilmington’s Mayfaire Town Center to discover the fabulous finds at chic clothing stores. While you’re in Wilmington, browse Independence Mall for an impressive selection of name brand clothes, plus a great variety of stores and even a few surprises! There are plenty of surf shops in the area, but don’t expect just surfboards and wetsuits. Modern surf shops carry stylish clothes, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses and more for men, women and children. In Wrightsville Beach, you’ll find plenty of surf shops as well as upscale boutiques offering sophisticated fashions unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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Throughout Wilmington’s historic district, you’ll find a wide range of stores, most of them locally owned with a unique selection of merchandise from candles and jewelry to locally crafted wares. The Cotton Exchange at the north end of the riverfront features a variety of shops in a historic cotton building, which was once the site of the largest cottonexport company in the world. Learn about the history of the cotton industry, and then stroll around the multi-level shopping center and its many diverse stores. They sell everything from Christmas decorations and books to jewelry and homemade fudge. On the other end of the riverfront is Chandler’s Wharf, a retail and dining complex with cobblestone streets, plank walkways and a maritime atmosphere. There you will find a mix of dockside restaurants and quaint stores. Another unique shopping destination offering a broad variety of goods is the Old Wilmington City Market, a historic building on

the waterfront between Front and Water streets. Art galleries, jewelers, clothing boutiques and craft shops occupy the arcade-style building, which once served as a vegetable market. Be sure to visit the Southeast’s largest upscale home furnishing consignment store conveniently located right off of Market Street. One particularly delightful place to shop is Lumina Station, a shopping area inspired by the Lumina pavilion, once a Wrightsville Beach hotspot. Lumina Station features a dozen unique shops, restaurants and cafes and a delightfully upscale, yet relaxed environment. Take a rest on one of the many rocking chairs, which sit among the beautiful flowers and trees surrounding the center. Here you’ll find stores offering one-of-a-kind delights such as artisan jewelry and handbags, splendid gifts for the home, fine art pieces and so much more. The quiet, oak-lined streets of Southport provide a totally unique shopping experience. As you traverse the old-fashioned shops in historic buildings and houses, you’re sure to find gifts, jewelry, art and clothing—not to mention charming storeowners with many stories to tell.

Specialty Stores Visit Hanover Center, a 320,000-square-foot community shopping center, to find specialty food items, home furnishings and gifts. On Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, shoppers will find stores geared to beach lovers and art lovers along with other specialty stores, such as swimsuit boutiques, nautical gift stores and bookstores. Most of the stores on Pleasure Island have a central theme—having fun at the beach. You’ll come across plenty of beach stores with everything you need for a day of fun in the sun, as well as countless souvenirs and gift items. Carolina Beach has the largest selection of such stores, as well as a few other interesting shops, including bookstores and clothing boutiques.

Antiques Antique stores abound here, making this area quite a popular place for finding vintage treasures and retro souvenirs. Antique enthusiasts will find much to smile about across Southport, as there are plenty of quaint antique stores, as well as an antique mall with more than 30 dealers. Parking is free on all city streets, but the town is so pleasant and small, you’ll definitely want to walk from shop to shop. Pleasure Island also has a tremendous antiques scene. Shopkeepers often make the experience of browsing just as fun as the thrill of a good find with their friendly attitudes and pleasant demeanor. However, when you do find that item you’ve been looking for or perhaps didn’t realize you needed, you’ll be able to treasure it forever and keep it as a reminder of your time on North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.


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12: 19th Annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman Fishing Tournament A day of fishing, food and fun for those with disabilities, with an awards ceremony at the end. Kure Beach Pier. 910-612-3407. PleasureIslandNC.org 19–21: Inaugural Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge Teams of four anglers fish as a team and win cash as a team. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher. 910-452-6378. FishermansPost. com/Tournaments 20: Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival A celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts at the beach! Carolina Beach. 610-909-7643. PleasureIslandNC.org 20: Run Sunset Beach Now in its fourth year, includes a one-mile fun run/walk along with a one of a kind certified 5K & Half Marathon road race. Sunset Beach Pier. 7 a.m.–noon. CoastalRaceProductions.com/Run-Sunset-Beach 20: 4th Annual Crawl for Paws An annual pub crawl to help raise funds for the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit and other local animal charities. Carolina Beach Pubs. CrawlForPaws.com 26: Inaugural Summer Fireworks By the Sea & Boardwalk Gazebo Music Pleasure Island Summers ‘officially’ begin when the weekly fireworks kick off on Memorial Day Weekend. 6:30 p.m. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org

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3: 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival “Shaggers” of all ages can enjoy a day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South. Beach stage, Carolina Beach. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org 3: Cape Fear BBQ Festival A competitive BBQ Cook-off, live music, an antique truck and tractor show and more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington. 910-686-9518. PoplarGrove.org

7–25: Jesus Chris Superstar Presented by Opera House Theatre Company The greatest rock opera ever created sets the greatest story ever told to music. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. 910-632-2285. ThalianHall.org 10: Calabash Plein Aire – Wet Paint Day Come out and paint Calabash at this annual festival. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Jewelry by Wendy Gallery and Gifts, Calabash. 910-575-0024.

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2: 4th of July Picnic This free event will feature live music, games, activities and food trucks throughout the day. 11–4 p.m. Farmers Market Pavillion, Hillsborough. 919-732-7741. VisitHillsBoroughNC.com 3: Independence Day Weekend Summer Fireworks By the Sea Boardwalk Gazebo music starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the fireworks at 9 p.m. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org 4: Wilmington 4th of July Celebration Watch a spectacular fireworks show over the Cape Fear River at the City of Wilmington’s 4th of July Celebration, includes live music and food vendors. Riverfront Park, Wilmington. WilmingtonAndBeaches.com 7–9: Annual East Coast Got-Em-On Classic Enjoy this long-running mackerel fishing tournament in its 35th year. GotEmOnLiveClassic.com

AUGUST

2–20: South Pacific Presented by Opera House Theatre Company Based on the stories of a real-life Navy commander, South Pacific brings island life during World War II to the stage. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. 910-632-2285. ThalianHall.org

SEPTEMBER

9: Duplin Winery 41st Annual Grape Stomp Annual celebration with live music performances, grape stomping competition, wine tastings, a food tent and vineyard tours. $20. 1–6 p.m. Duplin Winery, Rose Hill. 1-800-774-9634. DuplinWinery.com

15–16: 5th Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival This two-day event brings together sports, health and wellness and arts to celebrate our island community. Carolina Beach Yacht Basin and Marina. 910-599-2879. CarolinaBeachDragonBoat.com 30: Southport Wooden Boat Show A maritime weekend of wooden boats, kids events, a seafood chowder cook-off and more. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Old Yacht Basin, Southport 910-477-2787. SouthportWoodenBoatShow.com

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6, 13, 20, 27: Paranormal Ghost Tours Learn the haunted history of Poplar Grove and roam the grounds in search of paranormal activity. 6–10 p.m. Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington. 910-686-9518. PoplarGrove.org 7–8: Riverfest Downtown Wilmington’s streets host a family-friendly, fun festival that winds its way along the Cape Fear River. Downtown Wilmington. 512-920-3378. WilmingtonRiverfest.com 14: 24th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival Filled with great music, delicious local seafood and much more. Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. 910-458-8434. PleasureIslandNC.org 21–22: 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival From delectable eats and music to arts and crafts, every palate and interest will be pleased at this annual festival. Adults $5. Children under 10 free. Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Ocean Isle Beach. 910-754-6644. NCOysterFestival.com 20–21, 27–31: Halloween Ghost Trolley Listen to ghost stories tailored for young children and experience the “Ghost Barn.” Prices vary. 6–9 p.m. Wilmington. HorsedrawnTours.com

CALENDAR 24: Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash Fun games, activities, henna tattoos and storytelling is all part of the Halloween fun. $5. Kids ages 2 and under free. 5:30–8 p.m. Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. BattleShipNC.com 28: Halloween Story Time by the Sea Spooky, family-friendly stories. Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. 910-458-8216. PleasureIslandNC.org 28: Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ Get to know these brave men and women while enjoy some delicious BBQ. 910-458-8434 PleasureIslandNC.org 28–29: North Carolina Festival by the Sea Enjoy a parade, children’s costume contest, sand sculptures and great food. Free. Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Holden Beach. 910-842-3828. GreaterHoldenBeachMerchants.com

NOVEMBER

5: Battleship NC Half Marathon, Battleship 10K and Outdoor Equipped Battleship 5K Challenging USATF-certified races that start and finish at the Battleship North Carolina. 8 a.m. Wilmington. BattleshipNCHalfMarathon. ItsYourRace.com 18 & 25: Kure Beach Holiday Market Get ready for the holidays at this quaint seaside market. 910-458-8216. PleasureIslandNC.org 23: New Balance Thanksgiving Day 8K and 5K Registration opens at 7 a.m. 5K and 8K races begin at 8:30 a.m., and one-mile fun run begins approximately at 9:45 a.m. Renaissance Center, Durham. NCRaces.com 24: The Lighting at the Lake Celebration The official beginning of the monthlong Island of Lights Festival. Walk the lake to view all the beautiful lighted displays. 7 p.m. Carolina Beach Lake. 910-612-2487. PleasureIslandOfLights.com

DECEMBER

1: Island of Lights Christmas Parade Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the season and provide a night of entertainment for families. 7:30 p.m. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach. 910-4582977. PleasureIslandOfLights.com

1–2, 8–9, 15–16: A Merry Little Christmas Festival The candles will be lit, the stockings will be hung, the puzzles will be out, the candy canes unwrapped, the black walnuts cracked and Santa on his way. 5–9 p.m. Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington. 910-686-9518. PoplarGrove.org 2: Christmas by the Sea Parade The parade exudes holiday spirit and hometown character. 2 p.m. Beginning at Oak Island Town Hall. 910-457-6964. OakIslandNC.com 2: Christmas Flotilla Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. 6 p.m. Carolina Beach Boat Basin. 910-3868081. PleasureIslandOfLights.com 5: Friends of Fort Fisher Christmas Open House Enjoy the holiday spirit at historic Fort Fisher. Free. Fort Fisher State Historic Site. FriendsofFortFisher.com 8–10: Fantasy Christmas Show Favorite Christmas songs are performed by beautifully dressed ladies and gentlemen or by some of your favorite Christmas characters. 7 p.m. 910-458-8216. TownOfKureBeach.org 9: Tour of Homes Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. 5–8 p.m. Carolina and Kure Beaches. 910-458-5507. PleasureIslandOfLights.com 15–16 & 21–24: Christmas Caroling Come and sing Christmas carols with Santa and his special “reindeer.” Adults $12. Children under 12 $5. 6–10 p.m. Market and Water Streets, Wilmington. HorsedrawnTours.com 31: New Year Celebration Don’t miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. 9 p.m. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 910-458-5507. PleasureIslandOfLights.com

Events are subject to change. We have provided the most accurate information available at press time. Please call ahead or visit websites to confirm dates and times prior to making your plans.

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GOLF

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ith almost 500 golf courses across the state, North Carolina is one of the most popular destinations for golfers on the East Coast. This coastal region is one of the state’s most dense areas, with nearly 40 courses in the Cape Fear Coast and Brunswick Islands alone and dozens more within a short drive.

In fact, the amount of our top-quality courses has earned Brunswick Islands the moniker “Golf Coast.” World-class golfers, like Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples and Jon Daly, have taken advantage of the diverse topography, sandy soil and seaside terrain to mold stunning, expansive fairways into the already beautiful landscape.

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Courses here on Golf Coast blend seamlessly with nature; many boast water views of the ocean, inlets or sounds and some peer right over the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. Inland courses are set amid towering pines, pristine forests and the occasional heron or deer. Boasting Carolina Pine hardwoods and glossy greens, Wilmington’s Beau Rivage Golf & Resort offers a rare course layout featuring 40 to 75 feet changes in elevation. This coastal region surely has a course to suit you, from seasoned pros to first-timers! While the landscape of the courses is relaxing, there are definitely some challenging holes throughout the Brunswick Islands—challenging enough that golfers keep returning again and again to lower their handicap. Of course, most courses were designed with both the professional and beginner in mind, so even a first-time golfer can enjoy a day out on the links at nearly all of the nearby courses. Green fees are in line with what you’d expect to pay, and you might be pleasantly surprised at rates offered by most courses. Before you head out to the links, contact the course to arrange

a tee time. Some local courses also have online booking options. Either way, keep in mind that it’s best to book ahead. Most golf courses offer lessons for every level of golfer. Whether you need to tweak your swing or get a full introduction to this game of precision, on-site pros are there to help. Learn the basics from one of the expert instructors, or work on advanced techniques with a pro. Some golf courses have the additional benefit of on-site driving ranges and practice greens, as well as all the necessary amenities, such as a pro shop, rentals, beverage and snack carts and a clubhouse bar and restaurant. Some of the best courses are also resorts, with full accommodations for the ultimate golfing getaway. With sub-tropical weather, golfers are lured here year-round. But perhaps the best time to hit the links is the spring and fall, when the temperatures cool and the beach crowds return home. No matter what time of year, you’re bound to experience some of the best golf of your life in the friendly atmosphere that defines the North Carolina coast.


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mixture of scenic landscapes, serene beaches and picture-perfect coastal villages are all found at the Cape Fear Coast. No wonder it’s known as one of the best places in the country to visit and live. With roughly 20 miles of sand and surf, the white sandy beaches in this region are an unparalleled piece of paradise. Stretching from the northern-most point of Wrightsville Beach and traveling down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean through Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, your dream vacation awaits. Sunning, surfing, shelling, swimming or just playing around, you’ll find it all here!

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Wrightsville Beach is one of the extraordinary beaches on the Cape Fear Coast. Retaining its quaint feel from years of isolation from the main land (it could only be accessed via boat), Wrightsville offers something for everyone. Whether you’re sunbathing, boating, hiking or brushing up on history in the local museum, the fun never stops, with every season offering unique pursuits. University of North Carolina at Wilmington, not far from Wrightsville Beach, is a picturesque college town with a flurry of activity no matter what time of year. The fun doesn’t stop once you step off the beach. The Cape Fear Coast offers tons of activities that are sure to keep the whole family entertained. With more than 30 championship golf courses in the Cape Fear Coast and nearby Brunswick Islands, golfers are simply spoiled. Perfect greens and stunningly scenic courses are open year-round. Be adventurous and try parasailing or scuba diving, or hit the waves surfing or jet skiing. If you’re new to these sports, stop by one of the local businesses to rent equipment and take lessons. For a more relaxing day, rent canoes or kayaks and venture around the coast. The local wildlife lends itself to plenty of bird watching, and the terrain offers a plethora of hiking and biking opportunities. Being surrounded by water certainly has its perks, especially when it comes to fishing. Fishing enthusiasts will drool over the diversity of species in the surrounding waters and the variety of ways to toss out a line. Fish in the surf, explore the fertile waters of the Intracoastal Waterway or take a charter out into the Gulf Stream. If you’d rather fish from the coast, grab some bait and head over to the pier. As you might expect, seafood is a specialty along the coast, and the choices are anything but limited. But if seafood is not your thing, don’t forget about the other varieties of cuisine, especially our worldfamous North Carolina barbecue. If rain threatens your day or if you’re looking for a leisurely indoor, peruse the eclectic shops, art galleries and antique stores for local treasures. The Cape Fear Coast is also home to a vast amount of history and unique waterfront culture, which can be readily experienced by a simple stroll through the quaint tree-lined streets of Wilmington, just northwest of the Cape Fear Coast. The thriving port and docks have become a vibrant waterfront village, and old homes and buildings tell the stories of this historic seaport. From nearby Civil War battlefields to a restored WWII Battleship, there is plenty to see and do for any age.

Wrightsville Beach Charming and chic, this surf town is the ultimate island getaway. Bikini-clad girls and boys in board shorts mingle casually outside a popular surf shop on Wrightsville Beach’s busiest block. Some carry surfboards, still dripping wet from their last ride, while others sit on a ledge, sharing a cold drink


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with friends. With killer tans, colorful bathing suits, designer sunglasses and broad smiles, these young adults exemplify all that is Wrightsville Beach—hip, colorful, chic, cheerful and fashionably laid-back. It’s where surf culture meets the yachting world—classy, casual and just plain cool. Named one of the top 10 surf towns in the U.S. by Surfer Magazine, Wrightsville is a surfer’s mecca. There are dozens of surf shops throughout the island, including one owned by the parents of the famous surfer Ben Bourgeois. But Wrightsville is also more than just a surf town—it is the ultimate shore destination. With a 5-mile stretch of sandy beaches, picture-perfect ocean views, trendy stores, gourmet restaurants and a slew of recreational opportunities, Wrightsville provides all the ingredients for a great beach getaway any time of year. Because of the scenic stretch of beautiful beaches, people have been flocking to this thin stretch of Carolina coastline for more than a hundred years. At the turn of the century, a trolley system was built to connect the mainland to the island, which in turn brought vacationers from nearby Wilmington and beyond to sunbathe, swim and enjoy some leisure time. The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History has a whole exhibit on the Lumina Pavilion. Built in 1905, the Lumina was a famous gathering place for dancing, playing and mingling, and a major highlight of Wrightsville Beach. Unfortunately, the historic landmark was demolished in 1975. At the museum, you will also see many other fascinating artifacts, photographs and stories from the island’s past. Housed in a turnof-the-century beach cottage, the museum is a great way to bring those early days of Wrightsville Beach back to life. The museum is located at 303 W. Salisbury Street. Call 910-256-2569 or visit WBMuseum.com for more information. Of course, one of the reasons Wrightsville is so loved by families, retirees and college students alike is the wide variety of things to do right on the island. The beach is a natural attraction, with opportunities to surf, hunt for shells, fish, play games or just catch some rays. On the harbor side of the island, there are several marinas full of spotless yachts, classic runabouts, sailboats, jet skis and fishing boats, many of which are available for rent or charter. If you are more into pier fishing, head over to Johnnie Mercer’s Pier for an extraordinary view of the ocean and a great place to cast a line or merely watch to see what the locals are catching. Locals enjoy a popular walking/running path called The Loop, a 2.45mile path around the inner island. The Loop passes through several parks, scenic marshes and right through town. In fact, actress Katie Holmes was spotted many times running The Loop when she lived here to film Dawson’s Creek. The Loop is a great place to catch some fresh air and get some exercise in while walking, biking, jogging or skating.

Other public parks on the beach offer plenty of outdoor fun. Find tennis courts, playgrounds, barbecue pits, soccer and softball fields, basketball courts and trails through marshland and coastal forests. Venture down a 5-mile kayak trail and explore the coastal marshes that are inaccessible by foot. Down Airlie Road you will find a glorious garden celebrating plants for all four seasons. Stroll down the curving paths and witness a wide variety of unique plants, gaze upon a 500-year-old Airlie Oak tree and have lunch on the picnic grounds. When you’ve gotten enough sun, take the fun inside for a rewarding adventure. Wrightsville Beach is known for its amazing shopping. People come from around the region just to browse through the many distinct stores, hip boutiques and charming surf shops. From home furnishings to designer clothes, beach necessities to quality gifts, Wrightsville Beach shops have much more selection than your average beach town. Whether you spend your day surfing or shopping, nothing completes a day in Wrightsville Beach like happy hour, a delicious meal and a view of the water. Watch the sunset draw another day in paradise to a close as you enjoy fresh seafood, family-style Carolina barbecue or our gourmet island-inspired cuisine. There are dozens of beach eateries serving up a wide array of cuisine, from sushi to steak and pizza to crab legs. After dinner, many area restaurants become popular spots to mingle, sip on cocktails and dance to beach music well into the night. Wrightsville draws a wide variety of people from all walks of life. Surfers, shoppers, sun-seekers and sailors all come to Wrightsville Beach to enjoy a little paradise. Though small in size, it is large in culture and character. Want a piece of the action? Spend a day, weekend, week or lifetime in this charming and chic beach town, and you’ll soon be hooked.

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In fact, last year, SUP had more first-time participants than any other outdoor activity in the United States. Even celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Matthew McConaughey and Rihanna have taken to the water in search of fun and fitness. The popularity of SUP is likely due to how easy it is. Kids, parents and grandparents can all hop on a stable rental board and enjoy paddling. It’s quick to learn, and after standing up the first time, your body balances within a few minutes. After that, you’re free to cruise around and explore the waterways. Couples can paddle out and find a quiet spot to see a sunset from the water. Individuals can test their balance in SUP yoga. Daredevils can take to the waves or enter a race. There is truly something for everyone with SUP. It can be as easy or as hard as you’d like it to be; this helps with family outings where each person is looking for their own unique experience. Quality rental outfitters, with certified instructors (from a reputable organization), are your best bet to have a great time. It’s important to get a few pointers before you head out. Simple things such as direction to hold the paddle, how to paddle straight and where to stand on the board can make your time on the water much more enjoyable. SUP is easy enough to just rent and ride, but if you’d like to learn more about technique for fitness, racing or surf then a lesson is the way to go. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have such a great time, you will barely notice the full body workout that SUP provides. This year on your vacation, head out on the water, standing, not confined and free to roam. Enjoy clear, quiet water with miles of tranquil marsh to explore. Take a break from the heat and sun as you hop off the board into refreshing waters for a quick swim before you paddle along. This year, try something new. Try SUP! —April Zilg, Carolina Paddleboard Co.


Surfing

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urfing is a way of life on the beautiful beaches of southeastern North Carolina. So many locals cherish and respect the rich history of the sport and lifestyle. It makes us who we are. Watching someone glide on a surfboard while perched on the crest of a wave incites awe! It also poses questions like, “How does one learn?” and “Who came up with this exhilarating sport?” Today surfing is a way of life for millions of people, but it is wedged in history—born under the feet of indigenous islanders thousands of years ago. Surfing’s legacy began with the first Polynesians who experienced wave riding in route between the tropical islands spotting the Pacific. Fast forward to the present and learning to surf it is at the top of everyone’s bucket list! There is no better place to cross that off your list than the consistent beginner breaks of the Cape Fear Coast and Brunswick Islands. In the summer, the clear and warm water temperature averages in the low 80s, making it an ideal location to learn to surf. Both our spring and fall shoulder seasons are also fabulous as crowds are light and the waves still perfect for learning. Surfing is about getting back to the basics, and learning is popular for both vacationers and locals alike. The best part is that anyone can learn! Surfing provides a platform, which builds confidence for beginners, yet it can also humble even the most gifted natural athletes. You can start when you’re 5 or 75, and the key factor is professional instruction. Learning to surf the right way is essential to gaining the fundamental building blocks necessary to achieve your goals. The best introduction into the world of surfing is through a professional surfing lesson or weeklong surf camp. Proper instruction will accelerate your learning curve and take away many of the frustrations beginners face—all while providing a fun atmosphere. When you are ready to catch your first wave make sure you choose a company which can provide you the best wave riding instructions possible. Keep in mind several important factors when selecting a program. First, ask how long the company has been in business. You will tend to find that the longer a company has been around, the better their instructional methodologies. Second, all instructors at a minimum should be certified in CPR/First Aid and teach at a student to instructor ratio of 3:1. Make sure safe, soft-topped boards equipped with safety fins are used. Taking lessons will teach you skills which could otherwise take months and years to learn on your own, while giving you knowledge and resources to continue at your own pace. Picture this: focused eyes, ear-to-ear smile, your instructor cheering you on as you ride your first wave ever. My favorite summer moments are seeing the faces of beginner surfers light up as they ride their first wave! Always remember that the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. Pura Vida! Rick Civelli, Founder/President, WB Surf Camp

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or those who crave the ocean and ache for new ways to conquer the waves, a visit to the Cape Fear Coast and Brunswick Islands will more than quench your thirst. With just about every type of water activity available, you can spend each afternoon testing your skills on a new watersport. Think you’ve tried everything already? Think again!

Surfing Home to Hall of Fame surfers and noteworthy waves, the Cape Fear Coast is the perfect place to hang ten. Whether you own a wetsuit or have never touched a surfboard in your life, surf camps in the area offer everything you need to catch a wave. These camps typically last a week, and experienced instructors offer private and group lessons to all ages. In addition to the basics, surf camps can educate you on currents, equipment and ecology.

Boating

Jet Skiing Speed across the water and over waves, spot dolphins in the surf, and explore island areas inaccessible by foot on your own personal watercraft. Most rental companies give you a designated riding area to explore, and each of these areas range in size. Be sure to ask ahead of time where your area begins and ends. Of course, safety is always key, and our outfitters make sure you are properly trained before driving the craft.

Cruises From ferryboats to sunset sails, there are a wide variety of public cruises to choose from in the Cape Fear Coast/Brunswick Islands area. Learn the ropes of sailing on a customized sailboat cruise, spot wildlife in coastal marshes or just sit back and relax as the sights of the Carolina coast go by.

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Pontoons, jet boats, sailboats, cruisers and skiffs—the possibilities are endless. Just choose your craft and set out on your own voyage in the surrounding waters. Some companies even offer free water ski, tube and wakeboard rentals, so you can enjoy a full day of watersports. And of course, experienced anglers can skip the charter and rent their own skiff for a solo fishing adventure. Whatever your passion, renting a boat is one of the best ways to experience the abundant and beautiful water which surrounds Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

Parasailing What can beat soaring above the beach on a smooth parasail ride? For over 25 years, more and more people have been discovering the joys of defying gravity and flying among the clouds. One of the most popular beach activities, parasailing can actually be done without even getting your feet wet. You’ll enjoy the breathtaking view and unbelievable feeling of flight.


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Kayaking Ideal for exploring remote coastal areas, kayaking is a great way to get a close-up view of some of our country’s preserved natural beaches. Spot wildlife and migrating birds, coast through tall marshes, and enjoy the quiet solitude of nature. Take a kayak tour, and let a guide lead you through unspoiled areas while explaining the ecosystem and wildlife around you. Or just rent a two-person kayak, and explore wherever your heart desires.

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From the brackish waters close to shore to the thriving Gulf Stream, the waters surrounding the southern coast of North Carolina are known to be some of the best by both professional anglers and beginners. Catch a cooler full of fish off a pier located on every island, or simply cast off the shore where you will discover some of the finest surf fishing around. You will find great catches exploring inland waterways by kayak or canoe while enjoying a beautiful view of scenic marshes and creeks. Deep-sea and in-shore charters are also available for those who wish to experience a day excursion abroad catching a variety of fish. Take advantage of North Carolina’s waters— some of the best in the world for sport fishing.

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hen you first step onto the streets of Wilmington, you’ll quickly learn you’ve come to a place with winning combinations. The area boasts historic homes, chic restaurants and bars, a pristine coastal environment and a profitable industry that all gracefully combine to create one of the finest seaports on the East Coast. The University of North Carolina Wilmington brings a youthful energy to the city blocks, while the burgeoning film industry, tourism and other businesses keep the town thriving all year-round. From the shady lawns of historic homes to the bustling counters of downtown cafes, Downtown Wilmington is well worth some exploration for a day, a weekend or a lifetime. Founded in 1739, Wilmington has a long history of shipbuilding and trade. At one point, it was actually the site of the largest cotton exchange in the world. Steamships were commonly seen along the downtown docks as cargo was unloaded and timber was traded. Fine homes and plantations filled up the downtown and surrounding areas, and in 1840, Wilmington became the largest city in the state of North Carolina. While Wilmington no longer holds that title, remnants of Wilmington’s important history are now some of the town’s most popular attractions. Thalian Hall, a beautiful historic theater building, houses the oldest, continuously operating little theater company in the county. The main stage has hosted live entertainment and professional artists for more than 150 years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thalian Hall is the only surviving theatre designed by John Montague Trimble, one of America’s foremost 19th century theatre architects. Today, Thalian Hall hosts more than 250 diverse performances, including concerts, plays, movies, films, galas, musicals and other special events.

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Take an afternoon to learn about our roots. There are several museums throughout Wilmington, many of which explore the fascinating history and culture of the region, including the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. As the oldest history museum in the state, you can learn about local ecology, examine a model of Wilmington in 1863, and meet the town’s Giant Ground Sloth. Be sure to visit their website at CapeFearMuseum.com for the latest exhibits, hands-on activities and other fun events that are perfect for students, teachers and families. If you’re interested in learning more about rail history, the Wilmington Railroad Museum explores the

town’s role in railroad history. The museum features more than 20 model trains and a lifesized caboose, boxcar and 100-year-old steam locomotive. In 2015, our railroad museum was even named in FoxNews.com’s article, “See the world in miniature: 12 of the most incredible model railways.” Other local museums include The Children’s Museum of Wilmington, which features hands-on exhibits and activities to stimulate the imagination of young ones, and the Cape Fear Serpentarium, a unique attraction featuring live exotic snakes, crocodiles and other slithery amphibians. A visit to Wilmington isn’t complete without seeing the sights along our Riverwalk, a scenic

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boardwalk along the riverbank. Riverwalk’s many bistros offer everything from sandwiches to kabobs and brews. Then, when you’ve had your fill, take a stroll along Market Street to discover a variety of shops where you’ll find candles, fine boutiques and souvenirs to take back home. When Saturday rolls around, come mingle at the Riverfront Farmers Market. This curbside market features a variety of fresh products, such as berries, other fruit varieties, vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Local growers, producers, artisans and crafters gather here every year to sell their goods directly to their customers at a fair price.

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For a serene afternoon, visit Airlie Gardens—67 acres of Gilded Age gardens and lakes, which includes more than 100,000 azaleas, camellias and the 500-year-old Arlie Oak Tree. Depending on the time of year, you’ll also be greeted by tulip trees, daffodils and flowering apricot trees. Find what’s in bloom by visiting their website at AirlieGardens.org. As you traverse the trails throughout the garden, you will be led to unique destinations such as the freshwater Airlie Lake, boasting beautiful wildlife, including swans, the historic Mount Lebanon Chapel, Minnie Evans Glass Sculpture Garden and other special features. It’s no wonder these gardens are a popular venue for brides and grooms. To guarantee you don’t miss one of Wilmington’s most fascinating sites, take a ride with the Wilmington Trolley Company. Operating for 16 years, the company specializes in 45-minute narrated tours. Trolley riders will learn interesting details about Wilmington’s beautiful mansions, museums, TV and movie locations, African-American history, Civil War shipyards and birthplaces of famous natives. These narrated tours bring new life to the homes, people and events of downtown Wilmington and offer much more excitement than touring the city on your own. After dark, downtown lets its historic hair down as its many eateries, bars and lounges swell with revelers, and a variety of live music pours out into the storied streets. Nicknamed “Wilmywood,” it’s not all that uncommon to bump into the occasional actor or celebrity. Since downtown is home to Screen Gem Studios, the region has hosted a string of blockbuster movies and hit TV shows, such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Discover the many movies and shows filmed here by joining in on a Hollywood Location Walk, where you are led through real-life locations you’ll surely recognize from your favorite movie scenes. At night, ghost tours and haunted pub crawls meander though the town, with tour guides describing the eerie tales of local ghosts and ghouls. Legend has it that Wilmington is one of the country’s most haunted cities, as it’s occupied by the spirits of pirates, explorers and tradesmen with unfinished business. But why sit back and wonder about our haunted history? Take one of the many haunted tours offered here to find out for yourself. Day and night, Wilmington is alive with activity; yet it still retains that slow Southern atmosphere and quiet seaport charm. Whether you’re here to see the sights and museums or you prefer to just walk about and enjoy the riverfront view, you’ll soon realize the allure that this coastal town has held for hundreds of years.

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A Walk Through The Bellamy Mansion is one of the many historic buildings that survived the Civil War.

corners of the house. The house features slanted porches to accommodate the draining of rainwater and a steep staircase, which was often visited by slaves and domestic servants. James’ son, Joseph—who ran the family’s estate after James—passed the responsibility of estate manager to his own son, David, right before the Civil War. However, both he and David died by the time the war began. Joseph’s wife, Mary, took management over the estate, but because of the Union troop advancement and yellow fever, Mary evacuated the estate with her younger children. She appealed to the Confederacy for her second eldest son, Joseph Thompson, to take care of the estate while she was gone. Because of this, the estate was preserved, and Mary returned home with her children after the war.

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everal historic buildings of Wilmington remain after the Civil War. Green leaves are marked brown as long grey strands hang from the oak tree like the hair of an aging woman. Caged in the fences of the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant, the world’s largest living Christmas Tree is no longer holding Christmas lights; it holds only memories of past Christmases in Wilmington, North Carolina. The world’s largest living Christmas tree is dying. As news of this spread, Wilmington citizens’ sentiments were stirred as moments of Christmas past flooded their memories. Outsiders may never understand the value that the locals placed in this single tree. Maybe if it was preserved, visitors could marvel at the same beauty the citizens did since the 1920s, when they began this Christmas tradition of gathering around the large lit oak tree singing carols and visiting with Santa Claus. While we are left to wonder. Not all historical structures in Wilmington leave us questioning. There are antebellum buildings that still stand today. These well-preserved buildings rebel against Father Time and bear centuries of cultural footsteps. Some have even bore footsteps of soldiers, slaves and merchants during the Civil War. Together, we will take a walk back to the times of these buildings’ inceptions and its survival after The Civil War.

The Bellamy Mansion The mansion’s construction began in 1859. This four-story mansion belonged to Dr. John Bellamy. Enslaved black artisans built this building, which was styled in Greek Revival and Italianate. Containing 22 rooms, a belvedere and a slave quarters, the Bellamy family moved in before the 30

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mansion was complete in 1861; however, they moved out by 1862. In fact, it was during the Civil War that the family moved out of the mansion. Both the fear of a Union invasion and of the yellow fever outbreak gripped the family and forced them to leave. The building eventually was invaded and used as a Union army headquarters. When the family returned to Wilmington by 1865, Dr. Bellamy was granted pardon from President Andrew Johnson to return to his war-stained house.

Thalian Hall Constructed from 1855 to 1858, John Montague Trimble designed this for the purpose of public entertainment at a time when Wilmington was the largest city in North Carolina. Before its construction, there was already a building dedicated to theater; however, the people of Wilmington desired a larger facility, which resulted in the creation of Thalian Hall. In addition, it was not only used for amusement, but it was also used for a government facility, a library and an opera house. During a Union siege of the Confederate’s Fort Fisher amid the Civil War, Thalian Hall closed for a week. Other than the one time closing, Thalian Hall did not suffer as other Confederate South businesses did during war. Thalian Hall continued to hold performances and draw willing audiences, including the Union troops.

Poplar Grove Manor House A house purchased by James Foy, Jr. in the 1790s, this manor house is a two-story building mostly built in the style of Greek Revival. Fluted posts with plain caps and bases reinforce the

Built for wealthy merchant and planter John Burgwin in 1770, this house of Georgian architecture is a three-story building with two tiers of white columns and gardens surrounding the rear. In the 1770s, the British displaced the Burgwins from their house, using it as a headquarters during the Revolutionary War. As time progressed, Thomas Grainger Wright purchased the house from John Burgwin; the house stayed in Wrights’ possession even throughout the Civil War. As a response to the Civil War and to the yellow fever epidemic, the house became abandoned again. It wasn’t until 1866 that the Wrights returned to the home; however, because of their investment in war bonds, the Wrights could no longer afford the house and sold it to the Wiggins. The home remained in the Wiggin family’s possession until 1930. In 1937, the house was purchased and became the headquarters for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina.

The Latimer House Local merchant Zebulon Latimer built this elegant house in 1852. This Italianate-style house was designed with four stories and 14 rooms. Because of his intentional symmetrical design, there are central hallways on each floor that all open to identical layouts on each side. At this house, see how life was before the Civil War. This house was built before air conditioning but was created with the ability to keep the house cool in warm weather and warm in cool weather. For instance, special windows were made that could manipulate airflow upward and draw hot air out of the house. There are also ornate chandeliers that still stand today. These chandeliers were originally operated by coal gas; however, Zebulon’s son would later adopt electricity. Each of these buildings has bore the weight of many footsteps throughout the years. They continue to do so as they are all open to the public for tours, shows and much more. —Robert Enriquez


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For those shopping savvy visitors, Kure Beach is home to a variety of specialty shops and surf shops offering the latest and greatest in fashion, accessories, home décor and much more. You will find plenty of unique beach treasures that are great for gifts or to merely remind you of your time at Kure Beach. Browse through the ocean-themed items at these gift shops or update your wardrobe at one of the specialty boutiques. You will also find numerous surf shops with everything from apparel to local photography to surfboards for sale and rent. If your stomach starts to grumble while shopping, there are plenty of eateries that will help you out in a mouth-watering way! While dining in Kure Beach, you will quickly realize that their specialty is fresh, local seafood. Sample the most delicious offerings, straight from the sea. There are also plenty of other options to choose from whether it’s kid-friendly establishments, Italian, American or even a locally owned restaurant. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean as you indulge in a delicious meal. Family-owned and operated restaurants are perfect for a romantic date out with your spouse and locally owned eateries provide dishes made by passionate chefs and friendly owners. Pleasure Island has everything you’d wish from a coastal vacation. Enjoy the best beaches, the cleanest ocean, international, award-winning seafood, famous doughnuts and its oldest ice cream parlor offering over 4,000 flavors served your way—and why not? After all, you’re on vacation! Editorial contribution by Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats

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But the fun doesn’t stop there. All year long you will find something on the boardwalk to enjoy, whether it is surveying the ocean from the top of the Ferris wheel, tasting Carolina Beach sweets, such as homemade fudge, donuts and ice cream, while browsing the shops, or collecting tickets for the biggest prize at the local arcade. Earlier this year, a wider and longer boardwalk opened, extending all the way to the Pelican Lane public beach access. This nearly doubled the size of the former boardwalk. Future additions will include a splash pad park, cool-off stations, educational and historical kiosks and swings. As the heart and soul of this beach town, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk proves to be a favorite for both locals and visitors alike time and time again. Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction, offering 761-acres of picnic areas, boating, fishing, wilderness hiking and an array of wildlife both animal and botanical. Here you will find a marina providing access to excellent fishing spots, some of the best in the state of North Carolina. If you are not much of an angler, spend the afternoon exploring the miles of hiking trails for beautiful scenery, the occasional wildlife and a variety of distinct habitats. You may even see the world’s most unique carnivorous plant, the Venus flytrap. If

you are having so much fun that you don’t want to leave, why not stay the night? The state park offers secluded camping areas located underneath the beautiful, towering trees. Enjoy nature with this amazing adventure. The Carolina Beach Lake Park is another great location that was once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for its freshwater lake’s close proximity to salt water. Along with this 11-acre lake are a two-thirdsmile paved walkway, four gazebos, sheltered picnic area, playground equipment and amphitheater. Paddleboat rentals are available daily during the summertime and on weekends and holidays during the shoulder seasons. There are many more ways to experience the outdoors in Carolina Beach besides their parks. Rent a kayak and explore the coastline. Or rent a jet ski with a family member or friend and have an exciting day on the water. Take a surf


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lesson or cast a line off of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. What makes Carolina Beach so great is the amount of fun, family-friendly activities available in the area. From Free Movies at the Lake to cruising the strip on a Surrey bike to simply spending the day soaking up the sun, building sandcastles and playing in the waves—the opportunities are endless! There are ways to have fun indoors as well. Come up close and personal with wild animals at the local aquarium, visit one of the art galleries, which are home to a variety of paintings, sculptures and home décor all made by artisans known both locally and worldwide, or spend the day shopping! You will find plenty of stores throughout the area providing trendy apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry and more. After an afternoon of shopping, plan a night out and try one of the many restaurants for a delicious meal. Start your day with a warm, homemade donut fresh from the oven, and end it with your favorite coastal cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the area serving great food, friendly service and a unique atmosphere. From fresh seafood that just came straight off the dock to hand-cut steaks, with a cold craft beer or glass of wine, you will surely enjoy treating yourself. But wait. There’s more! A farmers market with arts and crafts blossoms every Saturday, and it’s not far away from local surf schools, two four-wheel drive beach accesses, bike and kayak rentals, stand up paddleboarding and four great children’s parks. Needless to say, you and your family will have a wonderful time while vacationing in Carolina Beach. So much so that you will want to return next year to do it all over again!

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While the maritime heritage is undeniably strong in Southport, the city’s name reveals even more about its history as a coastal town. When the city was founded in 1792, it was actually named Smithville. For nearly a century, Smithville prospered as a fishing village and military town. It wasn’t until 1887 that the name was changed to Southport. Why, you ask? Well, it was anticipated to become a major port city due to its location on the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. The port ended up moving farther upstream to Wilmington, but Southport kept the name and continued to grow as a beautiful, yet lowkey, seaside town. Among other things, Southport is known as one of the first areas in North Carolina to celebrate Independence Day. In commemoration, Southport is now home to the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival every year, a four-day event that attracts visitors from around the region for fireworks, festival food and fun. continued on page 42

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It was in the 2013 film Safe Haven that this very parade was re-created with locals acting as extras in the shots. Safe Haven released a casting call to Southport, expressing interest in using local residents to participate in a Fourth of July parade scene in the movie. Participants were given prizes and bragging rights for being part of the major motion picture! Not only were residents given a chance to be part of the movie, but Southport was also given doors, which acted as a main set piece from the movie. The doors labeled with “Ryan’s Port Market” were used in an exhibit featuring items from movies filmed in the area during the past three decades. The film also accented the beautiful, nearby beach showing off the town’s natural history. Learn more about Southport’s fascinating history on a self-guided walking tour created by the Southport Historical Society. The Historic Southport Trail is a one-mile route through the historic town, with stops at more than 20 landmarks including the Old Brunswick County Jail, Old Smithville Burial Ground and more. Pick up the brochure at the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors Center at 203 E. Bay Street. Today the spirit of Southport’s maritime heritage can be found throughout the city. At Waterfront Park, watch large transoceanic ships from around the world make their way up the Cape Fear River to larger ports. Lighthouses beam in the distance as ferries, freighters, barges and sailboats cruise past. It is easy to spend an entire afternoon swaying gently on the wooden swings in the park just enjoying the view. From there, take a stroll up Riverwalk, a pathway that weaves around the riverfront through the Old Yacht Basin to the Southport Marina. Along the way, you can take in the sights and sounds of a true waterfront village—fishermen unloading the day’s catch, the horn of a distant ship and the sound of children prancing around in the shallow water. At the end of Riverwalk, you’ll find the immaculate Southport Marina, just steps from downtown. Sailboats, ships and cruisers make a spectacular sight with views of the Intracoastal Waterway and charming town streets. Get a deep look into Southport’s seafaring heritage at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. Take a self-guided tour through the 12 stations, which highlight the nautical history of the Lower Cape Fear area of the state. You’ll see everything from a 2,000-year-old Native American canoe fragment to pirate memorabilia. One wall is covered with pictures of fishermen posing with their catch of the day.


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Oak Island With more than 50 public beaches, loads of stores and family entertainment venues, two marinas and plenty of spots to launch a kayak or canoe, Oak Island has become a favorite for families visiting the Brunswick Islands. The island, just across the water from Southport, includes Caswell Beach and the Town of Oak Island, the largest town in Brunswick County. Despite its size, Oak Island has been able to retain a small-town atmosphere, even in the summer months when the population swells with sun-seekers and surfers. Named after the beautiful live oaks which line the island’s streets and inlets, Oak Island is as scenic as it is friendly. From the sandy beaches to the Davis Canal, a quiet waterway that winds its way through the island, there are plenty of recreational opportunities for the whole family. Golfing, boating, fishing, mini-golf and a wide variety of sports are complemented by the vast amount of public beaches, parks and fishing piers. Kayak through the scenic canals or fish off the pier, then take a break and amble over to the Oak Island Lighthouse. Built in 1858, the 148-foot-tall beacon was turned over to the Town of Caswell Beach and decommissioned as a working lighthouse in 2004. Today, you can make a reservation to tour the grounds and climb to the top of the tower for a breathtaking view. Most accommodations on Oak Island are rental cottages, although hotels and condos are available as well. Rental companies provide a wide range of beach homes for any family size. Whether you aim to stay for a weekend, a week or even through the summer, you are guaranteed a low-key, seaside escape.

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Brunswick Islands OCEAN ISLE Gem Of The Brunswick Islands As one of the smaller islands in Brunswick County, Ocean Isle Beach has a distinctively laidback, resort atmosphere. Eight miles of beaches provide plenty of space to spread out and take part in the many joys of a day at the shore. Fishing piers and coastal marshes invite long afternoons of fishing, kayaking or simply enjoying some peace and quiet. Without compromising the serenity of the island, Ocean Isle Beach also provides a variety of entertaining diversions, such as mini-golf, tennis courts, jet-ski rentals, boating and more. There are plenty of shops and restaurants, a private airport and the only high-rise hotel on the Brunswick Islands. With so much recreation and entertainment within reach, Ocean Isle Beach is the perfect vacation destination for active families, and many visitors never feel the need to leave the island at all. There’s even a museum—The Museum of Coastal Carolina—right in the main commercial area of the island featuring exhibits on science and nature, as well as special programs for kids and adults. So whether you want to spend the day deepsea fishing or digging your toes in the sand, the ultimate island getaway awaits you on the gem of the Brunswick Islands, Ocean Isle Beach.

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activities offered on the Brunswick Islands to keep the whole family entertained. With more than 30 championship golf courses in Brunswick County alone, golfers are simply spoiled for choice. Perfect greens and stunningly scenic courses are open year-round. With the diversity of species in our surrounding waters, fishing beginners and enthusiasts alike can find an abundance of places to cast a line. Even if the catch of the day doesn’t make its way onto your hook, you can try some of the local seafood all along the coast. Calabash, known as the “Seafood Capital of the World,” boasts more than 30 seafood restaurants and hosts more than one million diners each year. Stretching from Wilmington’s bustling downtown with its plethora of dining, retail and sightseeing activities, winding all the way down through the languid Brunswick Isles of North Carolina, your dream vacation is just waiting to be discovered.

SUNSET BEACH A Small Piece Of Paradise A one-lane pontoon bridge connects the southernmost island in Brunswick County to the mainland, setting the scene for the quiet, coastal atmosphere that defines Sunset Beach. The smallest of the Brunswick Islands, Sunset Beach is a peaceful place, with only a few shops for beach supplies, bicycle rentals and other necessities—like ice cream. Three miles of expansive beach stretch out in front of wide sand dunes, and dozens of wooden pathways connect the rows of beach cottages to the sand and surf. The other side of the island is lined with bright green marshes and peaceful waters, the perfect place to kayak, canoe or go turtle spotting. Just across the bridge, there are dozens of golf courses, Calabash’s collection of seafood restaurants and plenty of retail and entertainment venues. But few feel the need to leave the quiet island paradise, where a day can be spent riding your bike along the shore, swimming in crystal clear waters and lying in the sand watching the first stars speckle the sky.


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The largest of the Brunswick Islands, Holden Beach is still one of the quietest areas along the coast. Its 11 miles of beaches are dotted with beach cottages, homes and condos—and little else. The island is almost entirely residential, with only the basic commercial amenities. This perfect quiet island escape is in the center of it all, with many exciting attractions just a short drive away. With less than 900 full-time residents, Holden Beach is a quiet community yearround, even during the summer when the population swells to well over 10,000. The tight-knit groups of locals have a strong pride in their serene beach town and are always welcoming visitors whom return year after year for a taste of total relaxation. Holden Beach was named one of the best family beaches in the country by National Geographic Traveler magazine. There is a wealth of wholesome fun to be had from the sea to the sound. Spend an afternoon fishing off a dock, search for newly washed-up shells on the beach or just spread out a towel and enjoy your front row seat to another magnificent summer day.

Shallotte has become the commercial hub of South Brunswick Islands because of its countless restaurants, hotels and shops, as well as its proximity to modern conveniences and popular beaches. But being commercialized doesn’t take away any of its charm. Shallotte offers a dining experience which will satisfy both your taste buds and wallet, from chain restaurants and dock-to-dish seafood to fresh bakeries and cozy cafés. Speaking of budgets, Crossing 1 3/6/17 Calander AdShallotte Art 1 crop.pdf

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alabash boasts more than 30 restaurants, many situated on the Calabash River, which laces along the town’s southern border. The roster exudes the mom-and-pop intimacy of the seafood dining establishments. The entrees are among the freshest in the world. Diners can sup outside and watch the daily fishing boat crews carry just-caught shrimp, oyster, clams, grouper, flounder and blue crabs onto the restaurant’s dock and through the back door. Hush puppies accompany many meals. Typically made from cornmeal, flour, eggs and sugar, and sometimes chopped onion and sweet milk. They are dropped into hot fat, fried to a golden brown and often served as soon as the customers take their seats. The number of people served is anything but small town. Calabash’s seafood eateries dish up more than a million meals a year to locals and tourists drawn to the dinner table by the ubiquitous, succulent aroma of its eponymous style of cooking. “Calabash’s biggest industry is tourism,” said City Clerk Sue Stuhr. “It is estimated that during peak season, 20,000 day trippers visit Calabash. The people come to eat true Calabash-style seafood.” To further mark its brand, the municipality held its inaugural “A Taste of Calabash” festival in April 2016 at its community park—a festival that received “popular feedback,” according to Stuhr. The event featured seafood samples from 18 participating eateries, along with nonprofit and craft vendors, live entertainment on the beach, children’s games and other family-friendly activities. The next festival is slated for Saturday, April 22, 2017. The precise origin of the local style of cooking is lost to history, but an informal consensus pegs the genesis to the riverside fish camps operated by several families in the 1930s and ’40s. All the families opened seafood restaurants featuring the patented cooking process and forever cemented the town’s fame. 46

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Stuhr noted, “Legend has it that in the 1930s, fishermen brought in their catch and were met by locals to see what was caught and what they could buy. Calabash became known for its fine quality fresh shrimp and fish. Most of the fishing crews ate nearby and the smells of fresh fish cooking brought the locals to find out the source of the delicious smells and buy leftovers. “When a local businessman, Clinton Morse, started serving tubs of deep-friend seafood that had been dipped in a light, seasoned batter, cooked gold brown and served hot, Calabashstyle seafood came to be, and has been enjoyed ever since.” Lucy Coleman always greeted customers of Beck’s Seafood Restaurant with a friendly demeanor and wide smile. Perhaps the most famous of her patrons was comedian Jimmy Durante, who affectionately referred to her a “Mrs. Calabash.” A frequent, satisfied diner of the restaurant, Durante told Coleman he would make her famous. From then on, he signed off his weekly television show with the iconic, “Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” As Stuhr is quick to point out, though, Calabash is not just about seafood. “There are numerous specialty shops featuring gourmet food and boutiques filled with captivating wares as well as local art galleries offering works by local and other artists,” she said. “The area is a golfer’s paradise, with some 30 golf courses within 30 minutes of the community.” She added, “Beaches lie within minutes of the town, offering outdoor beach activities including watersports, surfing, swimming and beachcombing, deep sea fishing, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, kayaking and more. “During the summer weeks, the town sponsors a free summer concert series in the community park each Tuesday evening, featuring a lineup of live beach music bands and food vendors in the park that draw a crowd of as many as 1,000 residents and visitors. We also have a spectacular fireworks display each Fourth of July.” Calabash is a unique community who welcomes all— whether they come for a vacation, a day trip or plan to relocate and make Calabash their home. For more information, visit www.TownOfCalabash.net; or call the Calabash Town Hall at 910-579-6747.

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restaurant owners and other people who are interested in preserving and expanding the local seafood industry. Look for the Brunswick Catch logo at seafood markets and restaurants. That lets you know you are receiving quality shrimp found in the waters of North Carolina. It also lets you know you are putting money back into the pockets of local fishermen and their families. Brunswick Catch aims to serve as a knowledgeable guide to educate people on what shrimp is available throughout the year, how to recognize if it is fresh and how to cook it. Speaking of cooking, there are a variety of easy and delectable dishes to whip up while you’re enjoying your time in the Brunswick Islands. Try basic scampi with lemon, butter, garlic and white wine. Light the grill, and toss on some shrimp kabobs marinated in lime juice, coconut milk, rum and honey. Maybe you can spice things up with a shrimp and sausage jambalaya, or make a classic Calabash-style shrimp served with cocktail sauce that the kids will enjoy. To find retailers and restaurants that support fishermen in Brunswick Islands, go to BrunswickCatch.com. You can also learn more about the state’s seafood industry at NC-Seafood.org. —John M. Aydlett, North Carolina Department of Agirculture and Consumer Services

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Wrightsville Beach

421

Masonboro Island

133

17

74

421

87

Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point

Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point

211 133

Southport 1540

421

Pleasure Island

(Kure Beach/Carolina Beach) Fort Fisher Ferry

Southport Bald Head Ferry

Oak Island

Bald Head Island

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HOMEGROWN

Homegrown Goodies Taste North Carolina’s Bountiful Coast

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he art of food has been an important tradition in North Carolina’s kitchens for generations, stemming from family dinners centered on freshly caught seafood and recently harvested veggies. Now, coastal cuisine is evolving into culinary masterpieces, which still feature local fare as the main attraction. Chefs understand that vacation is the one time of year that you can get away without having a care in the world. Because of this, they want to make food the last thing you worry about but the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Brunswick Islands and Cape Fear Coast. 52

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Juicy, red tomatoes, cool, crisp cucumbers and plump blueberries create a delicious rainbow of flavor when proudly displayed at a local farmer’s market. If you’ve visited the Brunswick Islands and Cape Fear Coast during the summer months, chances are you’ve passed by one of the many farm stands and possibly even stopped to snag some of the precious bounty provided by area farmers. Here you’ll see an abundance of fresh goodies including vibrant yellow squash, zucchini, sweet corn, okra, butter beans, grapes, luscious watermelon and cantaloupe, peaches, an assortment of berries, herbs and so much more. Some markets even offer local honey. Let’s not forget the main attraction that draws folks from all around to North Carolina’s shores: the fresh bounty of seafood. Surrounded by oceans, bays and inlets, this part of North Carolina is rich with fresh seafood year-round. Some of the most pristine coastal areas are right

around the corner, and thousands of fishermen make a living off of reeling in an assortment of fish, including grouper, mahi-mahi, tuna, swordfish, mackerel and shellfish. With more than 30 seafood restaurants within a square mile, the town of Calabash is known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” The quaint town is a mecca for seafood lovers—especially those who love fish served “Calabash-style” or deep-fried in seasoned cornmeal batter. If you’re making a trip to Calabash, it’s best to come on an empty stomach; many restaurants serve up huge portions and all-you-can-eat platters. Other seafood delicacies, which abound on the North Carolina coast, are oysters and crabs. They’re served a variety of ways. Many restaurants have their own take on crab cakes and crab dip—and yes, the recipes are a secret. Hard shell crabs are served steamed and seasoned with Old Bay, while soft shell crabs can be found fried, broiled or sautéed and often in sandwiches. Of course since chefs have such a broad variety of fish caught fresh each day, the menu options will be different each time. Look for the blackboard listing or check with your server about the day’s fresh catch, which is served in an endless amount of ways—steamed, fried, blackened or Calabash-style. Area chefs use their creative licenses to create delicious dishes with distinctive twists, combining seafood and fresh ingredients from local farms. As seafood is such a unique part of the local culture, coastal Carolinians will find any excuse to enhance a dish with shrimp, crab or fish—and breakfast dishes are no exception. One popular breakfast side is shrimp and grits, the perfect combination of influences from the salty coast and the butter-sweet South. While preparation varies among the restaurants—and in family recipes—shrimp and grits is typically made with a generous helping of butter, chopped onions and parsley, with the occasional dash of Old Bay or Tabasco sauce to give it that extra kick. However, the most famous dish in the Tar Heel state has to be Carolina barbecue. First, understand that the word “barbecue” and the word “grilling” are not synonymous, and in this neck of the woods, barbecue means pork— not chicken or beef. Carolina barbecue is a combination of pork, heat and smoke, which makes for tender, rich, succulent meat that is chopped and usually paired with a thin vinegar sauce. There are some varieties in the way barbecue is cooked, but nobody is more proud of their barbecue than North Carolinians. Whether you choose barbecue, seafood or juicy steak, you’ll be delighted by the dining options on the Brunswick Islands and Cape Fear Coast—from casual family restaurants and upscale eateries to dining in the comfort of your beach home. But no matter where you eat, rest assured you’ll get a scrumptious helping of local treats with a side of that good, old-fashioned Southern charm with every meal.


1 N Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910.458.2822 havanasrestaurant.com

HAVANA’S

Relax & Enjoy the Flavor of Havana’s. Havana’s is a Beach Cottage Restaurant that serves the Freshest Seafood, Steaks and Pastas. We are open every day for lunch, dinner and serve Brunch on the weekend.

MENU SAMPLING

View our full menu online

STARTERS Hot Crab Dip for Two

12.00

A local favorite full of back fin crab & cream cheese.

Pub Chips

7.50

Hot fresh seasoned potato chips served with BBQ ranch.

Volcano Shrimp

11.00

Lightly fried shrimp tossed in our Thai chili Sriracha sauce.

CAROLINA BEACH FAVORITES Carolina Bison Burger

Horseradish Tuna 12.75

Grilled fresh ground North Carolina Bison topped with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, applewood bacon & American cheese. Served with French Fries.

Vegetable Estiva

16.75

Crispy hand breaded chicken tenders tossed in our Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Sautéed peppers, onions, mushrooms & artichokes tossed in a white wine lemon butter sauce & served over spinach fettuccini. * Vegan available upon request.

Crispy Calamari

BT’s Chicken

BBQ Chicken Tenders

9.50

11.00

Lightly fresh fried calamari served with Thai chili sauce.

Lemon Butter Mussels

12.00

Pan roasted mussels in butter, white wine, fresh tomatoes, garlic & lemon.

Largo Fritters

5 fresh fried conch fritters on islands of cilantro aioli.

Cajun Shrimp

11.50

Blackened bacon wrapped shrimp topped with creole mustard & served over roasted corn salsa.

Lobster Bisque

5.75

Cup 6.25 | Bowl 8.75

Andouille sausage, grilled chicken, sautéed shrimp, peppers & onions, tossed in a Creole cream sauce over spinach fettuccini.

19.75 21.75

Fresh blackened salmon topped with a fresh citrus salsa and served with sweet pea risotto and sautéed spinach.

Seared Duck

23.75

Fresh Steamed Iced Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce.

Fat Daddy Crab Cakes

14.00

Iced Jumbo Lump Blue Crab with Chilled Mustard Sauce.

Tuna Tartare

12.50

Fresh raw yellowfin tuna tartare served with fried wontons.

Seared Tuna Hawaii Seared & Chilled Peppered Yellowfin Tuna, Seaweed Salad with Ginger Soy Sauce.

Small 12.00 | Medium 18.00 | Large 25.00

Coca-Cola Steak Tips

21.75

Grilled Coca-Cola marinated steak tips served with smashed Yukon gold potatoes & sautéed green beans.

Pleasure Island Filet

32.75

24.75

Havana’s Signature Crab Cakes made with jumbo lump crab meat and a touch of curry. Served over wilted spinach risotto.

Crab Stuffed Salmon

Lobster Seafood Bake Lobster, scallops, shrimp and blue crab baked in lobster bisque. Served with sweet pea risotto and fresh sautéed spinach.

24.75

Baja Chicken Salad

12.75

Chopped lettuce, fire roasted corn, black beans, fresh tomatoes, cheese, tortilla strips & grilled chicken tossed in a Chipotle ranch dressing.

Salmon Caesar Salad

14.75

Fresh blackened Salamon atop our fresh tossed Caesar salad.

Key West Chicken Salad

12.75

Grilled chicken, candied pecans, fresh strawberries, oranges & bleu cheese crumbles over mixed greens.

Chopped Cobb Salad

12.75

Chopped lettuce, blackened shrimp, egg, fresh tomato, mixed cheese, blackened chicken & applewood bacon.

14.75

Marinated Mushrooms

3.50

Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp

7.50

Lump Crab Cake

8.50

Chef Salad

Blue Crab Oscar

10.50

12.75

FRESH SEAFOOD PLATTERS

Top shelf chef salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, black forest turkey, smoked ham & Swiss cheese. Served with honey mustard dressing.

Crispy Shrimp Platter

Boardwalk Salad

Crispy Catfish Platter

18.75 18.75

Fresh fried North Carolina catfish.

Crispy Flounder Platter

20.75

Fresh fried East Coast flounder.

Crispy Oyster Platter Super Seafood Combo

Fresh salmon stuffed with a curried lump crab cake & topped with a lemon caper sauce. Served with sweet pea risotto & sautéed spinach.

Enjoy a tossed salad or Caesar salad with any meal.

Fresh peppered seared tuna, green beans, baby red potatoes, boiled egg and shaved red onions served over mixed greens tossed in Feta vinaigrette.

21.75

Fresh fried Virginia oysters.

24.75

LILY’S GARDEN SALADS Dinner Salad 3.75

Niçoise Salad

Fresh fried Gulf shrimp.

SEAFOOD CHILL BAR Shrimp Cocktail

Blue Crab Cocktail

STEAKS

STEAK ADDITIONS

19.75

Seared duck breast topped with a balsamic reduction & served over a mini mixed green salad. Sided with smashed Yukon gold potatoes.

Small 9.00 | Medium 14.00 | Large 19.00

Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops topped with applewood bacon roasted red pepper butter over sautéed spinach & sweet pea risotto.

French Quarter Pasta

Cha-Cha Salmon

Cup 4.75 | Bowl 5.75 | Quart To-Go 11.00

27.75

Smoked bacon, fresh peas, wild mushrooms & four cheese tortellini tossed in a parmesan cream sauce.

17.75

Sautéed shrimp & Tasso ham tossed in a cajun cream sauce & served over a fried lobster grit cake.

Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off “Peoples Choice Winner” 2011-2016.

Scallops Casino

8oz Grilled beef tenderloin topped with bleu cheese bacon butter & onion straws. Served with smashed Yukon gold potatoes & sautéed green beans.

Shrimp & Grits

SOUPS Havana’s Clam Chowder

French Onion Soup

Romano cheese & Panko bread crumb encrusted chicken topped with a lemon butter caper sauce. Served over smashed Yukon gold potatoes.

Pasta Carbonara 9.00

17.75

26.75

Seared horseradish encrusted yellowfin tuna with ginger soy sauce & wasabi aioli. Served with sweet pea risotto & fresh sautéed spinach.

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26.75

Our BIG combination platter of fresh fried Gulf shrimp, Virginia oysters & North Carolina catfish.

TODAY’S FRESH FISH Havana’s Fresh Catch Market Price Each day our Chef shops for the freshest seasonal fish. He prepares it Grilled, Blackened or Carolina Style & serves it with sweet pea risotto & fresh vegetables.

14.75

Marinated grilled tenderloin steak tips atop mixed greens, applewood bacon, tomatoes, bleu cheese & croutons. Topped with fried onion straws.

SIGNATURE DESSERT Hot Rum Bananas Foster for Two It was 1952 in a New Orleans restaurant where the Bananas Foster was born! A chef by the name of Chef Paul Blange was challenged to make a signature dessert using bananas. With New Orleans being the major port for incoming Central American bananas, the resources were endless. So, Chef Paul created Bananas Foster. Chef Paul’s dessert was named for Richard Foster, who, as chairman, served on the New Orleans crime commission, a civic effort to clean up the French Quarter. Havana’s has taken on the tradition of Chef Paul’s famous dessert and serves it hot to order. We hope you enjoy this dessert as much as we do!

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1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach (910) 458-7761 www.mikescfood.com Scan this QR code and go directly to our mobile site

MICHAEL’S SEAFOOD

RESTAURANT & CATERING

Voted #1 Restaurant of the Year! –Wilmington Chamber of Commerce & Small Business Coalition | Patio Dining Available | All ABC Permits | Smoke-Free | Open 7 Days a Week for Lunch & Dinner | Eat in/Take out

MENU SAMPLING All Items and Prices are Subject to Change. LUNCH MENU

Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Our full menu is available from open to close. Please review our full menu for the following selections: Beverages and bar menu, famous soups and salads, flatbreads, appetizers and dinner entrees.

LUNCH ENTREES Shrimp & Grits

9.00

garlic parmesan sauce, smoky bacon and fresh tomato served over our house made grit cake

Blackened Fish & Grits*

10.00

garlic parmesan sauce, corn, fresh tomato and scallion served over our house made grit cake, topped with your choice of today’s fresh blackened fish

Fish Market Tacos*

9.00

taco seasoned fresh catch selection served on 2 soft corn tortillas with lettuce, tomato, red onion, shredded cheese and cilantro sour cream, served with a side of salsa and crunchy tortilla chips

Pasta Chu-Chu

8.00

linguini pasta tossed with a bayou cajun cream sauce, black olives, fresh tomato and artichoke hearts Add: grilled chicken 5, shrimp or fish* 6, sea scallops 8

Pick Two (choose any 2 of the following) 9.00 Soups – cup of our world famous seafood chowder or homemade soup of the day (upgrade to a bowl for only $1 extra) Salads – house salad, Caesar salad, Greek salad or roasted beet salad Melts – petite chicken salad, tuna salad or seafood salad melt house made dressing choices balsamic vinaigrette, champagne vinaigrette, ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard, creamy Greek

SANDWICHES

All choices served on ciabatta unless otherwise noted, served with lettuce and tomato, accompanying house sauce, kettle potato chips and homemade cole slaw substitute gluten free bun (Add 1.5)

Fish Market BLT*

today’s freshest catch with crisp smoky bacon, pesto aioli (4 oz.) 10 (8 oz.) 16

Crab Cake

house recipe, red pepper aioli

Oyster Po Boy

10.00 9.00

breaded oysters baked until golden brown, served on a toasted hoagie roll, French tarter

Homemade Salad Sandwich

Greek Salad

8.50

first choose from our homemade tuna salad, chicken salad or seafood salad, then make it a:

mixed greens, artichoke hearts, fresh tomato, red onion, cucumbers, black olives and feta cheese tossed in creamy Greek dressing

toasted ciabatta bun

Roasted Beet Salad

8.50

Side Salad

6.00

Classic

8.00

Melt

9.00

baked open faced with fresh tomato, red onion and melted cheese

Wrap

8.00

spinach tortilla

BURGERS* AND CHICKEN BREAST YOUR WAY First choose half pound flame grilled beef patty* 9.5, boneless chicken breast 8.5 Add any (or all): lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, ketchup, mayo, mustard

choose from a smaller version of our house 4.00, Caesar 4.00 or Roasted Beet Salad 6.00 house made dressing choices balsamic vinaigrette, champagne vinaigrette, ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard, creamy Greek

APPETIZERS Steamed Oysters*

10.00

Steamed Clams

10.00

Steamed Shrimp

10.00

one dozen, steamed in the shell, you shuck one dozen, steamed in the shell

Add any ($1 each): sliced jalapeno peppers, cheese (mozzarella, feta, bleu, cheddar, jack) Add any ($1.5 each): sautéed mushrooms, crispy smoky bacon, sautéed onions, sautéed bell peppers

half pound, you peel 8; peeled and deveined

Fresh Black Mussels

8.00

half pound, served with garlic bread

You choose: Drunken

lager butter broth

ALL DAY MENU FAMOUS SOUPS & SALADS Captain M’s Seafood Chowder Bowl 6.50 Cup 5.50 (international Award Winning Recipe) our international award winning chowder is a rich cream base loaded with clams, crabmeat, scallops, veggies, potatoes, herbs & spices.

Take some home!

spring baby greens, roasted red beets, fresh tomato, red onion, bleu cheese crumbles, sunflower seeds

Quart 14.00 Pint 7.50

our delicious chowder is readily available for you to take home and enjoy. Definitely a crowd pleaser! Available hot, cold or frozen. (We ship also)

Homemade Soup of the Day Bowl 6.00 Cup 5.00 ask your server for today’s creation Add to the following salads grilled chicken 5, shrimp or *fish 6, sea scallops 8, scoop of homemade tuna salad, chicken salad or seafood salad 4

House Salad

7.00

Caesar Salad

7.00

romaine, garden vegetables, shredded cheese romaine, shaved parmesan, house croutons, tossed in Caesar dressing

Scampi

garlic butter with scallion and fresh tomato

Loaded Oysters

10.00

(5) baked oysters topped with cheddar jack cheese, smoky bacon, diced jalapeno’s, finished with cilantro sour cream

Mini Crab Cakes

8.00

Blue Fin Crab Dip

9.00

Athenian Bruschetta

8.50

Bacon Scallops

9.50

Sashimi Tuna*

9.00

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

7.50

(3), cole slaw, roasted red pepper aioli served with garlic bread

tender shrimp sautéed with sundried tomatoes and black olives in a garlic parmesan cream sauce, served over garlic bread (3), spicy cabbage mix, spicy cilantro lime aioli

seared rare yellow fin, wrapped in nori and sesame seeds, served with a warm cabbage, onion and seaweed soy salad topped with feta, served with warm pita

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ADMIRAL’S DELIGHT (SERVES 2)

Children’s Menu | Full Service Bar Extensive Wine List | MasterCard, Visa and American Express accepted. | Items and Prices Subject to Change.

Mediterranean

FLATBREADS All choices baked on pita crust flatbread, substitute gluten free bread 1.50

Cheese

marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese

BBQ Chicken

smoky bbq sauce, chopped chicken breast, red onion, bacon, jack cheese

black olive, artichoke and tomato tapenade

Blackened

5.50

cajun iron skillet seared

8.50

garlic butter with scallion and fresh tomato

Island Chicken

Scampi Style

Galley Sampler*

23.00

Bill’s Crab Pie

9.00

a house favorite sampler of today’s freshest fish selection, paired with seasoned broiled shrimp and scallops. Season your fish with any of the listed styles under “Fish Market Special”

Greek

8.50

Crab Cakes

blue fin crab spread, jalapeno peppers and parmesan cheese

spinach and artichoke spread, fresh tomatoes and feta cheese, finished with drizzled balsamic reduction

Shrimp Scampi

tender shrimp, garlic butter, fresh tomato, scallion and mozzarella cheese

10.00

OCEAN FAVORITES

From the steamer – all steamer entrees are accompanied by our garlic red smashed potatoes, corn on the cob and homemade cole slaw

Shrimp Boat

old bay, cajun or plain, you peel 15.00, peeled and deveined 17

Snow Crab Legs one pound

22.00

Snow’s Cut Combo

half pound snow crab legs, half pound steamed shrimp, you peel 20.00; peeled and deveined 22.00

Admiral’s Delight for Two

43.00

a steamed sampler of snow crab legs, mussels, clams, oysters and shrimp

Captain’s Catch

a smaller, but still hearty version of the Admiral’s Delight

26.00

all dishes served with house risotto and our seasonal fresh vegetable of the day

Fish Market Special*

19.00

choose your favorite from today’s freshest catches

Classic

topped with a lemon, garlic, caper relish

Island

topped with fresh seasonal fruit salsa

(1) 11.00; (2) 17.00

Sea Scallops

23.00

PASTA & GRITS Shrimp & Grits

18.00

half pound seasoned and seared

Add to the following dishes sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, sautéed bell peppers – 1.5 each, Black & Bleu Style – bleu cheese cream sauce – 3

Reef & Beef*

Blackened Fish & Grits*

Angus Sirloin*

19.00

Shrimp & Scallop Scampi

21.00

Seafood Mac & Cheese Bake

18.00

tender linguini sautéed with shrimp and sea scallops in a garlic wine butter with fresh tomato and scallion

shrimp and blue fin crabmeat baked with penne pasta, smoky bacon and a 4 cheese sauce, finished with a parmesan breadcrumb crust Add to the following pasta dishes grilled chicken 7, shrimp or fish* 8, sea scallops 10

Pasta Alfredo

9.50

tender linguini tossed in a parmesan cream sauce with fresh tomato and scallion

11.00

penne pasta tossed in a parmesan cream sauce with fresh mushroom, sun-dried tomato and scallion All pasta entrees accompanied with garlic bread

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22.00

6 oz. flame grilled Angus sirloin coupled with your choice of the following (pick1): 4 oz. choice from today’s freshest catches (1) crabcake, 1/2 lb. snow crab legs, 1/4 lb. sea scallops, 1/4 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp

Rib Eye*

today’s freshest catch, garlic parmesan sauce, corn, fresh tomato and scallion served over our house made grit cake

15.00

teriyaki glaze basted boneless chicken breast topped with fresh seasonal fruit salsa

garlic parmesan sauce, smoky bacon and fresh tomato served over our house made grit cake

Penne Rachelle

Flame grilled and oven roasted

LAND LOVER’S All dishes served with garlic red smashed potatoes and our seasonal fresh vegetable of the day

20.00

12 oz. flamed grilled, hand cut Angus beef

17.00

10 oz. flamed grilled Angus beef

Southern Pork Chop 16.00 sweet.00 tea brined pork tenderloin, garlic sauce, chunky applesauce

STEAMER POT TO GO MENU ½ lb Alaskan Snow Crab Legs (1 cluster) 10.00 A dozen Shrimp 7.00 4 jumbo Sea Scallops 8.00 Don’t forget the Seafood Chowder to go with it! Pint 7.50

KIDS MENU AVAILABLE *CONTAIN OR MAY CONTAIN RAW OR UNDERCOOKED INGREDIENTS. CONSUMING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEATS, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, SHELLFISH OR EGGS MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF FOODBORNE ILLNESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. An 18% Gratuity will be added to tables of 6 or more

When Michael McGowan passed away in October 2012, his family, friends, customers and the entire community lost a special person. Although Michael was a Cystic Fibrosis patient and lung transplant recipient, he would not allow physical conditions to limit or define who he was or how he lived. He was a champion for those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. He and his wife Shelly poured their energies and imagination into their family and business, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant. Michael and Shelly became a vital part of Pleasure Island and we have been richer as a community for all that they have given and done. We all knew Michael as a renowned Chef and for his international award winning seafood chowder, but what made him a person so loved and respected was the way he chose to live his life: as an awesome husband, father and son; to be active in his community as a volunteer, by sponsoring athletic teams; holding spirit nights to donate a percentage of a day’s income to local schools; organizing the annual Shrimp Open Golf Tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Duke Lung Transplant Program; and to always greet his customers with enthusiasm and genuine desire to provide them with the best service to make their dining experience a pleasure. Through it all, medically, professionally and personally, Michael always gave back, not only for medical research but in every way, every day. There was nothing limited in the life of Michael McGown except too short a time with us. Shelly is committed to keeping Michael’s legacy alive and will continue operating Michael’s Seafood Restaurant. Michael will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.


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HANG TEN GRILL MENU SAMPLING All Items and Prices are Subject to Change.

STARTERS Traditional Wings or Boneless Wings 6.39 for 6 or 10.99 for 12 Korean BBQ, Honey BBQ, Buffalo, Sweet Thai Chili, Teriyaki, Simon’s Hot Sauce or our Alan’s Hang Ten Signature Hot Sauce

Loaded Nachos 8.79 Heaping tortilla chips loaded with chili or chicken, tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos and a blend of cheeses. Served with sour cream and salsa Cheesesteak Nachos 9.99 Our loaded nachos with a chicken or philly cheese steak added on top Tender Basket 8.99 Toss them in any of our wings sauces. Served with a side of hand cut fries Fried Green Beans 6.99 Served with your choice of dipping sauce: Cucumber Wasabi, Thai Chili, Boom Boom or Ranch Fried Pickles 6.99 Basket of Onion Rings 6.79 Chicken Quesadilla 8.49 Flour tortilla stuffed with our marinated grilled chicken and a blend of cheeses. Add Bacon for 1.50!!! Loaded Bacon Cheese Fries 7.29 Macaroni Wedges 5.29 Macaroni and cheese lightly breaded and fried Mozzarella Sticks 5.49 Calamari 7.99 Portabello Mushrooms 5.99 Basket of Hushpuppies 3.99 Served with Cinnamon Honey Butter GREENS Garden Salad 7.29 Romaine topped with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives, carrots, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons Caesar Salad 6.79 Chef Salad 9.99 Our garden salad topped with ham, turkey and a hard boiled egg Chicken Salad 9.99 Your choice of grilled or crispy chicken

308 S. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Restaurant: (910) 458-5959 www.hangtengrill.com

The newest restaurant in Carolina Beach offers a pleasant dining experience for the entire family! Located next to the beautiful Lake at Carolina Beach, Hang Ten Grill offers an excellent choice of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. | Open All Week! | Kids Menu Available | Items and prices subject to change. Buffalo Chicken Salad 10.39 Our garden salad topped with buffalo grilled chicken and bleu cheese crumbles Cheesesteak Salad 10.79 Our chicken or philly cheesesteak served over a garden salad Cobb Salad 10.39 Fresh romaine topped with grilled chicken, onions, bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, hard boiled egg and tomatoes * Seafood Salad 12.99 Our garden salad topped with your choice of * Fresh Tuna, Mahi, Fried Shrimp or Fried Cod Dressings: Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Honey Mustard, Italian, Thousand Island, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Oil and Vinegar

BURGERS

All of our 1/2 pound hand pattied burgers come with hand cut fries or hand cut chips and a pickle spear upon request (Substitute any burger with a 3-Grain Veggie Burger or Turkey Burger for 1.00 upcharge)

The Day After 9.99 Melted pepper jack cheese, bacon and a fried egg Hang Ten Burger 8.99 Classic American Burger with white American cheese, lettuce & tomato Below the Belt 9.79 Chili, slaw, onions, mustard and cheddar cheese Shroom 9.39 Sautéed mushrooms and onions smothered in swiss cheese Gnarly 9.99 Soy sauce basted burger with avocado, bacon, swiss cheese and wasabi mayo Tsunami 9.39 Jalapenos, grilled onions and pepper jack cheese Black and Bleu Burger 9.99 Blackened burger topped with bleu cheese crumbles and bacon Cowboy 9.79 Cheddar cheese, bacon, onion rings and BBQ sauce Aloha Burger 9.79 Ham, pineapple, swiss cheese and teriyaki glaze

Burger Panini* 9.79 1/2 pound hand pattied burger with white american cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo on ciabatta bread *Item is served using raw or undercooked ingredients. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of food bourne illness, especially if you have medical conditions

SANDWICHES

Sandwich items served with your choice of hand cut fries or chips and a pickle spear upon request Add Bacon for 1.50 Add Cheese for .50

Grilled Chicken Sandwich 9.79 Marinated grilled chicken served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo Spicy Chicken Sandwich 9.59 Crispy fried chicken breast tossed in buffalo sauce served on a bun with lettuce and tomato Chicken Caeser Wrap 8.19 Grilled or Fried Club Sandwich 9.29 Three pieces of white toast, turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo B.L.T. 7.69 Old fashioned bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on Texas Toast Turkey or Ham Panini 9.79 Turkey or ham, smokey bacon, avocado, tomato and lemon aioli served on fresh ciabatta bread Pork BBQ Sandwich 8.99 Carolina Style Barbeque piled high and topped with slaw on a sweet knot roll Reuben Sandwich 9.59 Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing served on marble rye Chicken or Philly Cheesesteak 9.99 Green peppers, onions, mushrooms, jalapenos and white american cheese on a hoagie roll Gyro 8.99 Your choice of Lamb or Chicken served on a pita with lettuce, tomato, onions and tzatziki sauce Cuban 8.99 Sliced Ham and pork barbeque served as a panini with swiss cheese, pickles and mustard

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Veggie Philly 8.99 Same as the philly - with a veggie burger Grown Up Grilled Cheese 7.49 Texas Toast with Cheddar, American and Swiss Cheese Portabello Parmesan Panini 8.99 Fried portabello mushroom slices topped with marinara sauce and cheese Try any of our sandwiches as a wrap

SEAFOOD * Tuna Sandwich 12.99 Grilled or blackened to temperature and served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and lemon aioli Mahi Sandwich 12.99 Grilled or blackened mahi served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and lemon aioli Shrimp Burger 8.99 Fried shrimp piled high and topped with slaw served on a bun with lettuce and tomato Shrimp or Clam Basket 10.29 Your choice of fried shrimp or clam strips served with fries and a side of slaw Shrimp and Clam Basket 11.99 Fried shrimp and clam strips served with fries and a side of slaw Fish n’ Chips 9.79 Breaded cod served with a side of fries and slaw Crabcake Sandwich 12.99 Crabcake served on a sweet knot roll with lettuce, tomato and sriracha mayo Softshell Crab Sandwich 12.99 Softshell crab served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and sriracha mayo * Fish Tacos 12.99 Your choice of Mahi, Tuna, Fried Shrimp or Fried Cod served with lettuce, tomatoes and lemon aioli. *Item is served using raw or undercooked ingredients. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of food bourne illness, especially if you have medical conditions Seafood items come with a side of fries or chips

DESSERTS

Guiness Chocolate Cake Key Lime Pie Brownie Sundae

4.99 3.99 4.99


4647 Main Street, Unit 1, Shallotte, NC 28470 910.755.6071 www.purpleonioncafe.com

THE PURPLE ONION

Hours: Breakfast Served Daily: 6:30-10:45am | Lunch Monday-Saturday: 11am-4pm | Sunday: 11am-2pm Homemade Bakery Items | Catering Available | Kids Menu Available

MENU SAMPLING

All Items Pricesonline are Subject to Change. View our and full menu

Western Burger

APPETIZERS Fried Green Tomatoes

(5) Served with our Homemade Purple Onion Jam.

Chili Cheese Chips

5.95

EntrĂŠe 6.95, Appetizer 4.95

Fresh fried potato chips topped with homemade chili smothered with a 3-cheese blend, sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos.

LUNCH MENU FROM THE GARDEN Purple Onion Cafe Salad

7.95

Baby greens with tomato, cucumber, green & red pepper, purple onion, mandarin oranges, toasted walnuts and carrot ribbons served with our house poppyseed dressing.

Cranberry Nut Salad

8.25

Baby greens and dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, cucumber, purple onion and goat cheese crumbles served without Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Spinach Salad

Spinach topped with bacon, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions, goat cheese, toasted almonds, and served with Paris Dressing.

Cantaloupe Chicken Salad

7.95

Southwestern Burger

8.75

Southern Belle Burger

8.75

Fresh ground beef, grilled and served on a seeded bun with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, mayo, tomato, and onion.

Fresh ground beef, grilled and served on a seeded bun topped with homemade pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes, mayo, lettuce, and our Purple Onion Jam.

Southern Portobello (Vegetarian)

8.75

Grilled portobello mushroom topped with homemade pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes. Served on a seeded bun with mayo, lettuce, and our Purple Onion Jam.

GOURMET SANDWICHES & WRAPS Purple Onion Club 8.25 Roast Beef, Turkey, Capicolla, Bacon, PepperJack Cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato and purple onion.

Fried Green Tomato BLT

6.95

Turkey Bacon Avocado Wrap

8.25

Mediterranean Chicken Wrap

7.95

Grilled Pimento Cheese (Vegetarian)

6.95

Fried Green Tomato, crisp bacon, and lettuce sandwiched between grilled freshly baked bread.

8.25

Half cantaloupe melon filled with chicken salad served on a bed of greens garnished with salad veggies.

Taco Salad

8.95

Fresh ground beef, grilled and served on a seeded bun with chili, cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, mayo, tomato, and onion.

8.25

Our homemade chili served in a fried flour tortilla bowl with lettuce, cheese blend, tomato, onion, black olives, sour cream, and salsa.

Roast Turkey, Crisp Bacon, Sliced Avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese blend and Ranch Dressing. Grilled Chicken Breast wrapped in a flour tortilla with tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, lettuce, purple onion and Paris dressing.

FROM THE GRILL Classic Cheeseburger

8.25

Our homemade pimento cheese served on your choice of bread and grilled to a golden brown. Build Your Own Sandwich. Choose your favorite bread, meat, cheese and trimmings.

Pimento Cheese Burger

8.75

FROM THE SEA Homemade Crabcake Sandwich

9.95

Fried Fish Wrap

8.25

Fresh ground beef, grilled and served on a seeded bun with mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Fresh ground beef, grilled and topped with our Homemade Pimento Cheese, Fried Onion Rings served with lettuce and tomato on a toasted seeded bun.

Carolina Burger

8.25

Portabella Burger (Vegetarian Friendly)

7.95

Veggie Quesadilla (Vegetarian Friendly)

6.50

Fresh ground beef, grilled and served on a seeded bun with mustard, onions, homemade chili and coleslaw.

Grilled Portobello Mushroom topped with Swiss cheese, grilled onions, mayo, Dijon mustard, lettuce and tomato on a seeded bun. Grilled flour tortilla stuffed with sautĂŠed red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, purple onion and our cheese blend. Served with our roasted corn and black bean salad, sour cream and homemade salsa on the side.

Our now famous crabcake, grilled , served on a seeded bun with lettuce, tomato, and a side of key-lime cilantro tartar sauce.

Beer battered cod filet, deep fried, served in a soft flour tortilla with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese blend with a key lime cilantro tartar sauce.

BAKERY SPECIALITIES *Cakes / Pies by the Slice or Whole *Cookies & Brownies *Specialty Cupcakes *Blueberry Biscuits *Cinnamon Buns & Muffins *Danishes, Croissants, Strudels

BREAKFAST MENU

Served 6:30am to 10:45am Daily

The Big-Onion Breakfast

8.95

Purple Onion Omelet

7.45

Breakfast Burrito

6.95

Traditional Eggs Benedict

6.95

Crab Cake Benedict

7.95

Avocado & Spinach Eggs Benedict (Vegetarian Friendly)

6.95

2 Eggs*, 2 Sausage Patties or 2 Sausage Links, 2 Bacon Strips, Grits, Home Fries, 1 Pancake, Toast or Biscuit ~No Substitutions~. Ham, green & red pepper, purple onion, mushroom and pepper jack cheese.

Flour tortilla filled with egg, sausage or bacon with home fries and our cheese blend, homemade salsa & fruit salad. 2 basted eggs served on an English Muffin with Ham topped with Hollandaise Sauce. Two basted eggs served on an English muffin with a crab cake topped with hollandaise sauce. 2 Basted Eggs served on an English Muffin with Avocado, Spinach & Tomato topped in Hollandaise Sauce. Egg Beaters or Egg Whites can be substituted for an additional 0.30 per egg

Pancake or French Toast Breakfast

1 pancake or French toast, 1 egg, sausage or bacon

BISCUITS Bacon, Sausage or Livermush Country Ham Egg Biscuit Plain Biscuit Add Cheese .25 ~ Add Egg .75 One Biscuit & Gravy Two Biscuits & Gravy

4.50

1.95 2.95 1.75 1.00 2.25 3.75

BREAKFAST SANDWICHES

Choice of Bread: Sourdough, Multi-Grain, Pumpernickel, Rye, Texas Toast French Croissant Add 1.00 Add Cheese .50 Add Egg .75 Add Lettuce and Tomato .35 each

Egg Sandwich Bacon or Sausage Ham Steak Country Ham New York Strip Steak

1.75 2.75 3.75 4.50 5.95

All Items and Prices are Subject to Change. 2017/2018 | Brunswick Islands & Cape Fear Coast

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P’S PO Diner

Full Menu Lunch, Dinner & Late Night Dine In OR Take Out

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

Scan this QR code and go directly to our mobile site

104 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC (910) 458-7377 FRIED OREOS

TRIPLE BYPASS

Save Some Room for Dessert! Milkshakes | Flavor burst soft serve ice-cream Puffy’s Fried Oreos® | Campbell’s Fried Twinkie® AKA Cloud Cake | Johnny Jean’s Brownie Sundae Mommy D’s Mud Pie | Tater Tot’s Heath® Bar Pie | Blade’s Frozen Cheesecake | Elisha’s Sundae Delight Amy’s Strawberry Shortcake | Granny’s Apple Pie | Riley’s Key Lime Pie | Mom’s Sundaes | Root Beer or Coke Float®

POP’S DINER MENU SAMPLING All All Items Items and and Prices Prices are are Subject Subject to to Change. Change.

APPETIZERS

TOPPINGS

All apps served with a choice of ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard, marinara or BBQ sauce.

Choice of 17 toppings, and 5 cheeses. (Bacon .50 for regular dogs, 1.00 for footlongs and burgers.)

Tate’s Top Pick

DOGS Beef, Pork or Veggie Dog Giant Foot Long Hotdog Footlong Corndog

11.95

A basket of golden fried wings tossed in your choice of Mild, Hot, BBQ or Honey Mustard served with celery upon request.

Helen’s Flounder Fingers

8.95

Fresh, flaky, hand cut and battered, lightly fried to melt in your mouth. Served with our homemade clilantro lime sauce.

Blade’s Boom Boom Scrimp’s

10.50

A basket of fresh fried shrimp, tossed in a homemade sweet and spicy chili sauce. Served with bleu chesse.

Finney’s Fingers

7.25

Hand cut and battered, deep fried tenders, plain or tossed in your favorite sauce.

Saxton’s Cheese Fries

BURGERS

ALWAYS FRESH! Choice of cheeses: American, cheddar, provolone, swiss or pepperjack. Mustard,Chili,Onions, Slaw

Dinky’s Double (not so dinky) 8.75 Triple Bypass (somebody call 911) 11.75 The “Big” Boy Special (eat at your own risk) 14.95 Turkey Burger 5.95 Fresh ground turkey, choice of toppings.

5.25

Veggie Burger

Golden fries covered in a homemade cheese sauce.

Delicious, homemade black bean and garden veggie.

Fuzz’s Favorite Bacon Chz Fries

Shrimp Burger

7.25

Golden fries, homemade cheese, bacon.

Irv’s Chili Cheese Fries

7.25

Golden fries, homemade cheese sauce, homemade chili. A mound of Golden Fries, homemade chili, smoked Hickory Bacon, topped with a homemade cheese sauce.

7.95

A delicious mound of homemade tater tots covered with chili and cheese or bacon and cheese.

Wilson’s Mozz Sticks

8.25

Fresh, fried mozzerella, golden fried to perfection.

Paul’s Pickles

5.95

Deep fried dill chips.

Mary’s Mac- n-Cheese Bites

7.25

A basket of deliciously blended, pepperjack and gouda mac-n-cheese bites.

Tess’s Shrooms Portabella strips, battered and fried. Great vegetarian treat.

Buddy Ro’s Soft Pretzel

8 inch or 12 inch

Pat’s Philly Cheesesteak

7.95/11.75

Thinly sliced ribeye, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, grilled peppers and onions.

Pop’s Chicken Philly

7.95/11.75

Diced grilled chicken, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, grilled peppers and onions.

4.50

Morgan’s Grilled PB-n-J

4.75

Amy Lou’s Egg Salad

6.25

3 cheese grilled cheese, American, cheddar, provolone on buttery Texas toast. Add bacon $1.00 Grilled wheatberry bread smothered in creamy peanut butter, and your choice of grape or strawberry jelly. A mound of homemade egg salad, lettuce, tomato on buttery wheatberry toast.

Kristen’s Tuna Salad

6.95

Lisa’s BLT

7.75

Yummy homemade tuna salad piled on buttery wheatberry toast topped with lettuce and tomato. A mound of Hickory smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on buttery Texas toast.

Joelberg’s Smoked Chicken Salad 7.25

Smoked chicken salad, lettuce, tomato on a croissant.

Rosemary’s Beef Brisket

7.25

Slow cooked brisket, pepperjack cheese, homemade chipotle BBQ sauce, homemade slaw on buttery Texas toast.

Stonewall’s Club

7.25

Betsy’s Grilled or Fried Chicken Tender

7.25

JJ’s Turkey

7.25

Puffpuff’s Reuben

8.25

Black Forest ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and cheddar cheese on buttery Texas toast. Grilled or Fried to perfection, lettuce, tomato, mayo, on a soft, Hawaiian potato roll. Oven Roasted turkey piled high with bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and our homemade herb mayo, on a croissant.

Tender corned beef, homemade secret sauce, aged Swiss cheese, and your choice of slaw or kraut on top, between 2 slices of buttery rye bread.

Jackie’s Dip

8.25

Matt’s Blackened Chicken

7.50

Generous amount of thinly sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese, grilled onions on a ciabatta loaf, with warm, homemade au jus on the side.

Grilled chicken breast with cajun seasoning, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, homemade creamy lime cliantro sauce, on our famous soft roll.

Big P’s Shrimp BLT

10.95

Large grilled or fried shrimp, hickory smoked bacon, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato and spicy mayo on toasted sourdough.

Olivia’s Flounder Po’ Boy

8.95

Fresh, battered flounder, homemade slaw, choice of homemade tartar, cocktail, or Pat’s spicy sauce on the softest roll ever.

Tiffany’s Crabcake

10.95

Large, homemade blue crab, lettuce, tomato, topped with Pat’s spicy sauce, served on our Hawaiian roll.

BASKETS

(Served all day)

Fried Chicken Tender Basket

12.95

Grilled Chicken Tender Basket

12.95

BBQ Basket

12.95

Fried Chicken Tenders and Waffles

11.95

Flounder Basket

16.95

Delicious hand cut, battered and golden fried tenders, served with your choice of 2 sides.

Perfectly cooked, seasoned, grilled chicken tenders served with your choice of 2 sides. Generous portion of homemade, pork BBQ, in our signature homemade backwoods vinegar BBQ sauce, hushpuppies, and your choice of 2 sides. 6 hand cut, battered and golden fried tenders, deep-fried belgium waffles, served with delicious, warm maple syrup and butter!!

Corey’s Chicken Club

8.25/12.25

Daddy D’s Roast Beef

8.25

Bonamo’s Italian

8.50/12.50

Patrick’s Cuban

8.95

Fried Shrimp Basket

16.95

Pop Pop’s BBQ

7.50

Crabcake Basket

17.95

Uncle Buck’s Fry Dip

8.25

Combo Basket Pick 2

16.95

Diced grilled chicken, ham, bacon, American cheese, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

Pepperoni, Genoa salami, ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, slaw, creamy Italian dressing. (served hot or cold)

8.95/14.25

Jumbo fried shrimp, bacon, pepperjack cheese, slaw, with your choice of tartar, cocktail, or Pat’s spicy sauce.

Courtney’s BBQ Chicken Cheddar 7.95/11.75 5.75

Giant & salted, choice of cheese or mustard.

8.95

Sheila’s Shrimp Po’ Boy 7.50

6.50

Seasoned, grilled shrimp topped with lettuce, tomato and cocktail sauce.

SUBS

Mikey’s Bacon, Chili Cheese Fries 7.95

Webster’s Tots

2.95 6.50 5.75

SAMMICHES Lily’s Grilled Cheese

Diced grilled chicken, our signature bbq sauce, grilled onions, hickory smoked bacon, melted cheddar.

Thinly sliced, slow cooked roast beef, homemade BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, homemade slaw, lettuce and tomato, on ciabatta loaf.

Homemade pulled bbq, ham, mustard, mayo, pickles, relish topped with pepperjack cheese on a ciabatta loaf. shredded pork, backwoods homemade vinegar sauce, homemade slaw, on our soft, Hawaiian potato roll. (Homemade Carolina BBQ) Tender, sliced roast beef, liquid cheddar cheese, covered with a mound of seasoned fries inside grilled ciabatta bread.

$2.00 OFF $10 PURCHASE

Generous portion of fresh, lightly battered flounder filet strips served with fries, homemade creamy slaw and 4 hushpuppies. Your choice of Homemade tartar, cocktail, or Pat’s spicy sauce. A basket of jumbo shrimp, Fries, homemade creamy slaw and hushpuppies. Your choice of homemade tartar, cocktail, or Pat’s spicy sauce.

Plump, homemade blue crab crabcakes served with fried sweet corn, homemade creamy slaw, hushpuppies and a side of Pat’s spicy sauce.

Flounder, shrimp or crabcake, hushpuppies, your choice of 2 sides, and choice of tartar, cocktail or Pat’s Sauce.

Not valid with any other offer. Present this coupon or Go Guide coupon to redeem. Limit one coupon per table. Full kids menu, vegetarian options, and 10 side items available!


WELCOME

$10.00 OFF $10.00 OFF REGULAR RACK RATES.

18 Holes Only. Limit one coupon per player. Offer Expires 9/7/17. Not vaild with any other promotions.

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5% OFF

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BUY THREE GET

ONE FREE KRAZY KONE

Any size free with equal size purchase 1 per customer, not valid with any other offers. Must present this coupon or Visitors Guide Ad coupon at time of purchase to redeem. Expires 5/31/18

www.krazykones.com

$5 OFF

PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE Present this coupon to redeem. Not valid with any other offer.

Online Code: ilmvg17 8 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 910-772-1410 www.TheBlackCatShoppe.com

$3.85 Eagles Sport Body Board

PURCHASE OF $50

PURCHASE OF $100

9973 Beach Dr. Calabash, NC 28467 800.344.3816 www.callahansgifts.com

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FREE

10% OFF

Must present this coupon at time of purchase to redeem. Not redeemable with other coupons. 1 per customer.

SNAKE PETTING

With this coupon you get to pet a snake for free. Must present this coupon or Visitors Guide Ad coupon at time of purchase. Not valid with any other offer. 20 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 910-762-1669 www.capefearserpentarium.com

$3 OFF

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116 Causeway Drive Ocean Isle, NC, 28469 910-393-2003

116 Causeway Drive Ocean Isle, NC, 28469 910-393-2003

www.eaglesbeachwear.net

2ND HOUR

FREE!

With this coupon or Visitors Guide Ad coupon to receive offer. 1 per customer, not valid with any other offers. Expires 5/31/18

CB Lake Park / On The Boardwalk www.wheelfunrentals.com

$1 OFF

www.eaglesbeachwear.net

ALL RENTALS Must show this coupon at time of purchase.

(910) 679-4473 1322 Airlie Rd. Wlimington, NC 28403 carolinapaddle.com

$6 OFF Early-bird Special:

with purchase of 2 adult buffets Valid Mon-Thurs before 6pm only. Must be seated by 6PM. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

300 N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910-707-1169

$5 OFF $10 OFF

Any lunch entrée, or sandwich

With purchase of any lunch entree or sandwich of equal or greater value. Must show this coupon at time of purchase. Expires 05/31/18.

128 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-763-2052 www.thegeorgerestaurant.com

$5 OFF

HOLLYWOOD WALK

$35 PURCHASE

Online Code: ilmvg17 Wilmington, NC 910-794-1866 www.HauntedWilmington.com

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Must present this coupon at time of purchase to redeem. Not redeemable with other coupons. 1 per customer.

Any dinner entrée

with purchase of any dinner entrée of equal or greater value Must show this coupon at time of purchase. Expires 05/31/18.

128 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-763-2052 www.thegeorgerestaurant.com

10% OFF

ANY SILVER JEWELRY Show this coupon or Visitors Guide Ad coupon to receive offer. Not to be combined with any other offer or promotion.

102 East Moore St., Southport, NC 910-457-5299 www.capefearjewelers.com

$5 OFF

PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE OR $5 OFF BOARD RENTAL Present this coupon to redeem. One coupon per customer and on-sale items are excluded. Offer expires 9/1/2017.

209 S. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach • 910-458-7005

FREE

HALF POUND CHOCOLATE FUDGE

WITH PURCHASE OF A POUND One per customer, not valid with any other offers. Present this coupon or Visitors Guide Ad coupon to redeem. Expires 5/31/18

On the Carolina Beach Boardwalk (910) 458-5823 www.fudgeboat.com

$1 OFF

GHOST WALK

Offer good for entire party. Must present this coupon to redeem. Not valid with any other offer.

Online Code: ilmvg17 Wilmington, NC • 910-794-1866 www.HauntedWilmington.com

$5 OFF any purchase of $40 or more.

$5 OFF any purchase of $40 or more.

1 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910.458.2822 havanasrestaurant.com

1 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 910.458.2822 havanasrestaurant.com

Present coupon to receive offer. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

Simply Tear Out Coupon Section and Redeem Individual Coupons with Advertisers

Present this coupon to receive offer. Excludes sale items.

1140 N. Lake Park Blvd Unit F, Carolina Beach NC 28428 910-707-3034 www.capefearboilcompany.com

$10 OFF

Go Guide Coupons

REGULAR RACK RATES.

$5 OFF

Cape Fear Jewelers

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$5 OFF

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$5 OFF 10% OFF First Hour of Service your entire purchase

Online coupon code vgicc Enter at Checkout Serving Pleasure Island, Wrightsville, Wilmington and Figure 8 Island

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$5 OFF any purchase of $50 or more.

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113 K Ave • Kure Beach, NC 910-458-7668 jackmacksgrill.com

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Get $5 OFF your purchase of $50. Please present this coupon. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

Y PIRATE LAZ Island Sports Bar

$5 OFF

PURCHASE OF $35 OR MORE

Must present this coupon at time of purchase to redeem. Valid on Dine-In only, cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.

701 North Lake Blvd Carolina Beach, NC 910-458-LAZY(5299) www.lazypiraterestaurant.com

Get $5 OFF your purchase of $50. Please present this coupon. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

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10% OFF of a purchase of $30 or more. Must show this coupon or Visitors Guide coupon at time of purchase.

10152 Beach Dr. Calabash, NC (910) 232-0319

P ’S PO Diner

$5 OFF $35 PURCHASE

$20 OFF KAYAK/PADDLE BOARD TOUR When you book 3+ person tour. Present this coupon to redeem. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

2 North Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC (910) 458-4747 • Reserve Online www.pleasureislandrentals.com

$2 OFF ANY $10 PURCHASE

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4324 Long Beach Rd SE Southport, NC 28461 910.454.0479 www.islandbicyclesnc.com

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www.islandtacklehardware.com 801 North Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 910-458-3049

$5 OFF

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201 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-399-2641 www.museumbizarre.com

welcomes you

$5 OFF

An American Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar with outdoor dining along the Cape Fear River in historic Chandlers Wharf.

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Open a week. Dine7 days in only. Present this coupon

to redeem offer. Exp. 5/31/18. 2 Ann Street Wilmington, NC 910-343-1448 www.elijahs.com

Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises

10% OFF 24 hour or longer rental.

$5 OFF

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25% OFF ANY ONE ITEM

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Brunswick Islands Visitors Guide 2017-2018  

If you were to paint a picture of paradise, what would it look like? White sandy beaches, blue-green waters extending to the horizon, pictur...