5 Reasons to Spring Break in Wilmington

By this time of year, a lot of us are already dreaming of spring and summer sunshine, salt air, and the distant roaring of churning ocean waves. Winter may get you down, but it’s also the season in which you should go ahead and start planning spring trips, like plenty of students do with spring break in mind! For us, there’s no better location than here on North Carolina’s coast, and Wilmington lends itself well to a fun stay.

The weather

North Carolina in the spring features lots of sunshine, some cooler mornings and evenings, and pleasant afternoons. In other words, it’s ideal weather for soaking up some sun on the beach, taking a stroll downtown, or just relaxing at one of Wilmington’s fantastic restaurants with a refreshing cocktail.

Rainy day alternatives  

The weather may be mostly amenable in the springtime, but if you’ve ever visited a beach town before then you know that a little rain is to be expected sometimes. When clouds move in on your plans, Wilmington still has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment! It’s a city rich in history and the arts, so feel free to browse the Cape Fear Museum, the collections in the Cameron Art Museum, or the unique shops in the Cotton Exchange.

The sand and the surf

The center of Wilmington is only minutes from Wrightsville and Carolina beaches, so if you want all the fun of staying downtown, the coast is still easily accessible. During most popular spring break times, the water can still be a tad chilly in the early parts of the day, but the soft white sand gets plenty warm in the sunshine!

Southern hospitality

Our region is famous for its charm and welcoming environment. As a vacation town, Wilmington is a pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of larger cities and busy school schedules. And while it still has plenty to offer in the way of business and attractions, you can be sure that you and your travel companions will be able to relax and take in the atmosphere on those days where a lazy afternoon is just what you need.

The local eats  

When you’re on vacation, you more than likely want to absorb as much local flavor as you can. Here in Wilmington, you won’t have to go far! Our town has tons of original restaurants, niche bars, and local hangouts for you to sample regional recipes and seafood specialties. Not sure what to try first? No problem! Sometimes all it takes is a jaunt into the different downtown areas to make your choice, but you can browse online ahead of time and do a little planning, too. Just don’t get overwhelmed by all Wilmington has to offer, and try to taste a bit of everything during your stay!

Whether you’re new to the area or a returning vacationer, consider enjoying spring break here with us! To get you started, Intracoastal Vacation Rentals has some stellar housing selections for you and any friends that want to tag along. Take a look at our website, or give us a call and we’ll help you find the best location for your vacation.

Home for the Holidays

When the holidays roll around, we all have that family member (if the role doesn’t fall on our shoulders) who volunteers to host the parties, put up loved ones from out of town in his or her home, or take on the bulk of the cooking.

Next year, rather than put the pressure on yourself or another to accommodate all the revelers, why not take a group vacation? Here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals, we have lots of housing options for families and gatherings of all sizes, and even seasonal offers to help ease some of the financial stress of trying something new in place of your traditional celebrations!

Customizable sleeping arrangements

Let’s face it – when everyone ventures to one family home, chances are that someone ends up crashing on the sofa or on a creaky air mattress on the floor because there aren’t enough rooms to give each person his or her own bed. By choosing a rental home at the beach in advance, your group can select a house that will come as close as possible to offering everyone a comfortable place to sleep, rather than relying on someone’s everyday home to make up the difference.

Borrow someone else’s kitchen

Even when all your guests pitch in to help cook or clean up after the feast, the prospect of presiding over the holiday meal can be a daunting one. There is a way to take some of the pressure off, though. By renting a vacation home for everyone, there will still be the preparation and clean-up afterward, but you won’t have to worry about monopolizing someone else’s kitchen, or vice versa. And if you really want to keep everyone’s hands out of the meal prep, North Carolina coast has some amazing restaurants and venues that would be happy to reserve space for you and yours well before the holiday season even starts!

Decorations are optional

Some people prefer the house to be completely revamped for the holidays, while others might favor a more subtle celebration. But when everyone agrees on a beach house to rent during the time off from work and school, compromises can be made so that everyone is surrounded by the accents that will make the season bright. Rather than the decorations falling solely on the host, have each member of the group bring his or her favorite decoration or tree ornament, and let the low-key part of the festivities begin.

Holiday traditions are difficult to break away from, but we encourage you to embrace new things with all of us here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals! If you want to get a jumpstart on next year’s festivities, contact us and we’ll help you find the best house to host your holiday.

How to Beat a Rainy Day at the Beach

We’ve all been there before. You plan the perfect vacation at the beach, planned with only sunny days in mind. And then, before you can even put on your sunglasses or wonder whether or not you should just leave your sandals inside, it starts to rain.

While we completely empathize with how frustrating the sudden change in itinerary can be, here at Intracoastal Realty, we’ve learned that there’s plenty to do in this area that can save your vacation from being totally washed out. It might be the sandy beaches and rolling waves that you’ve come to see, but when the weather gets in your way, there’s a lot more to entertain and delight than you might have originally thought.

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Are you a history buff? Harbor a love of architecture? Gather the troops and explore the Bellamy Mansion Museum in downtown Wilmington for the afternoon. Built just before the start of the Civil War, this landmark has seen a myriad of stories, including its own survival of an arson fire in 1972. Today, the building can be rented for events or toured at leisure; you can even check out the calendar for any upcoming public functions being held during your trip. Even during a coastal rain shower, this house holds a lot of charm and history for each member of your group to enjoy.

Fort Fisher Aquarium

When the weather keeps you from getting in the water, Fort Fisher Aquarium in Kure Beach brings the ocean – and all its inhabitants – to you! The aquarium hosts multiple educational and interactive experiences, all while supporting regional and state-wide conservation efforts. There’s always something new, and you’ll be almost glad for the dreary outdoors when the experience allows you to get up close and personal with some of these undersea creatures.

Franklin Square Gallery

Feeling crafty? If you’re in Southport when poor weather hits, take refuge in the Franklin Square Gallery. While the shows change several times throughout the year, this gallery always boasts a supply of local art, unique gifts, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Check out the calendar for news in the lecture series, workshops, and other specialty shows and displays.  A nonprofit cooperative, the Franklin Square Gallery is located in a historic building three blocks from Southport’s waterfront.

Rain and other forms of foul weather may put a damper on your beach trip, but it doesn’t have to put an end to the fun! If you’re going to be on the North Carolina coast any time soon, remember to keep a weather eye out and have a few back-up plans just in case. But if you do run into a snag, check out our website, where we have some suggestions for how to beat the rainy day doldrums.

Wilmington’s October Fall Events

Fall arrives on Friday, September 22nd, accompanied by a variety of annual local fall events.

That doesn’t mean the beach days are gone for 2017. The weather is still pleasant and there are lots of things happening in October to celebrate the fall season and of course Halloween. So whether you look forward to October for the Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween or maybe both, Wilmington and our surrounding beach areas will not disappoint.
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Best Free Travel Apps For Your Beach Vacation

Before you pack your bags for your next trip to the beach be sure to pack your smartphone or tablet with these helpful apps. We have selected our favorite free apps that will help you get the most out of your beach vacation.

Getting Here – Directions and Maps

Waze

Waze is a social GPS and map application updated by other Waze users (Wazers) Get GPS turn by turn directions to any destination. Live traffic, road conditions updated in real-time with rerouting as conditions warrant. Display your ETA, speed, road hazards and more.
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Free 4th of July Holiday Entertainment

 

Enjoy free concerts, movies, and fireworks – 4th of July at the Beach.

 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Boogie in the Park
5pm-7pm
FREE Concert – Head on down to the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park for Boogie in the Park featuring The Jam Sandwich Band (Classic, Rock, Blues). Bing a chair and your dancing shoes. Fun family-friendly entertainment. Continue reading “Free 4th of July Holiday Entertainment”

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2017 Wells Fargo Golf Tournament in Wilmington, NC

The PGA Tour Returns to Wilmington, May 1-7, 2017

The Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington will be host to the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, part of the PGA Tour. The Eagle Point Golf Club, designed by Tom Fazio, has continued to rank as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest” golf courses since 2009.

This will mark the first time since 1971 when Azalea Open was held at the Cape Fear Country Club, that a PGA Tour event has been hosted in Wilmington.

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Parking at the Beach

Finding a parking ticket on your car after enjoying time at the beach can surely take the fun out of your day. Before you lock your car and carry your blanket to the beach, make sure you know the rules.

To help you avoid costly parking tickets, we are providing this summary of parking rules for each of our beach town as well as the City of Wilmington. There is also a link to the parking information page on each website. Continue reading “Parking at the Beach”