Things to Do in Coastal North Carolina During Labor Day Weekend

Everyone loves a long weekend, and the staff here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals is no exception! The question is, do you know what you’ll be doing to celebrate Labor Day while you’re here on vacation? Our local experts are eager to help you understand why southeastern North Carolina has long been a favorite stop for vacationers on the last leg of summer.

Live Music on the Patio, August 31 + September 1

Outdoor concerts are the quintessential summertime entertainment, so why not end the season with a two-day event right here in Wilmington? Provided by Hotel Ballast – formerly the Hilton Riverside – at absolutely no cost to attendees, Live Music on the Patio features a series of performers, including Eric Metts, who will put on their shows by the hotel’s pool from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Fort Fisher’s Battle History Site

Already a popular attraction for tourists in the Wilmington and Kure Beach areas, Fort Fisher is the perfect way to commemorate Labor Day while also fitting in a little local culture and history. Full of information about Civil War-era fort and battleship construction, the site gives visitors an insider’s look into the evolution of the U.S. Navy and the country as a whole. 

The Phantom Playboys: Fireworks by the Sea + Boardwalk Blast, August 31

If you’re looking for something with a little more energy and hype to kick off the weekend, check out The Phantom Playboys, who will put on a summertime rockabilly show in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on August 31! Accompanying the annual Fireworks by the Sea + Boardwalk Blast, this free event starts at 6:30 and lasts until 9 p.m.

The Rag Doll Band Concert, September 2

Send Labor Day out with a bang! The Rag Doll Band is coming to Kure Beach as part of the Boogie in the Park Concert Series with a slew of pop, rock and dance hits that bring on the energy and are sure to encourage you and yours to make every second of the long weekend count. This free show begins at 5 p.m. in Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and lasts approximately two hours, perfect for a little dancing and family-friendly fun outdoors!

Whether you’re looking for local adventure this Labor Day, or just want to hit the beaches and relax, our area has plenty to offer your end-of-summer vacation! While you make your plans to stay on our beaches, contact us to have one of our trusted staff members guide you through the rental process.

Host a Backyard Cookout in North Carolina Style

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the season of outdoor cooking is nearly upon us! And if you’re new to the southeastern part of the country, then you may also be at a loss as to how to go about hosting a proper North Carolina backyard cookout. Vacationers need not worry, though; throughout all the years we’ve spent serving coastal North Carolina’s rental needs, we’ve managed to learn a few tips that will help you host a successful barbecue.

Don’t skimp on the sauce

As the locals will tell you, it isn’t good barbecue sauce unless you can taste a distinct hint of vinegar. Eastern North Carolina is notorious for vinegar-based sauces, while the western end of the state touts tomato-based concoctions. If you want to capture the flavor of the region, you can’t do so without a healthy dose of vinegar.

Venture into untested waters

One of our favorite things about southern-style cooking is the “anything goes” attitude. Locals aren’t afraid to be inventive and try new things, and that usually spills into the offerings at a backyard cookout. Amongst the staples like pulled pork, potatoes, and green beans, you might also find some new favorite dishes like a salad consisting of grilled watermelon, feta and basil. Don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting of your own!

Prime seating

A backyard cookout in eastern North Carolina isn’t just about food. It’s very much a social occasion, meaning that when you host your own get-together, you’ll want to account for plenty of outdoor seating. This can be in the form of lawn chairs, blankets, and if you happen to be gathering at a vacation rental during your stay, then beach towels work just as well.


The purpose of cooking outdoors may be to enjoy the summer sea breezes and the company of others, but another key component to an enjoyable cookout is any music or entertainment you have in mind. Be sure to choose a genre that isn’t too intrusive so as not to discourage conversation and mingling, and something that everyone can enjoy at least as background sound.

As you plan your stay in coastal North Carolina this summer, we would of course encourage you to take advantage of the many fantastic local restaurants we have in the area. But, if you find yourself wanting to break out the pots and pans to prepare a feast in your temporary home, use these tips to pull of your own southern-style backyard shindig and stay tuned to our blog for even more vacation tips to come!

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.

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
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”

​Welcome to the “Unofficial Start Of Summer”! Memorial Day Weekend


Whether you are vacationing with us or are lucky enough to live here, there’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than in Wilmington, North Carolina or at one of our beaches. There’s no shortage of things to do in our area. But if you are need of some ideas we have you covered. Choose from some of the many free things to do this holiday weekend listed below. Continue reading “​Welcome to the “Unofficial Start Of Summer”! Memorial Day Weekend”