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.

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.

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.