What's new in Pender County Tourism? Click here for the latest update. This week we discuss the Ghost Walk: Ghost from Pender's Past and the success of MST in a Day.

For the latest news in Pender County Tourism, click here. This week we wrapped up the NC Blueberry Festival, promoted the Mountains to Sea Trail, Surf City Fireworks and more.

Fido is every bit a member of the family as Junior or Grandma. So why leave Fido in a kennel while the family romps on the beach? “Dogs are family members,” said Lisa Sparrow, owner of Starfish Realty Inc. in Surf City. “We find that Fido is so important families do not wish to leave their dog behind.” While many beaches along the Carolina coast prohibit pets on the beach, Surf City and Topsail...

SURF CITY – Realtor Lara Beaudoin, the owner of Carolina Décor and More, has taken to the water. She and her partner, James Ross, started Tiki Tours which offers groups of six or less a private cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway to Lea Island, where the tours often enjoy shelling. “It’s very popular,” said Beaudoin, a native of Connecticut. “We’re booking every day on...

May is for mothers – even sea turtle mothers. May 1 was the official start of nesting season here on Topsail Island, and our Topsail Turtle Project volunteers (aka beach walkers) hit all 26 miles of beach in search of the first nest. Here’s a few of the FAQ’s we get at the hospital and from visitors we meet on the beach. When do sea turtles nest here? May 1 through the end of August is Topsail’s...

For 11 months, Pender County worked with PGA officials from Charlotte to make the Wells Fargo Championship a success at Eagle Point Golf Club. We lead a PGA official to a map, pointed to Eagle Point and the Pender County line. They were amazed at the close proximity – and the race was on to locate available parking areas and a myriad of minute details. The PGA staff designated two locations in Pender County...

Beaches and Blueberries: The perfect surf and turf weekend BURGAW- There aren’t too many locations in the nation where beautiful beaches and bountiful blueberries are in abundance. On June 16-17, visitors to Pender County can experience plenty of both. “The NC Blueberry Festival features live music, BBQ, a 5K Run/Walk, a Shag contest, craft and food vendors, activities for children, and of course,...

The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead celebrated 20 years of impacting the community. On March 31, the Kiwanis Club gathered at Kiwanis Park on Sloop Point Loop Road to commemorate 20 years of community service as well as with two ribbon cutting ceremonies. The first ribbon cutting ceremony was the official opening of the special needs playground. Built with reinvestment dollars from Trillium Health Resources and Pender...

We have a lot of perennials around our hospital, thanks to hardworking volunteers who spend hours planting, mulching and basically just keeping us looking like a “yard-of-the-month” candidate. But for the past five years we’ve looked forward to the appearance of a very special perennial, a lesser known variety from Maryland, “The Terps.” Students in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College...

CURRIE, NC – Moores Creek National Battlefield will be hosting its annual Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 15th, 2017. The event is free to the public. It will begin at 10:00am and continue until 4:00pm. Visitors are encouraged to check in at the Visitor Center when they arrive. Junior Ranger Program The Junior Ranger Program is a fun way to explore the park. Although the program is designed for those ages...

HAMPSTEAD – Olde Point Country Club has been a staple of the Hampstead community and with new ownership it will become the Country Club destination it was always meant to be. The New Olde Point is committed to becoming the social center of Hampstead to golf, gather and dine. After the sale on Jan. 19. 2017 the remodeling and course improvements began. New paint, floors, and improvements have been made...

4-H Summer Fun Days - 2017 To register for ALL 4-H camps you must make an appointment with Reatha Hoffman - Extension Admin Secretary, to set up your registration time. Day Camp Registration Deadline: May 25, 2017 by 6:00 PM. You will not be able to reserve any camps until you have made payment and filled out the registration packet.Please do not mail your payment or registration form. You must set up an appointment...

Jean Beasley, founder and director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, was one of a trio of tourism leaders who were welcomed into the "Winners Circle." The award, from Visit North Carolina, the state tourism agency, originated in 2004. Previous recipients include Richard Petty, charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame; Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers; and Hugh...

ROCKY POINT – There are two hospitals in Pender County that offer care to injured endangered species – the sea turtle hospital and the Cape Fear Raptor Center. Both are dedicated to health of a species. Both stress education of the human population. Both are the efforts of volunteers. Both are dedicated to returning their patients into the wild. The Cape Fear Raptor Center is dedicated to compassionate...

This week we’re covering the basics of rehabilitation – getting sick and injured sea turtles back home. Most of the sick and wounded coming through our doors can generally be grouped into a few categories: predatory (shark or other natural enemy), human interaction (boat strike, prop wounds and fishing gear entanglement), pollution of their habitat (plastic waste, litter, toxic chemicals, balloons), cold-stuns...

If you're an advid golfer, you wouldn't think golf and sand go well together - especially if you find yourself in a sandtrap. But for Pender County, golf and sand go hand in hand. On May 1-7, the Wells Fargo Golf Championship is coming to Eagle Point, a beautiful and exclusive golf course on the Intracoastal Waterway. One of the major parking areas will be in Hampstead, an unincorporated community in Pender...

HAMPSTEAD – Davis Canady and Emily Smith’s dance class schedule is exhausting just to read. They teach Beginner Rumba, Shag Basics, West Coast Swing, and a host of other styles, in addition to private lessons and classes for children. “I started teaching dance in 1992 – that’s 26 years this month,” said Davis, of Dancing Davis Studios. Nineteen years ago, Emily was...

HAMPSTEAD- Burney’s Sweets & More, a Southeastern North Carolina favorite, from Clinton to Southport, has opened in Hampstead. Located at 14542 US Hwy 17, in the Hampstead Station shopping plaza, Burney’s Sweets & More is owned by William and Milushka Reed. It’s a family franchise with the original Burney’s granddaughter working in Hampstead, as well as Milushka’s mother, Nora. ...

The Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) is 1170 miles of adventure from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. Some portions are strenuous. Some paths meander along rivers and lakes. This year, the concept of the trail will be 40 years old this September. More than 700 miles is completed and the state recognized the MST as an official state trail in 2000. The...

Hampstead, NC - Team Inspire, a group of local women bound together by the desire to help families dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, will run from Roanoke Rapids to Surf City, North Carolina this spring. The 170+more than 170-mile trek will begin on May 4. The group plans to cover more than 50 miles per day, arriving in Surf City May 7. A finish party is set for May 7, from 2 - 5 p.m. at Soundside...

Two favorite restaurants, loved by locals and vacationers alike, are relocating and expanding. Surf City BBQ is leaving their North New River Road location and moving to 13500 NC Hwy 50/210 in the Gateway Plaza. Surf City BBQ, owned by Guy and Rebecca Royal, opened nearly four years ago. Home Port Restaurant & Pub, located at 718 S. Anderson Blvd. in Topsail Beach, is moving to Hampstead Town...

Generally, the week after Christmas through mid-January is a quiet time in the tourism office. It’s the time we clean files, organize, and complete the last edits of the visitor guide. Not this year. And we’re not complaining. Pender County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina and we can attest to that with the addition of several new businesses and expansion of others. This...