Beach Week, Dec. 4,-11, 2021

Saturday, Dec. 4 — Welcome to your home away from home! Unpack the car and get settled. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events in our locals' newsletter of things to see and do throughout the week. 

Today is Christmas in the Colonies at Moores Creek National Battlefield. See how our forefathers and mothers celebrated the holidays. Admission is free. Click here for details. 

In Historic Downtown Burgaw, a Christmas Market is set up on the Courthouse Square. Stop by and get a little Christmas shopping completed!

The holiday decorations are going up in our beach towns. Be sure to drive around and see the holiday beach-greetings along the roadways in Surf City and Topsail Beach. 

We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm

On the weekends, IronClad Golf and Beer Garden offer entertainment, golf, and food trucks. Check their week schedule here.  Enjoy music at  Surf City Line, located at 2112 N. New River Dr. in Surf City. Throughout the week enjoy our nightlife.  In the evening, relax on the deck of Quarter Moon Books, Gifts, and Wine Bar. They are offering free music. Check out the schedule here.  Don't forget UnWINEd, a relaxing wine and coffee bar with a comfy deck. For any night of the week, there's music and nightlife from a wide selection of businesses. Check out these locations.

Here's an important piece of information if you plan to visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center this week.  The Sea Turtle Hospital is open for fall tours. Admission is only by online prepaid reserved times. Visit their website,    to  purchase tickets and for a calendar of open dates and times. Masks are required for everyone over 5 years of age. 

We understand this is YOUR vacation. We are making suggestions of adventures you will find in Pender County. So, mix and match, adjust the suggested itinerary, but don't miss out on a week of excursions, adventure, and living like a local!

You have arrived in the best part of the off-season. The waters are still warm. The days are warm. The evenings cool down - perfect for a night of fishing or strolling along the beach. This week's forecast is looking good. Here's the fishing forecast if you decide to drop a line at one of our piers or on a charter. 

Sunday,  Dec. 5 — Hit the beach and try your hand at surfing or another water sport. Refer to our 2021 Visitor Guide for options. We suggest 50 South Surf ShopOnshore Surf Shop, and Surf City Surf School, just to name a few. Again, the 2021 Visitor Guide will offer lots of options for services. 

Monday, Dec. 6 -  If you are interested in how oysters are grown as well as the ecological advantages of oyster beds, book a tour with  Ghost Fleet Oyster Company . This locally owned and operated company will take you onto a boat and take you to an oyster bed. They will show you how oysters are grown and harvested. Visit them online. You can order oysters from  Ghost Fleet Oyster Company.  They are a member of our  NC Oyster Trail .

Take a boat ride down the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s no better view of the island than from the water! Check out Tiki ToursTucks Water Shuttle, and Topsail Island Tours on Queen Jean. If you want to captain your own boat, check out Aquaholics Boat RentalsTopsail Boat Rentals, or Surf City Boat Rentals. If you want to try a jet ski, visit Surf City Jet Ski Rentals. Kayak fishing is a very popular activity on the ICW. Contact any of these outfitters and they will be happy to set you up!

Tuesday, Dec. 7- It’s Tuesday. Head to the south end of the island for some morning sea shelling. The tip of the island is called Serenity Point. It is about a 3-mile round-trip trek, but it is undeveloped and beautiful - especially at sunrise or sunset. At the tip of the island is the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the sound. While you're on the south end of the island, check out the shops, especially The Gift Basket, and Quarter Moon Books, Gifts, and Wine Bar. Recently a new art gallery opened called Blue Gracias. Grab a meal at Beach Shop & Grill or Cora's Isle-End Deli. 

While in Topsail Beach, don't miss an opportunity to tour Missiles and More Museum , Learn about those strange white towers that line the beach and the top-secret mission of Operation Bumblebee. Admission is free. 

Wednesday, Dec. 8 - It's Wednesday and you’re sunburned! Shake the sand from your feet and travel southward on US Hwy 17 to explore the shops such as Coastal Home Store. They are celebrating their one-year anniversary and there are specials to check out!

Take a hike on the Abbey Nature Preserve, located next door to Poplar Grove Plantation

Next door is a cute shop called Porch & Nest. Locally owned and operated, the shop features home decor, jewelry, and more.

On your way home, be sure to sample the chocolates at Burry Chocolates. They make their own chocolates and you won't be disappointed. Our favorites are the chocolate-covered fruits and the chocolate-covered cherries in bourbon.  

If shopping is not your interest, we have several driving tours on On that app, you'll find the Blueberry Trail. We have an abundance of farms. The tour also takes you to shops and diners where you will find all things blueberry! 

We launched an  African American Heritage Trail, which is a driving tour that features historic sites. Download the Pocketsights app on your smartphone through Google Play or the Apple Store. The app and the trail are free. It is open any day you feel like taking a drive. 

We also have a Taco Trail, a Sweet Tooth Trail, and a Seafood Trail

Thursday, Dec. 2 - Hap Here's another alternative day trip:   Let's start with a drive to   Moores Creek National Battlefield . This is the site of the first Patriots' victory in North Carolina in the Revolutionary War. Start in the visitors' center and watch the short film that details the battle and then take the .9 mile trail around the battlefield and across the Moores Creek Bridge. If you are a fan of the   Outlander  series, the battle at Moores Creek Bridge will sound very familiar.   

Here's a little insider tip. Just past Moores Creek National Battlefield is Canetuck Road (on the left)    there's an unpublicized house you may want to drive by - the home where The Conjuring  was filmed. It's located at 405 Canetuck Road. You can stare at the house, but please, don't trespass. (For more movie locations around the county click here.

There are a couple of eateries in the vicinity, including   Johnson's Corner Grocery & Grill.    On NC Hwy 133 and US 117 is   Paul's Place Famous Hot Dogs.

Paul's Place  has been used as a   backdrop for numerous movies , a favorite stop for actors such as Arnold Swartzennegger, Buddy Hacket, and Ben Affleck to just name a few.

If you don't opt for lunch there, move on to   Burgaw , the Pender County seat of government. Burgaw is the   Town Hollywood Loves . Take the   Hometown Hollywood walking tour  on our app. Be sure to visit the shops and photograph our historic courthouse - which has been featured in television shows such as   Under the Dome  and movies such as   Silver Bullet .

In Burgaw are several diners and restaurants.   Olde Carolina Eatery  has been used recently for a television series,   This Country Welcome to Flatch . They have homemade desserts and ice cream in addition to daily specials. France's homemade blueberry pie has been featured in Our State magazine.   Bandana's  is a local favorite offering a wide variety of dishes that are sure to please every palate in the family.    MeMa's Chick'n & Ribs  is an award-winning restaurant with delicious smoked ribs, BBQ, and more - just like Grandma's kitchen.   Please note, MeMa's Chick'n & Ribs is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Be sure to stop in at   Burgaw Antiqueplace  and sample Carolyn's homemade fudge. Ask about Johnny's counter, which was used in a film as well. Upstairs are artists' studios for your viewing and purchasing pleasure.

Friday, Dec. 10 -Your last beach day! Finish soaking up the fresh salt air and book next year’s vacation in Pender County! 

Tonight’s your last evening for a  delicious meal in one of our locally owned and operated restaurants

If you are craving a sit-down meal on a golf course, consider dinner at Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead?. C lick here for details

Saturday, Dec. 11-- It’s time to check out from your vacation home away from home. If you don't have to hurry off, enjoy a relaxing lunch on the beach at Daddy Mac's.  

Wait! What if there's a day of rain?

What can we do? Here are a few suggested activities to do when it rains on your Topsail Island Vacation:

Go directly to Topsail Island Trading Company and purchase Topsail-Opoly, a new take on an old favorite. This game board features all things Topsail! Pick up some fudge while you’re at the Trading Company!

Topsail Island Skating Rink is located above the Topsail Beach Post Office. This throwback rink is typically open 7-10 p.m. Open some rainy days. Be sure to check their Facebook page for fall hours. 

Visit Board and Brush Creative Studio in Surf City. Create your own art to take home. Click here for details

Adults at Play
Adults will enjoy the activities suggested for children, but you may just want to explore without the children.  Visit  The Trailer Bar . Yes, it looks like a double-wide trailer. They have a billiards table and entertainment in the evenings. We have a lot of places for fun nightlife. Check out the  Salty Turtle , Peak,  unWINEd , and more.  Click here  for a listing.

Shop! We have  wonderful shops and boutiques  to explore.

at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Visit with the locals. We love it.
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