Sea Turtle Hospital News Hatchlings rule! By Karen Sota Although our turtle mamas are still technically “on the clock” with the official nesting season continuing through this month it’s their babies that have taken over the spotlight. We’re hoping that our nest count keeps climbing to that hundred mark, but for now hatchlings rule. With the patter of thousands of tiny flippers on Topsail...

Things to do when you need a break from the sun while on your Topsail Island Vacation, here are our suggestions on what to do. Shop! We have many wonderful shops and boutiques to explore. Visit many of our local shops to find those perfect souvenirs and that one of a kind gift. Dine at our locally owned restaurants. Visit with the locals. We love it! Go directly to Topsail Island Trading Company to purchase Topsail-Opoly,...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Regular readers might recall that this past winter we honored our courageous astronauts by naming many of our one-hundred-ten cold-stunned patients after them. Maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to catch one of our “turtle flash mob” releases over the past few months where our volunteers suddenly appear somewhere on Topsail (masked and socially distancing) with those...

Pender County and the Topsail Island area has many great places to satisfy your sweet tooth and those hot days with many ice cream & frozen treats to choose from with all kinds, flavors, and toppings! Check out some of our favorite ice cream shops. Olde Carolina Eatery Step back in time and visit Old Carolina Eatery for your favorite old-fashioned snack or fresh-squeezed orangeade, ice-cream, pies, cookies, &...

BURGAW – Pender County Tourism announces a Blueberry Trail created to lead you to fresh blueberries, blueberry fields, downtown shops, eateries, history, and more. July is National Blueberry Month and Pender County is home to many blueberry farms, making us one of the largest growing locations for blueberry producers. Pender County Tourism created a new trail that highlights fresh blueberries, points of interest...

Ward Realty, known as the original developers of Topsail Island, has been serving vacationers with memorable beach homes for decades. Recently they offered a bit of advice to visitors on fun businesses to discover on Topsail Island. While you're here, we want you to live like a local! Enjoy the area as much as we do! Welcome! https://www.wardrealty.com/post/get-to-know-the-fun-local-businesses-of-topsail-island/...

We have updated our website, www.visitpender.com , promoting Pender County to its fullest, where you will find we are a place to vacation, live, work, and play! Find your Treasure in Pender County, NC! We are a destination vacation, promoting the beaches of Surf City & Topsail Beach as a popular destination for visitors. We want you to visit our local shops, friendly communities, historical attractions,...

After weeks of Coronavirus stay-at-home orders, everyone is itching to get outside. You can – safely – right here in Pender County. As you will discover, there is plenty to do in the great outdoors in our county. Let’s start with an adventure – a marine adventure for the entire family. Ecological Marine Adventures offers groups of all ages an opportunity to learn about the ocean, the critters...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’re all trying to figure out the best way to move forward during the continuing threat of Covid-19 and it’s presenting an enormous challenge to our hospital in many ways. Since our beginning decades ago one constant on Topsail was our big release the first week of June. Sometimes we sent a handful of turtles home and other times we had so many ready to boogie that we had to...

Pender County has just the perfect setting for your destination wedding whether it’s the sweeping beauty of a beachfront, a historic site, a beautiful farm, the antebellum charm of Poplar Grove Plantation, the renovated Historic Burgaw Depot, or even our National Park! This region offers a beautiful landscape for the perfect wedding…. A BEACH WEDDING Planning a beach wedding with the ocean as your backdrop?...

The Count On Me NC program is focused on providing the necessary knowledge and information needed to manage COVID-19 within businesses as restrictions are relaxed. These free courses provide a consistent approach based on state and national guidelines. The voluntary program is designed to incorporate the best available science in social and physical distancing, employee health and cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Ready or not we’re about to march into the summer just hoping for the best. At the hospital we’re moving into a trifecta of sorts, dealing with three important aspects of our mission pretty much at the same time. Our Topsail Turtle Project volunteers report that the nesting mamas have officially arrived with the first two nests of 2020 being laid on North Topsail. Since sea turtle...

Pender County Tourism was thrilled to award the winners of the Pender County Nature Photography Contest and they were excited to receive the recognition along with the prizes & goodies! We were able to catch a picture with a w inner in the 15 and under amateur youth category as she picked up her prize, Liberty Wilborn who won first place! "We received some of the best photos of nature taken within Pender...

Burgaw – Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announce the winners of the Pender County Nature Photography Contest. The photo contest was open to the public with a large participation. Prizes & gift certificates are being awarded for the winners in each category. “The contest had over a hundred submitted photos which either fell into the categories of adult amateur,...

It’s May, and the world has changed dramatically in these past months. But not on Topsail where the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center's Turtle Project volunteers are back on duty just like they’ve been every year for the past umpteen decades. They’re out patrolling every mile of the island before sunrise looking for signs that mama turtles have arrived. No nests as of this writing but...

Happy #CincoDeMayo and #TacoTuesday !!! Celebrate by ordering takeout at one of Pender County's Mexican Restaurants for lunch, dinner or BOTH! El Mirasol - Mexican Grill in Burgaw. Hampstead locations for Camino Real Mexican Restaurant , Burrito Shak, and Los Primos Mexican Restaurant . In Surf City visit Shaka Taco , Camino Real Bar and Grill - Surf City , and Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar- Surf City....

National Travel and Tourism Week May 3 – 9, 2020! Spotlighting the role of tourism in our communities, in our county, & in our state! National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses, and personal wellbeing. #travel #tourism...

Join us as we bring you a Virtual Shopping Extravaganza featuring our small businesses, shops, & restaurants! Remember to shop local! Many shops offer unique gift ideas, clothing, decor, and more! Shop & Support Local! Many of your favorite shops are open, adhering to social distancing guidelines. Many shops & businesses are taking online and phone orders offering curbside pickup! # shoppender Be...

BURGAW – Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announce a Pender County Nature Photography Contest. The contest is open to the public. Photos will be used in published materials giving credit to the photographer and location along with prizes awarded for first place in each category. Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. on May 11. “The contest has categories including...

Although many attractions are closed you can still get outdoors while practicing social distancing guidelines. Park trails and recreational areas are open, the Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center and park restrooms are temporarily closed as of March 24, 2020. The park is also not taking any new reservations for Patriots Hall at this time. Updates will be posted to the park website and social media channels....

Nothing, including Covid-19, stopped the Easter Bunny from making his rounds this year. And he even had a little gift for us - “Easter.” Just when we were hoping that we had “flattened the cold stun curve” the weather throws in a few frosty nights and the tides wash in those pitiful critters who just don’t have another ounce of strength in their little bodies. Honestly, we’re...

Sea Turtle Hospital News First there were 109, then 26 went home so we had 83. A week later another 19 turtles left for the deep blue sea. So then we had, well, we still have a lot of turtles. And now, thanks to Covid-19, a lot of our patients who had been blessed by Dr. Harms for release are stuck with us until who knows when. At least we’re now down to only three rooms full of pretty mad turtles who...

News from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabiltation First there were 199, than 26 went home so we had 83. A week later another 19 turtles left for the deep blue sea. So then we had, well, we still have a lot of turtles. And now, thanks to Covid-19, a lot of our patients who had been blessed by Dr. Harms for release are stuck with us until who knows when. At least we’re now down to only three...

Just in time for lunch! Participate in Pender County Tourism's Take-Out Bingo! When you visit any of these Pender County Restaurants save your receipts. Use your phone to take a picture of them and your card, and email them to tourism at skey@pendercountync.gov for prizes. All you have to do is get 5 in a row. Drawing will be held on May 1st. Be sure to follow your CDC Health Recommendations when going to get breakfast,...

T.G.I.F. It's Friday! Who wants to cook on Friday night? Well just in case you don't, here are some great local restaurants that are offering Take Out, Curbside and Delivery. We are still promoting our open local restaurants that are here to help serve you. Try one of these favorites tonight! #NoCookFriday The Sailfish, Dabby's Grill , Paul's Place Famous Hotdogs , Daddy Mac's Beach Grille...