The first tourism update of 2016 has been sent to our subscribers. To read the Jan. 4, 2016 e-newsletter click here. For your free subscription, email tproctor@pendercountync.gov.

Thousands of people - both visitors and locals - gathered at the Beach Access in Surf City for the annual Dolphin Dip. This fun event benefits charities - this year Share the Table and ASAP, a local autism support group. We posted several photo galleries and videos on Facebook. Click here to get started on viewing the New Year's Day fun!

Are you looking for parties and dinners to celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day? Check our local restaurants and clubs for amazing dinners, dancing, and more. New Yorkers watch the ball drop in Times Square. In Surf City, we watch the TV drop at Gallagher's Sports Bar and Grill. So many celebrations and just one night! Here's a wonderful list to help you plan the ringing in of 2016! Click...

The Pender County Tourism Office is taking a break today. We will open the office Tuesday, Dec. 29. In the meantime, watch for our upcoming events listing. Stephanie has compiled a list of events and things to do New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. If you miss it, the listing will be posted on our website visitpender.com/news. Don't hesitate to contact us. The office phone is 910-259-1278 and the cell...

The first few days of winter break are nice. The children are content to stay home, play video games, watch cartoons and sleep in. By Wednesday, they are whining, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Oh, there are plenty of things to do in Pender County, Children. Here’s a survival guide for parents. In Pender County you can entertain the children and not go bankrupt. Here’s...

Denise Sanderson is a preservationist. In 2006, Denise and Stuart Sanderson opened Tarboro Main Street Inn, a bed and breakfast, they renovated from a historical 1895 home. The large front porch is inviting and Denise’s designs make for a bed and breakfast that receives rave reviews on TripAdvisor. On July 1, Denise and Stuart opened the Main Street Inn in Topsail Beach. She applied her same preservationist...

TOPSAIL BEACH – Keith Myers, the chairman of Autumn With Topsail, presented a check for $51,000 to Gaylene Branton, the president of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. “The proceeds of Autumn With Topsail will be used to maintain the Assembly Building and for the Missiles and More Museum,” said Branton. “It is greatly appreciated.” Myers said Autumn With Topsail...

The Dec. 7, 2015 E-newsletter features winners of the coloring contest, the Topsail Beach Christmas Parade and more. Click here to read the quick weekly update.

We cook. We ready the guest rooms for visiting family and friends. There's one more task: ready their experience to the sights of Pender County. Pender County is rich in family-affordable entertainment. Here are five things to do with your out-of-town guests: Be sure to take your weekend guests to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The sea turtle hospital offers Saturday visitation...

The Nov. 30 edition of the Pender County Tourism E-newsletter is available here. If you wish to subscribe to the e-newsletter and an email of upcoming events, email Tammy Proctor at tproctor@pendercountync.gov.

Southeast Tourism Society Selects The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo as a ‘STS Top 20 Event’ Travel industry organization has saluted region’s best events since 1985 ATLANTA– The Southeast Tourism Society has named The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for March 2016. The next Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is set for March 18-20, 2016. The STS Top 20 Events program...

Click here to read the Nov. 2 Tourism e-newsletter. Today's topics include the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center's latest award, plus information about the map project that kicks off this week. Dates to remember include Fenders on the River at Old River Farm, the Silent Auction that benefits Meals on Wheels, and the Jingle Bell Ball. If you wish to subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter...

The North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA) announced the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the Visitors Attraction of the Year. “We’re pleased and honored,” said Jean Beasley, the director of the sea turtle hospital. “This is quite a prestigious award.” The sea turtle hospital offers limited visiting offers because it is a hospital where sick...

BURGAW— The NC Blueberry Festival, Pender County Tourism, the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce have teamed to host the Eastern NC Events and Festival Consortium Nov. 6, at the Historic Train Depot. The free workshop is open to any organization that hosts a festival and plans events. “It is a perfect networking and informational workshop for PTAs and directors...

To read the Oct. 12 Tourism E-newsletter click here . Topics include upcoming events such as Autumn With Topsail, NC Coast Host, and the Eastern NC Events and Festival Consortium.