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.

Here's a rainy-day-at-the-beach suggestion: play Topsail-Opoly. A great family-time activity, Topsail-Opoly is a game somewhat like Monopoly, but features local attractions, restaurants, and lodging. The purser controlling the money is the Blackbeard's Booty Bank. And remember the Treasure Chest cards? These are Blackbeard's Treasure Chest cards and they award money for best tan and surfing contests. They...

Explore the Intracoastal Waterway with A&B Saltwater Adventures TOPSAIL BEACH – Summer isn’t officially over until late September, so there is plenty of time to explore the Intracoastal Waterway aboard a jet ski from A&B Saltwater Adventures. Located at the Bush Marina in Topsail Beach, A&B Saltwater Adventures is owned and operated by Britni and Andrew Floyd. “We have 16 miles of...

Each Monday morning Pender County Tourism sends a tourism e-newsletter that highlights the week's news. Click on the link below and read the Sept. 21 news. If you would like to subscribe to our e-newsletter, email /news/page/8 http://www.visitpender.com/admin/blog/

Nature’s Way Farm and Seafood is Pender County’s only registered dairy. Tucked off Sloop Point Loop Road, Nature’s Way Farm offers fresh goat cheese, feta, blue cheese, mozzarella, and a host of other products. “Since I was a child I liked organic gardening and I always wanted animals,” said Tina Moller who owns Nature’s Way Farm and Seafood with her husband, Bill. They also...

Calling all BBQ and Festival lovers come join us for the 3rd Annual Cape Fear BBQ Festival that will be held at Old River Farms , 8711 Old River Road in Burgaw. There will be a BBQ Cook-off, an Antique Truck and Tractor Display, Arts and Crafts, Commercial Vendors, Plants and Flowers, a Children’s Entertainment Zone, an Adult Beverage Tent and lots of good old Southern BBQ. There will be Live Entertainment...

The North Carolina Spot Festival is annual event that is anticipated by the Greater Hampstead area. This year, the event will be a three-day festival, beginning Friday, Sept. 25 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 27. Located on US Hwy 17, south of the NC 210 intersection in Hampstead, the NC Spot Festival features the best beach music available. This year The Embers with Craig Woolard will headline Friday's...

SURF CITY – Character actor Christopher McDonald, known for his role as Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, has joined Fireball Run this season. He, along with 50 teams, will roll onto Topsail Island Sept. 29-30 as the entertainment series films. “We will set one more placesetting for the Mayors’ Reception,” said Tammy Proctor, the area coordinator for Fireball Run . “This is an unexpected...

Pender County has a smorgasbord of dining choices. From Bandana’s in Burgaw to Sears Landing in Surf City, we are blessed to have the best seafood, barbeque, pizza, and steaks. We are often asked, “Where do the locals like to dine?” We like Daddy Mac’s, Gallaghers Bar and Grill, Beach Shop & Grill, and a host of others that can be found in Surf City and Topsail Beach. But join us as we tour...

At the juncture where Pender County and New Hanover County meet at US Hwy. 17 sits a beautiful antebellum home, the centerpiece of Poplar Grove Plantation. Named one of the Top 10 plantations to visit by USA Today, Poplar Grove Plantation offers tours of the manor house, outbuildings, and heritage crafts. On the 15-acre property is an animal sanctuary which currently includes horses, chickens, peacocks, and pigs. “We...

During the summer, more than 1,000 people per day stand in line to go to the hospital. The sea turtle hospital, that is. Known as the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the hospital’s patients come from all over the Eastern Seaboard. They sometimes weigh hundreds of pounds. Sometimes they are stunned by cold and their little organs begin to shut down. Sometimes they are injured by boat...