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Topsail Inspired Christmas Traditions That You Need to Try

Christmas traditions are such a fun and exciting way to celebrate the Holidays! With practically endless ideas, there is a Christmas tradition perfect for every family. Your family’s Christmas tradition can be as silly or crazy as you want and if your family doesn’t al... View the full post »

10 Cool Ways to Keep Warm This Winter

If you are a "beach person" (which you obviously are), odds are pretty good that you hate being cold. You don't like winter. You are probably curled up in a blanket with a hot coffee at this very moment, wishing you could fast forward to warmer days! Alas, we hav... View the full post »

Your Checklist For the Best Southern Thanksgiving Ever!

When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? For those of us here on Topsail Island, it's Southern home cooking. There is no better time to show off our down-home recipes than at Thanksgiving while celebrating with family and friends. You might already hav... View the full post »

6 Vacation Rental Secrets That Make Cleaning a Breeze!

Just like standard hotels, cleanliness is very important in the vacation rental industry. Maybe even more so, because in a vacation rental there are usually several bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms and a kitchen to contend with, not to mention the sand and other tidbits... View the full post »

You Need to Try The 3 Best Fall Outings Near Topsail Island

We love fall on Topsail! Not only is the beach still warm and welcoming, but there is plenty to do both on and off the island! These three quick outings are all within an hour's drive of your vacation home on Topsail Island. Whether you prefer a historic plantation... View the full post »

Sharks, Dolphins and Mermaids ... Oh My! Family Friendly Beach Movies We Love

Sometimes you just need a movie night in, even while you are on vacation.Luckily most of our vacation rentals offer Netflix and many have a DVD player if you want to bring movies from home. You can also have a beach-themed movie night in your own house! Spread some b... View the full post »

20 of the Best Beach Quotes to Make You Smile

If the beach is your happy place, you will appreciate the sentiments below. Read on to be inspired and remember why you love vacations at Topsail Beach. Chasing SunshineTry to catch a ray, no matter where you are. ... View the full post »

Terrific Topsail Trivia To Impress Your Friends

How much do you really know about Topsail Island?  You already know that you should pronounce it "Tops'l" instead of "Top-sail". You have heard the rumors about Blackbeard's treasure buried along the coast. You might even know that Topsail Island is consi... View the full post »

5 Fabulous Fishing Spots in Topsail That Will Make You Smile

Fishing is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Topsail Island. It’s affordable, fun for all ages, and who doesn’t love an activity that could end with a freshly prepared meal?   Because Topsail is a barrier island it offers seve... View the full post »

7 Easy Things To Do That Will Bring Beach Style To Your Home

There's just something about a Topsail Island vacation rental house. Maybe it's the light, airy rooms or the cool beach decor pieces that you find scattered throughout the home like little treasures waiting to be discovered. Whatever it is, you know that it makes y... View the full post »

9 Healthy Snacks That Will Make The Beach Better

Out of all of the stuff you need to pack to ensure a successful day at the beach, the supplies that will most influence the mood of your group are likely to be those of the edible variety. But effectively anticipating the snacking whims of your crew is often an impossible ... View the full post »

The Best List of Books to Read on the Beach

One of the very best things about going on vacation are those precious free moments, those moments when no one is calling your name and there's not a chore to be done. Vacations allow us to spend our time enjoying the things that we find most pleasant a... View the full post »

10 Picnic Perfect Recipes You Can Eat On The Beach

Picnic foods and picnic food recipes should meet three standards. First, the recipe should be easily adapted to make a lot or a little, depending on how many people you're planning to feed. Second, the food should be something that can be easily pulled out and packed a... View the full post »

Everything You Need to Know To Enjoy Topsail Island During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season. For some, the idea of vacationing along the NC coast during this time of year may induce moments of doubt or uncertainty. After all, North Carolina does rank 4th overall in number of direct hits by hurricanes. But here's why you should lay a... View the full post »

How to Have the Best 4th of July at the Beach

Let’s be honest. If you’ve found a way to celebrate Independence Day somewhere along the 26 gorgeous miles of Topsail Island, you’re already guaranteed to have a great holiday. Use our tips to increase your enjoyment and you’ll be well on your way to your best 4... View the full post »