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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 »

Summer Events that Will Make You Feel Like A Topsail Local

Part of the value of vacationing in a place like Topsail Island is that not only are you able to enjoy all of the natural assets offered by our gorgeous, eastern North Carolina beaches, but you also get to experience events infused with our own special brand of local, sou... View the full post »

Don't Let A Rainy Day At the Beach Get You Down

There’s an old joke here in North Carolina that goes something like this: “If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes.” It changes just that fast. If you happen to be enjoying one of our Topsail rentals during a bout of wet weather, don... View the full post »

Kid Approved Recipes That Will Make Your Topsail Vacation Perfect

Vacation-Mom and Short-Order-Cook-Mom don't always make the best Topsail Island travel partners. And what is a recipe really, other than a combination of delicious ingredients? If you are looking for a handful of quick and (relatively) healthy recipes that won't l... View the full post »

7 Things to Think About When You Bring Your Dog to Topsail Island

Let's face it. Your Topsail Island vacation won't be a "vacation" for you unless the whole family is having fun. Planning for a beach vacation can sometimes be challenging for those of us who consider our four-legged buddies to be full-fledged family members. Here... View the full post »

How to Keep Your Family Safe and Have the Best Beach Vacation Ever

Taking a vacation shouldn’t be stressful, and we do everything in our power to make sure your Topsail Island getaway is the peak of relaxation. The beachscapes, sand, sun and ocean waves draw people from all over the world to this beautiful area. Island Real Estate offe... View the full post »

5 Fabulous Topsail Spring Events You Must Have on Your List

Spring is in the air! Can’t you just smell it? And feel its energy? While spring can be a busy season for many of us, it is also the perfect season to get away for a vacation. Most especially because it is such a busy time of year. After all, if you don’t rejuvenate you... View the full post »

How to Best Capture the Beauty and Sparkle of Spring

It is almost spring!!!! That wonderful season full of the brilliant return of blooms to welcome our winter-weary eyes. A season filled with stunning sunshine gladdening our skin that is longing for some Vitamin-D. And a season full of the return and birth of magical coastal creatures! ... View the full post »

How to Make the Best Valentines Dessert for the Whole Family

  You have a wonderful Valentines Dinner with just the love of your life. Quiet. Romantic. Serene. The food is amazing. The conversation dazzling and exactly what you needed after a crazy holiday season and busy start to your year. But you have kids at home. And you want to show them some pa... View the full post »

How to Have the Best, Most Romantic Valentines Day in Topsail

Red and pink roses. Rich, velvety chocolate. The scent of spring in the air. Bubbling champagne. The twittering of birds. What does all of this herald? Why, Valentines Day of course! Are you ready for a brilliant, romantic weekend? (Who wouldn’t be, whether it is Valentines Day or ... View the full post »

1 Outstanding Book to Bring Blissful Adventure to Your Vacation

What is the most delightful way to spend a winter afternoon, you ask? Why, by indulging in a winter beach read, of course! Imagine, an afternoon spent curled up in a large, overstuffed armchair that faces the soothing, rhythmic waves of the ocean. Warm, sweet scents come from your cup of h... View the full post »

How to Deliciously Stay Healthy and Svelte this Winter

It’s winter! A time of sweaters, boots, and scarves. Of family time and lots and lots of really delicious, calorie laden meals with family. Lets face it: this time of year is always more than delicious…and we all tend to indulge a little to much sometimes over the holidays. And then, s... View the full post »