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How to Trick Your Kids Into Learning On Vacation - Homeschool Edition

Take the ultimate field trip! Did you know that Topsail Island might be one of the best places to bring your homeschool crew? Whether you have been a homeschooling family for years or are just getting started, our little island has everything you need for success. Ho... View the full post »

Pack the Perfect Beach Bag for a Day on Topsail Island

Packing for the beach requires skill! You definitely don't want to bring too much. But .... you don't want to leave anything important behind, either. Today we will tell you exactly what you should pack in your beach bag (and what you can leave at ho... View the full post »

Cravable Coffee and Ice Cream Spots of Topsail Island

Two of the most searched items for people on vacation are "coffee" and "ice cream". Today, we have compiled a list of Topsail Island's best coffee and ice cream shops all in one place. For such a small island, we have a surprising number of both! And that&#... View the full post »

Tips & Tricks to Eat Like a Local on Topsail Island

The Greater Topsail Island area (which includes three incorporated areas—North Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Topsail Beach) supports thousands of full-time residents who live here all year long. And that number is growing! The secret is out – Topsail Island is ... View the full post »

Beach Memes That Will Have You in the Topsail Vacation Mood

Need a quick pick me up? Check out these happiness-inducing beach memes & quotes. Sit back, grab a cold drink, and take a break with a few beach memes that will get you longing for the beach! If you are ready to book a vacation – like, NOW – start per... View the full post »

Free Printable Beach Scavenger Hunt for Vacation or at Home

The beach is a lot of fun just by itself, right? Sure. But if you find yourself with a couple of kids who (after several days on the beach) are getting a little bit antsy, hand out this simple scavenger hunt. It will take the focus off their sandy bathing suits and f... View the full post »

Simple Shrimp Recipes That You Will Love

Yum! Yum! Yum!! Let's talk about shrimp! We understand that shrimp isn't for everyone. But for those of us who love this seafood specialty, it is a delicious treat. The best shrimp recipes are made with fresh shrimp. The very BEST shrimp comes from the waters here in... View the full post »

How to Meal Plan for a Vacation Rental Stay

Let’s face it, a vacation isn’t really a memorable vacation without good eats. However, eating well while out on a trip or a break can be quite tricky. You can eat out for all three meals but doing that day in and day out can really mess up your vacation budget. If you... View the full post »

Beach Themed Activities for Children Out of School

As the weather warms, Spring often gives us hints of the blissful days of summer ahead. This is the time when children and adults begin to look forward to long days of lounging on the beach... with sun above and sand beneath. Unfortunately, we can't always get to Tops... View the full post »

How to Enjoy a Beach Day From Anywhere

Dreaming of the beach doesn't have to be a distant memory. Even if you can't make it out to the water, a little creativity and imagination can allow you to enjoy the beach just about anywhere. Here are some beach day tips to try so you can bring a little sunshi... View the full post »

Beach Quotes That Will Inspire When Missing the Beach

Are you missing the beach? Are you longing to be relaxing in your Topsail Island vacation rental? Are you ready for sand between your toes and a salty breeze in your hair? As the days get longer and warmer, it is only natural to dream of your favorite sandy spot. After ... View the full post »

The Perfect Playlist For When You Are Missing the Beach

Have you found yourself longing for the beach and all its salty goodness? The weather is starting to warm up, and you are probably yearning for a trip to beach. Right? Well, if you can’t get to the beach then you need to bring the beach to you. One way to do that is to cre... View the full post »

Get the Best Topsail Vacation When You Book Direct

With all of the different sites and ways to look for vacation accommodations, it can be very overwhelming when it comes time to book your beach getaway. Plus, it can be almost impossible to know if you are getting a good deal on your Topsail Island vacation rentals.Surely... View the full post »

How to Have a Romantic Topsail Island Getaway

Topsail Island, North Carolina is already so beautiful, it really doesn’t take much to make it a truly romantic getaway destination. Walking hand in hand with your significant other along the unending shoreline will likely be enough to keep the romance flowing, but that... View the full post »

3 Coastal Stews That Will Warm You on a Cold Day

There is nothing that warms the soul quite like a bowl of hot soup or stew when the weather is cold. Here in eastern North Carolina, we have our own traditions when it comes to stews. We like to add seafood to EVERYTHING. While soups and stews can be enjoyed year rou... View the full post »