Whew! That was really a close call from Hurricane Earl a few days ago. Just wanted to get the word out there on the World Wide Web that Holden Beach did NOT get hit by Earl. We received just a few drops of light rain and some winds blowing around 25 mph from the North on Thursday. I was off work the day Earl passed us by so I was out surfing on the 8-12 foot waves that were produced. The ocean was mostly glassy except for the large swells. It was truly a “surfer’s paradise”.
Earl is long gone and this Labor Day weekend is absolutely beautiful! Come on down and see is this fall and stay for a weekend. We are now offering partial week rentals with a 2 night minimum stay. Please don’t forget to make your weekend reservations now for our yearly Festival By The Sea. The dates this year are October 30 & 31 2010. It is the last full weekend in October. Give us a call at 800-720-2200 for your reservation!
The Holden Beach Merchants Association hosts this very popular “NC Festival by the Sea.” This 2 day events is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge and each year several hundred take that high altitude stroll to stake out the perfect spot to view the parade. Arts and Crafts vendors are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sat. and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sun. You’ll want to plan to be on site for at least a couple of meals and a snack or two, just to sample a tiny portion of the food on hand. For the competitive sort, there is a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest. Children enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead and the children’s rides and amusements. There is live musical entertainment both days at Holden Beach’s Pavilion under the bridge.
The 2009 Festival by the Sea hosted two new events: a Surf Off and a Grom Fest, as well as a King Mackerel Fishing Tournament. Both events had some great prizes and proved to be a lot of fun.