Are you and your family coming to Holden Beach next month? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the fun events that are coming to the area. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and the family close to where the action is happening. Let’s look below at a few of the fun things happening around town so your family can make new memories.
Run Holden Beach 2020
Do you like to run or have a runner in the family? If yes, then why not sign up to join in the Run Holden Beach 2020 race on Saturday, January 18th from 7:00 am to 10:30 am. Here you can run with some breathtaking views that you won’t want to miss in the early morning hours. This year the race has changed courses and so you may find that this course is better. If you’re not a runner but you’d like to come check it out, why not cheer on some of those runners instead. Get the whole family involved and enjoy the event!
Hidden Battleship Tour
This event is perfect for those who have always dreamed of
being in the Navy or wanting to get a closer look at the Battleship in Wilmington.
Join in this fun and unique event where you will tour the Battleship for 4
hours and you will be able to take a peek in what it was like to live on the
ship. You will be able to see the Captain’s Quarters and so much more and is
something that you may not be able to experience ever again. This event is
happening on Saturday, January 4th from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm and is
something that you will want to check out with the family!
Explore Bald Head Island
Have you ever been over to Bald Head Island before and have
wanted to learn a little more about it? If you have then you have to check out
this fun Bald Head Island Guided Tour on Tuesday, January 28th from
8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The cost for this event is $25 per adult and $20 per child
(3 – 12) and does not include the ferry ticket. What a fun way to learn more
about this island and you will get to experience the Lighthouse Service and
While there are other fun events happening around Holden Beach during the month of January, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to Holden Beach yet, go ahead and do so now. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and happy new year!
Are you looking for a gift that will make the family happy this winter? Why not surprise them with a vacation to Holden Beach this winter. There are many things that your family can do while in town. Staying in one of our Holden Beach rentals will keep you close to the fun on the island. Let’s look below at how you can surprise your family with a vacation to Holden Beach this winter.
One way that you can surprise your family this Christmas is
to leave a little clue for each family member. Then on those little clues you
will continue to have them search the house for their surprise gift. After they
have gone through all of the clues, you hand them each something that they
would need for the beach. This is a great way to get the family pumped for their
gift and then tell them where you are going for a week.
Keep it a Secret
Another great way that you can surprise the family with a trip to Holden Beach, is you can keep it a secret. Have them pack their bags as if you were going to take a small trip to a destination close to you. This is a great way to surprise them as they won’t be expecting to travel to the beach considering its winter. Not only will it be a great surprise for the family but will get you excited to sneak away from life just for the week.
Gift Under the Tree
Surprising any family member with a vacation to Holden Beach
during the winter months, is always fun. You can write on a piece of paper where
you’re going and wrap it up in several boxes. They will have to continue to
guess what’s in the box and it will be fun for everyone. Be sure to record them as they are unwrapping the
gift because seeing their reactions is what every parent wants to see for years
There are many other ways that you can tell your family about the surprise vacation to Holden Beach this winter, but these are the few we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your Holden Beach rental to getaway for a week to the beach, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you get to explore what Holden Beach has to offer in the off-season!
Are you looking to go on a relaxing vacation the beach but not sure where to go? Holden Beach is a great family vacation spot that many loves to visit year-round. With the warm weather for most of the year and the amount of fun your family can have while vacationing here, it’s the perfect location for all. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the fun is at. Let’s look at a few reasons as of why you need to book your vacation to Holden Beach below.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Going on a vacation where you can explore the outdoors is what many families are looking for. Heading to the beach at any time of the year will allow your family to enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time at the beach building sandcastles with the kids or soaking up the sun sitting watching the kids play. Some other fun things that your family can enjoy are the Shallotte River Swamp Park, go fishing with the Holden Beach Fishing Charter or heading to nearby towns and explore. Rent bikes if you didn’t bring them with you and go on a daily bike ride with the family. There is so much that you can do outdoors with the family when you take a vacation to Holden Beach.
For many adults, they head on vacation and yet still bring
their work with them. Instead of bringing your computer or work phone with you,
leave it at home. You are on vacation and you’re here to relax and enjoy time
with the family. Spending time at the beach while you are on vacation can help relieve
stress you may have from life at home. Sit back on the beach with a book in
your hand, an umbrella to sit under and just let go. Just enjoy your time away
from work, school, the kid’s activities and just life at home while you are
visiting Holden Beach.
Sunrises & Sunsets
Another great reason that you need to book your next vacation to Holden Beach is the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. While many want to sleep in while on vacation, having younger kids may prevent this from happening some days. Instead, make a pot of coffee and go sit on the deck of your vacation rental and watch the sunrise happen. The sunsets are just beautiful as the sunrises and you can watch them from your vacation rental or watch them with the kids on the beach. Be sure to take a camera with you so you can capture the beauty that you will witness.
While there are many other reasons as of why you need to book a vacation to Holden Beach, these are just a few that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next Holden Beach vacation rental yet, now is the time. We hope that your family can get away and come enjoy the beach life here on the island.
Are you and your family looking to head to the beach this fall to experience what the weather is like? Many families love to visit the North Carolina Southern Coast during the fall months because the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the sand. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach and to where some of the fun fall festivals are happening. Let’s look below at where your family can enjoy some fun at some of the festivals happening around on the North Carolina Southern Coast.
Sunset at Sunset Festival
Head over to nearby town Sunset Beach to experience their very own fall festival. The town of Sunset Beach is hosting a community block party where your family can enjoy lots of food, fun and arts & crafts. This is the 13th year that the festival has been going on and many locals love heading to it for family quality time. From getting to listen to some amazing music all day to trying new food from many local restaurants, there’s always something for everyone. Don’t miss coming to this fun day being held on October 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Sunset Beach!
39th Annual NC Oyster Festival
Don’t miss this year’s annual NC Oyster Festival happening in Ocean Isle Beach this year. This happens to be the 39th year that they have been hosting it and we can tell you that you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. On October 19th and 20th your family can get to experience this amazing festival that will have lots of fun things for everyone in the family. From listening to live music to eating your weight of oysters there is something for everyone. And don’t go home empty handed as you explore the arts and crafts from the local vendors that will be at the festival this year. Take home one of their treasures to remember your trip to Holden Beach or give as gifts for Christmas this year. No matter what this is a festival you don’t want to miss!
Coming back for another year is Wilmington’s Riverfest happening by the waterfront in downtown Wilmington. This fun 2-day event is one that many families who live on the North Carolina Coast love to head to every year. From getting to try new foods from many of the local restaurants to getting to watch fireworks like it’s the 4th of July. We can guarantee that no one in the family will be bored. This weekend long festival will be one that you won’t want to miss with the family. Plus, there will be a street fair, kids’ zone and much more! Just think of heading to Wilmington for the day as you explore the other festivals happening around the area.
Vacationing to the North Carolina Coast during the month of October is fun for the whole family. There is something for everyone to enjoy besides soaking up the sunshine on the beach and it’s fun to explore new places too. If you haven’t made your reservations to get away for a week or even a small getaway, now is the time. We still have plenty of Holden Beach vacation rentals that will keep your family close to all the fun festivals. We hope to see you this fall as you explore and experience what it’s like to come to the beach during the fall months!
Summer for kids means only one thing, it’s time for the annual trip to Holden Beach. Holden Beach is a great place to take your family vacation every year and get to spend as much time on the sand. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation homes will keep you and your family close to the beach. We have a few kid-friendly activities that are perfect for playing on the beach with the family below.
Who doesn’t love a good classic game of tic-tac-toe with the
kids? But this game is even more fun when played in the sand. All you need is a
stick to help draw the squares in the sand and some seashells that the kids
collected from the beach to use as the X & O. What a great game to play
with the kids and have a friendly game with them. Think of how much fun they
can have with learning how to play the game in the sand!
Another great activity that can be played on the beach and
with the whole family would be musical towels. Have a towel for each member of
the family and lay the towels out on the beach in a circle. We also recommend
that you bring a small radio or a smartphone with speakers so you can play
musical towels. Play just as you would play musical chairs but only on the
beach soaking up the sun!
Build Sand Animals
Instead of building the perfect sandcastle build sand
animals instead. What a great way to challenge your kids to build their
favorite animal in the sand. What you will need to build these beautiful animals
in the sand are a bucket, shovel and your kids’ imagination. You can always split
into teams and see what family member has made the best sand animal together.
What a great way to spend time with the family on the beach where everyone can
be in on the action.
Play Sand Skeeball
Have you ever gone to an arcade and played skeeball? This
version is a little more fun and entertaining as you are playing in the sand
with the kids. You will need to have a small ball that the kids can roll down
the sand to go into the holes. Next you want to dig 10 holes into the sand that
will be in the shape of a triangle and roll the ball down the “lane”. Be sure to assign each hole with a point value
so that you can tally up who won.
Build a Sandman
Since snow is a rare sighting at the beach during the
summer, it’s time to build a sandman instead. This is the kid’s version of a
snowman but building out of the sand on the beach. Make sure that each child
has a bucket and a shovel to help build their sandman. For the eyes and other
features that you will find on a snowman you can find right there on the beach.
Grab a few shells for the eyes, smile and buttons down the sandman. Find a
piece of driftwood for the nose and hands. And finally, if you happen to find
some seaweed, use that as the scarf on their sandman. Take a picture with each
kid sitting or standing next to their creation and take a picture to help
remember the fun they had.
There are many other fun kid-friendly activities that you can do on the beach, but these were a few to share with you. If you haven’t made reservations for your next beach getaway, check out what Oceanfront vacation homes are available. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories with the few kid-friendly activities listed above!
It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July will be here and that means so is your family vacation. Many families love to come to Holden Beach every summer to celebrate the birth of our country with their friends and family. Staying in one of our Ocean Front vacation homes will help you stay close to where the fun will begin. Let’s take a look at what some of the fun things that you and your family can do while you stay with us below.
Ocean Isle Beach July 4th Festival
If your family is looking for a fun July 4th festival then head over to Ocean Isle Beach on Thursday, July 4th where you can watch the 4th of July Parade. The parade will begin at 10:00 am and you will be able to see the spectacular decorated floats & golf carts, If you would like to watch the fireworks, head over on July 3rd to the Ocean Isle Beach Pier to view them. Don’t miss the fun that Ocean Isle Beach has to offer you on your next family vacation to Holden Beach.
4th of July in Southport
The City of Southport has an amazing 4th of July celebration that will begin on July 1st and ends on July 4th, 2019. Your family will be able to enjoy several different things such as the Flag Raising Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony and so much more. There will be plenty of things for the kids to do as there will be entertainment, games and even a pancake breakfast. Make this a tradition to visit every year as you celebrate this festival.
Fireworks in Wilmington
If you are looking for a great fireworks show, then head to nearby Wilmington on July 4th. There are several different places where your family can sit down and relax to watch the annual 4th of July fireworks. One of the best places to sit and watch them would be at Battleship Park. Bring a blanket or towel to sit down and enjoy the amazing display. The firework display will begin around 9:00 pm so come and grab a quick bite to eat and find the perfect spot by the waterfront to watch the fireworks display. What a fun evening to spend in nearby Wilmington with the family.
While there are many other events happening along the North Carolina Coast, we thought you’d enjoy these. If you still haven’t found a place to stay for your vacation, then check out some of these Ocean Front vacation homes today. We hope that your family has a wonderful vacation and a safe 4th of July!
Summer may be here for many but did you know that May is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on the coast? Each year many loggerhead sea turtles come to our shoreline in late spring to lay their nests? And when you stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, your family may get to see a nest or two. Let’s see what you need to know about the sea turtle nesting season here at Holden Beach below.
When Will We See a Sea Turtle Nest?
Here at Holden Beach, we have many volunteers who will begin searching the beaches in hope of finding a loggerhead sea turtle nest. May 1st through the end of October is when your family may get to see a turtle nest. If you are walking at night on the beach, you may find a mother sea turtle laying her eggs in a nest she built. This doesn’t happen just at Holden Beach, but happens along the shorelines in several states.
Help Protect our Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Holden Beach takes protecting our loggerhead sea turtles very serious we would like to continue to make their nests on our coast. Each morning you will see that there are local volunteers who look for a new nest or a turtle who may need help. With each new nest they find, they mark it with stakes, ribbon and even a warning sign to help protect them. It will normally take each nest to hatch around 60 days or so and so they are closely monitored until they do. We do however have a few things that you need to remember while you are on vacation during turtle nesting season:
If you happen to see a sea turtle mother or their nest, please keep your distance from them.
When you are venturing on the beach at night, please leave your flashlights off or if you happen to see a turtle, don’t shine it on them. They use the moonlight to help guide them back to the sea.
Make sure that you bring your beach equipment back to your vacation rental after a nice day at the beach. We don’t want the turtles to get caught in them while they are on the sand.
Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
If you happen to see a mother who is in distress, injured or any unmarked nests, please contact the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol today at 910-754-0722.
While there are many other things you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while you are on vacation, these are the most important that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We hope that you and your family will be able to see a sea turtle on your next vacation to Holden Beach!
Have you ever vacationed in Holden Beach during the summer, then you are missing out on some fun! Each year the Holden Beach Concert Series begins at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the Holden Beach bridge. This series offers our guests free live performances by local musicians every Sunday night at 6:30 pm. The series begins on May 26th and ends on September 1st, 2019. And when you are staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, then you will be close to the fun for your next vacation. Let’s look at the line up for this year’s Concert Series below.
2019 Holden Beach Concert Series Lineup
May 26th – Steve Owens and Summertime
June 2nd – Carolina Breakers
June 9th – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
June 16th – Blackwater Rhythm and Blues
June 30th – Jim Quick and Coastline
July 7th – The Tams
July 14th – Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot
July 21st – The Entertainers
July 28th – Big Time Band
August 4th – North Tower
August 11th – Tim Clark
August 18th – Too Much Sylvia
August 25th. – The Extraordinaires
September 1st – The Imitations
Fun with the Family
If you have never attended one of these concerts, then you
have been missing out on fun with the family. Here you can dance together and
enjoy time outdoors with the ones you love and can just enjoy the live music. There
will be refreshments available for purchase during the live entertainment, so if
you haven’t eaten dinner yet, there will be a few things there to grab. What a
great way to start out your vacation with your family.
If you still have not made your summer vacation reservations to Holden Beach this year, now is the time. We have plenty of vacation rentals that will work for all size families who want to come and enjoy the beach. We can’t wait to see you and your family this coming up season!
Are you and your family going on Vacation to Holden Beach and you are wondering where you can get the best coffee at? We can tell you that we know where the best spots to grab a cup of coffee or two from in the area. Many locals like to get their daily dose of caffeine at these places and we thought that we’d share them with you. If you are staying with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, you won’t be too far away from any of them. Let’s look at our top picks for the best places to get coffee while on vacation in Holden Beach.
Cappuccino by the Sea
Cappuccino by the Sea has been open for over 25 years and is not like any other coffee shop around. Here you and your family can come in, paint some pottery, shop and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea. Fresh coffee is made every morning and afternoon and they serve Columbian coffee. Also, in the summer time while the weather is hot, you can get served cold coffee along with coffee ice cubes. You may notice that if your coffee will get stronger as the ice melts, but for many it only makes the coffee better. They do serve other drinks as well such as Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Lemonade and hot chocolate. Don’t miss this gem on your next vacation to Holden Beach.
For those days where you just want a nice cup of coffee and munch on a little treat, then we have the perfect location. Café Ahora is located just before you come onto the island on Holden Beach Road. In a quaint location you will be able to find several different coffee options for you to choose from. From a hot cup of coffee to a Cold Brew to even smoothies, there is something for everyone in the family. And treat yourself to a little treat such as a Chocolate Chunk Cookie or a muffin. They also do offer specials for their customers as well which is why many of the locals love this coffee shop.
Jumpin’ Java Espresso
Jumpin’ Java Espresso is located in nearby town, Shallotte
and is known to many as to have some of the best coffee around. They offer many
classic options such as Caramel Lattes, Americano, Daily Brews and Caramel Macchiato’s
for you to enjoy. They also offer cold options and frozen drinks for you to sip
on. And let’s not forget about their signature drinks that everyone raves about
such as their German Chocolate Cake, Monkey Business, Milky Way and the famous
Shallotte’. Jumpin’ Java Espresso also has other drinks such as Hot Chocolate,
Italian Soda, and Smoothies for those who don’t drink coffee. Don’t miss this
coffee shop while you are on vacation or leaving to go home.
OIB Surf & Java
If you are looking for another great coffee shop in the area, then head on over to Ocean Isle Beach for a different kind of coffee shop. OIB Surf & Java is like no other coffee shop out there are you cannot only get coffee, but you can also shop for surfing things. They are locally owned, and it happens to be a favorite spot for many of the locals to flock to. They do offer different and unique flavors of Lattes and Frappes and for those who don’t care for coffee they have smoothies and tea for you. With so many different options for you to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. Get a little shopping done while you enjoy your coffee or treat by looking at clothing, surfboards and more. Come check out why the locals love this little shop!
While there are many other options for coffee shops in the area, these are the few we’d thought that you would enjoy. If you are still on the hunt for a place to stay this year for either Spring Break or for the summer, then check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to the area!
Headed to the sandy beaches of the North Carolina Coast for your vacation this year? Nothing says vacation like spending the day at one of our beautiful beaches. When staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, having the right beach bag essentials will help make your vacation much better. Be sure to check your “beach bag” must have list before you leave for your trip to guarantee you’ll have a good time.
Must Have Beach Bag Items
Having the right beach bag can make ALL the difference in the world. Sure, you
can throw all of your items into any old bag, but did you know that all beach
bags were not created equal. We suggest looking at the size, water and sand
resistance, security and stylish when searching for your bag. We have found
that even using a backpack, diaper bag or an even a large utility tote bag
works perfect for a beach bag.
Pack a towel for everyone in your family whether
you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel
with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you.
Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group
remember which one theirs is. We also suggest that you make a pocket or two for
your beach towels too. Just sew a few pockets on one end of the towel to keep a
few things handy like sunscreen or your sunglasses.
With the southern sun on Holden Beach, sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you do happen to get a little more sun than you planned, make sure to have some aloe in your bag as well.
Water Resistant Phone Pouch or Plastic Bag
Between the water, sun and sand, the beach is
filled with many things that can damage your phone. Bringing a water-resistant
pouch to the beach can be a lifesaver for many. If you come on vacation and
realize you don’t have one, a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag will do the same as
the phone pouch. They will keep your phone protected from the elements at the
beach and you can even use it while it’s in the bag or pouch.
Mesh Bag for Sand Toys
When you go on vacation with kids, bringing
toys to play in the sand is a must. But we understand that bringing back the
sand into your car or vacation rental can be a hassle. If you pack in your
beach bag a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys
can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a
good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach. You should be able to
find these bags at any store or you can purchase them online too.
Hat & Sunglasses
Bringing both of these items can be very useful
for anyone who visits the beach. The sun in the south is a lot warmer than it
would be up north, and so we want to make sure you are protected. Having
sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you
some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you
have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these
along with you. Be sure to pack one for each member of your family.
Reusable Water Bottle
When you are spending the day in the sun and at the beach, you will want to stay hydrated as well. Throw a few water bottles in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as a Yeti Cup or an insulated bottle as they will keep your drink ice cold all day long. The sun and salt will dry you out so make sure that you have enough water to go around for everyone in your family for the whole day.
You may not have thought that this would be a must,
but it is whenever you go to the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation
rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all
over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag
will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a
nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the
Many years ago, we learned of an easier way to
keep your food and beach items sand free. Bring a fitted sheet with you from
home that you can prop up on the beach. Use the cooler, beach bag, and a few
other things to help keep the area clean. If you have younger kids that don’t
like the feel of the sand, this is a way they too can enjoy the beach without
the upset of getting sand in their mouths, or even the food.
There are many other items that you can pack into your beach bag for your next trip to Holden Beach, but these are the must have items we thought you should have with you. If you are still looking for a place to stay for your next getaway or vacation, then check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy the North Carolina Coast!
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