NC Oyster Festival This Weekend!

 

NC-Oyster-Festival-Logo-233x300Come join us for the 34th Annual NC Oyster Festival, October 18th-19th, 2014 and find out for yourself why the oyster is so treasured in Ocean Isle. The North Carolina Oyster Festival offering a fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family!

The beach center becomes a walking district that offers something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off Contest and the Oyster Shucking Contest. New for 2014, there’s an an Oyster Eating Contest as well as a shag competition where folks will compete for the “Shaggin’ Oyster” titles, so come “Get your shag on!”

Leading up to the festival are our Annual Surf-off Competition on October 4 & 5, 2014. The following weekend there is a new and exciting event on October 11, 2014 – the Muddy Oyster Challenge. This is a 5k mud run. And, the annual Road Race is being moved back to Oyster Festival weekend. It will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 and will include a 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Festival is from 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person and children 8 and under are free.

This year’s musical acts will include The Fat Jack Band, The Entertainers, 40 East, 4 Miles South, Jim Quick & the Coastline Band, and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot.

Come join in on the fun at this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival!

 

North Carolina Oyster Festival

About the Oyster Festival

People come from far and wide to visit the Oyster Festival,  it’s a favorite festival to anyone who has been.

The coastal waters of Brunswick County provide an abundance of the marine mollusks each year bringing over 30,000 people to Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate the tasty treat.

The North Carolina Oyster Festival will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, festival food, NC Oyster Festival Road Race, NC Oyster Festival Tennis Tournament, Surf Contest, a girls Beauty Pageant, a kid’s areas, the Oyster Shucking Championship, and an Oyster Stew Cook-off.

See Videos From the North Carolina Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival Accommodations

Below are featured accommodations, so come out, have a great time and discover the gem of Brunswick County! 
The Winds Resort North Carolina Oyster Festival Ocean Isle BeachA Tropical Escape Closer Than You Think! Oceanfront rooms and suites overlooking palm trees, lush tropical gardens and our breathtaking island beach. Also Four, Five and Six Bedroom Resort Cottages with full kitchen, living room and large whirlpool spa. Rates include complimentary hot breakfast buffet & use of all amenities Three Pools (one indoor), Whirlpools etc. The Garden Bar and poolside Tiki Bar both feature a light menu & mixed drinks.

310 E. 1st St.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
1-800-334-3581
Website: http://TheWinds.Com Email: [email protected]

The Winds Resort Ocean Isle Beach North Carolina Oyster FestivalThe Winds Resort Beach Club offers a choice of oceanfront suites overlooking palm trees, subtropical gardens and our breathtaking powder-sand island beach or, for groups, our spacious 4, 5 and 6 bedroom Resort Cottages.

All stays include a Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet and use of all of The Winds Amenities: Three Pools (one indoor), Garden Bar Restaurant and poolside oceanfront Tiki-Bar.

The Winds’ deserves its reputation as “A Tropical Escape closer than you think!”

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Tiki Bar Halloween Party!

The Winds Resort Halloween BashJoin us October 31st for a spooky good time at The Winds’ Tiki Bar! Celebrate the last weekend for the Tiki Bar with some ghoulish delights! Kim will be hosting the bash, complete with a DJ with fun and games, decorations, and a costume contest!

The winner of the costume contest will win a free night at The Winds Resort!

We’ll even give you 25% off your stay that weekend (Friday & Saturday) for our Halloween Special! Please Call 800-334-3581 to Book Your Stay.

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Discount Lodging Coupons!

Discount Coupons Download free discount coupons good for 15% to 20% off already low off season room rates at The Winds Resort Beach Club on Ocean Isle Beach, NC!

Click here to download these valuable coupons that you can print right off of your computer.

The Winds Resort Discount Coupons

The Winds is a small, intimate island resort ideal for vacations, romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, reunions, golf packages and excursions or small meetings, The Winds Resort Beach Club, on Ocean Isle Beach, NC, is more than just a beach resort hotel.

The Winds’ complex is a lush tropical paradise offering a variety of Ocean Isle beach rentals and vacation homes all with access to a host of free amenities including three pools (one indoor), bikes to explore the island and much more.

Oceanfront hotel rooms and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites (with kitchens) overlook palms, banana trees, hibiscus flowers and our breathtaking island beach. The Winds also offers 4, 5 and 6 bedroom Resort Cottages.

Free Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet each morning:
No one offers a free breakfast spread like The Winds Resort Beach Club! All guests can enjoy this buffet free with their stay.

With everything from eggs, breakfast meats, grits, potatoes, waffles, bagels and english muffins to fruit and hot and cold cereals.

This is just a partial list. We promise that you will not be walking away hungry.

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Islands Art & Books Store

Islands Art and Bookstore Ocean Isle Beach NC Gift Shop and Art GallerySpecial Offer for the month of October! 10% off all original art & 20% off Giclee on Canvas Prints! 

Online Offer: Use Promo Code OCTOBER and receive 10% off your entire purchase online and Free Shipping on your purchase of $50 or more.

Islands Art and Books Store features an extensive collection of works by premier local artists and photographic prints at affordable prices. All Giclee’ prints are of the highest quality using archival inks and the highest quality materials.

Islands Art and Bookstore also offers a selection of books by the area’s best writers as well as local guide and history books!

Located: In Beach Drive Center at 6885 Beach Drive (Hwy 179) between the islands of Sunset Beach, NC and Ocean Isle Beach, NC or Visit our Online Store at www.IslandsArtStore.com

Islands Art and Books Store features Beautiful Handmade Sea Glass Jewelry.Local Hand Made Sea Glass Jewelry

The coastal islands of the area have long been a magnet to artists and writers who discover the beauty and romance of the area and decide to put down roots.

All books, photographic prints, original art works and Giclee’ prints are by artists and writers who live here or write about the area.

Check out some of our Featured Items: 

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Ocean Isle Beach Gem of the Atlantic Coast $21.95

Steps-to-the-Sea-Miller-Pope

Steps to the Sea Giclee Print by Miller Pope $9.95-79.95

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Dunes Path Giclee Print by Ken Buckner $9.95-$79.95

Blue-Sea-Glass-Pendant-with-Starfish

Local Hand Made Sea Glass Jewelry Blue Pendant with Starfish $50.00

The Mailbox Marybeth Whalen

The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen $16.95

Sunset-Beach-A-History

Sunset Beach a History $29.95 

 

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See Ocean Isle Beach from the Sky!

Ocean Isle Beach View from Sky DroneSee a spectacular view of Ocean Isle Beach from the sky! A camera drone got a new vantage point of the beautiful beach and takes you for a trip that only birds get to take. Check out the video and really see Ocean Isle Beach from a different angle!

Video from BlueSkyPhoto

 

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Island Escape Package

Island EscapeCome enjoy North Carolina’s coast at its best! The island is perfect this time of year, un-crowded and the temperatures are mild. Take a few days for yourself and come enjoy our beach at this beautiful time of year. Come soak up some of the best we have to offer including a tour of a local winery, great beach dining, and best of all great days spent at the beach!

This Package is for two people for two nights and is valid seven days a week.

September 2nd through September 30th, 2014 the package rate is from $315.00 for two people

October 1st through February 28, 2015 the package rate is from $213.00 for two people

Island Escape Package Includes:

  • Two night’s accommodations*
  • A bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
  • Tour the Silver Coast Winery with a wine tasting
  • Dinner for two at your choice of: Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Roberto’s Italian Ristorante
  • Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet for two each morning
  • Free Water Aerobic classes
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the island
  • Discounts to area restaurants and shops

*Accommodations Are: Two people in an oceanfront Jasmine Guest Room, Wisteria Mini Suite, Azalea Petite Suite or an Island View Camellia Guest Room.

Please call 800.334.3581 to make your restaurant reservation and schedule your winery tour at least 5 days prior to your arrival. Roberto’s Italian Ristorante is available Monday through Saturday.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do in Ocean Isle Beach

If you’re looking for things to do on vacation while in Ocean Isle Beach, there are tons of places, activities and attractions to keep you busy. But we’ve compiled some of the things you absolutely must see and do before you leave!

Things to do in Ocean Isle Beach1. Our Beaches. The southern North Carolina Beaches are simply the best, they’ve been voted the third best beaches in the nation! Our powder white sand and calm surf are perfect for your family. Our beaches, unlike so many others on the east coast, and un-congested with high-rises and flashy beach shops everywhere the eye can see. This is the way the beach is supposed to be, so grab some beach chairs, build a sandcastle and relive the good ol’ days of relaxing sun filled days!

2. The Museum of the Coastal Carolinas. You might think who wants to visit a museum on vacation? But this is a museum different than others you may have been to. Come learn about a world of sharks, sea turtles, surfing and more! The museum also offers summer camps and programs for kids. For more information about what’s going on at the museum visit http://museumplanetarium.org/

OIB Free Summer Concert

3. Free Summer Concerts. One of the best things about summer is taking any excuse to be outside! Every Friday, Ocean Isle Beach holds a free outdoor concert with some of the best beach music, rock and roll, oldies, and Motown around! The concerts start at 6:30pm in the parking lot of the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas. Admission is free, just bring a chair and get ready to dance all night long!

4. Shopping Local. Take the time while you’re in Ocean Isle Beach to check out some of our local specialty shops! We’ve got everything from unique boutiques, surf shops, and great gift shops. For a great selection of local artwork, jewelry, and books check out Islands Art & Bookstore. Pick up a souvenir or two and see the best local art selection in the area. You can also visit their online store IslandsArtStore.com.

Local Sea Glass Jewelry Islands Art and Bookstore

5. Turtle Watching. One of the amazing things that happens every year in our area is the sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Here at Ocean Isle and other nearby beaches we have several volunteer organizations that help in the process. They do everything from walking the beaches to look for nests, giving informational “Turtle Talks” at the museum, and helping the baby turtles make it back to sea once they’ve hatched. It’s truly a wonderful thing to see and a great experience to be a part of! These organizations are always looking for volunteers, if you’re interested visit their website http://www.oibseaturtles.org/ and make your vacation extra memorable!

6. Ice Cream. What’s the beach without Ice Cream? Make sure you grab your favorite flavor while you’re at the beach; stop by the Ocean Isle Creamery for one of a kind homemade ice cream. Their ice cream is made fresh everyday with over 24 flavors to choose from during those hot summer days. They’ve got flavors like Butterfinger, Snickers, Key Lime Pie, Pineapple Coconut, Cotton Candy, Dreamsicle, Banana Pudding, Reese’s Cheesecake, Mint Oreo, Apple Pie and many more! They also have coffee drinks and smoothies! So grab a cone and sit back in one of their rocking chairs and watch Ocean Isle Beach go by! They’re located right on the Causeway on Ocean Isle Beach!

Ocean Isle Turtle Watching

7. Silver Coast Winery. A great day trip for the adults, not only does Silver Coast Winery produce all its own wines in house, but it also has its very own vineyard right outside. Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a wine tasting, take a tour of the vineyards and the barrel room, enjoy the gift shop with local art, and take in the scenery on the front porch with a nice glass of something from the coast. Even take home a bottle or two with you! Silver Coast is a great way to spend an afternoon!

8. Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Grab a board and a paddle and hit the Intracoastal Waterway. If you don’t know how you can take lessons from local surf company Carolina School of Surf. They’ll take you on a guided tour of the waterway, a calm body of water that separates the mainland and beachside of Ocean Isle Beach. Paddling through canals and sloughs, SUP’ers will be immersed in the natural beauty of the North Carolina coast. Paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the country, offering a great exercise for the active soul, and is great for all ages and skill levels. You can rent all of the equipment from them or bring your own! 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Ocean Isle Beach

9. Take a Ghost Tour. Did you know Ocean Isle Beach has ghosts? Come and hear about forgotten Civil War battles, haunted trains, lost ships, ghost planes, lights that baffle scientists, whiskey smugglers, haunted plantations, amazing apparitions, legends of lost treasure, and haunted houses, all here on Ocean Isle Beach! This one mile guided walking tour through the old haunts of Ocean Isle Beach will send a shiver up your spine!  Tours take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays and go from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and pick up again in October for Halloween. Tours meet at the Ocean Isle Beach Pier, and ticket are $10 each, children ages 5 and under are free. For more information visit the OIB Ghost Walk website.

10. Putt Putt Golf. One of our favorite summertime activities is playing a round of putt-putt golf. Show your friends and family who the best golfer is with at the Ocean Isle Beach River County Putt-Putt Course. Located directly across the Ocean Isle Beach pier, you can’t miss this fun activity when you’re going to the beach.

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Free Night Special!

Free Night Special The Winds Resort Beach ClubKnow how to get a free night’s stay at the beach? If you book your 7-Day stay with us you get 7 Days for the price of 6! So go ahead and stay the whole week, you deserve it!

This Free Night Special offer is a great value for the price of 6!  Book Your Week Long Vacation and Receive the 7th Night for FREE! This offer is good until March 12, 2015!!

 

Please call 800.334.3581 to schedule your vacation or click here to book online! 

Rates are subject to change and based on availability.  Offer not valid on existing reservations and may not be combined with other offers. Date restrictions may apply.

 

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A Day in the Life of a Sea Turtle Volunteer

At Ocean Isle Beach and several other nearby beaches we are lucky to have volunteers who look after, care for, and help our sea turtles, even in the most dire of circumstances. The story below is written by a member of our local Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization detailing a rescue attempt. Some visitors sculpted this beautiful Sea Turtle on Ocean Isle to show appreciation for the turtles and their volunteers.

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Deb and Jim Boyce received a call from a visitor to Ocean Isle Beach. Deb and Jim are the Island Coordinators for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO). The visitor reported that a large sea turtle was floundering in the surf at the Lumberton access on the East end of the island. Deb immediately called the volunteers who had signed up for stranding duty, including transport and necropsy. She then dropped Jim off at the storage shed to get the John Deere Gator, an ATV that the OIBSTPO uses to patrol the beach. Jim wanted the Gator at the site “just in case” the turtle was large. Linda Stackhouse, Marcia Heady and Neal Wyckoff were already at the stranding site. The turtle was still in the surf and the tide was coming in. And yes, the turtle was large…at least 300 pounds!

Upon examination, the group noted that both front flippers were missing and the turtle had a very deep gash in its head that went from its nose to just behind the right eye. Somehow, it was still alive. The beach visitors who had gathered at the site enthusiastically offered to help. Six large, strapping guys lifted the turtle and, with the guidance of Linda, Neal, and Marcia, carefully placed it in the bed of the Gator. The wounds appeared to be fresh and most likely were caused by a boat strike earlier in the day. With Neal riding shotgun in the back of the Gator with the turtle, they took it to the storage shed for transfer to the van. Upon arrival, Neal took the hose and gently sprayed the turtle with fresh water to cool it down. As they were trying to come up with the best way to transfer the big turtle to the van, two gentlemen appeared seemingly out of nowhere and offered to help. With their help, the turtle transfer was accomplished. Marcia, Deb, and Jim jumped in the van with the turtle and began their trip. Linda and Neal stayed in Ocean Isle Beach and cleaned up the Gator. 

Normally, an injured sea turtle would be driven to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail. However, due to the extent of this turtle’s injuries, the group was on its way to transfer the turtle to Sarah Finn. Sarah is the Sea Turtle Stranding Coordinator for the NC Sea Turtle Project run by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Sarah planned to take the injured turtle to a veterinarian in Beaufort who was standing by to examine it. The hope was that the turtle might be a candidate for prosthesis (artificial front flippers).

The Ocean Isle group met Sarah in Leland. Once again, they considered how to transfer the big turtle. Marcia approached a couple of guys who were talking next to their truck in the parking lot and convinced them to come over and help. With their help, the transfer from the van to Sarah’s State vehicle was completed. 

Jim later noted that, in situations like this, every effort or task is equally important. He would like to extend a special “thank you and well done” to the rescue volunteers, beach visitors, residents, and complete strangers who assisted with the turtle. It appears that there are a lot of people who sincerely care about defenseless animals and will go out of their way to help them.

Deb and Jim would like to also thank the Town of Ocean Isle Beach for providing an environment and atmosphere that attract the type of caring visitors who were so eager to help this injured turtle. Visitors and residents are always there to help whenever needed. Thanks also to the OIB Maintenance Department; you are always there to help when help is needed.

Epilogue: Sarah stopped at the sea turtle hospital in Topsail where the injured turtle received heavy doses of pain killers to help it relax. When Sarah and the turtle arrived in Beaufort, the vet examined him and sadly determined that he had to euthanize the injured animal. It was a sad ending, but not all that unusual. Many stranded sea turtles that are rescued do not survive. But some do, and this is what the OIBSTPO and other sea turtle protection organizations are all about.    

OIB-Sea-Turtles*Note: Remember these important rules and help keep our sea turtles safe!

1. Avoid disturbing a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean. Do not crowd or attempt to ride a turtle. Do not shine lights or take flash photos of the turtle. Stay off the turtle tracks. Sit quietly in the dark, at a distance, to watch her. It is against the law to disturb her and/or her nest in any way.

2. Stay clear of turtle nests. Avoid walking or riding vehicles near the nest. Stay off the turtle tracks. Do not disturb markers or screens that may be protecting the nests. Markers usually consist of wooden stakes outlined with bright tape or ribbon.

3. Keep your lights off. Lights disturb nesting turtles and hatchlings. Please turn off your outdoor lights and shield indoor lights from shining on the beach at night. We ask the cooperation of all beach front house renters, owners, businesses, and hotels to turn off beach lights during nesting and hatching season from May to late October. Allow hatchlings to make their way safely to the ocean. Do not touch the hatchlings. Keeping hatchlings is illegal.

4. Don’t Litter. Pick up and place ALL trash in barrels. Fill in sand castles, trenches, and holes before leaving the beach. Do not leave your canopy, umbrella, or chairs on the beach overnight. These all present dangers and can cause death to turtles and their hatchlings. Avoid using flashlights, fireworks, or flash photography while on the beach at night. It is against Federal and State Laws to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or nests. If you are a smoker, to avoid cigarette littering on our beach, please take a portable ash tray/butt tin with you. Don’t forget a butt bin can be as simple as an empty film canister or breath mint container!

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Kindred Spirit Mailbox on CBS News!

Sunset Beach Kindred Spirit Mailbox on CBS Evening NewsThe Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Sunset Beach made its national television debut last night! CBS Evening News took a look at the unique landmark, its history, and people who are continuing the legend. They interviewed Frank Nesmith, who along with his then-girlfriend put up the original mailbox on Bird Island, NC.

For over 30 years, vacationers from all over the globe have traveled the 1.5 miles from the end of Sunset Beach to have a tranquil moment at the mailbox. Thousands have poured their hearts out, wrote letters to people they’ve lost, and described the beauty of the scene before them in journals left by the Kindred Spirit. Hundreds of these journals are now in the library collection of UNCW.

The “Kindred Spirit” and Frank are both unable to make the trek out to Bird Island, so they have recruited volunteers including local author Jacqueline DeGroot to keep the mailbox going. DeGroot replenishes the journals and makes sure the ones filled with messages find their way to safe keeping. DeGroot even organized a volunteer effort to fix the mailbox, the adjacent bench, and the flag pole after damage in Hurricane Irene. (See the article here)

The CBS feature showed how beautiful this unusual landmark is and how lucky we are to live in such a magical place.

See the CBS Feature Video:

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