Easter Weekend Special

Easter Special The Winds Resort Ocean Isle Beach NCBring the whole family for a tropical island escape, closer than you think! The Winds Resort is an intimate, oceanfront island resort surrounded by palms, bananas and hibiscus flowers ideal for families of all sizes. The Winds has oceanfront rooms, suites and 4-6 bedroom Resort Cottages.  The resort also features three pools (one indoor heated ), complimentary hot breakfast buffet,  and an oceanfront poolside Tiki Bar and Restaurant.

Stay 3 Nights and Receive the 4th Night FREE! Rates From $117.50

Valid Dates: 04/17/2014 – 04/21/2014

The Easter Bunny is Coming to The Winds!

Saturday, April 19th marks The Wind’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny is busy hiding his eggs all over the Fun Court at The Winds and he’ll be there to officiate the hunt! At 1:00 p.m. kids ages 2 – 10 can bring their Easter baskets and join the hunt for fun, games and prizes.

This is great fun for the whole family. Parents and grandparents will love watching the excitement as the children hunt for Easter eggs and play games!

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Offer is not valid on existing reservations and may not be combined with other packages or offers. 

 

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“Take A Beach Break” Package!

Take a Beach Break“Take A Beach Break” for Two with Dinner!

This package is for a two night stay for two people.

You and your loved one deserve a break, come enjoy Ocean Isle Beach at its prime!

Enjoy quiet days at the beach, a great dinner at local restaurants, and a “break” from it all!

March 14th, through June 6th, 2014 the package rate is from $283.00 for two people

June 7th, through August 8th, 2014 the package rate is from $423.00 for two people

Package Includes: 

  • Two night’s accommodations for two in an Island Side Garden View Camellia Guest Room
  • A bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
  • Dinner for two at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Roberto’s Italian Ristorante
  • Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet for two each morning
  • Free Water Aerobic classes
     
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Package is subject to advance reservation and availability. Please call 800.334.3581 two days prior to your arrival to make your dinner reservation. Roberto’s Italian Ristorante is available Monday through Sunday.

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Start Planning Now: The Ultimate Vacation Activity Guide

Whether you’re planning a quiet couples getaway or a fun family vacation, we’ve assembled a complete vacation activity guide to help you plan your next vacation to the Carolina coast!

Ocean Isle Beach Area

Free Summer Concerts Vacation Activity GuideFree Summer Concerts
What’s better than an outdoor concert? A FREE outdoor concert! All summer long, all over Brunswick County there are great bands playing free shows featuring the best in beach music, rock n’ roll, Motown, country, oldies, and shag! All you have to do is show up! You can find out the schedules, the locations, and the band playing on the Coastal NC websites or by searching for Community Events on the Brunswick Parks website

http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/

Museum of Coastal Carolina
A visit to the Museum of Coastal Carolina is a treat for all ages. With interactive programs and exhibits on coastal reefs, marine life and even sharks, the whole family will have a blast! The museum emphasizes all of the wildlife and marine life that can be found on the coastal area of North Carolina and hopes to educate visitors on how to preserve it.

The museum provides fun activities like summer camps, touch tank feedings, beach bingo, and arts and crafts for kids! Make sure you check it out on your next vacation!

http://museumplanetarium.org/

Ingram Planetarium
Interested in Science? Head to Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach and check out all they have to offer! The planetarium offers a state of the art Sky Theater showing live star shows and laser light shows set to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, U2, the Best of Country Music, and Metallica. They also have a Hurricane Simulator, step inside and experience what it’s like to be inside of a real hurricane with winds ups to 78 mph.

There are lots of exhibits to teach everyone, young and old, about space and our solar system. The best part about Ingram Planetarium—it’s all free! That’s right, admission is free, so stop in and learn about the great unknown.

http://museumplanetarium.org/

Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade
Need a break from the beach? Take your kids to Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade for some family fun! Planet Fun has everything from bowling to mini golf to arcade games and laser tag. And next door is Starz Grille serving burgers, nachos, wings, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and pasta.  Check out their website for great family deals and specials!

http://www.planetfuncenter.com/

Silver Coast WinerySilver Coast Winery Vacation Activity Guide
Just minutes from the beach, Silver Coast Winery has been making its own wines and offering tours for over 10 years. Here you can enjoy a wine tasting of their award winning wines, tour the vineyard and production facilities, and browse the gift shop and art gallery. You can even take a bottle or two home with you!

https://www.silvercoastwinery.com/Home.html

Ocean Isle Beach & Sunset Beach Ghost Walks
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 and Sunset Beach!

The walks are approximately 1 mile with stops along the way. Tours leave from Salty’s on Ocean Isle Beach and from the Trading Company on Sunset Beach. For more information about dates and tour times visit their website.

https://sites.google.com/site/oibghostwalk/home

Bald Head Island Lighthouse Vacation Activity GuideOak Island Lighthouse
Completed in 1958, the Oak Island Lighthouse was once the second brightest lighthouse in the world. Standing at 169 feet tall, the beacon of light on the Cape Fear River is available for tours year round. Reservations are required during winter months, but during the summer it is open to the general public with no reservations. All tours are free of charge.

http://www.oakislandlighthouse.org/

Bald Head Island Lighthouse
Visit Bald Head Island Lighthouse and step back in time! The original tower was first built in 1795 but was torn down; the still standing lighthouse was erected in 1816. The lighthouse played an important part in American History and Civil War. You can tour the tour by boarding the Bald Head Island Ferry in Southport, NC and either taking the 5-minute walk or bike/golf ride to the lighthouse (there are no cars allowed on Bald Head Island!) Hours and rates are available on their website.

http://oldbaldy.org/

Myrtle Beach, SC

Brookgreen GardensBrookgreen Gardens Vacation Activity Guide
This is a must-see Myrtle Beach attraction! Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in the US by Coastal Living Magazine, Brookgreen Gardens will take your breath away. The sprawling attraction offers visitors a unique opportunity to see beautiful sculpture, amazing gardens, and a zoo—all in one place!

Brookgreen offers guided tours, special programs, and exhibits for all ages. It’s a wonderful place to visit no matter what season!

http://www.brookgreen.org/

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Silver Coast Winery Tours!

Silver Coast WinesSilver Coast Winery opened in 2002 with the hopes of bringing local wines to the masses of the coastal Carolinas. Maryann and her husband Dr. “Bud” Azzato opened Silver Coast, the first winery in Brunswick County and the twenty-second winery in North Carolina, and quickly became a local favorite. All wines are produced in-house with regionally grown grapes.

The winery itself offers tours and Wine Tastings start just $6, not to mention you get a keepsake signature glass! The tours will showcase the art of winemaking from the grape to the bottle and includes sampling award-winning wines.

The winery features incredible sights including the Barrel Room— with its enchanting waterfall, the outdoor patio, an art gallery featuring local artists, and vineyards themselves.

Several packages at The Winds Resort on Ocean Isle Beach include tours of the winery, like the Take a Beach Break Package or the Couples Getaway Package.

To book either of theses packages or to get more information on Silver Coast Winery you can visit thewinds.com or silvercoastwinery.com

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How to Find Sand Dollars

How to Find Sand DollarsEven the most seasoned beachcomber is excited and pleased to find a whole, intact sand dollar on the beach. A common sand dollar is another name for a particular type of “flattened” sea urchin. The common sand dollar is found in the Northern Hemisphere in temperate and tropical waters. On a good day at Ocean Isle, Sunset or Holden Beach, you might find many sand dollars ranging in size from one to approximately four inches in diameter.

Sand dollars live on sandy or muddy flat areas of the ocean floor in shallow water near land. They often live in colonies. Female sand dollars release eggs that are fertilized externally. Interestingly, the newly hatched larvae can clone themselves as a means of self-defense. If threatened, they can double their numbers by halving their size, thereby lessening the chance of being detected. The larvae go through a few stages of development before forming an external skeleton that houses the animal’s internal organs. The skeleton is called a “test” and it is this sun-bleached skeleton that beachcombers find. If you find a sand dollar that is brownish and covered with short, dark, fur-like spines, the animal is alive and should not be removed from the beach.

A live sand dollar’s spines are covered with small hairs called “cilla.” By moving the cilla and spines, sand dollars are able to move across the sea beds in which they live. Mature sand dollars have few predators and can live up to ten years.

Beachcombers are most likely to find sand dollars at low tide, especially after a storm. The sun-bleached shells will be extremely fragile and will crumble or break easily. To preserve the sand dollars that you bring home, rinse them several times in fresh water, then soak them for 15 minutes in a water/bleach solution. When the sand dollars are dry, carefully paint them with a mixture that is half water and half white glue. The glue solution will make them less likely to break. Your beautiful sand dollars will last a long time if treated with care.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina has several sand dollars in its extensive shell collection. You can also see and handle live sea urchins in the museum’s touch tank. Admission is free for museum members. Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

 

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Island Kayak Adventure Package

KayakKayaking the serene salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway is truly an unforgettable experience. Let us introduce you to a whole new rarely seen world of undisturbed wetlands and native wildlife. This pristine marsh is with out a doubt one of North Carolina’s priceless hidden gems.

Rates:
From $383.00 per person 3/14/14 – 6/6/14
From $589.00 per person 6/7/14 – 8/8/14
From $509.00 per person 8/9/14 – 9/1/14
From $453.00 per person 9/2/14 – 9/30/14
From $339.00 per person 10/1/14 – 11/30/14

Arrival Days: Any day of week.

Length of Stay: 2 night’s min. / 14 night’s max.

This Package Includes:

    • Two night’s accommodations in an oceanfront Jasmine Guest Room, Wisteria Mini Suite, Azalea Petite Suite, Hibiscus Single Suite, or an Island View Camellia Guest Room
    • Welcome basket for each room
    • Three hour kayak tour of the Intracoastal Waterway
    • Dinner for two at your choice of: Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Roberto’s Ristorante
    • Complimentary bikes to explore the island
    • Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet for two each morning
    • Free Aqua Zumba and Water Aerobic classes
    • Discounts to area restaurants and shops

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Package is based on double occupancy and is subject to advance reservations and availability. Please call 1.800.334.3581 to schedule your kayak tour and dinner reservations at least 3 days before your arrival

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Our Sea Turtle Has a Name!

The Winds Sea Turtle Has a NameThe Winds Resort has partnered with the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization and signed up to sponsor a Sea Turtle nest again this year and we asked for your help in naming our “turtle”  with our annual “Name Our Turtle” contest. We got some great and very creative name suggestions! Our nest was laid  at 194 E. 1st. St. on Ocean Isle.

This year’s winning name is OIBEE! This name was submitted by Carol Allaire! Way to go Carol!

We had so many great names this time around that the office had such a hard time deciding so we also have a runner up for the naming contest from Elizabeth Thomas-Lewis with Tiki Turtle!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a name, there were so many great ones!

And don’t worry we will continue to post updates about our turtles and her nests (as well as all of the turtle nests) throughout the season on our blog and on our Facebook page, so don’t forget to follow us on there to hear about the progress.

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The Winds Adds New Waffle Machines!

The Winds Gets Waffle MachinesThe Winds Free Breakfast Buffet just got a little bit better! Some of you may think that’s impossible, but we’ve added two new waffle machines so guests can make their own fresh waffles!

Our breakfast buffet is like no other we’ve got everything from eggs, bacon and sausage, grits, potatoes, bagels and english muffins to fruit and hot and cold cereals. We also have other items like our Breakfast Burritos! You’ve been hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for ages, well The Winds agrees so make sure you take advantage of our great breakfast buffet!

 

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Visit Indigo Farms

Indigo Farms PeachIndigo Farms is a family farm that goes back six generations on this land. Besides being a Century Farm it has some rather interesting history of its own. The Bellamy family has its roots in this area since John Bellamy settled in 1766. With relatives including Vaughts, Vereens and Gores its past is intertwined with much of the history in Horry and Brunswick counties. Dr. Bellamy who built and owned the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington was a descendant of the family. The history of the farm is tied to many happenings only a few miles from the farm.
The name of the farm comes from the run. It is documented that indigo was one of the crops grown right in this area. After the decline of indigo production by the colonies, indigo was commonly grown for personal use. Mr. Ben Thompkins used to grow it in the early 20th century. For more history of indigo we encourage you to come to Farm Heritage Day (held on the first Saturday in October) not only learn more but also to see the dye being used. Indigo Farms continues to grow the plants on the farm.

Indigo Farms ChicksIndigo Farms features a barnyard to give the public a chance to get up close to and enjoy farm animals. They have a variety of animals ranging from chickens and peacocks, to goats, sheep and pigs. The Farm also has hayrides, blueberry, blackberry, peach, grape, asparagus, and strawberry fields, a greenhouse with several different plants both native and exotic, bee hives used to produce local honey and so much more.

At Indigo farms you be a part of the fun too, by picking your own strawberries in the fields! You can also take home some of the produce from the Farmer’s Market found inside. They offer all types of produce grown on the farm and lots of Southern specialties including honey off the farm, grits, ham, arugula, dandelion, squash, specialty relishes, sauces, jams or salad dressings.

Indigo Farms BakeryAnd if that doesn’t entice you then you can wander over to the bakery for some homemade treats! They have everything from blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, pecan, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies to peach pound cake. They’ve got éclairs, strawberry shortcake, fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes, homemade cookies, cakes and fresh breads too. Not to mention they also have lots of homemade ice cream too!

So come down to Indigo Farms this spring, there’s something for everyone down here!

Indigo Farms is located at 1542 Hickman Road Northwest, Calabash, NC 28467. For more information visit their website http://www.indigofarmsmarket.com/

 

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A Local Favorite: Shrimp Hushpuppies

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