The Winds Resort Makes Travel Channel’s List of Best Beach Hotels

The Winds Resort Makes Travel Channel's List of Best Beach HotelsEveryone knows the North Carolina coast is the perfect spot for a vacation and the folks at The Travel Channel certainly do! The Travel Channel came out with its list of North Carolina’s Best Beach Hotels and The Winds Resort is on it!

The Travel Channel is known for finding unique spots all across the world, and spreading the word about great vacation destinations. So make sure you check out the list and grab your flip-flops for a great beach vacation!

See The Travel Channel’s List of North Carolina’s Best Beach Hotels

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Wine Fest!

Wine Fest 2014The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. is holding its annual Wine Fest fundraiser on May 3 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Proceeds from the event benefit the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

At the Wine Fest, you can taste a variety of interesting wines provided by a local distributor, sample delicious food prepared by local restaurants, bid on interesting silent and live auction items, socialize with friends and neighbors, and support two of the area’s best attractions. Reservations are $50 per person and can be purchased at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ingram Planetarium, and Victoria’s Ragpatch (Ocean Isle location only). Reservation forms are also available at

This year, the auctioneer for the live auction will be Ernie Perry of Perry’s in Charlotte. Some of the items that Mr. Perry will be auctioning off include an antique rifle, Civil War cannonballs, a New York/Broadway show trip, a shopping spree at Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco, and much more.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit

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Ocean Isle Free Concert Series

Ocean Isle Beach Free Summer ConcertsAll you beach music lovers out there get ready to enjoy this summer’s lineup. The Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series returns May 23rd  through September 5th, 2014 with its usual roster of beach music, shag, oldies, and rock and roll.

If you’re into Beach Music you are in luck. All concerts take place in the parking lot at the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas right here on Ocean Isle Beach and best of all they’re FREE! Join us every Friday night from 6:30pm to 8pm!


2014 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Series: 
5/23/2014           The Entertainers

5/30/2014           Continental Divide Band

6/6/2014             Blackwater Rythm & Blues

6/13/2014           Sea Cruz

6/20/2014          The Attractions

6/27/2014          Fantastic Shakers

7/4/2014            Steve Owens & Summertime (Followed by Fireworks at the OIB Pier)

7/11/2014          Too Much Sylvia

7/18/2014          The Craig Woolard Band

7/25/2014          Hip Pocket

8/1/2014            The Mark Roberts Band

8/8/2014            Rick Strickland

8/15/2014          Jim Quick & Coastline

8/22/2014          Sea Cruz

8/29/2014          Band of Oz

9/5/2014             Holiday Band


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The Winds Is #1 On TripAdvisor!

The Winds Resort Beach Club is number one on TripAdvisor! We want to thank you our guests and of course our fabulous staff for making this happen for us!

The Winds Resort also has the distinction of being #1 For Romance on TripAdvisor!

So grab that special someone and getaway for a romantic weekend at The Winds!

Here are just a few of the most recent comments:

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Photos from the Lucky Leprechaun 5K

Lucky-Leprechaun-5K-2014Once again the Lucky Leprechaun 5K race held at The Winds Resort was a big success! Runners showed up wearing their Irish spirit in the form of bright green. The race took them on a beautiful course that parallels the ocean along the east side of the island.

Take a peek at some of the photos that were snapped during the race by clicking on the link below. If you were a participant, you can even buy a photo of yourself!

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Non-stop flights Toronto to Myrtle Beach!

Flights from Toronto to Myrtle BeachWestJet announced that they will resume their non-stop seasonal non-stop flights Toronto to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on March 6, 2014, nearly two months earlier than in 2013.
The twice-weekly service will operate on Thursdays and Sundays from March 6 to October 23, 2014, with a change in flight times effective April 27.

“We’re very pleased to return with non-stop service to one of Canada’s favourite vacation and snowbird destinations,” said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “After a very successful first season, our guests told us they wanted to escape the snow, stroll the boardwalk and shop the outlet malls even earlier this year. And with more than 100 golf courses, Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to get an early start to the season.”
Details of the 2014 Toronto-Myrtle Beach service are:

March 6-April 24, 2014

Day Flight Departing Arriving
Thursday 1154 Toronto at 6:45 p.m. Myrtle Beach at 8:50 p.m.
Thursday 1155 Myrtle Beach at 9:35 p.m. Toronto at 11:30 p.m.
Sunday 1154 Toronto at 3:15 p.m. Myrtle Beach at 5:20 p.m.
Sunday 1155 Myrtle Beach at 6:10 p.m. Toronto at 8:05 p.m.

April 27-October 23, 2014

Day Flight Departing Arriving
Thursday 1154 Toronto at 9:35 a.m. Myrtle Beach at 11:38 a.m.
Thursday 1155 Myrtle Beach at 12:25 p.m. Toronto at 2:27 p.m.
Sunday 1154 Toronto at 9:35 p.m. Myrtle Beach at 11:38 p.m.
Sunday 1155 Myrtle Beach at 12:25 p.m. Toronto at 2:27 p.m.
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See The Winds Resort in Two Superbowl Ads!

The Winds Resort looks good on television! The tropical resort–playing the role of Jamaica–was the backdrop for two ads that premiered during the Superbowl for Charlotte Metro Credit Union. The ads featured couples on vacation solving problems using their mobile phones, but if you’re familiar with The Winds you may recognize a few of its landmarks including the Tiki Bar and the oceanfront pool!

The ads were filmed this past August and aired only in the regional Charlotte area. You can watch both ads below:

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Couples Getaway Package

Couples Getaway Package The Winds Resort Ocean Isle BeachCouples Getaway Package

Bring your significant other to the beach for a relaxing, renewing weekend of togetherness and adventure with our Couples Getaway Package at The Winds Resort on Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

March 14th through June 6th, 2014, the rate per person is from $208.00

Package Includes:

  • Two Night’s Accommodation*
  • 1 hour massage at Right Touch Therapy (Ocean Isle Beach) choice includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone.
  • Tour the Silver Coast Winery with a wine tasting.
  • Welcome basket for each room.
  • Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet each day.
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the island.
  • Daily Housekeeping.
  • Free Water Aerobic classes.
  • Discounts to area restaurants and shops.

Click Here To Book This Package Online!

*Accommodations Are:

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

Optional Add Ons (Available Online):

1) Add a bottle of Champagne to have waiting in your room:

2) Add dinner for two at choice of two nearby restaurants:

Roberto’s Italian Ristorante:

Dinner Includes: Wine and Beer (2 Drinks per person), your choice of Steak, Seafood, or Pasta from The Winds Menu, Salad or Soup, Dessert and Coffee. Reservations are available Tuesday through Saturday.

Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant (overlooking the intra-coastal waterway)

Dinner Includes: Entrees (any menu item), 4 Glasses of House Wine (per two people: 4 people receive 8 Glasses/8 receive 12 Glasses), Salad, Dessert, Non-alcoholic Beverages.

Click Here To Book This Package Online! 


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Photos from the Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival PhotosThe 33rd Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival was held October 19th & 20th and just like previous years it was a blast! There was great music, great food, great people and amazing seafood! The Oyster Festival offered a fun mixture of activities for the whole family, including shopping from local vendors, games and rides for kids, fair foods galore and music that kept everyone dancing!

People came from far and wide to visit the Oyster Festival, and although the weather may have been a little rainy in the mornings the sunshine brought everyone out for some afternoon fun! Check out some photos from this years festival below:








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How To Do An Oyster Roast

How To Do An Oyster RoastWhile fall may mean leaves changing colors and colder weather in some places, here on the coast it means it’s time for a local tradition southerners look forward to all year long—oyster roasts!

In 1607, just one day after English settlers landed in the Chesapeake Bay, explorers discovered a group of Native Americans savoring a favorite fall tradition, cooking oysters over a fire pit. The Native Americans fled and the explorers took it upon themselves to eat some of the food left behind. The settlers took what they learned from the cooking operation and for centuries we’ve perfected it as what we like to call an Oyster Roast.

Here’s how to plan and execute your own oyster roast:

Getting OystersOyster Roast
Figure that each guest will probably eat two dozen oysters each. Oysters can be purchased a day or two before the roast, but makesure you wash them and either store them in a refrigerator or on ice.

Building a Pit
If you have a fire pit with a grate overtop that will work, but if not you can use four cinder blocks and a piece of sheet metal. The piece of sheet metal should be about 4 square feet. Place a cinder block underneath each corner of the sheet metal.

Build a fire that matches the size of your cooking surface (the sheet metal) and start it 1½ hours to 2 hours before you plan on cooking the oysters. When the coals are glowing red hot, place the sheet metal over the coals and you’re ready to start cooking. Preheat the metal before adding the oysters.

OystersCooking the Oysters

Spread the oysters in a single layer on the sheet metal and cover with two layers of wet burlap ensuring that the burlap is not touching the fire. Although, it is called an oyster roast you are technically steaming them when you cover them with the wet burlap. (*Note: it may take a while to get burlap wet so start soaking it when you start the fire.) You’ll need 4 pieces of burlap so you can always have two soaking while the other two are being used for cooking.

Cook oysters for 2-6 minutes. Since sheet metal will be hot you may need a shovel to bring them to the table.

Eating Oysters

While roasted oysters are much easier to get open that raw ones, you might still need a few items to make the process easier. You can purchase oyster knives for about $2-3 which help with prying them open. Also a thick set of cloth gloves will help avoid knife slips or cuts from an oyster shell.

To open the shell, insert the blade of the oyster knife into the opening between the top and bottom shell and twist the knife to pry the shell open. Slide the knife along the inside surface of the top shell to detach the muscle. Remove the top shell and slide the blade underneath the meat to detach the muscle from the bottom of the shell. Dip or Slurp as you please.

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