Southeastern North Carolina has so many beautiful beaches that sometimes it is hard to decide which you are most drawn to. They are all so different that at any given time, one might have your name on it for a more permanent location. This blog series was designed to help you decide which is best for you.
Let’s explore Topsail Island.
What is Topsail Island like?
If you’re looking for an escape from it all, Topsail may just be your beach. This 26-mile-long island is comprised of three different communities: North Topsail Beach,
Surf City at the center, and Topsail Beach at the southern end. Each of these communities has a different ‘vibe,’ but each also has access to expansive beaches where you can spread out and still find an escape from the crowds. If you’re a seaside treasure hunter, Topsail is your place! From shells to sharks teeth to sea glass, Topsails’ expansive beach offers miles of treasures to be found. Unlike it’s sister beach in Wrightsville where shells are mostly found in pieces, they can be found here in bounty and fully intact. This is a kicked-back place to spend your time. Sometimes referred to as the area’s hidden gem, this residential spread offers not just great and (mostly) quiet beach time, but restaurants to meet everyone’s needs. It’s kid-friendly in a big way, with miniature golf and parks that are easily accessible. If you come in the fall/winter/early spring, you can even ride your horse on the beach. But not many of the beach rentals from Sea Scape Properties accommodate horses. Do be sure to check out all those that allow dogs, however like Summer Salt on Topsail Beach.
How to pronounce Topsail
If you plan to spend any time on Topsail Island, you’d best learn how to pronounce its name. Note that it is one word. Therefore, it is not Top Sail, but instead, it’s taken from the mariner’s lexicon and pronounced Tops’l.
Along with three communities, Topsail Island has thick maritime forests. It is also a sanctuary for sea turtles who use its beautiful beaches to hatch the next generation. The island lies in two different counties: Onslow County in the north, and in Pender County in the south. Folklore has it that the island was named Topsail because pirate ships hid behind the island with their topsails visible from the sea. Not to burst any bubbles, but the name actually came from New Topsail Inlet, close to Beaufort, NC. When you want an easy way to cook a scrumptious meal at home, you can stop in at Topsail Steamer. This nationwide phenomenon takes “today fresh” seafood and let’s you create a dinner like no other for seafood lovers. They’re so good, they just won the Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year Award!
At its essence, Topsail Island is more relaxed than other beaches. If that’s your aim, this might be your beach. If you’re interested in vacationing in this area or looking for a property management company you can trust to care for your Topsail Island Vacation Rental home, let us know! We’d love to ‘show’ you around.
Those who have ever started or run a small business know how important other businesses can be to your success. The businesses that support your work, that refer customers to you, that speak kindly of your, and even partner with you on promotions, are gold.
During the height of the COVID pandemic, businesses were facing a drop in patronage. Especially tourism-related companies. In the hopes of supporting our local businesses, Sea Scape decided to try and partner with a few to help promote each other via social media. What we received was a very warm welcome and great success for all involved!
Being it is the month of ‘Thanks’, we felt it was the perfect time to highlight a few of the businesses that partnered with us. Besides helping our guests have a great experience, these folks helped to make a real difference in the success of our business, Sea Scape Properties.
Here’s an old-fashioned ‘attaboy’ for the following companies that made Shop Local really work:
Wrightsville SUP: Going to the beach is so much more than just walking or sitting on the beach. That’s why we love all that’s offered by Wrightsville SUP and you can find them right across Banks Channel in Wrightsville. These guys not only offer rentals, but SUP lessons, yoga, bike rentals, kayak trips – any kind of water or coastal adventure you can think of, it seems, is available through Wrightsville SUP. Thanks, Wrightsville SUP! Things to do in Wilmington via Instagram:Talk about promoting local! If you want to know about activites, eateries and places to stay – like Sea Scape Properties – give these guys a follow. You won’t regret it. Thank you, Things to Do in Wilmington!
Life on Wrightsville via Instagram: Want to know what it’s like to live in Wrightsville Beach all year round? Follow Life on Wrightsville on IG. They feature daily stories with locals and tourists doing the things we love to do in our area. Thank you, Life on Wrightsville! Redix: Need something for your beach trip? Because when you go to Redix, you can probably get it there. This beloved store has served the Wrightsville Beach area since 1969, and even opened a downtown Wilmington location within the past few years because it seems everyone needs a new Yeti. Or new bathing suit. Or flipflops. Quite honestly, we’re proud to partner up with this legendary retailer. Thanks for all you do, Redix! Watermans Brewery: So many of our guests find that getting out of the beach rental and heading over to Waterman’s just adds another layer of fun to their vacation. Incredible food and tasty local brews. Well, it’s not just their food and beer that’s good. These are good people. And they’ve been kind enough to help us grow in so many ways. Cheers, Waterman’s Brewery!
Palm Tree Island: One of Wrightsville Beach’s most iconic locations is a little-known but much-loved little palm tree island. This manmade “island” boasts a fake palm tree and a real parking meter and was created by the residents of Wrightsville Beach as a sort of homage to the location. It’s a favorite gathering place for boaters and SUPers and is all over Instagram for that reason. So, what could possibly be a better name for a T shirt company that offers location memories? We love Palm Tree Island products and people. Not just because the shirts are cool, but because in addition to helping us at every turn, they help the entire community. A portion of proceeds from shirt sales goes to maintaining Palm Tree Island and supporting the Wrightsville Beach Museum. Plus, PTI is a sponsor and active supporter of Lump to Laughter, The Carousel Center and The Melanoma Foundation. Thanks a million Palm Tree Island!
Pine Valley Market: How do you describe a restaurant/deli/takeout/shop when they offer so much? Their website lists them simultaneously as a Café, a Catering Company, a Prepared Foods store, a Butcher, a Wine shop, and a Gourmet food store. We make it simple: Delicious! This year they partnered with us to offer all the Sea Scape Properties guests a shopping-free vacation, where our guests were able to order ahead and have food waiting for them when they arrived. We received grand reviews on the food and service and hope to provide this amenity again next season. This past summer, PVM participated in our grand giveaway where one of our lucky IG followers won a stay at one of our beachfront properties and PVM provided breakfast AND dinner for four – prepared and delivered. Amazing!! You are the absolute best, Pine Valley Market! Prana Salt Cave: Sometimes when you go on vacation you want to experience a complete rejuvenation. Often, you want to thoroughly cleanse yourself of the stress and negativity. This is when you add Prana Salt Cave to your visit to the beach. Prana is not far away from Wrightsville Beach and offers a very different kind of salt experience… one without water. A complete relaxation room, where your toes are nestled in the sand and the Himalayan Salt walls seem to speak to you, saying calm, clean, rested. Prana has been a great cheerleader for our work, and we for theirs. We love you, Prana! Ceviche: Doesn’t the word just make you hungry? This now iconic restaurant on the mainland, but just across the Wrightsville Beach bridge, has proven over and over that not only do they know great food, but they know the people they serve and the community in which they live and work. Their staff was kind enough to recommend us as “the best rental management company on the island.” Thanks, Ceviche!
Salty Dog and Island Wellness: Vacationing is all about relaxation and Salty Dog offers just that with a laid-back island vibe. They are all about connecting with and inspiring the community that surrounds their Carolina Beach studio. Pilates, barre, yoga, unique workshops – in studio and outdoors! They also offer Get Salty TV so you can take Salty Dog Island and Wellness home with you.
Salty Dog has been an incredible partner and we thank you!
Good Hops Brewery: Looking for a tasty brew in a comfortable neighborhood setting? This is the place! Good Hops fashions beer as unique as the island they call home with fresh new brews month after month. The folks at Good Hops are all about family and LOCAL thinking! They strive every day to strengthen their connection with each other and their community and it shows! We are so very honored Good Hops Brewery chose to partner with us – thank you!
Rounds Golf: In the off chance you’ve had a bit too much sun or the weather decides to not cooperate while visiting our island, a little indoor fun may be required. How about playing a round at Rounds Golf? Located just across the bridge in Mayfair Town Center is Rounds Golf & Ledo Pizza – Wilmington’s premiere indoor golf and games venue. Great food, great staff and great fun. Thanks Rounds!!
Boombalattis Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream? Yes, please! Just minutes from Wrightsville is the ice cream lover’s dream, Boombalattis. Family owned and operated; these folks churn out premium, homemade ice cream using only dairy from grass-fed North Carolina cows and staying away from artificial flavors or colors. They’ve been named Best Ice Cream in Wilmington by StarNews and Encore readers. We also name you the best, Boombalattis! Thanks for partnering with us!
South End Surf Shop: At the far South end of Wrightsville is a well known surf shop called, you guessed it, South End Surf Shop. Owner Jeff DeGroote grew up surfing Wrightsville Beach and opened South End to continue to be part of the surfing community and support surfers and non-surfers alike. Rent, buy, schedule lessons or hang out and chat with Jeff. The building itself was built in 1941 – it’s certainly a unique surf shop experience with historic appeal. Thank you, Jeff and South End Surf Shop, for your support!
“All of the businesses on our Thank You list have participated in an Instagram giveaway with us,” said Jessica Elliott, Marketing Director at Sea Scape Properties. “They all donated prizes, and reshared our post to their followers. Each giveaway saw amazing success and interaction. More importantly, we feel we have created lasting relationships with our local business community. That’s priceless. It truly makes all the difference when we join together to help each other succeed.”
So, during November, we wanted to send a special Thank You to all the above partners that have helped make our guests trips ever-so-special, and help our business be the best community partner we can be.
Note: be on the lookout for our next IG giveaway…. highly sought after Enchanted Airlie tickets and dinner at Bluewater! Be sure to keep checking our IG feed @seascapeproperties for dates and instructions.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
People who love the outdoors have always loved Wrightsville Beach. But people who love to run, well, they really love Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Beach has some of the best beach running opportunities in the southeast. It’s not just the four miles of sand that’s so wonderful. No, runners enjoy taking in the whole of what Wrightsville Beach has to offer on the John Nesbitt Loop, better known as The Loop. This 2.45-mile loop around the heart of Wrightsville beach is a sidewalk trail that offers scenic views. It also has restrooms, water fountains, pet water fountains and pet waste bags (and disposal), in case you have a running buddy. But if you are taking a winter holiday at the beach, you have even more to choose from. February has two big, organized running events in which you can participate.
Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run If you’ve been thinking about getting a beach vacation rental, the Valentine’s Day weekend is a great time to go. For runners, you can start your Valentines’ Day celebration off with a heart-themed race on Saturday, February 12th, 2022. Runners often wear red or pink as they enjoy the flat and fast course. A 5K starts at 8am, leaving from Wrightsville Beach Town Hall, and runs an extended version of The Loop. The 10K starts at 9:15am, also starting at Town Hall but running a different course that takes you to the ICW and then almost to the south end of the beach before heading back. Up for a challenge? Run both! It’s called the Double Trouble, and that could be apt for the start of a Valentine’s weekend. Because it’s a flat surface, it’s stroller friendly. Dogs, however, should stay home from this one. If you’re interested in the run, you can register here
. Run Wilmington Marathon If you are a serious runner, you might consider the Novant Run Wilmington Marathon
. The half and full marathon courses are both certified and sanctioned by USATF
. In fact, the Wilmington Marathon has become one of the top races in the country used to qualify for the Boston Marathon
Like teamwork? Try the 26.2 relay. It starts at Johnny Mercer Pier
, along with the marathoners.
Kids ready for a fun run? There’s a 1-mile Glow Run – a timed race where every child running gets a race t-shirt and free waffles from Waffle House
when they finish.
About the 2022 race course: From the race’s website
: The 2022 course will start at Johnny Mercer Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise. The half, full and relay will take off and head west toward downtown Wilmington. The 5K and 1 mile will start and finish downtown Wilmington at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion. The first 5 miles will be on flat main roads. Spectators can watch along this portion and can head downtown for the finish. Roads will be open for traffic at all times with a few detours. Once the runners hit mile 6.5, they will turn onto US 74 and head downtown. This will be a quiet portion of the event, as spectators will not be allowed here, but we will have aid stations, signage, and music. By mile 9, US 74 raises up over the marsh land of Wilmington and runners will be elevated over land for 1.5 miles until the half splits from the full. The half marathon runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington to the River Front finish. The full marathon will continue to beautiful Greenfield Lake and back to the finish. From there, the rest of the course is mostly flat as the full marathon travels around Greenfield Lake
trail as an out and back. The finish is located at Live Oak Bank Pavilion in beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington. The race is fun to watch, too! You’ll find that Wilmingtonians often sit on their front porches and cheer on the runners. With so many elite runners competing from all over the world, people enjoy doing what they can to help support these amazing athletes. Stay with Sea Scape We still have vacation homes
available to rent during the 2022 marathon weekend dates. Give yourself all the comforts and privacy of home when you come to run. And bring your family and friends along with you! It’s so much more fun to celebrate your race accomplishment with those you love. Visit our website
to see what is available during your preferred dates. And don’t hesitate to call us at 910-332-7284 or email
if you find you still have questions.
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