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Coastal Carolina

An adventure along the Carolina coast can begin on America’s most beautiful barrier islands, include a tour of historic waterfront towns, and conclude at popular oceanfront destinations, with plenty of new residential communities to check out along the way.

Spring 2019 Travel Guide


A series of oceanfront islands with unspoiled beaches and laid-back seaside towns, The Outer Banks of North Carolina feature attractions like the inspiring Wright Brothers Memorial at Kitty Hawk, hang gliding over Jockey Ridge State Park’s gigantic dunes, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You can drive the entire 150-mile stretch, explore the National Seashore at your leisure and linger in oceanfront hamlets, then take the ferry ride from Ocracoke to the mainland.

new bern marina NEW BERN
This historic riverfront town in North Carolina’s Inner Banks region features a delightfully walkable downtown with cafes, galleries, antique stores, gardens, and the drug store where Pepsi-Cola was invented. Tryon Palace tours, boating, and kayaking on the surrounding waterways, and hiking on the nearby Croatan National Forest nature trails are among the New Bern area’s most popular activities.

Beaufort is the hub of the Crystal Coast area and was named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Traveler magazine. The North Carolina Maritime Museum is located on the Front Street boardwalk, along with restaurants, bakeries, galleries, and pubs, while water taxis take nature lovers to the wilds of the Rachel Carson Coastal Reserve and the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The historic riverside city of Wilmington and nearby oceanfront towns from Wrightsville Beach to Southport make this area one of North Carolina’s most diverse destinations. Stroll, shop, and dine along the Wilmington Riverwalk, visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, or tour the battleship North Carolina and the 67-acre Airlie Gardens. Historic sites and interactive museums, scenic cruises and watersports, amusement parks, and day trips to the beach are among the most popular vacation activities. Area accommodations range from downtown Wilmington hotels and inns to beach houses and condos overlooking the ocean.

14th Avenue Pier in Myrtle BeachTHE GRAND STRAND
A 60-mile arc of South Carolina oceanfront that stretches from the town of Little River south to Winyah Bay, The Grand Strand includes a dozen distinctive seaside towns with the high-rise hotels and condos of Myrtle Beach right in the middle. Vacation attractions include 100+ shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues each at Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach, and more than 90 championship golf courses that are open for visitor play year-round. For an all-day family adventure, enjoy the outdoor sculptures and nature exhibits at Brookgreen Gardens in the Murrells Inlet-Pawleys Island area.


Azalea Festival Wilmington, NCAPRIL 3-7
A Wilmington tradition since 1948, this year’s event includes garden and historic home tours, a juried art show and sale, a downtown parade and fireworks display, a street fair with 300+ vendors, musical theater presentations, a shag-dancing contest, and performing artists including 2019 headliner Hank Williams, Jr.

APRIL 22-28
The 15th annual celebration of great food and drink in the coastal town of Beaufort will feature wine-themed dinners in restaurants and private homes, a champagne brunch, a fashion-show luncheon, the Grand Reserve tasting and auction, and the signature Vin de Mer Culinary Village with live music.



A Wilmington tradition since 1948, this year’s event includes garden and historic home tours, a juried art show and sale, a downtown parade and fireworks display, a street fair with 300+ vendors, musical theater presentations, a shag-dancing contest, and performing artists including 2019 headliner Hank Williams, Jr.

MAY 16-19
The region’s finest restaurants, wineries, and distillers combine forces to welcome visitors and locals alike to historic Bellamy Mansion with music, art shows, and unique ticketed events like the Southern Smoke BBQ Cocktail Party, the Corks & Forks Grand Tasting Event, and the Bubbles, Brews & Street Eats finale.


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JUNE 6-9

Take in three days of the best in country music on four stages along the oceanfront Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, with more than 30 performing artists, family-themed events, a Battle of the Bands, and 2019 featured acts that include Alabama and Dierks Bentley.

Cape Fear Blues FestivalJUNE 23-25
Featuring big-name artists and talented up-and-coming performers for the 22nd year, this summer’s event will feature a sunset blues cruise, nightly shows at The Rusty Nail in Wilmington, NC, a blues workshop, an acoustic blues gathering, a day-long blues jam, and a Saturday night concert finale.



Encore at Briar Chapel (Chapel Hill, NC) features single-story residences for age 55+ active adults by David Weekley Homes, with clubhouse activities, racquet courts, and nearly 25 miles of fitness trails in the Research Triangle area near Chapel Hill.

Carolina Colours (New Bern, NC) features social and fitness activities at the Pavilion Clubhouse, an on-site golf course, racquet courts, woodland trails, and distinctive neighborhoods with water, wetland, and fairway views.

Summerhouse on Everett Bay (Holly Ridge, NC)Summerhouse on Everett Bay (Holly Ridge, NC) offers custom-quality homes and flexible floor plans, as well as community amenities like boat docks with Intracoastal Waterway access in a seaside location near Topsail Beach and Surf City.

River Bluffs (Wilmington, NC) has with single-family homes and sites on the North Cape Fear River, plus healthy-lifestyle amenities that include a fitness center, hiking trails, kayak launches, and community gardens.

Brunswick Forest (Wilmington, NC)Brunswick Forest (Wilmington, NC) is now home to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in The Villages center. Just minutes from Wilmington, the Cape Fear National Golf Course, tennis/pickleball courts, biking trails, and kayak docks top the list of amenities.

Compass Pointe (Wilmington, NC) is a close-knit community of neighbors in southeastern North Carolina that features the award-winning Compass Pointe Golf Club, wellness programs, and social gatherings at The Grand Lanai Amenities Center.

The Bluffs on Cape Fear (Wilmington, NC) offers waterfront building sites and custom homes with on-site resort amenities and a beach club on nearby Oak Island. A new fitness center with pickleball courts and the Riverfront Park & Boat Launch to open soon.

St. James Plantation (Southport, NC) is located near the seaside town of Southport and has a private Oak Island Beach Club. On-site amenities include an Intracoastal Waterway marina, fitness centers, and member access to four 18-hole golf courses.

Palmetto Creek (Bolivia, NC) features single-family residences by preferred builders and a resort clubhouse, tennis courts, kayak launches, and a unique boardwalk trail. The Southport location is just 10 minutes from the beach.

McLendon Hills (West End, NC) features a full-service Equestrian Center with a new covered riding arena and nearly 10 miles of bridle trails, plus the region’s best fishing and boating on Lake Troy Douglas in the golf-rich Pinehurst-Southern Pines area.

Cresswind Charlotte welcomes residents age 55 and older who appreciate a location that’s convenient to the Uptown area and international airport, with amenities like tennis/pickleball courts, miles of walkways, and numerous interest clubs.

Cresswind Myrtle Beach is an active-adult community with homes that have big porches and open floor plans, plus a huge pool complex, sports courts, and fitness facilities in the popular Common Market area near the beach.

Logan Homes has been building luxury residences on the Carolina Coast since 1986. Their Build Smart process takes every buyer from design-center consultation and construction-team reports to energy-efficient home satisfaction.

Bill Clark Homes is a featured builder in the finest North and South Carolina communities. For more than 40 years, the family-owned company has offered fully customizable floor plans and total peace-of-mind warranties.


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