The Best Local Attractions in Ocean Isle Beach for Families

When you’re vacationing with a family we know how important it is to have plenty of things lined up to keep the kids busy. It’s not like when we were kids and the ocean and beach were plenty to keep us occupied and happy. Today’s kids want to experience so much more than we did – they truly want it all. That said, here’s a list of area attractions in and around Ocean Isle Beach you’ll want to check out.

The Best Local Attractions in Ocean Isle Beach for FamiliesDuring the summer months there are Free Local Concerts with some of the best beach music, rock and roll, oldies, and Motown around! The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights 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.

The Museum of the Coastal Carolinas is one of the most popular attractions in Ocean Isle Beach. This is a natural history museum that offers free children’s programs where they are able to discover the nature of the coastal environment. Programs include educational programs for school groups, monthly lecture series, and seasonal outdoor classroom activities on the island. Summer programs include afternoon programs for children and families, live snake programs, and Family Night at the Museum program.

The Best Local Attractions in Ocean Isle Beach for FamiliesCome experience Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach Ghost Walks! You’ll get to 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.

Ingram Planetarium is located between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. You won’t want to miss the fascinating astronomy and science programs for all ages held in the 85-seat Sky Theater. All shows are 1 hour or less. The theater simulates a perfectly dark, starry night that you can experience from your seat. Late arrivals are not admitted to the theater. We strongly recommend that young children attend the 3 p.m. show. During the busy summer season we offer fun family activities on various topics.

Come join any of the activities at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center. The Community Center, located at 44 East First Street, will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., March through November. During the summer, planned activities for children will be held Monday thru Friday.

The Best Local Attractions in Ocean Isle Beach for FamiliesFrom May through October you must go Turtle Watching. During this time you can experience nesting and hatching of sea turtles along our Islands. Experience the wonder of a nesting loggerhead turtle or the “boil” of a hatching nest! During nesting lays, you may have an opportunity to name the nest for a small donation to the turtle watch program. “Nest parents” (volunteers) watch nests nightly during their expected hatching times to assist the babies into the surf and to protect them from predators. The “Turtle Lady” of Ocean Isle Beach, Gloria Hillenburg, holds weekly learning lectures at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Monday nights during the summer.

Be sure to check out the Ocean Isle Fishing Center if you want to rent jet skis or take your family out on a fishing charter trip or sunset cruise. Stop by and see them at 65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach. They’re open Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

When you book your accommodations with us at Ocean Isle Inn, you’ll be staying in close to all of the above attractions as well

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Choose Ocean Isle Inn This Spring

Golf lovers have only to come to the Brunswick Islands of coastal North Carolina to enjoy an affordable stay at the Ocean Isle Inn while having access to 30 championship golf courses in the Brunswick County area and another 80 within an hour’s drive! Come play on Oyster Bay, Brunswick Plantation, Meadowlands, Crow Creek, Tigers Eye, Rivers Edge, Thistle, Sea Trail, Sandpiper Bay, or The Pearl and you’ll experience some of the finest golfing in your life to date!

Choose Ocean Isle Inn This SpringWhen you’re not on the courses there’s still lots to do around this area including kayak rental tours, jet ski rentals, and charter boat fishing excursions out into the deep ocean waters where you can catch that trophy fish!

How about taking a guided Historical Southport Bicycle Tour through streets filled with live oaks covered in Spanish moss. The tour will take you along the waterfront, by Fort Johnston, the Brunswick Inn, the Old Brunswick Jail, the Crimes of the Heart home, the Indian Trail Tree, and along the shores of the Cape Fear River. Space is limited and advance registration is required for this tour. There are a limited number of bicycles available for rent. All Historical Southport Bicycle Tours will meet at The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. located at 807 Howe St. in Southport. Please call 910-454-0607 for more information and for reservations.

Choose Ocean Isle Inn This SpringTake a drive over to the Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 East Oak Island Drive in Oak Island and join Oak Island Parks & Recreation and The Adventure Kayak Company for the “Ride The Tide” on March 29 at 9 a.m. There will be a kayak float and race from the recreation center to Blue Water Point Marina on an outgoing tide. There will awards based on age group, a costume contest and a poker run. Kayak rentals are available. Entry fee is $20 per person and the first 75 people to sign up will get a T-shirt from the event. If you have any questions, please call 910-278-5518.

When you opt to stay at Ocean Isle Inn you’re giving yourself beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway and scenic marshlands from your own private balcony. You’ll love our Polynesian rooms with king and queen sized beds complete with quilted-top plush mattresses that will provide you with the best sleep of your life. Rooms decorated with handmade teak wood furniture, beautiful warm tiled floors, in-room coffee service, refrigerator, microwave, wet bar, and cable TV await your arrival.

Choose Ocean Isle Inn This SpringWhen you get up in the morning we’ll have a deluxe continental breakfast awaiting you. Ease into your day with a leisurely walk along the beachfront. When you’re ready, kick back in a lounge chair by our ocean side pool or enjoy the heated indoor pool. After a day on the courses, we know you’ll enjoy a soak in a Jacuzzi spa, too. From the time you arrive and walk in the front door of your suite, you’ll know you made the right choice when you chose to stay at our Ocean Isle Inn.

We’d be happy to assist you with making your reservations or if you have questions. Please give us call us at 800-352-5988 or (910) 579-0750 or you can reach us through the Contact page on our website.

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Hotel Deals So Good They’ll Make You Change Your Plans

With many people starting to go online and schedule their summer vacations, we feel we should warn you that the Ocean Isle Beach hotel deals that we have available just might make you change your plans. Yes, they’re just that good! Once you look at the hotel deals in Ocean Isle Beach that we have here nothing else will look quite as good as it did.

Ocean Isle Beach hotel dealsTwo Nights for You and Dinner, Too
Enjoy two nights in oceanfront accommodations, dinner for two at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill and a wine gift basket. Dinner includes 4 glasses of wine, salads, shared appetizer, two entrees and dessert. The wine gift basket is from Silver Coast Winery and includes 1 bottle of award winning wine, 2 wine glasses and a deluxe wine bottle opener. $299 from Oct. 22, 2013 until Mar. 13, 2014. $319 from Mar. 14, 2014 until April 17, 2014. (Deduct $40 off package for Soundview accommodations.) Cannot combine this offer with other discounts. Special does not apply to groups and is based on availability.

Pamper Package
Pamper yourselves with two nights with your loved one in oceanfront accommodations and a romantic dinner at either Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant or Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill. Dinner includes 4 glasses of wine, salads (choice of house or Caesar), Ocean Isle Beach hotel deals at Sacred Willow Spashared appetizer, two entrees and dessert. Package also includes a wine gift basket from award winning Silver Coast Winery, a fruit & cheese tray, and “Massages for Two” at Sacred Willow Spa in nearby Calabash. $389 from Oct. 22, 2013 until Mar. 13, 2014. $409 from Mar. 14, 2014 until April 17, 2014. (Deduct $40 from package for Soundview accommodations.) Rate includes all taxes. Gratuity for dinner is not included.

Valentine’s Packages
Treat yourself and your loved one to an unforgettable escape for Valentine’s Day at the Ocean Isle Inn with one of our two night packages that you surely will enjoy.

Valentine's Day hotel deals in Ocean Isle BeachLove is Simple Package $189
Package includes two nights in our oceanfront accommodations, a long stem rose for the ladies upon check in, in-room champagne with a chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate chip cookie tray. Available form February 14-16, 2014.

Wine & Dine Package $309
When you want to give your loved one something extra special, consider this night on the town. Package includes two nights in our oceanfront accommodations, long stem rose for the ladies upon check in, wine basket from Silver Coast Winery, dinner for 2 at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill (dinner menu to be determined). This package is available Feb. 14-16, 2014. Extra nights are available for just $59 plus tax. Package price does not include gratuity for your dinner at Pogies. Prices are based on availability and include sales tax. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

We often have new deals we add to our website that you should check out. Click on the Specials link in the top navigation to view what we have at any time. If we can assist you with making your reservation or you have questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 800-352-5988 or (910) 579-0750 or contact us through our website.

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We Have Delightful Wedding Venues in Ocean Isle Beach

So you’re engaged to be married and you’re looking for wedding venues in Ocean Isle Beach? Be sure to consider how Ocean Isle Inn can assist you on your very special day. We have beautiful waterfront and beachfront settings where you can hold your ceremony with the stunning Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. We also hold ceremonies in our garden gazebo, beneath a decorated wedding arbor, or on the beach with a reception in the oceanfront garden gazebo area. These Ocean Isle Beach wedding venues are truly unsurpassed by any other.

wedding venues in Ocean Isle BeachWe offer six all-inclusive wedding packages and one renewal of vows anniversary package from which you can choose. Packages include such features as flowers, the minister to perform your ceremony, and a stay at our Inn. With packages large enough to handle 100 guests we’re confident we can help you achieve the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

On this, the most important day of your life, it’s critical to be able to count on the people and venues where your ceremony is being held. The more streamline you make things the more relaxed you’ll be on this the most wonder-filled day of your life.

wedding venues in Ocean Isle BeachWhether you hold your ceremony on the beach in the garden or by the waters edge, one of these venues is sure to suit the tastes of both you and your future spouse. We can assist you with all of your wedding extras such as arbors, flowers, decorations, banquet chairs, tents, photographers, DJs, reception, rooms and even cakes. Any of our wedding packages can be added to as well. This is the most special day of your lives so we want to make sure you have it exactly the way you want.

Locating wedding venues in Ocean Isle BeachWe can also provide everything you need for your wedding reception right here at our Inn. From the reception room to the cake, a DJ, photographer and videographer, transportation to and from the airport and even propane heaters, should you require them. We can handle whatever type of reception you desire. Our goal is ensure that your wedding goes exactly as planned.

You may want to check out the Silver Coast Bridal Show being held on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach. Discover all the beauty there is to behold on the Brunswick Islands and beyond. Let the expertise of local wedding professionals make your wedding day extra special! Come meet caterers, photographers, officiants, florists and get a wealth of information about cakes, music, event rentals, limos, and much more. Admission is free. For more information call Silver Coast Winery, 910-287-2800.

If you would like to speak with our on-site wedding coordinator please give us a call at your convenience at (800)352-5988  or (910) 579-0750 or reach us through our website Contact page. All catering, wedding cake, florist, DJ, etc., must be handled through our coordinator. We look forward to working with you to make your day as special as it can be.

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10 Ways to Fall in Love Again in Ocean Isle Beach

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it’s not too early to be making plans on how you’re going to spend it this year. How about we skip the flower-candy-watch TV thing you did last year and try to amp it up a bit. We believe everyone (including you) has an inner romantic living within and we have 10 ideas for how to put it to good use. When your special someone falls in love with you all over again, you can come back and thank us!

hotels in Ocean Isle Beach for Valentine's DayMaybe you’re already in love or maybe not. Even if you’re already in love, married, or engaged, romance has a way of bringing those feelings to the surface even more so. This year Valentine’s Day is on a Friday and so that means (as any woman could tell you!) that the holiday extends through Sunday night!

1. Book a surprise weekend stay in our Ocean Isle Inn, one of the best hotels in Ocean Isle Beach, and you’re off to a great start.

2. Have your room at our Inn decorated with flowers in the living and bedrooms prior to your arrival.

3. Plan ahead of time to download some romantic love songs to your mobile device. You’re going to need them for those spontaneous dances you’ll be doing throughout the weekend!

4. Start each day by taking your coffee and two beach chairs to the waterfront to watch the breathtaking sunrise together.

hotels in Ocean Isle Beach for Valentine's Day5. End your days by enjoying a cocktail while watching what may be some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever witnessed. Bring your camera along!

6. Plan a romantic getaway to nearby Bald Head Island where there are no vehicles and just spend the day on the beachfront.

7. Go shopping in close by Southport, NC, and buy your special someone a little keepsake as a token of the weekend and how you feel about them.

8. Make reservations to dine together at one of the areas finer restaurants offering your favorite type of foods.

9. Schedule a “couples massage” with one of the many massage therapists in Ocean Isle Beach.

10. With a full moon appearing over the ocean for Valentine’s Day, this is your opportunity to take your Valentine out dancing on the beachfront under the light of the full moon. (Don’t forget to bring your device with the love songs!)

We believe this has the potential to be your best Valentine’s Day ever if you follow these 10 suggestions. But while we’re suggesting them for this Valentine’s Day, honestly, they hold such magic that they’ll most likely work any time at all!

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She Sells Sea Shells By the Sea Shore

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Shelling! One of the most popular pass-times for the visitors of the beach is that of scouring the shoreline for endless possibilities of finding beautiful sea shells. half

Something that simply catches your eye as a souvenir of your trip to the ocean or an addition to an already growing collection. Sea shells are wondrous!

Amazing how these small mollusks have the ability to sculpt their own homes with such a variety of colors, textures and sizes! How very relaxing to spend some time just treading the sands with intention of finding a free prize. Remember, the sound of the ocean can be heard from some, when you place it to your ear! girl-beach-seashells

Did you know that the best time of year to search for shells is during the winter months? Tropical storms churn up the bottom of the ocean. Rushing currents carry these natural phenomenons up to the surf to be offered onto the shores of North Carolina as well as all the world’s beaches.shellshere

The ‘early bird gets the worm’ so be sure to begin your quest in the wee-morning hours. Local tide charts afford assistance when it comes to gauging the low tides to help uncover the best trophies.seashells-x

Memories are made every day. Shelling can be different things to different people but it is sure to be a peaceful walk on the beach no matter what you end up bringing home!


Here at the Ocean Isle Inn, the Shell Club of North Carolina will be staying with us for their annual visit this November to see what they can find here at our beach!

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Exploring Beyond the Beach


Thousands of visitors flock each year to the unspoiled shores of Ocean Isle Beach for the Sand, Sun and Family Fun.


Approach to our island via the Odell Williamson Bridge overpasses an often overlooked recreation area…the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.


Separating us from the mainland, the waterway meanders along the backside of our island amidst tidal creeks, estuaries and marshlands; the perfect setting for any nature lover or water enthusiast.


The Ocean Isle Inn has teamed up with Summertide Adventure Tours to offer our guests kayaking tours in these still backwaters. Paddle along shallow creeks and marshes catching glimpses of indigenous as well as migratory water fowl, island deer & even the famous Ocean Isle Beach Goats, which make their home among the spoil islands adjacent to Ocean Isle.


Join us this Summer and Explore Beyond the Beach!

Click here to learn more about our resident goats



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Bridge Society joins Silver Coast Winery for Fundraising Fest


The Sunset Beach floating swing bridge was an active landmark in this region for over 4 decades. It linked the mainland to the island portion of Sunset Beach from 1961 to the fall of 2010.

At the top of every hour between 7 am to 9 pm, traffic would sit at a red light on either side of the waterway. The pontoon bridge would swing to the side to allow boat passage with a system of pulleys and cables. From a vantage point in a little white tender’s house that sits directly on the wooden vessel itself, the operator would monitor the daily demands of the bridge. A simple signal from any unscheduled commercial boat as well, would command a repeat performance.


Due to the mounting barrage of tourism, a growing population and progression in general, the old bridge became obsolete. Seasonal high tides affected the carriage the floating aparatus was capable of supporting and would often render the bridge dangerous to virtually useless, at times.bridge6autookresizeback

Despite 30 years of controversy from locals that did not want to see the bridge replaced, a new 65-foot-high two lane arch bridge was completed in October 2010, the Mannon C. Gore Bridge.

The antique bridge was moved to a donated portion of land just beside her replacement. The old bridge has now gained a following and she frequently receives visitors ranging from history buffs, old friends and locals alike.bridge7okbanner

You can see a video of the last day the bridge was in operation here.


On a positive note, the interest in this local icon has prompted the creation of the Old Bridge Preservation Society.


As part of an ongoing effort by the O.B.P.S. to maintain the integrity of the old bridge, they have joined forces with Silver Coast Winery to bring you the following…


The Strawberry & Wine Fest will be a day of celebration and fundraising.

This Springtime event will be held at our local Silver Coast Winery.4daa06f7be9555ca5eed307564f18279


Locals and visitors alike will enjoy music, arts & crafts,

food and wine on May 4th, 2013. (click here for more info)


 See You There!

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Time to Save Some Daylight


All of us need reminding every now and again…

MELTINGTIMEOKThis Sunday, March 10th is when we will be setting our clocks forward at 2:00am in compliance with what we know as Daylight Savings Time.

Common in the modern Western world, the idea of saving time was first proposed in 1895. George Vernon Hudson was a New Zealand postal worker and an entomoligist who dabbled in astronomy. His need for extra daylight to collect insects, prompted him to introduce the idea of extending the day. First put into affect during World War I, there has been many a controversy over the concept of DST.

frenchfriesokAmongst those that chose to support the extension of the day were retailers, fast food restaurants that featured French fries and promoters of tourist attractions or sporting events.


Others that felt they were simply loosing their mornings, were not so fond of the adjustments.

 Some of us think the “Spring forward” of time is an hour of lost sleep.


Instead, it can be thought of as a substitute for an hour we gain in daylight.

If you are one of the populations that are governed by Daylight Savings Time, remember this: time is relative.  Can you see what you want to see? Are you able to do what makes you happy when you can?

That is the question!

As one great man, Benjamin Franklin once put it, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

 So wake up and enjoy the days you are given! At ANY time!

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Hey Football Fans!


Now that the dust has settled, pick your team and cheer them on with a Super Bowl Sunday XLVII party at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant!



Sharky’s has always been a local focal point when it comes to live music, good food and a celebration! Now that it’s time for the final football hoorah for this season, come enjoy yourself at the beach! As the champions earn their title and rings, settle in for the excitement with Pig Pickin food fixin’s along with the company of the 543340105_f3b982e33a_mBudweiser Girls.


Join the fun with prizes during the game as well as a raffle to win a 2 night stay at the Ocean Isle Inn!50fc5d0f8767a.preview-300


Better yet, we are offering a 2 & 3 night package special just for the football fans….

 2 nights (Feb. 2 & 3) Saturday & Sunday for only $99

3 nights (Feb 1, 2 & 3) Friday, Saturday & Sunday for only $149

So make this an unforgettable Super Bowl Sunday XLVII!

Call us now at 800-352-5988 to line up that goal and kick your winter blues!



YOU will be the winner of THIS match up ;-)

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St. Nick Nacks Season of Giving

Many tourists and visitors to the South Brunswick Islands have come to know the famous seafood of the small fishing village of Calabash.  Along with the abundant fish camps and restaurants, there is also another landmark in Calabash as famous as the seafood: Callahan’s Nautical Gift Store and St. Nick Nacks.

Having been located in the same prominent location for more than 30 years and sprawling some 35,000 square feet, this unique establishment is sure to have the right gift you’re looking for. Oh sure there are other souvenir shops dotted along the coast, but non as great as this.

St. Nick Nacks is unlike any other shop in the area. Boasting more than 3 million ornaments and a hundred decorated trees, there is definitely something suited to every taste and decor for your home.

From Mark Roberts Fairies to holiday dinnerware, a quick stroll through can quickly turn into a magical adventure that will put you in the holiday spirit.

Collectors of Department 56 villages will be especially pleased, as there is an entire room devoted to the displays.  But honestly, this is just the beginning of the wonderful and amazing variety of holiday decorations to be found at St. Nick Nacks. Such brand names as Christopher Radko, (a personal favorite of mine) Glory Haus and Jim Shore are also amongst the offerings as well as coastal Christmas decor. Even the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Ocean Isle Inn is decorated with items from St. Nick Nacks. Christmas would not be complete without ornately decorated presents and St. Nick Nacks offers over 1000 different kinds of holiday ribbon!

Did you know that St. Nick Nacks also has an assortment of holiday themed trees?  Why not consider decorating a tree for Halloween or the 4th of July. Not wanting these holidays to be left out of the fun, St. Nick Nacks offers ornaments for these occasions too!  Giving is never out of season, so let the season of giving begin – at St. Nick Nacks and Callahans in Calabash.

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Staying Fit During the Holidays

During this time of the year, it is hard to stay in shape. With all the cookies and cakes, hot cocoa, it’s hard to refuse! So while you’re on vacation visiting family and friends you don’t have to feel guilty for not doing your workout routine. You can still exercise by walking or taking a pleasant jog on our beautiful beach. If you want more of a structured workout, here are some great facilities within a few minutes of our hotel.

The Fitness Studio, Ocean Isle Beach

Crossfit, Ocean Isle Beach *kids classes available

Gold’s Gym, Shallotte

Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice your healthy habits just because you are spending your holiday at the beach. As my colleague, Maria, suggested … we are more than happy to help you stay healthy while you are visiting Ocean Isle. Just send those cookies and cakes to Maria and myself. We’ll ”take care of them” for you.

Happy Holidays!

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Gift Certificate for Relaxation

As the gift giving season quickly approaches you may find yourself wondering what to give to that ”hard-to-shop-for” friend or relative.  Why not consider giving them something that will offer a bit more than a shiny trinket in a neatly wrapped box. A gift certificate for the Ocean Isle Inn is the perfect gift.  Gift Certificates can be purchased in any dollar amount and used year-round. So not only do they fit within your holiday budget, but they are also timeless.  A stay at the beach can create memories that last a lifetime.  What better gift to bestow upon your loved one than a Gift Certificate or a stay at the Ocean Isle Inn.

Call one of our friendly elves at 1-800-352-5988 to order yours today!

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Refreshment for Mind and Body

??? Do you sometimes find yourself saying, “I NEED A VACATION!!!”

A “VACATION” can reflect a reward, a hiatus from a busy work schedule AND a goal to plan for and look forward to.

Just the thought of it can inspire when you least expect it

and need it most.

When times try our nerves, ravage our very feelings and everything surrounding us seems to be heaping on our ‘plate’…thoughts of alleviation can calm the distress. Therapy, if you will. Motivation!

Without this outlet, everyday life might seem downright hopeless.

Once plans for the well-deserved getaway are in motion, the sense of relief will be a psychological safety net when daily life becomes turbulent. After all, we are only human. Simple preparation will enhance the trip, now in your future. Change your desktop wallpaper

on your computer to the place you’re going to visit. Envision yourself and your family romping on that hillside…at that special amusement park…or on that beach, enjoying each other.

So feel free to set your wheels in motion for your daydream destination of choice…

The Ocean Isle Inn in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina is a great selection for relaxation. Located on the most southeastern portion of the spectacular stateside Atlantic coast, we offer a secluded vista of peaceful beach. Amazing splendor of the ocean and all she has to offer, a mix of visitors from all regions and southern hospitality join together to correlate a retreat you will not soon forget.

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Savage is the Storm

It seems those of us that dare to live on the ocean’s coastlines are a different breed. It may seem to outsiders that we live in a perpetual vacation-location. Changing seasons however, reap many harvests and Hurricanes can be a devastating crop. The range of Atlantic activity is from June 1st to November 30th, Hurricane Season.

As awareness spreads that there is a tropical storm of interest, you begin listening to the weather reports. As focus is placed on the projected path, there is that moment of denial. Reality may come too late to some who refuse to heed the warnings.  Boarding up windows and gathering supplies we currently don’t have around the house, are just some of the steps needed to weather the blast Mother Nature is about to provide. You brace as the time nears for the infamous “landfall”. The incoming monster may be growing in size and strength, or there is a chance it will collide with another of its kind to literally rip innocence apart. A sense of horror kicks in. Some of us in the fanned out path will be safe; experiencing only high wind gusts, maybe heavy thunderstorms.  Others will get the sheer brunt of the shore sweep or tornadoes spun off from the destructive giant. Then there are those that get the ‘hit’. Storm surge can totally take out your travel route to work for a week or more. Familiar structures may be displaced or simply disappear. Boats seek new port on the highway, lofted out of the ocean like a child’s toy. Cars migrate without drivers to other districts. Pets and livestock are abandoned as unprepared people flee to higher ground.  Highways are jammed with urgent motorists on paralyzed escape routes…some losing their lives in the process. Others simply losing their minds. Power outages for 7 to 10 days mean that you are not only without electricity but there is no sanitary water either. Batteries, canned goods and fresh water become gold. Your city transforms into a different planet.

A kind of quiet sets in as you now wonder how you are going to pay your bills since you can’t even get to work. Entire neighborhoods may be wiped off the map with the deadly combination of wind, surf, flooding and erosion. Inevitably, there will be those that suffer the ultimate loss of loved ones.  Material objects are washed away, gone forever. Somehow, though the cost is high, these notorious storms seem to bring humanity back in check. Neighbors that never even met each other before are now helping one another to survive, rebuild, regroup. Memories are literally history in the making.

Having personally experienced the phenomenal force of a hurricane, it is something I will never forget.

Granted, there are other acts of nature that can be just as cataclysmic. The aftermath not only exposes the open nerve of a flattened landscape but the compassion of humanity as well, for it will be needed to create, improve and build again.

Though impact from any storm is tragic in many diverse and serious ways, we have no choice but to regard the time of disaster as a chance to share the best of what we have to offer…Ourselves.

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32nd Annual Oyster Festival Road Runners

The 32nd annual NC Oyster Festival is this weekend!

The island will be bustling with tourists and locals alike. Everyone will love tasting the various menu selections, listening to live music and catering to the kiddies and their share of the fun!

One of the energetic activities at the festival will be the Road Races.

Featured are 3 different versions all taking place on Sunday, October 21st, 2012.

Locals as well as guests of the island that enjoy marathons or just running, are encouraged to join in!

The route for the races is entirely on the island of Ocean Isle Beach.

If you’d like to participate, here is some pertinent information…

Event schedule and times:

1 Mile Fun Run: 8am

5K & 10K: 8:30am

Cash prize incentives!

For details about race registration, click here!

Lots of excitement is in store….!!!

Get those running shoes warmed up and we’ll see you this Sunday at the

Oyster Festival Road Races!

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Ocean Isle Inn Wins Award

We are pleased to announce that, once again, the Ocean Isle Inn has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor for 2012!  This award is bestowed upon qualifying properties listed with Tripadvisor that maintain a high overall user rating.

The entire staff of the Ocean Isle Inn works diligently year-round to assure that our property is well maintained and that our guests have the vacation experience that they deserve.  We are so proud to receive this award and want to give a sincere ”Thank You” to all of our past guests that have taken time to share their comments about their time with us to prospective travelers on Tripadvisor. Without them this award would not be possible.

We look forward to having each of you stay with us in the future so that you can experience for yourself our level of excellence.

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2012 2nd Annual Bicycle Poker Run for Paws-Ability

The enthusiasm and success from the first Bicycle Poker Run in 2011 was so extensive that it has become an annual event here at Ocean Isle Beach! The Ocean Isle Inn will again host Paws-Ability’s fundraiser, to take place on October 7th, 2012. Paws-Ability is a non-profit, 501-C3 organization that relies on donations (which are tax deductible) to keep its efforts alive and utilized.

This well received gathering will benefit animal shelters and rescue groups throughout Brunswick County.  As many previous guests may know, the Ocean Isle Inn has a permanent population of feral felines.

The island has several groups of these vermin-regulators that have been assisted greatly by various hotel staff and island inhabitants as well as Paws-Ability.

Wilson, the Wonder Kitty

Their program to spay and neuter strays and issue their necessary inoculations, has kept the populations manageable.

Participants in the 2012 Bicycle Poker Run do not need to know how to play poker.  There will be prizes for the winning hand as well as the worst hand.  No skill required, just a lot of fun! Registration for the event will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Ocean Isle Inn. The riders will be directed to four locations on the island to draw a card for their poker hand.  Street ready golf carts will be available to those not able to ride a bicycle.  The event will end at the Ocean Isle Inn with a poolside party. The party will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and soft drinks as well as a silent auction.  The registration fee is $25 per rider.

There are two methods of registration. The first is to mail a check with participant’s name, email address and phone number to:  Paws-Ability, P.O. Box 6174, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. Or, visit the Paws-Ability website at to register and pay online. Ocean Isle Beach is a great place for a bike ride! This event will draw many interested animal lovers to the island for this heart-felt fundraiser. Any participating business may offer specials to the bicycle riders to encourage them to stop in for a snack or cold beverage. Sponsorship for this event is offered at $200.  Supporting sponsors will be listed on the Paws-Ability website, on all printed material including posters and flyers, on t-shirts and in newspaper ads. Sponsorship includes registration fee for 1 bicycle rider.  Silent auction and raffle items are welcomed.

If you have questions, please contact Paws-Ability President, Janie Withers at 910-579-4707 or

Animals are the helpless ones, WE are the ones that can lend a helping hand!

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Festival Time!

Hey Everybody! It’s time to gear up for the 2012 NC Oyster Festival! Hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the 32nd annual event will take place on the island of Ocean Isle Beach, the weekend of October 20th & 21st.

As the seasons shift and we enter into fall, some communities gather to admire the changing colors of the trees. In the south, we like to recognize and rally ‘round North Carolina’s abundant resident, the Oyster.

Historically, this seemed a great reason to get together for a party! Locals created the now famous festival that is still guaranteed to provide lots of smiles! Offering a venue of variety with live music, arts & crafts, local cuisine and competitions, everyone is sure to find fun! Many different styles of food will be available for your palatable pleasure. Menus include everything from salads, desserts and sandwiches to seafood, sausage, chicken and so much more.

The two days of excitement include road races, oyster shucking; surfing & tennis competitions, pageants and an oyster stew cook-off. Carnival attractions including pony & camel rides, games, face painting and a petting zoo are just some of the activities to entertain the kids.

One of the festival favorites is the line-up of featured bands. The headliner for 2012 is country music talent Casey James, third runner-up contestant of Season 9’s American Idol.

Come one, come all and join us in the celebration of our plentiful local mollusk, the Oyster.

Admission: $5 for adults, free for kids 5 and under

If you have any questions, please click on this link

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Make a Splash

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another Family Pool Party with DJ Hurricane. DJ Hurricane hosts kid friendly events all summer long with great fun like the Limbo, Minute-To-Win-It Contests, Free Prizes and Music that all ages can enjoy.

Our new Cabana Cafe is now open too. Serving up some of the best, all-beef hotdogs and hamburgers on the coast along with a variety of slushies and Frappuccino’s .

All guests of the Ocean Isle Inn are invited to join us from 6 – 9pm this evening for a little fun in the sun.

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