68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival

This year why not celebrate spring Southern-style at the 68th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival taking place April 8-12, 2015 in nearby Wilmington. The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s outstanding artwork, culture, gardens and rich history during five days that will provide a vast assortment of entertainment including a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and so much more that is Southern. This is an event you must attend if you’re in the coastal North Carolina area.

Since its inception in 1948, the Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people. For more than 60 years, the folks of southeastern North Carolina have been throwing the best party in the South and you’re invited! There’s something for everyone here that includes a rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture. Events Include the Azalea 5k/Walk/Run, the Queen’s Coronation, the concert featuring beloved musical acts, the Circus, Art Show, Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Tour, the Street Fair, parade, coin show, boxing match, the historic home show and so much more!

As much as we’d love to tell you about every event taking place over the five day period, there’s just not enough room here! Here are a few of the popular events. For the full listings check out the Azalea Festival’s website 

North Carolina Azalea Festival  garden tour

Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour

Sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club the tour has been featured in Southern Living magazine and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South. Tickets are $25.00 (plus tax) and are available now in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office.

NC Azalea Festival Street Fair

Azalea Festival Street Fair

Spread out over three days, April 10-12, the North Carolina Azalea Festival Street Fair is a free, family event with more than 330 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors, four stages, a children’s area and tons of fun! The Street Fair is located in downtown Wilmington on Water, Front, and Market Street. This is a free event.

North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour

Historic Home Tour

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Home Tour on April 11-12, 2015, is an annual event held by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. You can view the homes here. Tickets are $25 and will go up to $30 on the day of the event. Call the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office at 910-794-4650 to obtain your tickets today.

Happy spring! We hope to see you at the Festival!



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Early Season Vacation Accommodations for the Best Easter

For those who haven’t made their plans yet for where to spend the upcoming Easter holiday, we recommend spending it with us at Ocean Isle Inn on beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Not only is this a gorgeous place with comfortable early season vacation accommodations where you can celebrate this holiday of rebirth but there’s plenty going on in the area as well!

Easter At The Bridge

The Old Sunset Beach Bridge will be holding Easter on the Old Bridge on Saturday, April 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a special event for everyone regardless of age. The afternoon’s activities include an Easter Parade, sack race, Easter egg hunt, egg roll, and face painting – just imagine the photo opportunities! Admission is free and all are invited to attend. To sustain visitors after they have hopped, egg rolled and danced the bunny hop, Old Bridge Preservation Society volunteers will provide ham biscuits, decorated cupcakes and beverages to visitors free of charge.

This all takes place at the Old Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive West, Sunset Beach the day before Easter. If the weather looks questionable, call 910-363-6585 before venturing out. For more information please check the Old Bridge Preservation Society website, oldbridgepreservationsociety.org .

Wilmington Easter

In Wilmington on Eagles Island there will be a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt Carnival in Battleship Park on Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will enjoy the pony rides, eggs, bounce houses, candy, games, and the Buddy, The Battleship Easter Bunny! Egg hunts will be continuous throughout the day. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Offered again this year is a slower paced hunt area for kids who need a less stressful environment or for children with special needs who choose a slower paced environment. Price is $5 per person, children 2 and under free. #1 Battleship Road, Wilmington.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at Bill Smith Park, 4410 Fish Factory Rd., Oak Island. The hunt will be divided into the following age groups: 3 & under, 4-6, and 7-10. Free event.

Ocean Isle Church for Easter Sunday 2015

Ocean Isle Beach Chapel will hold an Easter Chapel Service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. Larry Queen will be officiating at 4 West Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. For more info call 910-579-6222.


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We’re Named as One of the Cool Off-Season Beach Resorts

This month Travel + Leisure named Ocean Isle Inn as one of the best “Cool Off-Season Beach Resorts” in the country! With an eye on what it takes to make a beach resort special enough to visit during the off-season, the publication scoured the country for the very best resorts to fend off the winter blues and we made the list!!

Travel and Leisure Magazine
During the off-season months you still get the great ocean views and sandy beaches but what makes this time of the year extra-special is the low off-season rates on all of our comfortable 70 rooms. This is also your opportunity to see that there’s way more to do at the coast than just the water sports in the ocean and suntanning!

Our off-season rates drop to the $80 range for oceanfront rooms at our Ocean Isle Inn. We’re located on a private stretch of sand halfway between Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC. Winter temperatures hover in the 50s here, but swimming remains a pleasure at the heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi spa.

Take a day and drive to Wilmington to visit Fort Fisher Aquarium, the Battleship Wilmington or take a tour of the historic buildings along the waterfront there. Or go south to Myrtle Beach and experience more than 110 championship golf courses, endless opportunities for shopping and plenty of theatre, concerts and other live entertainment.


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Don’t Miss the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo

If you’ve timed your vacation to coincide with the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo that’s very smart of you — and you’re not alone! So many people are just tired of the shortage of their sunshine in their days that they swarm to the beach this time of year because there’s just overall more of it here than anywhere else it seems.

South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo

The annual South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo is taking place on Sunday, March 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the South Brunswick Islands Center (SBIC). Conveniently located just minutes north of the NC/SC state line, just off Hwy 17at Brunswick Community College.

There will be more than 30 unique vendors set up for the event as well as Redds’ Photobooth, DIY Booth with Becky Smith Little and awesome prizes you can win. The list of vendors follows:

Art Catering & Events Movement Works
Bobvox media Prudential – Maria Denney
Calabash Tea Room Rodan & Fields Skin Care
Cape Fear Yacht Club Shoresound Productions LLC
Coastal Catering & Events Silver Coast Winery
Crow Creek Golf Club Southern Grace – Origami Owl
Grapeful Sisters Vineyard Sweedeepie Cheesecakes
Horry County Parks & Recd. Tangles Salon
Jimmy Jackson, DJ Thirty-One Gifts
Mary Kay Cosmetics Wrappinggirls – It works!
ME Greetings, LLC Yums the Word

The presenting sponsor for the fashion show is Coastal Knot Bridal. Premier sponsors include Coastal Floral Designs, Totally Chic Salon & Spa, and Time 2 Remember Portrait Artists and event photographer. Z107.5 FM will be broadcasting live from the event. Admission is $5 at the door.

South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo
For more information contact Gaye Fulford at 910-755-7419. BCC South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Hwy West, Carolina Shores, NC 28467.

If you’d like more information about weddings and how Ocean Isle Inn can help you with that, check out the Weddings page of our website. Give us a call at 800-352-5988 if you have any questions we can answer for you.

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Things to Know If You Got Engaged Over the Holidays

If you were one of the fortunate people that were lucky enough to become engaged over the holidays — congratulations! We have some important things to tell you about when it comes to making plans for your upcoming wedding.

Things to Know If You Got Engaged Over the Holidays
More and more, beach lovers all over the country are deciding to have an oceanfront wedding ceremony on their favorite beach. You won’t find a much more beautiful location in the country than right here in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Located on a small barrier island on the southeast coast of North Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach is positioned halfway between Myrtle Beach, SC to the south and Wilmington, NC to the north. Pearly white sand covered beaches make this a breathtaking location for weddings and many people have joined in matrimony here. If you’re looking for a place to hold your wedding this just maybe be the place for you.

Choosing a theme for your wedding makes the day memorable and fun. Take plenty of time beforehand to consider themes that you and your fiancé can relate to. Spring themed invitations are readily available but it’s also acceptable to make your own wedding invitations. If you don’t have a large budget, your friends and close family can help make your special day eventful and would likely be honored to be asked to help.

Things to Know If You Got Engaged Over the Holidays
At Ocean Isle Inn we have wedding packages that will include your accommodations for both before and after the ceremony. Whether you’re getting married or renewing your vows, we’re sure to have a package that will work for you. Each year many engaged couples hold their ceremonies right there on the beach. The weather is moderate in the winter and hot in the summer, so anytime of the year can be the perfect time. Your wedding should be a special day you’ll never forget and at a location that is incredibly beautiful!

Our Inn has richly decorated rooms reminiscent of a South Pacific getaway. Each room is displays Polynesian decor featuring handmade teak furniture, beautiful Spanish tile floors and unique artwork. The Atlantic Ocean and panoramic scenes of the Intracoastal Waterway with its winding canals provide unbeatable views.

With advance planning your day will come together successfully as the most important day of your lives. Visit the Wedding Section on our website for more details to help with all the steps of planning. If you’d like to talk with us about our wedding packages or have any questions please give us a call at (910) 579-0750.


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