Bringing Your Baby on a Beach Vacation

Bringing a baby of any age on a beach vacation can sometimes involve a group effort but it can certainly be accomplished. Vacations, especially to the beach, are oriented more to adults and children but that doesn’t mean babies can’t come too. It just involves some early planning and an eye to detail.

Bringing Your Baby on a Beach Vacation

Babies are happy enough going to the grocery store or to Grandma’s. But anything that relaxes Mom and Dad is going to make for a happy baby and beach vacations have the potential to do just that. It’s important to remind yourselves, you’re on a vacation and the goal is to have fun.

Here are some tips that will help you with bringing your baby on the family’s beach vacation.

  1. Plan Your Time. Try to schedule your airline flights during your baby’s normal napping time. Walk and play with the baby during extended periods of time in the airport. More energy exerted there will be less energy the baby exerts in the confines of an airplane. Your flight mates will thank you.
  2. Stay On Schedule. Maintain the schedule you have at home while you’re on vacation. That includes the time you wake up and go to sleep, the time you eat meals, and when naptime is. This is not the time to kick up your heels and stay out late.
  3. Inquire Before Leaving. Does the place where you’re staying provide sleeping arrangements for babies? Ask about car seats from the rental agency, too.
  4. Keep Calm. Don’t stress out while getting ready for your trip because the baby will sense that and be on edge too.
  5. Plan On Doing Less. With babies the rule really is “Less is More.” Don’t over stimulate a baby. Make sure they take naps in quiet and comfortable spaces. Afternoon naps improve the chances of a quality evening so consider taking a nap at the same time.
  6. Apply Sunscreen Often. Shield babies from the midday sun. Don’t count on a tent or canopy because some beaches don’t allow them. Wear hats and light weight clothing. Apply sunscreen to any areas of skin showing. Read the label and reapply as recommended.

When you’re arriving at the beach with a baby in tow and are looking for oceanfront vacation rentals don’t hesitate to give us a call at Ocean Isle Inn. We know you and the baby both will really like our accommodations.


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Where to Celebrate Independence Day

Families vacationing on the Brunswick Islands over the Fourth of July holiday will have an assortment of activities happening in the coastal area to enjoy. We’re providing a list below of the most popular places to celebrate Independence Day in the region. If you need a place to stay take a look at our waterfront accommodations in Ocean Isle Beach. We can accommodate you in luxury and at a price you can afford.

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

OIB 4th of July Parade

This year’s Ocean Isle Beach Independence Day parade will be held on Friday, July 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. The parade draws locals and alike visitors with more than 700 people participating in the parade last year. Parade participants should meet at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot by 9:30 a.m. There is no official registration and no fee to march in the parade. Entries will be judged in four categories: golf carts, floats, walkers and bicycles. Sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association.

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

Free Beach Concert

This week’s free concert will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on July 3 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot, 21 East 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach. Tonight’s performance will be by Jim Quick & Coastline .

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day Fireworks

A fireworks show will take place at the Ocean Isle Beach Pier on July 3 beginning at 9 p.m. Fireworks will last approximately 20 minutes. Viewers will be able to watch the display from the pier, the beach in front of our inn, or anywhere on the Island. In case of rain the fireworks show will be re-scheduled for July 5 at 9 p.m.

Where to Celebrate Independence Day

Celebration at the Old Bridge

In what has become an annual tradition members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society have a day planned full of fun and festivities for visitors and residents of Sunset Beach. With patriotic music playing and flags waving at the Old Bridge site, 109 Shoreline Drive W, Sunset Beach, there are a number of activities scheduled throughout the morning.

There will be a parade over the Old Bridge starting at 9 a.m. Children and adults alike are encouraged to bring their decorated bicycles, wagons, strollers or sneakers to ride or march across the Old Bridge in step to rousing patriotic music. Following the parade, volunteers from the Preservation Society have planned multiple activity stations with good old-fashioned family games. There will be a cake walk, sack races, water can races, a knock-down-the-cans game and the favorite water balloon toss. Don’t miss the decorated cupcakes!



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Ocean Isle Free Summer Concerts

The free summer concerts that take place throughout the summer are an annual event that residents and vacationers look forward to every year. The beach music lovers among you are really going to enjoy this year’s lineup. The Ocean Isle Beach Free Concerts begin again on May 22 and are held every Friday night through September 4, 2015. The music includes a wide assortment of beach, shag, oldies, and rock and roll music.

Ocean Isle Free Summer Concerts

All Ocean Isle Beach concerts take place in the parking lot at the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas in Ocean Isle Beach. They are held every Friday night from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Here’s the lineup for this summer’s Friday night concert series:

May 22

Holiday Band

May 29


June 5

Darrell Harwood

June 12

Blackwater Rhythm & Blues

June 19

Carolina Soul Band

June 26

Band of Oz

July 3

Jim Quick & Coastline

July 10

The Entertainers

Ocean Isle Free Summer Concerts

July 17

Too Much Sylvia

July 24

Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot

July 31

Steve Owens & Summertime Band

August 7

The Embers ft. Craig Woolard

August 14

Mark Roberts Band

August 21

Hip Pocket

August 28

Continental Divide

September 4

Fantastic Shakers

Wear your dancing shoes if you plan on kicking your heels up or bring a lounge chair to kick back and just watch. Either way you’re sure to have a delightful evening with us!

If you’re looking for accommodations be sure to check out the  Specials we have available on our website!

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Springtime Local Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Now that spring is here those who have spent the colder months in hibernation are arriving for vacations, coming outside, and looking for things to do around the area. We have many springtime local events to tell you about that can only be found right here on the Brunswick Islands off the coast of North Carolina. So read on!


Ocean Isle Beach Wine Fest 2015

The Ocean Isle Beach Wine Festival will take place on April 25 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd St., in Ocean Isle Beach. The theme for this year’s Wine Fest is New Orleans jazz. This is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Museum and its sister facility, Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

Wine Fest offers provides the opportunity to listen to live music by Wilmington musician Teddy Burgh, taste exceptional wines, sample some awesome food from local restaurants, and participate in the live and silent auctions. Live auction items this year include trips to Costa Rica, Napa Valley, and New Orleans. The auctioneer is also auctioning off some large anchors – the ultimate in coastal “yard art.” This year’s tasty treats are provided by Causeway Gourmet, Pelican’s Perch, and Sharky’s. There is a “Cork Pull” where attendees can purchase one or more wine corks and are guaranteed a bottle of wine in return for each cork purchased. Try your luck at a “Cork Guess” where attendees buy guesses to the number of corks displayed inside a large wine bottle; the three closest guesses are the winners. Most importantly, Wine Fest offers a chance to spend a great evening with neighbors and friends while supporting two wonderful local facilities.

Reservations for Wine Fest are $50 per person and are available now by calling the museum at 910-579-1016. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the event.

Straweberry & Wine Fest

The 3rd Annual Strawberry and Wine Festival takes place on April 26 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at the Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., NW, Ocean Isle Beach to benefit the Old Bridge Preservation Society. Admission is $5. Parking is free.

Enjoy browsing booths featuring items by local crafters, artisans, and other vendors. Celebrate the beginning of spring by sipping award-winning Silver Coast wines and tasting local strawberries and foods made with local berries. Other food, barbeque, beer, soda and water also available.

Please bring your lawn chair but no coolers, outside beverages, or pets. Dance or listen to music by the Mike’s Garage Band throughout the afternoon. For more info call 910.579.9021 or visit


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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 

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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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