Coastal NC

VOL13ISS1 2017

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12 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 CAPE FEAR LIVING Calabash-style cuisine is a must-try with waterfront eateries doling out oyster stew and deviled crab. Don't miss Dockside Seafood House. For those who want a taste of grappa, Ocean Isle Beach has the Silver Coast Winery known for its award-winning wines. Rent a vacation cottage, house or condo to stay a week or for the summer or stay in a B&B or an inn. Sports enthusiasts discover ideal conditions for everything from kayaking and windsurfing, boating, swimming, biking, and other surf and turf activities in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Hang out at Johnny Mercer's Pier for sightseeing or people watching or actually fishing. For some folks the way to relax is with a rod and reel. Fishing in the coastal waters is a favorite pastime with enthusiasts catching Spanish mackerel and blues, flounder, red drum, sea mullet, pompano and other fish. While casting, it's not uncommon to see blue and green heron, otters and turtles glide almost close enough to touch or a brown pelican on patrol for dinner. For a different kind of nature experience, try guided kayak fishing. Topsail Island is the main draw in Pender County. The island is a 26 mile long barrier, about half a mile wide. It spans two counties – Onslow and Pender. Here towns have alluring names: Topsail Beach, Surf City and Sneads Ferry. It's small beach living at its finest. Touted as the place where "water is everywhere," the county is surrounded by the Black River, Cape Fear River, North East Cape Fear River, and the Intercoastal Waterway. Three piers on Topsail Island attract those who like to throw a line out to fish or those who simply enjoy the view. Take a walk or go fishing at the Seaview pier in North Topsail Beach, Surf City Ocean Pier in Surf City and The Jolly Roger Pier in Topsail Beach. Further in the county away from water the town of Burgaw has historical buildings, a century-owned family store and a history tied to blueberries. Outdoor based activities, such as kayaking, boating, hunting and fishing, birding, horseback riding and nature trails are plentiful. Golfers tee off at a Scottish-links style 18- hole championship course at Castle Bay Country Club, located just off US Hwy 17 for a true to tradition golf experience.

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