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22 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 BRUNSWICK COUNTY Brunswick County BY LYNNE BRANDON "It's like a sleepy little village that woke up," said Billie Jones, part-time Southport resident. She rattles off what she likes about it – virtually everything - but while the beauty of the town soothes the soul it is the serene lifestyle that appeals to her. Neighbor and part-time resident, Tootie Kornegay agrees and chimes in. "As soon I get to Southport I put on my tee-shirt and flip flops," said Kornegay. Southport is a favorite coastal destination for thousands who visit each year and part-time residents like Jones and Kornegay who make a trek to the island get-a-way every chance they get. The postcard-pretty town is widely known for its picturesque scenery that is a favorite with filmmakers and photographers. It was the scene of the movie "Safe Haven" and where the television series "Under the Dome" was filmed. It's easy to understand the allure. With dramatic views of the Cape Fear River, ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss, grand Victorian homes and proximity to some of North Carolina's best beaches and barrier islands, Southport is a dream destination. Days are spent gazing at three bodies of water that merge together – Cape Fear River, Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway. "You can stand on Howe Street and Cape Fear River is to the left, the Intercoastal to the right and the Atlantic Ocean is straight ahead," said Kornegay. Southport events are as unique as the town. In September, the Wooden Boat Show brings enthusiast to the town, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in October attracts 400 boats annually and is one of the largest kingfish tournaments on the east coast. In the summer, thousands come out for North Carolina's biggest Fourth of July parade. Pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with unique shops such as Bullfrog Corner, Ocean Outfitters and the Dosher Memorial Thrift shop which donates proceeds to Dosher Memorial Hospital. Cafés offering locally caught seafood in waterfront restaurants entice visitors at Fishy Fishy Café and Provision Company. For plain good food, Local's Family Diner is the choice. Brunswick County is proud to be the location of two lighthouses – Bald Head lighthouse and Oak Island lighthouse. Take a ferry to Bald Head Island to see North Carolina's oldest lighthouse celebrating its 200th birthday in 2017. Afterwards spend the day exploring the beach, salt marsh and maritime forest the old fashioned way - on foot, bike or golf cart. The Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach is the only lighthouse with ship ladders from the base to the top. Beaches in Brunswick offer sand and surf in a relaxed setting for families and vacationers. Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach all offer the perfect North Carolina beach vacation for the week or the summer for part-time residents. When not basking in the sand, head for land and a game of golf, take a bike ride or grab a scoop of ice cream at a local shop. At day's end eat fresh caught seafood at local restaurants. Watch the sun set at night from the beach. It's always "tee time" on the Brunswick Islands known as North Carolina's Golf Coast with 35 world class destination courses. Get on the green on award-winning Bald Head Island Club or play on Leopard's Chase in Ocean Isle selected among "The Top 10 Courses You Can Play in America" by Golf Digest. Other highly ranked courses to play are Tiger's Eye Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach, Cape Fear National in Leland and Crow Creek in Calabash. Ocean Isle is a family style beach with the best of all worlds — fewer crowds, gentler waves and warmer water than other beaches and a 45-minute drive from Wilmington. See the Museum of Coastal Carolina or visit the Shallotte River Swamp Park, home to challenging ropes courses, zipline tours and swamp boat eco-tours. Holden Beach, named the number one family beach in the U.S. according to Dr. Beach, is known for a laid back lifestyle, beach music concerts on weekends and the North Carolina Festival by the Sea. In the northern part of the county, Leland is named the "gateway to Brunswick t-shirts, flip flops, fishing, and tee time

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