Pack Your Bags: We’re Heading to Bald Head Island

Photo taken of BHI  by me in 2004

In any spare moment of time lately, I’ve been dreaming of vacations.   Maybe it’s the start of spring, and even though I don’t really want to try to find a swimsuit,  I’m ready for some warm weather, relaxation, and some fun in the sun.  And when I get in these moods, I tend to think of one place.  It is tranquil, beautiful, and in my opinion, one of North Carolina’s most precious gems.

Photo by me
 Pack your Bags!  We’re heading to Bald Head Island, NC.  This picturesque island sits two nautical miles off the coast of Brunswick County, NC and it is only accessible by passenger ferry or private boat.   That’s right!  No cars.   Golf carts and bicycles are the primary form of transportation for guests.    When you leave your car behind, step on that ferry, and arrive to your destination about 30 minutes later, you feel as if you have arrived in paradise.

Photo by Bald Head Island Limited

Courtesy of BHI Limited
 I’ve been in love with Bald Head Island since I was a TV journalist in the 90’s.  The island was actually on my news beat for a few years.  The island has grown a lot since that time, but in all of its growth, it has preserved the tranquility of nature.   Of its 12,000 acres, only 2,000 acres have development.  The remaining 10,000 acres are protected and will always remain undeveloped.   Famous pirates like Stede Bonnett, and Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard, used Bald Head Island as a combat base and hideout in the 1700s.

I have personally visited the island twice for my vacations, and can’t wait to return with my family.  I’m waiting for my youngest to get a little older so that she can enjoy all of the fabulous amenities, too. 

Those who know me best know that I like to like to hop around for vacations rarely returning to the same place, and I joke that I really only like the beach if I have a beautiful resort behind me, a frozen margarita in my hand, a kid’s club to entertain my children, and great dining options so I don’t have to cook often.   Sitting on the beach all day is not really my cup of tea.  Like a pirate, I like to explore to find those hidden jewels in a place.

When I tell you that I would return to Bald Head Island year after year after year then you know that I have found a special place in my heart for this island resort.  And guess what?   It has ALL the amenities I love.  Your  family can rent a beautiful, well-decorated home either with a view of the ocean, the marsh, marina, or in the lovely maritime forest.  The island has such easy access to the beach that you don't have to rent an oceanfront home to have a lovely vacation.  It has 14 miles of a coastline you can explore by foot or in your golf cart, a marina with shops and restaurants, a spa, an 18-hole seaside golf course, and two fabulous country clubs that offer swimming, dining, kid’s club activities and other amenities.  The Shoals Club is the island’s newest oceanfront beach club. 

Shoals Club, courtesy of BHI website

Here we are heading to the Grocery Store!
 And for some reason when I was a guest on the island, I fell in love with island’s grocery store, Maritime Market.  It’s 14,000 square feet, reminds me of a store chain l like  called “Fresh Market."   It also has an excellent café and deli.  I would love to find an excuse to hop in my golf cart, and head to the grocery store to look around.

I could talk about Bald Head Island all day, but I’ll let you do some of your own exploring at www.baldheadisland.com, and the island has also produced this great video to give you an in-depth look at vacationing.  It makes me want to go upstairs right now and pack my bags.

Bald Head Island is offering 20 percent off your vacation if you book before April 1, 2011 through the website or call 1-800-432-RENT.  The island is already gearing up for Easter and Memorial Day celebrations. Trust me, you will love it there!

If you’re feeling lucky, you can also try to win a two-night get-away for the island plus $125 spa gift certificate.   The contest ends on March 31, 2011.  Join the Island Facebook page, and enter.

Until next time, I'm going to grab a cup of tea,  search through rental properties, dream about my next vacation where we start to establish some fabulous family vacation memories.

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