WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ON YOUR BHI SUMMER VACATION?
So you’ve booked your vacation in one of our amazing houses. Now you’re thinking what the heck do I do? How do I make sure everybody is having fun? Well first let me say, relax, you’re on island time, it’s near impossible to be bored when you’re surrounded by the serenity and beauty that is Bald Head Island. People have been vacationing here for over 40 years, and with each year Bald Head has grown to be a place of fantasy for all who venture out to this little coastal NC oasis.
Once you arrive, you’ll take a tram to your beautiful Tiffany’s property that has been double checked and triple checked by our amazing team to ensure the property is ready and up to our high standards for you to enjoy your vacation. If you need anything or have questions about your property don’t hesitate to call Chasie our Property Coordinator 910-470-6511, who will be more than happy to assist in any way she can!
Are you hungry after your long journey? Most likely. Are you thirsty after the stress of driving and packing and wrangling the whole family like a herd of unwavering cattle? A Margarita sounds amazing, thank you. We’ve got some recommendations for you in that regard. If you venture back to marina you’ll find Jules Salty Grub and Island Pub, drink delicious cocktails, eat some fantastic food, all while watching sailboats, john boats, yachts, and the ferry travel in and out of the Bald Head Marina. Feel sorrow for the vacationers starting their trek back as you sip an ice cold cerveza or raise a glass to your other compadres as they make their way to their tram to start their vacation with you.
In the middle of the island there are a few more spots in the shade of the maritime forest. Jailhouse Provisions, from the team that has been a staple on the island for decades, offers a wonderful menu filled with some highlights like the Fried fish or shrimp baskets baskets, wings, and their chicken sandwich, trust us you won’t be disappointed. They also offer a wide selection of draft NC brews for everybody. Add that to the unique aesthetic on the inside and you’re in for a great time for all.
Room Service, which you most definitely should stop in. Here you’ll find the art and furniture that is missing from your house, all curated by the innovative, vision of the owner Tiffany Williams and her daughter. Walking into Room Service is like walking into any home you dream about in Architectural Digest. Then stroll over and get a glass of wine at Bald Head Bottle, a “neighborhood” spot. The space is a celebration of good wine, the island’s history, and discovering the next best bottle.
Pick up your groceries at the Maritime Market or maybe get a wood fired pizza pie from Coppers Pizza or now some Chinese food from Side wok; a new and welcome addition to locals. Walk around Maritime Way and check out the many stores that line the streets, Bald Head Blues, Coastal Urge, and the Island Hardware.
Wow, that’s a lot! That’s barely even the tip of the iceberg. Thought you’d be bored? Spend your day on the beach if you’re a little worn out, East Beach is great for playing in the surf and soaking up the rays. South Beach is wonderful for a peaceful no wake lounge. Walk from tip to tip of the island seeing nothing but ocean water and feeling nothing but ocean breeze. During the beach day, if you’re feeling a little peckish, go grab an italian ice and a hot dog from a local favorite Mike’s Bites stationed right by the Bald Head Island Conservancy. Stop in the conservancy and learn all about the ecosystem and biosphere of our island.
Feeling adventurous, book a surf lesson, through the East Beach Surf Shop, learn from experts who have been teaching kids to surf for many years. Surfing not your thing? Rent a paddleboard from Coastal Urge! Getting a little tired of saltwater this week? Want to explore the one of a kind majesty of the Bald Head Island marsh? Rent a kayak or go on a guided kayak tour through the east beach surf shop as well.
Depending on the time of the month you’re on the island you may get to witness a Howl at the Moon. During the week there’s some great activities for everybody in your family to enjoy, Trivia and Bingo at the Wisp is fantastic fun for those competitive souls who dare to try. Sign up in advance as the slots book up FAST!!
Climb up the historic Old Baldy. Bring the little ones to the fire station and learn about Public Safety and all the wonderful things they do for the community while your youngin sits in the fire truck. Go on a spooky Ghost Walk and learn the history of the ghouls that make up the night!
Suffice it to say there’s a lot to do on Bald Head. A week doesn’t even seem like enough time. That’s okay, just go ahead and book your vacation for next summer. All that being said, the most important thing to do on Bald Head, is to be with family and friends. There’s something magical about this island. It brings together young and old, new and legacy. Even if you spend your days sitting on the porch of your house, watching the birds pass by, you’re part of the heartbeat of a wonderful community of people. Enjoy this time together, for a brief moment we’re all one. Let the magic of Bald Head take you for a ride, and remember, you’re on island time.
DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
You can probably use a vacation, right? It turns out, your dog probably feels the same way. Let’s face it, life can be hard, in between naps, the hustle and bustle of daily perusing the neighborhood fire hydrants, as well as chasing squirrels and barking at falling leaves. Truth is, dogs can get bored, and when they get bored, they can try to relieve frustration by reimagining how your rug may look with frayed edges.
That’s where Tiffany’s Beach Rentals can help. If you aren’t familiar with Bald Head Island, it is a major dog-loving island. Dogs ride the ferry, just like their two-legged humans. Dogs have to stay outside on the ferry but it’s just like sticking your head out the car window.
Bald Head Island offers miles and miles of dog-friendly beaches. There’s also a dog park and a green space in the marina where canines meet daily and bring their humans to toss balls.
Tiffany’s Beach Properties loves dogs so much, we have promoted Norman, the handsomest golden doodle in the entire world, as head of quality assurance and customer service for all of our guest canines.
We have some amazing dog-friendly houses for your next family vacation. One of particular note is: Anchor Down. A lovely home located right near south beach. This home features a generous covered porch where you can relax, take a nap on the screened porch or have a family supper on the picnic table. Your little partner can bark at the seagulls as they fly over or an occasional passing tram. Take a quick walk down to the beach and go searching for seashells.
Another fantastic home is: Cape Creek. Nestled in the heart of middle island, you will feel like this is your own private retreat — far away from the crowds — with ample indoor and outdoor living space. Thoughtfully decorated, this house truly feels like a home for ‘EVERY’ one in the family.
Closer to the “metropolitan” part of the island, where the lighthouse leads us all to our favorite island getaway is another dog friendly home: Searenity. Searenity is a perennial favorite among many of our season guests. Graced with a wide porch and veranda, this island home is designed to appeal to the senses. It is beautifully built with soaring ceilings and windows and doors everywhere.
Coming soon – Salty Paw’s Dog Wash is right by the market and you can stock up on your favorite dog treats at Room Service Home Furnishings.
Long weekends are best by the beach.
The long weekend — what a wonderful time for families or couples to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and visit somewhere new or revisit somewhere fond memories can be rekindled. There are some long weekends on the upcoming horizon. How about a trip over President’s Day weekend when the island is just beginning to wake from its winter nap? Or a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day? Before you know it, Memorial Day will be right around the corner.
Here at Tiffany’s, we have properties in many different locations, which will allow you to sample the different island environments. There’s the classic, idyllic beach front house; take for example the beautiful new addition to our rental fleet: Three Little Birds. This majestic home is situated on south beach and you are sure to be blinded by the dazzling ocean views. Perfect for a family looking for some fun in the sun and stargazing at night – listening to the ocean waves crash on the beach.
Somewhere in the forest, underneath the trees and canopy of live oaks rests another one of our gems: See Glass Cottage. It’s a home for those that love to take some shade after a long day at the beach. This year, it’s now dog friendly, so bring along your best friend. See Glass is also perfectly placed in relation to the variety of shopping you can find on the island. Room Service for one; where you can find all your interior design needs or unique gifts. There’s also Island Passage for a cute new outfit to wear to Jules Salty Grub for a margarita and then on to Jailhouse Provisions for a calabash feast. You’re supremely located to all the hikes through the famous Maritime Forest.
Deep into the place locals call Middle Island, is a house suited for those who really want to get away from it all. Cape Creek. One of Tiffany’s staple properties which guests have been enjoying for year. Jennifer said “[cape creek is the] Best place to go for a true family vacation. Great house with fabulous views and privacy.” Perched on a hill next to the creek with a deck that overlooks the island’s picturesque marsh, where wildlife is abundant from sunrise to sundown. What are you waiting for? Our team is ready to help you find that adventure. With more than 20 years of experience on the island bringing families joy and fun, the homes we offer are carefully chosen for style and location — providing one of the most comprehensive inventories of vacation rentals on the island.
The Island Expert: Tips for Booking a Bald Head Island Vacation Rental
Whether you’re actively planning a trip to Bald Head Island or simply in the vacation daydreaming phase, we’re excited that you’re interested in visiting us on BHI. Our island is the perfect place to make new memories and get away from the daily grind.
However, one thing that can turn a lovely vacation into a nightmare is renting a home from the wrong service or person. No one should have to deal with that while they’re trying to relax.
We know it can be tough to book the right rental, so here are some tips to consider when looking for your dream vacation rental.
Tip #1: Ask questions.
They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos only capture the photographer’s point of view. When searching for the perfect rental, it’s good to ask a lot of questions. The problem though is that it isn’t always easy to get an answer from someone who knows a property inside and out.
When booking with us, Tiffany is the one who answers the phone. She has carefully curated each vacation home listing and knows every detail about the properties. Have a question? Just ask her!
Tip #2: Ask more questions.
It’s all about location – or is it? Frankly, there are no bad locations on Bald Head Island. But if you’ve never been to the island, one location might suit you better than another. Perhaps you would rather see the sunrise over the marsh or the sunset over West Beach.
Tiffany can help you determine your perfect spot. You’ll find that many of our listings include a map so you know exactly where the properties are located on the island.
Tip #3: Book through a reputable service.
When it comes to booking a vacation on Bald Head Island, you have many choices. But you’ll receive the best service and peace of mind by booking with a reputable company that has an office on the island and a full-time staff who can respond quickly if the air conditioning goes out or your golf cart has a flat tire.
We are Bald Head Island Experts
When it comes to booking your Bald Head Island vacation rental, you want a company that understands the island and knows what it’s like to live here. Tiffany’s Beach Properties is locally owned and operated, so we know our way around this place like the back of our hand.
Owner Tiffany Williams has been renting properties on Bald Head Island for more than 20 years and she loves sharing all of her island insights and tips with visitors.
How do you get a package? Is there medical service on the island? What’s the grocery store like? Where’s the best beach? Do you recommend a car service from the airport? Why not ask someone who knows?!
From the booking process to arriving on the island, Tiffany’s Beach Properties strives to make your experience seamless. Tiffany’s guest relations team will even stop by in person after you arrive to make sure your trip is off to a great start.
We Offer Gorgeous Bald Head Island Vacation Rentals
Tiffany’s offers a range of properties that have been carefully curated to support a phenomenal vacation experience. Plus, Tiffany’s has options to suit a variety of budgets! Whether you’re looking for a spacious beachfront house or a cozy condo overlooking the golf course, Tiffany can find the right one for you.
Ready to start your search? Check Tiffany’s vacation rental listings now!
Book Your Bald Head Island Vacation Rental with Tiffany’s Beach Properties
It can be daunting to choose the right vacation rental no matter where you plan to travel. Sometimes, the whole family is counting on you for their vacation experience.
If you have a clear understanding of your needs, you should be able to find a great home through a reputable rental service. However, if you’re looking for a high-touch experience with access to help at a moment’s notice, then you should book your vacation rental through a service that’s local.
Tiffany’s Beach Properties has a curated selection of Bald Head Island vacation homes that work for all budgets and needs. You can rest assured that you can connect to our team members are on the island and ready to assist.
On top of that, we have more than 20 years of experience in helping people create memorable vacations on Bald Head Island. We’re ready to help you make your trip extra special, too.
Start viewing our vacation rental listings now or give us a call at (910) 457-0544! We’d love to chat with you.
Fall on Bald Head Island: 3 Reasons to Make it Your Off-Season Getaway
It has been said that nothing compares to fall on Bald Head Island. And who are we to argue with them? Our island is glorious in autumn.
Now, we know you may be wondering something along these lines:
- Is a fall vacation in a North Carolina beach town crazy?
- Aren’t all the restaurants and shops closed?
- Isn’t it too cold?
We’re here to tell you that Bald Head Island is the perfect spot for a fall getaway. Even when the bustling summer season has officially wrapped up, our island still has plenty for folks to see and do.
Plus, the simmering heat starts to fade into seasonably warm days that are still perfect for a day on the beach. In fact, the daily high averages 82 degrees in September and 74 degrees in October. Sounds lovely, right? It is!
In this post, we will uncover a few reasons you should start planning to visit Bald Head Island in the Fall and we’ll share some of our favorite places to stay on the island. Let’s dive in!
3 Reasons to Spend Fall on Bald Head Island
Whether you love the great outdoors or need some major retail therapy, our island has something for everyone—even in the fall. Read on to learn more about what we have to offer.
The Island is still hopping.
Labor Day notoriously marks the end of summer in America, but it doesn’t mean the days are automatically cooler or that everything shuts down. While we do know a thing or two about celebrating Labor Day in style, there is still so much to do after the summer season ends.
The Shopping – If you are a shopaholic, the shops on Bald Head Island offer a range of goods and goodies for all tastes and price ranges. Purchase a sea-inspired piece of art or an aromatic candle that smells of sea and dune at Room Service Home Furnishings or pick up the latest in fashion at Island Passage BHI or Monkees BHI.
The Relaxation – Wake up and treat yourself to yoga on the porch at Island Retreat and Spa or indulge in a full day of personal wellness.
The Eats – If you’re afraid all the island’s restaurants are shuttered for the off-season, fear not. Start your day with a made-to-order almond milk latte at Midway Coffee. For lunch or dinner, Jules’ Salty Grub and Island Pub offers a variety of surf and turf options. Have a margarita or an order of pimento cheese at Jailhouse Provisions. Order a carryout pizza from Delphina and have an easy dinner in your beach rental.
The Happy Hours – If you happen to be visiting us during the 4th Wednesday of the month, you must swing by Old Baldy, our island’s historic lighthouse, for a climb to the top and a spectacular panoramic view of the island.
Cooler temps = more outdoor adventures.
The summers can be so hot that even your favorite outdoor activities are no longer enjoyable. However, fall on Bald Head Island is the perfect blend of warm days sandwiched by cooler mornings and evenings.
If you love to fish (with a license, of course), the waters are still warm enough in the fall to draw large schools of trout and flounder. Want to take a walk? Stroll the half-mile Kent Mitchell Nature Trail for scenic views and wildlife spotting.
If you enjoy biking—and we hope you do because no cars are allowed on the island—cruise around town to discover the sites on a rental from Riverside Adventures.
Learn how to fish with the BHI Conservancy. Their annual fishing school always sells out! And you can’t forget about swimming! The water is still warm enough to wade or plunge into.
Bonfires are better on the beach.
Fall is a popular time for folks to sit around a campfire, spinning spooky tales and eating S’mores. In our humble opinion, the beach is a far better place to sit around the fire. And dare we say: those gooey treats even taste better at the beach. You can schedule your bonfire here!
Places to Stay on BHI in the Fall
Surround yourself in fall vibes and get immersed in island life all at the same time. We’ve rounded up our three favorite places that are still available for rent this fall.
Change of Venue
This cozy cottage sits on the 5th fairway, featuring high vaulted ceilings and updated amenities. The space seems to double the open floor plan and with three sets of doors to the screened porch, the living space is endless.
This well-appointed cottage is the perfect place to stay as you roam and take in the island. Shell Yes is a gorgeous two-bedroom, two-bath beach cottage on Bald Head Island’s East end that sleeps 6 to 8 people. Just a short distance to East Beach, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Commons Park, and the Shoals Club.
Spend Fall with Us on Bald Head Island
Fall on Bald Head Island offers travelers a lot of benefits. In the off-season, prices on vacation rentals are reduced. Plus, the island is far less crowded, giving you free rein to the beaches and all the outdoor activities you can stand. Oh! Don’t forget the shopping. And the food! We can’t wait to see you.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay or need other island tips, contact us today! We’re always happy to help make your vacation the best yet.
5 Incredible Reasons to Spend Labor Day on Bald Head Island
Labor Day marks the end of another summer, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy every last morsel of the season. If you’re looking for a fun place for an end-of-summer getaway, Labor Day on Bald Head Island is tough to beat. And the best part: there’s a little something for everyone.
Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to spend your Labor Day weekend on Bald Head Island this year.
The Labor Day Weekend Cookout
Each year on BHI, folks gather at the Shoals Club for the annual Labor Day Cookout! Load a plate of scrumptious foods at this Texas Bar-B-Q themed buffet that features smoked meats and all the trimmings. There’s live music, too!
It’s National Lighthouse Day Weekend
In BHI, we celebrate our beloved lighthouse—Old Baldy—all weekend long. This event is jam packed with cocktail parties, living history reenactments, a family-friendly festival and more! The culminating event of the weekend is the 5k/10k race at dusk that finishes under Old Baldy’s light.
Catch the End of Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Sea turtle nesting season is a huge deal on BHI. And if you visit for Labor Day, you just might catch sight of some hatchlings. To get up close and personal with the sea turtles (safely), reserve a Turtle Walk with the Bald Head Island Conservatory.
Labor Day Sales at the Island’s Boutiques
Just like the big box stores on the mainland, the boutiques and shops on Bald Head Island slash prices in honor of Labor Day. Whether you’re looking for the perfect art piece or a trinket to take home from your travels, the shops on BHI have something for everyone who loves to shop.
You’re Longing for One Last Summer Vacation
Who couldn’t use another vacation? If you’ve considered planning one last summer getaway, you should consider Bald Head Island. Slow time down with quiet beach trip where you don’t have to hustle, where you can ditch your car and drive bikes instead. It’ll be just the thing you need to prepare yourself for the busyness of fall.
Beach House Rentals for Labor Day on Bald Head Island
If you decide you want to plan that last minute beach trip, we still have some fabulous beach house rentals available during Labor Day Weekend! Here are a few of our favorite options.
Bleu Fin Cottage
Perched near the water’s edge, Bleu Fin cottage is the perfect jewel box for your next beach adventure. This gorgeous two-bedroom home is equipped to the nines and furnished with a decorator’s flair.
Atlantic Breeze, also known as Villa 12, is super chic with an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Comfortable furniture and thoughtful coastal touches. Located next door to the BHI Club, there are plenty of activities within a short walking distance.
Anchor Down is a second-row oceanfront home that has recently been remodeled and is ready for your next getaway! It features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a generously sized covered porch where you can relax, take a nap on the screened porch, or have a family supper on the picnic table. It’s just steps away from beach access, too! Click here to learn more about this property now!
Book Your Beach House Rental for Labor Day with Tiffany’s
When you book one of our rental homes on Bald Head Island, you can guarantee the experience will be unsurpassed. Whether you’re visiting for Labor Day or any other time of the year, we’re here to help you find the perfect spot for you.
Contact us today to get started or book one of our locations on the website.
Experience Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Bald Head Island
Calling all nature lovers! Summer is here and that means one thing on Bald Head Island: it’s sea turtle nesting season.
Have you ever dreamed of watching newly hatched sea turtles make their way into the ocean? Sure, you can watch videos of hatchlings crawling to the water, but nothing compares to seeing it in person.
If this is on your bucket list, then a trip to Bald Head Island is the perfect destination for you. In this post, we’re sharing some information about nesting season PLUS a few recommendations on can’t-miss places to stay.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Bald Head Island
Each summer between mid-May and August, loggerhead turtles wash ashore on the pristine beaches of our island to lay their eggs. Each female starts by digging a chamber, and then lays her around 120 eggs at a time!
The female then kicks sand behind her in attempt to cover and protect the nest from predators, like foxes and other local wildlife. However, the turtles don’t always cover up their eggs well enough. Luckily, the wonderful folks in the Sea Turtle Protection Program with the Bald Head Island Conservatory help ensure nests are reinforced and unharmed.
In addition, the program educates island guests about being mindful observers of the turtles. And if you want to observe these turtles or hatchlings in person, you don’t want to miss BHI Conservatory’s Turtle Walks. Though they can’t guarantee you’ll see any turtles, this is the best and safest way to get in on the action.
Places to Stay During Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Bald Head Island
Now, we’ve never claimed to be marine biologists. But we do know a thing or two about Bald Head Island vacation rental homes. If you plan to make a trip to the island, you’ll need a cozy place to rest your head. We’ve curated a couple of our favorite options just for you.
The Beach Box
The Beach Box, a quiet ocean-front cottage with direct beach access, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms – plenty of space to stretch out. It’s also located close to the island’s south beach which tends to be a popular nesting spot for the turtles.
Altitude Adjustment has ocean views that will calm your soul and set you at ease. This five-bedroom home is built for relaxation and comes with tons of outdoor living space. Its proximity to the beaches and the BHI Club makes it an excellent choice for your vacation.
Plan Your Summer Trip to Bald Head Island
Sea turtle nesting season is the perfect reason to plan your escape to Bald Head Island. Whether you want to stay oceanside or in the heart of the island, Tiffany’s Beach Properties can make your vacation a memorable one.
Ready to get started? Give us a call at (910) 457-0544 or visit our site to view all of our properties today!
4 Ways to Spend Father’s Day on Bald Head Island
Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and have you gotten dad the perfect gift yet?
While it can be challenging to shop for dads, there is one thing they will always enjoy, and that’s relaxing quality time with the family. This Father’s Day, give dad what he really wants, a trip to Bald Head Island!
The peaceful atmosphere and laid-back vibe make it the ideal place for a family getaway. Here are four ways to celebrate Father’s Day on Bald Head Island.
Just a short distance from Wilmington, NC, and Southport, golfing on Bald Head Island is a peaceful and luxurious experience that dad will remember for a lifetime.
The Bald Head Island Club is known for its world-class golf course. This newly renovated 18-hole course can be challenging, but more importantly, it offers an elite view of the gorgeous island.
Whether dad is a novice or expert, the golfing on Bald Head Island offers options for every level. The club’s professional golf staff offers private lessons, clinics, and activities year-round.
Taking a break from the grind is crucial to feeling refreshed and re-energized, and no one deserves it more than dad! Bald Head Island is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. Hop on the ferry for a 20-minute ride to an island where transportation includes golf carts, bikes, or two feet.
With 14 miles of breathtaking beaches, there are many ways to enjoy this quiet island. Walk down the beach while taking in all the sites of nature. Or get cozy in your favorite beach chair with a good book, soak in the Vitamin D, and let the stress wash away.
One of the best ways to relax is to book a cozy home away from home, and if that’s what your dad needs this Father’s Day, Tiffany’s Beach Properties has the perfect rental for him! Our feature property, “Change of Venue,” is a fantastic getaway for dad and the whole family! This cozy cottage on the 5th fairway invites you in with its oversized porches. The sleeping porch allows for large family gatherings or even an afternoon nap. If the updated comforts of home are what you’re looking for, this completely renovated beach cottage will not disappoint. Light and airy with high vaulted ceilings, the sheer volume of space seems to double the open floor plan, and with three sets of doors to the screened porch, the living space is endless. With four bedrooms and four baths, every room becomes a suite. The master bedroom is upstairs for added privacy and offers a small balcony overlooking the golf course for morning coffee.
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Fishing on the island can take dad from tuna fishing offshore to exploring the creeks to bringing home a flounder found in the surf.
From the shore, you can find an array of fish, including:
- Red drum
- Pompano and more.
On the creeks, you’ll find:
- Speckled trout
- Grey trout
- Red drum
- And spots.
Offshore fishing trips can put you on to:
- Tuna and even some sailfish.
If you would rather have someone else do the work, contact one of the islands many charters!
The island is a beautiful vacation destination, and you can get around a few different ways. One local favorite form of transportation is biking. Plan a bike ride through the neighborhoods on a cruiser or choose to hike a trail and enjoy the sounds of nature. Explore the Maritime Forest Reserve, and you’ll find 180 acres with access to nature trails full of twisted live oak trees.
Bald Head Islands’ activity list is endless; whether dad wants to relax on the beach all day or spend the day on the golf course, there is plenty of things to keep dad busy – or not!
If you want to book a quick retreat for dad this Father’s Day, contact the experts at Tiffany’s Beach Properties! After 17 years of excellent service, our rental team is on-island and ready to help you choose the perfect property and ensure you have a worry-free vacation.
5 Reasons Why Bald Head Island is the Perfect Place to Enjoy Spring Break
Are you still working on spring break travel plans for your family?
Leave the packed beaches, traffic jams, and umbrella mazes in your rearview mirror and plan a blissful getaway to one of North Carolina’s hidden gems – Bald Head Island.
While the island is peaceful and quiet, there is never a shortage of things to see and do when you visit. No matter how you choose to spend your time, these fun attractions will have you and your family enjoying your stay.
Immerse yourself in local history.
Gain a deeper understanding of North Carolina and this historic island. Bald Head Island offers a rich history and vibrant culture dating back hundreds of years.
- Climb Old Baldy: One of the most breathtaking sights on Bald Head Island is the infamous Old Baldy. It rises high above the trees, overlooking the ocean, marsh, and harbor. Old Baldy is North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse and is only a short walk from the ferry landing.
- Walk with the ghosts: The local ghost tours last about two hours and take you through more than 350 years of island history, introducing you to the tales of lighthouse keepers and lifesavers, pirates, and river pilots that make up Bald Head Island legend.
Explore the outdoors.
Everyone knows the best vacations are beach vacations, and that’s where Bald Head Island shines.
- Explore the beaches: With 14 miles of pristine beaches, there isn’t a lack of outdoor activities. Bald Head Island’s picturesque beaches are perfect for shell collecting, strolling, swimming, or simply relaxing.
- Kayak the creeks: Glide through the quiet creek waters and take in the abundant wildlife. Creeks on Bald Head Island are easily accessed by kayak or canoe, and experienced guides can show you the ropes.
- Try SUP’ping: There’s plenty to explore once you’re up and comfortable with paddling. Try Lighthouse Creek, an easy loop that puts you in the shadow of Old Baldy. Or follow Bald Head Creek to the boathouse that served as a supply point and storage building for the lighthouses and U.S. Lifesaving Service Station on the island.
Plan to get away to a luxurious rental.
Want to fall asleep at night to the sound of the sea? Or wake up and sip your coffee while enjoying the gorgeous views? Browse our many premier oceanfront, waterway, and centrally located vacation rentals.
- The Blue Dragonfly: The Blue Dragonfly is a beautiful rental home affording excellent views of the golf course and the ocean. The Blue Dragonfly is comfortably decorated and very spacious. The large kitchen and dining area invite all those who love to cook. While the two upstairs en suite bathrooms feature spa-like amenities, and a second-floor loft area offers extra room to spread out. There are also two decks, upstairs and down, to enjoy the views and take in the sunshine and ocean breezes.
- Kick up your Heels: We all want to kick up our heels while on vacation, and what better place than this enormous four-bedroom home? Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the beach and the Bald Head Island Club. Kick up Your Heels is an excellent choice for an old-fashioned family vacation. Enjoy sunlight pouring in the high ceiling great room. Sip wine on the screened-in second-story deck and watch big ships moving out to sea. Outside, enjoy a hot and cold enclosed outdoor shower and a fish cleaning sink station. You may choose to purchase memberships to the BHI Club or Shoals Club at this property. This comfortable, family beach home is perfect for your next vacation.
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Relax with shopping and dining.
Bald Head Island offers many shopping options, from basics like groceries and beach accessories to men’s and women’s fashion to gift items for just about everyone on your list.
And options are aplenty when it comes to dining. Grab a sandwich to take to the beach, enjoy a casual lunch after a day on the boat, or indulge in fine cuisine with views that rival the food.
Get sporty on spring break.
Bald Head Island has plenty of sporting activity options to keep you active and healthy while on vacation during your spring break.
- Go golfing: The golf course at the Bald Head Island Club is one of the most beautiful in the Southeast area of the country. The George Cobb-designed course winds through the forest, under the eye of Old Baldy, and out onto the dune ridge where a 180° view of the ocean greets you for the final holes.
- Try your hand at croquet: The championship croquet greensward at the Bald Head Island Club regularly hosts United States Croquet Association tournaments, but don’t let this scare you away. Croquet at the Bald Head Island Club is open to beginners and seasoned veterans.
- Enjoy a bike ride: The island’s gentle coastal terrain offers bicyclists an easy pedal, but with more than 15 miles of roadway, more experienced cyclists can get their fill.
Bald Head Islands’ activity list is endless; whether you want to relax on the beach all day or revel in a jam-packed schedule, there is plenty to keep you occupied. North Carolina’s Bald Head Island is the perfect place to kick off the spring season and enjoy a beach getaway.
If the island and its waters are calling your name this spring break, contact our expert team today, and we will find the perfect rental for you.
Secrets of the Kindred Spirit Mailbox
Beyond the dunes of a remote North Carolina beach, you’ll find a special home for more than 40 years’ worth of personal stories from thousands of visitors and locals.
Visit the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island, where a once-secret caretaker tells his tale of a magical place.
For decades, thousands of visitors have made the hike to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on uninhabited Bird Island in North Carolina. People from all over the county and all walks of life have come to release their innermost thoughts to the mailbox’s journals.
A place to gather your thoughts.
Located on a secluded and pristine stretch of beach far from the nearest public access point and nestled between dunes is an unlikely sight. A lonely mailbox with a weathered bench next to it. The bench is where visitors will sit to divulge their deepest thoughts, and the mailbox is where you place the journal when you are done.
More than a container for pieces of paper, the mailbox holds the thoughts, prayers, dreams, and wishes of those on a mission to bare their soul and find comfort from the writing.
A long history.
The incredible popularity of the mailbox has surprised everyone, even the mailboxes caretaker, Sunset Beach native Frank Nesmith. Nesmith has tended the mailbox since its beginning, for many years.
It was an old flame who had the idea for The Kindred Spirit mailbox in the first place. According to Nesmith, it was her idea. Referring to a woman named Claudia, who he briefly dated in the late 1970s. “You know, when you go with a girl, you want to do what they want you to do because you might want to get a kiss.”
It is a trek from Sunset Beach to the mailbox, but it is definitely worth the work. The serene walk from the last public access on Sunset Beach to Bird Island and the Kindred Spirit Mailbox will be sure to give you the opportunity to reconnect with self and spirit.
Keep walking until you see an opening in the dunes in the distance. If you get to the jetty, you have gone too far. Next to an old, weather-beaten bench is the community mailbox. Inside you’ll find journals, and pens, along with the hopes and dreams, the grief and pain of the people who have left their most personal thoughts on the pages within.
Not only does the peaceful journey with the beautiful backdrop help to clear the mind, but a large part also the mailbox’s allure is its anonymity. The remote, pristine location on an uninhabited island with the sea air and sounds of the surf encourages visitors to bare their most intimate thoughts and take part in this longstanding tradition.
Are you willing to share your deepest thoughts with the mailbox? Check out our nearby beach rentals and prepare to spend your vacation on the beach while releasing those deep thoughts! Contact our expert team today, and we will find the perfect rental for you.