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Bald Head Island Will Be "Hopping" This Easter!

Posted on April 14, 2014 under

Bald Head Island Will Be Hopping This Easter

The warm weather is here and Bald Head Island is ready for spring! Easter marks not only the return of spring but the start of a season full of activities. 

For those coming to the island during Easter week, nature lovers will find an abundance of outdoor activities such as birding, kayak and standup paddleboard trips, island-wide hikes and nature tours. Kids will love the Easter egg hunts, touch tank time and sea turtle movie. 

Easter weekend is packed with dining options, including brunches at the Bald Head Island Club and the Shoals Club. Races, art shows, sunrise service and member sport events and socials are also happening this weekend.

For those interested in island real estate, you won't want to miss the Elements Release and cocktail reception. Guests are invited to tour the Elements haborside cottages and learn more about this exceptional real estate opportunity.

Start planning your Easter getaway now by downloading our Easter event brochure here. We look forward to seeing you on the island.

Shoals Club Opens for 2014 Season

Posted on March 27, 2014 under

The Shoals Club officially opened for the 2014 season last weekend, showing off some great improvements and upgrades that had been made during the off season. Some of these recent changes include: 

* Added a new Member's Deck for the exclusive use of full members;  

* Ordered new pool chaise lounges, refinished the swimming pool, stained and resealed the verandahs and concrete sidewalks and circle;

* Ordered all new Sandbar Grille furniture, which will be arriving soon; * New pool umbrellas and beach chairs will also be arriving soon;   

* Added new premium pool towels for our full members;  

* Added a new outdoor ping pong table and regulation bocce ball sets;  

* Ordered a new treadmill, spin bike, and rowing machine for the fitness center, which will be arriving soon;  

* Added new pool games for our Tuesday Poolside Pandemonium party;  

* Put a fresh coat of paint throughout the interior of the building, and a pressure washing of the exterior.  

Last, but not least, the Shoals Club recently started a 50x100 foot deck expansion of the Sandbar Grille area, which will help us to increase available pool lounge chairs from 160 in 2013 to 260 for this season. Getting a chair at the Shoals Club just got much easier! 

New spring dining menus are now available on the Shoals Club website for viewing. The dining room menu and lounge menu feature some old favorites and new delights you'll want to try. The junior menu offers healthy but tasty options for the little ones in your group, and the lounge lunch menu features lots of delicious dishes to tempt your taste buds. Dinner reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Club at 910-454-4850.  We hope to see you at the Shoals Club soon.

March Howl at the Moon Party Sponsored by the Shoals Club

Posted on March 14, 2014 under

March Howl at the Moon Party Sponsored by the Shoals Club

Spring is almost here, and what better way to celebrate the end of a long winter than with a beach party?

The March edition of the Maritme Market's Howl at the Moon Sunset/Moonrise party happens this Sunday, March 16 and is being sponsored by the Shoals Club. Gather at Beach Access 39 from 6-8 p.m. for a blazing bonfire, a huge pot of Chef Chip's delectable soup and good company.  BYOB and bring an appetizer to share. The Shoals Club will also be supplying a keg of beer. 

If you've been to past howl parties, you know about the Scottish piper! He will return, playing the bagpipes as the sun sets and the moon rises over the Atlantic.  The sun will set at 7:20 p.m. and the full golden moon will rise at precisely 7:33 p.m.

We hope to see you there.

Register Now for BHI Conservancy Summer Programs

Posted on February 20, 2014 under

Register Now for BHI Conservancy Summer Programs

Registration is now open for the Bald Head Island Conservancy's summer programs. The Conservancy offers family adventures aimed at the whole family and children's camps that give budding naturalists a chance for hands on learning about barrier island ecosystems.

Some new family adventure programs are on deck for 2014, including expanded dissection offerings and specialty workshops. And of course, old favorites like Touch Tank Time, Turtle Walks, Kayaking the Creeks, Maritime Forest Hike and Bald Head After Dark are back. Online registration is available.

The children's camp offerings include Budding Naturalists for ages 4-6, Junior Scientists Camp for ages 7-10 and Conservation Corps for ages 11-14. All camps introduce chidren the barrier island environment and involve them with research at an age-appopriate level. New this year is an overnight camp for kids ages 7-14. Online registration is available.

BHI Conservancy programs are popular - register now to ensure you don't miss out.

Get Romantic This Valentines Day on Bald Head Island

Posted on February 05, 2014 under

Get Romantic This Valentines Day on Bald Head Island

Valentines Day is right around the corner. Do you and your sweetheart have plans? If not, consider booking a romantic getaway to Bald Head Island. In addition to the natural beauty and solitude of the island, we’ve got some great events that will make your Valentine smile.

February’s Howl at the Moon party just so happens to fall on the 14th. What could be more romantic than watching the sun set and the moon rise with the one you love? Bald Head Island Limited Property Management will be spiking some hot cocoa and apple cider to keep everyone warm and cozy. The fun happens at Beach Access 39 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Chef Chip from the Maritime Market will be preparing a delicious soup for everyone, and a bonfire (complete with toasted marshmallows) will be blazing.  BYOB and bring an appetizer to share.  A bagpiper will return for a medley of Celtic tunes as the sun sets and the moon rises simultaneously at 5:55pm.

After the Howl party, head to MoJo’s on the Harbor for a delicious Italian four-course Valentines Day meal. The menu includes a sumptuous looking lobster with pasta and champagne sauce and a filet and shrimp entrée paired with red pepper risotto.  Dinner is just $95 per couple, and the best part - all wines are 1/2 price that evening!  Call MoJo’s to make your reservations at 910-457-7217.

Looking for the perfect way to unwind? Why not yourself and your sweetheart to a relaxing couples massage from Island Retreat Spa and Salon? They'll be open Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy 10% off any couples massage, or 10% off any two or more treatments. And, to sweeten the deal, each couple will receive complimentary Champagne and a gift box of delicious chocolate fondue wafers from the Melting Pot. Pop in to purchase a gift card, and you will also go home with a chocolate fondue gift box for your Valentine. Call Island Retreat Spa and Salon at 910-454-0333 to book your appointment, or book online.

On Saturday, February 15, the Maritime Market has put together an incredible Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner.  The talented Chef Chip will transform the deli into a romantic bistro, where the evening begins with complimentary champagne & cheese platter at 5:30 p.m. The prix fixe menu features a first course of lobster and roasted red pepeer bisque, followed by a grilled petit filet paired with a lump crab galette with Béarnaise sauce. For dessert: a decadent triple chocolate brownie served warm with sea salted gelato.  The entire evening is only $50/person.  Reservations are required by February 10, and can be made on-line at http://www.maritimemarketbhi.com/events.aspx.

Also on Saturday, February 15, the Bald Head Island Club  is throwing a Winter Olympics Dinner. Come together to watch the race for the gold as the nation competes in this year’s games in Sochi, Russia. This Russian-themed event will be a true winter delight so dress in your fur caps and snow boots. The menu is also Russian themed, with dishes like borsch shooters, oysters on the half shell with caviar, lightly smoked sturgeon, Russian cottage cheese pancakes and more. The evening's scheduled Olympic events to be viewed on the big screen are: Alpine Skiing, (Women’s Super G), Men’s Short Track, Speed Skating and Ski Jumping. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7. The cost for this event is $35 inclusive. Call the club at 910-457-7300 for more information or to make reservations.

Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales Visit Raleigh and DC Ideal Living Expos

Posted on January 28, 2014 under

Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales Visit Raleigh and DC Ideal Living Expos

The Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales team took part in the Ideal Living Resort and Retirement Expo this past weekend in Cary. We had a great time meeting new foilks and chatting with everyone about the unique nature of Bald Head Island.

Missed this event but want to learn more about Bald Head Island? The sales team will also be at the upcoming Ideal Living Resort and Retirement Expo in Tysons Corner, VA on March 1-2. The expo is open from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. If you're in the DC area and want to learn more about Bald Head Island real estate and vacations, we welcome you to come chat with us. RSVP for the event here.

Badwater Ultra Marathon Comes to Bald Head Island

Posted on January 24, 2014 under

The BADWATER® ultra running experience comes to the East Coast for the first time when the inaugural BADWATER CAPE FEAR race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 22, 2014. 

With 50km and 51-mile options, the race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur!

Currently 58 runners are registered for the inaugural edition and there is room for more adventurous runners to be part of this historic new event--registration is open online.

The Official Charity of BADWATER CAPE FEAR is the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a leader in barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. Race participants will appreciate that BHIC cares for this race route's pristine setting and its role as a sea turtle nesting site, and are encouraged to fundraise for BHIC and support its mission. 

The goal of the race is to raise $10,000 for Bald Head Island Conservancy, which is enough to purchase one of the special electric UTV vehicles which BHIC uses to patrol the beach and care for sea turtle nesting sites, as shown in the attached photograph. 

Local Sponsors include  Coastal Urge , which will host a pre-race social at their Bald Head Island location, featuring local brew by  Natty Greene's . The finish line feast and the post-race breakfast will be catered by  Maritime Market . Special home rental offers on Bald Head Island are available through   Bald Head Island Limited ,   Seabreeze Rentals , and  Wendy Wilmot Properties . The event is being hosted under special permits from the  Village of Bald Head Island  and  Fort Fisher State Recreation Area .

Badwater Cape Fear is the first leg of the BADWATER ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear on March 22, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea on May 5-6, and then Badwater 135 on July 21-23. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. The male and female runners with the lowest combined times for the three events will be recognized as the 2014 Badwater Ultra Cup champions.

Civil War Expert Visits Fort Holmes

Posted on January 20, 2014 under

On January 9th, leading Civil War historian Ed Bearss paid a visit to Bald Head Island to tour the remains of Fort Holmes. Fort Holmes was erected in 1863-1864 as part of a defense system for the lower Cape Fear. 

Mr. Bearrs was visiting the Cape Fear region to speak to the Brunswick County Civil War Roundtable, a group of Civil War enthuiasts, historians, researchers and educators. According to Chris Fonvielle, UNCW history professor and Civil War historian himself, the Brunswick County Civil War Roundtable is the largest of its kind in the United States. Mr. Bearss spoke on the importance of Fort Holmes and the Cape Fear region to the Civil War. He also gave a retelling of the Battle of Antietam, the first major battle in the Civil War. 

Mr. Bearss is a Uniuted States Marine Corps verteran of WW II and former Chief Historian for the National Parks Service. He is famous for his historic tours and retellings of famous military battles. At age 90, he contines to tour important battle sites and speak on military history across the US, Europe and the Pacific. 

To learn more about Fort Holmes and Bald Head Island's importance in the Civil War, visit the Smith Island Museum at the base of Old Baldy or take a Historic Tour with the Old Baldy Foundation

Members' Deck Underway

Posted on January 10, 2014 under

Members Deck Underway

We are pleased to announce our newest addition to the Shoals Club facilities for exclusive use by full members – The Members' Deck!

Over the last 10 years the membership and use of the Shoals Club facilities has continued to grow. We attribute this to the exceptional facilities, commitment to service and unparalleled setting of the Shoals Club. We do however realize that continued growth and popularity of temporary memberships creates issues for our Full Membership in the busy summer months. This is one of the recurring concerns that we have heard this year when speaking to and soliciting feedback from our members. “You just can’t find a chair by the pool during the summer” is a statement that speaks to the popularity of the club facilities, but also raises a concern that we are missing an opportunity to ensure that our full members have an enjoyable experience at their club regardless of the time of year.

Many members have made suggestions throughout the year ranging from reserved hours for full members early or late in the day, to a reservation system for members and beyond. We have taken the opportunity to review all of the options and are glad to announce that work began this week on The Members' Deck at the Shoals Club . This new deck will be for the exclusive use of full members and their accompanied guests throughout the pool season (April 1 through October 31). Access to the deck will require presenting your membership card, and we anticipate being able to provide additional “concierge level” services in this area of the pool. The deck is being constructed on the East side of the pool facility in a formerly heavily landscaped area. Careful attention has been paid to ensure that the overall aesthetics of the pool facility are maintained. We anticipate that the construction will be completed over the next month, and we look forward to hosting a member event to christen your new deck in the Spring.

In addition to the new deck, the main pool is being refinished over the winter and the entire pool facility is being equipped with new chaise lounges that will dramatically improve the overall look and feel of the pool complex.

Click here to see renderings of The Members' Deck , and we invite you to come to the Club on your next visit to see the progress and finished product.

Feedback from our members was the catalyst behind this new project and we encourage you to continue to provide us with ways that we can further improve your experience at your club.  Please feel free to contact Woody Walls , Managing Director or Holly Bullard , Membership Sales Manager with your feedback at any time.

We trust that you are as excited as we are about these new projects and wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

New Year's at the Shoals Club

Posted on December 27, 2013 under

The Shoals Club has a delightful menu in store for New Year's Eve. We look forward to ringing in the New Year with you! Call 910-454-4850 for reservations.