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2013 Haven Magazine Out Now

Posted on February 18, 2013 under Haven Magazine

2013 Haven Magazine Out Now

The 2013 issue of Haven magazine is out and we're very pleased with the results. We hope you're enjoying reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it. If you haven't seen the new issue yet, check out the online version here.

Each year we try to showcase Bald Head Island’s many faces, and this issue is no exception. A story on the island’s legendary “Howl at the Moon Party,” a relaxed, come-as-you-are gathering of islanders and visitors alike, is included, along with a calendar showing the date for each monthly event so you don’t miss out. Another favorite article in this issue is “Om Sweet Home,” which features sumptuous pictures of one of the island’s most breathtaking properties. We also love this year’s Folio story, which devotes several pages to artist Chip Hemingway’s inspired island landscapes.

If all the gorgeous images in the magazine are fueling your desire to visit, you're in luck. Bald Head Island Property Management is offering a 10% discount on stays now through April 30, 2013 when you book by March 31. You'll also receive your choice of a dine-around voucher good at island restaurants, or $100 to put toward an island adventure experience, or Bald Head Island logo outerwear. Click here to view all the details and to book your stay.

Behind the Scenes: Standup Paddleboarding Photo Shoot on Bald Head Island

Posted on March 22, 2011 under Haven Magazine

Behind the Scenes Standup Paddleboarding Photo Shoot on Bald Head IslandBehind the Scenes Standup Paddleboarding Photo Shoot on Bald Head Island

By: Millie Holloman     This post is part of a series entitled Haven: Behind the Scenes, which delves deeper into some of our favorite stories from the recent issue of Haven magazine.  After years of traveling to Bald Head Island, you would think I would have experienced it all. Well, I haven’t.

And you might think with10 years+ of photography experience under my belt that there isn’t much more to learn in the industry.

There is.

When I was presented with a job for Bald Head Island’s magazine, Haven, on stand up paddleboarding (SUP), I jumped at the chance. My assignment? To capture the journey of two guys who were learning to paddleboard for the first time. I was excited.

I started laying out my ideas and concepts for the shoot and quickly realized that this was going to be a big undertaking. I couldn’t just show up with my regular gear and expect to get exactly what I wanted. I had to think outside the box, or better yet, think inside some underwater housing. There were certain shots I had already decided that I wanted, and to get them required getting in the water. Even before my assistants and I left for the shoot, we had to plan and prep: cameras, lenses, cards, computers, underwater housing, drives, etc. Our plans were to spend 3 days on the island with one FULL day of shooting. Anyone who spotted us would have easily assumed that we were headed on a two week excursion. We are talking gear-galore!

The day of the shoot we started shortly after sunrise. We all walked down the dock to meet up with the SUP guides for the day where there was a boat waiting to take us wherever we wanted to go, as well as a couple of paddleboards for Jason and Rory (the subjects of this adventure). Now, I had ideas and visions in my head of what I wanted, but I quickly learned that getting those images was going to be more challenging than I originally thought. First and foremost, the water was cold. The kind of cold that takes your breath away, and the kind of cold that makes your brain forget about everything else except the cold. Not to mention, we were in the marsh, and who knows what lurks in the thicket of the reeds. There was even one point where I thought to myself, “is this a favorite place for snakes and alligators?” The thought was quickly brushed aside when the brigade of paddle boarders slowly cruised towards my direction. The entire day was spent outside in the sun and/or water. The job had its trying moments –  I had to brace my body against the waves, all while holding the underwater gear steady to grab shots of Jason and Rory. I had to be patient with the guys too. After all, they were new to the experience and falling off the board was inevitable. It’s not easy, directing a boat captain, fighting currents, and instructing two beginner paddle boarders, all while trying to get great shots. I know it sounds like the job was all work. However, when you’re working on Bald Head, the lines between work and play become hard to define. Not only did I get to step outside the routine of my job and experience something new, I had the chance to spend time with some great people. In the evening, we all washed away the salt and sand from the day, enjoyed a delicious meal together, and sat around to chat. And for dessert? A nice game of cards while listening to and sharing the music that spoke to us. All in all, not a bad way to spend the day. I’ve been to Bald Head more times than I can count. And yes, I’ve photographed many different things over the years. But this experience was still a first for me. 

P.S. Rest in peace to the iPhone that was lost at sea during this assignment.

To read the SUP article in the online version of Haven, click here.


Geocaching: A Guide to Safe Treasure Hunting

Posted on March 03, 2011 under Haven Magazine

Geocaching A Guide to Safe Treasure HuntingGeocaching A Guide to Safe Treasure Hunting

  This post is part of a series titled Haven: Behind the Scenes, which delves deeper into some of our favorite stories from the most recent issue of Haven magazine.

In the latest issue of Haven we encourage you to explore Bald Head Island’s literally hidden treasures through a family-friendly outdoor game called geocaching. In geocaching, someone hides a cache (some sort of container) and posts its coordinates Then you put the coordinates into your GPS unit (whether a handheld dedicated unit or your GPS enabled smart phone) and head out to try to find it.

Bald Head Island is home to several caches scattered all around the island. We featured five of our favorites in Haven, but there are many more waiting to be found. Before you head out to search for these caches, we want to share a few rules to make sure you’re safe and courteous to your fellow islanders – people, plant and animal alike.

Following the old Boy Scout motto – Be Prepared – is simple, but sage, advice when it comes to geocaching. On Bald Head Island, this means having sun protection (hat, sun block, sunglasses), bug protection, the right shoes and clothing, water (snacks are optional) and a first aid kit. It also means having the standard geocaching toolkit – your GPS (preloaded with the caches you’re seeking), a pen or pencil to sign the cache log, a camera, and a treasure or calling card to leave in the cache box. As an avid geocacher, I recommend scouting out the area on Google Maps or something similar before you visit to get an idea of the where you’ll be going.

Practicing courtesy when geocaching means being aware of the impact you’re having on the environment and animals near the cache site. When looking for caches, watch your step and be mindful of sensitive environmental areas like the dunes and wetlands on the island. When you see wildlife, observe from a distance, don’t follow or approach them and don’t feed them (this is not only harmful to their health but also changes their behavior which could put them in a threatening situation).

If you decide to hide a cache, there are a few guidelines for that too. Make sure you have the property owner’s permission before hiding anything. Be sensitive to the environment – don’t hide a cache in a protected or sensitive area (like the dunes or wetlands), don’t hide your cache somewhere dangerous, and take care not to damage trees and other plants when hiding a cache. Don’t nail a cache to a tree, even though it may seem like a good hiding spot. More extensive guidelines and instructions for logging your newly-hidden cache can be found at Cache In, Trash Out, a program, started by Groundspeak (the group responsible for, encourages geocachers to help clean up cache-friendly places. Simply take a bag with you while you hunt for caches, collect any trash (non hazardous of course, I don’t want anyone touching anything gross) you find and dispose of it properly. If you find something you can’t take out, report it to the Village of BHI here or by phone at 910-457-9700. It’s an easy way to help others enjoy the beauty of Bald Head Island or wherever you’re geocaching.

For more intensive information on minimal-impact and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics at To start finding caches on Bald Head Island and in your hometown, and to read more about Cache In Trash Out efforts, visit