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Bald Head Island
– When you hear the term "family vacation," an image of parents dragging tired kids around a crowded amusement park may come to mind. However, according to a survey by the Charlotte Observer, more families are heading to destinations where they can slow down, relax, and spend quality time with one another. BaldHeadIsland, a secluded island located two nautical miles off the coast of Southeastern North Carolina, is one location where families can do just that.
Joe and Linda Sweeney live in Lancaster, P.A., but have been vacationing with their family on BaldHeadIsland for the past eight years. Year after year they stay at the same three oceanfront cottages, often booking a year in advance to secure their favored location.
"Our vacations on BaldHeadIsland are ideal for spending quality family time together," said Linda Sweeney. "Everybody slows down and gets a chance to really visit and reconnect with one another."
The couple first discovered the pristine island on a romantic weekend getaway in 1998, and immediately booked a vacation for the whole family for the following summer. They now visit the island regularly, inviting friends and extended family to share in their vacation time.
With the stress of everyday life at an all-time high, today's travelers want to spend less time "seeing and doing," and more time simply "being." Because BaldHeadIsland is only accessible by boat and allows no cars on the island, visitors can truly escape the hectic pace of their daily lives and just "be."
There's plenty to do on Bald Head, however, for those seeking diversion. Visitors will enjoy the "mild adventure" inherent in the largely undeveloped environment – biking through the ancient maritime forest, kayaking in the salt marsh – while still enjoying the creature comforts of a fine resort. In addition, visitors can golf, swim or simply hang out at the Shoals Club, BaldHeadIsland's oceanfront club.
"The great magic of BaldHeadIsland is that it lets people discover a pace they may not have thought existed in this day and age," said Joe Sweeney. "Summers on Bald Head are just like summers when we were kids – you get the feeling you've got endless time ahead of you to spend exactly as you please."
Island is accessible by ferry or private boat from Indigo Plantation and Marina in Southport, N.C. Bald Head Island Limited offers rental accommodations in a variety of environments, from 14 miles of beaches to a lush maritime forest and pristine marshes. Choices include grand homes to cozy cottages.
Spring getaways and specials include golf packages with up to 30 percent savings off full rates. For more information, call 1-800-432-RENT, or visit www.baldheadisland.com.
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