North Carolina’s small wonder is packed with big adventures. From attending special events, discovering the island’s natural beauty, competing in exciting tournaments, or simply enjoying spectacular views by the sea, Kure Beach, N.C. is perfect for your next vacation destination. Head east this winter and spring for mild temperatures, off season lodging rates, signature events and miles of beautiful beach.
Live by the Land and Sea
Each year, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher installs a new, one-of-a-kind exhibit for visitors to enjoy. For the first time ever in 2016, visitors had the chance to view animatronic, life-size dinosaurs at the aquarium! While the dinosaurs have packed their bags and headed back to their prehistoric home, you can experience a day in the life of your favorite creatures during every season – the aquarium is open year-round.
Reel It In
Get your tackle box ready for a fishing frenzy! The late spring through the fall is packed with annual fishing competitions like the Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge, King Mackerel Tournament and Fall Memories Flounder Tournament. Fishing is a popular year-round pastime at Kure Beach, where you can cast a line off the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, fish from the surf or even reserve a fishing charter for an afternoon adventure.
Jump start your day with the sunrise or unwind with an unforgettable view of the sunset. Get outdoors while exploring Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Bike the trails, hike through the salt marsh, paddleboard down the coast or simply pack a picnic.
Fun in the Sun
Throughout 2016, visitors let loose during the Boogie in the Park Concert Series, featuring live music performances, then shopped local at the Kure Beach Open Air Market, filled with handcrafted goods. You can always count on a one-of-a-kind experience at the island’s legendary annual events such as the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off and Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival.
Find your zen by practicing yoga on the beach, catch a wave while surfing, or embark on a kayak adventure at Zeke’s Island Reserve.
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Yet to experience a proper glamping trip here but this year is the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks and in celebration, Under Canvas--America’s premiere luxury camping and outdoor events company, has redesigned their seven bedroom luxury log cabin estate Bar N Ranch and launched Under Canvas Adventures: Yellowstone. Sounds like music to my ears!
Nowadays, before trying to book a hotel room for my travels, I first jump onto AirBnB to see if I can find a comparable and cost effective option there. With the booming sharing economy, there’s no doubt services like AirBnb are thriving and I am probably one of their big fans. While I do enjoy the hotel stay experience, sometimes factors like cost, availability, distance and additional amenities all make the AirBnB experience a much more enticing proposition. So here are some inputs on being a good AirBnb guest, wherever it is you decide to opt for that experience.
Beyond excited to dine at Ristorante B&B during this trip to Vegas. It is located inside the Venetian and you can easily walk up to it no matter where you are living on the Strip. Owned by Chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, this Italian restaurant had me from the get go. From the impeccable service to the charming, vibrant atmosphere and the courteous staff, the whole experience was simply fantastic. Definitely try to be seated further inside closer to the private wine grotto if you want to be able to converse with your party. They also have some ‘outdoor’ seating, which essentially looks out into the mall area since this is nestled way into the building. If there were one splurge I recommend, other than watching one of the famed Vegas shows of course, it would be this meal. I would estimate average price person at approx. $100, more if you are celebrating something special but the venue demands a good time! We started with some small plates that slowly but surely set the mood for what was to be expected next. The entrees were spot on but that quail preparation they had was a home run. And how can you refuse cannoli at a place like this?!
When you are planning the ultimate vacation, you need to think about where you’re staying. It’s so expensive to rent places these days. So, a great way around this is to buy your own holiday home. There are so many benefits and advantages linked to this that it should be the principal focus for holidaymakers.