Award-winning winery

Looking for a break from the beach and want a unique Brunswick Islands experience? Whatever the reason, the Silver Coast Winery is a must-visit for any trip to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Winery tours, wine tastings, art galleries, gift shops and special events are included in the plethora of activities you will find at Silver Coast Winery.

Wine-maker Dana Keeler has won the winery over 300 local and international medals, and you can taste the Cabernets, Chardonnay, Tourigas, White Merlots and Viogniers that have put this winery on the map! While you sip, enjoy the local art that adorn the art gallery walls and the labels of Silver Coast’s wine bottles.

The winery is located midway between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, just minutes from Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach. Group rates are available.

Insider Tip: Bring a blanket for a picnic and enjoy the gardens!

A bird’s eye view

make the climb of a lifetime when you visit the Oak Island Lighthouse, the last lighthouse to be built in the entire state of North Carolina. But make sure you wear your sunglasses! Among its numerous claims to fame, this lighthouse is one of the brightest in the United States with a beacon that reaches about 16 nautical miles offshore. The Oak Island Lighthouse is also one of the only lighthouses in the country that use a series of ship’s ladders instead of the typical spiral staircase. To access the top, you’ll want to trade in your flip flops for some tennis shoes, to climb the 131-step ship’s ladder to the balcony at the top. When you reach the top at 158 feet, you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree bird’s eye-view of the Cape Fear River and surrounding barrier islands. Oak Island Lighthouse and Bald Head Island Lighthouse, also known as “Old Baldy,” are both accessible to all adventurous spirits. Tours to the popular top level of the Oak Island Lighthouse are available year round by appointment for climbers 9 years of age or older. You can make an appointment through their website at least two weeks in advance. The lighthouse is also open for tours to the second level Wed. and Sat. from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 am – 2 pm for ages 7 or older. Built in 1817, Old Baldy is North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse. Ticket information and hours of operation may be found at http://www.oldbaldy.org/. Insider Tip: Tying the knot anytime soon? Old Baldy towers above the majestic, moss-draped, southern live oaks and is bordered by tidal estuaries and meandering creeks – perfect for special occasions, such as weddings.