Enter the Brunswick Islands Landmarks Photo Contest #BrunswickIslandsLandmarks

Brunswick Islands Photo Contest

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is excited to announce its fall social media photo contest, #BrunswickIslandsLandmarks! This photo contest will highlight some of the most iconic Brunswick Islands landmarks. We invite you to share your best Brunswick Islands photos of our five ocean piers (the Holden Beach Pier, Sunset Beach Pier, Ocean Crest Pier, Ocean Isle Beach Pier, and Oak Island Pier), Oak Island Lighthouse, Old Baldy, Kindred Spirit Mailbox, Southport Yacht Basin, or the Calabash Waterfront on Instagram and Facebook using #BrunswickIslandsLandmarks and #BrunswickIslands from October 9-22, 2018.

When submitting your entry, please also include the Brunswick Islands’ location shown in the photo. North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands will choose its favorite photos from the submissions with first and second place prizes for both the Instagram and Facebook winners, along with two randomly chosen winners. Prizes include North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands rolling coolers, beach towels and hats, and a $100 Visa® Gift Card! The official contest rules are listed below.

Share your photos and follow us on Instagram: @NCBrunswickIslands

Share your photos, follow and like us on Facebook: @NCBrunswick

In addition to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ 45 miles of pristine beaches, the Brunswick Islands is home to picturesque waterfronts, five ocean piers and two lighthouses that boast phenomenal views, and activities for the whole family to enjoy! Guests and residents can catch the sun set or rise over the Atlantic Ocean, cast a line or climb to new heights at one of the Brunswick Islands’ iconic landmarks.

Check out a few fun facts about the landmarks of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands:

  • The Southport Yacht Basin was the backdrop for many iconic scenes in the popular Nicholas Sparks film, Safe Haven.
  • Calabash’s waterfront is the birthplace of the beloved Calabash style of seafood where fresh shrimp, clams, oysters and fish are coated in a light batter and quickly fried to lock in the freshness.
  • The Sunset Beach Pier is the southernmost fishing pier in North Carolina.
  • The Ocean Isle Beach Pier features an arcade and a beach grill.
  • The Holden Beach Pier features a campground with 60 beachfront, full hook-up sites.
  • The Ocean Crest Pier has an onsite weather station measuring wind speed, water temperature and more.
  • The Oak Island Pier is in the process of being rebuilt and is set to be completed by next April.
  • The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is the center of Nicholas Sparks’ highly anticipated novel, Every Breath which is set to be released on October 16.
  • Old Baldy is North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse.
  • The Oak Island lighthouse has 131 ship ladder steps instead of the traditional spiral stairway that many lighthouses have.

CONTEST RULES: The following rules will be required for entry.

1. ENTRY:

a. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

b. Fans may enter by Facebook or Instagram:

i. If entering by Instagram, follow @NCBrunswickIslands and use both hashtags #BrunswickIslandsLandmarks and #BrunswickIslands. Include the location of where the photo was taken in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. The user account settings must be public to be considered for entry.

ii. If entering by Facebook, submit the photo entry directly to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ Facebook account page and include the hashtag #BrunswickIslandsLandmarks. The user must also identify where the photo was taken in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Be sure you have liked North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ Facebook page.

c. By submitting entries via hashtag on Instagram and Facebook, entrant is agreeing to all contest terms and conditions.

d. By entering the contest, the entrant attests and warrants as follows: (a) I have the right to post the Content; (b) neither the Content nor the use of the Content by the Permitted Parties will infringe upon or violate the intellectual property rights or other rights, including, without limitation, any right of publicity and/or copyright, of any other person or entity or any applicable laws; and (c) the photo was taken in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.

e. Entries must be submitted within TUESDAY, 10/9/2018 at 9 a.m. EST and MONDAY, 10/22/2018 at 4 p.m. EST to be considered for entry.

2. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal U.S. residents. Employees of Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (along with its contractors, affiliates and subsidiaries) and their families are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law. Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes.

3. WINNER SELECTION: Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority will judge the contest. Submissions will be judged based on how much it shows the beauty of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands and its famous landmarks. All decisions of the judges are final.

4. PRIZES: First and Second Place winners will be chosen from Facebook entries and First and Second Place winners will be chosen from Instagram entries.

First Place Grand Prize Winners: $100.00 Visa® Gift Card and North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Beach Towel.

Second Place Prize Winners: North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Beach Towel and hat.

Random Prize Winners: 1 winner will receive a North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands beach tote bag and 1 winner will receive a North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Beach Towel.

Terms and conditions may apply. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in these Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the respective prize winner.

5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified through Instagram or Facebook within two (2) days after the contest end date. It is the winners’ responsibility to monitor their Instagram and Facebook accounts for notifications. If a potential prize winner does not respond to the Sponsor within five (5) days after being notified of winning via the Instagram account or Facebook page used for submission, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize.

6. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Participants hereby grant Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the Submission (along with their names, voices, performance and/or likenesses) in all media now known and later come into being for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation or recognition. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their Submission in order to grant such a license.

7. NOT ENDORSED BY INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK: By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook and release Instagram or Facebook from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest. The information you are providing for this contest is being provided to Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority and not to Instagram or Facebook, and will be used to notify you if you have won.

8. CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules.

9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Entrants further agree to release Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority from any liability resulting from, or related to participation in the contest.

Sponsor’s Address: Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority is located at 712 Village Road SW, Shallotte, NC 28470.

To learn more about North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, and to plan your trip, visit www.NCBrunswick.com.

You can follow the North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NCBrunswick/ and https://www.instagram.com/ncbrunswickislands/.

 

Find Some of the Best Beaches in the World in NC’s Brunswick Islands

Sunset Beach NC

The heart and soul of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is its 45 miles of beautiful, uncrowded beaches. Each beach – Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, and Bald Head Island is famous for its distinct offerings suited to delight every member of the family. Your favorite beaches, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, are gracing the ranks of “Best Beaches” lists all over the world! Five barrier islands, immense natural beauty, a delicious culinary scene, an abundance of outdoor recreation and easy accessibility are just a few reasons why the Brunswick Islands are so loved by beach goers everywhere.

Check out just a few of NC’s Brunswick Islands’ recent accolades:

9 Vacation-Worthy American Islands- Men’s Journal

Men’s Journal agrees that you don’t have to leave the country to take an unforgettable island vacation, and the editors named the Brunswick Islands a must for domestic travel.

“The chain of five islands offers 45 miles of beaches, along with the Intracoastal Waterway and scenic marshland in view of wildlife and pristine natural local ecosystems, best viewed by kayak or paddleboard.” We couldn’t agree more; visitors to the Brunswick Islands will revel at the abundant kayaking, surfing, and paddle boarding offerings in the area.

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

21 Best Beaches in The World- National Geographic

National Geographic is one of the nations most trusted travel publications, and they know that NC’s Brunswick Islands’ beauty is world class. Sunset Beach was recognized as one of the world’s best beaches. The editors loved the Kindred Spirit Mailbox and its unique story.

Just a short one-mile walk from the last Sunset Beach access point and tucked away in the sand dunes, the Kindred Spirit Mailbox invites those who make the journey to share their innermost thoughts, prayers, wishes and dreams with the universe.

Ocean Isle Beach NC's Brunswick Islands

The South’s Best Tiny Town 2018- Southern Living

 Southern Living recently named Ocean Isle Beach as the best tiny town in the South! Its easy to see why with miles of unspoiled beaches, tons of family friendly activities and delicious local dining.

A writer with Southern Living remarked that in Ocean Isle Beach, “there remains the promise of something different that lies just on the other side of the waterway, a timeless something that begs you to simply focus on that large churning body of water that hugs the East Coast and the wide, white strand you had once taken for granted.” She remarks that in the area, “you breathe a little different and pay closer attention to the natural world.”

Caswell Beach Oak Island Lighthouse

46 Best Beach Towns in America- Good Housekeeping

The national taste-maker, Good Housekeeping named Caswell Beach as one of the best beach towns in America!

In addition to being home to the last lighthouse built in North Carolina, Oak Island Lighthouse, Good Housekeeping states that, “golf courses and quiet beaches lend a peaceful air to this town, located in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.”

Holden Beach NC

13 Offbeat Beach Towns You Need to Visit- Red Tricycle

As an expert in family travel destinations, the national website Red Tricycle loved Holden Beach’s small-town charm and array of activities to keep families busy! The editors featured Holden Beach as one of “13 Offbeat Beach Towns You Need to Visit.”

Red Tricycle suggests visitors “can take the kids crabbing and fishing, and explore the island by foot, by bike, or by kayak or canoe excursion along the Intracoastal Waterway. And, there’s plenty of wildlife to spot: dolphins swimming offshore, endangered (and protected) loggerhead turtles making their journey from the nest to the ocean, and ghost crabs that make their way along the beach at night.”

Oak Island

Best Beaches in North Carolina- Southern Living

With 10 miles of uncrowded beaches, locally owned ice cream shops, mini golf and an authentic beach town feel, it’s easy to see why Southern Living named Oak Island one of the best beaches in North Carolina.

Ideal for laid back loungers and nostalgic nomads, Southern Living stated that Oak Island, “is the perfect place for a relaxing, old-fashioned beach trip that’s no-fuss and fancy free.”

Bald Head Island, NC's Brunswick Islands

10 Best Car-Free Island Getaways- Coastal Living

Coastal Living named Bald Head Island one of the “Best Car-Free Island Getaways.” Its easy to see why Bald Head received such a great accolade, as its reachable only by ferry or private boat!

Coastal Living suggests riding “a golf cart or bike to the Old Baldy Lighthouse, the Maritime Market, and the pool and boardwalk,” is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the island and explore with your loved ones.

Residents and visitors who return year after year have long-known that Brunswick Islands’ beaches are some of the best! We invite you to come and explore our barrier islands and find your perfect best beach!

To learn more about the beaches in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, and to plan your trip, visit www.NCBrunswick.com

Follow NC’s Brunswick Islands on social media at www.facebook.com/NCBrunswick/and www.instagram.com/ncbrunswickislands/

Spring Break Road Trip: Top 5 Reasons NC’s Brunswick Islands is Guaranteed to Put Some Spring in your Step!

by the time Spring Break rolls around, most of us are suffering from a serious case of Spring Fever and are more than ready to Get. Out. Side!

It is also a perfect time for families, who maybe haven’t seen each other since the Holidays, to reconnect.  If you had to pick a central Spring Break gathering point for relatives spread up and down the east coast, and let’s not forget that uncle in Ohio, you couldn’t do better than North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands!    Centrally located on the East Coast, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands are an easy, almost equidistant drive from population power houses Washington, DC (6 h 37 min) and Atlanta, GA (6 h 1 min).  Ohio clocks in at 9.5 hours, which doesn’t deter folks as every Spring and Summer, SUVs sporting OH plates peak out beneath the beach houses.

Now that you know how easy it is to get here, take a look at these wonderful ways to spend your NC beach vacation once you’ve arrived!

  1. Uncrowded Beaches

DSC_8627_RetouchedForty-five miles of uncrowded beaches on 5 barrier islands await vacationers at North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.  There’s plenty of room to roam and spread out. While the kids splash around, bask in the sun and crack open that book you’ve been dying to read. Without the commercialism of typical spring break destinations, it is so much easier to truly relax and unwind. You won’t find the partiers or view-blocking high rise hotels here. Instead, enjoy pristine sand and natural rolling dunes for miles and miles.

       2. Outdoor Adventure

Swamp Park IMG_9365Bring out your wild side and experience new adventures. Zip through untouched swamp land at Ocean Isle’s new Shallotte River Swamp Park, which features a sustainable zipline course that navigates through a 300-year-old swamp and cypress canopy. Enjoy water-based action in the ocean, rivers and Intracoastal Waterway including canoeing, kayaking, wind sailing, paddle boarding, surfing and fishing. For those who prefer to stay grounded, enjoy a slow-paced stroll down one of the many piers or beaches, or explore the many parks and nature preserves our area has to offer.

  1. History & Museums

DSC_6132_LIGHTHOUSE COUPLECulture and history buffs alike will have plenty to keep their minds sharp this spring break. The state’s oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy, on Bald Head Island has stood over North Carolina’s coast for hundreds of years.  Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach was once the brightest lighthouse in the country. Now, both lighthouses are landmarks beckoning visitors to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. This spring, you won’t want to miss the Museum of Coastal Carolina, the Southeast’s largest dry aquarium; or the North Carolina Maritime Museum, which gives families insight into tales of pirates and pillage, blockade running, riverfront archaeology, and other nautical adventures. The fun doesn’t stop there, as our islands offer an abundance of museums and historic sites to explore!

  1. Live Like a Local

Oak Island Vacation Rental HomeDive into the rich and relaxing culture of island life by renting a house for the week and enjoy the perks of being able to walk out the front door and onto the beach. Later, enjoy dinner by sampling the local flavors of the coastal area. Our local fishermen harvest a variety of top-quality seafood, including shrimp, blue crabs, grouper, flounder, oysters and clams. In addition, our picturesque Southern small towns offer family-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants, galleries and shops to make the area one of the best North Carolina vacation destinations.

  1. Spring and Easter Events

The Spring Art Show kicks off the season on March 1 and runs through March 20 in Southport with paintings, pottery and more by local and other NC artists.  Over Easter Weekend, egg hunts and Easter events will keep you hopping from one end of the Brunswick Islands to the other. Then, in April, celebrate parrot-head-style at Phlock to the Beach with a weekend of Jimmy Buffett inspired high spirited fun and the Oak Island Lighthouse 5K, 10K & Half Marathon.  At the end of April, Days at the Docks features food, fun, arts and music on Holden Beach.

What’s In A Name

beach rentals come in a variety of sizes and styles in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. From cozy, one-bedroom condos to lavish, eight-bedroom homes with multiple beds and bunks, you’re sure to find the perfect rental to accommodate your family, small or large.

One of the main perks to renting a beach house is the fact that you are already on the beach, or within walking distance to a beach access. Grab the umbrella, chairs, cooler and sunscreen and build sandcastles with the family on Oak Island. Or enjoy a sunset walk on the beach on Sunset Beach, a paddle boarding lesson on Ocean Isle Beach , a competitive game of voll1517583_10152016368893155_740315276_neyball on Holden Beach, or climb a lighthouse on Caswell Beach or Bald Head Island.

A fun aspect to renting a vacation property is checking out all the unique house names.  Property owners, like boat owners, often bless their homes with quirky and creative names. These names are often displayed on the house on colorful signs. Here are just a few examples of quirky beach house names. Can you name a few?

  • Isle Be Chillin!
  • 10313957_10152097778308155_1238037711504446404_nA Shore Thing
  • Mullet Over
  • Sea S#arp
  • It’s 5 o’clock Here
  • The Legal Pad
  • Parrot-dise Found
  • You-N-Sea
  • What’s Up Dock
  • Seas The Day
  • Reel Therapy
  • Tipsy Turtle
  • Dune Our Thing
  • Conch Out
  • Cardiac Rest   
  • Just Chill Inn

Next time you’re in the Brunswick Islands be sure to notice the names of the vacation rental homes.

 

Spend More Time at the Beach to Carry Out Your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

on almost every New Year’s resolution list, individuals make the firm decision to become more active and get in shape. North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offers plenty of ways you can start becoming more active and shed those pesky holiday pounds. Most people flock to the coast for rest and relaxation, but there’s also a contingency that loves to move while they’re on vacation, and there’s no better place to “get your move on” than here. This New Year, take the challenge and add these active beach activities to your bucket list:

Sail – Learn to hoist the mast with sailing lessons.

Surf – Mount a board to ride the waves.Bicycles-2 women.alt HR

Paddle – Tour the waterways via canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.

Putt – Drive your way through more than 30 championship golf courses.

Bike – Cruise the beaches.

Climb – Master the 134 steps to the top of a working lighthouse.

Hike – Lace up for an adventure through one of many nature preserves.

Skate – Strut your moves on skateboards and in-line skates at Oak Island’s skate park.

Volley – Play a match at one of a dozen area parks with tennis facilities.

Bark – Stretch your legs and Fido’s on Brunswick’s dog-friendly beaches.

Birding – View nearly 335 species of birds on birding trail sites, some of which are threatened or endangered.

Reel – Cast a line in the waters of an angler’s dream for saltwater, freshwater, and surf fishing.

DCIM277GOPROAll these activities and more can be found on your next vacation to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. The memories and rewards of a vacation can last a long time after the suitcase is put away. So no matter what you choose to do, the number one resolution should be to spend more time at the beach with family and friends!