Wednesday, January 10, 2018

See ya later, frozen gator

By now you have probably seen this, but it speaks to just how cold it's been ... even in southeastern N.C.
A viral video of alligators frozen in an icy pond at North Carolina’s Shallotte River Swamp Park has been the talk of social media, with many people wondering whether coldblooded crocodilians can survive in brutally cold temperatures.

The video shows several alligator snouts sticking out of the park’s frozen pond – a deep freeze caused by a cold front that covered most of the Eastern United States last week.

Who's ready for warmer "beach" weather? I am. I'm ready for this:

{Full disclosure: That photo at the top is from about seven years ago.}

Friday, March 24, 2017

This warmer weather makes me think of beach music

Hey, y'all, it's getting warmer! It will soon be time to hit the beach again! All this talking about the beach has me thinking also about beach music. We even created a beach music playlist on Spotify for your enjoyment.

So be sure to start thinking about when you'd like to get down to Carolina Beach. After all, some say that's where the Shag was created.

In the meantime, maybe this can hold you over:

Monday, June 20, 2016

The perfect weekend getaway

My lovely wife and I recently had the opportunity to get away JUST THE TWO OF US for our 15th anniversary. We decided to enjoy what Carolina Beach has to offer. In all honesty, it was an opportunity to take advantage of the area like we normally can't with kids in tow. And it was so much fun.

After getting settled into Our Beach Place Friday evening, we hit the Flaming Amy's Carolina Beach location. We've seen the "Eat at Flaming Amy's" bumper stickers for years, but have never been to one. It was amazing. I had the Buffalo Shrimp Po Boy burrito, which was unbelievable. And it's hard to beat their salsa bar.

After dinner, we walked from our condo toward the boardwalk area of CB. Again, this is something we had probably deemed as too ambitious with children, but it was actually a very pleasant mile-walk along the beach. After meandering around the boardwalk activity, we sunk into some chair outside at the Fat Pelican -- a dive bar in every sense of the word.

On Saturday, we walked back to the boardwalk in hopes of beating the early-morning Britt's Donuts crowd. No such luck. But you know what? We didn't mind -- we had all day and it was nice to meet people while we waited about 40 minutes for the doughy goodness. The wait was well worth it.

The bulk of the rest of Saturday was spent lounging on the (spacious) beach. A cool, stiff breeze kept things very pleasant.  For dinner, we hit the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar -- and were able to sit on the pier this time around. (Again, because of being sans kids.)  My wife had a crabcake sandwich and I had fried shrimp -- all washed down with great drinks. We even saw an ocean rescued and a wedding from the pier!

Finally, before leaving on Sunday, we had our second donut experience of the weekend at Wake and Bake. I got a turtle-flavored donut, while my wife got a peanut butter one. WOW, were they good. And the donuts are so different from Britt's that I don't even feel like I'm cheating.

All in all, it was a fantastic, relaxing and enjoyable weekend in Carolina Beach.

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's getting closer and closer to shorts weather!

Hey, folks, Spring is finally here! Which means we are getting closer to Summer! I don't know about you, but I am ready for the warm weather. And so are these cuties! (Full disclosure: They are my kids.)

The calendar is already filling up over at Our Beach Place. Check the calendar if you are interested in reserving some time in beautiful Carolina Beach.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The sharks of N.C.

Worried about getting into the ocean? That's understandable these days; however, you are probably more likely to be injured or killed in a thousand different ways than by an attack from "Jaws." But it's still good to know what's swimmin' around with you out in the Big Blue. So, thanks to the Star-News in Wilmington, you can now identify the sharks that call North Carolina's waters home. View the full slideshow here.

Not surprising, the coolest looking one is the hammerhead. (Photo by Barry Peters)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New sand renourishes my soul

It's hard to have fun at the beach if there is no beach. And you can't really have a beach without sand. (Heck, you couldn't even call it "the beach" if there's nowhere to put your feet, your cooler or your umbrella. It would just be "the ocean!") 

We knew when we first bought Our Beach Place that the closest section of beach was, eh, sparse at high tide. But we didn't care so much to not get it. Well, within the past year, a beach renourishment project took place, and the difference is night and day. Whereas before the ocean water came up to the rocks that line the dunes at high tide, now I don't think I've ever seen more beach on the North Carolina coast. It's remarkable. 

Well, more good news (and sand) is on the way as Congress announced it will continue to fund federal renourishment aid to Carolina Beach, according to WWAY. This is GREAT news.

Carolina Beach's 50-year renourishment project was set to expire this year. That left the possibility of finding a way to use state and local funds only to pay for the multi-million-dollar sand replenishment projects. Instead, the WRRDA authorizes a three-year extension of coastal storm damage projects scheduled to expire in the next five years, including Carolina Beach. It also creates a process by which successful projects can be extended by up to 15 years with the help of federal funds.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Look for increased police presence this summer at Freeman Park

Freeman Park is, by most accounts, a true asset to citizens and visitors to  Carolina Beach. With its wide expanse of beach and vehicle access, it's a very popular spot. But some changes are in the works, according to WECT.

Visitors should expect a more pronounced police presence at the park this summer. In fact, the presence will double, according to a memo by Town Manager Michael Cramer.


A Hatteras ramp designed to decrease any traffic backups at the entrance to the park is scheduled to be completed by the end of April. Additional trash and recycling receptacles are also planned for the park this summer.