Host Megan takes viewers on a quick trip to the beaches of Bald Head Island. This one-minute snapshot will get you ready to hit the sand and the waves for everything from swimming and surfing, to boogie boarding and building sand castles.
You’ll also discover her choice for the place to get the best Italian ice on the planet—or at least this side of Rome.
Come on! Surf’s up!
Summer is right around the corner. What better way to kick it off than a three-day holiday weekend on Bald Head Island? Memorial Day weekend celebrations include parties, kids’ activities, nature events, and more. No matter what your interest, there is something for everyone.
The Bald Head Island Conservancy offers plenty of programs for the entire family, including nature tours, birding expeditions, and even a 5K Turtle Trot. Bring the kids to the Shoals Club for a scavenger hunt, craft hour, beach games or a beach run. The Bald Head Island Club offers tennis events throughout the weekend, and you’ll want to be sure to check out the Club’s incredible new Aquatics Complex, complete with three pools, a splash pad, playground and waterslides. Even the Bald Head Association offers a sand sculpture contest. Archery, sailing, and kayaking are offered throughout the weekend as well.
There are plenty of dining events, too. The Maritime Market presents an oyster roast, the Shoals Club has their Coastal Feast, and the BHI Club has their annual Memorial Day Cookout
The first Sunset Celebration of the season takes during the holiday weekend. This free family-friendly event has music, games, s’ mores and always a few surprises.
For the art enthusiasts, the BHI Artisans Show and Sale and art classes at All About Art are being held. Also, Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales offers open houses all weekend. Stop by the sales office near the ferry landing to pick up a list of homes on tour.
On Monday a traditional Memorial Day Service hosted by the Old Baldy Foundation will be at the Village Chapel, and will honor all branches of the military.
To view a complete list of Memorial Day events, click here.
With no mini-golf outlets, movie theaters or trampoline parks, what’s a kid to do on Bald Head Island?
Plenty, and Bald Head Island expert Megan Kelly is host of a video series that shows kids of all ages the ropes.
The first episode introduces her kid’s-eye-view of the island, with a dab of history and fun facts to capture the imagination.
In future episodes, she covers some of the island’s favorite traditions and pastimes, including the annual 4th of July golf cart parade and seasonal sunset celebrations. She also takes viewers to the various island environments to explore, and engage with, the natural surroundings.
Stay tuned for postings of future episodes—five in all. Whether you’re young in years or just young at heart, you’re sure to be inspired by the ideas and images in the videos.
For people looking to buy or sell a home on Bald Head Island, one real estate firm stands out.
Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales is the only company that offers access to all island properties for sale, including resale listings in MLS. Equally important, we are associated with the island’s development company and remain the exclusive agency for new neighborhoods on the island, including the award-winning Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station.
Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales is known for its exceptionally high level of personalized service, attention to detail, and just-walk-in-seven-days-a-week access to our sales office just steps away from the ferry landing.
Hear what our clients have to say about our service.
We Represent You
Those wishing to sell their Bald Head Island property (often to buy or build another home on BHI) find BHI Limited’s agents ready to go above and beyond for them. We work closely with you on all aspects before, during and after the sale— from pricing your home based on a comparative market analysis, to helping you determine minor improvements that will likely make your home even more attractive to buyers. We keep your individual goals and timeline in mind, and we continually provide feedback after showings and at regular intervals.
Marketing is another hallmark of our service, including a professionally designed and maintained interactive Web site, targeted email blasts to potential purchasers, creative brochures and flyers, a robust print and digital advertising campaign to key markets, and numerous public relations programs, events, open houses and receptions. While our marketing programs are indisputably top-notch, our word-of-mouth advertising is even stronger. It’s such a testament to our service and relationships that the majority of our listings and sales come from referrals.
So whether you are looking to buy, sell or both, contact the island experts at Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales.
The latest issue of Bald Head Island Limited’s annual lifestyle magazine, Haven, recently hit the streets. While each issue is a true labor of love, we on the editorial staff agree this current iteration is one of our favorites.
For the first time ever, we featured black and white photography on the cover. It may seem an odd choice for a place so beautifully painted in nature’s hues, but it all began with a photo essay celebrating the island’s perpetual summer state of mind. Starting on page 10, these ten pages serve as an introduction to the island, and we were so captivated by the inherent drama and sophistication of black and white photography, we made the call to carry it onto the cover.
Inside, you’ll find articles covering our consistent themes—such as architecture, activities, dining, shopping and more—as well as a Bald Head Island timeline spanning four pages and nearly four hundred years of history. It’s a fascinating look at the island and will help you understand how the past shaped the place we love and appreciate today.
Art: It’s All in the Family
One feature you shouldn’t—and at nine pages, probably can’t—miss is our Meet the Neighbors article on The Weavers. This story profiles three generations of a Bald Head Island family, led by artist Prudy Weaver and her husband Lee, long-time property owners and partial-year residents. Their five sons and 14 grandchildren adore spending time on the island, including doing their own family art camp. You can also watch another of the grandchildren’s creative pursuits, a highly entertaining video of their 2018 BHI week.
If you haven’t yet seen the 2019 issue of Haven, you can view it digitally, or request a copy to be mailed.
Whether you are a local, a transplant, or just someone who loves rich culture expressed in food and fun, please join the Old Baldy Foundation June 8 & 9 for the third annual North Carolina Treasures Weekend, a two-day celebration of the state’s best cuisine, spirits, music, art and history.
Celebrity chef Matthew Register will be the weekend’s featured guest and he is quite a North Carolina treasure himself. Raised in rural North Carolina, Register has gained national acclaim, including being featured in Food & Wine magazine and on the TODAY Show. He and his wife Jessica own Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland, named one of the top 25 BBQ restaurants in the U.S. by Men’s Journal.
A celebrated pit master, Register will orchestrate a farm-to-table feast under the stars on the grounds of Old Baldy Lighthouse on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 6 p.m. A number of award-winning North Carolina distilleries will provide liquid complements to Register’s new takes on classic Southern recipes.
Representing central NC, Durham Distillery will be pouring their Conniption Gin, recently named the number one Navy-strength gin in the U.S. at the 2019 Gin Awards. Hailing from the mountains but making national waves as well, Asheville’s Eda Rhyne Distillery will feature Appalachian Fernet and Amaro Flora, unique interpretations of traditional herbal liquors. Tickets are $90 per person for the evening.
On Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m., return to the base of Old Baldy for a North Carolina Treasures Marketplace. As you stroll the grounds, shop for NC-made goods and decor from the state’s talented artists and artisans, plus craft beers, distillery tastings and specialized foods, including samples from Matthew Register. There is no cost to attend the marketplace; food and drink will be available for purchase.
Signed copies of Register’s first cookbook, Southern Smoke: Traditions and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today, will be available at both events.
A Stately, 202-Year-Old Honoree
The entire North Carolina Treasures weekend is held to honor Old Baldy and all she has symbolized in her more than 200 years. All proceeds benefit the Old Baldy Foundation, whose purpose is the restoration and operation of the 1817 lighthouse. Funding for the mission comes from public donations, gift shop retail sales, museum and lighthouse fees, as well as special tours and programs.
For tickets or more information, please call 910.457.7481 or visit https://www.oldbaldy.org/index.php/event/north-carolina-treasures-weekend-2019.
Most residents and visitors embrace Bald Head Island’s quiet, peaceful nature. A visit here provides the perfect place and ideal time to simply unwind, release everyday stresses, and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life. So, It’s no surprise that just going with the flow is one of the top things to do on the island.
Of course, Bald Head Island’s 14 miles of beaches beckon for swimming, surfing, shelling and sunbathing, and the Bald Head Island Club and Shoals Club swimming pools and various activities are undisputed draws.
But there are also plenty of off-the-beaten-path activities and natural treasures that are hidden in plain sight that you shouldn’t miss. So whether you are a long-time property owner, a frequent visitor or a first-time vacationer, you might want to check out this list of the top 10 things you may not have done on BHI… but should!
The crown jewel of the treasured Bald Head Woods (a protected, 173-acre maritime forest) is a massive live oak that is hundreds of years old. Her trunk has been hollowed out, creating a tree cave large enough for a child to stand inside. Be sure you have a camera along.
Rollerblades may have had their day in the sun, but all types of self-propelled wheels are popular modes of transportation on the island. Circumnavigating the island will get you plenty of exercise and the chance to see the island’s various environments up close.
It’s actually several trails, some of which take you through the forest and others over the marsh. Scenic and serene, the trails highlight native plants and wildlife, and they give you a very different look at the island than the beach sides.
For inspiration and appreciation, take in the lovely gallery, primarily featuring works with Bald Head Island as their subject. Then, sign up for art lessons and get your own creative juices flowing. Group and private classes are available for all ages.
Trivia and Bingo nights are crowd-pleasers at Will o’ the Wisp, and it’s good fun for the entire family. Check the calendar for dates and times, and come hungry and thirsty. The menu includes specialty pizzas, beer and wine.
Most visitors to the island have climbed the 202-year-old structure’s 108 steps by day, but doing it at night is a unique experience. This opportunity is available on summer Thursdays only, and reservations are required.
Costumed performers lead this highly entertaining adventure, and each tells a tale more fascinating than the last. You’ll encounter lighthouse keepers and Civil War soldiers, river pilots and dastardly pirates—even the fearsome Blackbeard.
If you’re looking for a new challenge, propel yourself into Archery Camp, with full instruction from a USA-certified Archery Instructor. The emphasis is on safety, and fun! Those who graduate from Archery Camp can move on to Field Archery.
The BHI Conservancy’s programs are so creative and stimulating, the sky is literally the limit. During Cosmos and Cocoa, your stargazing experience includes the use of charts and scopes… plus, fortification in the form of a steaming mug of hot cocoa. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?
Cover 400 years of island history in two hours. This in-depth, islandwide guided tour includes admission to Old Baldy Lighthouse. You’ll learn the story of the island, from piracy and its role in wartimes, to the U.S. Life-Saving Service and its various lighthouses. You’ll also learn about its development into one of the most beloved destinations on the East Coast.
This year, Easter weekend coincides with Earth Day, giving islanders even more to observe, honor and celebrate.
Join the festivities as the Bald Head Island Conservancy kicks off their Year of the Tree initiative on their campus Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The event, which is co-hosted with Bald Head Island Limited and the Bald Head Association, is being held in celebration of Earth Day and includes a tree-planting ceremony at 12:30 to assist in the island’s recovery from Hurricane Florence. Bald Head Island Limited has donated the trees for the ceremonial planting.
Geared toward the entire family, the event includes activities and craft stations for kids. All who attend will learn from a certified arborist about the importance of trees to Bald Head Island, as well as tree identification, planting and care. You can even sign up to receive native tree seedlings to plant across the island in the fall.
As usual, the BHI Conservancy is also sponsoring many of the other weekend events, including island nature tours, kayaking the creeks, a reptile roundup, Middle Island bird watching and exploration, and the Turtle Trot run to benefit the Sea Turtle Protection Program.
For more information about BHI Conservancy programs and activities, please contact Emilee Winter at 910.457.0089 or visit www.bhic.org.
Beginning with an afternoon Maundy Thursday service in the Village Chapel, and concluding Monday morning with an island-wide litter sweep and Earth Day crafts at the Shoals Club, the five-day Easter weekend celebration on Bald Head Island will keep your whole family hopping.
Throughout the weekend, you can go on nature tours, guided kayak safaris and an organized scavenger hunt. You can take to the water in a sailboat, take part in two fun runs, and take on the competition in a doubles round-robin tennis tournament.
There will be Beach Olympics followed by a block party at the Shoals Club, a cookout at Island Passage, an oyster roast with live music at the Forest Pavilion, and shopping discounts at various businesses. You can tie dye a t-shirt, sing karaoke, and raise your voice at the Howl at the Moon Party on the beach.
On Easter Sunday itself, church services include a 6:45 a.m. sunrise service at Old Baldy Lighthouse, and more traditional services in the Village Chapel at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held behind the BHI Club’s main clubhouse between 9 and 10:00 a.m., with various times designated for different age groups. Bring an Easter basket and your camera!
Don’t forget to catch the parade of homes island-wide, an art show and reception, and a spirits and appetizers reception at the Bald Head Island Real Estate Sales marina office.
Get a complete list of all of the activities, as well as times, locations and details here. Plan an entire weekend of family fun and make some truly precious holiday memories.
The center of Bald Head Island’s social and recreational life since 1991, the Bald Head Island Club has been undergoing new construction and major renovations that will effectively double the club’s previous size. Construction on the new additions and planned remodeling began in November of 2017, with Hurricane Florence adding significantly to the renovations list in September of 2018.
With great fanfare and a lineup of fun activities, the club will celebrate its grand opening in grand style on Saturday, May 4, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. BHI Club membership is required for those attending, and all dining venues will be closed for regular service during the event. Members will enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres, new menu samples, beer and wine tastings, games, live music and more. The entire club campus will be open for tours, including golf and croquet demonstrations.
Horizons Restaurant and Family Aquatics Center
The centerpiece of the club is the new Horizons restaurant and surrounding extensive aquatics center. Bald Head Island Club General Manager Robert Norton said members submitted more than 200 names for the new restaurant.
“While we had many excellent suggestions, we felt Horizons truly captures the ambiance you will feel when looking out over the water with panoramic views and ocean breezes,” he said. The restaurant will have a resort casual menu and atmosphere, including a wraparound porch that offers views of the ocean, swimming pool, splash pad and tennis courts.
The aquatics center is so packed with liquid fun, it’s more like a water park for the entire family. It incorporates the existing swimming pool, and adds a leisure pool with chaise lounges, a children’s zero-entry pool with splash features, a large splash pad area, and waterslides from a tower that end in a plunge pool. Adjacent to the water features is a dry playground with all-new equipment.
Members can have their thirst and hunger satisfied from three separate places around the pool: a walkup snack bar window, a cabana bar serving drinks and lite fare, and the full-service Horizons restaurant and bar.
Additionally, in the clubhouse, both the Palms and Palms Terrace have been renovated, and hurricane damage repair in the Ocean Room is complete. The entire club will look brand new to kick off the 2019 season.
To learn more about Bald Head Island Club memberships, including guest memberships for renters, please contact Jennifer Allen at 910-457-7300 ext. 5004, or email@example.com.
Cooking shows with celebrity chefs have nothing on Bald Head Island’s Shoals Club. In fact, we’re offering something even more satisfying.
During Table Talk, a cooking series led by our own renowned executive chef Caitlyn Fisher, you not only get to learn how to cook delicious recipes, you get to consume the classwork.
Table Talk is a series of four events held throughout 2019, according to the schedule below. Each lasts from noon until 2 p.m., beginning with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Chef Caitlyn will cook your meal as you observe, giving you special pointers on preparation and presentation all the while. She’s happy to answer your questions during the process, and will send you home with the recipe so you can re-create it all.
While each class focuses on a particular area, all will produce a full, well-balanced meal. The cost is $50 per class, plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday, March 23: From The Garden
Chef Caitlyn has a farm-to-table background, which will be evident in this vegetable-heavy presentation. A bonus: She will even teach you how to make your own mozzarella.
Saturday, June 8: From The Sea
There’s nothing like seafood at its peak of freshness. Learn which types of fish are caught at what time of the year, and whether it comes from local waters. You can taste the difference.
Saturday, August 24: From The Pasture
In our culture, the choice of meat often sets the tone for the entire meal. Learn how to make the most of this key component and its complementary side dishes.
Saturday, November 16: From The Pantry
If you’ve ever looked in your pantry and thought you had nothing to eat, you will be surprised and motivated by what the chef can create with what you likely have on hand.
The Ingredients That Make A Great Chef
An inspired—and inspirational—chef, Caitlyn likes to take her cues from her surroundings. She chooses to focus on local ingredients whenever possible, and create dishes with an island flair for the Shoals Club’s various dining venues. Above all, she enjoys putting a new twist on recipes, often mixing unlikely ingredients to create a surprising, yet intensely satisfying, taste sensation.
For more information, or to inquire about a Shoals Club membership, contact Connie Moore, Membership and Communications Coordinator for the Shoals Club, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The great outdoors. An untethered freedom. Plenty of room to roam.
Many of the island characteristics that draw people to Bald Head Island go double for pooches.
A rare breed in beach resorts, Bald Head Island is so pet friendly, it recently was named to USA Today’s 10 Best Dog Friendly Beaches in America list (coming in at number 3!). To us, that’s kind of like taking “Best in Show” at Westminster.
Property owners, of course, usually have their dogs by their side at all times, but even renters have the option to bring Fido along. While not every rental home accommodates dogs, a great many do, and you’ll find options in every environment, from the harbor to the beaches to the maritime forest.
Speaking of the beach, your dog is welcome to walk, run and lounge on the beach while leashed, as long as he or she is well behaved and not a nuisance to people or other dogs. Etiquette is enforced on the ferry, too. Dogs are always welcome, but must ride outside the enclosed cabin.
As you travel the island, you’ll likely see dogs in bicycle baskets or riding shotgun in golf carts. They are just part of the local scene, often eliciting smiles and greetings from everyone they see.
If your pup is a party animal, check the events planner to find out if there’s a doggie meet-up happening when you’re on the island. If there isn’t a formal one scheduled, just take your pup to the island’s Dog Park and you’ll likely find plenty of canine companionship.
So if you’re planning a trip to the island, consider bringing your best friend with you. At Bald Head Island, there’s no shortage of puppy love.
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