Planning your Bald Head Island vacation and wondering what to pack? You may want to bring your basics and favorites, but be sure to leave room in your luggage to take back some fashionable finds from the island’s boutiques and shops. They carry an excellent assortment of clothing and accessories, and you’ll be wardrobe ready in no time.
BOHO BEACH BABE
If you’re a fan of ‘60s and ‘70s fashion, you can channel your inner flower child with some cutoff jeans over a retro one-piece suit, plus some well-chosen groovy accessories. You’ll want a big, floppy hat and cool shades to help ward off the sun, and a bit of fringe somewhere… or everywhere! Slide into some comfortable shoes and bring along a cotton blanket for the beach.
WILD AT HEART
Just because you’re the outdoorsy type doesn’t mean you throw fashion out the window. Your natural beauty will shine through with a simply chic camisole, drawstring shorts and quick-drying sneaks. Of course, you’ll want your gear bag to be both practical and pretty, and you’ll need a few choice accessories to complete your ready-for-adventure look.
Whether you actually set sail or not, you can’t go wrong with a nautical look on Bald Head Island. Classic navy and white stripes are a go-to in island attire, and red accents really make the combination pop. Why not add a touch of gold, such as a square knot bracelet, and be sure your shoes won’t scuff up the deck. The anchor-themed sailcloth tote will quickly become a favorite carryall, even when you head back home.
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.
This video is a compilation of all five episodes, which feature her kid’s-eye-view of the island, with a dab of history and some fun facts thrown in.
She covers some of the island’s favorite traditions and pastimes, including the annual 4th of July golf cart parade and seasonal sunset celebrations, and takes viewers to the various island environments to explore, and engage with, the natural surroundings.
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.
While visiting Bald Head Island, you'll discover the island has a vibrant community, with plenty to offer. From restaurants in the harbor, shops in the forest, and activities island-wide, there are loads of things to do, or not do.
Check out this video to see all the island amenities.
In the final episode, host Megan winds down the season and the Kid Bits series, the way Bald Head Islanders like to wind down the day: by celebrating the sunset.
Megan invites you to join all the frivolity, from face painting to piñatas, from mermaids to pirates. There’s hula hoops and shooting hoops, live music for dancing, and a fun ghost walk for those who dare!
Don’t miss the festivities! See you around the bonfire at beach access 5 on the river!
If you’re lucky enough to be on Bald Head Island for the 4th of July, don’t miss the annual golf cart parade. To be honest, it would be nearly impossible to miss it!
Check out the full week of 2019 events here.
Red, white and blue are definitely prominent, but they make room for chartreuse, magenta and fluorescent orange as islanders and visitors decorate their golf carts according to fun and fanciful themes, from earnestly patriotic to wonderfully wacky.
Kid Bits host Megan and guest co-host Caroline give you a glimpse of the shenanigans in this video, but there’s much more to the 4th on BHI than the parade. Be sure to look into all of the activities for islanders of all ages, and join us. May the 4th be with you!
Looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do on Bald Head Island? Try looking in the acres upon acres of tidal creeks, salt marshes and maritime forest. And definitely take a peek at the Bald Head Island Conservancy’s list of programs.
Kid Bits host Megan gives you some suggestions of programs and activities, with nature being the inspiration for almost all of them, but the actual list of things to do is truly unlimited.
Let us know how you like to pass the time on Bald Head Island.
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.
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