In so many ways, time almost feels suspended on Bald Head Island. Vacations here are reminiscent of an earlier era, when families and friends spent lazy summer afternoons lingering by the shore. The island’s East, West and South Beaches stretch for more than a dozen uninterrupted miles, providing a limitless playground for kids of all ages. And simple pleasures, like sandcastle building, still rule the day.
There’s a powerful feeling of safety and security here, and older children in particular enjoy a rare opportunity to run and roam with abandon. With so many wild places to explore, there’s no time to be bored. New adventures await around every bend—paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, hiking, sailing. The list is endless.
Yes, childhood is fleeting. But you can resolve to savor each small moment. To draw out the days a little more. And to connect with each other in a meaningful way in a place like Bald Head Island. Knowing, that one day in the not-too-distant future, you’ll look back and smile.
These are truly the best of times.
This article originally appeared in Haven 2016.