March 29, 2008

Demo Work Begins to Make Way for the Hilton Garden Inn

Construction of the hotel is anticipated to begin within one month and should be completed within two years.

It is very exciting seeing these plans finally coming to fruition. The construction of the Marriott Fairfield Inn should also begin in the coming weeks/months.

March 23, 2008

Spring Break Travel: Carolina Beach And Kure Beach, N.C. Are Two Warm Coastal Destinations

Winter storms are still pounding in the Midwest and Northeast, but in two North Carolina coastal towns, it's time for spring break.

Carolina Beach, NC (PRWEB) March 23, 2008 -- Both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are located on Pleasure Island, just east of Wilmington, N.C. Easily accessible by car from most major cities in the Midwest and Northeast, the two towns are best known as spots for summer family beach vacations.

In spring, however, the warm sun invites visitors to lay out on the beach and work on their tans. And, winter's chill has left the ocean thanks to the nearby Gulf Stream.

Many visitors view spring as the perfect time to get in touch with the natural wonders of the Carolina coastline. The diversity of plant and animal life around the area is astounding. Coastal habitats range from salt marshes to dune-covered beaches to maritime forests.

There are miles of hiking and bike trails in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Many meander along unspoiled creeks and colorful salt marshes, making bird watching a popular pastime. Egrets and herons fish by the shores of lakes and rivers, while ospreys soar overhead in search of prey.

Some visitors hire tour guides to lead a procession of kayaks along the area's many waterways. Some take the opportunity to enjoy the natural splendor of the Gulf Stream from the deck of a fishing charter. Still others head for one of several campgrounds on the island where they can set up camp along the beach or pitch a tent within a maritime forest.

For those who love to fish, there's no better place to spend a spring vacation.

Carolina Beach offers surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing and deep sea fishing, thanks to its location at the convergence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is a great place to drop a line; it's open to the public and has a tackle shop, grill and arcade.

At nearby Kure Beach, the fishing is just as good. In fact, the Kure Beach pier enjoys an international reputation among fishermen as one of the best places to pier fish for King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder and blues.

Accommodations are so convenient that you can enjoy the pleasures of both towns when you visit. Choose from quaint family-owned beachfront motels, wonderful bed & breakfast establishments, or a towering oceanfront hotel.

Also, be sure to check out the restaurants that serve seafood fresh from the boat, or sample gourmet treats at one of several specialty shops. There are also many impressive historic sites to visit, as well as the North Carolina Aquarium.

You can learn more about these two towns at and

March 14, 2008

Improvements in Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach approved the construction of a 191-room Hilton Garden Inn at the north end of the boardwalk, to be completed by 2010. While the town council approved the permit on Tuesday night, demolition to prepare space for the project began the next day. The Seaview Motel and Kings Beachware building will be gone within two weeks.

In other welcome news in the beach town south of Wilmington, Michael’s Seafood announced it is now smoke-free, joining a growing list of restaurants moving into the 21st century.

March 13, 2008

The Blackhorn Bar & Kitchen Reviving Carolina Beach

The Carolina Beach boardwalk has a little known place where people can eat food and enjoy daily events. The Black Horn Bar & Kitchen has already established itself as a place of good food and entertainment in the two years it's been running. The restaurant rests in the center of the on-shore boardwalk displaying a daily specials board.

It was started by three college guys from Syracuse, N.Y. Now they have a mission to bring the Carolina Beach boardwalk back to life. One of them, Adam Higgins, is the manager of Back Horn.

"I think [Black Horn] offers something for people ages zero to sixty," he said.

Higgins gestured to the back of the restaurant toward the slightly hidden arcade with shelves of prizes on the wall.

Back Horn's event calendar consists of poker tournament nights, $5 sushi nights, a comedy night and live music every Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment includes such bands as Jah Creations, Daniel Parish Band and Hush Puppies.

"I want to attract the young Wilmington crowd. We hope to have about a hundred outdoor seating by April 1st…maybe even dog friendly."

Along with the live entertainment, there are more than 20 plasma televisions including private flat screens at each booth. There are both smoking and non-smoking sections for eating and drinking. The nautical themed bar offers half off all bar items every Thursday.

Higgins compared the global economy to "the global palate," that is to say a variety of foods on restaurant's menu from different backgrounds.

"I've taken my idea to another level… It's important that the food have that 'wow' factor," Higgins said.

The fusion based menu serves up dishes like the "Phat Piiilly" and "Portobello Wrap," both with homemade basil-garlic mayonnaise sauce and a side of applesauce and fries. A customer can "man up," the menu says, by adding chicken to the wrap. Some items are named after people from their college years like "Gym Girl" and "Vinny Goombatz.

"Future plans for the three owners are to build a multi-level restaurant much like Black Horn sometime next summer. The restaurant, with the possible name "Tortuga," would also be located on Carolina Beach near the Marriott hotel.

Danielle Whittington
Issue date: 3/13/08

March 10, 2008

Fort Fisher Aquarium Summer Camps--something different (and educational) for your kids

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s week-long summer camps offer a chance to learn and have fun while participating in live animal encounters, outdoor activities, and unique aquarium-specific learning opportunities. Camps are offered to children ages 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13-14. The first camp begins June 16 and camps are held throughout the summer until August 15. Each camp day lasts from 8:30am until 3:00pm. Camp is held rain or shine.

Summer Camp Registration will begin on March 10, registration applications will be available online at this time. Call 910-458-7468 or e-mail for more information.

Address: H2OWatery ecosystems are the focus of this camp. Campers explore how aquatic habitats support a variety of life, and how it all interacts to share the same space. Through fun activities and crafts, campers become junior biologists.

Life on Planet OceanWhen 70% of the planet is covered by ocean, it seems strange to call our planet “earth!” Oceans control weather, produce oxygen, and provide a home for a vast array of marine life. Campers meet and learn about the strange and beautiful creatures living in Planet Ocean through activities and crafts.

Amazing AnimalsIcy cold mountain streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and salty seas: How can animals survive in so many different places? Adaptation is the name of the game and the focus of this camp. Campers learn about and meet some of N. C. amazingly well adapted animals through field trips, games, crafts, and role-playing.

New! Coastal Crusaders for ages 13-14Teens participate in fishing, canoeing, and exploring barrier islands, among other adventures. This camp inspires learning more about, and protecting, coastal resources.

Camp Fees:
5-6,7-9 and 10-12
$180.00 for Aquarium Society members
$200.00 for non-members
$225.00 for Aquarium Society Members
$250.00 for non-members

Carolina Beach Boardwalk...Get Involved!

“Boardwalk Makeover” is a campaign to improve the Boardwalk area, bringing together the Town of Carolina Beach, Boardwalk property owners, and other island businesses and residents in a common effort. Carolina Beach has set aside $37,500 for the project, and the Boardwalk Makeover Committee is in the process of seeking additional donations – with a goal of $150,000 – to bring their vision to fruition.

In an effort to update and beautify the Boardwalk, the project will include staining the existing concrete walkways, painting benches and other fixtures with beach-themed colors, landscaping the berm on the ocean side of the Boardwalk, and other cosmetic fixes to put a shine on this gem in the center of Carolina Beach. Additionally, the Committee is working on long-term activities and events to make the Boardwalk a focal point for the island. If you would like to learn more about this effort, make a contribution, or become a volunteer, visit, or contact the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. The Committee is operating under the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 501(c)3 Foundation - The Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community.

In order to receive a 100% tax deduction all contributions - cash or in-kind - should be made out to the PI Foundation / Boardwalk Makeover. If you have any questions regarding contributions please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434
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