New Experiences on the Horizon

A new year brings a wealth of new experiences in Wrightsville Beach. Perfect your skills with expanded sailing and surfing programs, see two Smithsonian traveling exhibits at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and experience the return of the gnomes at nearby Airlie Gardens. Wellness activities abound with a jog around The Loop, explore area waterways with a kayak adventure tour, and plan now for beloved events and sports competitions including the world-class Carolina Cup. It's the right time to take a time out at Wrightsville Beach. 



Wellness Themed Winter Retreat

A secret locals know is that winter is one of the best times of the year in Wrightsville Beach. You’re treated to mild temperatures, miles of breathtaking shoreline perfect for a stroll and plenty of options for both indoor and outdoor recreation. For something special with someone special, take part in the Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run: 5K, 10K and 15K on February 8 or dance the night away at the East Coast Shag Classic, February 13-16. For land adventures, start your day with a jog around the Island's scenic 2.45-mile Loop or traverse on the 10-mile River to the Sea Bikeway that starts at Johnnie Mercers Pier and ends in Historic Downtown Wilmington. Get out on the water and take in marsh and Intracoastal sights on a kayak adventure tour with Wrightsville Kayak Company or Wrightsville SUP.

Discover New Experiences

Whether you're a nautical novice or pro, sign up for a sailing class with Blockade Runner Sailing School, which recently added two new sailboats and expanded their surfing program in conjunction with South End Surf Shop. For a day of adventure, try the new Build Your Own Itinerary option with Shamrock Sailing Adventures for a custom, tailored experience with a USCG Licensed Captain to improve or learn new sailing skills. Explore Bradley Creek while learning about the rich cultural history of Airlie Gardens on the new Airlie Gardens & Bradley Creek Tour offered through Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and see two Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions: YES, now through Spring 2020 and Water/Ways, December 4 - January 19, 2021. When the museum's addition of the new historic 1924 Bordeaux Cottage is complete, it will include the Lumina Room and a Waterman Room with exhibits on boating and fishing. 

A Foodies Vacation

Indulge in fresh-to-table meals where eclectic and waterside ambiances complement unique offerings at chef-driven eateries. At EAST Oceanfront Dining, award-winning chef Jessica Cabo curates an inventive menu including fresh produce from the hotel's own garden and local seafood. With ever-changing blackboard specials like Atlantic swordfish and soft shell crabs, South Beach Grill showcases Southern-inspired dining locally-sourced from both the land and sea. Outside, patrons can enjoy the dog-friendly patio that overlooks scenic Bank's Channel. Take in ocean views from the Jetty Bar while sipping surf-inspired cocktails and noshing on sun-kissed shrimp at Oceanic Restaurant. If you're seeking comfort food with a chef-inspired twist, stop by 22 North for an array of contemporary favorites like lobster mac and cheese, shrimp n grits and fried green tomatoes. Have diner-style favorites at the recently opened Gulfstream Restaurant including biscuits and gravy, homemade corn beef hash and fried chicken. Motts Channel Seafood offers fresh-caught finds and a packed take-home cooler or order a seafood steam pot to-go from Topsail Steamer to take back to the beach house rental.

Sneak Peek into Spring

Hit the pavement during the Wilmington, NC Marathon Madness that starts in Wrightsville Beach and spans from Johnnie Mercer's Pier to historic downtown Wilmington, March 21 or take to the shore for the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship, March 28. Enjoy waves and warm days watching or competing in the Carolina Pro-Am SUP Surf, April 18-19. Considered one of the best "SUP Hubs" in the U.S., the 10th Annual Carolina Cup held April 22-26, attracts stand up paddleboarders from across the globe and offers five days of SUP expo and clinics alongside five races attracting over 900 paddlers. Go beyond the beach and enjoy a Family Explorer Day with Feel Good Fishing Charters & Adventures. The little ones love learning when it comes to the “Living Classroom” with native plants, rain gardens and more at Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center.

Places to Stay

From a couples' getaway to a family vacay, choose from a variety of lodging options at Wrightsville Beach. Indulge in one of our full-service resorts, oceanfront vacation beach homes, condo rentals, ocean and sound side hotels. You'll find the perfect island retreat for any style, so plan your getaway now.