Get a Fresh View at the Beach and Beyond

This fall in Wrightsville Beach, experience the things you know and love with friends, or try something new for two with unique activities. Find your early morning Zen with beach yoga on the Crystal Pier then take in fall hues on The Loop. Mild weather, fewer crowds and warm ocean temperatures still lingering from summer make it the perfect time to take an eco-tour to Masonboro Island or hang ten with a surf or SUP lesson. Find dining experiences that extend beyond your average beach fare where sea-to-table meets elevated island eats. End the day with a scenic sunset cruise then toast to the island life with craft cocktails and local brews. Escape to one of the 'South's Best Beaches' as voted by Southern Living readers as there's no better time to get away.

 

 

Autumn Highlights

A fall getaway to Wrightsville Beach promises a vacation that revolves around food, the great outdoors, ideal temperatures and an abundance of activities. Spectators can see top athletes compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, Oct. 19, starting at Wrightsville Beach and including a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. Start training now for a paddleboarding tradition, Surf to Sound, Nov. 2-3. Taste around the island during Encore Wrightsville Beach Restaurant Week where 14 participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus, Oct. 23-20. Find your Zen with Beach Yoga on the Crystal Pier, Friday-Sunday until Oct. 27. Foodies can sample all Wrightsville Beach has to offer at the annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach, Nov. 16, celebrating the island's diverse and delicious fare with over 30 food, wine and beer tasting booths.

Savor the Fresh Flavors

On a fall getaway, 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. Known for stunning Atlantic Ocean views, dine on the Crystal Pier at Oceanic or take in ocean views from the new Jetty Bar while sipping surf-inspired cocktails and noshing on sun-kissed shrimp. 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. 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. 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.

Find Your Fall Flow

It's easy to stay active and engage in wellness activities on a Wrightsville Beach getaway. Paddle out on crystal blue waters and see why Wrightsville Beach is considered one of the best "SUP hubs" in the U.S. Meditate while you float and challenge your balance with a Yoga SUP class through Wrightsville SUP. For a low impact, high-performance core workout take a SUP fitness class from Cape Fear Paddleboarding where your gym is beautiful waterways and peaceful nature. Explore more on a kayak adventure tour with Wrightsville Kayak Company to 'Money Island', where legend says a pirate's buried treasure still remains hidden beneath the sand. For land adventures, start your day with Beach Yoga on the Crystal Pier, 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.

Explore Coastal Wonders

See Wrightsville Beach from a new perspective with a variety of tours and eco-adventures. Set out with Epic Excursions on a catamaran where you'll dock on an uninhabited island to explore surrounding waterways on a standup paddleboard or dine together on a catered dinner. Eco-adventurers, bring your binoculars and travel along area waterways in search of rare, migrating bird species with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours or spend a day shell-searching and dolphin-spotting on Masonboro Island Reserve. Whether you're a nautical novice or pro, let an experienced sailboat captain sail you around the island with Wrightsville Performance Sailing or try it firsthand with a class from Blockade Runner Sailing School. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History to see exhibits showcasing the last 100-plus years of Wrightsville Beach history. Nearby, see the nearly 500-year-old Airlie Oak as you explore more than 67 acres of formal gardens and walking trails at Airlie Gardens. While strolling the beach, venture to the South End and explore the protected North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, a favorite among beach-nesting birds and sunset seekers.

Drink in the Views

Wrightsville Beach is the perfect destination for drinks with a view. Toast to the island life with panoramic ocean views at Oceanic, feel the salt breeze while sipping a cocktail like a classic frozen Jetty Punch with pineapple rum. Drink with the locals at Dockside Restaurant and take in Intracoastal waterway views from the second-story deck then hop over to The Fish House Grill for signature drinks like the 'Money Island' Shipwreck. Featuring 20 craft beer selections and gourmet burgers, Poe's Tavern is a sustainable brewpub showcasing unique photos and scripts of Edgar Allan Poe's writing decorating the walls. Next door, Lighthouse Beer & Wine offers a laidback, dog-friendly beer garden perfect for sipping local craft beer or wine. Pair your cocktails with live music at local dives like The Palm Room, spend a football Sunday at Jimmy's at Red Dogs, or people-watch from the front patio at Lager Heads Tavern. 

Places to Stay

Plan your fall getaway to Wrightsville Beach with a variety of lodging options. Indulge in full-service resorts with special amenities like bars with ocean views and fresh to table dining. Island hotels are perfect for a last-minute solo weekend getaway and offer ocean and sound-side views and walkability to all Wrightsville Beach has to offer. Or book a friends' getaway at a vacation beach home or condo rental. Find the perfect island retreat for whatever type of vacation you're seeking.