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Love at First Bite

Not sure where to take your sweetie this Valentine's Day?  Don't worry, we have got you covered!  We have scoured all of Brunswick Islands for the cream of the crop fine dining experiences.  Make this year a Valentine's Day your partner will never forget!


Island Way

  • Island Way is one of Oak Island's premier fine dining experiences.  Coined for boasting "The only thing we overlook is the ocean", Island Way's oceanfront dining has some of the best views the east coast has to offer. Serving high-quality seafood, steaks, and mouthwatering soup and pasta options, this choice will do anything but disappoint your Valentine.

Salt 64

  • Salt 64 is yet another local favorite here on Oak Island. From their housemade dressing, aged center-cut steaks, fresh local seafood, and exquisite drink and dessert menu, we know this place will please any eater looking for a fine dining experience!

Koko Cabana

  • Koko Cabana is located right on the Oak Island Pier. This restaurant not only has amazing locally caught seafood but has some of the most creative dishes we have seen on this side of the Mississippi! Don't forget to try their extensive beer, wine, and signature cocktails menu!


Oliver's on the Cape Fear

  • Oliver's on the Cape Fear is where "Southern cuisine and exceptional wines and spirits meet the salubrious breezes of the Southport air". This family-owned and operated restaurant is known for its timeless menu, outstanding hospitality, and breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River.

Joseph's Italian Bistro

  • Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway, Joseph's offers delicious Italian Cuisine and a comprehensive array of premier wine and spirits. If you want romance, candlelit dinners, and authentic Italian, this is the place for you.

Ports of Call Bistro

  • You may remember this pick from the critically acclaimed movie, Safe Haven. Ports of Call Bistro not only was the home to a scene in that movie, but it is home to some of the best fine dining experiences in Southport! Their globally inspired menu is the perfect fine dining choice for adventurous eaters.


Christopher's Steakhouse

  • Christoper's Steakhouse and Seafood is a locally owned and operated business located in Leland, North Carolina. They serve hand-cut steaks, ribs that will "fall right off the bone", made-from-scratch sides, freshly baked bread, and much, much more!


Jink's Creek

  • Jink's Creek Waterfront Grille is located in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Just a quick 30-minute drive lies one of our favorite waterfront dining experiences. Jink's Creek is known for their outstanding seafood dishes, classic surf and turf, and showstopping salads.


The Oyster Rock

  • The Oyster Rock lies in Calabash, North Carolina.  This fine dining, waterfront experience will make you want to come back for more!  Their menu is made the "old school way" from scratch.  Don't miss out on their "The Hummus Dinger" and their "Chicken and the Deep Blue" plates which are highly raved about.


The Brentwood

  • Just south of the North Carolina state line lies Little River, South Carolina. Little River boasts many award-winning local restaurants and cuisine. The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro is a European-inspired restaurant that won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2022. Their use of local cuisine and flavors is a big reason why they have locals and others alike flocking to nab a dinner reservation. Their surf and turf options are not to be overshadowed by their extensive dessert menu.


An outdoor picnic is a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. Here is where you'll find the best spots around Southport.

With the warm summer temperatures and bright sunny days, the month of July is an excellent choice for National Picnic Month. It's a fantastic time to pack a basket full of food and beverages while you enjoy the lovely summer weather.

Southport is home to numerous locations that make a terrific spot for your next picnic. Our real estate agents suggest checking out these scenic picnic spots. 

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Cleaning Tips

Winter is a fantastic time to deep clean your home. Our real estate agents also recommend that you thoroughly clean your home before an open house or showing. Follow these tips to get your space cleaner than ever. 

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One of the nicest things about birding as a hobby is how willing people are to share their knowledge and resources.  Years ago we were thrilled to discover Roy Slack's book Birds of the Brunswick County Islands: Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach, North Carolina. But since it was published in 1994, it is no longer that easy to find.  Our county library has a few copies to loan and it can sometimes still be ordered online. 

The knowledgeable people at Wild Bird & Garden, who have brick and mortar stores in both Southport and Wilmington, were happy to suggest two other sources that have even more photos and maps, and include more recent data on habitat and migration routes. 

One is the authoritative source Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America published in 2016.  Don't let the serious title put you off!  It's not that expensive and the huge number of images and maps make it easy for you to identify the birds you see on the beach. 

Another great resource is Stan Tekiela's Birds of the Carolinas Field Guide, which also has a multitude of photos and a handy color-coded index in the front of the book that helps you quickly look up the bird according to the predominant color of its feathers. 

The folks at Wild Bird & Garden can be found at 105 Brown Street East in Southport (just off Howe Street, at the foot of the water tower).  Their website has a fantastic list of links that includes everything from local wildlife rescue groups to the most comprehensive national databases, user-friendly tools and even smartphone apps.  You can find them online at 

Their current hours in Southport are 10-2 Mon-Sat with curbside service, and we all look forward to the time when they can resume the tours, workshops, and other outings for which they are so well known! 

Hope to see you then!




















Brunswick County Hollywood
Brunswick County, North Carolina is one of the most picturesque areas you can find in the American Southeast. It has a magnetic quality that attracts all kinds of people: Tourists visit here from all over the world, Americans relocate here ... and television crews just can't seem to get enough of it!

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Brunswick County Where Pinterest Dreams are Made

Brunswick County beaches are among the best places you'll find to stage a wedding, and that's just one of the reasons that photos from our corner of North Carolina are lighting up Pinterest boards everywhere. When you shop homes for sale in Brunswick County, stunning seaside views are simply part of the package. There are pin-worthy homes to be found in all of Brunswick County's beachfront communities, and a wealth of outdoor entertainment options means that you will always have something new to share.

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