My Favorite Beach Vacation Spot

Tell me your favorite beach spot and I will tell you mine. My husband tells me to stop sharing our favorite beach because everyone will want to go there   Then it won’t be as secluded as it is now.  But I can’t help it I love it and I know if you visit this area you will love it too.

I have been to a lot of different beaches but Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina near Wilmington is my absolute favorite.  I was going to wait and show you some updated pictures after our vacation there this year but that vacation may not happen so I will show you some I have taken through the years.

Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina. It is just East of Wilmington and is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Several years ago Mark and I were at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.  We had gone there several times and really liked it.  But this time we took a chartered boat trip up the coast about 70 miles north of Myrtle into North Carolina, and discovered Wrightsville Beach.  It looked really interesting.  Later that year before it got too cold we took a weekend off and drove to Wrightsville Beach.  We grossly underestimated the drive time.  It turned out to be about 10 hours from where we live when you add in bathroom breaks and stopping to eat.

We arrived late at night around 10:00 PM and realized that there were very few hotels on Wrightsville Beach. There were mostly beach houses.  We pulled into a hotel that offered all ocean front suites.  The Surf.  Little did we know at that time that we would be coming here for years.  Later on we also discovered Shell Island Resort, just a little ways up the beach and we loved it as well.  Shell Island is at the very end of Wrightsville Beach.  Several years ago, because of beach erosion, the Resort was in danger of totally falling into the ocean.  A huge beach restoration took place and the beach and the resort was saved.  At that time you could buy a condo for $35,000.  Mark wanted to buy one but I would not because I wasn’t sure the beach could be saved.  Well as I said it was saved and now the condos go for at least a half million.  Something my husband never lets me forget HA!!!

Because the drive is about 10 hours a few years ago we chose to fly and save some time.  We fly into the Wilmington International Airport.  It is only about 25 minutes from Wrightsville.  We rent a car and the travel time is so much easier.  That means more time on the beach.


       The beach is never overly crowded and it feels safe to walk at any time of the night or day.  If you get up early the sunrise is amazing and lots of surfers are out. 





    The Trolly Stop is a small Hot Dog stand that has been open since 1976.  They only sell hot dogs and maybe chips.  If you wait until noon to get there there will be a line out the door.  I think everyone on the beach and in town gets hot dogs at the Trolly Stop at lunch time.

Which hot dog would you pick.  I always get the North Carolina Hot Dog.

The Oceanic is our favorite place to eat.  Fresh seafood and live music and a balcony overlooking the ocean makes for the perfect place to eat.  It is also located next door to the Surf Suites and if you have one to many of the ahhhhmazing Stumbling Islanders to drink you can stumble back to your room.  HA!!

    When we are at the beach I get up before daylight so I can be down on the beach getting pictures of the sunrise.  

So that is my favorite spot to go on vacation. It may not happen this year we will just have to wait and see.  If not there is always next year.  I hope you get a chance to check it out I think you would love it. And now where is your favorite beach spot?

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!


My Trip to Ireland

Several years ago my husband and I took a trip to Ireland. During this trip we also visited Scotland, Wales and London. I will tell you about those in another post.  For this and the 10th day of my blog post challenge,  The best trip of my life, I would like to share my trip to Ireland with you.   While I can’t say for sure that it is the “best” it certainly ranks up there as one of the best.

Our first morning in Ireland we went to visit the House of Waterford Crystal.  We had a tour through the factory and got to see the crystal being made.  It was very interesting and a little scary being near all of the expensive crystal.





At one time all of Waterford Crystal was made in Ireland but now it is being produced in other countries.



Isn’t Ireland beautiful?  It was everything I expected it to be and much much more.

Next we ventured to Avoca to visit Ireland’s oldest Hand weaving Mill and watch the weavers at work.  You know how I love weaving and knitting and everything like that so I was beyond excited.  This mill is the oldest surviving working mill in Ireland today and dates from 1723.    The original whitewashed buildings of the old mill now house the store which carries an extensive selection of clothing, gifts and food.  I did have to buy several scarves and a couple of hats.   Check out more details here

The next place we visited was Glendalough.  Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow Ireland.  The early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th Century.  It was so beautiful it was one of our favorite places.  For more pictures and information check out the site here.






And from the quiet countryside into the fast paced city of Dublin.  Dublin is a beautiful city we spent some time shopping there and just checking out the sites.



We did go to the Guinness Brewing company and went to the top floor where the Oxygen bar is.  It was Halloween and it was so crowded you could not move!!!  It is on the top floor and the views are amazing.





St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

So that was the some of the highlights to our trip to Ireland. I hope you enjoyed it and if you haven’t been to Ireland you get to go one day.  I will save the days in Scotland  and London and Wales for another post because their just too good to share.

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!