Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Recap: Bald Head Island, NC

On the east side of Cape Fear in North Carolina is Bald Head Island, a beautiful and remote village only accessible by ferry or private boat. I’ve never visited Bald Head Island until this past weekend. The beauty of the island left me wondering when I can go back, and what took me so long to get there.
Friday after work, my husband Whit and I headed to his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We went our separate ways for the evening, each off to dinner to catch up with old friends. I met my friend Rachel for dinner at CO, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant in the Market Common. CO has a location in Charleston, but I’ve actually never stepped foot inside. I was happy to check the place out and satisfy my sushi cravings. I had the Wagyu beef roll, and it was delicious!
Rachel and I had after-dinner drinks at Tupelo Honey Cafe, where my friend Erika joined us. I definitely want to make it back to try out the food there. It was a great evening spent catching up with my college girlfriends.
We rolled out of bed early Saturday morning to prepare for the day trip to Bald Head Island. We, along with seven others, went on a friend’s 42-foot Yellowfin boat, which made for a nice comfortable ride. It took us about three hours via the Intracoastal Waterway, and we enjoyed a few stops along the way.
We arrived at Bald Head Island in time to enjoy a late lunch at Mojo's on the Harbor, a casual seafood spot at the Marina that did not disappoint. 


I had the grouper BLT, a delicious fish sandwich on a brioche bun with a jalapeno-mango mayo. I managed to sneak in a few bites of Whit’s grouper sandwich, which was topped with avocado and mango salsa. Is it just me, or is seafood always better when it’s eaten outside with a water view?! 
After a filling lunch, we explored the island by golf cart, cruising the winding pathways surrounded by a semi- tropical maritime forest.  
We made our way to the beach, where beautiful homes stretched for miles along the coastline. We ladies managed to convince the guys to let us stop at a few boutiques and shops along the way. Let’s just say that not one of us left empty-handed.

After a few hours of exploring the island, we loaded back up on the boat to make our way back to Myrtle, this time cruising back on the ocean. The ride back was a little faster and a little bumpier, but still a great time.
                     
I would love to make a trip back to Bald Head in the near future. It’s such a scenic and peaceful little island with hospitable people. The remoteness of the island provides a sense of privacy, and the atmosphere is perfect for relaxing. Although we were only on the island for a few short hours, the time we were able to spend there left me yearning to go back.


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