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Find All Your Holiday Shopping Needs In Southport

Find the perfect gifts for your friends and family with these Southport shops.

The Christmas season is here, and it's time to find those special holiday gifts for your family and friends. Our real estate agents know that Southport is a wonderful place to call home, and it's also filled with an abundance of great gift shops for holiday shopping. We want to recommend some of our favorite shops where you'll find a variety of special Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.

  • Coastal Cottage Shop
    If you're looking for a gift with coastal flair, head over to the Coastal Cottage Shop, where you'll find an assortment of lovely gifts that are everything coastal. This shop is filled with unique gifts, including upcycled furniture that's painted and upholstered, home decor items like china, linens, kitchen items, lamps, and household accessories. You'll also find an assortment of good coffee table books, custom jewelry items, artwork by local artists, and special holiday-themed gifts to celebrate the season.
  • Mad River Studio
    If you're currently living in Southport or looking for Southport homes for sale with coastal views, be sure to make Mad River Studio your first stop. This store specializes in home design for coastal living. When you walk into the store, you'll be greeted by furniture and accessory items that reflect a comfortable coastal cottage interior. You can browse the showroom for floor items or request an in-home design for someone special on your Christmas list. Before you leave, be sure to say hello to Sailor and Fish, the two adorable shop dogs who just love getting treats.
  • Magnolia's of Southport
    Magnolia's of Southport is a family-owned business that specializes in home decor and garden items, ladies' apparel, handbags, and accessories, custom jewelry from local artists, delightful greeting cards, and a variety of gifts. Magnolia's is a small comfortable shop that offers a personalized touch with lovely owners who will help you find the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Magnolia's is open year-round, so plan a holiday visit this season to find a special Christmas gift for the lady of the house.
  • Olde Southport Village Shops
    If you want to explore some unique shops with a charming atmosphere, don't miss a visit to the Olde Southport Village Shops. You can spend a relaxing afternoon browsing through a row of quaint little houses that contain everything from home décor, antiques and collectibles, artwork and hand-made pottery, hand-made jams and jellies, food and beverages, and Christmas candies and cookies. During the holiday season, you can even enjoy a Christmas festival with music, Santa, and some special holiday goodies.
  • Southport Wine Rack
    For that person on your list who has everything, plan a shopping trip to the Southport Wine Rack located in the heart of historic downtown Southport, just across the street from the Southport Water Tower. This is a quaint shop that offers a big selection of wines from around the world, as well as tasty craft and imported beers. For a special holiday gift, take a friend to a free wine-tasting event or gift them a membership to the Wine Club, which offers invitations to "Members Only" events and special discounts on bottles of wine. The Wine Rack is the perfect place for a unique holiday experience and world-class Christmas spirits.

If you're thinking about a move to Southport, contact us to explore available properties with coastal views and great amenities. Let us help you find the home of your dreams this holiday season.


Eat Like a Local: Learn to Love Oysters

Oysters in Southeastern North Carolina

Moving to the southeastern coast of North Carolina means acclimating yourself to the most beloved dishes and cuisine of the local area. For those of us in Brunswick County, and the low country of North Carolina, this usually involves falling in love with seafood. And, one of the most popular seafoods during the fall and winter is a salty, briny oyster.

Enjoy Oysters at Area Restaurants

Lucky residents of Southport, Oak Island and the surrounding areas can find these salty delicacies in numerous establishments. A few to note include:

Moore Street Oyster Bar

Earning its name from its extensive menu of oysters and fresh seafood, this popular spot can be found along the downtown streets of Southport. Pop in for a quick bite while shopping or visiting the waterfront. Be sure to order The Kathryn with artichoke, white wine, parmesan cream sauce and basil or the Simply Southern with collards, ham, and bacon topped with pimento cheese.

Shagger Jack's

Featuring an assorted menu with some quality cajun flair, Shagger Jack's is a local and tourist favorite with indoor and outdoor (dog-friendly) seating. Lightly fried oysters can be ordered as a platter with cole slaw and fries, or as a po'boy sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made remoulade.

Fishy Fishy

Seated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, boasting gorgeous sunset views is Fishy Fishy Restaurant. With dock side service available and a menu offering everything from delicious appetizers to seafood platters, you're sure to find something for the seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers in your crew! Opt for the highly-sought after seafood plate or add their mouth-watering oysters to any salad.

Island Way

Is there any other way than the Island Way? This oceanfront restaurant neighbors Ocean Crest Fishing Pier and offers some of the best views of any place in Brunswick County. Featuring steaks and seafood, be sure to stop by for a romantic dinner and to grab their oysters on the half shell before diving into your meal!

How to Open an Oyster

Enjoy Oysters at Home

Oysters can be enjoyed a variety of different ways like on the raw bar, steamed, fried or roasted. The only thing that stands in your way from devouring these filters of the ocean is the act of shucking (opening) the oysters. While the process seems intimidating, it's actually very simple.

Shuck in Six: 6 Steps to Shucking an Oyster

  1. Protect. Use a thick cloth, kitchen towel or gloves to cover and protect your hands from the sharp shells and oyster knife.
  2. Place. Using your non-dominant covered hand, hold the oyster with the hinge facing you.
  3. Pressure. Using the oyster knife, gradually apply pressure and oscillate around the hinge to try and insert the knife into the hinge of the shell.
  4. Cut. Once the knife enters the hinge of the shell, reach straight into the oyster for the adductor and make one clean cut across the adductor.
  5. Open. Using the oyster knife, open the oyster and rinse it lightly to remove any broken shell pieces.
  6. Decide. You can test the oyster by poking it around the lips to see if it's alive as it should retract. The oyster should smell fresh and like the ocean but not overly fishy or bad. If the oyster smells bad, or does not retract when poked, do not eat it. If the oyster is good to go, just decide on how you want to prepare to eat this delicacy!

Celebrate the Oyster

While oysters are technically harvested between October and March, they can be enjoyed year round. In Brunswick County, we celebrate all that is the oyster during the NC Oyster Festival. This annual family-friendly event includes everything from an oyster roast and arts and crafts festival to a full entertainment line-up and so much more!

Oyster Festival

Enjoy Oysters In Your Brunswick County Home

Living in Brunswick County is about so much more than just enjoying oysters. Whether you're looking for the perfect second home with a bit of coastal charm or you want to know what island life is all about, reach out to Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® today to learn more about living in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Be sure to check out the current available listings on our website to find your new Brunswick County dream home today! 


Discover The Best Local Craft Beer In Southport

Enjoying a night out with great food and drinks is easy in Southport. Here's where you can find the best local lagers and ales.

Southport is a historic city filled with old-world charm, maritime museums, and coastal communities with waterfront views. Although it feels like a small seaport town, our real estate agents know Southport offers homeowners a relaxing lifestyle with job opportunities, excellent schools, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Southport is a well-known vacation destination, but it's also well-known for its award-winning local craft beer. Visitors looking for Southport homes for sale are pleasantly surprised to find out that this quaint small town is home to some of the best craft beer breweries in the country.

  • Good Hops Brewing
    Good Hops Brewing is a neighborhood craft brewery located in Carolina Beach. Good Hops is a family-friendly, pet-friendly neighborhood gathering place for beer lovers. You can relax with friends and family on a comfortable outdoor patio or head to Trinity Disc Golf for a free 3 par 9-hole course located on four beautiful scenic acres of the brewery. At the Tap Room and Beer Garden, you can sample a variety of craft beers and ales with distinctive malt flavors or enjoy special seasonal beers throughout the year. Favorites include Blood Rose Belgian in the Spring, Donna Pineapple in the Summer, and Barley Wine during the holidays.
  • Silver Coast Winery
    Silver Coast Winery located in Ocean Isle Beach and Carolina Shores/Calabash is known for its great craft beers as well as its award-winning wines. Crafted by Dana Keeler, an award-winning winemaker, Silver Coast Winery has won more than 400 national and international medals for its European-style wines.

    Silver Coast Winery offers tours of the production facility, daily wine tastings, and fun family-friendly activities throughout the year. You can attend monthly sip and craft daytime or evening classes, special holiday markets, and food truck events while enjoying your favorite glass of wine. You can also purchase exclusive Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
  • Southport Tap & Cellar
    A local favorite, Southport Tap & Cellar offers an extensive list of craft beers on tap and in bottles and cans to take home. You can also enjoy weekly special events and order a variety of wines by the glass or specialty drinks served every day. Favorite Southport Tap & Cellar specialty drinks include:
    • The Southport Bloody Mary
    • Champagne Mimosa
    • Peach Man-Mosa
    • Coffee or hot chocolate spiked with O'Reilly's Irish Cream
    • Frozen slushies made with wine
  • The Pub of Southport
    Located in the heart of town, The Pub of Southport is a fun place that offers a variety of imported and domestic beers bottled or on tap, a big selection of wines, and over 90 different selections of whiskey. In addition to your favorite beverages, you can enjoy a variety of traditional Irish Pub food dishes or head to the Premier Sports Bar with 8 HD TVs and nearly every sports package available. The Pub also hosts a number of frequent live performances from local musicians.
  • Wine Rack
    If you're visiting historic downtown Southport, stop by the Wine Rack directly across the street from the Water Tower. The Wine Rack is a quaint shop with a unique selection of wines and craft beers. You will find a variety of American wines as well as wines from France, Spain, Italy, and Australia at affordable prices. If you prefer craft beer, they have a wide assortment of hard seltzers, hard ciders, and sours, as well as 6 brews on tap every day. You can even order a keg for a party.

If you're looking for your dream home in Southport, contact us so we can help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.


Find Delicious Pasta Dishes In Southport With These Restaurants

Pasta dishes can be great comfort food, and these Southport restaurants are serving up imaginative plates using this simple ingredient.

Everybody has their own pasta favorite. With October 17th being National Pasta Day, it's time to celebrate at a good Italian restaurant. If you are planning on moving to the Southport, North Carolina area, our real estate agents can give you a head start. They know many of the most popular Italian eateries in the area and often recommend them to their clients.

  • Bella CucinaBella Cucina offers authentic Italian food for both dining-in and carry-out orders. For almost 20 years, the De Meo family has been preparing Tuscan-style cuisine using recipes that have been passed down for several generations.

  • Falcone's Italian Restaurant SouthportFalcone's Italian Restaurant Southport offers a full menu of Italian foods, including a variety of pasta dishes. When you want a good, filling meal, bring the entire family to Falcone's. If you prefer to eat at home after a long day, call in for a carry-out order. For over 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has been providing authentic Italian food to Southport area residents.

  • Bambini's Italian RestaurantBambini's Italian Restaurant has quickly earned a reputation for being the best Italian restaurant in the Southport area. The restaurant opened in 2018 and offers a variety of pasta dishes, Italian favorites, and specialty desserts. They even offer the most authentic New York Style pizza in North Carolina. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. It's a great place to take the whole family or if you want to spend a little quiet time with your significant other.

  • Castucci'sCastucci's is an Italian eatery that never ceases to amaze. The chef is also the owner and uses his own family recipes to create some of the best Italian food in the area. If you are out looking at Southport homes for sale, Castucci's is where to go to relax and wind down after a long day of house hunting. Your kids have their own menu, and you have the option of dining in or ordering carry-out. The atmosphere is inviting, and everyone is sure to have a good time.

  • Joseph's Italian BistroJoseph's Italian Bistro sits on the edge of the water and is ideal for private parties or if you want to take your loved one out on a special date. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, and if you want special treatment, you can become a VIP! Authentic Italian cuisine is something to rave about. You can also choose one of their many wines to add to your dinner.

If you live in the Southport area or are thinking about moving, contact our agents right away. They can fill you in on all of the best Italian restaurants and show you several houses that meet your specifications. All of our agents have years of experience and know Southport and the surrounding communities. When you want to find a home, choose a realtor that offers a personal touch! We will always go the extra mile to ensure the home that best suits your needs.


Find The Best Fried Rice With These Southport Restaurants

Fried Rice is a favorite dish among many Asian restaurants. Here's where you can find tasty fried rice in Southport.

Southport, NC, offers a wealth of dining options, including flavors and cuisines from all over the globe. There's great food here for every taste, and if you have a hankering for some next-level fried rice, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Asian restaurants in Southport!

  • Asian Taste - 1671 N Howe St STE 3, Southport, NC 28461
    Known for its modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes, Asian Taste has become a staple of the Southport area. Located a stone's throw from many Southport homes for sale, their menu offers old standards alongside unique specialties, all made by talented chefs using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. The fried rice at Asian Taste is excellent, and the Young Chow Fried Rice, made with chicken, pork, and shrimp, is a particular favorite.

  • Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar - 1643 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You'll find some of the best sushi in Southport at Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar, but their wide-ranging menu also includes a lot of classic Chinese and Korean dishes, all prepared to perfection. Their gourmet fried rice is really outstanding and is available with beef, chicken, shrimp or vegetables. If you can't decide which variety you want, go for the House Fried Rice, which has all of the above! Everything is made fresh to order and served in their welcoming, laid-back space. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar also has a great beverage menu, which includes several types of sake and Japanese beer.

  • Indochine Express - 1131 N Atlantic Ave, Southport, NC 28461
    A long-running favorite in Wilmington, Indochine Express has opened up a second location here in Southport, and they could not be more welcome! This eatery serves a melding of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, and their menu is packed with amazing options like Pad Thai, Hokkein Hot Noodles, and Yum Yum Chicken. The Thai-style fried rice at Indochine Express is made with fried egg and onions, and comes with your choice of pork, chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu, or vegetables.

  • Taste of China - 4956 Long Beach Rd SE #17, Southport, NC 28461
    Sandwiched between a laundromat and a smoke shop in an unassuming strip mall, Taste of China is a classic hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant that serves outstanding food. Their menu is packed with all the staples you'd expect to find in an American Chinese restaurant, from Lo Mein to Wonton Soup. You simply can't go wrong, and their chicken, shrimp, beef, and roast pork fried rice are all great choices. Taste of China is primarily a to-go restaurant, but some seating is available.

  • Tengu Japanese Steakhouse - 4956 Old Long Beach Rd SE #8497, Southport, NC 28461
    You have a lot of options at Tengu Japanese Steakhouse, a fun, funky hibachi and sushi restaurant in Southport. They serve an excellent selection of sushi, as well as classic hibachi dishes prepared by the chef on a flat-top grill in full view of the dining room. They have great fried rice, which can be ordered as its own dish, or as a side with any of Tengu's lunch and dinner hibachi grill entrees. Tengu Japanese Steakhouse also has a great kids' menu for children 12 and under, making this a great spot for a fun family meal in Southport.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Southport area! And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family on the North Carolina coast.


Dive Into National Cheeseburger Day With These Southport Staples

It's hard to beat a classic cheeseburger. Here's where you can find the best in Southport.

National Cheeseburger Day is one of those holidays that our real estate agents can really get behind. We're lucky to have some really exceptional burger restaurants here in the Southport, NC area, and in honor of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, we're here to share our favorites!

  • Blue Cow Grille - 108 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    Some of the best burgers in Southport are served at Blue Cow Grille. This Moore Street favorite is owned and operated by John and Sheila Barbee, the same husband-and-wife team who have been running Dry Street Pub and Pizza — another Southport staple — for more than 20 years. Blue Cow Grille is located just minutes from these Southport homes for sale, and offers 10 different variations of their classic American burger. The "D'Wight Yolk-Um", topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, mayo and a fried egg, is a perennial favorite.

  • Eric's Grille- 1671 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Sandwiched between a smoothie joint and an Asian fusion restaurant in a local strip mall, Eric's Grille would be easy to pass right by. But that would be a mistake. This hole-in-the-wall establishment with classic retro-diner vibes serves up some killer comfort food, including some of the best burgers around. The ambiance here are straight out of the 1950s (with prices to match), whether you want a classic hamburger or a fully-loaded double bacon cheeseburger with all the fixins.

  • Trolly Stop - 111 S Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    With a handful of locations across North Carolina, Trolly Stop is famous for their hot dogs. They offer all-beef hot dogs, turkey franks and even vegetarian dogs, with all the toppings you could possibly imagine. But Trolly Stop also makes perfect hamburgers and cheeseburgers too. And hey, if you can't decide whether you want a hot dog or hamburger, nobody's going to stop you from getting one of each!

  • Fat Andy's Burgers - 4655 Long Beach Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461
    There's just something about an old-school burger shack like Fat Andy's Burgers that can't be beat. This local favorite serves up next-level burgers from a tiny, unassuming shack with a scattering of picnic tables outside. The burgers are made to order with 100% ground chuck, and the hand-cut French fries that come with it are some of the best in town.

  • Locals Restaurant - 832 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You'll find no shortage of classic American comfort food at Locals Restaurant, a traditional family diner that lives up to its name as a local hangout spot. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and their burgers are cooked to perfection and topped American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and onion, and served with your side of choice. And if you're in the mood to try something different, check out the shrimp burger or oyster burger.

  • The Saucy Southerner - 503 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    A great local breakfast and lunch spot specializing in mouth-watering Southern home cooking, The Saucy Southerner has quickly become one of Southport's go-to destinations for a great burger. The Saucy Goat Burger — topped with fried green tomato, lettuce, goat cheese and pepper jelly on a grilled brioche bun — is a real highlight of the lunch menu. The Creamy Patty Melt is another sure-fire winner, and the Saint George provides an excellent vegetarian option.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Southport area, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home on the North Carolina coast!


Find The Best Wine And Dinner In Southport

Looking for an unforgettable evening out? Here are the local restaurants to make a reservation.

Now that you're settling into the house you chose from Southport homes for saleyou're going to want to get out and see what's available locally — particularly when it comes to wining and dining. Maybe you did some scouting before you bought your home, just so you'd know what's a short drive from home base for dining and entertainment. But if you've been too busy getting moved in to explore, our real estate agents can help. Have a look at some of the top spots for wine and dinner in Southport.

  1. Ports of Call Bistro. 116 N. Howe St., Southport 
    Love fine handcrafted cuisine? Look no further than Ports of Call Bistro. What exactly is a bistro? It can signal a wide range of menu offerings, from steaks to more exotic fare, but usually, it's what we think of as world cuisine. As the name implies, Ports of Call Bistro offers inspired cooking every season, from morning to night. This summer, don't miss the brunch, with a couple of twists on traditional Eggs Benedict; likewise Crepes; lunch (try the seafood BLT); and finally, dinner, where no matter what part of the world your palate wants to take you, you will find a great wine to pair with your entree.

  2. Southport Wine Rack. 102 W. Brown St., Southport
    Southport Wine Rack is a cozy place for a glass of wine, be it outdoors with your doggo or inside, ordering from the extensive wine and beer menu. Snacks are available with the wine and beer, or order from the food truck nearby. An excellent place for a wine lover.

  3. Edgewater 122. 122 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport
    There's lunch and Sunday brunch, as well as dinner. Plan on pairing wine or bubbly stuff with any of these meals. Let's look at the food first. Opt for some bistro-style starters and salads. For brunch, how about Chef's Benedict, Turkey Melt, Steak and Eggs, or Shrimp and Grits? For dinner, try Market Fish (after all, you're at the water's edge), Pan Roasted Salmon, Ribeye Steak, or Jumbo Shrimp. Edgewater 122 is also known for its beautiful views, scrumptious cocktails, and great selection of wines.

  4. Moore Street Oyster Bar. 110 East Moore St., Southport
    Moore Street Oyster Bar
    is an oyster pub specializing in Southern coastal cooking. Every day has an oyster du jour offering, plus toothsome pub fares such as Buffalo Chicken, Black and Blue Burger, Fried Crawfish and Langostino Poorboy, and much more. Wash those Southern-fried favorites down with a glass of delicious wine, a handcrafted cocktail, or one of their hard-to-get bourbons.

  5. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar, 1643 N. Howe St., Southport
    In the mood for something lighter? Try Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar. You'll find all your sushi favorites, imaginatively named, like Godzilla Roll (soft-shell crab, cucumber, and avocado) or Scorpion King (soft shell crab, avocado, and cucumber topped with pepper seared tuna). The gourmet menu features typical Chinese or tempura dishes. Alcohol is served, but you can order takeout and take it home and pair it with some rice wine (sake).

  6. Joseph's Italian Bistro. 5003 O'Quinn Boulevard, Southport
    Of course, Southport has delectable Italian food. We highly recommend Joseph's Italian Bistro, with Steamed Clams or Saffron Mussels for appetizers; traditional pasta faves like Linguine Ala Carbonara or Eggplant Parmigiana; then some special seafood dishes such as Linguine and Clams (or Mussels), Chicken or Veal or Steaks. Ask for a recommendation for pairing a delectable red, white, or sparkling wine.

You've got lots of choices when it comes to wining and dining in Southport. Any other questions? Contact us today.


Southport Local Arts To Explore Your Creativity

Southport is full of creativity and artistic expression. These are the spots to see Southport art on display.

Whether you're searching for a new home or making improvements to your existing residence, creativity helps you open your mind and expand your problem-solving skills. Tap into your creative side by visiting some of Southport's top destinations for art, music, and crafts. Our real estate agents suggest exploring these inspired spots in the Southport area.

  • The Artshak
    Located at 822 N Howe St., The Artshak is filled with a variety of visually appealing art, including paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, accessories, home decor, and sculptures. The pieces are available for purchase, allowing you to support local small businesses and artists.

    Spend time enjoying all that The Artshak has to offer, or pick up a few pieces to add an artistic touch to your home. 
  • Franklin Square Gallery
    Franklin Square Gallery is located in the historic district of downtown Southport at 130 E. West Street. The gallery is run by artists and hosts regular events, including art shows, art classes, workshops, art history lectures, and charity events. Over 100 artists display their work at Franklin Square Gallery.

    Take a break from touring Southport homes for sale and visit the gallery on the first Friday of every month for music and other entertainment, along with a chance to meet and chat with some of the artists who have their work on display. 
  • The Amuzu Theatre
    The Amuzu Theatre is a family-owned business in Southport with a variety of shows and performances, including stand-up comedians, musical shows, and movie viewings.

    Many films have used The Amuzu Theatre as a filming location, including the famous 90's slasher flick "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Visit The Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. 
  • Angelwing Needle Arts
    Check out Angelwing Needles Arts at 507 N. Howe St. for everything that you need to learn or enhance your needlework skills. This fun craft store sells supplies and patterns for knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting. 
  • The Pub of Southport
    The Pub of Southport is more than just a place to relax with friends while you enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and a glass of ice-cold craft beer. Located at 1513 N. Howe St. at Suite 10, The Pub frequently hosts live bands. Sit back with a whiskey, beer, or bourbon, and let the music inspire your creativity.

In addition to its gorgeous natural scenery and delicious restaurants, Southport is home to a number of creative spots that appeal to a variety of interests.

Ready to call Southport your home or ensure you always have a vacation home waiting for you? Contact us today to start your search!


Only In Southport: The Attractions You Don't Want To Miss

The local sights are one of the biggest draws for why people move to a certain place. Here are some of the great things you can expect from Southport.

For those new to the Southport area, congratulations! Not only do you have your new home from Southport homes for sale to enjoy, but you've also got myriad attractions nearby. The area is a gateway to wonders, with beaches, a maritime town, fishing, golfing, kayaking, and exciting historical and cultural attractions. Whether you're outdoorsy or more of a shopping/dining aficionado, you can find something that will call to you at Southport.

Our real estate agents have put together a brief compilation of some top attractions to get you started in your explorations.

  1. Discovering Southport's history.
    Getting a feel for the history of this interesting maritime town will help orient you better. Start with the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors' Center for maps and brochures that will help you take a self-guided walking tour. From Fort Johnston, see homes, churches, the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum, City Hall, Old Smithville Burial Grounds, and the River Pilots Tower. Don't forget the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, where you can learn about the natural and cultural history of this unique area, including indigenous mariners, commercial fisheries, and sailing and steam vessels. Oh, and there's a charming river walk too.

  2. Lighthouses, lighthouses, lighthouses.
    Price's Creek Lighthouse. Located on private land, the lighthouse is best viewed from the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry.
    Oak Island Lighthouse,
     300a Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC
    Bald Head Lighthouse, 101 Light House Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC
    If you've never visited a lighthouse, you're in for a treat. The Southport area has them in abundance. You might start with Price's Creek Lighthouse (26 feet tall), which was built in 1849, but has been in ruins since the Civil War. A more modern lighthouse can be seen at Oak Island (153 feet tall), near the town of Caswell Beach and near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The Cape Fear River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean in this area, has been crucial to the development of Southport. Visit Bald Head Lighthouse (called Old Baldy, it stands 110 feet), via ferry to Bald Head Island.

  3. Riding the ferries.
    North Carolina runs an extensive ferry service from the mainland. If you'd like to give it a try, set out from Southport and visit historic Fort Fisher, key to the South's efforts to supply Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia with supplies during the Civil War, or to Bald Head Island.

  4. Eating and Drinking, Southport style. 
    There are many fine eateries in Southport, but here are a few the locals love: 
    Oliver's on the Cape Fear, 101 West Bay St., Southport. Southern charm and epicurean fare.
    Joseph's Italian Bistro, 5003 O'Quinn Blvd., South Harbour Village Marina, Southport. Fine wine and scrumptious Italian cuisine with a spectacular sunset.
    Southport Smokehouse, 1102 N Howe St., Southport. Low-key, served from the counter, classic BBQ plates.
    Mr. P's Bistro, 309 N Howe St., Southport. Fine seafood for the discriminating palate.

  5. On the beaches in Southport.
    If serious beach time is your idea of recreation, look no further than Oak Island and Caswell Beach. Oak Island's beach will put you in mind of what an old-fashioned trip to the beach used to be like. There are 60 public beach access points, a couple of ocean piers and plenty of outfitters from whom you can rent equipment. Quiet Caswell Beach, less populous than many North Carolina beaches, offers a stroll or snooze on the sand and surf-casting.

We're thrilled you've chosen or are considering choosing a home in Southport and want you to make the most of the recreational opportunities. Need more tips? Contact us today.


St Patty's In Southport: The Best Places To Celebrate

Are you celebrating St. Patty's Day this year? Here are the Southport spots you don't want to miss for the holiday.

Looking for a place to celebrate this Saint Patrick's Day? You're in luck. The Southport area is home to some great local watering holes. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to enjoy a frosty pint on St. Patty's Day in Southport!

  • Dry Street Pub & Pizza - 101 E Brown St, Southport, NC 28461
    In addition to making some of the best pizza in Southport, Dry Street Pub & Pizza is always reliable when you need a fun, laid-back hangout spot. They also feature an ever-evolving selection of 60-plus beers, including import, craft and domestic. Chances are, whatever you prefer to sip on, you'll find it here. Dry Street Pub & Pizza is located within walking distance of several prime Southport homes for sale, and they have an excellent outdoor patio in the shade of the Southport Water Tower.

  • Moore Street Oyster Bar - 110 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    It should come as no surprise that Southport offers some truly great seafood restaurants. Moore Street Oyster Bar leads the pack, with fresh oysters, steamer pots, and excellent fish n' chips. Oysters are served half a dozen different ways at Moore Street Oyster Bar; and if you just can't decide, they offer a sampler platter that includes a few of each. If you want a cold one to wash them down, rest assured that Moore Street has a great beer selection, which includes Guinness on draft.

  • The Pub of Southport - 1513 N Howe St, Suite 10, Southport, NC 28461
    The Pub of Southport is a classic Irish pub. They serve over 60 varieties of whiskey and offer an array of draft beers that usually include a few Irish staples like Smithwick's, Guinness and Harp Lager. Established in 2009, the Pub of Southport is always a friendly neighborhood haunt. They serve traditional Irish pub fare (shepherds' pie, fish n' chips) as well as American bar food (burgers, shrimp po'boys) and often host live music. Their motto is the Irish phrase céad míle fáilte, which translates to "a hundred thousand welcomes."

  • Southport Tap and Cellar - 827 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you're a craft beer aficionado, you should definitely make visiting Southport Tap and Cellar a priority this St. Patrick's Day. With over 20 rotating taps, Southport Tap and Cellar always has a fantastic selection of draft beers ready to pour, many of them coming from regional micro-brewers right here in North Carolina. They keep well over 100 varieties of bottles and cans on deck too, and have an excellent selection of wines from around the world. This is definitely the best place in town to find something new and exciting to sip on.

  • Oasis Bar & Grill - 8039 River Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461
    A beloved local watering hole, Oasis Bar & Grill serves up cold drinks and tasty pub grub in a cozy, welcoming space. What more could one ask for? This is a place where a lot of locals gather for lunch or after-work drinks. The menu is packed with staples like wings, burgers, po'boys and quesadillas and coconut shrimp, all prepared to perfection. The staff is always friendly, and the bar serves up a revolving selection of draft beer. Fish n' chips is the menu special most Fridays, and you can count on Guinness being on tap for St. Patty's Day!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Southport, North Carolina! When you're ready to find your dream home on the Carolina coast, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.


The Best American Eats In Southport

American cuisine is all about comfort. Here are the best local spots to visit as the cold weather rolls in.

Thousands of people love to travel to Southport each year, and some even make it their home. Southport is famous for its charming atmosphere, serene ocean breezes, and gorgeous scenery; it's also a fantastic spot to grab delicious American eats.

Our real estate agents suggest taking a few hours to enjoy some of Southport's top eateries. Here are a few can't-miss spots.

  1. Oliver's on the Cape Fear
    As the name suggests, Oliver's on the Cape Fear is a waterfront restaurant that offers stunning views of the Cape Fear River. Take in the views from the outside terrace, or opt for a seat in the inviting indoor dining room. The menu includes classic Southern cuisine, like shrimp and grits and hush puppies. Or, try a fresh seafood dish, like the Calabash "Cape Fear" seafood platter that includes fried shrimp, oysters, and flounder.

    Don't leave without grabbing dessert! The salted caramel ice cream or burnt sugar bourbon ice cream are terrific treats on a hot summer day. Oliver's on the Cape Fear accepts reservations, and it offers gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.
  1. Mr. P's Bistro
    Mr. P's Bistro is located at 309 N. Howe Street in the lower Cape Fear area. Reservations are recommended. This casual spot is a family-owned restaurant that's over 60 years in the making. Stop by when you're in the mood for a slab of prime rib or a plate of fresh seafood.

    Start your meal with crispy fried green tomatoes or a platter of oysters. Or, grab a bowl of Smith Island seafood okra gumbo or low country clam chowder. Try one of the wine offerings from Mr. P's Bistro's extensive wine list, or sample one of the special martinis.
  1. Blue Cow Grille
    Not in the mood for seafood? Stop by the Blue Cow Grille for one of the best burgers in Southport! The Blue Cow Grille is operated by a husband and wife culinary team and is located in a late 19th-century historical building. Customers rave about the unique atmosphere and eclectic decor, such as the handmade stained glass blue cow that greets them when they arrive.

    Though burgers are a customer favorite, the Blue Cow Grille also serves a variety of salads, tacos, and sandwiches. A basket of home-fried chips or fried pickles is the perfect complement to your meal.
  1. Moore Street Oyster Bar
    Take a break from hunting for Southport homes for sale and check out the Moore Street Oyster Bar. The restaurant is situated in a historical building at 110 East Moore Street that dates back to the late 1800s. It's a great spot for an appetizing meal, cold beverage, and great conversation. Moore Street Oyster Bar is an oyster pub that offers a variety of hard-to-find bourbons, including Angels Envy, Michters 100 Year, and Pappy 12 Year (while supplies last). They also serve an extensive menu of wines and craft beer.

    The menu includes steamer pots of clams, snow crab, mussels, king crab, oysters, or shrimp. You can even choose your own seasonings and create your own steamer pot.

Ready to find your new coastal home? Contact us today to start your search!


Local Businesses On Howe Street You Have To Visit

Local businesses are one of the best ways to get to know a place. Here are Howe Street staples you should visit in Southport.

One of our real estate agents' favorite things to do in Southport is perusing the many great local businesses in the city. Local business is often one of the biggest factors that makes a place unique, with one-of-a-kind products, and more importantly one-of-a-kind people you just can't find anywhere else. This is true for Southport, and the best place you can see this for yourself is on Howe Street. Cutting straight through the heart of Southport before finishing right on the water, Howe Street is the perfect display of what makes Southport so great to the people who live here. And if you're in the mood for shopping or just for finding something new, look no further than these uniquely Southport businesses.

Southport Cheese Shoppe - 417 N Howe Street

Not many people can say they've been to a store dedicated entirely to cheese, which is why you have to stop into Southport Cheese Shoppe. They carry nearly 50 fine cheeses from around the world, so whether you want something smooth and buttery or a little funky, they'll have just the cheese for you. This Southport staple carries more than just cheese though — they have spreads, honey, jams, balsamic vinegar, and imported olive oil, so you can spruce up your cooking endeavors in a number of ways. You'll also find a variety of Italian meats that pair perfectly with your cheese selection.

Spike's Dairy Bar - 201 N Howe Street

If you're itching to satisfy your sweet tooth, Spike's Dairy Bar may be the place to go. They serve delicious soft serve as well as locally homemade ice cream, shakes, floats, and more. Unlike what you might find in the supermarket, Spike's Dairy Bar is meticulous in its ingredient selection, so you have only the best ice cream experience. You can't go wrong with the classics like chocolate or vanilla, but if you want something a little more adult, try out the mocha cappuccino ice cream.

Silver Coast Winery - 105 S Howe Street

What could be better than sipping some wine and then taking an evening stroll on the beach? Silver Coast Winery wouldn't stay in business without the amazing work of award-winning winemaker Dana Keeler. This expertise and experimentation leads to some of the most robust and delicious European-style wines. You can take a tour of the production facility and enjoy a daily tasting of your choice. If you're viewing Southport homes for sale, this is a great way to cap off the night.

Angelwing Needle Arts - 507 N Howe Street

If you're into crafts, you have to stop by Angelwing Needle Arts. They specialize in everything needlework, so you'll find tools and supplies for knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting, and more. Their assortments are wide and top of the line, and their expert staff can help you regardless if you're a knitting master or you just started. There's no need to visit a chain retailer for your hobby needs when you can support Southport locals and receive the best service this city has to offer.

These are just a handful of the wonderful things you can experience on Howe Street. For More information on local businesses as well as help buying and selling homes in the Southport area, contact us today.


Chill This Summer With Southport Local Ice Cream

Is the summer sun a little too warm? Cool off with these local Southport ice cream shops.

Things really heat up during summertime in the Southport area, and our real estate agents have the perfect solution. Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at one of these great local ice cream shops!

  • Flava's Ice Cream Shop - 310 W Bay St, Southport, NC 28461
    One of Southport's favorite places for something cold and sweet, Flava's Ice Cream Shop offers a great selection of ice cream flavors, from classics like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry to more adventurous options like Nutty Coconut and Death By Chocolate. They make some killer sundaes too. Flava's serves Maola Ice Cream, which is locally sourced from North Carolina dairy farms. You'll find them right across from The Provision Company — a great spot for dinner and drinks—and a stone's throw from these Southport homes for sale.

  • Spike's Dairy Bar - 201 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Spike's Dairy Bar is a beloved local hangout in Southport, and for good reason. Not only do they offer a great selection of their own homemade hard ice cream, but also more than 10 soft serve flavors and about 20 flavors of shaved ice. One of Spike's specialties is the Eskimo, which is soft-serve ice cream topped with your choice of shaved ice. Yum. And if you're looking for something more substantial, they also serve up some killer hot dogs and chili dogs.

  • Chuck's Homemade Ice Cream Parlour - 5021 Southport Crossing Wy. STE 302, Southport, NC 28461
    It's an understatement to say that the folks at Chuck's Homemade Ice Cream Parlour know a thing or two about dessert. They craft truly next-level homemade ice cream here, including a wide variety of both hard and soft ice cream flavors. Dipped soft serve is one of their staples, and you can get your chocolate, vanilla or twist soft-serve cone dipped in a crunchy chocolate, cherry, or blue raspberry shell. Chuck's also makes some of the best milkshakes in town, along with ice cream cakes, homemade ice cream sandwiches and a host of other treats.

  • Burney's Bakery of Southport - 808 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You might not think of a bakery as the first place to go when you want ice cream, but Burney's Bakery of Southport offers more than cakes and pies. They also provide a great selection of ice cream, and it goes without saying that any of their amazing pies — available in personal and family sizes — are better with a scoop of ice cream on the side. Burney's makes excellent milkshakes as well, and one of their donuts or croissants with a cup of coffee is a great way to start your day in Southport!

  • Lil & John's Sweetreat Ice Cream - 6324 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Lil & Jon's Sweetreat Ice Cream is a great ice cream option on the picturesque Oak Island, which is separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. This family-owned creamery opened its doors in 2016, and they quickly established themselves as one of the best homemade ice cream shops in the area. Located just minutes from many Oak Island homes for sale, Lil & John's offers at least 16 rotating ice cream flavors, including creative options like Mint Oreo and Champagne Mango. Their ice cream contains no artificial flavors or colors, and is made using only dairy from grass-fed North Carolina cows.

As much as we love cooling off with an ice cream cone during the hot summer months, we also happen to think Southport is a very special place to call home in any season. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Southport area!


Explore Downtown Southport

Downtown Southport has a character of its own, one you should explore now! Here are the places to visit.

There's a lot to see and do in Southport! With a vibrant Downtown district just footsteps away from the water, Southport offers all kinds of fun shopping and dining options. Sometimes our real estate agents just like to walk around Downtown Southport and take it all in, and these are some of our favorite local businesses to check out.

  • Old Southport Village Shoppes - 1102 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    True to their name, the Old Southport Village Shoppes really do give the impression that you're exploring a tiny village. Each of the small, cozy shops along the village "street" are packed with a wide selection of local goods, mostly of the handmade variety. You'll find everything from crafts and decor to artisan soaps, candy, and preserves. The shops are located a stone's throw from many beautiful Southport homes for sale, and exploring them is always a unique experience.

  • Cape Fear Jewelers - 102 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    Offering a beautiful and ever-changing collection of jewelry in a wide range of styles, Cape Fear Jewelers is a great place to find souvenirs of your time in Southport. Their collection includes one of the region's largest selections of charms and nautical-themed jewelry. The shop is also a favorite local destination for bridal jewelry, and in-house jewelers are available for custom orders and repairs.

  • Bella Cucina - 5177 Southport-Supply Rd SE, Southport, NC 28461
    A fun dining experience is always on the menu at Bella Cucina. This beloved Italian eatery provides a great blend of classy and casual in its warm, welcoming space. They serve up some of the best pizza in Southport, not to mention fresh, locally-caught seafood dishes. The chef chooses the featured fish of the day depending on what's available in season, but you can always count on freshness and quality.

  • Bullfrog Corner - 101 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    It really is all fun and games at Bullfrog Corner, a funky local shop that specializes in sweet treats, entertaining games and novelties. They sell old-fashioned candy by the pound and keep a unique assortment of toys, games and puzzles in stock. Spending some time in Bullfrog corner is a must if you're visiting Southport with kids, but grown-ups are sure to have a good time as well, especially those with a sweet tooth!

  • Boo & Roo's - 112 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    A colorful boutique with gifts for all occasions, Boo & Roo's is always full of surprises. From jewelry and handbags to wind chimes and home decor, it's one of the most enjoyable shops to take your time browsing through. They've also been voted the best gift shop in Brunswick County. And although Boo & Roo's is a gift shop first and foremost, they also carry a lot of handy items for family trips to Southport, including beach essentials and an extensive baby department.

  • Moore Street Market - 130 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    One of Southport's favorite breakfast, brunch, and lunch spots, Moore Street Market is the perfect place to start your day or refuel while you're out and about. They make some seriously killer sandwiches and salads, and their breakfast sandwiches are especially tasty. Moore Street Market also serves organic coffee and espresso from the Raleigh-based roaster Larry's Beans, and you might just recognize their storefront from its appearance in the 2013 Nicholas Sparks film Safe Haven.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Southport, NC, and be sure to ask our real estate agents how we can help you find your dream home on the North Carolina coast!


Find Vintage Decor With Southport Antique Stores

You never know what you'll find in an antique store. But with these Southport shops, you'll definitely find something special.

Our real estate agents love talking to clients about their plans for decorating their new homes. While there's nothing wrong with modern decor, it's always so much fun to visit local vintage and antique stores searching for one-of-a-kind finds. Whether you're still exploring Southport homes for sale or you're already settled into your home, we recommend taking a look at some of the great shops in the area. Each shop listed below is located near Waterfront Park. We recommend stopping by to visit each one and making a day of exploring the area.

  • Timeless Treasures and Unique Gifts: 122 E Moore St. Southport, NC 28461
    This shop's name says it all! Timeless Treasures and Unique Gifts is a wonderful gem full of unique and beautiful items for your home. You never know what you're going to find in this quaint, two-story store.

    There's often a variety of furniture, collectibles, glass, china, crystal, and more. The owner is extremely friendly and will be happy to help you find anything you have in mind.
  • Old Elegance Antiques: 120 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461
    Located just next door to Timeless Treasures, you'll find Old Elegance Antiques. This shop always has a varied selection of items, including vintage painted furniture, lighting, artwork, and more.

    They often take buying trips to England, so you can expect to find a selection of British antiques and items throughout the store. The inventory is constantly changing, so you could visit again and again and never get bored!
  • Northrop Mall: 111 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461
    For an exciting shopping experience, you can't beat Northrop Mall. This is so much more than an antique store! They host over 30 vendors who offer everything from vintage, farmhouse, and coastal decor to memorabilia and collectibles.

    When you visit this shop, you're sure to find everything you need to make your house feel more like home.  
  • Talefeathers: 105 S. Howe St. Southport, SC 28461
    For the perfect mix of old and new, head over to Talefeathers. This shop specializes in vintage items as well as hand-painted furniture, home decor, and gifts. Here, you'll find everything unique, antique, and shabby chic.

    Some of the items they offer include quirky bath products, bright, bold artwork, hats, bracelets, and other accessories, and more. We're sure this will quickly become one of your favorite stores.
  • NC Plantation Antiques: 315 N. Howe St. Southport, SC 28461
    You definitely won't want to miss the experience of shopping at NC Plantation Antiques. This single-dealer antique shop hand-selects every item and focuses on the unique and unusual. Their inventory often includes furniture, china, pottery, glass, quilts, books, vintage clothing, jewelry, and more.

    This shop is both child and pet-friendly, and they're more than happy to talk with their customers, answering questions about antique items they have at home or items they're looking for. If you have a specific item in mind you haven't been able to find elsewhere, give them a call. There's a good chance their team can find it for you. 

The real estate market can be a challenge right now, but with the right agent by your side, it's still possible to find your dream home! Contact us today to discuss your goals and learn more about how we can help. 


Southport Restaurants for Valentine's Day Takeout

Southport Takeout

Is that love we smell in the air…or just the amazing cuisine of Southport? Perhaps a bit of both! Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and our real estate agents encourage you to start thinking about your dinner plans ahead of time. As Cupid draws back his bow, peruse the menus at these Southport restaurants perfect for couples planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with takeout.

  1. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar — 1643 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar is a great place to grab takeout for Valentine's Day, especially if you're on a date with someone new. There's nothing better than splitting a few sushi rolls over some conversation. If sushi isn't a match made in heaven for the two of you, teriyaki and hibachi entrees will add a little sizzle to your night.

  2. Bella Cucina — 5177 Southport-Supply Rd. SE Unit A, Southport, NC 28461
    Tuscan-style cuisine is never a bad choice for a Valentine's Day dinner, but hand-tossed New York-style pizza is always a crowd-pleaser. How do you can your beau choose between the two? You get both at Bella Cucina! Your favorite pizzas loaded with cheese and fresh toppings sit alongside Italian classics like tortellini Bolognese and Penne al Forno. Of course, you can't truly call it a Valentine's Day dinner without dessert, so be sure to indulge in cannolis and New York cheesecake.

  3. Mr. P's Bistro — 309 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Mr. P's Bistro has you covered on Valentine's Day if you're hankering for some cuisine from the Lower Cape Fear. North Carolina fried green tomatoes and Low Country crab cakes are just a few local dishes on their menu. No order is complete without hot backfin crab dip, made with Mr. P's own special blend of spices, cheese, and crab meat.

  4. Swain Seafood Shack — 5119 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    If you happen to be browsing Oak Island homes for sale on Valentine's Day, Swain Seafood Shack should be your takeout of choice. They've got a special curbside menu ready to roll away with you, including favorites like the Road Runner chicken sandwich, peel-and-eat shrimp, and the catch of the day. If you're living a little far from Oak Island, grab a take-and-bake pasta dinner so you can heat-and-eat when you get home.

  5. Castucci's Italian Restaurant — 4332 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport, NC 28461
    There are many restaurants slinging Italian fare, but you know you're at a good one when the owner is originally from Italy. Such is the case at Castucci's Italian Restaurant. Enjoy their old-world cooking with appetizers like clams Pomodoro and mozzarella Caprese. Your valentine will certainly be impressed by the Italian cuisine at this Southport staple. 

Hoping to fall in love with one of our Southport homes for sale this year? Contact us today, and we'll find you a perfect match!  


Where to Find Unique Holiday Gifts in Brunswick County

Winter is in the air. It's true that we don't see much in the way of snow down here on the North Carolina coast, but that doesn't lessen our holiday cheer one bit. Our real estate agents are always excited to help support local businesses here in Brunswick County. And with the holidays on the horizon, we thought we'd share some of our favorite local shops to find gifts for someone special on your list!

  1. Callahan's of Calabash - 9973 Beach Dr. SW, Calabash, NC 28467
    Callahan's of Calabash has become a staple of its community. This vast gift shop has been occupying the same street corner for 40 years and is beloved by locals and tourists alike. With more than 35,000 square feet of retail space packed with gifts and novelties for every season and occasion, Callahan's is a place where you're all but guaranteed to find something unique. Nautical-themed gifts are some of their more popular offerings, and the shop is located mere footsteps from these Calabash homes for sale
  2. Pelican Bookstore - 1780 Chandlers Ln, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    Great independent bookstores are getting harder and harder to find, which is why we're so grateful that places like Pelican Bookstore still exist. Pelican Bookstore offers a well-curated selection of new and used books and is operated by a friendly, knowledgeable staff who have actually read most of what you'll see on the shelves. The store is located near these Sunset Beach homes for sale, and it has something special for every bookworm on your list. 
  3. The Christmas House - 104 W Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for all things Christmas, the only place you need to visit is The Christmas House. Nestled in the heart of the charming city of Southport, the Christmas House is a perfect place to find gifts for kids, like old-fashioned toys, games, and candy, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts for grown-ups. This is also the best store around to stock up on holiday decor like wreaths, lights, and garlands, as well as gift-wrapping essentials. If you're not in the holiday spirit when you arrive, you certainly will be before you leave.
  4. Cattail Cottage - 122 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    The folks at Cattail Cottage make it their mission to offer something for everyone. As far as we can tell, they've succeeded. You'll find gifts and decor of all kinds, mostly leaning toward the rustic and the crafty. Whether you're looking for Christmas decorations for your own home or to give as gifts, you'll certainly find something special here. Cattail Cottage is located near these Southport homes for sale and is currently offering curbside pickup for local residents. 
  5. Southport Cheese Shoppe - 417 N Howe St Suite B, Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Cheese Shoppe has a great selection of cheese. It will make somebody on your Christmas list very happy. And you know what? Pick up a little something for yourself too! It's also important to note that there's a lot more at Southport Cheese Shoppe besides cheese. You'll find an incredible variety of unique, local, and small-batch specialty foods here.

The holidays are right around the corner, but we think Southport and the surrounding areas are great places to call home in any season. Contact us today to talk to our team about finding your dream home on the Carolina coast!


National Go to an Art Museum Day: Galleries and Museums to Explore in Brunswick County

Brunswick County Art Gallery

National Go to An Art Museum Day is coming up on Monday, November 9th, and our real estate agents want to be sure you know your options!

Brunswick County isn't only known for the famous lighthouse you'll find a short distance from Oak Island homes for sale. As a resident here, there's always more to see and do. Galleries and museums allow you to learn while enjoying the works of contemporary and historic artists from around the area.

In November, the weather is a crisp 65° and perfect for a day exploring your favorite galleries. Buyers love our local art scene as a way to take a break between days checking out Southport homes for sale.

Let's take a look at some of Brunswick County's most popular museums and galleries:

  1. Pescado y Amor – 6018 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Pescado y Amor is the work of owner Missy Tripp Ronquillo, who began her artistic journey in her native Mexico before settling on Oak Island. Open since 1996, her gallery showcases a variety of paintings with strong composition in an eye-catching style on display in restaurants, cafes, and stores across North Carolina and beyond. Live painting demonstrations and classes are also held on a regular basis.
  2. Franklin Square Gallery – 130 East West Street, Southport, NC 28461
    Franklin Square Gallery sits in Southport's historic district right behind Franklin Square Park. It is the official home of acclaimed local painters and potters who help create a welcoming artistic community. Seasonal shows bring out the area's creative spirit, with dozens of prizes awarded for 2D and 3D art. A monthly art history lecture series and variety of workshops round out the offerings.
  3. Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts – 113 South Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461
    Since 2007, Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts has stood for fun and art right in the midst of historic downtown. Offering handmade gifts and works from local, regional, and national artists, it has an unbeatable selection of glassware and children's items. An ideal place for family fun – you won't want to miss the First Friday tours featuring refreshments and all-new exhibits from visiting contributors.
  4. Ricky Evans Art Gallery – 211 North Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461
    Ricky Evans Art Gallery is a bright, fun, and cozy place to sample the latest paintings from Southport. Art and gifts galore are on offer to suit many tastes. The gallery staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they'll even custom-frame your new purchases or items you bring in. Five local artists with diverse styles and perspectives make Ricky Evans Art Gallery their home, and will be glad to meet you!

The Thriving Local Art Scene is Another Great Reason to Choose Brunswick County, NC

Here in Brunswick County, you'll always have plenty of opportunities to add a little local flair with extraordinary pieces from the top local artists. Whether you are looking to make your own reputation as an artist or simply want a unique conversation starter to hang in your new home, Brunswick County has it all.

To find out more about Brunswick County, contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates today.


National Seafood Month: Where to Get Fresh Seafood in Brunswick County

Brunswick County Seafood Markets

October is National Seafood Month, so what better time to enjoy savory sustainable seafood straight from the North Carolina coast. One of the best things about living in Brunswick County is the easy access to some of the best seafood in the country. With so many seafood markets and retail stores serving-up fresh-caught seafood, you can easily get high-quality products to make your favorite dishes. If you're looking for recommendations on where to pick up seafood this October, check out these local favorites.

  1. Holden Beach Seafood - 2224 Holden Beach Rd SW, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Holden Beach Seafood is a wholesale and retail seafood shop that features fresh shrimp, scallops, oysters, fish, mussels, clams, and crab legs. If you're traveling in, they'll also ice pack or pre-freeze any order for free. Also, be sure to take a look at these beautiful Holden Beach homes for sale.
  2. Capt'n Pete's Seafood Market - 101 S Shore Dr, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Family owned and operated, Capt'n Pete's is another great option for seafood in the Holden Beach area. Their fish market offers a fresh supply of offshore soft-shelled crabs, mahi-mahi, tuna, and grouper. Call or stop by to place your order. Ice packing is available for to-go orders 
  3. Potter's Seafood - 94 Yacht Basin Dr, Southport, NC 28461
    The Potter family has been providing the Southport area with fresh seafood for five generations. Potter's Seafood may look like a small yellow shack, but it is actually a seafood market and specialty grocery store with some of the freshest seafood in the area. Best of all, they are located right around the corner from these Southport homes for sale.
  4. Haag & Son's Seafood - 7901 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465
    Haag & Son's Seafood has been providing fresh seafood to the general public and local restaurants for over 25 years. Close to Oak Island homes for sale, they offer fresh local grouper, mahi-mahi, triggerfish, speared hogfish, flounder, and much more. 
  5. Bill's Seafood - 310 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC
    Get your fresh seafood, groceries, wine and beer, and more at Bill's Seafood near Sunset Beach. Bill's is also famous for its key lime pie and crab dip. If you prefer to do your own fishing, you can even take your own fresh catch in for cleaning. Feel like dining in on a delightful seafood dish? Crabby Oddwaters is on the second floor and offers relaxing waterfront dining. While you're in the area, be sure to check out these Sunset Beach homes for sale.

October might be National Seafood Month, but fresh seafood all year long is one of the best parts about living near the North Carolina coast. For information about the Brunswick County area, contact us today.


Where to Get Ice Cream in Southport for National Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream in Southport

The first frozen treats date back thousands of years, when people of the Persian Empire poured grape juice over handfuls of snow and stored it in underground chambers to prevent melting. Ice cream has come a long way since then, but we still enjoy its creamy sweetness year-round.

Our real estate agents are looking forward to one of their favorite holidays when National Ice Cream Day occurs on Sunday, July 19th. Join the celebration with a trip to one of these popular ice cream spots around Southport.

  1. Chuck's Homemade Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - 607 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461 
    Chuck's Homemade Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor, just down the street from Southport homes for sale has a nostalgic appeal paired with a modern approach. After years of experience in the dairy industry, founder Chuck Geisel created his own formula for ice cream with fresh pasteurized milk. Geisel also enjoys developing unique flavors such as the popular Southport Sunset, a blend of coconut, strawberry, and pineapple. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  2. Flava's Ice Cream - 318 W. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Classic ice cream flavors such as vanilla and mint chocolate chip never go out of style. When you're feeling a little more adventurous, check out the creative options at Flava's Ice Cream. You may find a new favorite among flavors such as Banana Pudding, Birthday Cake, or Death by Chocolate. Enjoy a nostalgic float with your choice of ice cream in a tall cup of root beer or Nehi soda. Flava's is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

  3. Burney's Sweets & More - 808 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Sometimes your sweet tooth needs just a little more to be satisfied. Those are the days when you head to Burney's Sweets & More, where they offer ice cream as well as mouthwatering fresh baked goods. Just imagine a warm brownie, turnover, or slice of apple pie topped with a cool scoop of ice cream. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  4. Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream - 6324 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    The name might be a mouthful, but Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream leaves no doubt as to what you'll find at their shop near Oak Island homes for sale. This family-owned shop (yes, there IS a Lil and John) has been open only since 2016, but local residents and tourists already have it on their must-visit list. True to the name, Lil & John's ultra-premium ice cream is made in-house with dairy products from grass-fed North Carolina cows. Lil & John's is open daily from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

  5. Tropical Treats - 5811 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    Today's version of ice cream originated in Italy, so it's appropriate that Tropical Treats also offers Italian ice. Similar to sno cones, Italian ice is made with juices, purées, or concentrates poured over granulated ice so it's dairy- and egg-free. Bring Fido along for a free "pup cup." Hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. seven days a week. Be sure to watch for their Italian ice carts on the beach.

Living in Southport gives new meaning to the saying, "Home, sweet home." Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates for all your real estate needs.


5 Local Takeout Options in Brunswick County

Takeout Options

These days, it feels like cooking dinner night after night is almost impossible. Trust us, our real estate agents are also getting a little bored with the same skillet servings and microwave meals. Thankfully, so many of our favorite restaurants around Brunswick County are saving the day with their takeout services. Close your kitchen for the night, and treat your family to a delicious dish from one of these popular Southport eateries.

  1. San Felipe Mexican Restaurant – 1673 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Any night is a great night for traditional Mexican fare, and San Felipe is ready to treat you to some delicious tacos. As one of the best Mexican restaurants in North Carolina, San Felipe has gained a horde of loyal followers over the last 25 years thanks to the fantastic menu. From quesadillas and chimichangas to enchiladas fajitas and their endless chips and dip, you'll want to make every night Taco Tuesday.

  2. Blue Cow Grille – 108 East Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
    The Moo on Moore Street is ready to moo-ve into your living room for dinner! The Blue Cow Grille is a newer burger joint brought to you by the same owners that created Dry Street Pub & Pizza. Their burger selection is spectacular, and we recommend either trying the eponymous Blue Cow Burger with creamy blue cheese or the hometown favorite Carolina Burger with chili and slaw. If you're not up for a burger, there are plenty of other tasty options like chicken sandwiches, salads, shrimp tacos, and even vegan delights.

  3. Southport Smoke House – 1102 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Pig-out with some of the best barbeque in Southport at the Southport Smoke House. Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, sausage links, ribs, and wings are all on the menu and are all finger-licking good. Their value pack feeds 4-6 people, which is perfect for the whole family and features a few pounds of meat, two sides, six buns, and one gallon of their sweet tea. Just be sure to ask for extra napkins when you pick up your order!

  4. Fishy Fishy Café – 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC 28461
    If you're missing the amazing food and views at Fishy Fishy Café, you can at least enjoy their fresh and fried seafood from the comfort of your own home. Order the crab dip or coconut shrimp for an appetizer before diving into a Southport salad. We always go for the Carolina seafood plate as an entrée because we love a mix of oysters and scallops. Then again, the lobster mac and cheese is always a win for the family. 

  5. Local's Restaurant – 832 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Local's Restaurant
    treats residents and visitors like old friends. This dining destination has a new special each week, so be sure to check on current offerings. Many of their weekly menu items include fresh seafood platters, savory sides, hearty meat entrees, stacked sandwiches, and scrumptious starters. From soups and salads to pork chops, hushpuppies, and flaky fish, Local's is ready to provide you with a homecooked meal perfect for takeout.

Do you have an appetite for a new home in Southport? We can help! Contact us today to schedule a private showing or a virtual tour of our many amazing Southport homes for sale.


5 Brunswick County Greenhouses for Planting Your Garden

Brunswick County Greenhouses

Anyone with a green thumb has a lot to look forward to in the Southport area this spring. Our REALTORS® are always excited to see young plants popping up all over town, and now is a great time to revamp your lawn and garden. 

If you're looking for some new additions to your garden this spring, be sure to check out these great local greenhouses in and around Southport, NC.

  1. All in Bloom Garden Center & Landscapes - 1200 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    With an incredible selection of plants packed into newly-expanded space, All in Bloom Garden Center & Landscapes is one of the top destinations in Southport for all things gardening. They offer a full range of lawn maintenance and landscaping services with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you find exactly what you need for your next garden project. They've been serving the community since 2016, just up the road from these Southport homes for sale.

  2. Hughes and Hughes Nursery - 2520 Ash Little River Rd NW, Ash, NC 28420
    You can browse one of Brunswick County's largest selections of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials at Hughes and Hughes Nursery. Family owned and operated since 1979, Hughes and Hughes grow their own plants on a 13-acre farm, a stone's throw from these Ash homes for sale. It's an especially great place to find healthy native North Carolina landscape plants for your lawn. 

  3. The Garden Center - 3765 George II Hwy #87, Southport, NC 28461
    Offering a full range of spring annuals and perennials, The Garden Center is gearing up for another great year of growing in Southport. Their garden and lawn experts are always on hand to help you find just the right plants to add a splash of color to enhance your landscaping. Be sure to also check out their selection of trees and shrubs, as well as vegetable garden seeds and supplies.

  4. Shelton Herb Farm - 340 Goodman Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
    Margaret Shelton began what would eventually become Shelton Herb Farm in 1986, with just a few dozen herbs in her garden. Today, the farm has become one of the leading resources in the state for herb and vegetable gardeners. In addition to offering a fantastic selection of fresh-cut herbs, Shelton Herb Farm offers all the supplies and expertise you need to grow your own herb garden. While you're visiting their charming herb farm, be sure to check out these Leland homes for sale nearby!

  5. Phillips Nursery - 1082 Town Creek Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
    Locally owned and operated since 1972, Phillips Nursery grows more than 100 species of trees, shrubs, and other landscape plants on their picturesque farm in Brunswick County. They also deliver anywhere in a 150-mile radius, which covers most of North Carolina. Still, you'll want to visit the nursery in person to let their garden experts help you find just the right additions to your landscape. 

Spring is a special time in the Southport area, and not just for gardening. It's also a great time to find a great deal on your dream home on the North Carolina coast. Contact us today to find out how our team can help!


6 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in the Southport Area

Dog Friendly Southport

Dining out is even more special when you can share the experience with your best friend. Our real estate agents have put together a list of their favorite dog-friendly restaurants in the Southport area.

  1. Fishy Fishy Café - 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport, NC 28461
    Seafood is the centerpiece of North Carolina cuisine, and it doesn't get better than Fishy Fishy Café. Dine on coconut shrimp, lobster mac and cheese or Cajun crab cakes as you and Fido enjoy a stunning sunset view from the waterfront deck. Stop in after a Saturday of touring Southport homes for sale to get the prime rib special. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 9 p.m. 

  2. Oliver's on the Cape Fear - 101 W. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Oliver's on the Cape Fear is designed to provide an elegant mix of upscale dining with Southern charm and hospitality. Located on a historic piece of land, Oliver's is noted for gracious service and first-class dishes such as their signature Maine lobster bisque. Whether you're inside or out on the patio with your pooch, every table has an exquisite ocean view. Oliver's is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  3. South Beach Grill - 100 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    For more than 20 years, South Beach Grill has satisfied customers around Wrightsville Beach homes for sale with its locally-sourced, surf-and-turf-focused menu.  If you have food sensitivities, gluten-free and gluten-reduced options include brown rice flour for fried seafood. South Beach Grill opens for dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and lunch is served starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

  4. SeaWitch Café and Tiki Bar - 227 Carolina Beach Ave. N., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    Locals and tourists alike often refer to SeaWitch Café and Tiki Bar as a "hidden paradise" just minutes from Carolina Beach homes for sale. Chill out with your pet on the spacious customized deck built around huge palm trees. The menu of appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches suits SeaWitch's casual vibe. Head back in the evening with your two-legged pals for a fun night of drinks and live music. Hours at SeaWitch are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon - 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

  5. Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill - 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    With 30+ big-screen TVs and a variety of activities like cornhole and volleyball, Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill is more than just a restaurant. The outdoor space features generous seating along with a tiki bar. Lazy Pirate is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday and noon - 11 p.m. Monday.

  6. Shagger Jacks - 8004 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28451
    The vacationers-turned-residents behind Shagger Jacks had a goal of creating a restaurant near Oak Island homes for sale that's "fresh, fun and easy to visit." Dogs and their humans are welcome on the outdoor deck, where you can choose from more than 50 varieties of beer to pair with your burger, taco, or flatbread pizza. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Monday, and Shagger Jacks opens at 10 a.m. Sunday for brunch.

The Southport area is an excellent place for any family to call home. Contact us for all your real estate needs.


Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Local Artists in Southport

Art around Southport

Whether you're inspired by a beautiful painting or love the look of blown glass in your home, art is something that brings people together and sparks our imaginations. Southport has a unique, thriving arts community that's bound to pique your interest. There's no better way to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day on January 31st than by visiting local galleries and studios. Art lovers searching for Southport homes for sale often ask about where to find the perfect piece to help make their new house a home. Our real estate agents enjoy supporting local artists, so here are a few of our fave galleries and studios.

  1. Southport Mudpuddle Pottery Studio, 4002 Executive Park Blvd SE, Ste. 600B (rear), Southport, NC 28461
    This cool co-op features six local artists who make unique handcrafted pottery. Check it out and pick up a one-of-a-kind piece mug or vase to complement your kitchen or living room. Mudpuddle Pottery Studio is open by appointment and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  2. Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery, 602 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Sip on a glass of vino or a beer while checking out all types of artwork by hand-picked local and regional artists. Want to connect with other art and wine lovers in the community? Enjoy wine, art, and good company Thursday nights at Uncorked by the Sea's weekly wine tasting events! Donations support local Brunswick County charities.
  3. Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts, 113 S. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    This fun, family-owned art gallery & shop features local and regional fine art, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, hand-blown glass, sculpture, and more. Throw a selection of all-natural soaps, lotions, perfumes, candles, and all types of items in the mix, and you've got the perfect place to find a gift for yourself or that special someone. Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts even offers local delivery!
  4. Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, NC 28461
    Located in the historic district of downtown Southport, the Franklin Square Gallery is a nonprofit cooperative featuring more than 100 local and regional artists at any given time. From workshops to lecture series to fundraisers & kids' community events, it's a cornerstone of the Southport arts community. It's important to note that they do take a holiday break from Christmas until the beginning of March.
  5. First Friday Gallery Walk, (Various Southport galleries)
    From 5 pm – 7 pm on the first Friday of each month, a multitude of galleries in the Southport area are open so the public can browse, shop, chat, and take in all that local artists have to offer. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, and lots of galleries serve snacks and drinks at this community-oriented cultural event.

Are you ready to explore the Southport arts community and find the perfect home you've been waiting for? Our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to learn more. 


Local Last Minute Holiday Shopping Near Southport

Southport Holiday Shopping

The holidays are here, and there's a good chance you still have some shopping that needs completed. Rather than rushing around town in search of gifts, narrow your search to these fabulous area shops. Our REALTORS® recommend these "go-to" places where you are guaranteed to find the perfect gift.

  1. Uncorked by the Sea - 602 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You can't go wrong with wine for that hard to shop for family member. Uncorked by the Sea features plenty of wines, local art, and unique gifts. If you know anyone who is about to purchase one of the Southport homes for sale, it's the perfect place to pick up a housewarming gift.
  2. SignaScents - 708 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Sugar and spice and things that smell oh, so nice. That is the only way to describe the shelves at SignaScents. They offer a wide range of soaps and bath products that are perfect for people who love to pamper themselves.
  3. Southport Cheese Shop - 417 N Howe St, Ste B, Southport, NC 28461
    Rather than just saying "cheese" for the family photographs this year, give everyone in the family the gift of cheese from the Southport Cheese Shop. From local favorites to rare imports, the feature some of the finest cheeses in the state and can help you find the perfect cheese for every palate. 
  4. Cape Fear Jewelers - 102 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    If it glitters on Christmas morning, it is as good as gold. When you shop at Cape Fear Jewelers, you can decide whether gold or silver, garnets or rubies are best for this year's celebrations. They offer a wide selection of bracelets, necklaces, charms, and other jewelry that features a distinctive nautical theme.
  5. Magnolia's - 301 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Magnolia's is the best place in town to pick up some home decor for the loved ones on your list. They carry everything from table decorations and wall art, to silverware and scented candles. Their selection is so vast that you are likely to pick up a few items to give yourself for your own home.
  6. KD Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop - 3422 Holden Beach Rd, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Did your family move into any of the Holden Beach homes for sale this year? If you want to help them celebrate their purchase, then drop into KD Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop. Open Tuesday through Saturday, you will find everything from fine art to sparkling wines that are ideal for the perfect toast.
  7. Coastal Charm - 5201 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465 
    Everyone has that one person on their list that loves an eclectic gift. At Coastal Charm, you will find plenty of unique, and one-of-a-kind presents for those special people in your life. From fabulous wreaths to handmade sweaters, a gift from here is guaranteed to get noticed. While you're in town, be sure to drive by some of the Oak Island homes for sale. You might find one you want to put a bow on for yourself and your family.  

We wish all of our clients a happy holiday season and invite you to contact us for information on holiday events, area shops, and the many things you do in the community as the year winds down.


Where to Grab the Best Burgers Around Southport

Southport Burgers - Margaret Rudd

National Cheeseburger Day will soon be upon us! (September 18th, to be exact) There are countless variations of this quintessentially American treat. In Southport, many places serve up substantial, savory cheeseburgers. So while you're around town, checking out Southport homes for sale, take a break and get a taste at one of our REALTORS® favorite burger joints!

  1. Fat Andy's Burgers - 4655 Long Beach Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
    Fat Andy's simple menu features hot, juicy burgers and fries. Also, if you're more of a hot dog person, they have those too. With fast, friendly service and an outdoor dining area, it's the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner.
  2. Old Bridge Diner - 132 Country Club Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    From omelets to salads to a patty melt that's to die for, this local diner has something for everyone. In addition to classic burgers, they offer southern specialties like fried okra, biscuits and gravy and hushpuppies. Old Bridge Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, so stop by and fill up before peeking at some fabulous Oak Island homes for sale.
  3. Loco Jo's Bar & Grill - 602 N. Howe St. # E, Southport, NC 28461
    A laid-back bar & grill that's a local favorite. Loco Joe's has a "world-famous" cheeseburger featuring fresh lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, and onions. Other menu items include succulent pulled pork, giant lobster rolls and Asian specialties like Vietnamese lemongrass curry!
  4. Beaches Burgers - 6551 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Famous for their homemade burgers, chili, coleslaw, and hot dogs, Beaches Burgers also offers classics like fried bologna, tater tots, and onion rings. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Intracoastal waterway, sit outside, take in the sights and get your beach vibes on after a hard day of checking out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.  
  5. Backstreet Cafè - 1780 Chandlers Lane, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    With locally sourced seafood and tantalizing bread, desserts and other baked goods made in-house, Backstreet Café has so much more to offer than just cheeseburgers and fries. Burger options include the Backstreet Burger, Bacon-Jam Burger, and so many more for the avid burger fan. This cute breakfast-and-lunch spot is ideal for chilling and taking a break from your quest for Sunset Beach homes for sale.

Want to learn more about the best burger joints and places to live around Southport? Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates to get started on buying or selling your home today.


The World Is Your Oyster at These 5 Southport Restaurants

Southport, NC Oyster Bars - Margaret Rudd & Assoicates

Are you considering a move to Southport? If so, you'll probably be spending some time in town shopping our great selection of Southport homes for sale. Given the beauty of the area and its coastlines, it would be a shame to make that visit all about business. You'd certainly be missing out if you didn't make time to sample the local cuisine while you're here, most especially the fresh seafood for which our area is known. If you're particularly partial to oysters, you'll find them in abundance at local eateries, including these 5 Southport restaurants:

  1. Moore Street Oyster Bar, 110 E. Moore St., Southport
    A very popular and modern eatery, Moore Street Oyster Bar offers a great selection of delicious oyster creations. If you have trouble choosing among them, you can try them all by ordering their generous sample platter, which features two of every hot-topped oyster variety on the menu.

  2. Olivers On the Cape Fear, 101 W Bay St, Southport
    Another favorite stop for local oyster lovers is Olivers On the Cape Fear. Here you can choose from oysters on the half shell, Classic Oysters Rockefeller, Sriracha Garlic Parmesan Oysters, and Oysters Casino to satisfy your oyster craving, or have your oysters with a variety of other delectable seafood by ordering the Calabash "Cape Fear" Platter. Oyster Po'boys are also on the menu, featuring fried oysters on a hoagie bun, topped with lettuce, tomato and firecracker sauce.

  3. Ports Of Call, 116 N Howe St, Southport
    Ports of Call is a great place to stop off for lunch if you're craving oysters. This popular local eatery's lunch menu features a lovely fried oyster meal, served with a lemon dill dipping sauce.

  4. Mr P's Bistro, 309 N Howe St, Southport
    Mr P's Bistro is another local restaurant that knows how to do oysters right. You'll find Oysters Bienville on the menu, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with topped with shrimp, shallots, garlic, mushrooms and parsley in a sherry sauce and baked on the half shell, as well as Oysters Rockefeller, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with spinach, bacon, cheese, shallots, and roasted red pepper hollandaise and baked on the half shell.

  5. Frying Pan, 319 W Bay St, Southport
    The Frying Pan is well known for its Southern Style seafood, including oysters. You can order your oysters alone, in their shrimp and oyster plate, or in their popular Galley Combo, which features fish, shrimp, oysters, bay scallops and crab cakes.

These are just a few of the many Southport restaurants that serve great oysters and other seafood. If you would like more information on where to find an excellent meal or have any other questions about our area, feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® know Southport inside and out, and we're always happy to share that knowledge with home shoppers who are interested in becoming part of our community.


Where to Practice Yoga Around Southport

Yoga Studios Around Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® know all the things that make the neighborhoods we represent great places to live. There are unique places to dine out with friends and spend an evening. Places to enjoy nature or the beach. And plenty of places to get in a little exercise.

Practicing yoga has been linked to many health benefits. It can increase flexibility, balance, and strength. It can help with weight loss. And probably one of the most significant benefits is helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Whether you're a long time enthusiast, looking to change up your fitness routine, or just want to take a break from looking at Southport homes for sale you can find the class that's right for you.

  • Southport Yoga Dock - 317 W Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Yoga Dock
    offers Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes with local instructors. Classes are held on a covered open-air dock with the sound of gentle waves and ocean breeze as a backdrop. It's a great way to help you relax and connect with nature. Choose a morning class or a sunset class.
  • Island Retreat Salon & Spa - 6 Maritime Way, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    The only yoga studio on Bald Head Island, Island Retreat Salon & Spa offers a beautiful and peaceful setting among the trees with relaxing filtered light. There are a few different options here: You can try Vinyasa Flow, alignment-based yoga, and a yoga basics class. If you like a little socializing with your exercise class, there's yoga and mimosas, too.
  • Ocean Isle Beach Yoga - 44 E. 1st St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 & 200 Royal Poste Road, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 
    The classes Ocean Isle Beach Yoga offers are held at two locations, on the beach or indoors during the winter. There are several classes to choose from if you're looking to change things up a bit. There are classes that blend yoga and Pilates, beginner classes, gentle yoga, Vinyasa and Hatha, and even a beginner yoga boot camp class.

  • Body Edge Fitness - 6741 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    If yoga is just one part of your fitness routine, you'll enjoy Body Edge Fitness. This gym with a friendly atmosphere offers regular yoga classes and beginner classes with a focus on building strength and increasing flexibility and balance. So you'll likely get a more intense workout than you would with classes that are primarily designed for relaxation. There's equipment you can use after class to complete your workout, or on the days you're not doing yoga.

  • The Breathing Space Yoga - 3426 Holden Beach Road, Holden Beach, NC 28462
    Located on Holden Beach causeway, The Breathing Space Yoga offers plenty of ways to reduce stress and unwind. There's yin restorative yoga, relax and renew class, and Vinyasa flow. You can drop in on classes, and you can rent a mat. In need of more relaxation? They offer massages and art classes, too.

Keeping fit is just one of the many ways you can enjoy your life in the Southport area. It's a wonderful place to live, and Margaret Rudd & Associates can help make your dream of owning a home here a reality. Contact us today to get started.


Waterfront Dining Around Southport for Mother's Day

Mother's Day Waterfront Dining in Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Mother's Day is coming up soon, and you might be wondering how to show the special moms in your life just how much you care. Our REALTORS® recommend taking them out for lunch or dinner at one of the area's excellent waterfront restaurants. Here are five locations that are guaranteed to give you a memorable experience. 

  1. Provision Company - 130 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport, NC 28461
    Located in downtown Southport, Provision Company (called Provisions by the locals) overlooks the Old Yacht Basin and provides excellent views of the Intercoastal Waterway. This casual dining spot is great for enjoying a cold beer with some crab cakes and conch fritters. While you're in the area, we suggest taking a drive around to look at some of the beautiful Southport homes for sale.  
  1. The Frying Pan - 319 West Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    A large restaurant with plenty of seating, The Frying Pan offers fresh, local cuisine served with a dash of Southern hospitality. In addition to perfectly-fried seafood and hush puppies that are to-die-for, the menu also includes items like grilled and pan-seared seafood, steaks, and delicious salads. 
  1. Mojo's on the Harbor - 10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    A go-to destination for locals and visitors alike, Mojo's on the Harbor always delivers a magical dining experience. You and your mom can enjoy a glass of wine or specialty frozen cocktail while taking in the island's best view. If you're a seafood lover, you'll enjoy the spicy shrimp and blue crab dip, fish tacos, or the always-popular peel-and-eat shrimp.

    While you're on the island, keep an eye out for some of the gorgeous Bald Head Island homes for sale. You just might come across your dream home! 
  1. Joseph's Italian Bistro - 5003 O'Quinn Blvd., Southport, NC
    With beautiful waterfront views and outdoor dining on the patio, Joseph's Italian Bistro offers authentic Italian dishes, a selection of premium wines, and breathtaking sunsets. We recommend treating Mom to an appetizer of saffron mussels, a delicious pasta dish, or the chef's fresh-cut steak. 
  1. Island Way Restaurant and Bar - 1407 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    With a focus on friendly service and genuine hospitality, Island Way Restaurant and Bar treats all of their guests like family friends. Here you'll find top-quality steaks and seafood, pasta, salads, and a large wine selection. Enjoy your dinner at a window-side table or outside on the beachfront patio.

    Once you spend some time here, you'll understand why many potential buyers ask us about  Oak Island homes for sale. There are some great homes listed right now, so we recommend taking a look around before you head home. 

Your Southport Real Estate Professionals

If you're thinking about moving to the Southport area, the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates have you covered! Whether you're interested in luxury waterfront living and charming coastal properties or the area's best townhouses and condos, we'll help you find your ideal home. Contact us today to get started. 


Southport: 5 Places to Go for Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® know how important the Easter holiday is to so many of our clients. Southport families adorn their homes with colorful decorations and cherish the moments spent watching their young ones find their Easter baskets. If you're considering browsing our Southport homes for sale, we invite you to get to know the area on a Sunday morning by visiting one of these amazing Southport eateries for brunch.

  1. Locals Family Diner - 832 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    What are your family's Easter traditions? Church service, egg painting or basket hunting? Locals Family Diner invites you to create more memories with your kids with a delicious brunch at one of Southport's favorite restaurants. Try their delicious Eggs Benedict or a classic dish order of biscuits and gravy. With special menu options for children and seniors, Locals Family Diner is the perfect place for Easter breakfast with the entire family.

  2. Cafe Koa - 302 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    If you want a laidback lunch or a quick cup of coffee and a bite of brunch, stop over at Cafe Koa. With friendly service and menu items named after your legendary musicians and songs, this quaint little cafe is sure to please. Try the Blondie breakfast sandwich with Nutella and fruit and pair it with a signature drink like the Wake Me Up Before You Go Go spicy mocha iced or hot coffee.

  3. Ports of Call Bistro - 116 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 2846
    Easter only comes once a year, so why not make your brunch unforgettable with a fine dining experience at Ports of Call Bistro? Your choice of breakfast and lunch items include quiche de jour, pork tenderloin and eggs, stuffed portabella cap, and a BLT loaded with shrimp, crab and Maine lobster. After such a delicious meal, you and your family will wish Easter brunch was every week.

  4. Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
    There's nothing like a good deli sandwich, and there's no better deli in Southport than the Moore Street Market. Specializing in hot and cold sandwiches, their menu is full of mouthwatering offerings like a breakfast A.M. Reuben, Grandma's Best egg salad sandwich and The Garrison's classic ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. If all else fails, you'll never go wrong with a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese.

  5. The View at Brick Landing Plantation - 1882 Goose Creek Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Easter is a sure sign that spring has arrived, which is why brunch is the perfect time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and pull up a seat for beautiful waterway views. Known for its traditional Sunday brunch feast, The View at Brick Landing Plantation serves up a seemingly endless array of pancakes, french toast, and omelets, along with yogurt parfaits, seasonal fresh fruit, and homemade cobbler. Be sure to try the Shrimp & Grits, made with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo, and, of course, fresh shrimp. When you've had your fill, be sure to check out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

We wish all of our clients a wonderful Easter Sunday that is filled with cherished family traditions and wonderful new memories. For more information about great brunch spots near Southport, or to find the home of your dreams in this cozy seaside town, feel free to contact us today.


Jump Start Your Resolution at These 5 Brunswick County Gyms

Brunswick County Fitness Centers
Starting the New Year in a new home is the best way to get 2019 off on the right foot. As you ponder the possibilities of new curtains and furniture, there is a good chance you are also thinking about creating a new you. As you consider the physical fitness goals you want to achieve in the coming year, the following are five Brunswick County gyms that can help make your dreams a reality.

  1. Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach - 570 Meadow Summit Drive, Suite 17, Ocean Isle Beach
    Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach offers more than just exercise; they provide a way of life. When you sign up for this rigorous program, you will find yourself surrounded by a team of people who will help you reach your goals. The workouts are intense, and the results are undeniable. Crossfit works every muscle and organ, the most important of which is your brain. As your training progresses, you will adopt a mindset that will help you settle into one of the many Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

  2. Cape Fear Fitness - 5130 Southport Supply Road SE, Suite 103, Southport
    You have nothing to fear but fat itself when you step foot into Cape Fear Fitness. This full-service gym located near many Southport homes for sale offers all the equipment and support you and your family need to achieve your health goals. This support includes education on nutrition, custom classes, and private instruction. 

  3. Ocean Isle Beach Yoga - 44 E. 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach
    There is something inherently peaceful and relaxing about doing yoga on the beach with Ocean Isle Beach Yoga. It is the perfect way to find your balance and maintain harmony as you settle into life on the North Carolina shore. As you stretch and release the tension in your muscles, joints, and bones, you will treat yourself to some of the most incredible views of Ocean Isle Beach. As the saying goes, it is a gift that keeps on giving long after your classes have concluded for the day. 

  4. Body Edge Fitness - 6741 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach
    Everyone wants an edge when it comes to physical fitness in Ocean Isle Beach. At Body Edge Fitness, that edge is sharpened and honed to a fine point by some of the best instructors in the region. Whether you need help with weight training, nutrition, or want to learn how to box, they will guide you on your journey and give you the edge you desire.

  5. Anytime Fitness - 2819 Midway Road SE, Bolivia
    Plenty of folks move into the beautiful Bolivia homes for sale and sign up for classes at Anytime Fitness the very next day. As the name implies, you can drop in anytime that fits into your schedule. This makes it the ideal gym for busy professionals who want to squeeze in a workout before work, at lunch, or after dinner. They even offer a free trial, so you can test out the equipment, meet the instructors, and determine if the gym is the right fit for your physical fitness goals. 

Our REALTORS® can help you start the new year in a new home so that you can get busy building a new you. We love the area and invite you to contact us to talk about real estate in Bolivia, Ocean Isle Beach, and Southport. It would be our pleasure to answer your questions about the businesses and services in the area and to help you find the ideal property for your life and lifestyle.    


7 Bakeries in Brunswick County to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Brunswick County Bakeries-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Every neighborhood has its hidden (and sometimes not-so-hidden) gems that make the area a great place to live. Here are seven delicious bakeries in Brunswick County that will tempt, delight, and tantalize your taste buds. 

  1. SeaSide Wine & Gourmet — 6600 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach
    So there you are, cruising around on the lookout for Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale when you realize you are famished (or perhaps you're parched?). A stop at SeaSide Wine & Gourmet is just the pick-me-up any house hunter needs. 

  2. Burney's Bakery of Southport — 808 N. Howe St., Southport
    On your way to spot Southport homes for sale, stop by Burney's to learn exactly how to pronounce "croissant," and to sample a few (for research purposes only, of course). The cream cheese croissants are highly recommended, but be sure to try the apricot ones, too. 

  3. Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery — 8600 E. Oak Island Drive, Suite 4, Oak Island
    If you are on the prowl for Oak Island homes for sale, consider finding a property near Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery. Once you enjoy a coconut cake or banana nut bread, you'll know why this place is a favorite with locals. Once you buy a nice Oak Island home, you, too, can be a local. And a regular at Nancy Jo's. 

  4. The Confectionary — 4346 Long Beach Road SE, Southport
    An Oak Island standout (not least for their amazing wedding cakes), The Confectionary can handle just about any special request you have. At the corner of Long Beach Road and Fish Factory Road.

  5. Big Lake Bakery3148 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes
    If you're in the market for Boiling Spring Lakes homes for sale, you are within shouting distance of Big Lake Bakery and its key lime pie. Folks cannot live by pie alone, so try some of the delicious breads, too.

  6. Gabriela's Bakery and Patisserie — 4434 Long Beach Road SE, Southport
    To be clear, a bakery need not be a patisserie, and a patisserie can make plenty of tempting sweets without ever baking a loaf of bread. When you enter Gabriela's Bakery and Patisserie, though, you get the best of both worlds. Delicious cakes, tarts, and breakfast pastries plus six different kinds of bread. 

  7. Ahoy Doughnuts — 5821 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island
    One cannot buy a doughnut while maintaining a serious or grumpy demeanor. Something about doughnuts brings out the inner, happy kid in all of us. Look for holiday-themed, delicious doughnuts, amazingly decorated doughnuts, and tasty temptations like apple fritters. Buy 'em by the dozen, because, hey, they're Ahoy Doughnuts!

Our REALTORS® know the ins and outs of the local neighborhoods with all the best properties. When you contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, you may not knead a lot of dough to find the perfect property. We take the time to listen to your wants and wishes, avoiding half-baked ideas by putting you first. 


Brunswick County Shopping: Local Spots for Gifts Galore

Brunswick County Christmas Shopping Spots
The holiday season is brimming with joy and excitement, and along with the merriment comes the hustle and bustle of seasonal shopping. Make your shopping endeavors a bit brighter this year by visiting some of Brunswick County's shops and boutiques. With gifts for practically everyone on your list (don't forget yourself!), these shops are our absolute favorites for holiday decor and more.

  • The Christmas House - 104 W Moore St., Southport, NC 
    After you've looked at homes for sale in Southport, be sure to visit The Christmas House and discover a magical shopping adventure full of all things Christmas. Find a fantastic selection of decorative Christmas items including wreaths, garland, and ornaments, as well as a huge assortment of rustic and whimsical gift ideas. The Christmas House has fun and engaging toys for the little ones on your list, and you won't want to miss their great variety of old-fashioned candy to satisfy the sweet tooth and bring back memories of yesteryears.

  • St. Nick Nacks at Callahan's of Calabash - 9973 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 
    Treat yourself to a trip to St. Nick Nacks at Callahan's of Calabash this holiday shopping season, and bring back gifts you're unlikely to find elsewhere. Callahan's is a local favorite in the area that's been around for decades, and the staff prides itself in making its customers feel right at home. Boasting more than three million ornaments, St Nick Nacks is the place to plenty of delightful Christmas decor and much more. If you love holiday collectibles, this store is a dream come true.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Surf and Java - 6278 Beach Drive SW Unit 6 Ocean Isle Beach, NC
    If you've got someone who is crazy about surfing and coffee, OIB Surf and Java is your one-stop shop.  It is a small town surf shop carrying everything from the latest surfboards and clothing to a complete coffee shop with some of the best-baked goods around. Come in to browse and be sure to take a look at Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale on your way home.

  • A Christmas Shoppe - 115 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401
    Dedicated to Christmas year round, A Christmas Shoppe is a holiday-themed haven and a wonderful place to discover all the best in holiday decorations. The store features a huge assortment of ornaments ranging from nautical to nostalgic and nature-themed to traditional holiday characters. You'll also find lots of featured items designed by local artists at this one of a kind Christmas retailer. For holiday enthusiasts who collect decor throughout the year, A Christmas Shoppe offers customers an ornament of the week at a special price.

Our REALTORS® wish you and yours a wonderful and happy holiday season filled with beautiful memories you'll always cherish. For more information about the Brunswick area and to discuss your real estate needs, contact us today.

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