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    Explore the History of the South Brunswick Islands at These Museums

    Last updated 4 days ago

    While Ocean Isle beach is a beautiful and popular South Brunswick Islands destination, there’s so much more to discover than just the seashore. South Brunswick Islands are steeped with rich heritage and history, and much of that can be discovered simply by visiting a few area museums. 

    Once you have your vacation rental squared away and begin planning your itinerary, be sure you leave enough room on there to visit at least one of the following:

    Museum of Costal Carolina—This will be an easy stop to make if you’ve chosen an Ocean Isle vacation rental, since it’s right there on the island. This museum is dedicated to the natural history of the area, as well as the indigenous wildlife you may see during your stay. Rates are affordable, so you can take the whole family. The close proximity to the beach and pier makes it an ideal stop during one of your beach days.

    Battleship North Carolina—There is just something inherently fascinating about stepping on a massive battleship. Battleship North Carolina is anchored at the mainland and was an incredibly crucial and active member of the WWII Pacific naval fleet. While you could complete a brief tour in just a couple of hours, you really owe it to yourself to allow an entire day to explore the decks of this wartime icon.

    Old Baldy Lighthouse and Smith Island Museum of History—Where would the world be were it not for the invention of lighthouses? Visit the Old Baldy lighthouse and Smith Island Museum of History for a rich experience dating back nearly two centuries. After you make your journey to the top for a view like none other, be sure to explore the museum to learn all about the job and life of a lighthouse keeper, as well as the significance of the location during the Civil War.

    Whatever you decide to do when you visit South Brunswick, you’ll need a vacation rental. At Williamson Realty, we can help you find the right rental and deal for you. Just call (888) 692-0560 for more information.

    How to Shuck an Oyster

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Oysters are one of Ocean Isle’s most beloved seafood treasures, but they can be tricky to get into. Shucking a mess of oysters doesn’t have to be an overly time consuming, frustrating, or dangerous task. 

    Just pick out a good spot behind your vacation rental and follow these instructions:

    Rinse your oysters thoroughly with cold water, then don some hand protection such as a glove or towel. Gently manipulate your oyster knife between the shells on the hinged side and give it a good twist when you feel it insert freely. Cut the ligament, discard the top, and pop the oyster in its bottom shell on ice. Simple!

    If you’re ready to get away to Ocean Isle beach, contact us at Williamson Realty and let us help you find the perfect vacation rental for your itinerary. Visit our website or call (888) 692-0560 to learn more today!

    Tips for Taking Your Dog on Your Next Beach Vacation

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Most dogs love the beach and most dog owners love having their furry friend there with them. Whether you’re making a day out of it on the west coast or spending the entire week on an eastside option like Ocean Isle beach in a vacation rental, doing the doggie tagalong successfully takes just a bit of planning.

    Here are a few tips:

    Scope out dog-friendly accommodations. Your beach vacation isn’t going to be much fun for you or your pet if you discover too late that your vacation rental doesn’t allow pets. Avoid a lot of stress and frustration by making triple sure that the location you’ve chosen not only tolerates animals, but sincerely welcomes them.

    Make a good, honest assessment of your dog’s temperament. While most dogs do enjoy beach time, not every dog enjoys it for the same reasons. Some love to socialize with other people but not other dogs. Some like to chase and bark at everything that moves…including other beach goers. Some are relatively laid back and just enjoy the fresh air and change of scenery. Some are not comfortable with new environments and need time to adjust.

    Decide which type of personality and temperament your dog has, and then try to make plans that complement that nature rather than attempting to force your dog to behave in an unnatural way. If your dog is anti-social or needs time to take it all in, try visiting the beach outside of peak hours.

    Commit to the experience. When you bring your dog along, your dog should be with you at all times. Understand that there may be some things that you’d like to do that you won’t be able to do with your pet. If you’re not ok with missing out on some things so that your dog doesn’t have to be left alone, then it’s probably a good idea to hire a pet sitter while you’re away.

    At Williamson Realty, we are experts at finding you the Ocean Isle beach rental that fits your travel needs perfectly. From discount vacation rentals to last minute deals, let us help you plan your Ocean Isle experience. Call (888) 692-0560 for more information.

    Spending Your Winter in Ocean Isle Beach [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 19 days ago

    When some people think about getting away from it all by taking a vacation, they immediately think of doing it during the summer. While taking a summer vacation can be relaxing, it can also be stressful since that is typically the busiest time of year in many destinations. This year, instead of fighting with the crowds, consider taking your vacation during the winter. Ocean Isle Beach is the perfect winter vacation destination, whether you’re taking your honeymoon, celebrating the holidays with friends and family, or going on a getaway to mark your anniversary. You can find discount vacation rentals to make your winter getaway even more affordable, plus plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained if you’re bringing the kids. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about spending your winter in Ocean Isle Beach. Please share with your friends and family, and start planning your trip today!

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    Tips for Flounder Fishing on the North Carolina Coast

    Last updated 25 days ago

    The North Carolina coast is the perfect place to fish for flounder. Take some time away from your vacation rental to try your hand at fishing for this unique and delicious fish.

    You can fish for flounder throughout the year. They usually lie on the bottom and blend in to find food, so you want to move around to try to catch one. Sometimes flounder leave tracks on the ocean floor, which helps you locate them. Live baitfish works well to catch this kind of fish. Check out this video to learn more about fishing for flounder on your next beach vacation.

    Whether you want to enjoy some fishing or turtle watching, Williamson Realty can help you find the perfect vacation rental on Ocean Isle Beach. This North Carolina vacation spot has plenty of outdoor activities for everyone in your family. Call (888) 692-0560 to learn more.

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