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1. Topsail Island
2. North Topsail Beach
3. Idyllic Beach
4. Weather & Tides
5. Location Zoom
6. Driving Directions
7. Airports
  8. Transportation
9. Concierge & Rentals
10. Golf Courses
11. Sports & Fun
12. Boating & Charters
13. Fishing Piers
14. Parks
  15. Attractions & Shopping
16. Aquariums
17. Theater & Movies
18. Personal Chefs & Catering
19. Grocery & Convenience
20. Fresh Seafood
21. Delis, Bakery & Coffee
  22. Dining
23. Health Care
24. Fitness, Spa & Nails
25. Links to other sites

  1. Topsail Island  
Idyll-by-the-Sea Two is located within the gated community of Ocean Sound Village, in the town of North Topsail Beach, on Topsail Island -- a 26-mile long barrier island located between Wilmington NC (35 miles south) and Jacksonville NC (20 miles north).

There are three towns on Topsail Island:
  • Surf City (middle) est. 1948
  • Topsail Beach (southern) est. 1963
  • North Topsail Beach (northern) est. 1990

Two bridges access the island. A swing bridge in Surf City, and a high-rise bridge that connects North Topsail Beach to the mainland (Sneads Ferry area).

There is a single major north/south road running the entire length of the island for around 21.5 miles, with side streets to the ocean and/or to the Intracoastal Waterway. Occasionally there is a road that parallels the major north/south road on wider areas of the island.

There is a wonderful book by Ray McAllister on the history of the island called Topsail Island: Mayberry By The Sea. Visit http://www.mayberrybythesea.com for more information.

Latest News: Nights in Rodanthe, A Warner Brothers release, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, was filmed a few hundred yards south down the beach from Idyll-by-the-Sea (released Sep 26, 2008).

  2. North Topsail Beach  
"Located at the northern end of Topsail Island on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, North Topsail Beach is one of three towns on the 26-mile long barrier island. Come visit and see for yourself what makes Topsail Island so special." The town of North Topsail Beach web site is located at www.ntbnc.org.

Emergency:911
Police:910-328-0042
Fire:910-328-2200
Rescue:910-328-1400

  3. Idyllic Beach  
Here is a partial 180° panorama of the incredibly idyllic beach just in front of Idyll-by-the-Sea -- taken from the end of Idyll's private walkover:
View the full beach panorama, and other panoramas....

Sea Turtles: Please be aware that in North Carolina, nesting season is mid-May through August -- and that it is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Avoid flashlights, lanterns, or flash photography at night (and avoid excess light coming from the house/porches at night). Do no leave items (beach chairs, etc) on the beach overnight. There is a local Sea Turtle Hospital with lots of information.

  4. Weather & Tides  
Weather: Check out the current weather.

Tides: The closest tide location is 'New River Inlet'. View a tide chart (very nicely formatted for printing). Or, here is another tide chart.

Videos: The local 'Onslow County Government' has posted numerous drone videos (on YouTube) of the island before/after major storm events:

  5. Location Zoom  
North Topsail Beach is located on Topsail Island, between Wilmington NC and Jacksonville NC. Use the following interactive map to zoom in/out of the area. Or, visit http://local.live.com to fully interact with a map.

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  6. Driving Directions  
 
Atlanta, GA 6 hr 46 min
Baltimore, MD 6 hr 24 min
Birmingham, AL 9 hr 24 min
Boston, MA 12 hr 42 min
Charlotte, NC 4 hr 11 min
Coral Gables, FL 11 hr 56 min
Dallas, TX 17 hr 50 min
Hartford, CT 11 hr 12 min
Houston, TX 17 hr 54 min
Memphis, TN 12 hr 21 min
Miami, FL 11 hr 46 min
Nashville, TN 10 hr 11 min
New Orleans, LA 13 hr 15 min
New York, NY 9 hr 25 min
Oklahoma City, OK 19 hr 04 min
Palm Beach, FL 10 hr 54 min
Philadelphia, PA 7 hr 58 min
Raleigh, NC 2 hr 15 min
Richmond, VA 3 hr 59 min
Savannah, GA 5 hr 08 min
St.Louis, MO 14 hr 20 min
Tampa, FL 9 hr 56 min
Washington, DC 5 hr 44 min
To get driving directions from your city to Idyll-by-the-Sea, enter as much information as you can in the form below, and then press "Get Driving Directions!" to obtain driving directions from Google Maps.
City/State/Zip:

From Interstate 95, Northern States: With recent local road improvements (bypasses around busy local cities), we now use this route from the North:
Driving Directions from Northern States
  1. I95 South into North Carolina
  2. Exit 119A, I795 South towards Wilson for 4.4 mi
  3. Exit 43C, staying on I795 South towards Goldsboro for 20.3 mi
  4. Exit 22, 70 (bypass) East towards Kinston for 29.0 mi -- Stay on '70' -- avoid '70 business'
  5. Right on 258 South to Jacksonville for 38.7 mi
  6. Straight onto 24 East for 0.8 mi (sign also says "TO 17")
  7. 17 South towards Wilmington for 11.4 mi
  8. Left turn onto 210 West (but heading East!) for 8.2 mi
  9. Left onto New River Inlet Rd for 0.02 miles First left turn lane after high-rise bridge
  10. Immediate right onto Soundview Lane for 0.17 miles
    You need an 'access code' to enter the gated community
  11. Left onto Ocean View Lane for 0.05 miles
  12. Right at 134 Ocean View Lane into Idyll's driveway
From Interstate 95, Southern States: We use this route from the South:
Driving Directions from Southern States
  1. I95 North into North Carolina
  2. Exit 13 onto US Route 74 East for 78.3 miles
  3. Merge onto I-140 East / US-17 North for 6.9 miles
  4. Continue on US-17 North for 34.5 miles
  5. Right onto Old Folkstone Rd East for 4.2 miles Note that the 'Old Folkstone Rd' is a very small sign on the right side of the road -- immediately after you see the 'Folkstone' city limits sign. If you miss this road, use route 172 instead.
  6. Right onto 210 West for 2.4 miles onto Topsail Island Takes you over the high-rise bridge
  7. Left onto New River Inlet Rd for 0.02 miles First left turn lane after high-rise bridge
  8. Immediate right onto Soundview Lane for 0.17 miles
    You need an 'access code' to enter the gated community
  9. Left onto Ocean View Lane for 0.05 miles
  10. Right at 134 Ocean View Ln into Idyll's driveway


Driving to Idyll-by-the-Sea Two from the South from Route 17 at Folkstone
Alternate route from 17 to 210 is to use route 172 (in blue)

  7. Airports  
Commercial Airports:
Airports for Private Planes and Jets:
  • OAJ - 30 miles - Jacksonville NC
  • ILM - 42 miles - Wilmington, NC
  • DPL - 55 miles - Duplin County airport in Kenansville, NC
  • EWN - 60 miles - Craven County Regional airport in New Bern, NC
  • ISO - 69 miles - Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field in Kinston, NC

  8. Transportation  
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  9. Concierge & Rentals  
Topsail Sunsational Rentals
214 North Topsail Drive #A
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-6088
www.topsailsunsationalrentals.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.3 miles
 
Baby Equipment: baby gate, beach wagon, bedrail, full-size crib, high chair, jogger, monitors, swings, car seat.
Beach/Recreation: beach lounger, beach umbrella, beach wagon, boogie board horseshoes, ice cream maker, wooden beach chairs.
Dog: dog crate
Fun: smoothie machine, sno-cone maker
plus many other items...

Sweet Dreams Linens
27 J.H. Batts Road Unit "C"
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-5312
www.sweetdreamslinen.com

Driving Directions
16 minutes - 9.9 miles
 
Rentals including Charcoal Grills, Gass Grills, Picnic Tables, etc.

Me and Mom Rentals
1000 Watts Landing Road
Hampstead, NC 28443
910-470-5506
www.meandmomrentals.com

Driving Directions
21 minutes - 13.2 miles
 
Rentals including Baby & Safety Items, Beach & Household, Linens & Towels

  10. Golf Courses  
North Shore Country Club
101 North Shore Drive
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
(910) 327-2410 or (800) 828-5035
www.northshorecountryclub.com

Driving Directions
3 minutes - 1.5 miles
 
"North Shore is among the best-conditioned courses in the Topsail Island area, with a four-star rating from Golf Digest -- the only coastal Carolina 4-Star golf course as rated by Golf Digest and located just one mile from Idyll. This course has 6866 yards, a 73.1 rating and a slope of 135, with water coming into play on 10 of the 18 holes. Thick bermuda grass fairways and well-bunkered bent grass greens place a premium on accurate shots. This course is quite popular with Raleigh and Triangle-area golfers, who come down to spend a day or two on the coast. The course is built on both sides of N.C. Highway 210, and an underground tunnel connects the two sides of the course. North Shore is lined with homes and tall pine trees. Golfers can sometimes be surprised and amused with alligator sightings in the course waterways. The ninth hole is memorable for its required 250-yard tee shot -- anything less is in the drink. Greens fees, including a cart, range from $40 to $60, and reservations can be made up to a year in advance with a credit card. A reservation of less than two days in advance doesn't require a credit card. Driving range, putting green, professional lessons, club repairs and custom fitting are available. A clubhouse, bar and snack bar are on the premises."
- as per www.insiders.com
Golf Link Information on this course

Belvedere Golf
& Country Club

2368 Country Club Dr
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-2703
www.belvederecc.com

Driving Directions
27 minutes - 21.0 miles
 
"Belvedere is a narrow, par 72, 18-hole course with small greens and water hazards. The length is 6059 yards with a slope of 125. Hole 3 stands out for its carry over water to an elevated green. Greens fees range from $25 to $45, depending on the season and time of day. Fees include range balls and state-of-the-art golf carts equipped with a GPS system and a 10" computer screen. Yardage, water hazards and all the other information a golfer needs can be displayed on the computer screen with a push of a button. Players can also use the system to order food or check on the latest sports scores. Reservations are available and can be made far in advance. Belvedere has a small pro shop, clubhouse and driving range on the premises. It offers PGA professional lessons and three- to four-day golf schools with accommodations provided. Tennis courts and a restaurant are also available on site."
- as per www.insiders.com
Golf Link Information on this course

Topsail Greens Golf Club
1040 Topsail Greens Dr
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-2883
www.topsailgreensgolf.com

Driving Directions
28 minutes - 19.8 miles
 
"Topsail Greens is an 18-hole, 6200-yard, par 71 course featuring player-friendly, tight fairways, sand bunkers and several holes with water hazards. The 17th hole, a 159-yard with a par 3, is an island green playable only by a small bridge. The greens, similar to those designed by Donald Ross, are cleverly contoured in a way that allows a misplayed shot to roll off the putting surface. Greens fees range from $20 to $40 depending on the time of day and season. Fees include a cart. Reservations are accepted. A pro shop, snack bar, putting green and chipping green are on the premises."
- as per www.insiders.com
Golf Link Information on this course

Olde Point Golf
& Country Club

513 Country Club Dr
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-2403
www.oldepointgolf.com

Driving Directions
28 minutes - 22.0 miles
 
"Olde Point is a mature, traditional course, opened in 1975 and designed by Jerry Turner. Featuring tree-lined fairways, scenic ponds and lakes, this 18-hole, par 72 course is 6253 yards with a slope of 120. Greens fees range from $30 to $50 depending on the season and time of day. Fees include a cart. A reserved starting time is required. The 11th hole is a long, narrow, 589-yard par 5 with a gradual dogleg right that slopes laterally downward to the right into the woods and consistently defies players' depth perception. It has been recognized by amateurs and professionals alike as one of the toughest in the area. Olde Point offers a pro shop, clubhouse, driving range, restaurant and snack bar."
- as per www.insiders.com
Golf Link Information on this course

Rock Creek Golf
& Country Club

308 Country Club Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 324-5151
www.golfatrockcreek.com

Driving Directions
39 minutes - 32.2 miles
 
"Rock Creek is an 18-hole, 7102 yard, Jerry Turner & Assoc. designed par 72 features numerous water dangers and pine tree-lined fairways with lush Bermuda carpeting. Onslow County's first planned recreational community, the facility truly caters to its golf-crazy residents. After a hot round of summer golf, the bar and Mitchell's Steakhouse await your arrival. The pro shop is open at 7 AM for all the early birds, and lessons and clinics are available for every level of golfer. PGA Pro Rick Morton calls Rock Creek his home, and you'll be tempted to do the same."
- as per www.insiders.com
Golf Link Information on this course

  11. Sports & Fun  
Triple J Stables
120 Lake Haven Drive
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-0577

Driving Directions
8 minutes - 4.7 miles
 
Triple J Stables offer trail rides through the local woods (but not on the beach), and lessons. They have boarding facilities. For kids, they offer summer camps as well as 1/2 day camps.

The staff at Triple J Stables are very experienced and have been in the business for over 40 years.

Herring's Outdoor Sports
701 N New River Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-3291
www.herringsoutdoorsports.com

Driving Directions
12 minutes - 7.6 miles
 
Rent: Rent bicycles, surfboards, skimboards, boogie boards, beach chairs backpack, umbrellas, rod/reel combos, beach cart, etc.

Tour: Go on a Kayak tour with Herring's ACA certified and trained staff through amazing tidal backwaters.

Lessons: Take a basic introduction to Kayaking course (2-3 hours)

Desperado Horse Farm
& Trail Rides

7214 NC Highway 210
Rocky Point, NC 28457
910-617-3563
desperadohorsefarm.com

Driving Directions
37 minutes - 29.7 miles
 
"Trail rides are available to the general public, seven days a week, for all ages and all levels of experience. Over 75 acres of natural forest to explore with a guide. Hours are from morning to dark by appointment. The cost is 50.00 per hour per horse. Walk, trot or gallop is allowed. Beach rides are available from October 1, through March 31 according to local ordinances. Walk, trot or gallop in the ocean and along the beach. The cost is 200.00 per horse for a two hour beach excursion. Also available birthday parties and special events. Known for our calm natured horses, we look forward to riding with you in the near future. Cowboy up!"

Wilmington Ice House
7201 Ogden Business Lane
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-686-1987
www.wilmingtonice.com

Driving Directions
41 minutes - 32.9 miles
 
The Wilmington Ice House is the area's only ice skating facility and offers a full menu of entertainment options for children and adults. They welcome group outings and offer countless camps and programs.

Youth and Adult Hockey Camps, Youth and Adult Ice Hockey Leagues, Classes for Learn-To-Skate and Learn-To-Play Hockey, "Rink Rats" and "Mice-On-Ice" for 3-5 year olds, Figure Skating, Teen and Recreational Open Skating, Birthday Parties,

Jungle Rapids Family
Fun Park

5320 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-0666
www.junglerapids.com

Driving Directions
51 minutes - 38.9 miles
 
The park offers Grand Prix Go-Karts (quarter mile track), Alien Invader Laser Tag, Kids Jungle indoor playground, "The Rock" indoor 30-foot Climbing Wall, Jungle Miniture Golf, and Waterpark.

The Waterpark features a Million Gallon Wavepool, Sidewinder (Half-Pipe Waterslide), Lazy River (Grab a Tube and Take a Break), Kiddie Splash (for kids 8 and under), Jungle Rapids Tower Mat Slides.

  12. Boating & Charters  
High-rise Bridge Boat Ramp
Shrimp Lady Lane
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460

3 minutes - 0.30 mile
 
This boat ramp is located under the high-rise bridge and is accessed from Shrimp Lady Lane (at the base of the high-rise bridge on the island side) and provides access to the intracoastal waterway.

Soundside Park Boat Ramp
517 Roland Ave
Surf City, NC 28445

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
This boat ramp is accessed from the park and provides access to the intracoastal waterway at the Surf City swing bridge.

New River Marina
1523 Swan Point Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-9691
www.newrivermarina.com
 
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Paradise Landing Marina
318 Fulcher Landing Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-2114

Driving Directions
12 minutes - 7.8 miles
 
Offers fishing charters, waterfront dining, live entertainment, dockage, boat ramp, gas, bait and tackle, game room. Rent boats, jet-ski's, pontoon boats, kayak's. Go parasailing. Play horseshoes.

Sea Haven Marina & RV's
148 Old Ferry Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-0844 main
252-426-4037 dockmaster
www.seahavenmarina.com

Driving Directions
10 minutes - 7.4 miles
 
Slips are in a protected cove just off the inland water way. Offers boat ramp, gas and diesel, holding tank pump-out station, power/water hook up covered storage. Restaurant, pool, golf course, clay tennis courts all within walking distance.

Swan Point Marina
123 Page Street
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-1081
www.swanpointmarina.com

Driving Directions
15 minutes - 8.4 miles
 
On-site parking included in ramp fee, dry or wet storage, 40-ton travel-lift, diving/towing available, Laundromat and showers open 24-hours, charter boat for deep-sea fishing.

Ice, drinks, beer, fishing, tackle, bait, gas and diesel fuel.

Mile marker 247 on the intracoastal waterway.

The Beach House Marina
412 Roland Ave.
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-2628
www.beachhouse-marina.com

Driving Directions
13 minutes - 8.4 miles
 
Now selling 'Dockominiums' -- a limited number of dry dock boat slips for private ownership.

Belle of Topsail
111 North New River Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-1621
www.belleoftopsail.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
The Belle of Topsail is a 55 foot replica of an 1880's turn of the century riverboat that cruises the scenic waters of the North Carolina Intracoastal waterway and sounds. A unique experience of Topsail Island, with space to accomodate up to 49 passengers. Each guest is able to enjoy an air conditioned lower salon or an open air deck on top with a terrific view of the island and the Sounds. Experience the beauty of a North Carolina sunset from the waters aboard our very own riverboat. This peaceful, picturesque cruise along the waters of Topsail Island is the perfect ending to a hectic day.....or it could be the beginning of an exciting night!

Topsail Island Tours
720 Channel Blvd.
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
910-545-7433
www.fishtopsail.com

Driving Directions
26 minutes - 14.8 miles
 
Half Day Fishing Trips & Evening Cruises: Cruise Topsail Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway in Topsail Island's tour boat, Queen Jean. With seating for 28 people, this craft offers regularly scheduled daytime and sunset cruises every day from April through September, bringing you a fantastic opportunity to watch dolphins frolicking, ospreys nesting and many other joys of nature. Private charters are available. Tickets, at a cost of $15 per adult, are available on site. Call for tour departure times. Galley on board severing deli sandwiches, hamburger, snacks, soft drinks and beer.

Corona Daze Charters
240 Beech Street
Wilmington NC 28405
910-619-8509
coronadazecharters.com
 
Fishing Charter: The Corona Daze is a TR 22 Triton Sea Hunt with a center console. It has full electronics onboard including two GPS's, sonar, and radar.

Captain Mike Hoffman is a native of Wilmington, NC who has been fishing since he was 5-years-old. He has been a full-time fisherman since 1987. He fished the Pro Bass Tour for 11 years, and during this time he won numerous awards. He got his captain's license in 1998 and his Master Captain's license in 2008.

  13. Fishing Piers  
For more information about fishing in North Carolina, visit www.fishing-nc.com


Seaview Pier
124 Fishing Pier Lane
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
910-328-3172
www.seaviewfishingpier.com

Driving Directions
4 minutes - 2.1 miles
 
Seaview Pier is a family owned and operated pier that is over 1000 feet long. It has a fully stocked pier store at the bottom entrance and a restaurant that is located on the 2nd floor. King mackerel fishing at the end of the pier provides some big time fishing and excitement. For the rest of us, spots, flounder, blues, Spanish mackerel, mullets, etc. will provide the fishing fun and food for the skillet. Please note that no dogs are allowed on the pier.

Surf City Pier
112 South Shore Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-3521
www.surfcityoceanpier.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
The pier is 937 feet long with a 40-foot octagon at the end and a live well tank for "king" fishing. Also included are two large fish cleaning stations with fresh running water. The pier also has a grill, game room, and tackle shop with bait. Plenty of lighting for all night fishing and a well lit parking area.

Jolly Roger Inn & Pier
803 East Ocean Road
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
910-328-4616
www.thejollyroger.com

Driving Directions
26 minutes - 14.8 miles
 
The Jolly Roger is more than just a pier, it is an entire complex complete with a motel, convenience store, and bait store. The 850 foot pier is located on the south end of the island and is open from March through November.

  14. Parks  
North Topsail Beach Park
465 New River Inlet Road
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
www.ntbnc.org

Driving Directions
2 minutes - 1.0 miles

A nice walk!
 
The North Topsail Beach Town Park is very close to Idyll (just North on New River Inlet Road about one mile, at mile marker 17) and is open from 8 am to 10 pm daily during the summer months.
TIP: There is a walking/bike path that runs along New River Inlet Road from Ocean Sound Village to the park.
The park has an fenced in Tot Lot play area (slides, swings, etc), sand volleyball court, basketball court, two tennis courts, canoe & kayak dock area, covered picnic tables areas, nature trail, gazebo over the intracoastal waterway, bar-b-q grill, horseshoe pit, restrooms, etc.

If you would like to reserve the picnic shelter or gazebo for a family gathering, please call Town Hall at 910-328-1349 to check availability.

Park Rules and Regulations Sign

Surf City Soundside Park
517 Roland Ave
Surf City, NC 28445
surfcity.govoffice.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
The Surf City Park on Roland Ave overlooks the intracoastal waterway and comes complete with a kiddie climbing wall, a climbing fish, multiple slides, and swings. There is also a boardwalk around the sound's edge, several viewing decks and a newly constructed fishing pier.

At the top of every hour (and for all commercial traffic), the swing bridge swivels the road deck for intracoastal boat traffic -- fun to watch for children of all ages.

The park is available for reservation for birthday parties, and other family gatherings. For information, the Surf City Community Center at 910-328-4887.

  15. Attractions & Shopping  
Historic Wilmington
www.capefearcoast.com
 
Historic downtown Wilmington is just under an hour away. Wilmington offers eclectic shopping, vibrant nightlife, theatrical productions, coffeehouses, outstanding restaurants, riverboat cruises, museums, a variety of tours of the historic district, nature preserves, and a lot more.

Missiles and More Museum
720 Channel Boulevard
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
910-329-4446
missilesandmoremuseum.org

Driving Directions
26 minutes - 14.9 miles
 
Learn about some of the first rocketry efforts during the 1940's. Learn about the "Bumblebee Project". The Topsail Island Museum is located within the Assembly Building in Topsail Beach. The Museum is operated under the auspices of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. The Historical Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization; although admission to the museum is free, donations from visitors are gratefully and cheerfully accepted.

Jacksonville Mall
375 Jacksonville Mall
Jacksonville, NC 28546
910-353-2477
shopjacksonvillemall.com

Driving Directions
31 mins - 25.7 miles
 
A typical mall, with Sears, JCPenney, and Belk as anchor stores.

Store Directory

Mayfaire Town Center
900 Town Center Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-256-5131
www.mayfairetown.com

Driving Directions
46 minutes - 35.4 miles
 
"Mayfaire is a wonderfully innovative place to shop! Designed to emulate the sense of community and friendly commerce found at the center of town, this shopping haven is one of those rare places where you can go with a diverse shopping list and find everything you're looking for in one shopping center."

List of stores and dining

Independence Mall
3500 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-392-1776
shopindependencemall.com

Driving Directions
53 mins - 40.1 miles
 
Includes 150 specialty stores and 4 department stores (Belk, Dillards, JCPenny, and Sears).

Battleship North Carolina
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-251-5797
www.battleshipnc.com

Driving Directions
54 minutes - 46.3 miles
 
The self-guided tour of this authentically restored World War II-era combatant is well-marked so that you can tour at your own pace and it takes approximately two hours to complete. The tour includes nine decks, with crew quarters and engine rooms. For the enthusiast, it can easily take three to four hours to fully experience the ship, particularly with the extensive interpretive signage throughout the ship. Also features WWII exhibits, museum, gift shop, orientation video and more.

EUE Screen Gems Studios
1223 North 23rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-343-3500
www.euescreengems.com

Driving Directions
51 minutes - 41.3 miles
 
This is the largest full service motion picture facility in the United States east of California. Over its 20-year history, EUE Screen Gems Studios North Carolina has been the home to over 300 film, television and commercial productions. Wilmington has been the heart of the North Carolina film industry for over two decades. Walk through this picturesque film lot. Tours available.

Recent films include "Iron Man 3" for Marvel and "The Conjuring" and "We're the Millers" for New Line/Warner Bros. Recent television projects include "Under the Dome" for CBS, "Eastbound and Down" for HBO and "Sleepy Hollow" for Fox Television.

Cape Fear Museum
of History and Science

814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-798-4350
www.capefearmuseum.com

Driving Directions
54 minutes - 46.8 miles
 
Collects, preserves, and interprets objects relating to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Also offers half-day summer camp for kids (but space is very limited).

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Highway 17
Wilmington, NC 28411
910-686-9518
www.poplargrove.org

Driving Directions
40 minutes - 29.8 miles
 
One of the oldest existing peanut plantations in North Carolina, Poplar Grove Plantation was in the same family for over 6 generations. The Foys originally purchased the land in 1795 and kept it until the mid 1970's. Opened as a museum in 1980; today the mansion is on the National Register of Historic Homes. Poplar Grove Plantation preserves the homestead of a successful farming family, the outbuildings and crafts typical of an 1800s era working community.

The Children's Museum
16 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-254-3534
www.playwilmington.org

Driving Directions
54 minutes - 46.7 miles
 
The museum offers visitors state of the art hands-on exhibits with opportunities for children to use their imaginations to explore and learn.

The Museum can accommodate special events, like Birthday Parties, Facility Rental, etc. Call 910-254-3534 to inquire.

Wilmington Railroad
Museum

501 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-763-2634
wilmingtonrailroadmuseum.org

Driving Directions
53 minutes - 46.1 miles
 
The Wilmington Railroad Museum has an eclectic collection of displays which you and your children will find fun and educational. Started in 1980 with two women with a table of ACL Railroad artifacts, the Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the history of railroading in the southeastern United States.

Sea Turtle Hospital
PO Box 3012
822 Carolina Blvd
Topsail Beach, NC 28445
www.seaturtlehospital.org

Driving Directions
26 minutes - 14.9 miles
 
Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The Topsail Turtle Project was organized by Karen Beasley, as she saw the need to preserve and protect the SEA TURTLE nests, nesting females and hatchlings on the 26 miles of coastline on Topsail Island. After Karen's untimely death, the torch was passed on to her mother, Jean Beasley, today the Executive Director of both the nesting program and the rehabilitation center. The dream of a rehabilitation center was realized through the tireless efforts of the Beasley family; their financial support; the support of the project members; and the generous donations of money, time and material from local residents, businesses and visitors.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-798-7700
www.airliegardens.org

Driving Directions
49 minutes - 37.3 miles
 
Airlie continues to amaze visitors with its breathtaking combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, and the grandeur of the 462-year-old Airlie Oak. The Gardens are known for a collection of over 100,000 azaleas and countless camellia cultivars, which bloom throughout the winter and early spring.

Duplin Winery
505 N. Sycamore St.
Rose Hill, NC 28458
910-289-3888
www.duplinwinery.com

Driving Directions
1 hour, 6 minutes - 56.1 miles
 
Duplin Winery is the oldest winery in the State of North Carolina. Producing close to 175,000 cases of wine annually, Duplin Winery has become the largest Muscadine winery in the world. Founded in 1976, the winery continues to hold fast to its Southern roots, strong religious beliefs and a commitment to family.

Duplin Winery, located in Rose Hill, NC boasts a 5,000 plus square foot Retail Room, complete with a 40-foot tasting bar. They offer banquet facilities, a dinner show theatre, and daily tours and tasting. Visitors from all over the world enjoy their Southern Hospitality and savor the sweet wines. They are also the home of the Bistro Restaurant at Duplin Winery.

The production center is a state-of-the-art facility with over 50,00 square feet and a 680,000 gallon capacity. Choosing grapes from over 940 acres across 3 states, Duplin Winery is proud to continue the tradition of creating only the best.

Our favorite Duplin wine (a very sweet wine) is the Scuppernong.

  16. Aquariums  
Fort Fisher Aquarium
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
866-301-3476
www.ncaquariums.com

Driving Directions
1 hour, 19 minutes - 61.5 miles
 
Features live exhibits of sharks, sea turtles, alligators, and other native marine life. Peer through a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank or take a walk through the 20,000 sq. ft. conservatory. Located about 15 miles south of Wilmington.

North Carolina Aquarium
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
252-247-4003
www.ncaquariums.com

Driving Directions
1 hour, 18 minutes - 60.9 miles
 
Five galleries depict the aquatic habitats and inhabitants of each major zone - Mountain, Piedmont , Coastal Plain, Tidal Waters and Ocean. The Aquarium recently underwent a $25 million renovation that tripled its size to 93,000 square feet. The remodeling brought nearly 40 new exhibits and many new programs.

  17. Theater & Movies  
Carmike 16
350 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546
910-577-3964
www.carmike.com

Driving Directions
30 minutes - 25.6 miles
 
Movie Theater

Mayfaire 16 Cinemas
900 Town Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-256-1857 office
910-256-0556 showtimes
Fandango Info

Driving Directions
49 minutes - 37.9 miles
 
Movie Theater

Carmike 16
111 Cinema Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-815-0266
www.carmike.com

Driving Directions
49 minutes - 37.9 miles
 
Movie Theater

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
910-343-3664
www.thalianhall.com

Driving Directions
53 minutes - 46.2 miles
 
The Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. was incorporated in 1963 under the name of the Thalian Hall Commission for the purposes of restoring and operating historic Thalian Hall as a regional center for the performing arts. In 1990 in co-operation with the City of Wilmington, the stage was renovated and the building was expanded by 25,000 square feet. The new addition houses the new entrance lobby, box office, stage right extension, studio theatre and administrative offices.

  18. Personal Chefs & Catering  
Lori Eaton
910-524-5400
www.eatonathome.com
 
All services include (1) Customized Menus, (2) Grocery Shopping, (3) In-Home Meal Preparation, and (4) Cleanup. Lori can handle any in-home event that you may have for you and your guests.

Visit www.eatonathome.com to learn a lot more about Lori.

All Eaton At Home personal chefs carry liability insurance and are all certified personal chefs.

We recently had the opportunity to use Lori and were very impressed. We highly recommend Lori to our Idyll guests.

Lori also comes very highly recommended from other Idyll guests, who liked her so much they have had her back multiple times in one week.

  19. Grocery & Convenience Stores  
CVS Pharmacy
1309 NC Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-0186 store
910-327-2052 pharmacy
www.cvs.com

Driving Directions
4 minutes - 2.6 miles
 
CVS sells convenience food items, has a full service pharmacy, as well as one-hour photo processing.

It is located just over the high-rise bridge at the first traffic light.

Food Lion
965 Old Folkstone Road #100
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
(910) 327-2067
www.foodlion.com

Driving Directions
5 minutes - 2.8 miles
 
The Food Lion is a full service grocery store.

It is located just over the high-rise bridge at the first traffic light.

ABC Liquor Stores
964 NC Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-2064
www.ncabc.com

Driving Directions
6 minutes - 4.2 miles
 
Beer and wine are sold almost everywhere. However, hard liquor is only sold at the ABC store.

Mon-Sat 9am-9pm
Closed on Sunday

Super Market IGA
106 S.Topsail Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
(910) 328-3961
www.surfcitysupermarket.iga.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.5 miles
 
This is a very small grocery store located in Surf City, but it does have the basics.

ABC Liquor Stores
208-I Treasure Coast Square
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-4321
www.ncabc.com

15 minutes - 8.5 miles
 
Beer and wine are sold almost everywhere. However, hard liquor is only sold at the ABC store.

Mon-Thu 9:15am-8pm
Fri-Sat 9:15am-9pm
Closed on Sunday

Harris Teeter
203 Alston Blvd
Hampstead, NC 28443
910-329-0711
www.harristeeter.com

Driving Directions
21 minutes - 13.0 miles
 
A fancier more upscale grocery store.

Open 24 hours, fine wines.

  20. Fresh Seafood  
Shrimp Lady

Driving Directions
4 minutes - 2.7 miles

Look for truck parked
in Food Lion Parking lot
 
In the Food Lion parking lot, you will usually find a lady (or her husband) selling shrimp out of the back of their vehicle. The husband is a local shrimp fisherman and they sell part of the catch to locals and tourists.

Highly recommended for shrimp: Every time we have personally purchased shrimp here, the quality of the shrimp has been outstanding.

"We also provide a range of new services to our customers, including (1) Home Delivery, (2) Call Ahead Ordering, and (3) Dressing Service".

Grant's Oyster House
1148 Old Folkstone Rd
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-3351

Driving Directions
5 minutes - 3.3 miles
 
Oysters, clams, crabs, shrimp, fish, scallops, and more...

Mitchell Seafood
235 Wheeler Creek Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-7741
www.mitchellseafood.com

Driving Directions
11 minutes - 7.3 miles
 
Shrimp, Crabs, Oysters, Clams, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Soft Shell Crabs, Red Drum, Spots, Grouper, Squid, Snapper, Croaker, Scallops, Mullet, and more...

Open 7 days a week.

Davis Seafood
155 Davis Lane
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-4081
www.davis-seafood.com

Driving Directions
11 minutes - 7.6 miles
 
Shrimp, Calamari/Squid, Snow Crab Legs, Soft-Shell Crabs, Live Blue Crabs, Hand Picked Crab Meat, Handmade Lump Crab Cakes, Jumbo Sea Scallops, Fish (Flounder, Grouper, Mahi, Tuna, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Spots, Sea Mullets), and more...

"Family owned and operated since 1949. We catch our own seafood so our hours vary on season and weather -- be sure to call ahead before your visit

  21. Delis, Bakery & Coffee  
Minervini's New York
Bagel Company

1016 Old Folkstone Rd.
Suite 212
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-3939

Driving Directions
4 minutes - 2.8 miles
 
This bagel shop & deli serves Boar's Head Cold Cuts. Breakfast is served all day. Full coffee bar with smoothies. Various baked goods. Catering is available.

Located behind the CVS Shopping Center at the first traffic light.

When I went into the shop and asked to take an interior picture for this web page I was told by the three girl's working behind the counter "NO!", and to contact the owner Paul Minervini (they pointed me to his business card). So I did. Paul never bothered to return my three contact requests for an interior picture. We really like the food at this shop -- but be warned, you may get a 'New York' attitude. An excellent alternative is the New York Corner Deli below.

New York Corner Deli
206 North Topsail Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-2808
www.newyorkcornerdeli.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.3 miles
 
"From Da Bronx To Da Beach. This is more than just a name or a theme. The sandwiches and food are authentic in every way! Experience the flavors, quality, size and feeling of New York."

Breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day! Meats and breads shipped direct from New York. Inside, outside, or upstairs dining. Homemade salads and meats by the pound.

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  22. Dining  
Rick's Restaurant &
Sports Bar

510 Petes Way
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
(910) 327-2300
www.eatatricks.com

Driving Directions
4 minutes - 2.4 miles
 
"Enjoy both seafood and inland favorites including Hand-Cut Steaks, Ribs, Chicken, & Fresh Seafood, all grilled. Also, sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. The desserts include our famous Homemade ice-cream pie."

We hear people say good things about the food at Rick's. However, we tried Rick's and our food was so-so. Tried Rick's again and the food was OK, but got very poor service. We have not been back. If you try Rick's, tell us about your experience.

DeNoia's Pizzeria
1038 NC Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-1063

Driving Directions
6 minutes - 3.9 miles
 
Local Pizzeria.

Domino's Pizza
991 NC Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-3272
www.dominos.com

Driving Directions
6 minutes - 4.1 miles
 
Hours:
Sun-Thu 10:00am-11:00pm
Fri-Sat 10:00am-1:00am

Delivery / Pick-up

Red Pepper
Chinese Restaurant

977 Nc Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-0888

Driving Directions
6 minutes - 4.2 miles
 
Chinese food.

Open 7 days a week.

Riverview Cafe
119 Hall Point Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-2011

Driving Directions
12 minutes - 8.0 miles
 
Great local seafood -- wonderful for lunch.

But at dinner, the menu is totally different, which we avoid.

Island Delights
316 N New River Dr
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-1868

Driving Directions
13 minutes - 8.1 miles
 
Island Delights is a very cozy (small) place where you can get 50's style fun food - great hamburger, fries, milk shakes, etc. And best of all, when you are done eating, get your favorite dessert at the old fashioned ice cream counter.

And just outside by the entry door are a couple of quarter operated kiddie rides. Our daughter just loves this place.

The number of parking spaces here is very limited.

Hwy 55 Burgers,
Shakes, and Fries

106 N New River Dr
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-2111
www.hwy55.com

Driving Directions
13 minutes - 8.4 miles
 
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries
"Craving a fresh -- never-frozen -- burger, sliced cheesesteak piled high on a steamed hoagie, or creamy frozen custard churned right in front of you?

You're in the right spot.

We're Hwy 55, a retro-themed diner founded in 1991 where you can sit by an open-air grill, listen to the sounds of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, and watch your food cooked to perfection -- juicy burgers, crispy hot wings, golden-brown Po' Boys, and hot dogs served in classic cars by one of our famous smiling faces."


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Nikki's Restaurant
& Sushi Bar

124 North New River Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-1121

Driving Directions
13 minutes - 8.3 miles

 
Chinese restaurant...

...and Sushi bar.

Previously called Asahi Japanese & Chinese

The Bistro at Just Baked
205 South Topsail Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-3150
www.topsailbistro.com

Driving Directions
13 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
Bistro located in Surf City.

Dinner Menu

Daddy Mac's Beach Grille
108 North Shore Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-5577

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
This restaurant is a local favorite. Is has ocean views and a covered deck. They offer steaming bowls of Cajun jambalaya, tender Caribbean crab cakes, fresh grilled seafood, tasty ribs, pasta and steaks. Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and daily specials are featured. They serve cocktails, beer and wine. Has a children's menu. Handicapped accessible with an elevator. Opens nightly at 5 pm.

Beauchaines II
211 South Topsail Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-1888
http://beauchaines211.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.6 miles
 
Appetizers: Grilled Alligator Tail, Cajun Fried Oysters, Caribbean Crab Dip, On Island Shrimp Cocktail, Sweet Chili Calamari, Beauchaines Lobster Bites, Crabmeat in Puff Pastry.

Salads: House Salad, Caesar Salad, Seven Fish Salad, Two Susan's Salad, Chicken or Shrimp.

Broiled Seafood: Flounder, Stuffed Flounder, Oysters, Jumbo Shrimp, Scallops, Two Seafood Combination, Three Seafood Combination, Seafood Platter.

Entrees: Shrimp and Grits, Cameron, Caroline, Baked Pistachio Salmon, Cajun Cream Chicken, Tomato and Vodka Seafood Celebration, Southern Style Crab cakes, Baked Pistachio Salmon, Ginger Honey Mustard Pork Loin, Gone South Rib Eye, Northwood's Tenderloin, New York Strip.

Great sunsets, great food, dinner -- a favorite of Idyll-by-the-Sea Two guests (an old favorite that has been getting great reviews)

Thai Grille
13500 NC Highway 50
Suite 107
Surf City, NC 28445
910-329-4424
http://www.thaigrille.com

Driving Directions
16 minutes - 10.2 miles
 
"Authentic Thai cuisine w/ a twist of Americana & Asian fusion. This restaurant truly has great food & a calming atmosphere in the spirit of Asian culture."

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Englese's
13460 NC Highway 50
Suite 107
Surf City, NC 28445
910-329-4200
http://www.engleses.com

Driving Directions
15 minutes - 11.2 miles
 
"The Englese family welcomes you to their restaurant and to their world of delicious home cooking and culinary delights from their kitchen to your plate. Eat in, take-out or have your feast delivered fast and fresh. Order online or give us a call and before you know it you will be munching on the best of the best Italian food that our family has to offer."

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Mike's Farm & Country Store
1600 Haw Branch Road
Beulaville, NC 28518
910-324-3422
www.mikesfarm.com

Driving Directions
42 minutes - 32.4 miles
 
Their primary goal is "to educate children about farm life of today & years ago."

Christmas Light Show, Family Style all you can eat Restaurant, Fudge, Banquet Room, Bakery, Wedding and Birthday Cakes, Gift Shop, Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking, Birthday Parties, Animal Petting Area, Family or Group Cookouts.


  23. Health Care  
Penslow Medical Center
206 N. Dyson Street
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
910-329-7591
www.penslowmedicalcenter.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 11.2 miles
 
Offering Urgent and Family Healthcare since 1977. Most insurances accepted & filed.

Located just 5 miles west of Topsail Island off Highway 50.

Onslow Memorial Hospital
317 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC. 28546
910-577-2345
www.onslowmemorial.org

Driving Directions
30 minutes - 25.6 miles
 
The Emergency Room is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and is for life-threatening injuries.

If your situation is not life-threatening, you can also use the Minor Emergency Care Center, also open 24-hours a day.

  24. Fitness, Spa & Nails  
Day 7 Salon and Spa
1096 Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
910-327-2885
www.day7salon.com

Driving Directions
5 minutes - 3.6 miles
 
Offers hair styling and care, manicure, pedicure, skin care, facials, waxing and massage.

Exit the island over the high-rise bridge; on your left in a couple miles.

Monday-Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Forever Fit Fitness Center
214 Sneads Ferry Road
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
(910) 327-2293
www.forever-fit-fitness-center.com

Driving Directions
10 minutes - 6.8 miles
 
A local work out facility. Weight room, cardio equipment, group cardio classes daily including step, strength training & yoga. Treadmills, steppers, bikes, recumbent cycles & eliptical crosstrainers.

Inis Spa
208 N New River Dr #J
Surf City, NC 28445
910-328-3988
www.inisspa.com

Driving Directions
14 minutes - 8.3 miles
 
"Escape into a world of total comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a luxurious experience...you deserve it! Our full service day spa will make your stress fade away into a distant memory and our friendly, professional staff will pamper you, renewing your mind, body, and soul."

Pro Nail
204 North New River Drive
Surf City, NC 28445-7033
910-328-4283

Driving Directions
13 minutes - 8.2 miles
 
This is the nail place that Carol personally uses.

Serendipity Day Spa
13460 Nc Highway 50
Surf City, NC 28445
910-329-0773

Driving Directions
16 minutes - 10.2 miles
 
"Indulge yourself in our extravagant and relaxing spa serving massage therapy, body treatment, manicures & pedicures, facials & skin care, salon services, waxing & more. Our experienced and caring staff are waiting to cater to your needs to give you the ultimate spa experience."

Curves
13775 N Carolina 50 #103
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
910-329-1221
www.curves.com

Driving Directions
16 minutes - 10.0 miles
 
Curves is a fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women.

  25. Links to other sites with more Information  
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