Back in 2013, Wrightsville Beach was a low point for me on the trip south. I was so eager to reach a beach, and Wrightsville Beach turned out to underwhelming and disappointing. It was also late October, which may account for the “closed” feeling. Even so, we still managed to find a few things to catch our interest. Now in 2015, we decided to give Wrightsville Beach another try, especially since it is a convenient stopping point after an outside run for Beaufort.
The weather was once again overcast and grayish, and would eventually morph into downpours during our second night here. Somehow we managed to take a walk on the beach, a walk across the causeway bridge, and find time for boat chores. Remember, we have to slow down, so we stayed for 3 nights, anchored in Motts Channel, off the causeway bridge.
On the stormiest night, we opted to watch one of our old dvds. What better choice than the 1998 Message in a Bottle with Robin Wright, Kevin Costner, and Paul Newman (the best part of the movie!). It’s a little sappy and sentimental, as most Nicholas Sparks books are, but there was sailing and a message in a bottle. That’s enough to please any cruiser. Sparks set the novel in Wrightsville, although reality certainly looked different than his ideal version of the town. The movie claimed to be on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, but was filmed in Maine. Now that we have spent time in both coastal regions, we can readily see that there is little resemblance. I guess movie makers don’t count on anyone noticing?????
On one of our strolls around, we saw this outside of a local bar. I’ve included it as part of my continuing search for the curious and odd.
We did stumble upon a new find – “Loops”, a homemade donut shop, run by Wilmington natives and brothers, Colby and Dylan Dominick, both just college kids. We enjoyed chatting with one of them (was it Colby or Dylan? Don’t know!) while enjoying our fresh donuts and coffee. The donuts were excellent!
Final decision? Wrightsville Beach redeemed itself – a much better visit than two years ago. We enjoyed our “down time” here.
Then off we went to another North Carolina Beach town, Carolina Beach, just 12 miles farther down the ICW. The next three photos really do show how the North Carolina coastline is different than the Maine coastline. Just saying.
It was an easy 2-hour trip from Wrightsville Beach to Carolina Beach. Cutting Class had gone on ahead of us and were already there.
We explored the town of Carolina Beach, but there really wasn’t much to see or do. There was a lot of construction which seems to have disrupted the flow around town. Regardless, we have been getting plenty of exercise in the form of walks, walks on the beach, walks around towns, walks to the grocery stores…..
The beach was very nice, especially once the sun came out to stay and play for awhile.
After spending almost a week in these two beach towns, it is time to move on again. The beaches are lovely here, but the towns seem like they haven’t reached their full potential, especially when one considers this natural beauty of the beaches. I found myself thinking about Watch Hill, Block Island, the Vineyard and Nantucket, and missing them.