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The Cottages Guidebook

Joe & Michelle
Joe & Michelle
Membro dal 2016
Joe & Michelle

The Cottages Guidebook

Things To Do
Here is a list of some things to do in Carolina Beach and the surrounding areas!
The cottage is located on the same street as a public beach access (Atlanta Ave). Walk to the end of the driveway and turn left, and you should be able to see the beach access 2 blocks away. Just a 3 minute walk!
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Carolina Beach
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The cottage is located on the same street as a public beach access (Atlanta Ave). Walk to the end of the driveway and turn left, and you should be able to see the beach access 2 blocks away. Just a 3 minute walk!
- Located across the street from the cottage! Cross the street from the driveway and take a left to get to the closest park entrance (on your right). - Features a walking trail around the lake, paddle boat rentals, picnic area, and playground. - Saturday morning farmer’s market every week during the summer. Open from 8am-1pm. - Sunday evening free outdoor movie nights every week during the summer.
Carolina Beach Lake Park
400 S Lake Park Blvd
- Located across the street from the cottage! Cross the street from the driveway and take a left to get to the closest park entrance (on your right). - Features a walking trail around the lake, paddle boat rentals, picnic area, and playground. - Saturday morning farmer’s market every week during the summer. Open from 8am-1pm. - Sunday evening free outdoor movie nights every week during the summer.
- Home to restaurants, shopping, bike rentals, surfboard rentals, and more. Be sure to check out Britt’s Donuts while you’re there! - Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast - every Thursday night during the summer! - A 3 minute drive or about a 10 minute walk. Take a left out of the driveway, another left on Lake Park Blvd, and then right on to Cape Fear Blvd.
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Carolina Beach Boardwalk
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- Home to restaurants, shopping, bike rentals, surfboard rentals, and more. Be sure to check out Britt’s Donuts while you’re there! - Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast - every Thursday night during the summer! - A 3 minute drive or about a 10 minute walk. Take a left out of the driveway, another left on Lake Park Blvd, and then right on to Cape Fear Blvd.
- Vehicles with four wheel drive can drive onto the beach upon purchasing a pass! (Seasonal, 7-day, and daily passes can be purchased online.) Overnight beach camping is also allowed. - This park is located at the north end of the island, just an 8 minute drive.
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Freeman Park
1800 Canal Drive
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- Vehicles with four wheel drive can drive onto the beach upon purchasing a pass! (Seasonal, 7-day, and daily passes can be purchased online.) Overnight beach camping is also allowed. - This park is located at the north end of the island, just an 8 minute drive.
Check out beautiful hiking trails, wildlife, the marina, kayak & paddle board rentals, and more! Just a 5 minute drive away.
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Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
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Check out beautiful hiking trails, wildlife, the marina, kayak & paddle board rentals, and more! Just a 5 minute drive away.
Includes a playground area, dog park, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer & baseball fields, and a skatepark. Just a 3 minute drive.
Mike Chappell Park
501 Dow Rd S
Includes a playground area, dog park, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer & baseball fields, and a skatepark. Just a 3 minute drive.
- Visit more beautiful beaches and marshlands, and check out the historic site to learn more about Fort Fisher’s role in the Civil War. - About a 10 minute drive from the cottage.
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Fort Fisher State Historic Site
1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard South
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- Visit more beautiful beaches and marshlands, and check out the historic site to learn more about Fort Fisher’s role in the Civil War. - About a 10 minute drive from the cottage.
Rainy day? Take a 12 minute drive to the aquarium, just past Fort Fisher. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and marine life!
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North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
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Rainy day? Take a 12 minute drive to the aquarium, just past Fort Fisher. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and marine life!
Take a ferry ride to explore Southport! The ferry terminal is located 15 minutes away, near Fort Fisher. This charming, southern town offers boutique shopping, local restaurants, and a beautiful river walk. Portions of Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven were shot here as well.
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Southport
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Take a ferry ride to explore Southport! The ferry terminal is located 15 minutes away, near Fort Fisher. This charming, southern town offers boutique shopping, local restaurants, and a beautiful river walk. Portions of Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven were shot here as well.
The neighboring beachfront to Carolina Beach -- also just 5 minutes down the road!
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Kure Beach
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The neighboring beachfront to Carolina Beach -- also just 5 minutes down the road!
Take a 30 minute drive into Wilmington and explore downtown! Downtown offers an expansive river walk along the Cape Fear River with a variety of waterfront restaurants, bars, and shopping! Be sure to check out the Cotton Exchange for some adorable shops -- this is where the “Welcome” sign at the front of the cottage is from!
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Wilmington Downtown Incorporated
221 North Front Street
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Take a 30 minute drive into Wilmington and explore downtown! Downtown offers an expansive river walk along the Cape Fear River with a variety of waterfront restaurants, bars, and shopping! Be sure to check out the Cotton Exchange for some adorable shops -- this is where the “Welcome” sign at the front of the cottage is from!
Places To Eat
Here is just some the delicious food that Carolina Beach has to offer!
- Just 2 doors down from the cottage! Serves delicious American bar/grill food. - Monday thru Friday serves lunch & dinner only. Also open for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday.
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Hang Ten Grill
308 South Lake Park Boulevard
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- Just 2 doors down from the cottage! Serves delicious American bar/grill food. - Monday thru Friday serves lunch & dinner only. Also open for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday.
- Head to the boardwalk for some of the best donuts! - Open every day during the summer and on weekends only during the spring.
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Britts Donuts
11 Carolina Beach Avenue North
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- Head to the boardwalk for some of the best donuts! - Open every day during the summer and on weekends only during the spring.
- Just a 3 minute walk from the cottage to this local ice cream shop
Squigley's Ice Cream & Treats
208 South Lake Park Boulevard
- Just a 3 minute walk from the cottage to this local ice cream shop
- Check out Kate’s for a delicious breakfast! About a 5 minute walk from the cottage (located just past Squigley’s).
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Kate's Pancake House
102 South Lake Park Boulevard
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- Check out Kate’s for a delicious breakfast! About a 5 minute walk from the cottage (located just past Squigley’s).
- Great sushi & hibachi! Located just past Kate’s Pancake house, about a 6 minute walk.
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Nikki's Gourmet & Sushi
6 South Lake Park Boulevard
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- Great sushi & hibachi! Located just past Kate’s Pancake house, about a 6 minute walk.
- Enjoy a meal & some drinks with an ocean view! Beautiful pier & live music on Thursday evenings during the summer.
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Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar
1211 South Lake Park Boulevard
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- Enjoy a meal & some drinks with an ocean view! Beautiful pier & live music on Thursday evenings during the summer.
- Just a short drive up the road for some delicious seafood!
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Michael's Seafood Restaurant
1206 North Lake Park Boulevard
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- Just a short drive up the road for some delicious seafood!
- Great seafood and drinks on your way to the boardwalk!
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Shuckin' Shack
6 North Lake Park Boulevard
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- Great seafood and drinks on your way to the boardwalk!
- Seafood, American style food & an outdoor patio bar. Frequently has live music/entertainment!
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SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar
227 Carolina Beach Avenue North
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- Seafood, American style food & an outdoor patio bar. Frequently has live music/entertainment!
- North Carolina BBQ on the boardwalk!
Carolina Smokehouse
9 Pavilion Ave S
- North Carolina BBQ on the boardwalk!
- Enjoy some Mexican food & margaritas.
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El Cazador Carolina Beach
103 North Lake Park Boulevard
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- Enjoy some Mexican food & margaritas.
- Some of our favorite seafood in CB! Just a couple minute drive from the cottage. - This is a small restaurant, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation!
Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar
718 N Lake Park Blvd
- Some of our favorite seafood in CB! Just a couple minute drive from the cottage. - This is a small restaurant, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation!
- A local Wilmington favorite! Previously only in downtown Wilmington, they recently opened a new location in Carolina Beach near the boardwalk. - American bar & grill food. Known for delicious burgers & fries!
Fork n Cork
100 Cape Fear Boulevard
- A local Wilmington favorite! Previously only in downtown Wilmington, they recently opened a new location in Carolina Beach near the boardwalk. - American bar & grill food. Known for delicious burgers & fries!
- Some of our favorite ice cream and milkshakes on the island! There’s also a cute candy shop inside.
Scoopin' Yummies
1206 Lake Park Blvd S
- Some of our favorite ice cream and milkshakes on the island! There’s also a cute candy shop inside.
Enjoy New York style pizza located across the street from Nikki’s sushi
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Michaelangelos Pizza
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Enjoy New York style pizza located across the street from Nikki’s sushi
- Beach bar that also serves food. Located along the boardwalk, and there's a rooftop deck!
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Hurricane Alley's
5 Boardwalk
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- Beach bar that also serves food. Located along the boardwalk, and there's a rooftop deck!
Beach Gear Rentals
Looking to rent bikes or other beach gear? Pleasure Island Rentals provides free delivery & pick up on the island! Chairs can even be delivered to your spot on the beach so you don’t need to carry them. Check out their website for more information, www.pleasureislandrentals.com.
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Pleasure Island Rentals
2 North Lake Park Boulevard
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Looking to rent bikes or other beach gear? Pleasure Island Rentals provides free delivery & pick up on the island! Chairs can even be delivered to your spot on the beach so you don’t need to carry them. Check out their website for more information, www.pleasureislandrentals.com.