Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Memorial Day Beach Vacation

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North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offers useful advice to get summer rolling

Memorial Day is a time for reflection and appreciation, but it’s also a time to let loose for a few days. Why not do both? North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is the place to be this time of year, and they have some tips to make the most out of a Memorial Day beach vacation.

1. Grill Something Great—Nothing compares to the taste of fresh grilled seafood and steaks on a warm summer evening. In the Seafood Capital of the World, one is sure to find everything they need to cook up a meal the whole family will enjoy.

2. Tackle a New Adventure—Memorial Day inspires energy and enthusiasm, so use the extra day to try something never done before. Dive into a new hobby, visit a site unseen or learn about something that’s always been intriguing. You don’t have to go far to discover whole worlds of activities that will kick your summer off right.

3. Prevent Burnout—From big, bulky sweaters to skinny jeans, everyone’s skin has been hiding from the sun for quite some time. Gorgeous sunny days are now here to stay, and as the sun’s warmth begins to radiate off the beaches, it’s good to be prepared. Always apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going in the water, and don’t forget to reapply all day long to keep your skin safe and healthy.

4. Take a Dip—Memorial Day kicks off the first day of summer, which means the water will be cool-but-swimmable. The kids will be eager to jump in and will not care a bit about temperature. Just allow time for bodies to adjust, and make sure to pack extra towels and sweaters in case it gets cooler at night.

5. Join the Spirit of the Holiday—Don’t forget to commemorate Memorial Day by taking a few minutes to remember those men and women who gave their lives to defend and serve this great nation. Share a few meaningful memories with family and friends as you enjoy the beautiful white beaches and warm sunny days.

2013 Leisure Specials

Bald Head Island Limited - Bald Head Island
Springtime on Bald Head Island - 20% Discount on April and May Stays
Why not escape to N.C.'s premier island paradise? Enjoy a vacation on the southernmost tip of North Carolina's strand barrier islands and capes. Accommodation choices include upscale condominiums and homes ranging from one to five bedrooms. Explore 14 miles of beaches and a host of amenities.

Comfort Suites Magnolia Greens - Leland
Over $100 off- Cruise and Paddle Package
Explore the waterways of the historic Cape Fear River Basin with this adventurous package for Two. Included in this package are:
Two nights at the award-winning Comfort Suites Magnolia Greens for two
Complimentary breakfast
Complimentary wireless Internet
Fitness center
In-door salt-water pool
Kayaking adventure for two 
The choice of a historic or twilight river cruise down the Cape Fear River
Valid Now - April 30, 2013. *Based upon availability.

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center - Sunset Beach
Sea Trail Spring Offer - 3rd Night Free
This spring, book two nights at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center and receive a third night. Bring the entire family and enjoy the beautiful beaches during the wonderful North Carolina Spring weather. This is a limited-time offer. Reservations must be booked by April 30, 2013. This offer is valid for stays now through May 22, 2013. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply.

Robert Ruark Inn - Southport
Memorial Weekend Special
Book Charlotte's Room on May 25, 26 & 27 and get a $30 gift certificate for lunch at any favorite Southport seafood spot. Must mention this offer and act fast. There is only one room available for this special offer. Three-night minimum.

Isle Sea You - Ocean Isle Beach
Spend the Days on the Beach, and Have Dessert Delivered to the Door. Save As Much as $500 on Weekly Rentals
Rentals include sheets, towels, beach towels, large screen television in living room, cable televisions in all bedrooms, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, on-demand movies, fully-equipped kitchen, gas grill, house cleaning, wireless Internet, private pool, and many more amenities. Must mention code TDAAPR13 at time of inquiry for this special discount. Discount is only available on new reservations. The special is valid for all available 2013 weeks. Reservations must be made before June 1, 2013, to receive the special deal.

Brunswickland Realty - Holden Beach
Summer Begins at Holden Beach
Make plans to get the family together and head to the coast for the Memorial Day week or weekend. For the Memorial holiday there is a great selection of Island homes available for three-night stays starting at less than $100 a night. Or plan to stay longer with affordable rates starting at $650 per week. Call the vacation experts today and mention the “Summer Begins at Holden Beach” promotion. Or visit Brunswickland Realty’s website for more information or book online. This offer expires June 1, 2013. (Offer subject to property availability. Rate is before taxes, fees and options.)

Bald Head Island Limited - Bald Head Island
Kick-off Summer with an Island Escape
Pack those bags and head to the beach this Memorial Day. Enjoy summer pastimes such as beachcombing, water sports, outdoor cook-outs and old fashion family fun on Bald Head Island. Bald Head Island’s beautiful natural environment features 14 miles of beaches, lush maritime forest and pristine marshes. Vacation accommodations range from cozy cottages to grand homes. Book a two-night stay May 17-27 and receive a $100 gift card for the Maritime Market.

Ocean Crest Motel - Oak Island
Pay for 5, Stay for 7
At the Ocean Crest Motel on Oak Island, making memories is what it’s all about, so why not make this Memorial Day holiday an unforgettable vacation? Ocean Crest is the only oceanfront motel on the island and the "Pay for 5, Stay for 7" weekly special allows guests to enjoy affordable accommodations with room rates starting at just $535 a week. Valid May 24-31, 2013.

Ocean Isle Inn – Ocean Isle Beach
Extended Stay Discounts valid April 8 – December 31, 2013
Receive 15% Off of a Five Night Stay and 20% Off a Seven Night Stay or more. Active Military receive an additional 5% off the aforementioned deals and 15% off for four days or less.

Brunswickland Realty - Holden Beach
Oceanfront and Island Rentals $75 to $200 a Night
A large variety of island homes on beautiful Holden Beach are available. Spend spring with the family at Holden Beach, voted "No. 1 Family Beach" in the USA. Enjoy a quiet walk on the beach during a much needed spring break. Warmer weather in May will afford gorgeous sunny days as the sugar white beach sands radiate the sun’s warmth. Any month of spring at Holden Beach is the perfect time of year to be at the coast. Discounts run from March 1-May 19 based on availability.

Robert Ruark Inn - Southport
Movie Magic in Southport at the Robert Ruark Inn
In celebration of the release of Safe Haven, the Robert Ruark Inn is proud to offer guests who reserve a two-night stay a lunch certificate at the local Bistro where one of the romantic luncheon scenes was shot. The offer is good for stays Monday-Thursday in May. Guests need to mention this offer when booking. Certificates are $25 and not redeemable for cash. Property amenities include: antique filled rooms, fireplaces, private spa-like baths, Aveda bath products, use of bicycles, full gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, two rocking porches, brick courtyard, and complimentary tour around Southport aboard the Inn's electric street cart. Located in Historic Southport within easy walking distance to the waterfront, eateries, shops, museums & more.

Ocean Isle Inn - Ocean Isle Beach
Pamper Package $459 March 1 - May 23, 2013
Enjoy two nights with a loved one in oceanfront accommodations (deduct $40 from package for soundview accommodations) and have a romantic dinner at Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant or Pogies Watefront Bar & Grill, Ocean Isle Beach's favorite local places to dine. Then get pampered at Right Touch Therapy for a relaxing massage. Rate also includes all taxes. Gratuity not included for dinner.

The Winds Resort Beach Club - Ocean Isle Beach
Island Kayak Adventure Package - From $211 Per Person/Double Occupancy
Kayak the serene salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway - truly an unforgettable experience, a rarely seen world of pristine wetlands and native wildlife. Two night's lodging, welcome basket, three-hour kayak tour, dinner for two at a choice of two great restaurants, bikes to explore the island, hot breakfast buffet for two each morning. Valid from March 15 - June 7, 2013. Arrive any day of the week. Two-night minimum, 14-night maximum.

Free Night Special!
Get seven days for the price of six. Oceanfront rooms and suites (with kitchens) overlooking palms, tropical gardens and our breathtaking island beach. Hot breakfast buffet, three pools (one indoor, heated), resort cottages and tiki bar/dining. Offer good anytime. Not valid on existing reservations. May not be combined with other offers. Arrive any day of the week. Seven-night minimum, 14-night maximum. Valid on any room type.

Oak Island Accommodations - Oak Island
Sandy Toes Savings
Stay three nights and get the fourth night free or stay seven nights and only pay for five. Offer valid on all rooms at the “Island Inn” motel.

About North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands
In the southernmost corner of North Carolina, stretching from the Cape Fear River to the South Carolina border, lie North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Five barrier islands provide secluded spots on six pristine beaches for families and nature-lovers, while quaint island and mainland towns beckon with family-owned B&Bs, restaurants and shops. Forts, lighthouses, historic architecture, boating, fishing and 35 golf courses offer plenty to do and see on a trip that harkens back to a simpler time. For more information, visit

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