I can’t tell you how excited I am to welcome back the Sunset Beach Summer Market. I feel all hints of frost and cold are behind us and now we are headed on to summer.
The Sunset Beach Summer Market starts on May 2 through October 10 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Thursday at 206 Sunset Boulevard. It may be humble, but it is one of my favorite places to visit on a Thursday around Sunset Beach North Carolina. Not only are we a beautiful coastal town but we have local artisans and merchants ready to talk about their wares, share some delicious food, and it’s a great place to stock up your groceries for the week. I don’t know about you, but my weekly meal planning doesn’t start until Thursday. I Peru’s the market and see what’s going on and then decide on my menu based on what is local and in season that week.
The Sunset Beach Summer Market is put on by “Pure Market”, which provides local growers and artisans a venue to sell their goods to customers and encourages the use of local products and locally prepared foods.
The market sponsors and Sunset Beach Holiday Markets have introduced the “Giving Tree” project. This is where donors receive a gift from a vendor in exchange for their donation. Last year, Pure Markets was able to present $1400 to principal Rhonda Benton of West Brunswick high school for their student fund. This is used to meet the needs of underprivileged students. There always looking for some local charities and worthy organizations to share in the “Giving Tree”.
So what kind of things are we likely to see at the market?
Some of my favorite things are the local honey, freshly baked breads and goods, which makes excellent breakfast croissants, danishes, cupcakes for dessert, or just your sandwich bread for the week, beautifully scented and homemade natural candles, wood crafting items, jewelry and pottery, and of course all the local bounty in season. I think the first of the year were likely to see some peas, radishes, and all types of lettuces. By the end of summer, you’re looking at squash, apples, carrots, and root vegetables. I love building my menu around what’s available, sustainable, and in season.
Speaking of, strawberries are in season right now and I’d love to share with you my favorite salad recipe with strawberry vinaigrette.
Fresh Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Pick any type of fresh, tender lettuces, pea tendrils, broccoli and cauliflower that is maybe flowered a little bit, chive flowers, and any other types of greens, spinach, and mache Pilot up on a plate and then top with fresh sliced strawberries, feta or goat cheese crumbles, any type of chopped nuts, herbs such as mint, basil, cilantro, and parsley, chopped chives, sliced radishes, and then drizzle with the vinaigrette.
put in a blender 4 to 7 large strawberries, a teaspoon or tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar, a tablespoon of honey or another sweetener, a teaspoon of lemon juice, a dash of salt and pepper, and then about a quarter to a third of a cup of olive oil. Blend on high until completely emulsified and then drizzle over your salad.
I’m telling you, this is the freshest and most delicious spring/summer salad.
Enjoy! I look forward to seeing you at the farmers market throughout the summer.
Ocean Isle Beach wants to build a new town hall just off of the island and the town has borrowed $5.7 million from First Bank to finance the project. The new town hall recently broke ground with Mayor Debbie Smith and pro team Dean Walters and commissioners Betty Williamson, Wayne Rowell, Carolyn Blythe, and Dave Green. They had a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 AM at the new location at 111 Causeway Dr. The Townhall will offer more parking and room for employees. The decision has come after concerns for a permanent structure off the island in case of a hurricane. The board of commissioners approved the project back in March.
Other news in Ocean Isle Beach includes the naming of their newest Park. The park is located at 11 E. 2nd St. and they’re holding a contest to name the park. Entries will be accepted from May 1, 2019, through August 2, 2019, and suggestions for Park names must not infringe on any trademarks or licensed products. An in-house committee will select 10 to 20 names out of all the entries and forwarded to the town of Ocean Isle Beach board of commissioners which will then select the winning name. The winner will be announced on August 13 at a board of commissioners meeting. The grand prize winner will get a gift basket filled with local treasures.
In other Park news, Island Park has completed its renovations and now have access open to the public.
Feel free to visit the Ocean Isle Beach Facebook page to stay abreast of all the latest information, events, and news around Ocean Isle beach.
You don’t have to go too far for great restaurants and food right here in Sunset Beach. Nearly all of our restaurants are within a couple block radius on the intracoastal waterway along Sunset Boulevard north. But what are the best places and what should you get? Whether you are a new be, local, or visitor, here’s some of our favorites.
Mavericks Java – located at 303 Sunset Boulevard north, this is the perfect place for brunch or breakfast or maybe just a great cup of coffee. If you’re looking for traditional omelettes, pancakes, and muffins, this is your comfort stop all week long. But, if you need something on the go, their breakfast sandwiches are great as well. They’re open every day of the week until 2 PM and if you need a good blended iced coffee, freshly brewed decaf, or foamy cappuccino, stop into Mavericks Java. You can also pick up a box of their coffee cakes, desserts, or muffins for a little snacking at home.
Simply Barbecue – located at 3240 Holden Beach Rd., which is the only one located outside of town but well worth the mention, is one of the best barbecue spots around and it’s a food truck, so you never know where they may end up. Technically they are a food truck but are primarily located next to the BB & T branch on the Holden Beach Causeway near to the entrance of the Harbour Island minigolf. Some of our favorites include the smoky ribs, baked beans, and spicy potato salad. Make sure you get an apple crisp on your way out and their sauces are both vinegary and sweet depending on how you like it. We love brisket so we often will stop in for a pound of brisket and simply take it home to munch on all week long.
Crabby Oddwaters – located at 310 Sunset Boulevard this tried-and-true local place has been here for decades. If you want true waterfront dining and Sunset Beach, this is it. While many places boast a farm to table mantra, Crabby’s is from ocean to plate. For a taste of true seafood check out some of our favorite dishes at Crabby’s including the Crabby Oddwater combo including salmon, shrimp, and scallops served with olive oil and fresh herbs. Of course, we usually don’t miss the she-crab soup in a velvety cream based sauce with Sherry. If you’re going to share something, check out one of their buckets, which comes with corn, potatoes, sausage, and butter. And for something truly unique, there softshell crab sandwich with occasional remoulade is amazing.
Fibber McGee’s – This local favorite is found along Sunset Boulevard up on the corner of Seaside Road. If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned Irish pub fair, this is great. We love it when it gets sunny and warm outside so that we can sit alfresco and enjoy a plate of their nachos, Ruben spring rolls, fried green tomatoes and their delicious slow roasted prime rib sandwich. These are just some of our favorites but if you’re into seafood, they make amazing shrimp tacos and a salmon BLT. Of course, you know they have your favorite Irish draft ready to serve up.
Sarah’s Kitchen – located at 1649 Seaside Rd. SW. unit 7, this beach café is a perfect spot for breakfast Monday through Friday. They have huge homemade biscuits, lunch specials, and comfort food favorites such as grilled cheese and tomato soup, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans, or a bowl of homemade broccoli cheddar soup. When we want some traditional home cooking, Sarah’s is where we go.
Will there you have it, some of our favorite restaurants around Sunset Beach and what to eat when you’re there. Have you eaten at any of these places? What were your favorites? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Sunset Beach draws in a unique crowd of homebuyers, some of which are looking for fabulous designs, beautiful layouts, and sprawling lots. Whether it’s a five-bedroom waterfront property, or a seven bedroom Southern estate, Sunset Beach offers a little something for everyone. But for those in the high-end market, here are the top three most expensive homes currently for sale in Sunset Beach.
Located on a private, gated, grand estate with beautiful water views is a five bedroom and five bath home with just over 7000 ft.² of living space on the Intracoastal waterway of Sunset Beach. This unique home looks like it’s practically right out of Gone With the Wind and offers such a unique living environment and the lifestyle it will be tailored to the next custom buyer. This home is listed at $1,349,900. Click on the image to go to that listing.
The second listing is for a five bedroom, and six bath home with just over 3000 ft.² of living space located right on the bay. This home has been furnished and offers the size of a luxury home right on the water. It was built in 2006 and provides 8 parking spaces on a 6100 square-foot lot right on the water. This home is priced at $1,390,000.
And finally, priced at $1,525,000 is a beautiful six bedroom and five bath home with over 5300 square feet of living space right on the water. Enjoy spectacular sunsets and sandy beaches in this luxury home being sold completely furnished. The home is full of builder upgrades and professionally decorated, staged and design with quality materials and finishes.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably waited to Christmas shop down to the last minute, and I’m always looking for unique gifts and local favorites for friends and family, especially those that don’t live around here. So, I thought I would put together a list of my favorite local shopping spots around Sunset Beach.
Sunset River marketplace – this huge gallery features work by local and regional artists from both North and South Carolina. Things are always changing and you can usually find something unique that is special to our area. The marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Dr. SW., actually in Calabash, just minutes outside of Sunset Beach.
The Villages at Sunset Beach – located at 790 – one Sunset Boulevard north, this is probably the most common shopping spots in Sunset Beach. It offers a variety of shops and over 85,000 ft.² of retail space with restaurants, commercial space, and boutiques. They have your classics like the ABC Store, Galleries, Thrift Stores, Food Lion, Ocean Presence Gifts, Pelican Bookstore, and Beachwear. There are a few dining options such as the Back Street Café, La Cucina Italiano, and Subway so you can re-energize on your day out of shopping.
Callahan Gifts – located at 9973 Beach Drive in Calabash, this 35,000 square-foot gift shop offers Christmas decorations, handmade jewelry, nautical gifts, unique T-shirts, homemade fudge, dishes, and more. This is usually where I go when I need a unique gift and I have no idea what I’m really looking for.
Vivi’s by the Sea – Located at 6934 Beach Dr. SW. Suite 1 in Ocean Isle Beach, this unique shop features coastal and cottage decorations, furniture, jewelry, and a wealth of unique gifts and items you won’t find anywhere else. If it’s not a cool stuff you’re looking for, check this one out.
The Polished Patina – located in North Myrtle Beach South Carolina at 860 Highway 17 S. Suite D is another unique gift location with nautical items, rustic and distressed home furnishings, and a set of items you won’t find anywhere else. From kitchens and coasters, to candles, lanterns, and vases, this beautiful shop is definitely on my list for farmhouse, beach, industrial, and vintage items.
The Sunset Trading Company – located right back in our home town of Sunset Beach at 423 Sunset Beach Blvd. is the Sunset Beach trading company featuring sporting goods, accessories, unique gifts, T-shirts, and more, and don’t forget to check out their delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt while you’re shopping.
I hope this is given you a little bit of inspiration to get those last-minute gifts taken care of. From our house to yours we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a happy holidays all around.
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