Throwback Thursday: Blockade Runner Has Me Missing Summer


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The recent snow and cold here in Durham  caused me to look back at some old pictures from this summer in anticipation for the warm temperatures to return. It was the end of the summer last year when we realized that we did not get to stick our toes in the sand of a warm beach. Realizing there was no excuse for this oversight considering the Atlantic Ocean was just 2.5 hours away we packed up the car, and pointed it east towards Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Where We Stayed – The Blockade Runner

For this short little trip we didn’t want to have to think too much, do too much or move around too much. We wanted a place where we would park the car and not turn it on again until we were heading back to Durham. With those simple needs in mind we picked the Blockade Runner as our destination.

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What to do

Go Stand up Paddle Boarding -Although it’s been around for years, this sport has really caught on in the last few years. We found out why a couple years back when we tried it out and felt it was a great way to not only enjoy the water but get in a great workout while on the water. If you want to take a lesson or a tour you can sign up in the lobby of the hotel. If you already know how to SUP the best and cheapest bet is to walk down the street to Aussie Island Surf Shop and rent one for $50 a day. You can put the board in the waters of the intracoastal across the street from the shop and paddle right down along the road to the hotel. If you need somewhere to stash it over night the hotel valet stored mine for me but throw them a couple of bucks for their troubles. If you are a beginner start out on the intracoastal, there is plenty to explore. I even let Devin stand on it in shallow water but his main goal was to jump in the water. If you are more advanced or the sea conditions are calm walk across to the Oceanside and take on the Atlantic.

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Relax on the Beach– when traveling with a 14 month old the statement “relax on the beach” is used very loosely. It’s more like, “chase this little guy up and down the beach, and try to keep sand out of his eyes and everywhere else until you realize how pointless it is on the beach”. If you choose to spend your time soaking up the sun at the beach it couldn’t be any easier here, walk out of the hotel and down the walkway and voila. You can rent chairs and umbrellas from an attendant on the beach or just use a towel.

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Have Lunch, a Drink and Lounge by the Pool – After spending half of the day trying to wrangle a little boy on the beach (not to mention the screaming and fighting shower to extricate sand from his tiny crevices and hair) we decided to keep it near the pool on day two. We plopped the little guy in his floating turtle and he was content with trying to figure out splashing. You can order lunch and have it delivered to your poolside lounge chair and sip a refreshing adult beverage. Be warned, these drinks are tasty but a serious tab can rack up before you know it. The poolside fare was much better than I expected. Some of the highlights were the Turkey Club Sandwich, Burgers and homemade chips.

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Blockade Runner is a nice place to stay if you are looking for an all in one place in the Wrightsville area. They have sunset cruises leaving from their pier across street on the intercostal, plenty of activities that can be arranged at the concierge and a great on-site restaurant East Ocean Front (Thursday nights is 4 courses for $25) with a fair breakfast buffet that is included in your stay. The Oceanside rooms are fantastic and it’s always nice to wake up to an ocean breeze and the sun rising over the Atlantic. If sunset is more your thing, you can take a room on the sound side and watch the sun retire from your room in the evenings.

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