Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beautiful Southport, NC

If someone told me that I had to choose another town in North Carolina in which to live, I think it would have to be Southport. This is a lovely little town south of Wilmington, situated on the banks of the Cape Fear River where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. The streets are lined with beautiful Live Oak trees, historical houses, and wonderful shops.

Each trip to the coast has to include a day of meandering the streets of this quaint town. This trip was no exception. After getting the group settled into camp last week, one of our first excursions was to Southport. John and I enjoy walking the streets and admiring the beautiful homes.

We even found several that were for sale. This one would be perfect, don't you think?

This is one of my favorites. It is a good thing that it is not for sale.

The Christmas House is one of our favorite shopping stops. Of course you can tell by the name that it houses many Christmas items (among other things) for sale. Notice all of the flag buntings. This town has a Fourth of July parade and celebration that is one of the most patriotic events I have ever attended.

My girls used to love to visit this little shop, Bullfrog Corner. I have never seen so many toys, candy, books, and kids things in one place before. When they were little every trip to Southport included a purchase here.

Southport Antiques is one of several great antique stores in the town. Although I did not purchase anything on this trip, I do have quite a few items in my home that were purchased here and in some of the other stores around town.

I really would love to have this beautiful dough bowl but my pocketbook just wouldn't allow it. Maybe next time!

Southport even has its own bed-and-breakfast. I have never stayed here since our beach home is only fifteen minutes away, but I have seen it featured on a television show and it looks really nice.

The town has its own waterfront park with a pier, picnic tables, and benches overlooking the Cape Fear River.

From the park I could get a great picture of Camp Caswell across the water.

After all of this walking around and shopping, John and I were starving. We made a stop at one of our favorite restaurants, the Yacht Basin Provision Co. From the outside it looks like a bait and tackle shop, but it is really a great place for fresh seafood. You order at the counter then serve yourself drinks from the beverage cooler. Your food is then brought to your table outside where you dine overlooking the water. We ordered the special (we always do) crab cakes and peel and eat shrimp with a great cucumber and tomato salad. I would have taken a picture for you, but I think John was getting tired of the camera. I know that all of my fellow bloggers can relate to this.

Are you ready to visit Southport yet? I would highly recommend it! The charm of this southern coastal town would certainly make it worth your while.


Love Being a Nonny said...

I love Southport! Was just there...felt like I was visiting all over again!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

What a charming place.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful place. I love the Americana feel to it!Thank you for introducing me to a new place and taking me on this virtual field trip!

Cameron said...

I love Southport! What a wonderful tour you've given that captures the essence of visiting. Have you ever eaten at PJ's? I included that restaurant in my itinerary (Cool Coastal Gardens) that I wrote for visitnc.com.

Queen B. said...

beeeauuutiful !!!

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

A beautiful place!!! My son-in-law was called into ministry at Caswell. Praise God. Now my daughter is children's director and my son-in-law is youth minister.
I will have to visit soon!!!
Please stop by Grace soon.

MyJourneyBack said...

Loved the virtual tour. Dreamy houses!
Thanks for sharing.

Glenda said...

Looks and sounds like a place I'd love to visit. Love the homes! The shops sound so unique . . . and I'd snap more photos than I'd know what to do with!!

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Hope and pray that your concerns are all resolved soon.

tina said...

Very very nice! I have visited Wilmington (during dogwood and azalea festival) but never Southport. It looks so quaint. Why is the inside of the dough bowl black?

Cindy said...

I LOVE this area of the state as well!!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I'm ready right now. I'll bet there is a cool breeze blowing in off the water. I'd love to just wander thru town and look at everything.

Paula said...

We ate at Yacht Basin Provision Co this spring and it was so good. We stayed at Cure Beach for the weekend and rode the ferry to Southport for lunch. I didn't get to see any of the town and now that I see your pictures, I've got to go back!