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Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

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Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

We are lucky enough to be visiting Holden Beach for a week and a half straddling Thanksgiving this year. The home we're staying in is on West Ocean Boulevard. We would love to hear recommendations for restaurants that are open this time of year, quiet spots to take our teenage son fishing, and the best place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables during out stay.

Thanks in advance!

Jeff and Kari

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1. Re: Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

What a nice post!

UNCMickey, a forum regular, has a home at Holden, so hang tight and I'm sure you'll get the full scoop when UNCMickey has a chance to post again.

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2. Re: Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

Here I am! ;)

We love being at Holden Beach for Thanksgiving, and will be at our vacation home there with extended family again this year. It is VERY quiet and peaceful this time of year; the weather can be just about anything. There have been warm, summer-like Thanksgivings where we've worn shorts the entire time and my kids have been swimming in the ocean... and then other years we've needed heavy coats,hats, gloves, etc. just to walk outside. Most years it's seasonably cool.but not cold; usually plenty nice enough to enjoy walks on the beach, fishing, bike riding, etc., (just remember to check the forecast before leaving home)

The restaurants in the area are generally still open, but have limited hours. Most still have regular hours on weekends, but best to double-check before heading out.

Here's Trip Advisor reviews/listings for Holden Beach and Supply, NC. Both areas are the same general Holden Beach location. (Supply is the name of the area just off the island, but those listings aren't all listed in the correct named areas. I think many visitors think the entire area is called Holden Beach.)

tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g49222-Holden_Be…

tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g49583-Supply_No…

My top recommendations would be:

LUNCH-

-Provision Company- located on the Intercoastal Waterway, very casual, limited menu but very good food, and beautiful views. Very popular for a very casual, light dinner too. provisioncompany.com/provision-company-holde…

-Castaways Raw Bar and Grill- very casual, mostly bar food, etc., on the island across from the ocean. Some ocean views, sometimes live music on weekends(but maybe not now?), corn hole game boards out front. http://www.castawayshb.com/

DINNER-

-Capt. Pete's Seafood Restaurant- located along the Intercoastal Waterway, on the island. Some tables with views upstairs. Casual, but probably most "upscale" feeling place in the Holden Beach area. Upscale seafood entrees, and a few other specialty items. http://www.captainpeteshb.com/

......BTW, there's a great, fresh seafood market next door to the restaurant, if you'd like to cook your own. The owners and staff are very knowledgeable and helpful... https:/…285776567235 I think they usually stay open up to Thanksgiving, then close until Spring. Holden Beach Seafood Market also has a good selection of local seafood (fresh, and frozen items that are out of season) and stay open year-round. ncbeaches.com/BrunswickBeaches/…

Back to restaurants...

-Boone Docks- casual restaurant on the Holden Beach causeway; no view, but very good, creative, somewhat Asian, upscale seafood entrees. https://www.facebook.com/boonedockshb

If you are looking for good ole Southern-fried NC seafood, I'd suggest taking the time to drive to Calabash, about a 30 minute drive from Holden Beach. (Calabash is also near Myrtle Beach, if you'd like to check that out, MB is a very lively place place year round...and has become quite a popular place for Thanksgiving tourists. http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/ )

Calabash http://calabashtown.com/ is where Southern fried seafood all started and many family-owned restaurants there are still doing a great job, many generations later. My all-time favorite, my entire life(been going there since I was a few months old!) is The Dockside Seafood House in Calabash http://thedocksideseafoodhouse.com/ It's on the waterfront, so many tables have nice views, plus it's neat to walk around outside a bit, and to the docks. Great Southern-fried seafood, grilled seafood etc. I even had a steak there once, which was also perfectly cooked! :)

If you don't want to drive away from Holden, then the Seafood Barn tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g49583-d17… does a pretty decent job at Southern-fried seafood

As for fishing, the Holden Beach pier is a good spot; the East end Inlet (some public parking available) is also a good spot, plus is a very pretty place to walk, bird-watch, etc. There are also places along the ICW (InterCoastal Waterway) to fish- Sailfish, Swordfish, Sand Dollar, and Scotch Bonnet streets end at the ICW and have public waterfront lots to fish from. People at the pier and guys at the Rod and Reel Shop can offer good local fishing advice. ncbeaches.com/BrunswickBeaches/…

Our growing season is mostly over here, so really little to no fresh local produce this time of year. Holden Brothers has a good variety of fruits and vegetables from their sources (I think mostly Florida produce this time of year.) They have limited hours off-season, so check before driving out there. http://www.holdenbrothersfarmmarket.com/ The Food Lion grocery store right at Holden Beach, usually has a pretty fair selection of produce.

Please let me know if I can answer any additional questions.

Hope we both have great weather while there.. and that you all have a GREAT time. :)

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3. Re: Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

Thanks panchopup and UNCMickey! These recommendations are perfect for us and our fishing-loving son.

I love the idea of driving a bit and seeing more of the area as I've only ever passed through before.

What are your favorite parks/walks?

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No parks on Holden Beach, there is a playground for kids near Town Hall and the town of Holden Beach recently added nice exercise stations along the sidewalk on OBW in front of the marsh between Greensboro street and Scotch Bonnet Drive. There are plans to make the ICW-front lots owned by the town into small parks in the future.

As for walks, the beach of course is great and on the island, it is one continuous, walkable strand. The East end Inlet that I mentioned earlier, is also a nice place to walk, you can start on the beach(oceanfront) and walk around to the ICW....very peaceful and beautiful views.

At the end of Sand Dollar Drive, just before it turns to go toward the ICW front, you'll see a trail on the hill beyond the marsh. That's a nice walk up there, sometimes see birds, deer, rabbits.

For a nice day trip, drive to the small historic waterfront town of Southport, about 30 minutes from Holden. The town has served as location for several recent movies and tv shows. Quaint historic homes, waterfront park, historic town, etc. Also a nice maritime museum there, www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/southport.html Also you can take the ferry(car) there to Fort Fisher. http://southporttimes.com/southportferry.html There's a great aquarium there, http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher , also historic Fort Fisher .. http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/fort-fisher/ You can drive into Wilmington from Fort Fisher, several beautiful historic homes along the riverfront there to tour, also restaurants, shops, etc. Your son might enjoy touring the USS Battleship North Carolina... http://www.battleshipnc.com/

Back at Holden Beach, here's a map showing the different bike routes to explore different parts of the island. hbtownhall.com/pdf/…2008.pdf

Have fun!

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5. Re: Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

Thank you for your wonderful post. We have had a great time this week at Holden Beach. We took several of your suggestions. We got some delicious shrimp and triggerfish from Cpt. Pete's Seafood Market. We went to Southport and took the ferry to the aquarium at Ft. Fisher, which made for a really nice (and very reasonably priced) day trip on one of the cloudy/rainy days. Our 2 and 5 year olds loved it! We also had fun walking around the trail off of Sand Dollar Drive. Even though the weather wasn't the greatest this week (40's and sunny or 60's and rainy) we still had a wonderful time.

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6. Re: Thanksgiving visit to Holden Beach

So glad you enjoyed your stay despite the cold, gray weather! We have been at our HB house since Tuesday, and it's been difficult to talk ourselves into going outside....burrr!. Thankfully, today is warming up some and the sun has been out most of the day, although, it's still cooler than most Thanksgiving trips we've spent here. While we prefer the warmer weather, we find ways to enjoy ourselves at HB regardless of the weather. :)

Hope you all can return sometime to enjoy HB with better weather.

Best Wishes!

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