Aerial photos of the Port City Marina construction progress dated February 2013. As you can see, we are on the final stages of the marina basin dredging. A big thank you to all of the members of our construction crew. Keep up the good work!
Where it’s Located
Just past Carolina Beach on the southern-most tip of Pleasure Island; Kure Beach is a small, quiet and relaxed beach town. Surrounded by natural beauty and home to some major American history, it is a great place to spend the day.
To get there from Wilmington: take Carolina Beach road, (also known as Highway 421). It will take you about 30 minutes from the downtown area.
If you are looking for a quiet and open beach just a short drive from all the city action then Kure Beach is for you. The natural surroundings of this white sandy beach will appeal to those wishing to experience the beach away from the crowds. Oak trees, tidal creeks, and marches are scattered about with the several areas boasting incredible views of the ocean and river. A large part of this land remains undeveloped, exhibiting the wonders of a natural coastal environment. You may see parts of the beach roped off as Kure is a nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles and other rare species.
At the small town center, you’ll find the Kure Beach Pier, several restaurants, a convenience store and amusements for the kids. You can walk to town or bike on a bike path.
The Kure Beach Pier is a public fishing pier. They sell fishing tackle, bait, rod and reel combos on site. There is also a concession stand, arcade and large souvenir area. It is open April-November.
Dig the blues? Want to sample some tasty, locally caught seafood? The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival is a two-day festival held annually in October. Set between the ocean and the Cape Fear River at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach, there is music on two stages and two days filled with great music, delicious local seafood, and much more. Check out their website for tickets and dates.
For those of you who enjoy a handcrafted beer (or several) be sure to stop by Front St. Brewery, less than a mile from the new Port City Marina. Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington at 9 North Front Street; the brewery is built into an historical building that dates back to 1865. Front St. Brewery is Wilmington’s only microbrew pub and restaurant and is a hot attraction for visitors and locals alike.
With a year-round selection of hand-crafted micro brews and seasonal beer on tap, you have plenty of choices available. The beer sampler is a great introduction and well worth the $5.99 (you will get 4oz. of any 5 of their beers to taste).
Front St. Brewery also serves a full menu until midnight, 7 days a week, and has a great deal on half-priced appetizers every day from 4-6pm and after 10pm.
Interested in knowing how beer is brewed? A free brewery tour is offered at Front St. Brewery every day from 3-5pm. Brew-masters Kevin Kozak and Christopher McGarvey will walk you through their brewery and teach their brewing process; explaining ingredients and flavor profiles for their most popular and seasonal microbrews. Oh, and it also seems worth mentioning that they offer free samples upon the conclusion of the tour. That’s right: free tour, FREE beer.
Visit Front St. Brewery’s website for more information.
Port City Marina representative Larry Rizzo will be attending the Miami International Boat Show this week. The show features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from around the globe.
Are you or your business be attending the show? If so, let us know by emailing Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 910-251-6151.
A stroll along the Riverwalk, located in the historic district of downtown, is a great way to experience Wilmington’s charm. This 1.8 mile boardwalk lines the Cape Fear River and, when complete, will run directly in front of the new Port City Marina.
The views along the Riverwalk are ever-changing. Take in sites of the bustling city or watch as boat traffic moves up and down the river. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as locals have been known to spot gators and dolphins in the water regularly.
If you happen to be around in late afternoon, take a seat at one of the many benches or picnic tables looking out onto the river and prepare to experience a sunset like no other. The scenery as the sun goes down over the Cape Fear River and the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship is impressive.
Shops and Dining
Several restaurants and shops border the Riverwalk.
Events and Concerts
Special events and festivals occur along the Riverwalk during summertime.
The Riverwalk is the perfect place to get outside and experience historical Wilmington’s ambiance. It can be found along Water St. and it is wheelchair accessible.
Port City Marina Representatives Larry Rizzo and Matt Rogers are attending the 21st Annual Raleigh Convention Center Boat Show. This is the largest boat show of its kind in North Carolina with over 150,000 square feet of boat displays and exhibitors from the insurance, finance, and boat brokerage arenas.
You can find out more on the Raleigh Boat Show by visiting their website. Send us an email if you are exhibiting or visiting the show and our representatives will stop by and say hello. For those of you attending the show, here is a coupon for a $2 discount:
Port City Marina is proud to be featured in All at Sea Magazine (February Issue). The article discusses the Wilmington area, marina construction progress, marina amenities, and more. Continue reading