A Tour of Our Area: The Perfect Guest Itinerary

Living by the beach, in your idyllic cottage home, will draw an abundance of guests–guaranteed.  The trick is to manage your visitors strategically and to capture the sights, sounds, and flavors of our little slice of Heaven optimally. There’s so much to see and do.

Enjoy this itinerary that was developed by one of our community’s residents at The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach. File it away and use it as the basis for developing your guest’s perfect stay.



Pick up guests at the ILM airport.
Go for lunch at The Pilot House on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington.
Travel to OIB.
Drive over the OIB causeway for dramatic views; head to the OIB Pier to park and take a stroll.
Arrive at The Cottages at OIB; do a drive by tour.
Have dinner at home with fresh ocean seafood.
Enjoy drinks on the front porch; meet neighbors.



Dine for breakfast at The Dawg House in OIB.
Take a morning neighborhood walk.
Get a higher view; take a helicopter tour at the nearby airport.
Enjoy Beaches Burgers in OIB  for lunch.
Go to the beach for the afternoon.
Dine at Jinks Creek on the Island for  dinner.



Sleep in and enjoy breakfast on the back porch.
Head to Southport.
Take the Southport Trolly Tour.
Dine at Oliver’s on the Cape Fear for lunch.
Shop the Southport shops and and take a riverfront stroll.
Dine at Angelo’s Italian in Shallotte.



Savor brunch at Brick Landing on the ICW at OIB.
Head home to relax a bit.
Take a boat ride on the ICW.
Stop at Provisions in Holden Beach for dinner.



Head to Shallote for breakfast at the Purple Onion Cafe.
Drive down the coast to legendary Calabash and stroll into the Calabash Art Gallery.
Shop at Callahan’s for nautical gifts, decor, and apparel.
Stop for ice cream at Calabash Creamery and head up the road to Sunset Beach  for a stroll in this park and beautiful views of the ICW.
Enjoy dinner at home with a Low County Boil.
Head to the beach for sunset views.



Drive to the Filling Station in Shallotte for fresh donuts.
Head to Wilmington.
Take an historic tour of Bellamy Mansion.
Dine at the Copper Penny for lunch.
Stroll along the Riverfront for great views and shopping.
Drop off guests at the ILM airport.