Those of you that have been to this area, know how beautiful it is. It makes a beautiful day trip or even a vacation destination. Many of our customers let us know when they are headed our way for vacation and they make sure to schedule an appointment to bring their shirts in. If you live relatively close and have never been to Southport, plan on spending the day visiting shops, eating in our great restaurants or just walking the historic riverwalk. I hope you can find some of our recommendations helpful if you do plan on visiting the area.
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- Our personal favorite for lunch is Saucy Southerner. They have a killer BLT with fried green tomatoes in it. If you arrive early, their Howe Street Biscuit is also a favorite, especially if you like a little heat and sweet mixed together. They are located on Howe St. You will see them on your right hand side (going towards the waterfront) with their picnic tables and umbrellas out front. A colorful place for sure.
- Another great favorite if you’re wanting to eat on the water is Fishy Fishy. They have a good assortment of items for lunch or dinner. They are located down at the yacht basin. When you see the waterfront, hang a right and keep going. You will end up at the yacht basin. There are a few other eateries also, so you’ll have some variety near by.
- If you’re in the mood for pizza, Dry Street Market is unique. We love their spinach pizza with white sauce, but they also have a variety of lunch and dinner items besides pizza. It is a nice atmosphere outside being so close to Franklin Park.
There are a variety of small shops here in Southport. One of our favorites is the new Southport Market. If you haven’t been to Southport in a while, you are in for a treat. The owners renovated the old BB&T bank building that was on the corner of Moore and Howe St. and turned it into this cool spot retailing everything from t-shirts, hats, gourmet eats to old fashion candy and ice cream. It truly is a variety store with a nostalgic vibe. You don’t want to miss this.
Another favorite is Ocean Outfitters on Moore St. If you don’t have enough t-shirts for your quilt, they are the place to go to get a few more. From famous brands, to private label, there is something for everyone there. Need more comfortable walking shoes or sandals? Ocean Outfitters has it all.
We have a variety of other shops all along Moore and Howe St. from a cheese shop, bakeries, coffee shops and yes even a Christmas Store.
You are never far from a beach here in Southport. We have our own waterfront on the Cape Fear River, but one can also see Oak Island and Bald Head Island close by. Oak Island is a popular beach destination where many families rent homes either on the ocean or a block or two away. There are no high rise hotels on the island (which makes it nice), but there are tons of rental homes. Bald Head Island is very unique. You can catch the ferry here in Southport and be transported to this car free island. The beaches there are magnificent and like Oak Island, there are no large hotel chains there. Beautiful homes dot the landscape there along with beautiful beaches and trails through the maritime forest. Bike and Golf cart rental are available when you get off the ferry, which are a must if you want to really explore this unique destination.