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Delicious Breakfast & Coffee Spots of Topsail Island

Breakfast is one of the most underrated meals on vacation! It's important to fuel up before a fun day at the beach, and nice to get out and about before the weather heats up. Whether you prefer a traditional plate of eggs, bacon and hash browns or just want a simple d... View the full post »

Fabulous Vacation Photos From Topsail Island Guests

The Ward Realty 2020 Photo Contest Winners are here!  Every year, we ask our guests to share some of their favorite vacation photos. We sift through your memories and each one makes us smile! Then, we have the very difficult job of choosing several to feature in ... View the full post »

How to Be a Great Dog Guest in a Vacation Home

Did you know that Ward Realty manages over 80 dog-friendly vacation rentals?  If you have ever traveled with your dog, you know how exciting it is to find a place where your dog is welcome! Not only are you thrilled not to have to find a pet sitter, your dog love... View the full post »

Why You Need Travel Insurance to Protect Your Vacation Investment

Are you planning your Topsail Island beach vacation?With so many fun things to do and see here on Topsail Island, you're sure to have an amazing stay. While planning your vacation, don't forget to take a moment to protect your trip with a travel insurance Pol... View the full post »

Ready to Plan Your Next Beach Vacation? Start Here!

Ready for a fresh start? Planning a vacation should be at the top of your list. After all, studies have shown that even THINKING about something fun can be almost as great as actually doing it (read more: Here’s why planning a trip can help your mental health)!&nbs... View the full post »

Ward Realty Blog Roundup: Crafts, Science & Wildlife

Love the beach, but stuck at home?   Ward Realty's blog is a place to find advice about everything Topsail Island. We have helpful articles to help you pack, find the best places to eat, know where to shop, and what activities to try while you're her... View the full post »

The Best Games, Movies & Activities For Your Beach Vacation

Vacation is all about fun.  Today we are going to give you some great ideas to make the most of your Topsail Island beach vacation! Beach-y movies, simple games, and crowd-pleasing activities all join forces, whether you are looking for ways to pass the time on a... View the full post »

The Fabulous Parks and Playgrounds of Topsail Island

Topsail Island has tons of free fun on hand! Want to go to the park?  Sometimes you just need a break from the beach, sand, and sun – and instead, you might be seeking a shady tree, a simple playground, or a grassy picnic spot. There are several lovely par... View the full post »

Everything You Need to Know About Enjoying Oysters

Today is all about oysters!  And now is the perfect time to talk about them, since fall is when oysters start to really fatten up and reach their true potential as part of your autumn seafood feast. These salty little bivalves have quite a following here on Topsail ... View the full post »

How to Meal Plan For a Vacation Rental Adventure

I'm hungry! 🧒 You think you hear this a lot at home? Wait 'til you go on vacation! From the moment you pull out of your driveway to go on a trip, it seems like food is the central theme. In today’s blog we will give you a step-by-step guide to p... View the full post »

The Best Bookstores, Art Galleries, Authors and Artists of Topsail Island

Get cozy this fall and browse the galleries, bookstores, coffee shops and designers of Topsail Island.  Did you know that Topsail Island is home to some amazingly creative artistic talent? Our area has inspired artists, authors, and photographers to write, design... View the full post »

Discover the Hidden Gems of Ward Realty - Simply Awesome Rental Homes!

Tour some of Topsail Island's most unique vacation homes!  Want to stay in a vacation rental built inside a real Project Bumblebee tower? How about an adorable "round home"? Or perhaps you are looking for a special amenity, like a dog door for the pup, a game ... View the full post »

Where to Rent Kayaks, Bikes, and More on Topsail Island, NC

You can rent so many cool items right here on Topsail Island!  Vacation is the perfect time to try something new. That might mean trying out a bicycle built for two, kayaking in the sound, or even just indulging yourself by hiring professionals to set up your beac... View the full post »

The Fantastic Photographers of Topsail Island

cover image courtesy of Jeff Wenzel, Above Topsail Artwork Whether you want to capture your Topsail Island vacation memories through a family portrait beach session or would like to purchase a professional print (and bring a piece of the island ho... View the full post »

How to Travel With Kids Without Losing Your Mind!

That's right. It IS possible to enjoy a vacation with small children and not lose your mind.  At least, that's according to our friends at Ecological Marine Adventures. As parents of two young and energetic boys, Taylor and Ling ... View the full post »