Bald Head Island keeps its easy pace under control.
"Nobody ever has a bad day around here," says Bald Head Island resident Brooks Powell. "I think it has something to do with the 18 mph speed limit. We don't just drive that slow. We speak, think, and live at 18 mph." A leisurely pace is awfully important on this island, a dot near the southern tip of North Carolina's coastline. You better leave your desires for an up-tempo weekend on the mainland, because your fastest mode of transportation is a golf cart. Besides, everyone here eliminated the word "hurry" from their vocabulary long ago.
Friday--Get on Island Time
The best way to hop to the island is by the ferry that leaves on the hour from the Indigo Plantation ferry landing in the small town of Southport. You'll need to make reservations at least three days in advance by calling (910) 457-5003.
Bald Head Island Limited offers several lodging options. Two-bedroom cottages start at $215 per night, villas start at $233, and three-bedroom houses start at $256. Of course, the size and location are the major rate factors. You may also check in to a room at Theodosia's Bed and Breakfast, one of only two bed-and-breakfasts on the island. Rates start at $225; 1-800-656-1812 or www.theodosias.com.
Included in the price of any Bald Head Island Limited rental accommodation is a temporary membership to the Bald Head Island Club and the Shoals Club and the use of a golf cart, the primary form of transportation on the island. For dinner, request an outdoor table at Eb and Flo's Steam Bar. While enjoying the sunset view of the harbor, dig in to the Cape Fear Steamer for two ($30), which includes shrimp, clams, oysters, mussels, and Alaskan crab legs with all the fixin's.