Renting a cottage right on the beach is the way most visitors stay here.
For a quintessential Bald Head experience, grab a table by the water and a bucket of steamed shellfish at Eb and Flo's Steam Bar.
Saturday--Exploring the Island
If you stay at Theodosia's, awake to a full gourmet breakfast featuring fresh fruit, omelets, and eggs any way you like them. (The River Pilot Cafe, a casual spot adjacent to the Dockmaster Convenience Store, also serves breakfast daily.)
Take a short walk to Island Passage, a shop featuring sportswear and accessories. This is also the rental headquarters for canoes, kayaks, beach chairs, umbrellas, and bikes. Go ahead and rent a bicycle ($5 per hour, $20 per day), and enjoy one of the best ways to get around.
Ride over to the iconic structure Old Baldy (admission is $3). Built in 1817, it stands as the state's oldest lighthouse. Though no longer in use, you're welcome to ascend the more than 120 steps and squeeze into the lantern for a panoramic view of the island.
Pedal down to The Silver Peddler, adjacent to the Maritime Market. In addition to the wonderful collection of sterling silver jewelry, owner Jill Moeller offers home accessories such as pewter ware, lamps, and pillows.
While you are here, visit Maritime Passage (the boutique-style sister store to Island Passage), and browse the fine selection of men's, women's, and children's clothing.
Stock up for a picnic at Maritime Market, because you'll be spending the rest of the afternoon on East Beach. Of the island's 14 miles of beaches, we fell in love with this one. For starters, the shelling here is great, but most appealing is the sense of seclusion provided by the long stretches of dunes. Make reservations at Bald Head Island Club ( 457-7300) for dinner, and remember that the attire is "dressy resort wear" (no T-shirts, tank tops, jeans, or flip-flops). Begin with the miniature crab cakes ($8.95), and try the grilled catch of the day (market price) as an entrée. If you have room for dessert, finish with the individual Key lime pie ($5.25).