Ward Realty Blog

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 »

Get to Know the Fun Local Businesses of Topsail Island

Here it is, Topsail Island! We have compiled a one-stop, go-to source for our favorite coffee shops, surf shops, stores, bars and ice cream parlours, all in one place. Bookmark this page before your next Topsail Island vacation, because although our Ward Realty vacation... View the full post »

How Do I Rent a Vacation Home? We Answer your FAQs.

Have questions about renting a vacation home with Ward Realty?  Today we would like to outline the steps you need to take to reserve one of our homes, starting from your initial search all the way to check out. Have more questions? We are always happy to chat... View the full post »

What to Expect on Topsail Island This Summer

What will Topsail Island look like this summer?  Honestly, we don't have the exact answer to that. Things are changing every day. What's open? What does being open look like? What activities are ok to try? How can we stay safe on vacation? Today we w... View the full post »

5 Yummy Beach Cocktail Recipes From the Bars of Topsail Island

Some of our favorite Topsail Island bars and restaurants have generously shared their most popular beach cocktail recipes with us. Now, WE are sharing with YOU! Try these recipes from the comfort of your own kitchen ... and bring a bit of the beach home this su... View the full post »

These Beach Themed Recipes Will Make You Happy!

Bring the beach indoors.  In today's blog, we thought it would be fun to bring the enjoyment and whimsey of the beach to your kitchen. These recipes are simple to make and they use easy-to-find ingredients. Plus, they are super adorable. Consider hosting... View the full post »

Boost Your Health Through Sunshine and Exercise This Spring!

It's always important to boost our immune systems as much as possible. Most of us are staying home, washing our hands, and trying to eat well. As the weather warms up, it’s comforting to note that both fresh air and exercise are also wonderful, free ways to boos... View the full post »

Easy Beach Crafts to Entertain Kids and Adults

It's summer!  The kIds are home from school, and you might be lucky enough to stay home from work. Are we having fun yet? But, if you are going a little nuts (and searching for stuff to do) we have collected some cute and easy beach-theme crafts you can ... View the full post »

Shop Local for Gifts and Decor Inspired by the Beach Memes and Quotes You Love

Laughter & the beach go hand in hand.  Many of our Ward Realty vacation rentals are beautifully decorated with beach-themed pillows, signs, lamps, art and other decor that get you in a vacation frame of mind. Many of our guests want to bring these fun memories... View the full post »