How to Have an Epic Autumn on Topsail Island
If you're fortunate enough to live on Topsail Island or you have the opportunity to stay here longer than most, then you already know that fall is an absolutely beautiful time to be here. With the busy summer beach season past, it's time to settle in to "life as we know it" here on the island where most of the vacationers have left and the permanent residents and long-term tenants remain. The beaches open up, the traffic dwindles, and it feels more like the home we're used to most of the rest of the year.
But are you making the most of this time? We really want you to! That's why we're focusing in on what can you do to have the best autumn season possible on Topsail Island this year. Experience life on Topsail with new eyes. Rekindle your love for all that is has to offer you. And remember why you fell in love with it in the first place. Here's how!
1. View Topsail Island with a tourist's perspective.
Sometimes the tourist label comes with a negative connotation when you live in a beach area but it doesn't have to be that way. Looking at where you live through the eyes of a tourist or vacationer can help you give you a fresh perspective on the place you call home. Just reminding yourself that you live where others choose to vacation is a really good place to start. Put yourself in the place of a tourists and put aside work, your to-do list, and the the usual day-to-day routine. What would you do if you only had limited time on Topsail Island? What are some of your most favorite places? Is there anything you have wanted to do but haven't yet done? Get excited about the adventures that await you, then go ahead and have a few!
2. Attend the fall Topsail events and festivals.
Fall is such a beautiful time of year in the Topsail area with a lot of wonderful local festivals and events that are a hallmark of the season. Autumn With Topsail, the Surf City Fall Fest, the NC Spot Festival and more are autumn traditions in this area. When is the last time you attended one of these locally loved events? Grab your calendars and save these dates for some fun family outings. You can view this year's Topsail events and dates by clicking here.
3. Get involved in the community.
Whether you volunteer your time at one of the local events and festivals mentioned above, sign up for sea turtle patrol during nesting and hatching season, help out at the local food pantry, cleanup a local park or beach, or just simply donate blood at a local Red Cross blood drive—you're not only helping out the community at large but you're also building relationships and making Topsail Island stronger. You'll quickly see that you'll benefit just as much as those you're choosing to serve. Volunteer today!
4. Explore the natural side of Topsail Island.
Fall is the idyllic time to head outdoors and explore all of the natural coastal beauty that the island and surrounding Topsail area have to offer. Go fishing, camping, hiking, biking, paddleboarding, shelling—or whatever gets you outside in the fresh air and immersed in the natural elements of sand, salt, sea and sky. Take up a new hobby, get together with family and friends, and make the most of this gorgeous season in coastal North Carolina.
5. Try something new this season.
Coastal adventures abound and there's always something new and exciting to try or learn. Local Topsail outfitters are your area experts for any land or water escapades you'd like to have. Take lessons, get advice, buy or rent equipment and more. Deep sea charters, scuba diving, parasailing, surf lessons—or whatever big or small new adventure you're ready to embark upon—this is the season to do it. Check a few things off of your bucket list!
6. Invest in your Topsail realty.
It's good to take stock of your Topsail beach home and invest some time in making it the best it can be. It's a new season on the calendar but it's also a new season for your beach home. After the summer beach season, you may need to spend some time assessing any wear and tear that needs to be addressed, yard and deck cleanup, plus any other interior and exterior home improvement tasks that may need attention before next year's busy beach season starts up again. This is the time to do it! If you'd like more suggestions on investing in your Topsail realty, check out our previous blog post entitled New Year, New Home: Resolutions You Can Make Right Now to make your beach house its best self.