This wonderful, 7-yr old house is less than 250 yards from the public beach access. It has 8 bedrooms (including 4 Kings), 6 1/2 baths, and can sleep 19. The kitchen, living room and main master are on the 3rd floor and have great views. The house has a private pool, which can be heated in the spring and fall. The dual, heated outdoor shower is convenient for rinsing off after returning from the beach.
New, as of May 2013, we remodeled the main living room to accommodate a wall-mounted 70-inch LED HD TV. The other living room and all 6 adult bedrooms have flat screen HD TVs, too. An elevator serves every floor (not the case in all houses with elevators). We provide free, secure high-speed wireless internet so you can stay connected. There are ceiling fans and tile floors throughout, and a fully stocked kitchen
Wrap-around decks on each level offer great views of the ocean and sound. Also new for May 2013, we have added new Poly-Wood club chairs and tables to the 3rd floor deck. This house is ideal for large family gatherings, multi-family vacations, and church retreats.
What to Bring: Most renters bring their own linens, towels, beach chairs, etc. We can arrange provide a complete package of linens and bath towels for $250. Alternatively, there are several companies that will rent linens and towels for around that same price. They will deliver linens to the house and pick them up upon your departure. For an extra fee they will even make up the beds before you arrive ($56 if we arrange the linens). If you are interested in the linen service, let me know.
The large kitchen is well stocked with service for 20. It is equipped with stainless steel appliances, including smooth-top stove, oven, microwave, toaster oven, 2 coffee makers, blender, dishwasher, and refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and filtered water. There are plenty of pots, pans, casserole dishes, mixing bowls, muffin pans, etc.
The house is also equipped with a washer and dryer, as well as an iron and ironing board. There is a clothes line in the carport for hanging wet beach towels and bathing suits.
Recreation: Of course, the main attraction is the beach and building sand castles and collecting shells. Our house also has its own private pool (can be heated for a surcharge of $40/day or $250/week). On the island, there is a miniature golf course and tennis courts. You can also rent bicycles or charter a fishing trip. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is also located on the island.
Just off the island, you can find go-cart racing and more miniature golf. Silver Coast Winery is only 15 minutes from the island and offers tours and tastings. Myrtle Beach is only 45 minutes away and has everything from water parks to outlet malls to the NASCAR Speedpark. It is also home to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Class A minor league baseball team.
We are at the dead end of a lightly traveled street, so bike riding is a safe activity. Inside, there are toys and board games and a PlayStation 3.
There are many great golf courses within 15 minutes and over 100 in a 40 mile radius of OIB.
Restaurants: There are a number of restaurants on the island, and more on the mainland. We do have a few favorites. For dinner, Roberto's Ristorante, just off the island, is our favorite. The Bang Bang Shrimp makes a great appetizer. The fish is always wonderful, and the Fillet Mignon is hard to beat. The pizza is so good we often have them prepare 2 that we freeze and bring home). Roberto's also has a full bar.
Calabash, the 'Seafood Capital of the World,' is only 6 miles from OIB. For dinner, we love The Boundary House. Capt. Nance's offers the typical fried fish, shrimp and hush puppies, and the prices are decent.
For breakfast, we like Sarah's in Sunset Beach. Our other favorite is the Purple Onion Cafe in Shallotte which has giant pancakes, blueberry biscuits and fantastic raspberry croissants. Also in Shallotte is Jumpin Java with coffee and smoothies.
Always fun are The Giggling Mackerel with its rooftop Tiki Bar and Sharkey's, both on the island just before the bridge. The Sugar Shack is highly regarded for its Jamaican cuisine, but call ahead because it is usually crowded.