Topsail NC

Jun 23rd, 2006, 12:56 PM
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I am grateful for your information. I plan to visit Yogi's when my family and I visit topsail July 4th Week. Thank you!
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Jun 26th, 2006, 06:22 PM
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Hi all,

Wondered what you Topsail experts thought of St. Regis Resort? It has vacancies and looks very nice on their website.

Is it close enough to restaurants and things to do - or if not, how remote is it?

Greatly appreciate any feedback.
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Jun 27th, 2006, 03:38 AM
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topping for any updated feedback about St. Regis Resort? Appreciate any comments.
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Jun 27th, 2006, 12:06 PM
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Anyone with an updated opinion? Please?
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Jun 27th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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True story. Many years ago I decided to ask the future mother of my children to marry me at the restaurant at the time at the St. Regis. Despite the location, it was a disappointingly sad little restaurant and, after asking the young lady to marry me, she asked that I ask her the next night at a nicer restaurant. She accepted the next night. After all those years, over sixteen, the St. Regis is still looking for a top-flight restaurant, from what I have been told. I know I'd never trust a restaurant at the St. Regis again!
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Jun 27th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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LOL George, glad she finally accepted!

Sorry to hear the restaurant is lacking but what do you think of the accomodations? And is it close to anything, like other restaurants, shopping, amusements (putt putt)? Sounds like you have to drive to Surf City, but that's fairly close, isn't it?

Appreciate the response!
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Jun 27th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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Wanderluster, we stayed in a condo at the St. Regis in 2003. We have good & bad things to say: it was a good 20-25 minute drive to the grocery store, a decent restaurant or the main part of the island. There was a small convenience store on site, very expensive and limited items. The sandwich shop was likewise expensive and limited. On the plus side, the condo we rented had beautiful views of the ocean and was lovely. Please remember each condo is decorated by its own owner. The beach was well cared for, but you needed your own chairs, umbrellas, etc. All in all, we wouldn't go back. We like to be closer to the center of action, walking distance to restaurants, etc. and everything in Topsail from St. Regis you had to drive to. Our 2 cents.
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Jun 27th, 2006, 12:48 PM
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At Villa Capriani's there used to be the beloved Paliotti's (formerly the Pirate's Den at a different locale) but old Joe died about two years ago and Villa Capriani kicked Joe's kids to the curb. Allyncgrl has informed me that the remaining Paliottis have opened up a new restaurant in Holly Ridge, twenty miles away. The restaurant that replaced Paliottis is called either the Sea Turtle or the Green Turtle but was mediocre when I ate there last year.

Topsail Island has experienced a drop-off in good restaurants lately, with Soundside and Latitude 34 both selling out to developers (is this a new trend at certain beaches?). Beauchaines II in Surf City is now the best restaurant on the island, a twelve minute drive from where you are staying. I ate at Surf City's Mainsail in May and it wasn't bad- had a nice mahi mahi for supper. In Surf City, Cindy's Oceanside does a good job with typical NC fried seafood while Mollie's cooks up a good breakfast. I've been told that Daddy Mac's isn't bad and I might give them a try when I am on vacation next week. Topsail Beach really only has the old Breezeway, specializing in fried seafood, but a culinary institution that has declined over the years. I don't know about you, but I don't like my fried seafood tepid.

Topsail's restaurant business is in fresh need of new blood. A top-flight Mexican place, like the old Flying Burrito, wouldn't hurt.
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Jun 27th, 2006, 01:20 PM
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Oh I am having such second thoughts about The Regis as we too like to be closer to things. However there was literally nothing available for our dates and our family really needs this getaway.

We really don't mind driving a bit as long as there is something to drive *to* -- please tell me there will be something for us to do after we drive to one of the mediocre restaurants!

GeorgeW, I've read you have a few kids yourself (3-4?) so you too would likely need something else to do when there, other than swim? Ideas MOST gratefully appreciated!!!!
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Jun 28th, 2006, 04:48 AM
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Aliska - was it 20 minutes to Surf City? I've read the best shopping is there.

GeorgeW, would still love to hear about your beach activities with your wonderful family.

Thanks again all.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 06:33 AM
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Also, if I might please ask one more question

In your expert opinion, what is the best ROUTE into N. Topsail Beach, coming from the NW (Raliegh) area?

Thanks much for your help!
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Jun 28th, 2006, 08:58 AM
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Travel from Raleigh- Take 40 south to Rocky Point, just north of Wilmington. From there, I believe it is Route 210 to Route 17 at Hampstead. Take 17 northeast from Hampstead until 210 branches toward the Topsail Sound just south of Holly Ridge.

I have five children, of which the youngest is just now walking (stumbling might be a better word). The oldest will be ten in August and the sixth is expected about Labor Day. They usually find plenty to do on the beach, allowing me to read and drink beer in relative peace. However, there is a putt-putt in downtown Topsail Beach near the Jolly Roger Pier and Motel. There is a putt-putt also on 210/50 coming onto the island two miles inland from the swing bridge not far from a Food Lion. Near the tall bridge on the north end of the island, two miles inland, there at least used to be a kids' park but it might have closed.

On rainy days, we often take the kids to the North Carolina Aquarium near Fort Fisher, south of Carolina, Wrightsville and Kure Beaches. In Wilmington harbor lies the USS battleship North Carolina which may interst your kids. I have not yet taken my kids on the North Carolina but remember going on it as a kid over thirty years ago.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Thanks George, appreciate your great assistance.

Your directions are the most direct and we'll likely go that way. But what do you think of this: earlier today I mapquested the route from the NW and this is what they said:

4. Merge onto I-40 E. (65.65 miles)
5. Take the NC-24 exit- EXIT 364- toward NC-50/WARSAW. (0.27 miles)
6. Turn LEFT onto NC-24. (3.16 miles)
7. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto NC-24/NC-50/KENANSVILLE HWY/MEMORIAL ST. Continue to follow NC-24/NC-50. (7.07 miles)
8. Turn LEFT onto NC-11/NC-24/NC-50/NC-903/S MAIN ST. Continue to follow NC-11/NC-24/NC-903/S MAIN ST. (0.61 miles)
9. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto NC-24/ROUTLEDGE RD. Continue to follow NC-24 E. (36.94 miles)
10. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-17 S. (12.20 miles)
11. Turn LEFT onto NC-210. (8.10 miles)
12. Turn LEFT onto LOGGERHEAD CT. (0.08 miles)
13. End at North Topsail Beach, NC US

Looking at the map this appears to go *through* the Marine base; is that even possible? Don't want to mess with the Marines LOL (God bless 'em!) and wouldn't want to be forced to turn around.

Thanks very much.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 10:58 AM
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Sometimes Map Quest is wrong.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 11:24 AM
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Absolutely, Mapquest is frequently wrong.
But on second look, this particular route seems to be ok, actually going around the Marine base.

Obviously not as quick as I40, yet seemingly more direct.

Anyone know the condition of NC RT 24 in terms of time / speed?

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Jun 28th, 2006, 01:54 PM
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I really want to stay on the positive side, but this was not a good vacation for us. It took us 20-30 minutes to get to the main part of Topsail Island, isn't Surf City across the bridge? We found no shopping of value to us on the island. Granted, we are pretty discriminating shoppers (Saks, Nordstrom, etc.) or boutique shops with handmade items. Lots of Tshirt shops, surf shops, touristy trinkets, etc. Wanderluster, are you committed to Topsail? There are SO many other places on the East Coast to recommend.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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Hi Aliska,

Yes unfortunately we're committed. Checked many many NC beaches without luck, so Topsail it is, St. Regis specifically. Definitely not our first choice but thought it would be better than nothing -- maybe not?

Our kids will be fine with the touristy shopping (and a non issue to me) but are said shops all together in a *town* type atmosphere, possibly near the putt-putt GeorgeW mentioned?

Is there a theatre nearby? Or a Blockbuster? We'll take lots of board games, cards ect.

I'm now very concerned; prior to this, any vacation is usually better than a day at the office! But now I'm beginning to wonder. Is there anything positive you can add?
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Jun 28th, 2006, 04:26 PM
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Wanderluster, don't worry about not having a good time in Topsail. You just have to go with the understanding that it's not going to involve shopping, fine dining, or lots of amusements. Topsail it a place to really relax, read a good book, and enjoy some family time. Buy some local shrimp and fresh vegetables, stock up your drink of choice, and you won't even have to drive anywhere all week. If you really must leave the beach, visit the Turtle Hospital, explore the Missile Museum, or the walk the vast dunes around the southern tip of the island. Topsail has lovely beaches. It is still an uncrowded rural area at heart. Once you get into the rhythm of the place, you'll never want to leave.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 04:38 AM
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Thanks for the positive post Devonmcj, appreciate your input!

While we're used to more evening activity(Hilton Head is most recent beach resort, sometimes VA BCH) if there are even a *FEW* amusements available, we will manage.

Our *style* (not unlike many others I'm sure) is to enjoy the day at the beach, a nice dinner out followed by an *activity* like shopping, mini golf or arcade type amusements. Then the *mandatory* ice cream heading back to our place.

S0 do you think we can we occupy at least 2 evenings that way?
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Jun 29th, 2006, 05:00 AM
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I think you may have to be a little flexible this year.
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