We’re @: The Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
What’s here: White sandy beaches perfect for surfing or sandcastle-making. Boats that ferry you to undisturbed islands, help you hook a fish or take you on a tour through one of the most biodiverse areas on the east coast. Fantastic food at the Ocean restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools and live entertainment.
Let’s talk: Abby and Gabby, a pair of Blue and Gold McCaws, are long time residents of the hotel. They take turns ruling the lobby and entertaining everyone with their impersonations of hotel guests, dogs and cell phones. They’re so popular that Abby actually has his own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Child’s play: The KidSpree Vacation Club had organized children’s activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor fun and theme nights. The bedtime “tuck-in” by Gabby, a costumed parrot, complete with milk and cookies, is a family tradition.
Feed me, Seymore: The Venus Flytrap is found natively only in North and South Carolina in the United States, specifically within a 60-mile radius of Wilmington, N.C., including Wrightsville Beach.
Historic roots: In 1887, Wilmington Seacoast Railroad built rail transportation, known as the “Beach Car” from downtown Wilmington all the way to the “Hammocks” (Harbor Island) with a footbridge to Wrightsville Beach. In 1935, the trolley era gave way to the automobile.
More info: Holiday Inn Resort’s website.