A Girl’s Weekend Guide to Pleasure Island

From the beach to the boardwalk and everything in between, Pleasure Island is already a family vacation destination. Now that the season is changing and the rates are lower, it’s the perfect time for a girl’s weekend get-away. With spas, shopping, sight-seeing, and dining experiences extraordinaire, Pleasure Island offers a weekend full of girl time adventures.

Get things started on Friday night at Island Beverage in Carolina Beach with an eclectic wine or beer in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Rumor has it they have an unmatched selection of craft beers and unique wines you won’t find anywhere else on the island. Don’t stay out too late because you’ve got a full day ahead of you.

On Saturday morning, head over to Wake and Bake Donuts for some starchy goodness to get you energized. Try one of their classics like a glazed or cream filled donut, or go all in with their gold standard Wake n Bacon, Twisted Turtle, or Purple Rain specialties. Once you’re out and about, wash those donuts down with an award winning organic espresso from Island Roast Coffee.

Who doesn’t like art—especially when much of it is from local and North Carolina artists. You and your girlfriends will enjoy browsing all that Artful Living Group has to offer, like amazing fine visual art, hand crafted jewelry, pottery, and handmade soaps and beauty products. It’s the perfect place to start your holiday gift shopping.

Next, head to Touché boutique for some more shopping. They have a wide selection of fashion forward women’s apparel, shoes, handbags, hats, and jewelry, and other fabulous gifts. In addition to their new arrivals, check out their clearance room, where new merchandise is frequently added.

When you’re ready to wind down and be pampered, make an appointment at Island Massage and Spa where you and your pals can experience a full menu of massages and body treatments like a Marine Algae Body Wrap. If you’re feeling the need for some mental and spiritual uplifting, try their amazing Reiki healing service. They’re Infrared Sauna Therapy for detoxifying and renewal is hard to beat.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, Havana’s Fresh Island Restaurant has a wonderful brunch and lunch menu. They offer fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, scratch made pasta dishes, and so many more delicious dishes. In addition to their indoor seating, Havana’s has three outdoor dining areas for great views and people watching.

After a day of shopping, pampering, and eating, spend the evening with your friends at Sip and Paint Carolina Beach showing off your creative talents by painting your very own whimsical beachy artwork. Oh, and you can bring wine!

To help you plan your girl’s weekend, and for more information on these and other amazing local businesses, please visit the Pleasure Island website here

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