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Monday, January 24, 2011

"Sand, Sun and Family Fun" at Ocean Isle Inn AND Mom Blog Conference

To me, the beach has always meant relaxation and peace.  But, you have to find the right beach for that. Otherwise, you end up with crowds and touristy junk all around you.

You can find an "uncrowded, unhurried, and unforgettable" experience at Ocean Isle Beach in NC. "Sand, Sun, and Family Fun" are what you will encounter at Ocean Isle Inn.

Ocean Isle Inn is located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC: so you have nearby attractions but can go back to quieter family fun near the hotel, like a local museum, playground, and mini-golf. And of course, there's the beach, too!

We headed to the outlets in Myrtle Beach for a little bit because mama needed to shop.  We also spent one evening at Medieval Times with the kids.  Another night, we stayed on Ocean Isle and headed to one of the charming local restaurants where everyone oooh'ed and aww'ed over the cuteness of my boys.

At Ocean Isle Inn, the kids enjoyed swimming at the indoor pool.  They kept looking out at the outdoor pool and asking to use that one, too, but it's too cold in January for that!  Their only complaint was that after getting out of the pool, they had to be in a short outdoor hallway to get to our room, but we bundled them up in the towels that were available by the pool and hustled them back to the room.

The beds in the rooms are heavenly.  Angels singing type of comfortable.

Even though parts of NC had snow this past weekend, we didn't get any on Ocean Isle. It was nice enough that we went for a walk on the beach on Sunday morning, after enjoying a free deluxe continental breakfast at Ocean Isle Inn.

The beach is a south-facing beach, which means the sun stays out in front of you all day long: it rises down to your left and crosses the sky to set on your right: you get gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

My family enjoyed our stay at Ocean Isle Inn.  There is plenty of family beach fun here.  Though, my husband and I would love to come back for a couples' weekend when it's warmer so that he could go golfing at a nearby course and I could relax in the sand with a book.  Maybe for my birthday in July or his in September.

Whether you are looking for a family vacation or a couples' getaway or a girls' weekend(oooh! Sign me up!), I recommend that you check out Ocean Isle Inn.

NC Mom Blogger ConferenceNow, if you are a Mom Blogger, you need to check out the NC Mom Blog Conference going on at Ocean Isle Inn next month: February 24-27.

This social media conference is open to ALL mom bloggers: you do not have to be from NC. The conference is limited to 50 bloggers, so it will be an intimate conference.

You cannot beat the price of the conference: if you register by January 31st, the cost is only $129: which INCLUDES not only the 3 day conference but also some of your meals AND your hotel for three nights!!!

Plus, when you reserve your spot, you only have to put down half the cost as your deposit. This has to be the most affordable conference around. And you can't beat having a conference on the beach!

I will be there and hope that some of you will be able to make it, too!

I received 3 nights' stay at Ocean Isle Inn in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  If you are interested in being their monthly featured blogger and experiencing the hotel for yourself, check out their featured blogger program.



Blogger natalee said...

Awww .. the place looks amazing.. I love the pix!!!!!!!!!

January 24, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks amazing.

Wish it wasn't so far of a drive - I would totally sign up to be there with you!!

Your boys look so darn cute in that bed all together - they look totally different with the new hair cuts!

January 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Chele said...

So glad to hear you had a nice weekend!! Sorry we couldn't meet but we will be meeting in a couple of days! Woohoo! :) Awesome post by the way!

January 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

You were in my neck of the woods :) Never been to Ocean Isle though. Love me some MB...and love me some Tanger Outlets at MB too.

Would love for someone to give me a 3 nights stay in exchange for a review!

January 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I love Ocean Isle...we used to go there as kids and it was always such a great family beach!

I was wondering if y'all got snow or not...they were saying some areas had up to 6 inches of snow...on the beach! Wild, huh?

Glad y'all had a good weekend!!!

January 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

What a cool opportunity!

And I can't believe, as I look at your photo, I'm going to see YOU in a couple days!!

January 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

Wow, that's a great deal! I may have to look into NC for a vacation spot. Although it is awfully close to the in-laws....

January 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Very cool! I hope you guys had/are having so much fun!

January 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Holy frickness that conference is a deal - if I lived closed I would definitely check it out. And I now have a new requirement in beach visits - south facing!

January 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger mypixieblog said...

Wow, what a great review! And it sounds as though you had a wonderful time with the family. The pic of your three boys in bed is too cute for words :) And that sounds like a great and affordable conference!

January 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

What I wouldn't do to be on the beach right now! I'm not a fan of the overly tourist filled places so this sounds like a good place for me to go.

I'm glad everyone had fun.

January 24, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Sippy Cup Mom said...

It looks like such a nice place and your kids are so cute! ;-)

What an amazing price for the blogging conference! You are going to have so much fun!

January 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Fields said...

That looks fabulous. I want to go right now!

January 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger kc said...

thanks!! I am actually looking for a place for Doodles and I to go spring breakin' :-)

January 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger chele said...

I live in Virginia Beach and I know what you mean about the touristy, junkiness. Yuck. I like to visit Nags Head in the summer where I can find really quiet areas. Great pics! Have a wonderful week!

January 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Ducky said...

Just seeing the photos actually improved my mood. I love the beach...even though I am land locked...I relish the memories of each water/oceanic vacay I've had. I have a sound machine that is set to the ocean and it never gets touched. It runs 24/7 (because I'm an energy waster).

Thanks for finding the warm fuzzies for me this morning. Especially THIS morning! I had to pee on myself a little just to keep my girlie bits from freezing while pumping gas this morning.

January 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Cheryl D. said...

I'm beyond jealous! You're getting two great weekends at the beach! Sigh!

January 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! I'm glad y'all had fun. I wish that conference were closer, because I would so be there. Great pictures!

January 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Looks like you had a great time! What a nice place. You need a getaway with the hubster for sure.

I am looking at that photo of you in a skirt with envy...it was -7 here this morning!!

January 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

wish I could go, tried to bring it up this morning and got dismissed

January 24, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Jene said...

Have a great time! I love Ocean Isle.

January 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

I've been tasked with the vacation planning again. I'm just not sure I can handle that long of a drive. Does look like a nice beach! I wish we could move the ocean closer to Pittsburgh. Will 7 Superbowls do that???

January 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

That looks awesome! Oh I wish I had money. Maybe on day when I grow up ;)

January 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Looks and sounds like fun. I bet it was a nice getaway from the normal everyday pace of things.

January 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Macey said...

The picture of your boys in that bed is ADORABLE.

January 24, 2011 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

That looks amazing, and your kiddos are so sweet in the bed together! What an awesome time.

January 24, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

Wow the pool and the beach all to yourself! Nice. Really nice. And your kids all cuddled up is so cute!

January 24, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Oh, how I wish I could go there! What a gorgeous place!

January 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

That looks like an amazing weekend. I have never been on the east coast beaches, looks beautiful

January 24, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Edie Mindell said...

That place is heavenly!!! I love the pics, especially the ones with the kids. I wish I my family could visit that place even for just one weekend. Thanks for sharing.:-)

January 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

Ooo nice. When Tom gets back, I might have to look into that.

January 24, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

It looks like a wonderful place. Loved the pictures.

January 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

It's gorgeous and I can't wait to get there next month for the conference and see it in person!

January 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Kristen Alexis said...

OH-MY-GOSH! I have never heard anyone talk, let along know where Ocean Isle beach is. It's my favorite place on earth! My family has a beach house 'a pier' length away on the west end! What a small world it really is. Enjoy your time there in February!! I'm jealous.

January 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

That looks down right serene. Golly - wish I could do this! Especially with Angels Singing Comfy beds.

January 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

It looks beautiful!! What a fabulous weekend. And you look so great in that outfit - LOVE the cardigan!!

January 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Lee-Ann said...

Looks like a great time & an amazing intimate conference coming up!

January 24, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Mellodee said...

I grew up in a beachside town. I loved it then and I miss it now...but going to the beach in January? in N.C.?? where is snows sometimes???? Uhhh, no thanks. I'll catch up with you in May! :)

January 25, 2011 at 1:23 AM  
Anonymous petewilliam said...

very informative and interesting blog.Thanks for sharing:-)

January 25, 2011 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm so glad you got a pampered 3-day stay. Have fun at the blogging conference.

January 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM  

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