Travel Blogs from Wrightsville Beach
So I was through with the Outer Banks and was very sad to leave! But I had fun places to be and I was excited for that! By the end of the day I would be back in Wilmington…aka One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek land. But first I had to drive the 3 hours back to New Bern to actually see it in daylight.
I was getting …
... we settled into a very comfortable booth for six, we had a good time talking and waiting for our Calabash-style fried fish, shrimp, clams, scallops and fries. The consensus was that it was worth the wait, and nobody left hungry.
When we returned, we snuck off to the beach after dark and sat watching more stars than I'd ever seen. We returned, watched the last quarter of the Auburn/Washington State football game, showered and headed to bed.
... to unpack and set up, when the storm rolls in. It began with about a half an hour of light rain and the most intense thunder you have ever heard in your life. At one point we thought it struck right next to us. The dogs were freaking out!
I ran to the laundry to wash Mabel's mess, while Scott got everything else set up.
Then the rain came...... fantastic.....let's all sit in the stinky, barf van, in 35 degree heat, while it pours( for what felt ...
... and walk to the bath house at strange hours of the night or maybe spot a nice tree! Im mostly kidding about the tree. If you can look past sleeping in the sweltering heat for a couple hours, it was a pretty lovely campground. The bathhouse doors were full of great things to do, well actually only one the "Sea Turtle Talk." Wednesday was when this very informational seminar was to happen, I was pretty pumped about this seminar. Before we could ...
... continue to keep in touch with thanks to social media. One of the best things that resulted from the challenges, pleasures, and ordeals that Paul and I faced on this trip is that it truly was a wonderful bonding experience. We are looking forward to our next adventure ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Blockade Runner Wrightsville Beach
Avoid the Cottage
Our family rented the Cottage at the Blockade Runner. The location and layout were great....but the house was very poorly cleaned and maintained. We had many problems throughout the week. It's obvious they don't spend enough time or money to conduct normal routine maintenance. Also, the house was infested with cockroaches. You can do MUCH better for the rental price charged!
Worst place I've ever stayed
This was the most unbelievable trip we've ever had. Service was pathetic, dinning and breakfast was outrageously expensive, rooms were nothing to brag about, and a drunken "guest" tried to break into our room the last night we were there. The hotel staff did absolutely nothing and never appologized for what happened. What a joke!
We stayed here about a year ago in the fall. The location is great and the views of the ocean are breathtaking. The pool and the poolside bar were very relaxing. The room was a good size but it needed a thorough cleaning. It smelled musty and the bathroom was small and dingy with only a shower stall.
We stayed for three nights over Thanksgiving 05 and enjoyed the hotel. Good points: we had a deluxe ocean view room which had a nice balcony overlooking pretty Wrightsville beach; The bathroom is attractive with two shower heads but has two strange features; first of all, there is a window in the bathroom with a curtain which you can pull back, presumably to see the ocean while you are in the shower (unless you are near sighted like me and have to take your glasses off in which case it is pointless!) but the downside to this is that during the night, when my husband wanted to use the bathroom and turned on the light, the curtain is so see through and thin that the light would wake me up! They really should put some kind of black out curtain on this window - they do have them on the doors leading to the patio. Second strange feature, the shower, although beautiful, has a glass panel only half way down the shower stall so when you take a shower, water sprays all over half the bathroom floor!
Hotel not recommended
First sent to room that hadn't been cleaned; bed still unmade. Moved us to another room. Room was beautiful, but had carpet stain. After a night of horrible sleeping and bed rocking, we looked under the bed and saw it had been repaired with an L shape elbow bracket. After several attempts to complain, the guest service director did not offer apologies. I would not recommend this hotel.
This resort offers rooms with an ocean view or a harbor view. My family chose the harbor view, and it was breath-taking. We saw everything from dolphins playing, to sailboats, to yachts, to kayaks. Directly across the street you can go on scenic boat tours, kayaking, sailing, rent bikes to ride on the island, or enjoy the beautiful ocean. The resort is kept up beautifully, with extra attention to their near perfect gardens. After your walks on the beach or swim in the ocean, the resort has an outdoor shower, and indoor shower by the jacuzzi to rinse off all that sand before going back to your room. The staff was always willing to help us in any way that they could, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The air conditioner was a bit loud in the room, but nothing that would keep us away. We will return!!
My recent visit to The Blockade Runner was my worst hotel experience. There were so many issues I can't possible list them all, but the major highlights were rude concierge, dirty room in need of major renovation, expensive price (for what you are getting), major parking problems, and dirty beach area in front of the hotel. I have previously stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree at Wrightsville, and for a comparable price it is much nicer. In the hotel room, there was only one electrical outlet that worked (used for TV and lamp) so there is nowhere to charge cell phones, use hair dryer (except in bathroom), etc. I really am not difficult to please with hotels, but this is hands-down the most overrated place I have every stayed. As an architect, my recommendation is to demolish the place and start over.
We just returned from one night at the Blockade Runner. I loved the decorating and the beautiful fresh flowers in the lobby. The location is perfect -- right on a nice wide part of the beach and a few blocks from the town's shops and restaurants. The pool is fine, but could use wider steps for younger swimmers. The pool sort of extends indoors and there are nice steps leading into the pool at that point. There is also a hot tub in that room. But, that area is dank and dark and cool -- not pleasant for swimming or hot tubbing. The room where we stayed was kind of dingy with the dirt of long use -- not due to lack of attention of the house keeping staff. The towels were the worst I have used since my Motel 6 days (thin, rough and small) The same was true (dinginess) of the resort in general. The food at the restaurant (buffet style with optional menu choices) was o.k. but very expensive ($25 per person for dinner). Kids under 6 ate free at the buffet, though. There is a beautiful spot to eat outside and when we were there eating our dinner and a storm was approaching the thoughtful wait staff hustled us in before the rain came down.
Rooms not worth the price
Rooms aren't resort quality. Low budget hotel room decor and bath features. Bath was small, with stained grout and no ammenities. Did find the staff very friendly and the pool area and gardens very nice. The hot tub area was unkempt and the spa again was low budget. Very pricey hotel.
We visited the Blockade Runner during Memorial Day weekend 2003.
Although the hotel was being rennovated at the time, the hotel staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. We can't wait to come back next year and look at the updates! The lawn on the beach side is beautiful with lots of beautiful flowering plants with nicely manicured lawns. Our toddler loved to run up and down the lawn in the evening.
The beach was nice as well. Very nice stretch of white sand. and deep blue water. It seemed much nicer quality beach than Myrtle Beach area.
Our room was rather large and we didn't notice any noise from adjacent guest rooms. We definitely will recommend this hotel to any friends heading to the Outer Banks!