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6 Feb 2024
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Love on the Menu: Savor Romance at Southport & Oak Island's Sweetest Spots

Southport and Oak Island epitomize the essence of romance, making them a haven for couples seeking an idyllic getaway. It's no wonder that renowned works like Nicholas Sparks' "Safe Haven" draw inspiration from our enchanting locale. Whether it's a leisurely stroll along the powdery sands of the beach, a charming promenade along the Southport Waterfront, or an adventurous day spent cruising the waters, love permeates the atmosphere of our cherished town and island. Once you've secured one of our exquisite vacation rentals to accommodate you and your beloved Valentine, we've curated a collection of extraordinary date ideas guaranteed to ignite sparks and leave your partner feeling as though they've been struck by Cupid's arrow.

Joseph's Italian Bistro

Tucked snugly by the tranquil docks, this charming Italian Bistro sets the stage for an unforgettable Valentine's Day rendezvous. Here, amidst a captivating ambiance, you and your beloved can savor a dining experience that feels exclusively yours, enveloped in intimacy and romance. If you time your visit just right, you'll be treated to a breathtaking sunset casting its golden hues over the Intercoastal Waterway, adding a touch of magic to your evening. Renowned for serving some of the finest pasta in the region, your date is in for a culinary delight that surpasses all expectations. Joseph's delivers impeccable service, ready to elevate your dining experience with expert wine pairings tailored to your meal, ensuring every sip and every bite leaves a lasting impression on your Valentine's heart.

Salt 64

Indulge your beloved with an unforgettable dining experience at Salt 64, where passion for exceptional cuisine meets unparalleled hospitality. Nestled in the vibrant heart of Oak Island, this newly inaugurated culinary gem has swiftly captured the town's attention with its exquisite fare and impeccable service. From sumptuous seafood delicacies to mouthwatering steaks, every dish promises to satisfy your Valentine's cravings and leave them thoroughly contented after a truly remarkable dinner. Among their staff's top recommendations is the legendary crack toast appetizer, aptly named for its irresistible allure that will undoubtedly have you yearning for an encore. Treat your beloved to an evening of culinary delights they won't soon forget at Salt 64.

Edgewater 122

Indulge your Valentine's culinary cravings at Edgewater 122, a waterfront haven renowned for its innovative cuisine. With a commitment to sourcing locally for ingredients, this dining destination offers a menu that evolves with the seasons, ensuring every dish is bursting with fresh, vibrant flavors. Amidst a backdrop of modern elegance and captivating waterfront views, delight in the chic ambiance and sleek design of this culinary gem. Be sure to treat your taste buds to their signature dessert drinks, such as the tantalizing EdgewaterKe Ke and Espresso Delight. For an extra touch of romance, secure a reservation for the early evening hours of 4:45 or 5 o'clock, allowing you and your Valentine to savor the breathtaking sunset over the majestic Cape Fear River as you enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Edgewater 122.

Picture of the outdoor deck at Edgewater in Southport, NC

Oliver's On The Cape Fear

Nestled along the enchanting Cape Fear River, Oliver's stands as a beacon of exceptional dining, renowned for its impeccable service and culinary excellence. Rooted in a tradition of family-owned hospitality, Oliver's ethos is embodied in their commitment to delivering exquisite meals that cater to every palate, from tantalizing American classics to succulent seafood delights. With a menu thoughtfully curated to accommodate dietary preferences, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, Oliver's ensures that every guest is treated to a memorable culinary experience. Indulge in local favorites such as the Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Maine Lobster Bisque, Grilled Maple Glazed Pecan Salmon, and the mouthwatering Ribeye steak. When it comes to choosing the perfect spot to spoil your beloved Valentine, Oliver's is undoubtedly the epitome of romantic dining perfection.

Moore Street Oyster Bar

If your sweetheart adores seafood, you've found the perfect destination! MSOB is a seafood lover's paradise, boasting an array of steam pots overflowing with delectable treasures from the ocean. From fresh raw oysters to perfectly steamed or baked varieties, there's something to satisfy every seafood craving imaginable. Don't worry if seafood isn't your thing; they also serve up mouthwatering burger and chicken dishes. It's the ideal spot for a laid-back and cozy Valentine's Day outing. Local favorites include the tempting Hot Oyster Sampler, succulent Ahi Tuna, and the customizable Build Your Own Steam Pot. To ensure a seamless experience, consider arriving early to beat the crowds; this restaurant operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grape & Ale

Discover the charm of a beloved local treasure – a family-owned wine shop with two convenient locations in Southport and Oak Island, ensuring easy access from all our vacation rentals. Here, you'll find an extensive selection of wines and craft beers to suit every palate, alongside a calendar brimming with exciting events, including live music performances. Step into the cozy ambiance, where you and your Valentine can unwind with pre-dinner drinks and savor the anticipation of the evening ahead. With knowledgeable staff on hand to assist you in finding the perfect bottle, you'll feel right at home navigating the diverse offerings. And why not extend the celebration by purchasing a few bottles to enjoy in the comfort of your vacation rental? At this delightful wine shop, the stage is set for an unforgettable experience, from start to finish.


For an evening filled with excitement and friendly competition, Throwbaxe beckons as the ultimate destination. Step into this dynamic axe house and board game lounge, where the thrill of axe throwing, knife throwing, and a vast array of board games awaits. Embrace the spirited atmosphere as you and your beloved engage in a bit of healthy rivalry—just be sure neither of you is too competitive! While indulging in the activities, take delight in their diverse selection of beers and wines, with a special nod to the BBR staff recommendation: Bev’s Sparkling Rosé, known for its delightful aromatics of strawberry and rasberry, with a crisp white peach finish. Treat your Valentine to a unique, fun-filled evening that promises to be a perfect match for their energy and enthusiasm. With doors open until 11 PM, you have the flexibility to drop by after dinner or make it a full night of entertainment. For those eager to wield axes, reservations are strongly encouraged and can easily be secured through their website.

Our enchanting town offers an abundance of romantic experiences, whether it's a candlelit dinner, breathtaking scenery, or countless other charming options. With an array of stunning beach homes and cozy cottages, our vacation rentals provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic escape. Don't hesitate to treat your beloved Valentine to an unforgettable vacation—they deserve nothing less!