The Fortress of Solitude is our family's private retreat in the Maritime Forest on remote and beautiful Bald Head Island. It is our home away from home and where we feel the most relaxed. We know you will, too. Centrally located on the island, you can take a 5 minute stroll (kids or groceries fit well in the wagon) to the Maritime Market for breakfast or groceries or a 3 minute cart ride to one of the convenient, beautiful, and empty beaches. We are doing Sunday to Sunday stays during the summers. In the off-season, take advantage of $250/night!
This new home was just completed in August 2013 and looks like a Pottery Barn dream home. It features an open kitchen and living area. The kitchen has beautiful granite countertops, custom cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. We pride ourselves on how well-stocked the kitchen is - equipped for most any cook, and the dining room is bright and roomy. The living areas have beautiful bamboo floors. The master bedroom with king bed is also on the main living level. The bath features tile and granite with a large walk-in shower. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms, one queen and one with two full/twin bunk beds, plus a bathroom and full-size laundry. The crofter has a fourth queen bedroom and a full bath with its own private entrance, perfect for any Cousin Eddie in your life. Two great screen porches - one dining, one relaxing - give you choices in outside fun while still wearing your bedroom slippers. As described in more detail below, we have two golf carts, and a number of non-motorized transport options, including adult bikes, kid bikes, and a younger kid's scooter.
The Fortress of Solitude will also appeal to the entertainment enthusiast in the family. It features a large flat screen TV in the living room, complete with surround sound, a pair of speakers on each porch, AirPlay, a blu-ray player, and Wifi throughout the house and crofter. There are plenty of blu-rays or DVDs to choose from, but feel free to bring your favorites with you. There are additional TVs in the master bedroom and also the crofter. We are Dish Network people, and you'll love the viewing choices - never miss the game with the whole house DVR that allows you to watch a recorded show on any of the TVs.
More than the cooks and home theater lovers among us, this house is made for children. The bunk room upstairs has two sets of bunk beds, a small table and chairs, buckets of legos, blocks, cars, brio trains, puzzles, books, and dolls. There are even a couple of empty toy buckets made just for the toys from home of the more organized youngsters among us. A set of various sized diapers are in the closet, and we ask folks to leave any extras they have at the end of a trip to keep the stash steady. Nothing worse than getting to the island at night to realize that you don't have any diapers and the market is closed - but wait! You DO have diapers. Pack n play and highchair are de rigeur. The kitchen sports kids plates, cups, and cutlery; there are loads of kids movies to watch and stacks of family games in the hall closet. The garage has kids bikes, wagons, beach toys, kites, a scooter, and other outdoor toys. And, did we fail to mention the family of miniature lizards who like to sun on the outside decking? Hours of enjoyment. In short, relax... the half of your trunk you devote to non-essential kids' stuff when you go on vacation - leave it at home.
Spend pleasant days outside on the porches - one with comfortable seating for a morning coffee or afternoon wine glass and one dining porch that also boasts extra cooler space. Deer, birds and osprey have been spotted from the porches, so keep your eyes peeled.
There are two four person golf carts for exploring the island. There are adult bikes for 'splorin', short for exploring, a favorite Island activity. There are also beach chairs and a beach umbrella.
If you prefer, you can arrange your rental to include temporary membership at the Bald Head Island Club, which boasts a fun and serene pool (imagine water slide AND comfortable sun chairs), top of the line tennis facilities, and the fitness center. There is a new splash pad playground, and we've been told Christie, the personal trainer at the Club in the summers is excellent. Also in the Summer, Club activities for children are a highlight, and the club dining options are ideal for mid-vacay date night or dressy family brunch. We simply pass the weekly temporary membership fee directly on to you as the renter, if you choose. If not, there are miles of beaches waiting for some bare feet and several other restaurants to choose from - Mexican cantina, anyone?
The Fortress is our family home, and we have decorated and outfitted it as such. It is not a rental. It is most assuredly your relaxing home away from home in a beautiful and nearly magical setting. Come explore (or 'splore) it.