BALD HEAD ISLAND, N.C., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Travel Industry Association, family reunion vacations are one of the hottest travel trends in the country, and the upcoming July 4th holiday is an ideal time to stage such a gathering. Bald Head Island, a resort island just two nautical miles off the coast of Southeastern North Carolina, offers the perfect serene and relaxed setting to gather family together this summer.
The same survey by the Travel Industry Association shows the most popular travel activity is a trip to the beach, with an average of 103.5 million visitors each year. Bald Head Island features 14 miles of magnificent beaches and a quiet atmosphere where families can take time out to reconnect. For families with small children, Parenthood.com recommends vacationing at cottages near the beach.
The Family Travel Network website indicates approximately 20 percent of family reunions consist of a friendly round of golf. Considered to be one of the finest in the Carolinas, the Bald Head Island Club course received a 4.5 rating from Golf Digest and was recently named in America's Top 100 Golf Communities by Travel and Leisure magazine for 2006.
For those families reuniting on Bald Head Island this July 4, the celebration will feature the much-awaited Annual Golf Cart Parade. Residents and visitors whimsically decorate golf carts -- the preferred mode of on- island transport -- and compete for a coveted slot among the best in show. Carts are transformed into elaborate floats, complete with papier-mache, flashing lights, and wide array of accoutrements.
In addition to the island's amenities, Southport, North Carolina's Official Fourth of July city is a mere 20-minute ferry ride away. This year, Southport is a proud sponsor of the Oscar Mayer Weiner Jingle(R) Contest. Children of all ages are encouraged to enter the contest. One lucky child will be featured in a future Oscar Mayer(R) commercial.
Bald Head Island is a boat-accessed residential and resort island community offering a 10-acre marina, championship golf course, vacation rentals, second homes, and permanent residences in one of the East Coast's most pristine cape island environments. Transportation on the island is restricted to golf carts, bicycles and pedestrian traffic. For more information, visit http://www.baldheadisland.com.
Source: Bald Head Island Limited