“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
– Nicholas Sparks
I can see why Nicholas Sparks writes such heartwarming books. When you’re walking through a town like Southport, you feel this sense of relief. You feel in control of your life, a feeling of positivity appears, while all anxiety disappears. Southport has to be one of the most calming places I’ve ever been to. It’s not your typical beach town; the people of the town are welcoming because they’re genuinely happy. You can see how much pride they have for their town. Shop owners were painting the outside of their stores, city member’s planting trees, and civilians reading newspapers on the piers. The homes are fairytale like with unique character on every porch. Listening to the boats, smelling the fresh salt water, and feeling the wind bounce off the water is what makes this place magical. Why would anyone ever leave?
I went to Southport early Saturday morning.
The town of Southport has so many cute places to eat, shop at, or just to hang out. They have a lot of antique stores if you’re into that, which you know I am.
We found a place to eat, the Ports of Call Bistro & Market. The only problem is that the restrooms were located a block down, so before eating, we headed towards to restrooms. They were over at the Visitor’s Center.
The visitor’s center was right on the water. That’s also where they have little museum displays. There is so much history in Southport, NC. I’m excited that I’ll be spending a lot of time down there because I really want to take the ghost tour!
This tree was in front of the visitors center. Remember the part where Katie is swinging and talking to Jo? That’s the tree. (see picture 1 below)
In the visitor’s center, they have a room dedicated to the movie Safe Haven. They have tons of photos, props, and brochures about the film.
Here are all the snapshots they took around the town during the filming.
These are the doors from Ryan’s Market! You know, the one that kept getting stuck.
Here is the famous bike she road.
This letter made me cry during the movie.
The cute little picture Lexi colored for Katie.
The market is right next to the Visitor’s center.
Katie goes in there during the film while talking with Jo. After checking out the display and a couple of other little shops, we decided to get some lunch.
I hadn’t had my coffee yet because I woke up at seven and had an hour to get ready. I don’t like gas station coffee or using gas station bathrooms, and so I decided to wait until lunch.
The coffee at the bistro was great, and it was much needed! They had skim milk for the cream. I loved the tables at the bistro; it gave so much character to my photos 😉
It’s hard to stick to a good and healthy diet when you’re out of town, but it just takes a lot of willpower.
I ordered the lunch menu, soup, and salad. My salad was spring mix with onion, cucumber, radishes, and parmesan with balsamic dressing. My soup was chicken and rice with ginger. Everything was fresh and hearty.
For dessert, I had a shot of espresso. I’ve been replacing my sugar with either tea or coffee. They had the best espresso I’ve ever had!
I successfully left that restaurant without eating a brownie!
After lunch, we headed out for more exploring. We wanted to stop at The Christmas House. They have the cutest decorations for every holiday and tons of home decor. They have an endless amount of things!
They also have candy…
As you’re walking up to the door, you walk past their cute front porch. It reminds me of something you’d see in a movie. I’d love to live in that house!
Now I know where Mr. Cluas and Mrs. Claus go during their offseason.
They had almost every flavor of salt water taffy you could think of!
I bought some earrings for myself 🙂
We left the store and went out to do more exploring. This cute little park leads straight to the water, and you could see the sea through the trees. I just want to live there 🙁
This would be my reading spot if I lived there. This is where you’ll find me on the weekends.
We walked on several piers. Everything there is so quaint and peaceful.
There were a lot of walkways to the water. This one took you to a little picnic table.
This was the place Katie worked in the movie!
They were closed otherwise we would have eaten there.
Right before Katie went in looking for a job, she was sitting in this spot.
I love taking photos of all the shops and seafood restaurants. Maybe this summer I’ll be able to try them all!
These restaurants are all by the boats.
Most of the homes own their own boats and dock right across the street.
This house was Ryan’s in the film Safe Haven. It was right across the street from the water.
I just loved this one!
A little fisherman by the dock <3
The doc right across the street from “Ryan’s” house.
The town was so quiet. You could hear only the seagulls, horns from the boats in the distant, and the water crashing into the dock.
If I owned one of these boats, I’d just sleep outside sunbathing all day.
A private walkway to the water.
Even the marsh was beautiful. Glad I didn’t see any alligators.
The salt marsh boardwalk and waterway overlook were so long! It was such a pretty walk to the water.
You could see the boats, the restaurants, the lovely houses, and the water from the walkway.
At the end of the walk, there was a giant gazebo.
The walk back leads to the cute little houses.
Imagine having the house right in front of the walkway? So gorgeous.
We decided to walk the neighborhoods after the pier walk.
It was hard to put the camera down with all of these homes.
Would you ever paint your house pink? I think it’s cute, but I don’t think I’d ever been able to do it.
Now that white house is my dream home! Look at the wrap around porch and the quaint windows!
This was the last house on our neighborhood walk. It was time to meet up with the guys for dinner.
We wanted to go to Fishy Fishy but they were closed. This must be the time of year they close for maintenance. They had men painting and fixing boards outside.
There are boats all around the restaurants, which means…fresh seafood!
In the summer they pour the shrimp in a tube from the sea to the restaurant. I can’t wait to see that.
We decided to have dinner on the water at Cape Fear Restaurant & Lounge.
The restaurant had a beautiful view.
or the buffalo shrimp…
There weren’t too many healthy things on the menu, so I had a house salad with fresh shrimp. I figured I’d get another bag of nuts and eat when I get home. I had tons of broccoli and grilled chicken left over.
We ordered fresh stuffed flounder, potato salad, and sautéed vegetables. I ate most of the vegetables, and they were soooooooooo good. It was also the first time trying flounder, and I loved it! Sorry, Ariel.
I’m obsessed with doors, especially fun ones.
I love the seaside character all the stores incorporate.
We decided to get coffee for the car ride home at the Moore Street Market.
“One day, a girl brought a boy here and the summer of a lifetime began…” Adorable.
We all signed the wall of fame while we waited for our drinks:)
The inside of the market was so warm.
It had several rooms to sit.
The girl working was seriously the nicest barista I’ve ever met! She filled us in on where to go and what to see in the town. I didn’t meet one unfriendly person in Southport!
I ordered a 12 oz almond milk latte with four shots of espresso.
We walked back with our coffees to the car. I didn’t want to leave. If I could choose anywhere to live right now over any place in the world…it would be right here in Southport. Maybe I’ll just move down there to blog and paint.