ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> southport, nc
The quaint seaside village of Southport, NC, will entice you with its stunning combination of historic homes, lush landscaping and miles of water in every direction.
With its wide front porches, white rocking chairs and soothing water
views, there’s no better place than Southport to slow down and enjoy
the relaxed pace of true Southern living.
Although the town has approximately 2,300 year-round residents, it
continues to thrive as a fishing village and a port, with marinas open
to commercial fishermen, small shipping vessels and maritime travelers
along the bordering Intracoastal Waterway.
As a community with water as its focus, Southport offers ample
boardwalks to explore the waterfront, a spectacular marina, fishing
charters, a Waterfront Park for a front-row view of passing ships and
a fishing pier.
Historic homes feature lush landscapes of towering palm trees, rose
bushes, hydrangeas and grand Southern Magnolias. Southport is best
known for its large concentration of ancient live oaks, which have
shaded the downtown streets for hundreds of years.
A Vintage Seaside
Postcard Come to Life by Nancy Gross
• Fishy Fishy Café features a casual dockside location with beach decor, live music and fresh seafood,
sandwiches and salads.
• Live Oak Café’s Southern-accented New American
fare and global wine list sits in a cozy cottage with a
• Mr. P’s Bistro is an old-school, relaxed spot
serving Lowcountry-style oysters, crabs and more,
plus tasty prime rib and cocktails.
• The Pharmacy Restaurant boasts high-end New
American dining and offers soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, seafood and an extensive wine list, all in a
stylish space with exposed-brick walls and hickory
• Yacht Basin Provision Company invites you to
kick back with an ice-cold beer and some steamed
shrimp, crab cakes, burgers or a hot dog while you
enjoy beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway.