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Where to go, what to do around Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Sunday, March 28, 2010; F06

All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Figure Eight Island or Wrightsville Beach? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of April 9-12 (we're skipping Easter weekend).

GETTING THERE

Delta and US Airways have one-stop flights from Reagan National to Wilmington, N.C., with fares starting at a little over $370 round trip. Wrightsville Beach is 10 miles from Wilmington.

WHERE TO STAY

Figure Eight Realty house rentals

800-279-6085

http://www.figure8island.com

Nightly rates for spacious three- or four-bedroom oceanfront houses on this private island start at $425 with a three-night minimum.

Blockade Runner

275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 800-541-1161

http://blockade-runner.com/

Rooms at this beachfront hotel start at $139 per night, including breakfast.

WHERE TO EAT

Brasserie du Soleil

1908 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-2226

http://www.brasseriedusoleil.com

A boisterous French brasserie filled with dark wood and pressed tin ceilings. Entrees range from a $9.95 burger to a $24 sauteed duck breast.

Boca Bay

2025 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-1887

http://www.bocabayrestaurant.com

A popular local hangout serving an eclectic mix of small plates, including spring rolls and shrimp and grits. Plates $4-$17.

Marc's on Market

7213 Market St., Wilmington, 910-686-6465

http://www.marcsonmarket.com

Contemporary spot serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Entrees from $16.

WHAT TO DO

Lumina Station

1900 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-0900

http://www.luminastation.com

A charming collection of shops, restaurants and salons.

Bike Cycles

6801 Parker Farm Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-2545

http://bikecycleshop.com

Bike rentals $20 a day, $100 for a full week. Bikes can be delivered to your rental house for an extra fee.

Hook, Line and Paddle

15 Bridge Rd., Wilmington, 877-915-2925

http://www.hooklineandpaddle.com

Single kayak rentals for $55 a day. The company also offers guided tours, starting at $50 for a two-hour trip.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.capefearcoast.com

-- A.M.M.

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