From The Ground Up – November, 2017
Chef Jessica Cabo of EAST utilizes microgreens not only in specials but to accent many of her main dishes. Her menus change regularly so that she can incorporate as many local, seasonal vegetables as possible, and when specialty items such as locally grown white eggplant or Chinese long beans come through the door, it’s time for her to have some fun. For well over a century, the island of Wrightsville Beach has been a seaside retreat by locals and visitors year round. While you’re there, stay at the family owned and operated Blockade Runner Beach Resort which has hosted couples and families for over 50 years.
North Carolina Coastal Federation
2017 Pelican Award Winner – August, 2017
Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach, for Exceptional Business Partnership in Protecting and Restoring Valuable Coastal Resources
Weekend Getaway: Wilmington, North Carolina – June, 2017
With beaches this beautiful, you have to begin and end your days on the sand. Do it up in retro style at the recently redone Blockade Runner Beach Resort on Wrightsville Beach. There’s a lot to love: a classic swimming pool, a restaurant helmed by Hell’s Kitchen finalist Jessica Cabo, and a coastal adventure program.
Quoi faire à Wrightsville Beach, Caroline du Nord – May, 2017
J’adore cet hôtel hyper bien situé face à la mer. Une belle déco beach house, une piscine, et des chaises Adirondacks sur la plage. Que demander de plus?
English: I love this hotel in a great location facing the sea. A lovely beach house, pool, and Adirondacks on the beach. What more?
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Wrightsville Beach Offers Summertime Fun for the Entire Family – May 2017
The Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach hosts an adventure-based kids’ summer program called Sandcampers featuring daily themes and activities including scavenger hunts as a pirate, sandcastle competitions, relay races, arts and crafts and more.
The Carolina Coast: The Perfect Romantic Getaway – May, 2017
Once you’ve crossed the bridge into Wrightsville Beach, Blockade Runner Beach Resort is easy to spot. Don’t be fooled by its plain-jane façade. Inside, the building has been retro-fitted to luxury hotel standards. Choose a room facing either the Atlantic Ocean on one side or the Banks Channel Sound on the other — both views are lovely.
The 20 Most Magical Island Getaways – March, 2017
Come nightfall, why stray from that breezy, ocean air? Book a room at the Blockade Runner, where swimming, sailing, and surfing are at your finger and toe-tips.
Travel & Leisure
America’s Favorite Cities for Brunch 2016 – March, 2017
By the beach, Chef Jessica Cabo’s East Oceanfront offers a seafood-centric brunch at Blockade Runner Resort’s canopied garden deck.
ODE IN A GRECIAN URN – March, 2017
The newly minted New Hanover Garden Club (NHGC) recently teamed up with the Cameron Art Museum to host the first annual “Art of the Bloom” mini-festival at the Blockade Runner.
Wilmingtons Best Brunches – September, 2016
When a restaurant is sourcing ingredients straight from their backyard, it doesn’t get much fresher than that. East—located inside the Blockade Runner Resort on Wrightsville Beach—offers a scenic Sunday brunch buffet that diners can enjoy under a beautiful canopied garden deck no matter the finicky seasonal weather. The extraordinarily talented Chef Jessica Cabo is the Oz behind the curtain of this seaside kitchen, and she’s taking every course to the next level with impeccable vegetarian and seafood-centric creations. Her brunch menu screams local, elegant, fresh eats—but rich indulgences like the Blockade Benedict with braised pork belly are also on deck. Build your own healthy breakfast from the eggs up at the Omelet station and pack it with hand-harvested, local produce.
The Best Beach Resorts in North Carolina – August, 2016
Once the site of stately hotels—The Seashore and The Ocean Terrace—Blockade Runner continues to uphold its coastal heritage in the most family-friendly, laid-back fashion, but with a cool retro-hip look in the lobby and poolside spaces. With harborfront and oceanfront suites, the resort can offer sweeping vistas of the bustling boats or the calm open ocean—take your pick.
Our 7 Favorite Things on Wrightsville Beach – June 2016
This beachfront resort has been family owned for over 50 years old. The building is older, but the interiors have been beautifully renovated with a modern coastal vibe. We loved our updated room with a bold blue and white palette filled with modern beach-themed furnishings.
10 Best: Beach Resort Kid’s Clubs – July, 2014
Sandcampers, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach, located on an island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, is scenic on all sides, but for Sandcampers, pirate booty trumps pristine beauty. Kids have access to a selection of pirate costumes and accessories to put on before hitting the beach to search for all-natural loot. The loot, mostly sea glass and shells, is later stored in treasure chests that kids decorate during camp. Learning how to talk and sing like a pirate pays off when local pirate legend Don Juan Cortez makes a guest appearance at the resort.
The 10 Best Surf Lodges in North America – June 2014
The Blockade Runner Beach Resort is a short walk from the Wrightsville bar scene, which stays hopping thanks to tourists, thirsty locals, and college kids from nearby UNC-Wilmington. For the flat days, the hotel offers paddleboard rentals and SUP yoga classes, as well as in-room massages to keep you loose for when the swell picks back up.
The 25 Best Summer Beach Vacations / Girlfriend Getaway: Wrightsville Beach NC – May 2016
The perfect stay on Wrightsville Beach is the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a classic 60’s beach hotel redone in great boutique style (and the new culinary home of star chef Jessica Cabo).
Retro Wrightsville – April, 2014
What never goes out of style? A vacation where you don’t have to lift a finger. For 50 years, guests at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach have enjoyed warm smiles, sandy beaches, and service that meets their every need.
North Carolina’s Best Beach Hotels – January, 2014
Just outside the historic port city of Wilmington, on a stretch of Wrightsville Beach, is the Blockade-Runner Beach Club. From the expansive front lawn that hosts games of croquet and horseshoes, to surfing lessons in the open Atlantic and kayaking through the barrier islands, guests quickly acclimate to an outdoors-filled stay. Families with small children can enjoy the Sandcamper’s Program. After a day of sun and play, guests can dine on local seafood and fresh farm favorites at the club’s on-site restaurant, East Oceanfront Dining — as the name suggests, diners enjoy oceanfront seating beneath a canopy. Then take a complimentary Intracoastal Waterway cruise before retiring to an oceanfront terrace room.