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Castle Peak Holdings Acquires Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Castle Peak Holdings (“Castle Peak”), a hospitality investment and development company, is adding to their growing portfolio of hotels in iconic outdoor destinations across the country with the acquisition of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort (“Blockade Runner”) from the Baggett family, longtime local owners.

Visiting Wilmington

Visiting Wilmington December, 2022
Our first impression of the hotel was we were at a Caribbean resort rather than coastal North Carolina. Light blue cloth waves covered the ceiling, and the floor reminded me of a deep blue ocean. Then, as we walked toward the beach side of the hotel, we discovered a tropical paradise. The landscaping leading to the pool area and the beach was lush and green and meticulously maintained.

Southern Living

11 Best Beach Resorts in North Carolina
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.

NC Weekend

Coastal Treasures
We were thrilled to welcome @NCWeekend host Deborah Holt Noel and her family to the Blockade Runner in June. From sailing to yoga in our gardens, time spent relaxing on our lawns and Sunday Jazz Brunch she had a weekend full of the resort experiences we’re known for. See her coverage of her trip on the award-winning show, NC Weekend, which airs weekly on PBS.

Coastal Living

The 30 Most Magical Island Getaways in the US
Dolphins are regularly spotted in the channel at Wrightsville Beach. We repeat: frequent dolphin sightings. If you’re still not sold, remember that bucket list dream of learning to surf? Time to check it off at WB Surf Campwhere talented instructors will help you navigate beach breaks ideal for beginners. For a serious dose of “awww,” also plan a detour to Karen Beasley’s Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center. After, toast the perfect beach day with a margarita and fajitas at Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill or craft beers and seafood at The Dockside. Come nightfall, why stray from that breezy, ocean air? Book a room at Blockade Runner, where swimming, sailing, and surfing are at your finger and toe-tips.

Wilmington Business Journal

Return Trips
Blockade Runner General Manager Nicolas Montoya shares insights about operating a hotel on Wrightsville Beach, tourism trends, staffing initiatives and more in this business focused article on tourism in Wilmington and New Hanover County.

NC Eat & Play

Wrightsville Beach: Where to Eat, Stay & Play
Blockade Runner is an outstanding oceanfront resort in the heart of Wrightsville Beach that has no shortage of gorgeous views, fun amenities, great dining, and lovely design. The rooms have glorious views and the grounds are breathtaking with extravagant landscaping and a refreshing pool. I love everything about Blockade Runner and recommend it to my followers often–many of whom have visited and reported back that they loved it too!

Charlotte Observer

Where are the Best Wilmington Area Restaurants?
Chef Jessica Cabo serves up an innovative, seasonally inspired menu that you can enjoy in the lavish, tropically decorated dining room, or on the outdoor patio that overlooks lush lawn and gardens that are a hidden gem on the property. For me, it’s a great place to take people because there is a variety of options, such as seafood, burgers, vegan and gluten-free.

AFAR

6 Underrated Beach Getaways in the US
 As an underrated alternative, consider Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina’s southeast. This laid-back summer destination boasts the energy of nearby college surfers with plenty of scenic views on its four-mile stretch. Where to Stay: The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, operating since 1964, offers such amenities as an American Sailing Association–certified sailing school, ecopaddle tours, and harbor cruises. The hotel also has a focus on sustainability, with an in-house Green Team assisting in projects like building oyster reefs and sorting trash.

Our State 

Sail Away at the Blockade Runner
Take a trip to a retro hotel in Wrightsville Beach, where maritime adventures, delicious seafood, and old-fashioned R&R abound from sunrise to sunset — by sea and sound. This iconic beach resort opened in 1964 and has been a Wrightsville Beach landmark ever since. Despite its classic brick exterior, its interior is firmly on the modern side of mid-century modern and is light, bright, and airy from the moment you step into the lobby. It’s easy, breezy, 1960s California meets playful Carolina coastal charm.