• As low as $328/Night
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 18
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General Features

  • 2 total (up to 50 lbs per pet)
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue grill
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Carbon monoxide detector installed (host has indicated there is a carbon monoxide detector on the property)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Deadbolt lock
  • Dining room
  • Dining table
  • Dishwasher
  • English
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fireplace
  • First aid kit
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Living room
  • Microwave
  • Near a hospital
  • Near the beach
  • Near the sea
  • On the waterfront
  • Onsite parking
  • Oven
  • Pet friendly
  • Power boating nearby
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Smoke detector installed (host has indicated there is a smoke detector on the property)
  • Smoke-free property
  • Spices
  • Stovetop
  • Surfing/body boarding nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Toaster
  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Unit size: 2600 sq ft (242 sq m)
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Welcoming dogs only
  • WiFi available
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby

About this Property

  • Sleeps 18
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Private vacation home
  • Approximately 2600 square feet

**Recently installed UV light filters in air handlers that kill airborne pathogens and bacteria.

Located on one of the first canals after you cross the bridge, this 5 bedroom, 5 full and 2 half bathroom home is the ideal location! Just 2 blocks from the public beach access, Fishful Thinking also offers a boat dock, ocean vistas, canal access, paddle board and kayaks, a completely supplied kitchen, wet bar, and much more. This handsome home is within short walking distance to eateries, bars, stores, pier, putt putt, arcade, playground, the town museum, and more! The Ocean Isle community center, which has a public beach access with showers and bathrooms, is just a 3 min. walk away. During the summer months, this community center also offers a variety of kids's programs.

With 5 bedrooms, Fishful Thinking sleeps up to 18 people and each bedroom has its own private full bathroom! The first floor has a master bedroom suite with a king size bed and private bath, as well as a second bedroom which features two 2 queen beds and a private bath.

There's an additional master suite located on the second floor, also with a king size bed and private bath. The two other bedrooms, located on the second floor, have a queen and a full bed with private bath, as well as a bunk room with 2 sets of twin over full bunk beds with a private bath – ideal for kids! Each bedroom has its own TV with cable, Roku, Netflix, Hulu and other TV apps to savor. For families with infants, we also provide a pack n' play and highchair. This home is ideal for a multi-family vacation, with plenty of space for everybody!

The first floor open concept accepts renters to appreciate striking canal vistas from the cavernous living room, kitchen, and dining room. Appreciate meals outside on the lower deck or in the dining room which features a enormous table with seating for 12, as well as 4 additional seats at the bar. The TV in the living room is equipped with cable, Roku, Netflix, Hulu and other TV apps. Also located on the first floor is a pantry, coffee bar, wet bar and half bath.

Savor both canal and ocean vistas from the upper deck, adorned with lounge chairs and rocking chairs! The upper deck can also be accessed through the upstairs master suite. The second floor has an additional half bath, as well as a laundry room.

Feel complimentary to bring your own boat and dock it right outside! This dock can probably accommodate up to a 25 foot boat. Please be aware that at low tide the canal is typically only about 2 feet deep. If you don't have a boat, don't worry, there are 2 kayaks, a paddle board, and floats available for canal use. Fishful Thinking is everything you would want for the ultimate beach vacation, book today!

We allow dogs, up to 2 dogs under 65 lbs each for an additional fee. We ask that guests use the infant gate to keep dogs in the downstairs area where the living room, kitchen and 2 bedrooms are located. We also ask that you keep the dogs crated or closed in a bedroom when they are left alone. Thank you for your cooperation! $200 pet fee per dog.

Kitchen amenities include a drip and Keurig coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven, blender, crockpot, and mixer.

In the peak season (Memorial Day- Labor Day), we provide all bed linens, 1 set of towels per person (1 set includes 1 body towel, 1 hand towel, and 1 wash cloth), and a kitchen towel. In the off-season, linens and towels are an optional fee of $275 at the time of booking. We provide a basic starter pack of essentials for your first day including a roll of toilet paper in each restroom, hand soap, a roll of paper towels, and a trash can liner. (Last min. bookings: We need at least 24hr notice in order to provide linens)

While we do provide some items to get you started, here is a list of a few other things we want to remind you to bring:
* Bath Soaps/Shampoo/Conditioner
* Toothpaste
* Condiments/Seasonings
* Paper Towels
* Suntan Lotion/Sunblock
* Clothes Hangers
* Garbage Bags
* Laundry Detergent
* Dishwashing Detergent
* Beach Towels

You must be at least 28 years old to book and if your group is not related, no one can be under the age of 28 years old.

If your group is unrelated, the average age must not be less than 28 years old

No events, home events, weddings, receptions, etc..

NO Smoking in or on-premise

**Please be aware that there is an exterior security camera located on the premises directed towards parking area and/or entrances for added security and tranquility of mind.**

*Please note the 5% processing fee of the total reservation amount is non-returnable after booking*

**The dock and canal are meant to be adored responsibly. Please note there are inherent dangers associated with water including drowning. Please be safe and wear a personal flotation device around the water and monitor kids and those are not strong swimmers.**

* Please note the fireplace is decorative and is not operational *

About the Area

Located in Ocean Isle Beach, this vacation home is on the waterfront. While the natural beauty of Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can check out Cherry Grove Pier.
Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium are also worth visiting. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

Special Instructions

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Pet Policy

2 total (up to 50 lbs per pet)

Tips to get the best Wilmington, NC rental home experience:

When to go & When to reserve a Ocean Isle Beach rental home:

  • Booking in Fall or Spring is our favorite way to save money on your vacation. Rental rates are lower, and you'll find a better selection of suitable homes. Speaking of the off-season, don't overlook Winter holidays for a Wilmington, NC vacation! Who wouldn't love a holiday vacation on the coast? Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are great times to gather with loved ones at your favorite beach.
  • Reserve your vacation rental as early as possible. Rental schedules generally open a year in advance (or in September just after the Summer season ends). Many groups book their Summer vacations during Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings. Book before these holidays for best selection.
  • Veterans and Active Duty Military members may qualify for special discounts. Be sure to ask your prospective host if your vacationing group qualifies for a special promotion or discount.
  • Property management companies frequently offer guests an option to purchase trip insurance protection. Trip insurance, which generally costs 1% - 5% of the booking price, offers visitors reimbursement of costs for missed vacation time as a result of personal medical-related issues or weather, as well as hurricane evacuation costs, such as an unanticipated hotel overnight or additional gas expenses. Trip insurance is definitely a bank account-saver if the unforeseen happens. Ask the property owner for program terms and fees.
  • Many property management companies and vacation rental houses supply Wilmington, NC area visitor guides which will include coupons, either offered directly by local businesses, or through a relationship between the property management company and the business itself. You can also find visitors guide and coupon books at local grocery stores, shopping centers, and visitor centers.

Planning, picking, and booking the perfect Wilmington, NC rental home:

  • Begin by selecting potential vacation weeks and a budget.
  • Determine how many bedrooms and the bed configuration your group needs. Fishful Thinking at Ocean Isle Beach, Canal front w\/ boat dock, Ocean Views , kayak and paddle board has 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.
  • Precise details about bedrooms and bed counts is regularly available online. If they are not listed, email the property management company before you reserve your rental. Remember that most properties list the maximum guest capacity, which often includes pull-out couches.
  • Looking for specific amenities? Most rental search websites include amenity lists and search filters. Use these filters to your advantage to find the perfect rental home.
  • Suitable accessibility amenities can make or ruin a vacation for persons with a disability. .
  • If your group is bringing pets, you must book a pet-friendly property. Request specifics on breed, weight, and type requirements. Some property managers require additional pet deposits and fees.

Tips to have a terrific stay:

  • We recommend storing the host's information in your smartphone and wallet.
  • Document any damages to the rental at check in, and immediately e-mail them to the property manager. We especially recommend e-mails and text messages, as they usually contain time stamps that can be beneficial if damages are assessed.
  • Ask questions. You may want instructions for a hot tub, A/V setup or appliance. Contact your host. They are there to help! A brief phone call can prevent lots of difficulties.
  • Respecting quiet hours and parking policies can make a stay more pleasurable. Be a good neighbor. You will magnify your chance to make local friends, and resident neighbors are a fantastic resource to find the best local restaurants, beaches, and hangouts.
  • Don't forget to... Ask a local resident! Locals can typically help you find exactly what you're looking for. Who better to ask where to take kids for a treat, have a great night on the town, or the best spots for BBQ?
  • Lock your rental home while you are away. Protect your property!
  • Don't leave anything behind! Just before departing, take a walk through the property to make sure you've collected all personal items. Check bathrooms, dressers, and closets for hidden belongings. Remove everything from the refrigerator and take or dispose of leftovers.
  • Document the condition of the property at check-out. We recommend taking a video during your final walk-through.
  • Leave a review! Property managers rely on great reviews to inspire more reservations. They'll be thankful for your feedback. Alternatively, if something wasn't as described, other vacationers will will be grateful for your feedback and help them have the best future vacation. Please be fair with your feedback If something fell short of expectations, consider whether the owner had any control over the issue, and if so, whether they responded expeditiously to remedy it.

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