A longtime lodge in Wrightsville Seashore has a new identify and a new glance.
When South Carolina-primarily based OTO Progress, a part of The Johnson Team, bought the former Holiday break Inn Sunspree in late 2020, it became one particular the 65 lodges they function — numerous of which they repurpose from existing properties.
They’ve now unveiled Lumina on Wrightsville Seaside, a Holiday Inn Resort at 1706 N. Lumina Ave. named for the island’s iconic convert-of-the-century pavilion.
A Solstice delicate opening
OTO produced the announcement about the improve on June 21, the summer solstice. That also transpires to by the name of the renovated restaurant. But common supervisor Brian Elliott said that they hotel is still really in a soft opening period.
While they’ve by now completed many renovations (including updating the mechanical and HVAC methods) and a complete interior redesign, there are continue to a few far more details to put into area, like the indoor and outside seating, far more lighting, and extras like televisions in the lounge places.
Individuals who check it out now, while, can already get a experience for the modern-day, ocean-inspired appear.
New foodstuff possibilities
Solstice Oceanfront Kitchen + Cocktails is 1 of a few new foodstuff-and-beverage venues at Lumina. (And another, a sports activities bar, is also on the way.) One cause is that they want to give plenty of possibilities so that vacationers (or staycationers) really do not automatically have to have to go in other places.
“Every night they can have something different,” Elliott said.
Solstice serves coastal-American delicacies and signature beverages. Previously, a very long hallway lead to the onsite Oceans cafe. Now, the place is lighter, brighter and has an open ground prepare with a large U-shaped bar at the middle.
In addition to indoor tables with a watch of the Atlantic Ocean, the restaurant will include 20 outside patio tables that overlook the pool-and-incredibly hot tub intricate down below.
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Around the pool, they opened Surfside Beach Bar & Grille, featuring tropical beverages and bar bites, this weekend. By the reception area, there is certainly Longboard Coffee & Market, which will have espresso, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, sliced fruit, and seize-and-go fare.
Foods and beverage director Wes Berry claimed they are offering a taste of what the spot has to give with the assistance of community beverage organizations like Wrightsville Beach Brewery and Blue Shark Vodka.
“And the crew below has done a good work with the cocktails, and the menu,” he reported.
The new cocktail menu contains the Summer season Fashioned, which is bourbon-based with a household-manufactured blueberry shrub and ginger syrup. There’s also the tequila-and-pineapple Equinox and the summery blue Mermaid Drinking water with both equally spiced and coconut rums.
Chef William Roberts, who has worked at the resort for extra than four many years, is in the system of revamping the menu. Search for a large assortment of options from a crab cake appetizer, served with a slice of fried-eco-friendly tomato and dwelling-manufactured pimento cheese, as effectively as pork belly and sesame tuna.
Entrees selection from ample salads and sandwiches to dishes like shrimp and grits and filet. Roberts also features daily chef’s specials.
Somewhere else at the Lumina
Past the food items and drink alternatives, the area renovations included adding bunk beds to some rooms to much better accommodate family members. A fitness centre has a see of the beach front. And a new hammock back garden and event lawn offer more ways to rest.
When locals (and people) can love Solstice and the other food and consume possibilities now, there will also be a grand opening scheduled afterwards this year when the renovations are comprehensive and the search is finalized.
Allison Ballard is the food and eating reporter at the StarNews. You can get to her at [email protected]
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