I am a southern girl which means we look forward to the next Nicholas Sparks book! I’ve never stood in line for a book signing until Safe Haven came out in October of 2010. Nicholas Sparks always does a book signing in Greenville, SC. I decided to go since this book was so special. It takes place in Southport, NC and the surrounding beaches. We have a beach house on Caswell Beach that we own with family. A friend of mine and my daughter Ashlyn were eager to go! We waited in line for a while, but it was so worth it! Nicholas was such a sweetie. He had to have been tired, but he greeted and visited with each fan.
Don’t ask me why I thought it was ok to not fix my hair or try to look cute!!!!! My friend and I got quite the laugh out of that! It was one of those days that I let the time get away from me and before I knew it….it was time to leave!!!!!! At least Ashlyn looked cute.
Needless to say, I devoured the book. It was an easy, quick read. It was a page turner….probably my favorite book of his to date!
Fast forward to the summer of 2012! Yep…..it was being made into a movie where we spend our summers. It was quite exciting. Everyone was on the look out for Josh Duhamel and Fergie! Maybe a sighting of Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest!!! Southport, NC is a very lovely historic port town. It is small and quaint with mom and pop restaurants, antique shops, clothing boutiques and a wealth of awesome thrift and consignment stores. The movie opens nation-wide this Thursday which is Valentine’s Day. I am quite excited! I thought I’d share with you some a lot of the photos that I took last summer. I am going to divide it into 2 posts. This one will be a close up of the beautiful set while the finishing touches are made prior to the start of filming. The 2nd post will be photos during our sneaking around to get shots of the cast Josh Duhamel.
Our neighbors own a beautiful boat. We occasionally go out with them on it for the day. We usually cruise the Intercostal Waterway and lunch at Bald Head Island. We were out on the boat and I got some great shots from the water view. The Old American Fish Co. is actually just an open air bar. A lot of times we will go there while we wait on a table at one of the surrounding restaurants. So quaint that they will call your cell when your table is ready. This location actually closed for a couple of weeks during filming. It was transformed into a restaurant and renamed. It became the location of where Julianne Hough’s character worked.
Our absolute favorite restaurant…..The Provision Company. It has been voted one of Coastal Living magazines seafood dives! The Special…..crab cake, steamed shrimp with slaw and corn on the cob is yummy!
Fishy Fish Café is another favorite with outdoor dining and live music. It is actually where we hung out for hours watching production. It was just me and Ashlyn. We had the house to ourselves. We actually met a lovely mother and daughter who were on a road trip together from Mississippi. We watched together. They are so sweet. We have actually maintained a friendship through Facebook.
Behind the row of restaurants lies rows of beautiful historic homes. It is a lovely evening stroll….bring your bug spray though! Many TV shows and movies have been filmed in Southport. Southport is a short 40 minute drive to Wilmington, NC…. a major part of the Hollywood film industry. At the same time Iron Man was being filmed there.
Here is the set of the general store that Josh Duhamel’s character owns. It is brand new construction built to fit in with atmosphere of Southport. It is quite lovely!
They are busy working to stock shelves in the store and decorate the upstairs living space.
Looks like it has always been here!
Here are some shots from the road. This street was not closed until filming actually started. The did keep the set roped off and had security around the clock in the evenings.
I just love the feel of this set! It is a shame that as a part of the movie….it was sadly burned to the ground. Notice the detail!
It is just so stinking cute!
Cool old truck on set-
Upstairs peek at the living quarters
Ashlyn in front of one of the historic houses-
Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach
Woods and Ashlyn on Caswell Beach………Heaven on Earth!
Max and I waiting on our table at The Provision Company!
Up next………filming pictures!!!!!
I also have posts on the historical homes of Southport. You can find those here>