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Preferred Accommodations

Mystical Reflections has partnered with Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort to be our recommended accommodations during your visit. Brunswick Plantation is a full service resort offering outstanding value and excellent quality for families and golfers alike! Voted one of the top 50 golf communities in the US.

For more information, call 1-800-835-4533 or visit their website at http://www.brunswickplantation.com/

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Calabash is a small NC coastal community often referred to as “The Seafood Capital of the World.”

As you can probably guess, Calabash is famous for its ‘calabash style’ seafood. This unique style and flavor of seafood, involving corn bread flouring and frying, originated in this area and is a ‘must’ try for visitors.

The Town is located on the southeastern coast of North Carolina in Brunswick County. It is a picturesque fishing village toting a well-earned reputation for wonderful seafood. The Town is still a working fishing port with shrimp boats docked daily to sell their fresh catch.

Local Lore

There are a couple of stories as to how the town of Calabash got its name. Supposedly Calabash took its name from an Indian word meaning “crooked-neck gourd”. Some say that it was due to so many wells having drinking gourds, known as calabash gourds, around them. Others insist that the name Calabash was decided due to the gourd-like shape of the Calabash River. No matter the underlying reason, the post office officially recognized the name, “Calabash” in 1883.

Legend has it that entertainer Jimmy Durante passed through the area in the 1940’s and took a liking to the food and the folks. Soon afterwards he adopted his trademark sign off “Good night Mrs. Calabash wherever you are.” For many years, Jimmy Durante kept it a mystery as to the story behind his catchphrase. Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his wife. They had stopped in a small town called Calabash, whose name she had fallen in love with, while driving across the country. “Mrs. Calabash” became his pet name for her, and he signed off his radio program with “Good night, Mrs. Calabash.” Durante added “wherever you are” after the first year.

Who was first?

There are many “arguments” about who opened the first “fish camp” in Calabash. Was it the Beck’s or the Coleman’s? Regardless of the ‘who’, what is fact is that it stayed in the family as Ruth Beck and Lucy Coleman were sisters. Both families hosted outdoor oyster roasts to welcome back the fisherman and their daily catches in the 1930’s. By 1940, both businesses had moved indoors and added the now-famous fried seafood to their repertoire. Not to be out done, brother Lawrence High got into the act in 1950 by opening up his own version of Calabash cuisine with his wife, Ella.

Come to Calabash and enjoy the food, meet the folk and visit our boutiques and specialty shops