|Old American Fish Co., aka "Ivan's" from Safe Haven|
|Alex's (Josh Duhamel) house from Safe Haven|
|The exact sport where Ryan's Port Market stood, before it was burned down in the movie.|
I am such a tourist. And a tv/book trivia junkie. And a sucker for romance. It really is quite dangerous letting me loose in these coastal North Carolina towns... the birthplaces of everything that Kevin Williamson and Nicholas Sparks ever created. When we first moved our boat to New Bern, I started a Nicholas Sparks book and movie marathon, since everything he wrote took place in the area. I've also been a lifetime time fan of Dawson's Creek (team Pacey) and made Riley watch the whole series through with me when it became instant play on Netflix. I lured him in by telling him that Pacey fixed up a sailboat and that he and Joey sailed down the coast one summer. We had to skip Wilmington, where much of Dawson's Creek was filmed, but that hasn't stopped me from finding plenty of other filming locations in surrounding towns.
We came into Southport on Monday morning, and I already knew that it was the setting of Safe Haven, both the book and the movie. We hadn't even docked yet when I spotted the Old American Fish Co., which was Ivan's in the movie (the restaurant where Katie worked), and I knew I had hit a goldmine. We docked at a really fun place, Provisions, which is a restaurant that offers free overnight dockage with the purchase of a meal. We got in around lunchtime, docked, and walked right up to a seat on their deck with a perfect view of our boat and the ICW behind it. I felt like I had just been cast in a Williamson/Sparks production... and it was a dream come true.
Even without the excitement of spotting filming locations (I managed to find all of the Safe Haven spots that I could, plus the cemetery from A Walk to Remember), Southport is such a great town! I love it's weathered coastal charm, and I loved being right in the middle of it by docking at the restaurant. Southport gets five stars from me!