Staff Spotlight | Helen Gainer

Helen Gainer is our Lead Reservationist at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals. Helen has been with the Intracoastal family for over six years. In her role, she has helped families plan vacations of a lifetime and is a great source when it comes to the Wilmington area on where to explore and things to do while you’re here.

Where are you from? How long have you lived here? Tell us a little more about yourself.

Helen Gainer: I was born in Cebu City, Philippines and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when I was 10 yrs old. I attended Topsail Middle and Topsail High School. Moved to Raleigh, NC and graduated from Broughton High School. After attending various colleges and traveling the world, I ended back in Wilmington, NC where I met my wonderful husband, Kent. Happily married for 11 years now and sharing our love for traveling the world together. Our favorite hobbies are traveling the world and being adventurous whether in the US or international, we are happy at best when we are making memories together.

When did you start Intracoastal Realty? What is one of the highlights of your career? Why have you enjoyed working here?

Helen Gainer: I began working at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals in October 2015 as a Reservationist. Now as a Lead Reservationist, I love what I do and helping clients create lasting memories with their family and friends. The best part of helping clients build their vacation is sharing my love for Wilmington and all our beaches. Sometimes I take for granted of where I live, but I am reminded everyday I go to work that I live in a beautiful place and it’s rated #3 on top places to visit in North Carolina.

I am honored and grateful to be working for Intracoastal Realty so I can share my love for this town and why everyone should come and visit here. The perks for working for Intracoastal Realty are the people I get to work with everyday and they throw the best parties for their employees. The company really shows their employees a really good time. I have been to a few of these events and they all have been such great memories.

Helen Gainer’s Local Recommendations

Favorite Beach: My two favorite beaches are Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach, because I like that it is more residential and less hotels on the beach.

Favorite Restaurant: I am a foodie and I love all genres of food, but if I were to pick my top three, I would say Heironymous Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Osteria Cicchetti, and Ceviche’s.

A must do while in Wilmington: During the summer months I highly recommend you rent a SUP board and go down the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach to watch the sunset. In the fall, I recommend riding a bike around Wrightsville Beach and the historic downtown area in Wilmington. For winter, I recommend walking the beach to see the sunrise and you will find lots of sand dollars along the north end part of Wrightsville Beach.

It is quite a blessing to work and live at the beach everyday!