i love my city. i’ve only lived here for 10 years but i feel the pulse of the city. it’s a sleepy little coastal community where you feel like you belong. the friendly vibe of the locals is so welcoming it makes you want to stay forever. and many do! with so much to do and see i put together a “don’t miss!” list so you can get in as much as possible for your long weekend visit. in no particular order…
- wrightsville beach-this goes without saying. this is a beach community, right? hungry but don’t want to pack up your blanket? walk over to Trolly Stop hot dogs for the BEST hotdog in Wilmington. veg options! (my favs are the surfer dog and the wrightsville)
- don’t miss Tower 7 at the beach-hot? want some AC and a beer (and maybe a shot of tequila)? get your blood sugar back up quickly with chips and house made salsa. you can’t go wrong with their menu. it’s all good but the poor surfer is my fav.
- the aquarium at Fort Fisher is a great way to get out of the heat or rain. fun for kids and adults. don’t miss the prehistoric dinosaur invasion at the aquarium’s outdoor garden Spring 2016! this is a seasonal exhibit and included in the price of admission.
- Wilmington’s Azalea Festival-i said earlier that i didn’t have a favorite but i lied. the Azalea Festival (usually the first weekend in April) is my absolute favorite time to be in Wilmington. of the “don’t miss!” list, this is truly one you don’t want to miss. fo-realzies! great opening bands, fab garden party and of course the historical home tours and garden tours are where it’s at. http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/
- the antique district on Castle Street-this is an up-and-coming area. every time i brunch at Jester’s Cafe (best quiche in town) there’s a new store to check out. if you want the full effect, visit on a Saturday. every shop is open and sometimes you’ll catch a cool art show in the garden. On Friday night you can visit the Wilmington Wine Shop for a free tasting, take a bottle to go for dinner at Rx restaurant. show your receipt and there’s no corkage fee (one bottle limit at Rx). Rx should be in a category all it’s own but for the list I’ve lumped it into a Friday night don’t miss.
- step into history at Bellamy Mansion-Victorian gardens shaded by 150-year-old magnolia trees. hear how the house was built for the Bellamy family and their lives during the Civil War. fascinating. open on Sunday.
- last but certainly not least, Front Street, downtown Wilmington-it’s not possible to lump everything on Front Street into this list. Front Street needs a list all its own. but, if you’re looking for something to do around twilight, come downtown. catch the sunset over the Cape Fear River and afterwards take a stroll down Front Street. with over 50 places to shop, dine, drink and be entertained the Front Street experience is not one to be missed.