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Wonderful Wilmington

Posted May 26, 2010

Today we will profile North Carolina's fifth oldest town. Wilmington has a wealth of wonderful attributes including a beautiful riverfront walk. If you ever get the chance be sure to take a historic tour of the area with Bob Jenkins. Bob is one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides you will ever meet. I met him in several months ago in Greensboro where he accepted a major award from the NC Travel Industry Association.

What are your favorite places in Wilmington? What are your preferred restaurants? What are the best hotels and B&Bs? Please share your recommendations.

I love Wilmington because it's held onto its past with a sense of grace. Many of the old buildings and churches are stately. There are lots of great shops downtown and excellent restaurants out on the Cape Fear. Wilmington's Airlie Gardens are lovely. You might want to take a river boat ride. The children's musuem in Wilmington is top notch. You could take a film studio tour or check out the USS North Carolina. And then when you run out of things to do you can always head on down to Wrightsville Beach.

Can you name some of the famous people who grew up in Wilmington?  The list is pretty amazing!


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  • ncbeachladybug May 27, 2010

    I live in Wilmington, but it's not home. Jackson's bbq has too much of Lexington and SC in it. Good seafood is at Jones Fish Camp at Ogden. Bowmens at Carolina Beach is plain, not fancy, and has the best Calabash style seafood around. That's good, because I don't think you can get that type of seafood in Calabash any more. Blue Water Grill and the other Wrightsville beach restaurants are pricey and not as good as other less expensive ones mentioned above. Give me oysters and beer any day of the year and I'll feel fine!!! (Thank you Mr. Buffett!)

  • pulstar40 May 26, 2010

    We stayed at the Graystone Inn in March and are still singing it's praises. It was wonderful, and the breakfasts were delicious.

  • khoggard May 26, 2010

    I graduated from UNCW in 1994 & took a NC History course with a very knowledgeable professor while there. We took a walking tour of downtown & it was marvelous. The old buildings are so beautifully preserved. Wilmington is full of a lot of history. I miss being there sometimes!!

  • not home yet May 26, 2010

    Love walking around downtown and then dining at Caprice's French Restaraunt.

  • 2thebeach May 26, 2010

    I think Meadowlark Lemon, Roman Gabriel and Sonny Jurgenson were all from Wilmington.

  • mamananagramps May 26, 2010

    I so enjoy Elijah's restaurant, Pilot House, on the waterfront. plus the great one at the drawbridge at Wrightsville Beach. If I did not worry about hurricanes. I would be back in Wilmington. I lived there 8 years and such a lovely city..

  • axepack May 26, 2010

    I've stayed at the Graystone before and it was fantastic. I wasn't ecstatic over the foo-foo breakfast, but it was still pretty good. I'm actually staying at The Verandas this September for two nights after my wedding. The fiance and I are really looking forward to that, along walks along the riverfront and dining at the Pilot House.

  • no more - no less May 26, 2010

    Historic Tour - The Bellamy Mansion (downtown)

    Restaurant - The Pilot House (on the water front)

    Deli - J Michaels Philly Deli (Oleander Drive)

    Dessert - Krispy Kreme (College Road)

    Beach - Wrightsville

  • 2thebeach May 26, 2010

    I like the Goody Goody for breakfast.

  • missparrothead May 26, 2010

    Wilmington is such a great city.

    Elijah's in downtown is a great dinner choice. If you want casual BBQ, try Jackson's Big Oak BBQ, just off S. College Rd.

    B&B- try the Graystone Inn.




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