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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Wonderful Wilmington

Posted May 26, 2010 8:28 a.m. EDT

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!