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Exploring North Carolina’s Coastal Towns
Exploring North Carolina’s Coastal Towns
In the state’s southern corner, find the city of Wilmington, home to three beach destinations with a lively surf community. Read more»

America’s Favorite Cities for Christmas Lights
America’s Favorite Cities for Christmas Lights
Each city in the country has its own traditions and celebrations for the holidays, but for some, it’s a yearlong wait for their shining moment on the calendar. Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted for Wilmington, North Carolina as one of their favorite cities for Christmas lights. Read more»

Where to Go in 2017: 14 Budget Vacation Destinations for Seniors
Where to Go in 2017: 14 Budget Vacation Destinations for Seniors
With downtown Wilmington and three nearby beaches, city and seashore fun are rolled into one. Read more»

Most Festive US Cities to Celebrate the Holidays with Kids
Most Festive US Cities to Celebrate the Holidays with Kids
As the holidays approach, a sense of excitement begins to vibrate through the air. Decorations are pulled from storage with joyous anticipation of an evening spent trimming the tree while family-friendly movies play on the television. Read more»

Southern Made: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shop
Southern Made: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shop
You won't find any coffee shop more welcoming or warmhearted than Bitty & Beau's in Wilmington, North Carolina. Read more»

North Carolina Weekend “House Special”: Pembroke’s Restaurant
North Carolina Weekend “House Special”: Pembroke’s Restaurant
Local seafood, local produce and local pork, all in a comfortable, expansive setting at the edge of town. Those are the watchwords at Pembroke’s in Wilmington. Read more»

A Very Special Coffee Shop Gets a Big Surprise from Rachael Ray
A Very Special Coffee Shop Gets a Big Surprise from Rachael Ray
Last year, the Rachael Ray Show introduced its audience to Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shop, a special place in Wilmington, North Carolina which employs 40 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. A year later, Rachael Ray provides an update on their success and surprises the coffee shop with a special announcement that aired on October 25, 2016. Read more»

Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in Wilmington
Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in Wilmington
Art lovers in Wilmington have a secret: If you want to see a lot of great art and meet the artists, set aside the fourth Friday every month for Wilmington's Fourth Friday Gallery walk. Read more»

Around Carolina: Haunted Wilmington
Around Carolina: Haunted Wilmington
Wilmington is considered one of North Carolina's most haunted cities. Just in time for Halloween, visit some of the spookiest places and hear the stories associated with them in this edition of Around Carolina. Read more»

Best of the Southeast: Travel Like A Local - Shop
Best of the Southeast: Travel Like A Local - Shop
From the historic district to the Cape Fear River to three island beaches, Wilmington is North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination. As expected, surf gear and coastal treasures are available, but the state is known for its furniture shopping and, perhaps surprisingly, Wilmington is no exception. Read more»

Savoring the Old, and New, North State
Savoring the Old, and New, North State
The Frank Sinatra quote at the bottom of Manna’s cocktail menu accurately captures the bar’s attitude: “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.” Having tasted a few of their drinks, it’s obvious that Manna’s dapper bartenders care equally about about how they execute both the classics and their own concoctions. Read more»

The Travel Issue
The Travel Issue
Catch is one of those exceptional restaurants tucked inside in a nondescript strip mall. In a large space away from the coastal city’s bustling downtown, chef and owner Keith Rhodes—a 2011 James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast and a Season 9 Top Chef contestant—transforms local seafood and produce with international inspiration. Read more»

48 Hours In Wilmington, North Carolina
48 Hours In Wilmington, North Carolina
Who doesn’t love a good weekend getaway? Short trips require less planning and less time off than an extended vacation. The trick is finding a destination that doesn’t involve lengthy travel time, and that can be explored during a quick trip. Read more»

Coastal Adventures
Coastal Adventures
A husband and wife explore the best of Wilmington, NC, from its fantastic dining to hiking, paddling, standup paddleboarding, theatre and a ghost tour. Read more»

The South’s Best New Restaurants
The South’s Best New Restaurants
PinPoint is one of those truly exciting restaurants where you get to see a talented chef fly solo for the first time—and absolutely soar. Read more»

NC’s Blackwater & Beaches: Wilmington teases with attractions from the Cape Fear River to the Coast
NC’s Blackwater & Beaches: Wilmington teases with attractions from the Cape Fear River to the Coast
Sharing a savory al fresco repast with my husband at Le Catalan alongside Wilmington, N.C.'s Cape Fear River was made to order. The bistro's Catalonian owner created the perfect light lunch for hitting the Riverwalk to join the flow of those enjoying the sun's warmth and the quiet slap of the river against the wooden pilings. Read more»

Wilmington museum houses the odd, macabre
Wilmington museum houses the odd, macabre
When Justin Lanasa got married, his wife told him to either get rid of his macabre belongings or open a museum so he started the Museum of the Bizarre which houses everything from a lock of hair from Harry Houdini's Ouija board to artifacts from famous horror movies. Read more»

Cape Fear Museum showcases Wilmington’s rich film history
Cape Fear Museum showcases Wilmington’s rich film history
The Cape Fear Museum offers an inside look on its second floor into the rich film history of Wilmington. Read more»

Wilmington - Just the Right Size for a Family Vacation
Wilmington - Just the Right Size for a Family Vacation
Wilmington is a North Carolina city that has it all: a remarkable history, a booming riverwalk along the Cape Fear River, expansive ocean beaches, a Serpentarium... Read more»

Daycation in Wilmington, NC & Beaches
Daycation in Wilmington, NC & Beaches
Summertime and the living is easy..especially if you have a coastal city/beach destination within road trip reach! Our family headed up 40 east and in 2 hours we were at our destination: Wilmington, NC & Beaches Read more»

Meat-eating plants, surfer dudes and historic houses offer something for everyone around Wilmington
Meat-eating plants, surfer dudes and historic houses offer something for everyone around Wilmington
Eyes on the ground, we stepped carefully to avoid Venus’ flytrap plants at Carolina Beach, N.C., one of the few places in the world where they grow wild. Read more»

Wilmington, North Carolina has More than Beaches
Wilmington, North Carolina has More than Beaches
Families all along the East Coast know that North Carolina boasts nearly endless miles of beautiful beaches. But did you know that the city of Wilmington, located on the state's southern coast, offers visitors a unique variety of coastal treasures with its Historic River District and its three island beaches? Read more»

Coasting Along
Coasting Along
Wilmington and its island beaches provide a gamut of settings in one compact destination. This excerpt describes a few of the many reasons to coast along to Wilmington. Read more»

The Girls Are Back in Town
The Girls Are Back in Town
Girls will take center stage during the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic, the popular surf event scheduled for Aug. 19-21, 2016. Read more»

From Loons to Billionaires
From Loons to Billionaires
Wilmington is, above all, defined by its proximity to the water, and there’s no better way to understand that relationship than to take a Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruise. Read more»

Best-Kept Secrets: Places To Catch The NC Craft Beer Wave
Best-Kept Secrets: Places To Catch The NC Craft Beer Wave
Years ago, as the craft beer wave swept the Triangle, Asheville and Charlotte, the Port City missed the tide. Now, after years with a lone brewery and a couple of bottle shops, Wilmington is awash. Read more»

Wilson’s World: Wilmington’s Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
Wilson’s World: Wilmington’s Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
Watch as Jon WIlson of WCCB Charlotte checks out some of the Cape Fear Museum's exciting exhibits such as Starring Cape Fear, complete with movie and TV show memorabilia. Read more»

America’s Coolest Southern Towns
America’s Coolest Southern Towns
Remember the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek (Joey…Pacey…that song)? It was filmed in this idyllic riverside hamlet, where brick factories-turned-farm-to-table restaurants overlook the water and the powdery Wrightsville Beach is just nine miles away. Read more»

What to See and Where to Dine and Stay in Wilmington, North Carolina
What to See and Where to Dine and Stay in Wilmington, North Carolina
We recently took a trip through the Carolinas to catch up with some of our favorite chefs and their new restaurant projects. Read more»

Pier Fishing in North Carolina Can Be An Unforgettable Experience
Pier Fishing in North Carolina Can Be An Unforgettable Experience
The salty breeze in your hair and the smell of the ocean are always enough to make the juices flow, but the added mystery of catching something unknown is even stronger for anglers who venture out on piers to fish. Read more»

Wilmington: A Culinary Tale of Two Cities
Wilmington: A Culinary Tale of Two Cities
It’s a culinary culture much like the city itself: There’s the old and the new, the rustic and the upscale. The river side and the beach side, including Wrightsville Beach. In many ways, Wilmington’s story is a tale of two cities. Read more»

Hollywood East
Hollywood East
Who says you have to go to California to follow the cinema trail? Wilmington,North Carolina, is crawling with film history — and history in the making. Read more»

Discover why Wilmington, North Carolina, is a Must-See True Southern Destination
Discover why Wilmington, North Carolina, is a Must-See True Southern Destination
Hoping to explore some historic Southern towns, we discovered a city rich in history, with wonderful colonial and antebellum architecture and military sites, funky shops and cafes, all only a jaunt from sparkling sand beaches. Read more»

Three Underrated Southern Spots to Visit This Spring
Three Underrated Southern Spots to Visit This Spring
Instead of visiting popular locales like New Orleans and Savannah, Georgia, explore Wilmington and its beaches as under-the-radar coastal retreats where you'll find fewer crowds and plenty of Southern charm. Read more»

7 small cities with surprisingly big St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
7 small cities with surprisingly big St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
What’s not to like about St. Patrick’s Day? It’s a rare holiday where everyone comes together to be Irish for a day, drinking copious amounts of beer and whiskey is entirely acceptable, and the color green becomes the universal uniform. Read more»

North Carolina Azalea Festival ranks #5 among Best Flower Festivals in the 10Best Readers’ Choice
North Carolina Azalea Festival ranks #5 among Best Flower Festivals in the 10Best Readers’ Choice
Each April Southern charm is in full bloom at the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. The community of Wilmington hosts this celebration of spring, which includes concerts, a street fair, art shows, a circus and a parade. Festival-goers are sure to see plenty of azaleas in bloom during home and garden tours throughout the community. Read more»

Coastal Areas Seeing Increase in Outdoor Fitness Tourism
Coastal Areas Seeing Increase in Outdoor Fitness Tourism
Many visitors are traveling to the area to take advantage of the triathlons, marathons, surfing and paddleboard competitions, and other outdoor activities that surround this time of the year. Read more»

The Battles of Wilmington, N.C. — in World War II, That Is
The Battles of Wilmington, N.C. — in World War II, That Is
Wilbur D. Jones is devoted to creating a trail of historic sites in and around Wilmington, N.C., related to World War II. Read more»

Wilmington, En Route as the First  “American World War II City,” as a WWII Tourism Destination
Wilmington, En Route as the First “American World War II City,” as a WWII Tourism Destination
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of prominent area wartime events & facilities several activities are spotlighting the attraction and importance of Wilmington as a WWII tourist destination for history enthusiasts also seeking a vast array of cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities. Read more»

Convention Center Hotel Breaks Ground in Wilmington, NC
Convention Center Hotel Breaks Ground in Wilmington, NC
Construction crews broke ground Friday on a new convention center hotel in downtown Wilmington, NC, the Wilmington Convention Center announced yesterday. Read more»

Top 4 Tips to Catch More Flounder
Top 4 Tips to Catch More Flounder
Take a horse-carriage tour through Wilmington and you’ll learn that no Civil War battles took place in the city; the battle for this town happened on the ocean. For Capt. Dennis Barbour of Island Tackle & Hardware, the war is still there, but instead of North vs. South, it’s man vs. flounder. Read more»

12 Ways to Experience ‘The Choice’ in Real Life
12 Ways to Experience ‘The Choice’ in Real Life
If you love reading a good book, and love reading a good love story even more, chances are you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks. Following in the lineage of The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Safe Haven, The Longest Ride and other North-Carolina-inspired-books-turned-movies by Sparks, it’s time for The Choice to take moviegoers on a romantic and emotional journey. Read more»

Nicholas Sparks on his connection with North Carolina’s setting for ‘The Choice’
Nicholas Sparks on his connection with North Carolina’s setting for ‘The Choice’
We asked Sparks to pick out some photos from the film's North Carolina location (Wilmington and surrounding area) and explain his deep connection with the state. Read more»

Cape Fear CC Humanities & Fine Arts Center | NC Weekend | UNC-TV
Cape Fear CC Humanities & Fine Arts Center | NC Weekend | UNC-TV
Cape Fear Community College adds a spectacular new venue to Wilmington's performing arts scene, just down the road from its historic neighbor, Thalian Hall. Read more»

9 Towns With Treasure Waiting To Be Discovered
9 Towns With Treasure Waiting To Be Discovered
Wilmington has been an underrated tourist destination for decades with its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, but these days just as many tourists make their way to the coastal city because of its Hollywood connection. Read more»

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in North Carolina
The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in North Carolina
The biggest port city in North Carolina, Wilmington has something for everyone. The beach is right around the corner and if you don’t fancy getting sand on your feet, you can meander down the Riverwalk, recently named the ‘Best American Riverfront’ by USA Today. Read more»

The 10 Best Film Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of
The 10 Best Film Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of
Cucalorus is so dedicated to celebrating the art form of film that it eschews any hint of competition. Instead, you can expect to engage in the creative exchange of ideas, predominantly through daring films, music videos, documentaries, shorts and panels—many of which have gone on to earn Oscar nominations. And the festival’s screenings are held not just in theaters, but in music venues, bars and breweries as well. Read more»

Take a Road Trip to Wilmington, NC
Take a Road Trip to Wilmington, NC
Wilmington is one picture-perfect destination for a vacation, which, for many, has led to more permanent moorings. Join us, as we share insider tips from friends, experts and regular folks who’ve found this little piece of paradise worth crowing about. Read more»

Wilmington’s Rich History and Premier Location Make It One of The Most Beautiful Cities in The South
Wilmington’s Rich History and Premier Location Make It One of The Most Beautiful Cities in The South
The PPD IRONMAN North Carolina features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run through coastal and southeastern North Carolina. It is a unique "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event, with each leg finishing in a different location. (The PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina will take place on the same day.) Read more»

The Best Cities for Beer Drinkers
The Best Cities for Beer Drinkers
Wilmington (#7) recently welcomed its newest microbrewery to town, with Waterline Brewing Company joining established breweries like Flytrap Brewery and Front Street Brewery. Together, those beer makers rate as some of the best in the U.S. (according to Yelp users). The average Yelp score for Wilmington breweries is 4.44 stars, one the highest scores of the 296 cities that SmartAsset researched. Read more»

Avett Brothers Featured at 2016 NC Azalea Festival
Avett Brothers Featured at 2016 NC Azalea Festival
The Avett Brothers are the headliner on Thursday night of the Azaela Festival, which continues through Sunday, April 10. Read more»

A Gift From Across the Globe
A Gift From Across the Globe
For USS North Carolina crewman in the middle of World War II, Christmas came wrapped in a filmstrip as sailors spent several Christmases at sea, yearning for the normalcy of holiday traditions. Read more»

The Tall Tale of The Christmas Flounder
The Tall Tale of The Christmas Flounder
During the Great Depression, Cape Fear fishermen turned their trusty gigs toward the sea on Christmas Eve, trying to land a bittersweet alternative to holiday turkeys and hams they could no longer afford. The next day, The Christmas Flounder, stuffed with oysters, collards, crabs, and grits, would provide cheery sustenance. Read more»

See the World in Miniature: 12 of the Most Incredible Model Railways
See the World in Miniature: 12 of the Most Incredible Model Railways
From the choo-choo that goes around the Christmas tree to fanciful displays and seasonal train rides like The Polar Express, trains have long been associated with the holidays. For the ultimate locomotive experience, visit these massive model railways, which wind along miles of track through miniature recreations of scenery from around the world. Read more»

The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship Returns to New Hanover County in North Carolina
The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship Returns to New Hanover County in North Carolina
In March 2015, racers from four states converged in Wrightsville Beach for the inaugural US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship. Bikers competed in three divisions covering distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. This race, one of the first of its kind in the United States, returns to Wrightsville Beach on March 12, 2016. Read more»

The 12 Days (or so) of Christmas: Top Holiday Arts Events in December
The 12 Days (or so) of Christmas: Top Holiday Arts Events in December
From the historical to the hysterical, Wilmington celebrates the season in high style with fine art, theater, and music offerings on tap for the most wonderful time of the year. Read more»

Twinkle and Glitter
Twinkle and Glitter
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, garlands of more than 750,000 glowing lights, incandescent starbursts and holiday music transform 67-acre Airlie Gardens into a winter wonderland. Read more»

22 Best Things to Do in Wilmington, North Carolina
22 Best Things to Do in Wilmington, North Carolina
Plan a weekend trip to Wilmington, a beautiful coastal destination in North Carolina where you can stroll along the Riverwalk, visit great museums, gardens and historic attractions like the USS North Carolina. There is also great shopping, performing arts, sports and sandy beaches. Read more»

City Portrait: Wilmington
City Portrait: Wilmington
Light as air and dangling from the trees, Spanish moss seems to float above Wilmington. To see the Southern soul of this port city, look skyward. Read more»

UNDER $100: WILMINGTON, N.C.
UNDER $100: WILMINGTON, N.C.
Wilmington has a lot to offer without paying a pretty penny. Here are some trip ideas to keep your family and wallet happy. Read more»

Eight North Carolina Ghost Tours to Go on This Fall
Eight North Carolina Ghost Tours to Go on This Fall
Recognized as one of the best ghost tours in the nation, Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington has a lot of stories that draw on the port city’s gruesome history. Read more»

Wilmington is Frightfully Fond of Halloween
Wilmington is Frightfully Fond of Halloween
Wilmington goes all out for spooky thrills! No bones about it, Wilmington has a justifiable claim to being the most spook-friendly city in North Carolina. Read more»

Performing Arts Renaissance
Performing Arts Renaissance
Wilmington, N. C.’s theater scene leads an artistic awakening for the region with the opening of a state-of-the-art performance center. Read more»

Local Seafood: Kitchen on the Roll
Local Seafood: Kitchen on the Roll
Where can you get fresh fish prepared by an award-winning chef? Sometimes the location may not be on the coast or a river but instead from a mobile kitchen. Read more»

Raking in the Clams
Raking in the Clams
Catch restaurant is owned by award winning chef Keith Rhodes and his wife Angela. Catch is founded on the principals of serving the best local food available all with a modern twist. Read more»

She’s Headed Where? Liza Minnelli Hops on 200-Mile Uber Ride to Make It to Concert
She’s Headed Where? Liza Minnelli Hops on 200-Mile Uber Ride to Make It to Concert
Minnelli's rep confirmed to PEOPLE a BBC report that the 69-year-old star was slated to perform at a gala in Wilmington this past Saturday, but that her connecting flight had to return to Charlotte due to turbulent weather. Read more»

Where the Venus Flytrap Grows
Where the Venus Flytrap Grows
Visitors to historic Wilmington, N.C., on the Cape Fear River might notice a curious greeter on the scenic waterfront: a giant Venus flytrap. A sculpture of the carnivorous plant soars 15 feet above the foot of Market Street, with two giant translucent-green glass pods, prehistoric-looking teeth protruding ominously, perched atop sinuous metal stems. Read more»

Wind Down in Wilmington this Fall
Wind Down in Wilmington this Fall
If you’re like countless others, suddenly discovering that summer is passing you by without a vacation, we have good news: fall is the perfect time to plan a getaway to Wilmington, N.C. Read more»

The Time Capsule That is Wilmington, N.C.
The Time Capsule That is Wilmington, N.C.
Exploring this city is like opening a time capsule. Many historic destinations embody a specific period in our nation's history, and Wilmington embodies this concept very well. Read more»

Chasing Southern Charm in Wilmington, North Carolina
Chasing Southern Charm in Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington truly is a southern belle. Together with its historic buildings, delicious southern food, as well as the southern friendliness of the local people, this weekend getaway is a treat for the soul aching for some old-fashioned romance and the opportunity to walk the streets once crossed by actresses and actors portraying their skills. Read more»

Coastal Businesses Celebrate Strong Summer Season
Coastal Businesses Celebrate Strong Summer Season
While rain dampened part of the Labor Day weekend, the skies cleared and the swimmers, sunbathers and surfers returned Monday to cap what business owners say has been a good beach season along the North Carolina coast. Read more»

Historic Wilmington, North Carolina voted #1 Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood (2015)
Historic Wilmington, North Carolina voted #1 Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood (2015)
USA TODAY 10Best – Historic Wilmington, North Carolina has been voted as the #1 Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood (2015) in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. This award shines a spotlight on Wilmington’s outdoor dining scene in the Historic River District: Read more»

Day Trips: Docking soon in Wilmington? A Spanish galleon
Day Trips: Docking soon in Wilmington? A Spanish galleon
Wilmington’s big floating attractions are the USS North Carolina Battleship – the historic warship permanently moored in the Cape Fear River – and Henrietta III, the large riverboat that cruises the same waterway. But starting next week, they’re about to be temporarily eclipsed by a sight so strange that even river gators will be scratching their snouts: an Armada-style Spanish galleon. Read more»

The 33 Best Burritos in America
The 33 Best Burritos in America
Usually when something's advertised as "hot, fast, cheap, and easy," it's not a compliment. Unless it's geared at one of the creative burrito creations at Flaming Amy's, in which case it's a laudable guarantee. Read more»

Wilmington and Its Beaches are the Sports Event Dream Team
Wilmington and Its Beaches are the Sports Event Dream Team
Can’t decide between charming city life and relaxing ocean breezes? Book your next tournament in Wilmington, North Carolina and get the best of both worlds. Read more»

Return to Tree Hill Brings In Big Money for Wilmywood
Return to Tree Hill Brings In Big Money for Wilmywood
Thanks to Eyecon for bringing the One Tree Hill Convention to Wilmington, NC for the second time in 2015. Wilmington (aka Wilmywood) of course was the filming location for the show for 9 seasons. Simply put, we are Tree Hill. Read more»

Visiting the Battleship North Carolina
Visiting the Battleship North Carolina
Sometimes it's nice to get away from the biggest of the crowds at the beach and go do something different. In this case, we drove north about 60 miles and visited the Battleship North Carolina. Read more»

Old meets new: New restaurants, hotel planned for northern downtown
Old meets new: New restaurants, hotel planned for northern downtown
An American-style eatery and an upscale cantina will soon be the latest additions to the burgeoning northern downtown area. Read more»

Exploring all that Wilmington, NC has to offer: A three-part series
Exploring all that Wilmington, NC has to offer: A three-part series
Everything there is to do and see in Wilmington, NC will soon be ours to discover - as Chef Stormy and I head on over for our first visit! Have you seen the USS North Carolina yet - or been to the beaches!? Please let me know where and what to do. And give us your tips if you would, also! Read more»

Exploring Wilmington, North Carolina
Exploring Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina, is a beautiful port city. Steeped in history and pride, this mecca of the film industry in the south makes a perfect family vacation. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and quiet little towns, families will find plenty to do and there are lots of ways to do it on the cheap! Read more»

A Beer Lover’s Guide to Wilmington (and the Cape Fear region) in 36 Hours
A Beer Lover’s Guide to Wilmington (and the Cape Fear region) in 36 Hours
From the beaches to the riverfront, Wilmington is already a vacation destination. And now local craft brewers have managed to make their handcrafted beers worthy of the journey. Read more»

Fourth of July: Firework displays in America’s cities
Fourth of July: Firework displays in America’s cities
In North Carolina, 40,000 people are expected to line the historic Cape Fear Riverfront and watch the 20-minute July Fourth fireworks celebration with the Battleship North Carolina in the background. Read more»

America’s Beeriest Beach Towns 2015
America’s Beeriest Beach Towns 2015
Beaches and brews are two of the great staples of summer vacation. Last year we published the feature “5 of America’s Beeriest Beach Towns” and received an overwhelming response from our readers. The story no doubt struck a chord with all those among us who love the smell of the ocean, the sound of the surf and the taste of a fresh beer. Read more»

48 Hours in Wilmington
48 Hours in Wilmington
Spend a weekend on America’s best riverfront and North Carolina’s most accessible coastal city. Read more»

Everything you love about a Southern riverfront city, plus beaches too
Everything you love about a Southern riverfront city, plus beaches too
Known for its history and gracious Southern charm and voted as America’s Best Riverfront in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards, Wilmington is on a short list of “must-see” Southern destinations. Read more»

Wilmington RT: Battleship North Carolina
Wilmington RT: Battleship North Carolina
The Battleship North Carolina is one of the most visited attractions in North Carolina. There are plenty of sights to see in Wilmington, but there is not quite a sight to see like the Battleship! Read more»

The Wilmington Riverwalk
The Wilmington Riverwalk
We’d just come around the corner from a serendipitous visit with a wooden boat building class when the Wilmington Riverwalk treated us with yet another surprise. We’d been walking its length in search of the Wilmington Railroad Museum when we heard the toot of a toy train whistle. Read more»

Wilmington’s Gardens
Wilmington’s Gardens
Wilmington is full of beautiful gardens that will catch your eye and keep you wanting to find more.. Read more»

Wilmington, NC-Wrightsville Beach is Perfect Coastal Experience
Wilmington, NC-Wrightsville Beach is Perfect Coastal Experience
The port city was critical to the efforts of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Read more»

Wilmington Makes a Run at Craft Beer Brewing
Wilmington Makes a Run at Craft Beer Brewing
Wilmington is already known for its many tourist attractions, but now the Port City is also becoming a destination for craft beer lovers. Read more»

Pharm to Table at Rx in Wilmington
Pharm to Table at Rx in Wilmington
At Rx, Wilmington’s pharmacy-turned-restaurant, the atmosphere is modern, but the food philosophy is as old as Southern cooking itself. Read more»

Your Guide to Eating and Drinking in Wilmington, N.C.
Your Guide to Eating and Drinking in Wilmington, N.C.
Surfers love it, artists love it, and if you enjoy food, you’ll love it, too Read more»

Port City Pints: Wilmington’s Growing Craft Beer Scene
Port City Pints: Wilmington’s Growing Craft Beer Scene
Hopheads, stout sippers and IPA acolytes know North Carolina is a craft beer haven, and now, eyes are turning toward Wilmington. Read more»

Friday Postcards From The Historic District Of Wilmington North Carolina
Friday Postcards From The Historic District Of Wilmington North Carolina
If you love charming, historic homes then Wilmington is the place for your next Friday Postcard! Read more»

Wilmington NC~The Perfect Family Destination!
Wilmington NC~The Perfect Family Destination!
Like most port cities, Wilmington has a colorful past and has been preserved beautifully. It is easy to see the pride that local residents have in their city just by a quick drive around the local historic district. Read more»

Azalea Festival Welcomes Spring in Wilmington
Azalea Festival Welcomes Spring in Wilmington
Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes the one and only Azalea Festival! The 68th annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will take place from April 8th to 12th right here in Wilmington and you don’t want to miss it. Read more»

Craving the Coast with Wilmington and Its Island Beaches
Craving the Coast with Wilmington and Its Island Beaches
Spring and summer are just around the corner, and for thousands of North and South Carolinians, it's time to head for the water. Some say, "We're off to the beach!" while others say they're going to the "coast". Read more»

Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach Named one of the 10 Best Budget Beach Resorts
Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach Named one of the 10 Best Budget Beach Resorts
Want to go somewhere - anywhere - warm? Parents teamed up with TripAdvisor to find beach resorts that have a track record of fab reviews from families and hot deals to stretch your vacation fund. The Southern hospitality starts at check-in at the Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach when your child receives a toy-filled sand bucket and you're offered lemonade for the family. Read more»

Boardwalk Facelift for Carolina Beach
Boardwalk Facelift for Carolina Beach
This seaside community on Pleasure Island, just south of Wilmington is just about done sprucing up for the 2015 tourist season. The popular family-friendly beach has retooled/replaced its boardwalk area, which has been profiled in newspapers, cable TV and magazine and has even made Budget Traveler’s list of “Most Awesome Boardwalks." Read more»

Wilmington NC ~ Don’t Miss the Beaches!
Wilmington NC ~ Don’t Miss the Beaches!
The Wilmington area is made up of the city of Wilmington and several surrounding beach towns. We visited Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Each area has its own personality and each offers family friendly activities and fun. Read more»

Wilmington Named one of the 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.
Wilmington Named one of the 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.
Whether you are planning a quick weekend trip or a longer honeymoon vacation, America’s small towns offer a combination of history, adventure and relaxation that will help you create romantic memories to last a lifetime. Combining the best of both worlds - a historic river district and beautiful beaches - the coastal town of Wilmington in North Carolina is the perfect place to get away from it all! Read more»

The ‘One Tree Hill’ Cast Reunited, And Made Your Teenage Dreams Come True
The ‘One Tree Hill’ Cast Reunited, And Made Your Teenage Dreams Come True
The "One Tree Hill" cast got together for a convention this past weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina, and took to Instagram and Twitter to share photos of the reunion. Lucas, Peyton, Mouth and Skills, all in the same room? Read more»

Easter in Wilmington? Not your typical bunny-hoo
Easter in Wilmington? Not your typical bunny-hoo
Let’s give credit to Wilmington for finding new ways to market the long Easter weekend... with and without rabbits. Read more»

Visitors can tour Wilmington’s Showcase Urban Plantation
Visitors can tour Wilmington’s Showcase Urban Plantation
Historians estimate that by the time of the Civil War, there were more than 46,000 agricultural plantations in the American South. Read more»

Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Known for its history and gracious Southern charm, and voted as America’s Best Riverfront in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards, Wilmington is on a short list of “must see” Southern destinations. The area’s natural scenic beauty, culture and history all charm visitors, making it the ideal place to get away. Go with the flow…and see where the water takes you. Read more»

Out and About in North Carolina: Top Civil War Landmarks and Attractions near Wilmington, N.C.
Out and About in North Carolina: Top Civil War Landmarks and Attractions near Wilmington, N.C.
2015 is a big year for North Carolina, especially for lovers of civil war history! When it comes to civil war history, Wilmington and its beaches are among the most historically significant destinations in the United States. Read more»

Wine and Chocolate Festival
Wine and Chocolate Festival
If you’re anywhere near coastal North Carolina this weekend, Road Trips Foodies, take a detour to Wilmington for the Wine and Chocolate Festival. Read more»

Katie’s Favorite Gardens
Katie’s Favorite Gardens
Just outside of Wilmington, NC Airlie is a magical southern garden full of Azaleas and flowering trees. This is a great place for an easy stroll, as there are many benches and scenic spots – including some beautiful ponds and waterfront views – for quiet reflection. Read more»

Road Trip! Destination: Wilmington, N.C.
Road Trip! Destination: Wilmington, N.C.
Wilmington, N.C., is blessed with a pretty amazing combination of advantages for a small American city. It's a beach town with a remarkable history, including Civil War battlefields and beautifully restored 19th-century architecture. It has a beautiful riverfront promenade on the Cape Fear River and a memorable skyline dominated by a gargantuan World War II battleship at anchor and so much more! Read more»

Casey’s Buffet- NC Weekend
Casey’s Buffet- NC Weekend
Bob Garner indulges in some of Wilmington's best Southern comfort food at Casey's Buffet. Read more»

7 Reasons to Hit the NC Beaches
7 Reasons to Hit the NC Beaches
There’s lots of fun to be had in 2015 in Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Read more»

Enjoy the Holidays at NC Beaches!
Enjoy the Holidays at NC Beaches!
Savor the Season! ­ It's easy to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we forget to slow down and enjoy ourselves. This year, take time for seasonal celebrations you may have overlooked in the past. Read more»

5 Places to Get Crabby on the Carolina Coast
5 Places to Get Crabby on the Carolina Coast
When you’re craving crab, the Carolina coast is a great place to be. We’ve rounded up five great places to get your crabby fix in North Carolina, from just-off-the-boat markets to restaurants with a view. Read more»

How the Cucalorus Film Festival Survived 20 Years
How the Cucalorus Film Festival Survived 20 Years
The kooky little southern film festival has remained strong in an anemic economy. What's the secret to its success? Read more»

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2014
The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2014
Yes, a great festival is, on the one hand, a temporary plunge into a world magically removed from real life. But the very best ones elevate their communities throughout the year: harbingers of a creative, cinema-loving lifestyle; the circulatory system pumping blood into a truly rich city. You’ll find many of those here. Read more»

NC Holiday Flotilla a Blast; Plan To Attend Next Year
NC Holiday Flotilla a Blast; Plan To Attend Next Year
What a blast, from the pre-party with The Embers beach music band, to a day of vendor booths, classic cars and massive bouncie houses for kids at the town’s municipal park, to the festive boats on parade to the closing fireworks by Zambelli, this is a homerun event for North Carolina. In fact, for the entire Southeast U.S., according to by the Southeast Tourism Society, which in 2013 named the flotilla a Top 20 Event. Read more»

14 Historic American Theaters
14 Historic American Theaters
Thalian Hall, in Wilmington, North Carolina, is among the oldest theaters in the U.S. and has been in almost continuous use since opening in 1858. Read more»

North American SUP Destination: Wilmington, N.C.
North American SUP Destination: Wilmington, N.C.
You’ll find surf, sun, flatwater, wildlife and always someone to paddle with on the Cape Fear Coast. Read more»

Explore History and Good Eats in Wilmington
Explore History and Good Eats in Wilmington
With newly restored sights in North Carolina’s largest historic district, plus creative New Southern restaurants and elegant inns, the riverfront town is looking like the new Savannah. Read more»

10 Best Picks for November
10 Best Picks for November
Wilmington, N.C. was recently named the 'Best American Riverfront ' by USA TODAY 10Best readers, and November is a great month to experience the charming town on the Cape Fear River with average highs in the upper 60s and much more. Read more»

N.C. Riverfront Voted Best in America
N.C. Riverfront Voted Best in America
Wilmington, N.C. has been voted America’s Best Riverfront in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA Today. Read more»

Road Trip! Wilmington NC~Spooky Family Fun
Road Trip! Wilmington NC~Spooky Family Fun
October scares up dozens of Halloween events in Wilmington, N.C.; we're talking festivals, murder-mystery dinner theatre, cruises, pirate adventures, hayrides, creepy nature programs and more. Read more»

Wilmington Fall Travel
Wilmington Fall Travel
For some, the celebration of fall evokes loyalty to a different set of colors – the blues and greens and grays of the coast. Read more»

A Family-Pleasing Package
A Family-Pleasing Package
When it comes to convincing families to travel for the holidays, it can be difficult to find somewhere that meets a variety of preferences, expectations and needs. Wilmington and Beaches is a something-for-everybody destination suitable for families of every description. Read more»

Best American Riverfront - Wilmington, NC
Best American Riverfront - Wilmington, NC
USAToday readers apparently love a great riverfront and have shown it with their votes - lovely Wilmington, N.C. came out on top. Read more»

National Kudos for Wilmington’s Waterfront
National Kudos for Wilmington’s Waterfront
Readers of USA Today had the chance to do a "10 Best Readers' Choice" vote for the city with the best American riverfront, and when the results were released Wednesday, Wilmington won. Read more»

48 Hours in Wilmington, NC - Fall Edition
48 Hours in Wilmington, NC - Fall Edition
From September to December, Wilmington and its beaches pop under clear blue skies. Days remain warm, summer crowds are gone and Wilmington puts on a show. Festivals, food tours, shopping, history adventures and plenty of outdoor activities make fall a favorite time to visit. Read more»

Brief History of the Civil War In Wilmington
Brief History of the Civil War In Wilmington
Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, with a lifelong interest in American Civil War, North Carolina, Lower Cape Fear and Southern history. His in-depth research focuses on Civil War coastal operations and defenses, blockade running, and the navies. This excerpt of the Civil War in Wilmington is from his new book, "To Forge a Thunderbolt" (SlapDash Publishing) Read more»

The 10 Best Surf Lodges in North America
The 10 Best Surf Lodges in North America
The tiny island of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, has an unusually rabid surf culture owing to its consistent swells, clear water, and surprisingly high-profile contingent of surfers. Read more»

Kid-Friendly Activities in Wilmington, NC
Kid-Friendly Activities in Wilmington, NC
Every parent knows the key to a successful vacation is keeping the kids entertained, and the Wilmington area has plenty to keep the whole family happy. Read more»

10 Things Only People From Wilmington Will Understand
10 Things Only People From Wilmington Will Understand
The people of Port City know their Southern beach hometown is all about big boats, bigger azaleas, and partying on prom like it’s 1869. Read more»

The Last Best American Beach Towns
The Last Best American Beach Towns
A great beach town must have shores that are spacious, picturesque, relatively uncrowded, and clean. Wrightsville Beach is one of seven of America’s last best beach towns. Read more»

Hollywood East: A Wilmington Resident’s Take on Living Amongst the Stars
Hollywood East: A Wilmington Resident’s Take on Living Amongst the Stars
It’s always a little thrilling and a little weird to see your own neighborhood pretending to be somewhere else on the big screen. Read more»

A Taste of Wilmington and its Island Beaches
A Taste of Wilmington and its Island Beaches
Wilmington, North Carolina, and its island beaches are known for Southern goodness, world flavors, top chefs and homegrown freshness. Get ready to eat—and eat, and eat. Read more»

Fun Things to do in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach with Kids
Fun Things to do in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach with Kids
On the southern coast of North Carolina, Carolina Beach and nearby Kure Beach are less commercially developed than many other beach towns in the Southeast and offer a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Read more»

6 Ways to Wind Up with the Best Deals during Shoulder Season
6 Ways to Wind Up with the Best Deals during Shoulder Season
When plahning your trip to Wilmington and our Beaches, there are 6 easy ways to make sure you get the best deals. Read more»

8 Things To Do This Spring in NC
8 Things To Do This Spring in NC
Spring is around the corner. Here are eight ways to enjoy the sunnier days and warmer nights North Carolina. Read more»

“Celebrating Along the Carolina Shore”
“Celebrating Along the Carolina Shore”
Each April thousands of azaleas welcome visitors to the area. Read more»

“In North Carolina, Sites That Honor Black History
“In North Carolina, Sites That Honor Black History
Thirty-seven sites that highlight the contributions of African-Americans are detailed in the recently published African American Heritage guide. Read more»

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2014
Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2014
Wilmington, North Carolina comes in a strong second on our Small Cities list, despite its pretty diminutive size. Read more»

5 Best Cities for 20-Something Artists Other Than New York
5 Best Cities for 20-Something Artists Other Than New York
Wilmington, NC: The new film and television hub. Read more»

Best Fall Beach Destinations
Best Fall Beach Destinations
When fall comes to Wrightsville Beach, a four-mile-long barrier island near Wil­mington, it shoos away the tourist throngs, stifling summer humidity, and swarming mosquitoes. Read more»

Weekend Getaways: Wilmington
Weekend Getaways: Wilmington
Wilmington lets travelers experience the history and charm of the south along the cobblestone streets of downtown. Plus, the beautiful Carolina beaches are just a few miles away for a day of fun in the sun. Read more»

Crafted in Wilmington
Crafted in Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, is home to many artisans and artists who take inspiration from their surroundings and turn it into distinctive products, all of which are crafted in Wilmington. Read more»

Cucalorus Film Festival Director Offers “How-To” Tips for the First-Time Festival-Goer
Cucalorus Film Festival Director Offers “How-To” Tips for the First-Time Festival-Goer
November, 2016. Dan Brawley, Executive Director of the Cucalorus Film Festival, offers "first-timer" tips on how to choose from more than 260 independent film screenings at the 22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Festival. Read more»

Wilmington Beer Week Celebrates the Exploding Craft Beer Scene in Wilmington and its Island Beaches
Wilmington Beer Week Celebrates the Exploding Craft Beer Scene in Wilmington and its Island Beaches
October, 2016. It’s an exciting time for the craft beer industry and Beer Week is the best time to check out what Wilmington, NC's craft beer scene has to offer. Read more»

Road Trip: Wilmington, N.C.
Road Trip: Wilmington, N.C.
Pack the car and set your sights East on a road trip to Wilmington, North Carolina, North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination. Read more»

Calling All Seniors: Plan A Fall Getaway to Wilmington, N.C.
Calling All Seniors: Plan A Fall Getaway to Wilmington, N.C.
For a quick fall getaway from the Raleigh area, seniors should set their sights for Wilmington, North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination. Read more»

Biology by the Beach
Biology by the Beach
My experience at UNCW’s MarineQuest camp this summer taught me how to fully appreciate the ocean and the things living in it Read more»

Top Things to Do with Kids in Wilmington, N.C.
Top Things to Do with Kids in Wilmington, N.C.
With a combination of fun in the sun and other kid-friendly things to see and do, Wilmington, N.C. is just the ticket for making your summer vacation fail proof. Read more»

Eight “Soft Outdoor Adventures” in Wilmington, NC
Eight “Soft Outdoor Adventures” in Wilmington, NC
Whether your travel vibe is adrenaline junkie, couch potato or somewhere in between, destinations rich in “soft adventures” are right up your alley. Read on for a list of Eight Soft Outdoor Adventures in the Wilmington area to help inspire your next coastal getaway. Read more»

Azalea Wonderland Near the Beach!
Azalea Wonderland Near the Beach!
April, 2016. Every new spring is an adventure for those of us who love nature’s beauty and this spring is already looking spectacular by most measures. Read more»

Celebrate North Carolina Beer Month in Wilmington
Celebrate North Carolina Beer Month in Wilmington
From tastings and tours to food and events, there are plenty of ways on tap to celebrate craft beer in Wilmington this April. Read more»

Wilmington’s Northern Riverfront Evolves as a Waterfront Community
Wilmington’s Northern Riverfront Evolves as a Waterfront Community
If you haven’t ventured over to Wilmington’s Northern Riverfront in a while, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. In recent months, the stretch along North Water Street, from the Wilmington Convention Center to the Isabel Holmes Bridge, is being transformed from an unsightly industrial area into a veritable showcase of urban coastal living. Read more»

Local Parks Celebrate 100 Years of North Carolina State Parks in 2016
Local Parks Celebrate 100 Years of North Carolina State Parks in 2016
Throughout 2016, North Carolina’s state parks system will celebrate its centennial. The occasion offers North Carolinians a chance to celebrate a lasting achievement and to rededicate themselves to the stewardship of our stunning landscape. Read more»

A Merry Roundup of Unique Holiday Experiences from the River to the Sea
A Merry Roundup of Unique Holiday Experiences from the River to the Sea
The holiday season is upon us and you have a multitude of holiday events and parties to attend. And to break through the clutter, we have pulled together some seasonal off the beaten path and special coastal traditions to try first-hand in Wilmington, N.C., and our island beaches. Read more»

Downtown Wilmington Is an Arts & Entertainment Hub
Downtown Wilmington Is an Arts & Entertainment Hub
There’s a buzz in the coastal air in Wilmington, N.C. And most recently, it’s largely thanks to the burgeoning arts and culture scene, the heartbeat of which is Downtown along the riverfront. The city has long been a performing arts destination. Whether you’re a theatre-goer, live music fan or anything in between, you’re sure to find a venue, event or performance to satisfy. Read more»

Birding through the Year in Wilmington and North Carolina’s Southern Coast: Top Spots by Season
Birding through the Year in Wilmington and North Carolina’s Southern Coast: Top Spots by Season
Whether you’re admiring a Northern Cardinal on your backyard bird feeder or watching a squadron of Pelicans wing down the beach, birds bring wonder and enjoyment to our lives. They also remind us of the importance of protecting healthy habitats that support both birds and people. Read more»

Ideal Weather & New Finish Line Greet Competitors in PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Ideal Weather & New Finish Line Greet Competitors in PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
A day of sunshine with temperatures in the low 70s provided ideal weather conditions for the 8th annual PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon, held on Saturday, October 17. Read more»

Hauntingly Unrivaled
Hauntingly Unrivaled
Considered one of the most actively haunted cities in the world, Wilmington is the perfect destination for a spooky Halloween weekend getaway. Read more»

Wilmington’s Social Media Bucket List
Wilmington’s Social Media Bucket List
Let the adventures begin in Wilmington and our three island beaches! While there are practically endless things to see and do here, we’ve compiled a Social Media Bucket List of 10 activities you must try (and document!) during your next visit. Read more»

The Performing Arts are Center Stage in the Cape Fear Region
The Performing Arts are Center Stage in the Cape Fear Region
The Cape Fear region has long been a bastion for the performing arts. In the eighteenth century, amateur theatre companies were found around the state, including Wilmington, NC with the original Thalian Association; the current Association is named as the state’s official community theater company. Read more»

Fall Fishing is Fun for the Entire Family
Fall Fishing is Fun for the Entire Family
Fishing is one of the most exciting activities for visitors to Wilmington and the beaches and fall is one of the best seasons for fishing. Read more»

Historic Preservation: The Foundation for our Future
Historic Preservation: The Foundation for our Future
Everyone in Wilmington and the region knows that we are a distinctive destination, and in fact this was acknowledged by the National Trust for Historic Preservation when they proclaimed Wilmington as one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the country for 2008. Read more»

Welcome 2017 with a New Year’s Getaway to Wilmington & Island Beaches
Welcome 2017 with a New Year’s Getaway to Wilmington & Island Beaches
Cheer, cheer the New Year is near! It’s time to bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017. Since December 31 falls on a Saturday, it’s the perfect excuse to take a New Year’s getaway to Wilmington and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Read more»

Wilmington & Beaches CVB Wins “Best Booth - Best Food” at AENC Annual Showcase & Exhibits Tradeshow
Wilmington, N.C. - December 15, 2016 - The Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau [CVB], along with area travel partners, exhibited at the Association Executives of North Carolina [AENC] 2016 Annual Showcase & Exhibits, held December 8 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Wilmington and Beaches booth won AENC’s “Best Booth” award in the category of “Best Food.” Read more»

December Delights with Holiday Events for All Ages in Wilmington & Island Beaches
December Delights with Holiday Events for All Ages in Wilmington & Island Beaches
Wilmington, N.C. - December 1, 2016 - December delights with holiday events for all ages that reflect the traditions, culture and spirit of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Read more»

Enchanted Airlie Bedazzles with One Million Lights in a Coastal Garden Setting
Enchanted Airlie Bedazzles with One Million Lights in a Coastal Garden Setting
Wilmington, N.C. - November 23, 2016 - Elaborate light displays, along with hundreds of festive plants, seasonal music and “singing trees” will soon transform Airlie Gardens into Enchanted Airlie, a beloved holiday tradition, November 25 through December 22. Read more»

Holiday Flotillas Illuminate the Waterways in Wilmington & Island Beaches
Holiday Flotillas Illuminate the Waterways in Wilmington & Island Beaches
Wilmington, N.C.- November 21, 2016- Colorful flotillas (boat parades) will illuminate the waterways in Wilmington and its island beaches on back-to-back weekends this holiday season. Visitors can experience this coastal holiday tradition in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, Nov. 26 and in Carolina Beach on Saturday, Dec. 3. Read more»

2016 Beach Soccer Classic to Bring More than 2,100 Youth Soccer Players to Wilmington and Beaches
2016 Beach Soccer Classic to Bring More than 2,100 Youth Soccer Players to Wilmington and Beaches
Wilmington, N.C. - November 10, 2016 - On November 19 and 20, travel industry partners in Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach will welcome the 2016 Beach Soccer Classic, a youth soccer championship sanctioned by the N.C. Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA). Read more»

10 Things About Cucalorus—One of the Coolest Film Festivals Held in One of America’s Coolest Towns
10 Things About Cucalorus—One of the Coolest Film Festivals Held in One of America’s Coolest Towns
Wilmington, N.C. - November 8, 2016 - There’s always a lot of buzz about the Cucalorus Film Festival, a truly unique annual event that exemplifies Wilmington, North Carolina’s creative and independent spirit. With more than 260 film screenings and events, it can be a bit overwhelming to get one’s head wrapped around—even for seasoned film enthusiasts. Following are 10 things to note about Cucalorus 22 (Nov. 9-13, 2016), with tips designed to help attendees make the most of this year’s festival. Read more»

Riverfest Celebration Pays Tribute to  Cape Fear River’s Influence on Wilmington Culture, Nov. 19-20
Riverfest Celebration Pays Tribute to Cape Fear River’s Influence on Wilmington Culture, Nov. 19-20
Wilmington, N.C. - October 25, 2016 -  Each year, Wilmington's annual Riverfest celebration pays tribute to the Cape Fear River and its profound influence on Wilmington’s culture. Traditionally held the first full weekend in October, this year's 38th Annual Riverfest has been rescheduled for November 19-20. As in year's past, the festival will delight visitors and residents of all ages with free entertainment and family-friendly events that celebrate the… Read more»

Halloween Road Trip, Anyone? Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches Beckon with Spine-Tingling Events
Halloween Road Trip, Anyone? Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches Beckon with Spine-Tingling Events
Wilmington, N.C. - October 20, 2016 - A memorable Halloween road trip awaits those who travel to Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches. More than two dozen spine-tingling events beckon visitors to the coast during the last two weeks of October. From the river to the sea, thrill-seekers can get into the ‘spirit’ with ghost tours, haunted attractions and trails, creepy theatrical productions, zombie runs and costume parties. There’s also non-scary fun for younger visitors, including fall festivals, ‘ghost’ trolley and trick-or-treat events at the Aquarium and Battleship North Carolina, as well as museums, libraries, shopping malls and more. Following is a sampling of Halloween Happenings that are worth the trip! Read more»

“Fall” For Coastal Flavors With Seasonal Food & Brew Events, Tours
“Fall” For Coastal Flavors With Seasonal Food & Brew Events, Tours
Wilmington, N.C., September 19, 2016: As summer transitions to autumn, it’s easy to “fall” for coastal flavors with an appetizing roundup of seasonal food, brew and wine happenings in Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches. From tastings, wine walks and craft beer tours to oyster roasts, food tours and festivals, there are nearly two dozen flavorful happenings during the fall months that feature local cuisine and regional spirits. Read more»

New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority Announces New Appointment to Board of Directors
New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority Announces New Appointment to Board of Directors
Wilmington, N.C., September 16, 2016: Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), announces that Daniel Perkins, Assistant General Manager of the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, has been appointed to the TDA Board of Directors to represent Wilmington Hotels (150+ rooms). Read more»

Fall Cruises Showcase Nature’s Beauty In Wilmington’s River District And Island Beaches
Fall Cruises Showcase Nature’s Beauty In Wilmington’s River District And Island Beaches
Wilmington, N.C., Sept. 1, 2016: Fall cruises showcase nature’s beauty in Wilmington’s river district and its island beaches. In the coming weeks, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the wildlife and breathtaking scenery of the Cape Fear River and coastal waterways. Read more»

2015 Visitor Impact for New Hanover County
2015 Visitor Impact for New Hanover County
Wilmington, N.C. - August 19, 2016 - Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, announced today that tourism spending by domestic visitors to New Hanover County increased in 2015, according to a county-by-county tourism economic impact study released today by Visit North Carolina. Read more»

Two New Hanover County Beaches Honored by WRAL Out & About Voters’ Choice Awards
Two New Hanover County Beaches Honored by WRAL Out & About Voters’ Choice Awards
Wilmington, N.C. - August 3, 2016 - The Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that two New Hanover County beaches were honored during the 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards on Tuesday, August 2nd at an awards ceremony in downtown Raleigh. WRAL is the NBC affiliate that serves the greater Triangle market in North Carolina. Read more»

Summer Surf and SUP Events to Stoke the Surfer’s Soul in Wilmington’s Island Beaches
Summer Surf and SUP Events to Stoke the Surfer’s Soul in Wilmington’s Island Beaches
July, 13, 2016 - The surf’s up in Wilmington and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, where surfers and paddlers of all skill levels will find nice surf breaks and respectable waves, as well as calmer waters in the sound. Following is a roundup of summer surf & SUP events to stoke the surfer’s soul. Read more»

A Full-On Summer Vacation Takes Flight with July 4th Celebrations in Wilmington and Island Beaches
A Full-On Summer Vacation Takes Flight with July 4th Celebrations in Wilmington and Island Beaches
Wilmington, N.C. - June 16, 2016 - July is upon us and a long Independence Day weekend beckons. July 4th falls on a Monday this year, providing a great opportunity to add on a few extra days and experience a full-on summer vacation in Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Here’s a sampling of holiday weekend celebrations and family fun from the river to the sea: Read more»

FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY IN WILMINGTON, N.C. & ISLAND BEACHES
FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY IN WILMINGTON, N.C. & ISLAND BEACHES
Wilmington, N.C. - June 10, 2016 - What better way to celebrate Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19) than with a visit to Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches? Whether you’re spending the entire weekend or just visiting for the day, here are a few activities from the river to the sea that Dad and the family are sure to enjoy. Read more»

Cape Fear Blues Festival Evolves with New Date & Format;  Stays True to Roots with Authentic Blues
Cape Fear Blues Festival Evolves with New Date & Format;  Stays True to Roots with Authentic Blues
Wilmington, N.C. - June 6, 2016 - A ‘cool’ change is on the horizon as the 21st annual Cape Fear Blues Festival announces a new date and opening night format. This year the 2016 Cape Fear Blues Festival will be held June 17-19, nearly a month earlier—and a few degrees cooler—than festivals past. Read more»

Cape Fear Shakespeare on-the-Green Festival Brings Outdoor Theatrics To Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Cape Fear Shakespeare on-the-Green Festival Brings Outdoor Theatrics To Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Wilmington, N.C. - June 1, 2016 - Let the outdoor theatrics begin! The time is nigh and the stage is set for the 2016 Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, held every weekend in June at the Hugh Morton Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Now in its 24th season, the annual free-to-the-public Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, in association with the City of Wilmington, will present two shows: “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Read more»

Carolina Beach Music Festival Rocks The Beach Stage & Renovated Historic Boardwalk
Carolina Beach Music Festival Rocks The Beach Stage & Renovated Historic Boardwalk
Carolina Beach, N.C. - May 26, 2016 - Are you ready for some good old-fashioned summer fun? Then Carolina Beach, North Carolina is the place to be on Saturday, June 4. Three bands will rock the oceanfront stage on the historic boardwalk with beach music and shag-dancing during the 31st annual Carolina Beach Music Festival. Read more»

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Summer In Wilmington & Beaches With Music, Theatre, Arts & History
Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Summer In Wilmington & Beaches With Music, Theatre, Arts & History
Wilmington, N.C. - May 26, 2016 - Just in time for summer vacations, the lifeguard stands and ocean rescue programs at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach are staffed daily (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) with USLA-certified lifeguards and beach patrols. From the river to the sea, weekend summer concerts and seasonal events debut Memorial Day weekend and continue throughout the summer. Read more»

23rd Annual Seaside Classic to Bring 4,200 Youth Soccer Players to Region
23rd Annual Seaside Classic to Bring 4,200 Youth Soccer Players to Region
Wilmington, N.C. - May 19, 2016 - In May, travel industry partners in Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach will welcome the 23rd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic, a youth soccer championship sanctioned by the N.C. Youth Soccer Association. Read more»

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend in Wilmington and Island Beaches
Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend in Wilmington and Island Beaches
Wilmington, N.C. - April 15, 2016 -What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a visit to Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches? Whether you’re spending the entire weekend or just visiting for the day, here are some fun activities from the river to the sea that Mom and the family are sure to enjoy. Read more»

Travel Industry Observes 33rd Annual “National Travel & Tourism Week”
Travel Industry Observes 33rd Annual “National Travel & Tourism Week”
Wilmington, N.C. - April 21, 2016 - During May 1-7, communities around the United States with economies that are impacted by travel and tourism will observe National Travel & Tourism Week with activities that engage visitors, local travel partners, and the business community. Now in its 33rd year, National Travel & Tourism Week is an annual salute to travel and tourism in America. Read more»

Wilmington’s Passion Shines Through In Annual Azalea Festival
Wilmington’s Passion Shines Through In Annual Azalea Festival
Wilmington, N.C. - March 30, 2016 - Just in time for the 69th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, spring arrives in Wilmington and its island beaches with warm weather and azaleas at every turn. The blooming of these colorful flowering shrubs is an annual phenomenon worthy of great celebration and fanfare, as evidenced by the city’s five-day festival in its honor. Read more»

Three Wilmington Hospitality Businesses Receive  2016 AAA Four Diamond Distinction
Three Wilmington Hospitality Businesses Receive 2016 AAA Four Diamond Distinction
February 4, 2016, Wilmington, N.C.: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, AAA Carolinas announces its 2016 AAA Four Diamond North Carolina recipients. This year, three Wilmington hospitality businesses have received this coveted recognition. Read more»

Cure the Winter Blues with Water Views & Festivals that Indulge the Senses
Cure the Winter Blues with Water Views & Festivals that Indulge the Senses
Wilmington, N.C. - January 25, 2016 - Trade those winter blues for water views when you visit Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures: ocean sunrises, river sunsets, fresh seafood and winter festivals that indulge the senses, including the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival and the North Carolina Jazz Festival. Read more»

Fort Fisher’s 151st Anniversary Commemoration Pays Tribute to Medal of Honor Recipients
Fort Fisher’s 151st Anniversary Commemoration Pays Tribute to Medal of Honor Recipients
Kure Beach, N.C. - January 8, 2016 - Fort Fisher State Historic Site commemorates the 151st anniversary of the 2nd battle of Fort Fisher with a program featuring free Civil War lectures by compelling authors and speakers, dozens of Union and Confederate living history actors, special tours, cannon firings and artillery demonstrations. Read more»

Skip the Snow and Head to the Coast this Winter
Skip the Snow and Head to the Coast this Winter
Wilmington, N.C. – Nov. 24, 2015 - A quintessential winter escape brings thoughts of snowflakes, log cabins, hot chocolate and the like. This year, take the road less traveled by skipping the frigid temperatures and heading for the coast. Read more»

Wilmington, N.C. is America’s Best Riverfront According to USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest
Wilmington, N.C. is America’s Best Riverfront According to USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest
Wilmington, N.C. - October 22, 2014 - Today the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau [CVB] joined with the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County along its award-winning riverfront to announce that Wilmington, North Carolina has been voted as America’s Best Riverfront in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. Read more»

One Tree Hill FAQ Sheet
One Tree Hill FAQ Sheet
Since 1983, more than 400 film-related projects have been filmed in Wilmington and Our Island Beaches, often affectionately referred to as "Hollywood East." ONE TREE HILL, a popular hour-long drama on The CW Television Network, is among the many productions made in this region. The weekly series was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina and nearby Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. Read more»

Dawson’s Creek FAQ Sheet
Dawson’s Creek FAQ Sheet
Since 1983, more than 400 film-related projects have been filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina’s Historic River District and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville beach. The region is often affectionately referred to as “Hollywood East.” DAWSON’S CREEK, Sony Pictures Television’s popular hour-long drama that airs on The WB and other cable stations, is among the many productions made in this region. Read more»

New Updates & Openings
New Updates & Openings
Have you visited Wilmington and our Island Beaches before and are looking for the best things to see and do for your next visit? Read about news, recent updates and additions for Wilmington here! Read more»

Recent Accolades for Wilmington and Island Beaches
Recent Accolades for Wilmington and Island Beaches
Another day, another accolade. Well, not exactly. But a recent surge in tourism-related national recognition has certainly kept Wilmington and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach in the news. We thought it might be fun to harvest some of the more recent Kudos for your enjoyment and consideration! Read more»

One Tree Hill FAQ Sheet
One Tree Hill FAQ Sheet
Since 1983, more than 400 film-related projects have been filmed in Wilmington and Our Island Beaches, often affectionately referred to as "Hollywood East." ONE TREE HILL, a popular hour-long drama on The CW Television Network, is among the many productions made in this region. The weekly series was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina and nearby Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. Read more»

Sleepy Hollow FAQ Sheet
Sleepy Hollow FAQ Sheet
Since 1983, more than 400 film-related projects have lensed in the Wilmington, North Carolina region, often affectionately referred to as “Hollywood East.” SLEEPY HOLLOW, Fox Television’s thrilling mystery-adventure drama, is among Wilmington’s hundreds of production credits. Seasons 1 and 2 of the wildly popular weekly series were filmed primarily in the Wilmington, North Carolina region, as well as at locations in nearby coastal counties. Read more»

Dawson’s Creek FAQ Sheet
Dawson’s Creek FAQ Sheet
Since 1983, more than 400 film-related projects have been filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina’s Historic River District and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville beach. The region is often affectionately referred to as “Hollywood East.” DAWSON’S CREEK, Sony Pictures Television’s popular hour-long drama that airs on The WB and other cable stations, is among the many productions made in this region. Read more»