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Discover Wilmington, NC, a Fresh Possibility for a Vacation Destination

Wilmington, NC shines as North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination by interstate or short nonstop flight. Discover how this historic riverfront city and its three island beaches offer a refreshing mix of relaxation and recreation - in other words, vacation perfection. Read more »

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A Family-Friendly Travel Guide to Wilmington, NC and Island Beaches

Read on for your ultimate family-focused travel guide to Wilmington and its island beaches, North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination by interstate or a short non-stop flight. Read more »

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When it comes time to plan your trip, use this guide to uncover which areas of Wilmington and its island beaches are the right fit for you and your travel style. Read more »

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The Best Beach Towns in the South to Visit This Winter

There's no better time for a weekend away with less crowds, cooler weather and even more charm. Read more »

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Your go-to guide to a Southern-meets-coastal fall destination. Read more »

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The 20 best restaurants in Wilmington, North Carolina

This historic city and its island beaches are wedged between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, meaning there are gorgeous views of the water everywhere you turn. And since nothing goes better with a great view than a great meal, the city has restaurants of all shapes and sizes that are ready to welcome you in for an unforgettable experience. Read more »

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Continuing our journey along the East Coast, we reach Wilmington. This charming city is nestled in North Carolina’s Cape Fear region, an area home to some of the best fishing grounds in the state. Read more »

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This Boutique Hotel in Wilmington, NC is a Traveler's Dream

Dreamers by DW more than answers the call for an unforgettable stay. Read more »

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Trips to Discover Included Wilmington Riverfest Among its Roundup for 7 Best Fall Festivals to Visit in NC

Located along the city’s picturesque waterfront on the Cape Fear River, the family-friendly event includes arts and crafts from local vendors, live music concerts and more. Read more »

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Stacker Featured Wilmington Among its 25 Best Beach Towns to Live on the East Coast

Backdrops don't get much dreamier than Wilmington's downtown river district and riverwalk. Don't forget its sweet beach communities, including Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Read more »

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NC Azalea Festival Earns Gold and Sliver Pinnacle Awards

The NC Azalea Festival scored Gold and Silver Pinnacle Awards at the 2023 International Festivals & Events Association Annual Conference: Gold for Best New Festival or Event | Spring Fashion Show; Gold for Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program | International Blooms; Silver for Best Printed Materials (Multi Page) | The 2023 Bloom Report; Silver for Best Green Program | Garden Party Green Sustainability Program.

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Wilmington

A weekend trip in the off-season reveals excellent cocktails, great food and plenty of cultural opportunities. Read more »

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Ultimate Guide to a Wilmington, NC Getaway

From can't-miss craft cocktail and tiki bars, buzzed-about restaurants, ghost tours and more, explore this historic coastal city and its neighboring beaches to uncover why fall is the new summer. Read more »

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The Grownup Guide to Wilmington, NC and Beaches This Fall

Leave the daily grind at home and treat yourself to a grownup good time in Wilmington, NC and its nearby island beaches. Unleash your inner explorer — with a historic riverfront city and three beaches at your doorstep, Wilmington is where it’s at this fall. Read more »

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Visit local filming locations from the Amazon Prime televisions series, "The Summer I Turned Pretty" in Wilmington and its three island beaches. View now »

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With the show’s 25th anniversary this year and “set-jetting” a major travel trend of 2023, it’s the perfect time to visit the city sometimes called Hollywood East and known for hosting more than 400 film-related projects since 1983. Read more »

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Root of the Matter: Wilmington's Green House

In Wilmington, North Carolina, the Green House is not just a homage to the restaurant's plant-based menu - it's an entire experience. Read more »

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MovieMaker Included Cucalorus Film Festival as one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World

Quoting "This festival feels more alive than any other I can think of." "Filmmakers and performance artists introduce each screening with elaborate performances that are essentially live theater." Read more »

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Art, Oysters and More: 5 Ways to Experience Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington combines fascinating history, a lively food scene and easy access to the outdoors - a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Read more »

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North Carolina's Best Kept Summer Secret

Discover why Wilmington and its three island beaches is a top destination for a summer vacation. Read more »

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Explore Wilmington, North Carolina: A Family-Friendly Beach Destination

With family-friendly activities and attractions from river to sea, Wilmington is the perfect destination for your next family vacation. Read more »

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"Dawson's Creek, "One Tree Hill" and More Filming Locations in Wilmington and its Nearby Beaches

Find top filming locations from hit TV series like "Dawson's Creek," "One Tree Hill" and more in Wilmington and island beaches. Read more »

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Where Was "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Filmed? All About the Real Locations Behind Cousins Beach

Though Cousins Beach is fictional, you can visit the filming locations in Wilmington and island beaches for "The Summer I Turned Pretty" in real life. Read more »

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30+ Tours and Cruises for Exploring the Best of Wilmington & Island Beaches

Whether you’re a lover of local craft beer, an epicurean seeking culinary delights, or an avid explorer ready to set sail, we’ve got you covered. Read more »

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Excursions by Land & Sea in Wilmington

From sunset sails to self-guided walking tours, take a deeper dive into this coastal destination and its nearby island beaches on a variety of excursions that explore the local food and beverage scene, arts, history, natural beauty and more. Read more »

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MovieMaker included Cucalorus Film Festival among its annual list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee

Cucalorus isn’t about winning a competition, finding a distributor, or wooing industry insiders – it’s about coming together to have fun and meet new friends who share your love of film. Read more »

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15 Reasons Wilmington is the Best of the Carolina Coast

With the city’s historic River District and Riverwalk, along with three island beaches just minutes away, there’s plenty to explore. Read more »

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Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Ranked Wilmington one of the Best Small Cities in the U.S.

With historic charm around every corner, colorful springtime azaleas in a premier Southern garden, scenic Riverwalk plus three island beaches, Wilmington offers the quintessential Carolina coastal experience in one destination. Read more »

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8 Reasons to Visit Wilmington and Beaches, NC

Now is the ideal time to fall in love with Wilmington and its island beaches — or, for return visitors, to uncover all that’s new since you were last in town. Read more »

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Reader's Digest Recognized Seabird as The Best Traditional Restaurant in North Carolina

Historic Wilmington’s Seabird may not have a legendary history, but this newcomer is already championing an essential connection to Wilmington’s culinary land and seascapes. Read more »

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Yelp named Wilmington a Top Foodie City in 2022

A popular vacation destination for its beach views, Wilmington also has a must-try food scene filled with Southern cuisine and seafood. Read more »

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Wilmington Mentioned in VacationIdea's 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations

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 »

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Atlanta Jewish Times Highlights Wilmington's Jewish History

The city is home to one of America’s oldest synagogues and a thriving Jewish film festival. Read more »

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The New Coastal Bucket List

There are always old favorites on an annual trip to the coast, but on your next visit to Wilmington and its neighboring island beaches, update your vacation to-do list with amazing new eats, sips, stays and more. Read more »

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From the Cape Fear River to the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington, North Carolina, and its island beaches is one of those destinations you can’t help but fall in love with. You can “do it downtown” AND explore the three distinctly different island beach communities as you discover the best of the Carolina coast from historic riverfront to oceanfront. Read more »

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Eater Carolinas Round Up of The 11 Hottest Restaurants in Wilmington

With high-end, locally sourced seafood to brewpubs with modern beach vibes, Wilmington is poised to be one of the most exciting places to dine in 2022. Discover 11 of the hottest new restaurants to hit the culinary scene in Wilmington. Read more » logo included A Taste of Italy in its roundup of The Absolute Best Delis in the U.S.

The state is better known for their fried chicken fast food and vinegar-based barbecue, such as pulled pork. Amongst all that, the city of Wilmington is home to a well-loved authentic Italian delicatessen called A Taste of Italy. Read more »

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Six Ways to Enjoy Wilmington and Island Beaches

The fantastic beaches are just the beginning – enjoy all the Wilmington area has to offer with these insider tips that will help you maximize a vacation to this vibrant coastal destination. Read more »

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Wilmington, NC Weekend Warmup

Coastal destinations are often at the top of the list when it comes to spring and summer getaways, and for good reason. But what happens when the family wants to also explore beyond the beach? When the daily grind of deadlines, school and work pushes a family to the brink, they rejuvenate in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

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Travel + Leisure Named Wilmington as one of the Best Places to Travel in April 2022

With a historic downtown, modern Riverwalk, stunning gardens bursting with spring color and blossoming event scene, Wilmington is one of the best places to visit this spring.

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Southern Living Included Broomtail Brewing in its roundup of Best Breweries in the South for 2022

Wilmington's Broomtail Craft Brewery was featured in Southern Living's roundup of Best Breweries in the south, citing the brewery's lineup of beers and science behind craft beer making. Read more »

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Wilmington Museum debuted North Carolina’s first sculpture honoring Black Civil War Veterans

Cameron Art Museum uplifts Black veterans with 'Boundless,' a new bronze sculpture commemorating U.S. Colored Troops. Read more »

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Sculpture Unveiled as Tribute to US Colored Troops liberation of Wilmington

'Boundless,' a new sculpture on the grounds of Cameron Art Museum honors the Black soldiers who helped the United States win the Civil War. Read more »

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United Airlines Magazine Featured 4 Reasons to Make Wilmington, NC Your Next Getaway

Lovers of history, nature and food will all find draws in Wilmington and surrounding beaches. Read more »

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Wilmington featured as one of The 10 Best US Cities for Standup Paddleboarding

Explore Wilmington and its Island beaches' flat waters, wildlife and coastal history. Discover why it's named as one of the most frequented water sports destination in the region. Read more »

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Six ways to feast in Wilmington and Beaches: A guide to restaurants, bars and festivals

Discover some of the best local eateries, foodie tours and festivals in Wilmington and surrounding beaches. Read more »

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What to Look Forward to on a Fall Trip to Wilmington and Beaches, NC

There's never a bad time to visit this coastal destination. But if there's a better time to make the trip, it might just be fall. Read more »

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A Tale of Two Gardens

A visit to Wilmington is packed with possibilities. Among them, nearby Wrightsville Beach, the charming Riverwalk, a wide range of restaurants and shops, and two must-see gardens: Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum of New Hanover County. Read more »

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Halyburton Park Designated as ecoExplore Hotspot with the North Carolina Arboretum

Featuring a 58-acre preserve of gently rolling sandhills, natural trails, a Nature & Events Center and more, Halyburton Park was recently designated as an ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) Hotspot with the North Carolina Arboretum.

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"Dawson's Creek" Was Filmed In Wilmington, North Carolina, And You Can Tour Its Island Beach Film Sets

The iconic 90s teen drama "Dawson's Creek"was set in a fictional town, but in real life, this beachside paradise is worthy of seeking out.Read more »

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How To Spend A Fantastic Weekend In Beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is your quintessential Southern town filled with oak tree-lined historic streets and a vibrant downtown. Discover the area's museums, historic sites and gorgeous beaches. Read more »

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Coastal Getaway: 48 Things to Do in Wilmington

From Wilmington’s charming riverfront downtown district to Wrightsville Beach, the coastal town offers a little something for everyone. Here are some can’t-miss stops for your visit. Read more »

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Wilmington, NC included in Southern Living's Roundup of The South’s Best Cities On the Rise 2021

Thanks to “the perfect marriage of quiet coastal hamlet and bustling city.”

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Battleship NORTH CAROLINA made the US News & World Report list of 23 Top Things to do in North Carolina

Today, the ship is a National Historic Landmark and serves as the state's memorial to its WWII veterans and the 11,000 North Carolinians who died during the war. Read more »

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Chad Michael Murray: Wilmington NC Still Feels Like Home

The "One Tree Hill" star reveals there is one place he will always travel back to, Wilmington, NC, and gives his best suggestions for places to go if you're visiting the city - especially if you are a "One Tree Hill" fan! Read more »

FishingBooker Logo Included Wilmington & Beaches among its list of Best Fall Fishing Destinations for 2021

Feel like exploring the “Old North State” some more? Then head down to Wilmington, for a bit of comfort food, fun times, and top-notch fishing. The barrier island of Pleasure Island – with Kure Beach and Carolina Beach – is a great place to start your fishing adventure. Read more »

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Toast from the Coast

Dive into Wilmington's craft beer scene. Hear from brewers and discover 10 outstanding breweries (and 51 beers!) so good you’ll make Wilmington your next beer-cation destination. Read more »

The Majestic Airlie Oak

See the magnificent oak tree that is the centerpiece of Airlie Gardens in Wilmington. The more than 500-year-old, Spanish-moss-covered tree rises 70 feet high. Visit the gardens to see the Airlie Oak, in-season blooms, wildlife, lakes and more. Read more »

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Family Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Wilmington

Drenched in history, this adorable town off the Cape Fear River is one of my favorite places to visit. My kids love exploring new places as much as I do, so with a sunny weekend in the forecast, I knew an overnight family trip would be the perfect way to cap off our Spring Break. Check out our itinerary to plan your own family adventure. Read more »

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Why you Should Plan a Trip to Wilmington

The city comes to life with historic allure, natural wonders and an independent spirit that's caught the eye of Hollywood, too, with projects from "Dawson's Creek" to "Iron Man 3" and "Halloween Kills." See why everyone's got their eyes on this jaunty coastal city lately.

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A Guide to Wilmington's Brooklyn Arts District

Anchored by an artist collective and a performing arts center, this neighborhood near the Cape Fear River has become a place where creativity and community flourish. Read more »

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Uprooted NYC Life to Move to the Town Where "Dawson’s Creek" Was Filmed

In the midst of the pandemic, my husband and I found ourselves both working from our tiny Manhattan studio, our ties to the city growing more and more tenuous. I suggested on a whim that we temporarily move to Wilmington so we said goodbye to our apartment and then we drove to our new home—right on the river where Dawson first saw Joey as more than just the girl next door. Read more »

Discover the charming nautical outpost of "Capeside," where "Dawson's Creek" was filmed over 20 years ago.

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Where to Stay, Eat and Explore on the Wilmington Coast

If you're in need of a change of scenery, opt for a road trip to Wilmington, NC, an iconic coastal city that's both urban and beachy, with down-home friendliness and a great food and hospitality scene. Read more »

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Wilmington, NC named the Nation's First WWII Heritage City

On September 2, 2020, Wilmington, North Carolina became the inaugural American WWII Heritage City. Read how Wilmington earned the designation and ways visitors can experience its World War II heritage. Read more »

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Holiday Oyster Recipe from a James Beard Finalist

Good food equals good times, especially during the holiday season. Chef Keith Rhodes from Wilmington's renowned Catch restaurant shares his recipe for Dirty South Oysters that are sure to impress your Thanksgiving guests. Read more »

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Fall is the New Summer in Wilmington and Beaches

The season brings clear blue-sky days and milder temperatures. The ocean waves are refreshing, the air and water still warm. The season is more laid back, with fewer crowds and perfect for friends and family driving in for a few days or longer. Find out why fall is the best time of year to be in Wilmington and the surrounding beaches – Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville. Read more »

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Wilmington is a Perfect Road Trip Getaway

With just the right amount of culture, cuisine, surf, and sun Wilmington and beaches is a perfect weekend getaway for a road trip. Read more »

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Wilmington, NC Named One of 10 Best Places to Travel in June

June means summer, and summer means time at the beach for many of us. Many vacationers looking to travel domestically will find the perfect destination on Travel + Leisure's "10 Best Places to Travel in June." Wilmington and Island Beaches is North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination, featuring waterfront attractions, gardens, museums, and a variety of lodging options, from cottages to resorts.

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Jetsetter Magazine named Wilmington one of 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 »

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Soak Up the Sun in the Port City

Wilmington offers big-city fun not far from the beach where vacationers will discover an abundance of activities, many of them budget-friendly. Read more »

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Visit Wilmington, NC and Beaches with Virtual Tour

As we make our way in this strange new world of self-quarantining and social distancing, travel has come to halt. But there is a way to check something off your bucket list – visit Wilmington, NC and all 50 states with these virtual tours! Read more »

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Where Civil War Soldiers Will March Again

The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, is as committed to the Civil War as it is to exhibiting Modernist prints and paintings. Read more »

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16 Places that Prove Wilmington, NC Should be on Your US Bucket List

From delectable eats and beaches to lush parks and the iconic bridge from "One Tree Hill," there's quite a bit to see and do in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

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30 Best Weekend Getaways in the South

Wilmington, NC is featured as one of the 30 Best Weekend Getaways in the South. Charleston and Nashville are fun, but it's time to head somewhere new. Read more »

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8 Ways to Savor A Winter Weekend in Wilmington and Island Beaches

Plan a winter getaway to Wilmington, where farm-to-table dining, craft beers, eclectic neighborhoods, and outdoor adventures create a humming hot spot for friends and couples. Read more »

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Cheers! Wilmington Ranked Among the Best Places in the US to Enjoy Beer, Study Finds

If you're a beer lover and traveling to North Carolina, you may want to consider visiting Wilmington. A study done by SmartAsset lists Wilmington as one of the best cities in the country for beer drinkers. Read more »

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The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Wilmington

Whether you want upscale, lowkey, or anything in-between, you're guaranteed to find something to suit your tastes and budget among Wilmington's superb range of seafood eateries. Read more »

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The Best Things To Do In Wilmington in the Fall

One of our favorite spots to getaway in North Carolina is Wilmington, especially in the fall. Just because summer ends, doesn't mean that beach season is over. It was the perfect weekend away and we got to experience the amazing art scene that Wilmington has to offer. Read more »

Wilmington’s Cucalorus Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Cucalorus Festival returns to Wilmington, Nov. 13-17, for its 25th-anniversary run, with expanded offerings on stage, screen and technology. Named one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, the Wilmington event became known for its filmmaker-friendly vibe. Read more »

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Wilmington Featured as One of the 28 Best Christmas Towns & Villages Across the World by The Oprah Magazine

The article highlighted the Enchanted Airlie, where 35-acres of forest and beautiful gardens are covered in one million festive holiday lights.

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Wilmington, NC: The Perfect Autumn Destination

My husband and I love visiting Wilmington and its island beaches in the fall. The city’s charming historic downtown with its scenic waterfront and its one-of-a-kind activities satisfy our craving for a sophisticated urban environment while the nearby beaches offer plenty of outdoor fun. Read more »

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CNN Travel Recognized Wilmington as One of the 15 Cities in the South that Know How to Charm

Seafood is king here, though you can find plenty of menus graced with Southern staples like butter beans and pimento cheese, if you're seeking more down-home cookery. Read more »

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FlipKey Ranked Wilmington as one of the 25 Best Pet-Friendly Vacations in America

Wilmington has been selected as one of the 25 Best Pet-Friendly Vacations in America by FlipKey by TripAdvisor based on their unique travel data, industry research, and traveler feedback.

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IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina Received Two Worldwide Awards

IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina won in two worldwide categories in the Athletes' Choice Awards. The triathlon spans Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington and ranks second for best overall run and tied for fifth in best overall swim in the world.

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Affordable Adventure Trips

You don’t have to empty your savings account to pull off a top-notch excursion. There’s plenty to do outside in the seaside town of Wilmington. Read more »

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Wilmington, North Carolina: Hooray for Hollywood & Hometown Hospitality!

In Wilmington, North Carolina, movies are made everywhere—in restaurants, botanical gardens, historic inns, ocean piers, even dive bars. If you are a movie buff, it’s time to put “Wilmywood” on your bucket list. Read more »

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Weekend Guide to Wilmington and Beaches

Discover the best of what to do, where to eat and where to stay in this Weekend Guide to Wilmington and Beaches as recommended by This is My South Travel Guide. Read more »

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5 Summer Travel Destinations the Whole Family will Enjoy

The Today Show featured Wilmington, NC in their selection of '5 Summer Travel Destinations the Whole Family will Enjoy,' noting plenty of activities to entertain families and places to stay for a reasonable price. Read more »

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A Top 10 Vacation Destination for Single Travelers 45+

Wilmington, NC has been recognized as a "Top Ten Vacation Destination for Single Travelers 45+" by AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia. Highlights include our variety of craft breweries, expansive waterfront, guided tours and more. Wilmington offers perfect vacations for single seniors. Read more »

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Wilmington and Island Beaches, Where No Two Experiences Are Alike

In Wilmington, NC, no two experiences are alike, from eco-adventures, live music, fun on the water—both river and sea—and great food and craft beer, there is something for everyone. Read more »

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NC Azalea Festival Home and Garden Tours: The Hosts With The Most

The tour of homes and gardens are two of the more stately activities going on in Wilmington during the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Started in 1948 to celebrate the charms and blooms of this historic city, the festival has grown into a massive weekend party — part street fair, part music festival, part parade-to-end-all-parades — that draws 300,000 visitors each April. Read more »

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Seven Fun Things to do in Wilmington, NC

The city is within a quick drive of several beach towns, making it easy to combine an urban getaway with a day or two of sun and sand. Find a sampling of the many fun things to do in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

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Castle Street Revitalization

A once-quiet stretch of road in downtown Wilmington has transformed into an eclectic arts and antiques district, home to antiques stores, restaurants, art galleries, a theater and a wine shop, all full of people exploring the Castle Street Arts and Antiques District. Read more »

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Delve into the Past

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the most decorated of ‘state-class’ American battleships, attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year. Longer than two football stadiums, once with a crew of 2,300 men, it is the biggest tourist attraction in the eastern part of the state. Read more »

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Local Craft Beer and Oysters

Wrightsville Beach Brewery's owner, a commercial fisherman and home brewer, united his passions and fulfilled a dream with a brewery committed to drinking — and eating — local. Read more »

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Fall is Prime Time to Visit Wilmington

The laid-back coastal vibe of Wilmington makes for an enjoyable fall weekend getaway. It’s easy to see why Trip Advisor named Wilmington one of the year’s Destinations on the Rise. Read more »

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Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Mentioned Several Events in Wilmington and Island Beaches in their 2018 Top 20 Events for Winter

The North Carolina Jazz Festival, Coastal Living Show and U.S. Open Fat Bike Championship in nearby Wrightsville Beach, all made the list for Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for winter. STS has also named the North Carolina Azalea Festival one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2018. Read more »

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Wilmington Recognized as one of America’s 15 Best Girls’ Weekend Getaways Across America from Reviewers on FlipKey

Wilmington is home to local shops and dining options lining the Riverwalk to coastal retreats on the water.

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Wilmington offers a caring coffee community, animal-friendly java runs, cafes to relax and sip after shopping downtown and more. Read more »

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A Beach Vacation That Craft Beer Drinkers Need To Try

Wilmington is one of North Carolina’s best kept secrets when it comes to beer. Whether you’re looking to take a break from gallery hopping in downtown, beach-bumming in Wrightsville Beach, or movie-set chasing throughout the city, there’s a nearby brewery ready to serve you local suds. Read more »

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What to do When Visiting Wilmington for the First Time

A great place to start your visit to Wilmington is downtown. You’ll find gorgeous architecture, beautiful waterfront, and southern charm and hospitality. Read more »

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Water Worlds: Explore the River District and Island Beaches of Wilmington North Carolina

Voted one of the top destinations by TripAdvisor, with award-winning restaurants, historic inns, scenic beauty, and miles of great beaches, there is something new to discover around every corner. Read more »

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14 Great Places to Eat

We made you a list, from traditions like Britts Donuts to newer places with farm-to-table menus. We even found a place that will bring the shrimp boil to you. Whether you’re aiming for a hotel room or a beach house, pack our list to take along with you. Read more »

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14 Best Romantic Getaways

With a hotel in Wilmington, you get easy access to the beaches of North Carolina along with shopping, dining, and other attractions.

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A Literary Loft in Wilmington

With a full kitchen, bathroom, and room for up to six people, the loft is a unique concept in downtown Wilmington, and in the state. It’s not every night that you get to sleep in a bookstore, after all. Read more »

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Visit Wilmington, North Carolina — Top Restaurants, Bars, Attractions

Visitors can discover historic battleships and restored plantations; participate in a week-long celebration of beer; and spend an afternoon strolling along the Carolina Beach boardwalk. From where to shop and to what to do, consider this your definitive guide to planning a perfect trip to Wilmington, North Carolina.

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18 Things to Do in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is an impossibly charming city, with downtown architecture that can transport you back to another century and an idyllic position alongside the Cape Fear River. Travelers from across the country flock here for its attractive barrier island beaches and famous southern hospitality.

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Reach the Beach: Wilmington + Wrightsville Beach Travel Guide

It only takes 20 minutes to get from Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach, so I’d highly recommend visiting both cities if you’re in the area. I loved the more urban feel of Wilmington, but I also enjoyed the more laid-back beach town as well. You’re getting two completely different vacation experiences all in one! Read more »

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Yummy Places to Eat in Wilmington

During our visit to Wilmington, we not only had a ton of fun, but we ate extremely well! Here are just a few of the yummy places to eat in Wilmington and in Wrightsville Beach. Read more »

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The Quintessential Southern Charm of Airlie Gardens

The exquisitely landscaped gardens are the perfect backdrop for weddings, family reunions, and elegant parties. Read more »

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What to do in Wilmington for a Couples Getaway

Whether you live close to Wilmington and just need a day to escape, or you’re planning a couples getaway, I’ve got a good itinerary for you. Read more »

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Wilmington, NC Has Gardens - Wow, was I surprised

Wilmington has a number of beautiful gardens. I started with six must-visit gems, but quickly discovered many more. Read more »

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The Coast Goes Beyond the Beach

How to get the most from a family vacation in Wilmington and its island beaches. Read more »

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Inside ‘A Chef’s Life’ Star Vivian Howard’s New Restaurant in Wilmington, N.C.

Vivian Howard’s made good on her plans to open a red-sauce joint. The chef — best known for her Southern cooking at Chef and the Farmer as well as for her television show A Chef’s Life — and her husband and business partner Ben Knight soft-opened Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria. Read more »

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Wilmington is a Top Place to Go for Christmas

Instead of Grandma’s house, pick this holiday destination to go over the river and to the beaches from Thanksgiving weekend to New Year’s Eve with lighted boat parade flotillas, enchanted gardens, and tree lightings by the sea. Read more »

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Here is Why This North Carolina Riverwalk Was Voted Best in the Nation

Offering breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, and sprinkled with local shops and delicious restaurants, the Wilmington Riverwalk combines a new and modern development with historic charm and scenery. Read more »

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Exploring Wilmington with Ben, the Rescue Horse

Ben, a Percheron horse from an Amish farm, has an ideal workload at his new job in downtown Wilmington as a carriage puller- one week on and three weeks off. Take a tour with Springbrook Farms and you will meet Ben, or another rescue horse, who clip-clop through Wilmington’s historic district to show visitors the beautiful homes, history and businesses. Read more »

Cucalorus Film Festival is Worth a Road Trip to Wilmington

Cucalorus is more than a film festival. It showcases performing arts and innovation in the industry with parties, workshops and, of course, film screenings. Read more »

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Travel Guide to Wilmington, NC

Use this travel guide to downtown Wilmington and see what Simply Southern Mom suggests as the best things to do along the Riverwalk and in the Historic District including a horse-drawn carriage tour, water cruise, places to dine and more. Read more »

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Escape to Wilmington for Waterfront Runs

Riverfront sunsets and nearby sandy sunrises are the perfect backdrops for a run. Jog over to Wilmington, a great escape for runners, where you can find a running club to train with and great downtown locations to refuel and then stay to see the sights. Read more »

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17 Must-Try Romantic Restaurants in Wilmington, North Carolina

A variety of culinary creations from Southern soul food to Japanese and French cuisine await in Wilmington whether you're looking for a casual romantic lunch or celebrating a special occasion for dinner.

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The Perfect Romantic Getaway

Look no further than Wilmington, North Carolina for an easily-accessible and charming getaway beginning with the flight and ending with a full itinerary of things you won’t want to miss on your romantic getaway filled with historic homes, exploring shipwrecks, dining on coastal fare and in local breweries. Read more »

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9 Can't-Miss Points of Interest in Wilmington, North Carolina

Take a stroll on the Riverwalk or through acres of beautiful gardens, walk through a historic fort, and so much more with these nine places you won't want to miss on your next visit to Wilmington and the three island beaches nearby.

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2017 CNN Hero: Amy Wright, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

Meet CNN Hero Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her unique coffee shop offers employment and a community for 40 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more »

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Wilmington Makes a Run at Craft 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 »

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Family Fun at Beaches Near Wilmington, North Carolina

Explore Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beach through the eyes of SheBuysTravel as she finds foodie favorites, tours historic Civil War forts, lush gardens and much more. Read more »

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Wonderful Things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina

The Wilmington Riverwalk leads to Victorian architecture and house museums, a history-filled African American Heritage Walk, ghost walk tours and 19th-century architecture filled with contemporary shops. Read more »

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Explore the Neighborhood in Wilmington, NC

Follow this guide to discover the best of Wilmington, North Carolina. Read more »

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26 Under-the-Radar Southern Towns for Girlfriend Getaways

Wilmington, NC was featured in Country Living's list of incredible southern getaways to experience in 2017. Read more »

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21 of The Most Scenic East Coast Cities

Because there are so many East Coast cities that make you stand in awe of their scenic wonder, we decided it was time to round up the most picturesque of them all… No matter the season, the following are the best East Coast cities to visit when you’re looking for some eye candy. Read more »

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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.

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Wilmington was featured in Best-Kept Secrets: Places to catch the NC craft beer wave by The News & Observer for its wave of eclectic bottle shops, food trucks and breweries. Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 how they execute both the classics and their own concoctions. Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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

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

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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 »

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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, NC, one of the few places in the world where they grow wild. Read more »

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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 riverside and the beachside, including Wrightsville Beach. In many ways, Wilmington’s story is a tale of two cities. Read more »

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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 »

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Matador Network included Wilmington in its list of 20 Coolest Beach Towns in America

USA Today named Wilmington’s riverfront the best in America. The town is also a site for historic ships like the USCGC Diligence or the World War II battleship USS North Carolina. Read more »

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Triathlete Magazine Included Wilmington among its Best Places to Live for Triathletes

With a busy local race scene, beautiful beaches and mild enough winters to train through, Wilmington is a very livable place for triathletes, especially for those with families. Read more »

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The Battles of Wilmington, NC — 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

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 »

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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 »

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Wilmington Railroad Museum Featured in Fox News Travel 12 Most Incredible Model Railways

Featuring displays that detail the history of railroading in North Carolina, the Wilmington Railroad Museum houses 20 trains operating in four scales. Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Smart Asset Logo Included Wilmington among Best Cities for Beer Drinkers

The average Yelp score for Wilmington breweries is 4.44 stars, one the highest scores of the 296 cities that SmartAsset researched. Read more »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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48 Hours in Wilmington

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

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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 »

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Wilmington’s Gardens

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

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Pharm to Table at Rx Chicken & Oysters in Wilmington

At Rx Chicken & Oysters, Wilmington’s pharmacy-turned-restaurant, the atmosphere is modern, but the food philosophy is as old as Southern cooking itself. Read more »

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Your Guide to Eating and Drinking in Wilmington, N.C.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 » Logo
Road Trip! Destination: Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC, 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 »

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Casey’s Buffet- NC Weekend

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