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26 Under-the-Radar Southern Towns for Girlfriend Getaways
Wilmington, NC is #25 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. Read more »

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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. Read more »

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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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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 »

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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.Read more »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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

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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 »

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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. Read more »

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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

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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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 »

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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, N.C., 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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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 »

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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 »

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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. Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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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 »

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

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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
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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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 »

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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 »

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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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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. Read more »

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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 »

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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
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 »

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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 »

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

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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
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 »

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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. Read more »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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. Read more » logo

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. logo

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 » logo

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.

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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. Read more » logo

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 »

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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 »

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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
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 »

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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. Read more »

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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. Read more »


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 »

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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
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!

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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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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 »

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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. Read more »

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48 Hours in Wilmington
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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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»

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 » logo

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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, 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 »

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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 »

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

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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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
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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 » logo

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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
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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 » logo

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 »

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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
Spring is around the corner. Here are eight ways to enjoy the sunnier days and warmer nights North Carolina.

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

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“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 »

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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 »

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

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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 »

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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 »