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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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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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North Carolina in New York

The key to my heart (or rather my belly) here was Wilmington’s cuisine, prepared by chefs Dean Neff and Lydie Clopton of Pinpoint Restaurant.  If what they served at the function was any indication of their restaurant and the state, I want to visit! 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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So Much to Fit Into Summer

Plan your next vacation to discover Wilmington NC things to do such as hiking around Carolina Beach State Park or taking part in the WB Surf Camp. Explore a variety of attractions near Wilmington including Fort Fisher Aquarium (Dinosaurs!), USS North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach Museum, Carolina Beach Boardwalk. 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. Read more »

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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. Read more »

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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. Read more »

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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 »

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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. Read more »

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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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Wilmington muni is a misnomer

Take a walk through "The Muni," a Donald Ross-designed public course with a fresh rebuild from John Fought, U.S. Amateur and PGA Tour winner turned sleuth and architect. 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. Read more »

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Bed and Breakfasts in Wilmington, North Carolina

TravelingMom explores Historic Downtown Wilmington and Carolina Beach through some of the area's elegant and foodie-friendly Bed and Breakfasts. Read more »

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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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Family Fun at Beaches Near Wilmington, North Carolina

Explore Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beach through the eyes of TravelingMom 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 antebellum 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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Weekend Getaway: Wilmington, North Carolina

Combine beach fun with city fun and get the most out of your precious weekend getaway hours at a hip little port town and three barrier-island beaches in Wilmington, North Carolina's upstart coastal star. 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 is ranked #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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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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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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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 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. Read more »

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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 »

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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. 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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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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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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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, 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 »

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

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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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Performing Arts Renaissance
Wilmington, NC’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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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. Read more »

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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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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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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 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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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 »

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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 »