Finding a perfect and safe place to stay for your summer vacation doesn’t have to stress you out. From full-service hotels and resorts with amenities to cozy vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and more, Wilmington and its island beaches offer a wide array of accommodation options to fit any family.
With guest safety top of mind, many of the area’s lodging properties have adopted enhanced safety and cleaning protocol as recommended by respected industry associations such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Travel Association, CDC and others. Lodging properties, restaurants, and other tourism-related businesses also have the opportunity to participate in a new public health initiative that empowers businesses to help keep everyone as safe as possible from COVID-19, Count on Me NC. Find a full list of local businesses that have completed the training program here.
Hotels & Resorts
If you’re searching for a room with a view or a spacious suite, look no further than one of our full-service hotels or island resorts. Wake up to riverfront views at the Hotel Ballast, a recently renovated hotel whose style is a nod to the area’s tradition of Southern hospitality and maritime history. Or, stay in one of the two-room suites at the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel, where you can start the day with complimentary breakfast and wind down with waterfront sunset views while sipping on a craft cocktail at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Cloud 9. Both hotels are located along Wilmington’s famous Riverwalk and within walking distance of local shops and dining spots.
Surround yourself with Wrightsville Beach’s crystal blue waters at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, where every room boasts waterfront views. Enjoy surf-to-sound amenities like an oceanfront garden and lawn, watersports and alfresco farm-to-table cuisine at the on-site restaurant, EAST Oceanfront Dining. With the certified instructors at Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures, the whole family can learn to surf, stand-up paddleboard, sail, kayak and more. You can also enjoy picturesque views and amenities from a room at the Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach. Both the Blockade Runner and Holiday Inn Resort are conveniently located within walking distance of local shops and restaurants like Hallelu Boutique, South Beach Grill and Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill. Or, check in to Shell Island Resort to sip on a cocktail at the tiki bar, go for a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool, or spend a day soaking up some rays in their beachside chairs and umbrellas.
Savor small-town beach charm and scenic waterfront views with a stay at the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront, where you can enjoy your morning coffee on your private balcony. Or, book a stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront to relax while sipping cocktails at the poolside tiki bar. Both hotels offer views and easy access to the neighboring Carolina Beach Boardwalk, along with oceanfront rooms, private balconies and outdoor pools just steps away from the sand.
Home Away from Home
Live like a local by spending a few days at one of the many vacation rentals available to choose from in our coastal city or nearby beach towns. Pick a place with a private pool and oceanfront deck, choose something by the beach or find your own pet-friendly palace. With fully stocked kitchens, fresh linens and updated amenities, you’ll feel right at home. Or, experience the great outdoors with a stay for the whole family in one of Wilmington KOA’s deluxe cabin rentals. Nestled under towering shade trees, these cozy cabins offer sleeping accommodations for up to six, as well as indoor and outdoor living spaces for the whole family to enjoy time together.
Experience classic coastal charm at one of our cozy inns. With rooms opening up to the exterior, contactless check in and elevated cleaning procedures, Front Street Inn is the perfect place for a safe and fun coastal vacation. Named one of Our State magazine’s “21 Perfect Places to Stay in North Carolina,” the historic inn offers a tranquil stay in the midst of Wilmington’s downtown district.
Located in the heart of Kure Beach, the Admiral’s Quarters offers rooms featuring oceanfront views in North Carolina’s small wonder. For a romantic weekend for two, book your stay at the Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Carolina Beach, where you’ll wake up to a home-cooked artisan breakfast featuring locally sourced ingredients each morning. Or, you can bring the entire family along for a stay in one of their private family- and dog-friendly beach cottages. In Wrightsville Beach, experience coastal comfort with your own private condo at the Sandpeddler Inn & Suites. After a day on the beach, head across the street to the iconic Oceanic Restaurant to experience a unique dining experience on the Crystal Pier.
Keep it breezy at ARRIVE Wilmington, a lowkey luxury hotel with mid-century modern touches in historic downtown Wilmington. You can watch the world go by as you savor outdoor sips and snacks at the courtyard gazebo. With rooms opening up to the exterior and accessible by staircase, ARRIVE is the perfect accommodation option for a socially-distanced getaway. Offering three stunning guest rooms just a short walk away from downtown, Dreamers Welcome is the perfect place for a romantic weekend away. The design-focused Victorian home offers all the amenities of a boutique hotel, while providing the serenity of a private rental. Or, stay in style at The Hive, Wilmington’s newest boutique hotel. With full kitchens stocked with snacks and drinks, carefully appointed guest suites and spa-like showers, The Hive is ideal for a satisfying stay.
Whether you opt for full-service amenities, beachfront views or local historic charm, Wilmington and beaches' accommodations offer the perfect places to settle in for a socially-distanced summer vacation.