Fun In The Sun In Wilmington
Why It's Hot: Wilmington (on the southern end of the coast) is known for eclectic shopping, vibrant nightlife and fun tours of the historic district, nature preserves and movie studios.
Where to Stay: The Wilmingtonian, host to a number of visiting celebrities, is a charming inn located in the heart of Wilmington's historic river district. Or, opt for accommodations fit for royalty in a Queen Anne-style historic home at Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, a perfect blend of comfort and elegance. Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast and a dozen or so other B&Bs are located among antique shops, art galleries and other unique stores that line the streets. Or experience the tranquil beauty of Bald Head Island from splendid porch views of the harbor, ocean, river, lighthouse and island marshes at Theodosia’s Bed & Breakfast.
Beyond the Shore: Be sure to stop by Out of Eden Handcrafted Soaps, a unique shop located in midtown Wilmington. Featured in the March 2007 issue of Good Housekeeping, Out of Eden creates quality, beautifully packaged products. Some customer favorites include vegan-friendly herbal and natural soaps, glycerin soaps, lotions, lotion bars, bath salts, bubble bath, candles and laundry soap.
Insider Tip: Cruise the Atlantic in a private charter boat and explore inland sites such as the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, the North Carolina State Port and the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.
Good Eats: Pack your dress clothes and enjoy dinner at Le Catalan, a French café and authentic wine bar. The wine list evolves regularly so there's always something new to savor.
Where to Play: Surf Camp is the perfect adventure in the emerald green waters of Wrightsville Beach. The company offers family, teen, kids' and women’s only surf camps.
Hot Gossip: "Iron Man 3" is scheduled to start shooting in Wilmington in spring 2012. The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., will be the largest production to date to shoot in North Carolina.
added: December 18, 2008
updated: April 20, 2012