WILMINGTON, NC by Rob Grantmyre
Nestled between North Carolina’s mighty Cape Fear River on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Wilmington has long been known as the “Port City of Progress and Pleasure.” Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today the city continues to flourish.
Boasting one of the largest districts in the National Register of Historic Places, Wilmington takes pride in its reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Along the river a number of Victorian, Georgian, Italianate and antebellum-style homes, buildings and churches have been carefully restored to their original grandeur. Many of these beautiful structures are now used as museums, shopping venues and bed-and-breakfasts.
Downtown Wilmington offers eclectic shopping, vibrant nightlife, theatrical productions, coffeehouses and outstanding restaurants that feature fresh local seafood and regional specialties. A few miles inland you’ll find excellent golf courses, parks, entertainment complexes, department stores, plantations, a state university and restaurants galore. We are also home to Screen Gems Studios, one of the largest and most successful film and television producers on the East Coast.
Local attractions and annual events are as diverse as the city itself. Visitors can enjoy more than 45 attractions, including day or evening riverboat cruises, museums showcasing North Carolina artists and history, and a variety of tours of the historic district, nature preserves, or movie studios. Traditional festivals such as the N.C. Azalea Festival and Riverfest, among others, celebrate the area’s arts and culture. Overnight options range from oceanfront homes and condos to riverfront inns, quaint B&Bs and larger chain hotels. Discover historic Wilmington and experience Southern hospitality at its finest.