Recent reviews for Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
"People a Watchers Delight"
Left on 07/14/2015 for a stay in July 2015
The is a tasteful unit on the riverfront with everything you need to enjoy your stay including linens and paper products. The view is superb! We made reservations well in advance and ate at The George Restaurant next door on the patio on our night of arrival and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. It is about a five minute walk to the Henrietta III. We have enjoyed their dinner cruises in years past and would recommend. Physically you need to be able to walk up one long flight of stairs (enclosed) to get to the unit. Parking can be tricky, but if you can snag a metered space in the late afternoon on a holiday weekend you are golden! Bring lots of singles and fives for the parking machines just in case, as they don't take credit cards. Also, if you need supplies (coffee, wine, milk, etc.). Plan to buy them before you arrive. There are no convenience stores within walking distance. We did walk to to Front Street Brewery and purchased some growlers during our stay which were excellent as well. Had a great time with the kids 11 and 14 getting ice cream and walking around. We had to walk 5 blocks to the Black Cat store to buy a deck of cards, so bring your own. A couple of board games and a deck of cards are my only recommendations to make this unit perfect!
Nestled into a scenic southeastern corner of North Carolina, historic Wilmington is home to about 100,000 people. Despite this relatively modest population, the city is booming as a site of film and television production, ranking as high as third in the entire United States for activity behind Los Angeles and New York.
Most visitors to Wilmington aren't there to catch a glimpse of their favorite movie stars, though; they've come for the city's world-famous seafood, spectacular beaches and tours of its celebrated plantations.
The Wilmington area is home to some of the North Carolina coast's most popular beaches, including Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach.
Some other stops to consider for your itinerary include:
- USS North Carolina battleship memorial: Visitors can tour the deck of this storied battleship, which saw active duty in the Pacific during World War II.
- Cape Fear Museum: The museum's collection offers an interesting look into the rich natural and cultural history of the region.
- Cape Fear Serpentarium: If you're looking for a unique way to spend the day, the city's serpentarium offers an eye-opening look at over 80 different snake species.
- Bellamy Mansion: One of the area's most popular draws for those interested in the region's architectural history, Bellamy Mansion is comprised of a stately Southern manor, carriage house and slave quarters spread across beautifully landscaped gardens.
- Jungle Rapids: This combination leisure ground and water park is open throughout the year, though access to the water park varies seasonally.
Wilmington's proximity to the North Carolina coast also makes it an excellent place to base a visit to the many plantations, colonial towns, boardwalks and beaches in the area. If you want to stay near the beach, you'll find that the Wilmington area's many condo-style vacation rentals make an appealing and comfortable alternative to staying in a crowded hotel. You'll enjoy more privacy and have all the comforts of home while taking in the unique experience of Southern life firsthand. If you're staying in the city rather than on the coast, an apartment rental provides a cozy and personalized alternative to a generic chain hotel.
Wilmington has a temperate subtropical climate and thus remains relatively comfortable throughout the year. If you're visiting for the beaches, though, summer is far and away the best time of year to come.
To take advantage of the rich variation of the area's attractions, you'll probably want to rent a car to get around. However, if you are up for a bike ride, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Cape Fear Run Bicycling Highway also runs through the Wilmington area, and offers a one-of-a-kind way to experience the region's breathtaking scenery and beautiful weather.