A few weekends ago Nick and I packed up and headed to Wilmington for a long weekend away! One of my favorite parts about living in North Carolina is the proximity to both the beach and the mountains. Any time we want to, we can pack up our bags and head on a few hour trip to the beach or the mountains! We were both over the cold and rainy weather in Greensboro, so Wilmington and it’s island beaches was a great, easy weekend getaway for us! If you recall, back in September the North Carolina coast was affected by Hurricane Florence. Wilmington and surrounding areas experienced detrimental flooding, but I was so happy to see that almost everything has been restored and everything is open for business! We had a great time exploring, heading back to local favorite spots and finding new-to-me local businesses! I’m excited to share a recap of our trip to Wilmington and it’s beaches today with y’all!
On Friday afternoon we arrived to our hotel and the adventure began! We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott located in the Downtown Historic District, which is just a short walk to many restaurants, shops, and the Riverfront. Once we settled in we grabbed drinks and appetizers from Dram & Morsel. I can’t recommend this place enough. It was such a cool atmosphere and everything we ordered was SO good! I ordered the Tequila Katie and it was such a good, refreshing drink with a hint of spice. Afterwards we headed to Front Street Brewery for dinner. I have been going to Front Street for years with family and friends, so I knew I couldn’t miss out on it this trip! Their raspberry wheat beer is a must if you go! We ended the night with a comedy show at Dead Crow – which was a great intimate spot to catch a former SNL actor.
Saturday morning we woke up early and made out first stop at Drift Kitchen & Coffee for breakfast and it was the cutest spot with incredible food. Quite possibly the best açaí bowl I’ve ever had! Afterwards, we headed to Carolina Beach to explore a bit! In Carolina Beach we played around the boardwalk, took a walk along the beach, and headed to Fort Fisher/Kure Beach to explore there. Nick and I had been to Carolina/Kure Beach together quite a few times, so it was fun to go back and make new memories. We wanted to find the Coquina Rock Formation while it was low tide (the exact location was a bit confusing to find!) but we stumbled on a great area by the sea wall instead. It was so peaceful out there with the waves breaking and fisherman fishing! We grabbed lunch at Havana’s, located in a 100+ year home, and it was great! Such a cute spot and I can imagine it’s SO fun in the summer! We ended the day with dinner at Surf House and it may have been my favorite meal of the ENTIRE trip (which is saying a lot because I felt like we were constantly eating haha!) We tried a little bit of everything – scallops, steak, charred brussels sprouts – and each item was incredible!
On Sunday we woke up and had a leisurely morning before heading to Wrightsville Beach! I have spent many summers there, so I was looking forward to heading there during “off-season”. We got brunch at Bluewater and it was delicious as always! I wish it had been a bit warmer so we could enjoy the outdoor dining and the beautiful views! It ended up being really chilly and windy (which is atypical for the area), so we didn’t get to do as much as we wanted, but that definitely gives us an excuse to head back this spring or summer! 🙂Monday morning came WAY too quickly and it was time to head back to Greensboro, but not before a stop at Bespoke Coffee! We loved having this coffee shop within walking distance. The coffee was great and the restaurant was so cute! We packed a LOT into a weekend, but there were still SO many places we wanted to go, areas we wanted to explore & things we wanted to see! I’ll be back later this week sharing ALL of the recommendations I got for Wilmington and the surrounding areas – including so many small businesses that rely on tourism and visitors to stay in business!
This post is in partnership with Wilmington CVB. All thoughts are my own.