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Experience Genuine Southern Hospitality at our Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to C.W. Worth House, an historic Wilmington, North Carolina bed and breakfast which has been welcoming guests since its restoration in 1985.  Reminiscent of days gone by and a past rich in history, C.W. Worth House allows you to share past southern traditions in a rather extraordinary fashion.  This 123 year old mansion has endured many transformations since its construction in 1893.  It was originally built as the private home for Charles W. Worth until 1944 when it was a boarding house for 40 years and finally, rescued and restored to become the elegant Inn of the present day.

This grand home with bay windows, distinctive dual turrets and porches is a fine example of 19th century English Queen Anne style and represents one of the most charming historic Wilmington, NC bed and breakfasts.  The C.W. Worth House offers seven unique guestrooms and balances Victorian charm with modern amenities for your comfort and convenience.  As you step through the gate, the spacious southern porch invites you to slow down, relax and enjoy.

Wilmington is one of the most beautiful cities on the North Carolina coast, and in 2014 was voted #1 “Best American Riverfront” by USA Today.  Wilmington’s historic waterfront area along the Cape Fear River boasts the state’s richest collection of 19th- century urban architecture.  The ambiance has been enhanced by an aggressive revitalization effort that covers a 200-block section of downtown, making it the state’s largest historic district and is a must see.  Founded over 250 years ago as a thriving port city on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington has a rich past.  Many fascinating buildings and historic sites are open to visitors, so you can easily spend a few days exploring.

During your visit you can browse the many quaint shops in the Historic District or just take a “southern-style stroll” down brick streets rich in architecture.  You may even find yourself in the middle of a commercial or scene from a TV show… Revolution filmed its first season in Wilmington.  Other shows filmed in Wilmington include Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome, Dawson’s Creek, and One Tree Hill.  Some blockbuster movies filmed in and around Wilmington are Iron Man 3, Sleeping With the Enemy, Safe Haven, and The Longest Ride.  The Wilmington area has been an active production hub since the early 1980’s.  When the evening is about to fall, relax in Riverfront Park and enjoy the view or the sunset over the Battleship North Carolina. Wilmington is also designated as a Coast Guard City and the home port to the USCGC Diligence.  Wilmington’s nightlife is alive and well.  Enjoy fine dining, from local fresh seafood to international cuisine.  Jazz, blues, and varied entertainment complete the night scene.

The picturesque campus of UNCW, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is located 5 miles from the inn and midway to Wrightsville Beach.  We gladly offer visitors to the campus a special discount.

A gift certificate to C.W. Worth House bed and breakfast makes a great gift for any occasion.

Innkeepers Notes

September- November 2016 Calendar of Events

Fall is a wonderful time to come to Wilmington to enjoy everything it has to offer in a less crowded and somewhat cooler season.  There is plenty to do all year round from river cruises to walking tours and comedy to symphony…absolutely something for everyone.  We look forward to your visit!

Weekly Happenings
Cape Fear Blues Jam Tuesdays 8 pm at The Rusty Nail
Riverfront Farmer’s Market – Saturdays from 8 til 1 through November enjoy local produce, crafts and live music.
Sunday Blue Grass at Satellite Bar and Lounge, every Sunday 6 pm – 10 pm visit their website for details
Wilmington Water Tours Daily one hour and two hour cruises, private parties, educational cruises and corporate events.  Visit their website for details…
The Literary Walking Tour  This tour takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, starting at 1:30 p.m. from Old Books on Front St.  $8
Wilmington History Tours  This is a self-guided tour on your phone with an app with a free sample mini-tour.  Old Wilmington I and Old Wilmington II are $3.99 each to download.  Check it out at
Arts In WilmingtonCalendar of events
4th Friday Gallery Walk  16 local art galleries and studios will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture from 6-9 pm every fourth Friday of the month.  For a complete list of gallery venues visit
The Art Works…an Art Village  Dozens of local artists together in a “village” atmosphere in an old shirt factory, transformed.  Open every Saturday, 10a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cape Fear Living MagazineCalendar of Events
Ted’s Fun on the River – Offering live, acoustic music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 – 9 pm $2-$5 cover.  Wine and beer available for purchase.  Ted’s offers a unique experience for tourists and locals alike.  It’s “off the beaten path” on the road less traveled. Bike, Kayak, & Canoe Rentals available.  Visit for details.
Art in the Arboretum – One of Coastal Carolina’s largest outdoor art show and sale – September 30 – October 2.  Event and ticket info
Airlie Gardens – Visit their website for schedule and details
Residents of Old Wilmington – 11th annual Back Door Kitchen Tour – October 15.  Tour nine unique kitchens throughout the historic district
American Craft Walk – Wilmington’s largest outdoor art and craft show – October 15. visit
CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center Cape Fear Stage –   September 24-Aaron Neville, October 7-Comedian Paula Poundstone.  See all the exciting upcoming events at their website Cape Fear Stage
Bellamy Mansion – See for more details
Concerts @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – See website for band names and schedule.
Brooklyn Arts Center – See for more upcoming events and information.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – The 2016-2017 Masterworks Series Saturday evenings.  See for details
Riverfest 2016 – Celebrate the Cape Fear river in grand style. October 8-9
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival – October 8-9
Cape Fear Jazz Society Presents: October 21 at Thalian Hall-Diane Schuur in concert with special guests The Wilmington Jazz Messengers.  For ticket information call 910-632-2285
Thalian Hall 2016-2017 Main Attractions- September 22-Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King, September 23- Soprano Nikoleta Rallis, October 22- Charlie Daniels Band, November 18- The Drifters.  For more upcoming shows, performances and events See for more details and a full list of Main Attractions.
Thalian Association Community Theatre – On the Main Stage: September 29-October 9- Rock of Ages, At Red Barn Studio: November 3-20- Shows for Days.  For a complete list of shows and events go to
Cape Fear Museum Exhibits
Reflections in Black and White – Informal black and white photographs taken by black and white Wilmingtonians after WWII. Through May 2017.
Starring Cape Fear! – View rare artifacts from television and film projects produced in the Cape Fear region.  Through February 2017.
Cinematique of Wilmington- Sponsored by WHQR, an assortment of classic, foreign, documentary and notable films show at Thalian Hall, beginning at 7p.m., $8 admission. The movies are usually Mon. – Wed. and change regularly. Please see for current movies being shown.
UNCW Presents – October 6 – Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling. See for current calendar.  For reservations call 910.962.3500 or see website.
Cameron Art Museum –
3201 South 17th Street – She Tells a Story celebrating women artists from our private collection through Sept. 11, 2016.  Please visit their website for current exhibitions and more details.
There is even more going on. When you call to make your reservations, just ask us!