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 124 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 and then it became 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 largest historic district in NC 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.

Wilmington was named “Best American Riverfront” for good reason.  Besides all the beauty and history along its banks, the downtown overlooks the river with Instagram-worthy sunsets and offers eclectic shopping, dining, tours, galleries and entertainment –all with the added nearby enchantments of white-sand beaches, many golf courses, fantastic fishing and bountiful boating.  But with so many choices, what will you choose?  There’s no right or wrong answer, especially since Wilmington offers something for everyone.  There are diverse shopping areas, casual and fine dining, from local fresh seafood to international cuisine, and a lively performing and visual arts scene.  Wilmington’s nightlife is alive and well–jazz, blues and varied entertainment complete the night scene.  Depending on the time of year, downtown welcomes art fairs, festivals and holiday events.  We suggest taking your time and exploring each of downtown Wilmington’s three distinct districts at your own pace, giving yourself a chance to learn and discover what makes each district so memorable. Front Street is Wilmington’s unofficial Main Street with cafes and galleries; Castle Street Art and Antiques District says it all and the Brooklyn Arts District offers a bohemian flair.  After all, you never know when you might find the next best boutique, souvenir shop or street-side cafe.  Downtown Wilmington awaits you!

You may want to 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 series…  Six, Good Behavior in its second season, Secrets and Lies, and 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.  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 all occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays and holidays. We are pleased to offer customized gift certificates that are tailored to your specific request.  Certificates may be purchased for a specific dollar amount or for a specific room or package and may be put on a credit card.  The Certificate Recipient then calls and reserves their stay at their convenience and you are the hero!  A simple call to our office and your gift will be on its way.

We like to share our home with as many people as we can either by inviting them to stay or by letting others write about us.  Here is a link to Port City Daily who’s staff writer Christina Hailey did a great article in their “Where We Live” section with lots of great pictures.  Thank you Christina for the great article!

Innkeepers Notes

February – March 2017 Calendar of Events

The Holiday Season has passed, now is a great time to see Wilmington and 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!  Two great events not to be missed…The first coming in March is the band Earth, Wind & Fire–America’s seventh top-selling musical group of all-time. (See CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Cape Fear Stage below for more details.) The second, the first week of May, is the Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club.  Part of the PGA Tour, this event will bring thousands of visitors daily to the Cape Fear area…Plan accordingly!!  See website for details. 

Weekly Happenings

Cape Fear Blues Jam Tuesdays 8 pm at The Rusty Nail.  A unique gathering of the area’s finest Blues musicians.  No cover.  www.capefearblues.org
Riverfront Farmer’s Market – Saturdays from 8 til 1 begins April 15, 2017 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  satellitebarandlounge.com/calendar
Wilmington Water Tours Daily one hour and two hour sunset cruises, private parties, educational cruises and corporate events.  Visit their website for details and schedule.
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  www.oldbooksonfrontst.com
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 Wilmington.tours
Arts In Wilmington – Extensive Local Arts Calendar of events
4th Friday Gallery Walk – 20+ local downtown 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. Free.  For a complete list of gallery venues visit www.artscouncilofwilmington.org
The Art Works…an Art Village – Dozens of local artists together in a “village” atmosphere in an old shirt factory, transformed.  Open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m and every Fourth Friday 6-9pm.
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 also available.  Visit Tedsfun.com for details.
Cinematique of Wilmington – Sponsored by WHQR, an assortment of independent, classic, foreign, documentary and notable films shown at Thalian Hall at 7pm, $8. The movies are usually Mon. – Wed. and change regularly.  Please call 910-632-2285 or go to www.thalianhall.org for more information.
Tuesday Wine Tasting – Every Tuesday enjoy Weekly Free Wine Tasting Tuesdays 6-8 pm + Daily Small Plate, Wine & Beer Specials.  60 wines by the glass, 30 craft beers and hundreds of wines by the bottle.  Visit their website here.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Music Series – Free concerts, events and Music Series.  See website for details.
Live Acts and Shows

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival – March 11; The parade will begin at 11 am followed by the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Riverfront Park at noon.  Free.
NC Azalea Festival – April 5-9; The Festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture.  Events include several concerts, the parade, street fair, circus, pageantry and all that is Southern!  In concert is Duran Duran; gates open 5 pm show at 7 pm.  Check website for details.
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival – April 23; The 23rd annual Festival features Jonny Lang, Grammy Award winning bluesman. This festival features blues and jazz bands on two stages all day. The music can’t be beat and the locally prepared seafood is simply the best in the region.  Held at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, this event is sure to sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets ahead of time  See website for schedule of events and ticket details.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Wilson Center – SERENADES The 2016-2017 Masterworks Series: Operatic Orchestra Violin Concerto, March 18 and Season Finale: Conciorto Elegiaco Music from the Gadfly, April 22.  See wilmingtonsymphony.org for details or call 910-362-7999.
North Carolina Symphony at the Wilson Center –  Beethoven’s Ninth, April 23. See ncsymphony.org or call 877-627-6724.
Airlie Gardens – Visit their website for schedule and details
Thalian Hall 2016-2017 Main Attractions & Performances – For more upcoming shows, performances and events See www.thalianhall.org for more details and a full list of Main Attractions or call 910-632-2285.
The Wilson Center Cape Fear Stage –  Pippin, April 8 at 2 pm;    See all the exciting upcoming events at their website Cape Fear Stage.
Opera House Theatre Company 2017 Season at Thalian Hall – “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, 3/1-5, 10-12 and “Jesus Christ Superstar”, June 7-11, 16-18, 23-25.  See thalianhall.org or call 910-632-2285.
Big Dawg Productions at Cape Fear Playhouse – 2017 Play Season:  “Crimes of the Heart”, Feb. 16-19, 23-26, March 2-5.    “The Last Encampment”, a Civil War drama, March 23-26, March 30, April 2,6.  “Over the River and Through the Woods”, April 27-30,May 4-7, 11-14.  Visit website here.
Concerts @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – See website for band names and schedule. www.greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com
Brooklyn Arts Center –  www.brooklynartsnc.com for more upcoming events and information.
Thalian Association Community Theatre at Red Barn Studio – Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, March 9-26 and The Lyons, June 8-25.  For  more details go to www.thalian.org  or call (910) 251-1788
Thalian Association Community Theatre at Thalian Hall – Gypsy, March 30-April 9 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, May 18-28.  For more details go to www.thalian.org or call (910) 251-1788
UNCW Presents –  Kenan Auditorium.  See UNCW.edu/presents for current calendar.  For reservations call 910.962.3500 or see website.
Local Attractions
Cameron Art Museum – The Cameron Art Museum is a jewel in Wilmington.  Be sure to see their calendar of exhibitions for all that is going on during your visit.  
3201 South 17th Street –  Please visit their website for current exhibitions and more details.
CAM Cafe –  While you are here, enjoy our fresh, local menu serving only the best in locally sourced, hand-crafted food in an inspiring setting.
Bellamy Mansion – Visit the Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture which is located in downtown Wilmington.  Visit website for more details
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.  Visit their website for more information.
Unique Local Shops
Cape Fear Spice Merchants – Spices, Teas, Gifts–Always Fresh. Find us on Facebook.
Jenn’s Vin North Carolina Wines – A fun local wine shop with lots of personality!  Find us on Facebook.
Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts – Unique, Handcrafted Local Art.  Visit our website.
Candles Etc. – High quality, earth friendly candles, accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts.  Over 60 unique fragrances.  Visit our website.

There is even more going on; when you call to make your reservation, just ask us!