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20 Things to Do In Wilmington, NC

Being in the bed and breakfast business we are always keeping up with what there is to do and see in the area.  We love Wilmington and take part in as many things going on around here that we can.  In order to find out what is going on we refer to the Star-News and Play which comes out on Thursday.  Play is a very good overview of what there is to do and see that particular weekend.  Encore is another good publication and can be found at your lodging or in the newsstand boxes around town.  Here is a list of 20 things to do in Wilmington the next time you visit.

Wilmington Water Tours – It is nice to get out on the river and enjoy the beauty of nature and the history of the Cape Fear River with either a one hour tour during the day or two hour sunset cruise.

Cape Fear Segway – If you have never been on a segway, they are very cool and you must try it.  They have one hour and two hour guided tours and offer a $5 discount to our guests.

Burgwin Wright, Bellamy Mansion and Latimer House – these three gems were private homes back in the day and became museums open to the public so the homes are being preserved.  They each have their own interesting family histories, architecture and furnishings.

Battleship North Carolina Memorial – This is a fantastic self-guided tour and you could spend one hour or four hours on this wonderful ship.Battleship NC

Shop at Urban Revival on Castle Street – This is a new mini mall with local artists displaying their products in unique spaces within the mall.  From fine art to arts and crafts, food, recycled and upcycled pieces, there is something for everyone and great gift ideas.

Wine tastings: Tuesday Fortunate Glass, Thursday Perkeo Wine Bistro and Friday Wilmington Wine Wilmington is overflowing with wine bars recently but these are a few of our favorites.

Serpentarium – If you like snakes, this is a world renowned collection of exotic and deadly snakes among other critters.  Check it out if this is your thing.

Ft. Fisher state park – (Kure beach) – There is a free museum connected to the Ft. Fisher State Park which tells all about the Civil War Battle that took place here.Civil War Fort Fisher

Aquarium at Ft. Fisher – While you are in the area of Kure Beach, check out our regional aquarium which showcases species from this area.

Lunch on the river (LeCatalan) – A little quaint French Bistro on the river walk, great for sitting and people watching or romantic wine and cheese at sunset with your special one.

Oakdale Cemetery – Interesting drive through the oldest urban cemetery in NC.  It is laid out like a beautiful park setting.  Some famous folks buried there are David Brinkley, Rose O’Neale Greenhow and Henry Bacon.

Horse drawn carriage tour  – Sit back and relax as your driver goes around the old historic areas of downtown and gives you some amazing facts about the families that once lived here and tidbits about the various architecture you will see.Horse Drawn Tours

Cape Fear museum – This museum offers North Carolina history focused on regional and local areas.

While spending time at Wrightsville Beach be sure to check out the delightful Wrightsville Beach Museum on Harbor Island.  Lunch at Blue Water or Dockside – Dine outside on the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach.  It is a nice view of some pretty amazing yachts.Bluewater Gill

C.W. Worth House offers specials and packages, some of which include tickets to a few of the above attractions.  See our specials page.

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Jazz in Wilmington, NC

North Carolina Jazz FestivalI would love it if Wilmington had a Jazz Club/restaurant. I dream of owning a Jazz Club and the historic downtown Wilmington area would be the perfect spot for it. But until that happens, Wilmington always has lots of jazzy things going on and here are a few for January and February.

I would like to introduce the Cape Fear Jazz Society, of which we are supporters, founded in 1997 offering great year-round jazz concerts around the Wilmington area. The fall/winter concert series offers Jazz at the CAM the first Thursday of each month through April. The fourth season continues Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 with Gregg Gelb and Jazzet featuring pianist/vocalist Steve Wing who bring their New Orleans, Swing, Bebop influenced jazz to the series. See www.cameronartmuseum.com for more information. Also their popular summer series, Jazz at the Mansion, is enjoyed at The Bellamy Mansion in warmer weather, see www.bellamymansion.org.

Thalian Hall is host to the occasional jazz artist as well. On Friday, January 24 at 8 pm Ruthie Foster will be on the main stage delivering flourishes of folk, gospel, jazz and country into her music. “With frequent comparisons to such legends as Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Ruthie has a combustible blend of musical diversity”. Contact www.thalianhall.org for tickets.

Jazz lovers are eagerly anticipating the 34th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival will hit Wilmington February 6, 7, & 8, 2014. This always sells out. The Thursday night showcase is only $35 and is from 7:30 to 10:15. The theme is Styles of Jazz. The first set opens with Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet & friends with a Tribute to Antonio Carolos Jobim. The second set features Wilmington’s own Grenoldo Frazier, interpreting Louis Armstrong and will close with a traditional jazz jam of All Stars led by cornetist Ed Polcer. Wow! And military guests are only $25. Check out the full weekend schedule at www.ncjazzfestival.com.

Glen McRaeEven while strolling downtown on Front Street you will hear the sweet sounds of saxophonist Glen McRae. McRae has played with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and Clarence Clemmons and more. Come experience the jazz scene in Wilmington soon and plan to stay at C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast in the Historic District.

American Red Cross Disaster Worker

When an Innkeeper is also a Red Cross Disaster Worker

American Red Cross Headquarters, Washington, DC

Many of you have asked “What does Doug do when he goes on a disaster with the American Red Cross?   Doug has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for over 20 years and has been all over the country helping people affected by natural and man made disasters.  “My motivation is to give back to the community and to be part of the Red Cross movement that helps so many people all across the country and the world” says Doug.   He loves what he does…not only in other locations, but right here at home as well.  Doug has been a Disaster Action Team captain locally for 16 years.  A Disaster Action Team will respond to local disasters such as a house fire in the middle of the night…when-ever they get ‘the call’ ensuring that a displaced family is provided with the basic needs such as food, clothing, or shelter.  On a disaster outside of the Wilmington area he is part of a much larger response where there may be hundreds or even thousands of Red cross workers from all over the country.  Doug has responded to the 9/11 disaster both at the Pentagon and New York City, flooding in Oklahoma, tornadoes in Georgia and Iowa, hurricane Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, hurricane Georges in Puerto Rico, hurricanes Bertha, Fran, Bonnie, Dennis, Floyd, Irene in Wilmington, Irene in New England, Isaac in Louisiana, summer storms/power outage in West Virginia as well as Sandy in West Virginia and New York and will travel to New Jersey for Sandy in February.  As a Government Operations Manager, Doug oversees several Government Liaisons who staff city, county and state Emergency Operations Centers as well as Federal facilities like a FEMA Joint Field Office during an event.  These liaisons interact with governmental agencies and act as conduits of information providing significant information to and from our government partners.  The American Red Cross is NOT a government agency and does NOT receive any direct funding from the government for any of their programs.. The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of the American public to provide time, talent and monetary donations to fulfill its mission.

Margi & Simon in the Parlor

While Doug is away from the inn for sometimes as long as a month at a time Margi is hard at work providing our guests with her expertise in the hospitality department.  There is a whole lot more to it than that, there is cooking, cleaning, shopping, taking care of Simon, marketing, banking, maintenance and ensuring the best possible experience for our guests…doing the work of two!                                              Margi is Doug’s biggest supporter and Doug wouldn’t be able to do it without support from Margi!  Margi is Doug’s Superstar.