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 Mr. & Mrs. 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.  We are a traditional home based bed and breakfast with a comfortable and casual atmosphere.  We strive to provide each guest with an experience they will remember.  By choosing to stay at a bed and breakfast, you are supporting a small, local business and helping to insure the preservation of historic buildings and communities.

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.   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

November-December 2017 Calendar of Events

Fall is upon us with beautiful weather and the Holidays are around the corner. Any time is a great time to see Wilmington and enjoy everything it has to offer.  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.  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.
A Taste of Downtown Wilmington – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours – Saturdays at 10 am, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm.  Sample an eclectic assortment of restaurants, enjoy food and drink, meet the city’s best chefs and learn about the historic downtown.  The 10 am is a Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class.
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, private parties, educational cruises, holiday parties and corporate events.  Call (910) 338-3134 or 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
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…Gallery and Art Studios – 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.
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. (some Mon. – Fri.) and change regularly.  Please call 910-632-2285 or go to www.thalianhall.org for more Cinematique information.
Tuesday Wine Tasting – Every Tuesday enjoy Free Wine Tasting 6-8 pm + Daily Small Plate, Wine & Beer Specials.  60 wines by the glass, 30 craft beers and hundreds of wines by the bottle.  The Fortunate Glass, 29 S. Front St. 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
NC Holiday Flotilla –
Fri. & Sat. Nov. 24 & 25.  Annual holiday tradition at Wrightsville Beach featuring events including festival in the park 10-4, boat parade 6 pm and fireworks.  Free  www.ncholidayflotilla.org
Art For The Masses –
Sat. Nov. 18 – Original North Carolina Art for $250 or less.  At UNCW campus 9 am to 3 pm.  Free
The Holiday Flea at BAC –
The Brooklyn Arts Center is a wonderful space for a holiday market–Vintage, Retro, Upcycled.  Fri/Sat/Sun Dec. 1,2,3  $5.
15th Annual Wilmington Holiday Parade –
Sunday, Dec. 3  Free
Cape Fear Festival of Trees –
Nov. 20 – Dec. 31.  A winter wonderland of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, benefiting local Hospice.  Located at NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.  $10 admission.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Wilson Center
–  2017-2018 Masterworks Series. Sat. Feb. 3, 2018 7:30 pm Polovtsian Dances.  Sat. April 21 7:30pm Don Giovanni.  See wilmingtonsymphony.org for details or call 910-362-7999.
North Carolina Symphony at the Wilson Center – Dec. 20, Holiday Pops.  Jan. 14, 2018 Pictures at an Exhibition See ncsymphony.org or call 877-627-6724.
Airlie Gardens –  Enchanted Airlie – Nov. 24 & 25 and Dec. 1,2 8, 9 10, & 13-22nd. Featuring a half mile stroll through a winter wonderland of lights, sounds and holiday displays in the enchanting gardens.  Tickets sell out in advance, so reserve early.  Call 910-798-7700. 
Thalian Hall  –  Nov. 18 7:30 pm – Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk – A contemporary circus performance including acrobatics $24-44.   Thurs. Dec. 14 7:30 pm Cherish The Ladies: Celtic Christmas $22-40.   December 31st 7 pm – Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Dinner & Dessert; Karaoke and dancing and countdown to midnight with a Champagne Toast $162.64 per person.   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 – 2017-2018 Broadway Series:  “The Sound of Music” Dec. 6 & 7 7:30 pm, tickets from $42.   “Amazing Grace” Jan. 27.   “Circus 1903; The Golden Age of Circus” February 14, 2018; “Cabaret”  February 20 & 21, 2018; “Motown The Musical” April 24 & 25, 2018; “The Illusionists” May 13;  “Rent” – 20th Anniversary Tour, June 2 & 3, 2018.  For the rest of the calendar and more details see  Cape Fear Stage.
Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall – See thalianhall.org or call 910-632-2285.
Big Dawg Productions at Cape Fear Playhouse – Located at 613 Castle Street.  (910) 367-5237 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, concerts and information.
Thalian Association Community Theatre at Thalian Hall  –  December 8-17   Fri&Sat @ 7:30; Sun. @ 3pm  A Christmas Story, The Musical $30.  For more details go to www.thalian.org or call (910) 251-1788
UNCW Presents –  Nov. 19, 4 pm. Messiah Sing-Along. Kenan Auditorium. Free.  Jan. 18 7:30 pm $15-40.  Martha Redbone Roots Project with Lakota John.   See UNCW.edu/presents for current calendar.  For reservations call 910-962-3500.
Local Attractions

Southern Living Idea House Tours on Bald Head Island – Purchase your tickets to tour the 2017 Southern Living Idea House, located in Cape Fear Station on beautiful Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. A portion of each ticket sold benefits the Old Baldy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, built in 1817.

Self-guided tours of the Southern Living Idea House are offered   From September 9 through October 29, 2017, the Idea House will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m. See calendar for available dates. Please note, the Idea House will be closed for tours on Sunday, Sept. 24 for a private function.  More details here
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 –
Visit their website for more information.
Unique Local Shops
Cape Fear Spice Merchants – Spices, Teas, Gifts–Always Fresh. 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!