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 125 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.  Recently Wilmington ranked third on a list of nationwide destinations by Trip Advisor: “Wilmington is a vibrant riverfront city with the pedestrian-friendly River Walk winding along the Cape Fear River, connecting to many of the city’s charming shops, cafes and nightlife with waterfront parks and the Port City Marina” according to the Trip Advisor release.  And in 2014 Wilmington 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.  For the History Buff, 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 and Good Behavior are in their 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.

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

 April – May 2018 Calendar of Events

Spring is here and there is lots to do and see in Wilmington and our Region. Spring time is a great time to see Wilmington and enjoy everything it has to offer.  We always enjoy getting out on the river on a river cruise or visiting the Battleship to see progress on the Coffer Dam and memorial walkway.  There is a culinary food tour option and comedy and symphony and many more offerings…absolutely something for everyone.  See our calendar below and be sure to ask us what is going on when you make a reservation.  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 March 31, 2018 through November; enjoy local produce, crafts and live music.  And on Saturdays there is a culinary food tour that brings you through the Farmers Market and then into a restaurant to enjoy your gleanings.  Check out A Taste of Downtown Wilmington below:
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 tour is a Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class.  Visit their website to reserve your seat.
Sunday Blue Grass at Satellite Bar and Lounge – A lively gathering every Sunday 6 pm – 10 pm visit their website for details satellitebarandlounge.com/calendar
Wilmington Water Tours – Daily one hour and sunset cruises with live music; private parties, educational cruises, holiday parties and corporate events.  Now offering an Early Flight Excursion on the Northeast Cape Fear River from 9-11 am.  Ask your hosts (Margi & Doug) about “breakfast on the river” and we can hook you up!  Another new offering is a triple ticket including an Eagles Island Cruise, tour of the Bellamy Mansion and the Cape Fear Museum for $26.00  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
Books, Beer and Jazz Piano – Every Sunday afternoon at 3-5 p.m. at Old Books on Front St.
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 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 $3-$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
Made in North Carolina 2018 –
Shop at the Brooklyn Arts Center Handmade marketplace craft show with pottery, jewelry and handcrafted items for your home with more than 50 vendors.  March 31 and April 1st $5 good for both days.
Annual Riverfront Boat Show by Cape Fear Community College –
April 7.
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Wilson Center
–  2017-2018 Masterworks Series.   Sat. April 21 7:30pm Don Giovanni.  See wilmingtonsymphony.org for details or call 910-362-7999.
North Carolina Symphony at the Wilson Center –  April 29, 2018, Romeo & Juliet.  See ncsymphony.org or call 877-627-6724.
Airlie Gardens –   Call 910-798-7700 or visit website.
Thalian Hall  –  “The Bridges of Madison County” March 23-April 1, $15; Roseanne Cash with John Leventhal: “Black List River”, April 5 at 7 :30; “Souvenir–The Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” April 19 – May 5; “The Drifters” April 26, 7:30pm $48; “Sweet Charity” May 18-27, 7:30 $30; “Compton-Newbury” Duet-singing, two-man string band old time mandolin and banjo/guitar early country music and blues.   For more upcoming shows, performances and events See www.thalianhall.org or call 910-632-2285.
The Wilson Center Cape Fear Stage –   “Maks, Val and Peta Live on Tour” From Dancing With the Stars, April 2, 7:30 pm $46; “The Wizard of Oz” by the Wilmington Ballet Company April 7, 2pm & 6pm $25; “Don Giovanni” Wilmington Ballet, April 21, 7:30 pm, Mozart’s opera about the exploits and demise of Don Giovanni “Motown The Musical” April 24 & 25; “Brit Floyd” Pink Floyd Tribute show, April 27, 7:30 pm $42.50; “Peter Gros – Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with Live Animals, April 28, 3 pm $20; “RAIN: A tribute to the Beatles” May 1, 7:30 pm $38;  “Jay Leno” May 15 7:30 pm $46-136; “The Illusionists” Broadway’s Longest-running Magic Show! May 13;  “Rent” – 20th Anniversary Tour, June 2, two shows 2 pm and 7 pm, $46.  
See their website for all shows and information:  www.capfearstage.com
Chamber Music Wilmington
– Classical Music for Everyone!  Calidore String Quartet: Mendelssohn-Shaw-Shostakovich-Beethoven, April 8 at 7 :30.  Performances at Beckwith Recital Hall on the UNCW Campus.  Call 910-962-3500.  Tickets $30.
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 – “Dark Star Orchestra”, Sun. April 15, 5pm $35; “SOJA” April 20, 6:30 pm $40; “The Big What?” April 27, 6pm, $25-50; “Mandolin Orange with Dead Horses” April 28, 6pm $30; “Buddy Guy” May 9 6pm $60; “Brandi Carlile”, Friday, May 11th. See website for band names and schedule. www.greenfieldlakeamphitheater.com
Thalian Association Community Theatre –  “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” June 29-July 1, July 6-8 and 13-15, 8 pm.   Performed on the Battleship North Carolina.  $30 tickets.  For more details go to www.thalian.org or call (910) 251-1788. 
UNCW Presents – Grammy Award Winning “Maria Schneider and Orchestra” April 3, 7:30 pm $25-$75, Kenan Auditorium.  See UNCW.edu/presents for current calendar.  For reservations call 910-962-3500.
NC Azalea Festival April 12 – 15, Wilmington, NC –
websiteSee for all details.  As part of the festival there is a wonderful Home Tour(11 homes) $30. and a separate Garden Tour (11 gardens) $25. with Azalea Belles.  These tours are well worth the ticket price and are for multiple days.
NC Azalea Festival Juried Art Show & Sale – April 7 – 15 at Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, Second and Orange Streets.
Jazz at the CAM –
“Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra” April 5 at 6:30 pm $12.
“Orange Street Art Fest” –
May 26 & 27 – More than 80 artists & live entertainment.

Local Attractions

Cameron Art Museum –  JAZZ at the CAM – Jo Gore, February 8, 6:30 p.m.  Jo mesmerizes audiences with her angelic voice and electrifying stage presence which remaining true to her love of classic, soul and jazz standards.
Serena Wiley – March 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m.  Serena (tenor saxophone/flute/vocals) will perform with the members of The Light Under the Sun specializing in Jazz, Hip Hop and Rhythm and Blues. 
Located at 3201 South 17th Street –  Please visit their website for 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, Oils and Vinegars to taste, & Gifts–Always Fresh. Find us on Facebook.
Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts – Unique, Handcrafted Local Art.  “Absolutely the most beautiful collection of local art I have seen in Wilmington” Margi Erickson  Visit 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!