About Town – Information on things to do and see around town
You are sure to find lots to do and see what all the buzz is about while on your Wilmington, North Carolina vacation. Situated in the heart of the Historic District in Wilmington, NC, the C.W. Worth House (the longest operating Bed & Breakfast in Wilmington) is just a short walk from the Cape Fear River Walk where fine dining overlooking the river, antiques stores, galleries, and unique shops await the wayfarer. Nearby attractions include the Battleship USS North Carolina, the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, and the Cameron Art Museum.
There is so much to do and see that you will want to visit time and time again in order to check out all Cape Fear has to offer. You may tour the Historic District on foot, by horse-drawn carriage, or by trolley. Tours of historic homes and mansions give another glimpse into bygone days. The arts community is alive and well in Wilmington; the historic performing arts center, Thalian Hall, dates to 1858 and offers performances throughout the year. Enjoy fine dining from local fresh seafood to international cuisine. We are happy to arrange dinner, theater, and tour reservations. Jazz, Blues and other varied entertainment complete the night scene.
You may catch a glimpse of well-known actors being filmed on location along the city’s streets. Wilmington is home to Screen Gems Studios, a major motion picture and television production company. Many motion pictures and television shows, such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, have been filmed in town. For the filming of One Tree Hill, Wilmington was transformed into a small town named Tree Hill and the local high school hosts a basketball team called the Tree Hill Ravens.
The Wilmington area has been an active film production hub since the early 1980’s. You may even find yourself in the middle of a commercial or scene from a TV series… Six and Good Behavior filmed two seasons here, Secrets and Lies, and Revolution filmed a season in Wilmington. Other shows filmed in Wilmington include Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome along with 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, The Longest Ride and We’re the Millers.
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 district along the Cape Fear River boasts the state’s richest collection of 19th- century urban architecture and is the largest historic district in NC covering 200-blocks of downtown, making it 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. If you enjoy history, many fascinating buildings, historic sites and tours are available to you, so you can easily spend a few days exploring. We will be glad to tell you more about it when you book a room.
Wilmington is a true college town, being home of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. The presence of a respected four-year state university is quite an asset. UNCW brings a number of talented performers and lecturers to Wilmington every year and is an integral part of the region’s cultural, as well as intellectual, landscape. Approximately 15,000 students are currently enrolled and study the arts and sciences, education, business, and nursing. UNCW offers a nationally respected doctorate degree in Marine Biology and several graduate programs. If you, like us, end up catching the “Wilmington Bug” please ask us for a Realtor referral. Also, for those of you considering living in Wilmington, this is a great article about our area from Carolina Living Magazine.