Here is a sample itinerary for your “Fun Day” in historic Wilmington North Carolina:  Wake up to a gourmet breakfast with your fellow travelers then start out on a tour of the historic district (there are several to choose from).  While planning for dinner, enjoy a wine tasting at Mon Ame, a new wine and chocolate tasting room on South 2nd Street.  After working up an appetite select from several downtown restaurants such as Elijah’s or The Front Street Brewery or for a quick sandwich try Chops Deli.  For the afternoon grab the water taxi over to the battleship North Carolina for a great tour rich in history (allow a couple hours) or tour one or all three of the house museums–The Bellamy Mansion, The Burgwin-Wright Museum or The Latimer House.   Or for something completely different, try a foodie tour – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.  Maybe it’s time for a short nap or a massage at Wholesome Journey.  Then, back at the Inn, join your innkeepers and other guests for wine and stories about your day’s adventures. The innkeepers will share with you their favorite restaurants (like Manna or Circa 1922 ) or any of the others listed here and let you know about any evening activities of interest such as live theatre or the local music scene.  Rest well, we’ll do it all over again tomorrow!!

Start with a before dinner drink and appetizer at one of these:

Waterline Brewing Company – under the Cape Fear Memorial bridge, awesome beer!
Fortunate Glass Wine Bar – Best little wine bar in Wilmington
Le Catalan – Sip wine on the river walk, enjoy the sunset
Palate Bottle Shop and Reserve – please bring your own food

Some of our favorite dining options…

NeMa Lounge and Eatery – Great burgers and pizza, scratch made; nice atmosphere
Elijah’s Seafood –
Located on the Cape Fear River
Pilot House – All American with a Southern flair
Black Sea Grill – Mediterranean Cuisine
Circa 1922 – Tapas and small plates – Our Favorite
Caprice Bistro – French with a Belgian twist
Front Street Brewery – Microbrewery great pub food and beer
The Little DipperFantastic Fondue
Yosake – Downtown Sushi Lounge and Restaurant
Catch Seafood – A little drive, but worth it!  Chef Keith Rhodes has won national accolades from the TV Show Top Chef and recently on Good Morning Atlanta.

These are some of our favorite things to do and see in Wilmington.  Have fun!

Calendar of events on “Cool Wilmington”
Wilmington Water Tours
Wilmington Going Green Calendar
Cape Fear Area Historic Byway
Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival
Whats Going on in Wilmington, NC
Battleship North Carolina Open daily to visitors
The Cape Fear Museum of History
The Cameron Art Museum
The Cameron Art Museum monthly calendar
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, built in 1855
The Bellamy Mansion Antebellum architecture offers tours focusing on historic preservation
The Burgwin-Wright Museum House & Gardens
The Latimer House Museum
The Wilmington Railroad Museum

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Haunted Pub Crawl of Wilmington

University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Cape Fear Community College

Outdoor Attractions and Activities

Wilmington Water Tours
Mahanaim Adventures-Kayaking and More!
Carolina Beach State Park Kayak Concession
Airlie Gardens By the Sea
Magnolia Greens Golf Course
Coastal Golfaway
Signature Golf Packages
Poplar Grove Historic Plantation
New Hanover County Arboretum

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Historic Wilmington Segway Tours
The Wilmington Trolley Tour
Historic District Horse-drawn Carriage Tours
Bicycle Rental – City Bicycle Co.


The Cotton Exchange
Cape Fear Spice Merchants
Candles Etc…
South’nFrance Bonbons
A. Scott Rhodes-Jewler and Gemologist

Event venues and other services we endorse

No Place Like Home Mobile Pet Vet
The Dog Club of Wilmington – Wilmington’s Largest Dog Daycare and boarding facility
The Loft on Front – Event venue
Belle Vue – Event Venue
Events! on Front – Event venue
128 South – Event venue
Brooklyn Arts Center – Event venue
The River Room-Event venue

A Positive Real Estate Experience – Realtor
The Property Shop of the Carolina’s  – Realtor