Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NC Getaways: Wilmington

To add a little to what Allison shared last week about getaways in our home state of North Carolina, I wanted to share a few more of my favorite spots; Wilmington and nearby Wrightsville Beach.  Wilmington is located on the Cape Fear River and has an amazing downtown riverfront.  Several beaches are just minutes away from this quaint coastal spot, with Wrightsville being my favorite of the three.  This is where my girlfriends and I congregated this past weekend, in a beautifully renovated historical home from the 1890s.  We were in the tree-lined historical district, just steps from the river and from all of downtown's restaurants, shops, and bars; but my favorite time was a few glorious hours spent lounging on the beach. 

On the way to Wrightsville Beach you will cross over the Intercoastal Waterway, before you head over the bridge there are some great local seafood restaurants you have to stop by.  Even though I don't eat seafood, it is obvious that the favorite among my pals is the Fish House Grill.  There crab cake sandwiches, curly fries, and bloody mary's are all winners.  Once you're on the island there are ice cream shops, walk up bars, and every locals' favorite, Trolly Stop hot dogs.
Once you've headed back inland, cleaned up a bit, and are ready to head out on the town you have so many spots to choose from.  A few of our favorites are Elijah's for a laid back dinner on the deck, Circa 1922 for something a little fancier, and The Eat Spot for some creative appetizers.  After dinner my friends and I have two absolute favorite drinking holes that we have to stop in at.  Grab a beer and head to the red-lantern lit alleyway that connects the two buildings of the Blue Post, you can all pile in to the couches and people watch or play a game of pool.  We also love to stop in and make friends with some hilarious (sometimes questionable...) locals at the Barbary Coast.  PBR tall boys and live music are two of the highlights of this establishment.
There are tons of other spots between Wilmington and Wrightsville that are worth eating and stopping at but these are just a few of our go-to's.  You can read more about the sights and sounds here, but really, you just need to go and experience it for yourself.

Photos from my iphone, which makes capturing moments while traveling so easy; edited with some of my favorite photo apps- Camera Bag and Instagram.

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