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This is Wilmington Today
On this website and in the hard cover guidebook Wilmington Today, you’ll find chapters that should make your visit to this area special. We’re sure that you’ll find so much to see and do in the Cape Fear region that you’ll return again and again.
Whether you’re looking for a place to live in the Wilmington area, for a vacation rental on one of our fabulous beaches or for a restaurant where you’ll get a great meal, you’ll find all the information you need to explore and enjoy this special part of the country.
In addition to Wilmington and the historic district downtown, we cover the entire Cape Fear area, which includes Carolina and Kure Beaches, Wrightsville Beach, Figure 8 Island, Topsail Island, Southport, Oak Island, Fort Fisher and more. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for exactly where you want to be.
For new residents, we’ve tried to supply information that you’ll need to smooth your transition from your former home to the Wilmington area. If you’re visiting while you are shopping for a home, you’ll find a whole chapter on communities of very different kinds and character throughout the Cape Fear region. And for those of us lucky enough to live here, we’ve provided information on the best services available.
Best for us does not mean the most expensive, by the way. Many of the companies we discuss offer their services at very moderate prices.
There is so much to love about this area. Wilmington is large enough to offer tremendous diversity in restaurants, housing, theater, music, shopping and sports, yet small enough to traverse with ease.
Even our beaches are diverse. Some are so casual that you’ll be comfortable walking into any shop or restaurant in a t-shirt and flipflops. On other beaches, you’ll feel more appropriately dressed in a collared shirt and proper deck shoes.
Try all the beaches. You may find that on some occasions you prefer Wrightsville Beach while Topsail Beach is perfect at other times.
The weather changes enough in the Wilmington area so that we experience the four seasons. The good news is that winters, however, are benign enough to enjoy being outdoors even in February. And although periodically we see snow, it is almost never necessary to shovel it away since the temperature usually rises enough to melt the snow the same day.
The people who live here, whether native Wilmingtonians or new residents, are welcoming, friendly and helpful. Local taxes are low and housing is relatively affordable, especially when compared with many other parts of the country.
We are very lucky to have so much of historical significance coupled with the natural, disparate beauty that surrounds us. From the beaches to the maritime forests to the woodlands, marshes, tidal creeks, lakes, ponds and rivers, there is something special for people of all interests here.