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Daring to be Different

“Those Who Dare Win.” A sign with those words hangs above a couch shaped like the tail end of a ’57 Chevy in Joe Apkarian’s new craft beer and cocktail bar called The Eagle’s Dare. Named in part for the famous movie starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, this place dares to win and exhorts you to do so too.

Weddings at Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens is a dream to experience any day, but it’s an especially dreamy setting for a wedding. With its 67 acres of thriving gardens, robust oak trees, historic structures, bubbling fountains and truly unique gems of nature, it’s no wonder Airlie Gardens is the most popular outdoor wedding venue in the Cape Fear region.

Hop To It

Just be aware that there are some awesome alternatives. And one of them is a place in Wilmington called Hops Supply Co., a gastropub with great food, great beers and great cocktails to complement that fare.

LM Restaurants: Private Event Spaces

Local hospitality group LM Restaurants is behind some of Wilmington’s most popular restaurants including Oceanic, Bluewater and Hops Supply Company. Though each location offers a variety of different private event spaces and semi-private event spaces able to cater to a slew of different occasions, what unites them all is their commitment to high-quality service and cuisine. Each restaurant employs an executive chef who wields creativity and control of the menus, which have a focus on seasonality to maximize flavor and utilize fresh ingredients.

Oceanic + Bluewater Waterfront Grill: Waterfront Dining in Wrightsville Beach

“At LM Restaurants, not only offers waterfront dining, we also describe our core value as serving with a Heart for Hospitality. This means we lead with people in mind, whether it is for our guest or our team members. Treating people as if they were a guest in our personal home is the level of warmth and personal attention we strive to achieve,” she adds.

Chicken Salad Chick

Having the courage to try new things isn’t always easy. For Haley Pinder and her husband, Shane, deciding to change course in life and take a leap of faith was the best decision they ever made. The couple opened Chicken Salad Chick in 2019 after relocating with their children from Virginia, a move motivated by their desire to slow down and enjoy life to its fullest.

Restaurant Refresh: The George on the Riverwalk

The George On The Riverwalk recently received a facelift, and it looks fabulous. Edson Munekata took over ownership of the restaurant in January 2022 and officially opened for business in February, after finessing the menu, the service and the interior design.

River Landing: Down by the River

The gated community of River Landing continues its tradition of exceeding expectations. River Landing in Wallace, North Carolina, is more than a place to call home. The gated golf community is also a destination where you can stay, play and celebrate.

Beach Day Innovation – Solbello

Paul named his finished product Solbello, and its capabilities are quite impressive. With under a minute setup time and a shade area covering more than 160% of that of a standard 7-foot beach umbrella, Solbello is made of marine-grade stainless steel, aluminum and high-quality parachute material.

Glorious Floriana

This article by Kurt Epps (The Pub Scout) describes Wilmington’s newest attraction in Historic Downtown. Calling it “Glorious Floriana” is just the tip of the iceberg, to understand his full experience, read on and make your reservation today!

Airlie Gardens’ Signature Events

In a city like Wilmington, there is always something worthwhile to be doing, no
matter what time of year it is. That’s especially true at Airlie Gardens, the 67-acre
public garden nestled between charming, historic downtown and the bustling
beaches of Wrightsville.

Who’s Who: Ellen Walker, Events Coordinator, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Ellen Walker coordinates the events at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort in Wilmington. Whether it’s keeping brides and grooms and their families happy at weddings or helping corporate businesses host elegant banquets and retreats, Walker stays busy in her job, and she likes it that way. Just five miles from Downtown Wilmington, Beau Rivage Golf & Resorts provides versatile banquet facilities for events large an small, on-site guest accommodations, catering services, a full-service restaurant and plentiful resort amenities, including 18 holes of golf.

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