Horse-drawn carriages still click down cobblestone streets, and mossdraped oaks canopy stately old mansions along downtown’s 200 historic blocks. Yet, Wilmington has a progressive vibe that captivates tourists, entrepreneurs and even residents who have lived here all their lives. Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, Wilmington presents so many stunning vistas. To the east, the city overlooks sounds, barrier islands and the Intracoastal Waterway. The west borders the busy Cape Fear River. Downtown hosts a scenic, mile-long boardwalk, named The Riverwalk, which skirts the Cape Fear River. Tour a World War II battleship or take a scenic cruise. Bump into celebrities working with a movie studio 15 minutes from downtown. Local actors as well as internationally known musicians and actors perform at ornate theaters, worth a visit for their architecture alone. Contemplate myriad works at 20 galleries or tuck into downtown’s more than 100 distinctive shops. Refresh at some 50 delicious downtown restaurants, sweets shops, cocktail lounges and award-winning craft breweries. Downtown parking decks are centrally located and free for the first hour. Most city streets host meters, where parking is free after 6:30 p.m. Some venues have their own parking lots or neighbor public lots. A free city trolley traverses downtown, and wide sidewalks welcome pedestrians.

Wedding Bells

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a beautiful venue for couples seeking a traditional and sacred setting for their vows.

Pub Life

With an ambiance like the iconic pubs of New York, Philly and Boston, Fox’s Hole in the Wall in Wilmington is a friendly place to grab a beer and a burger.

Listen Up

At Live at Ted’s, an intimate Wilmington performance venue and listening room, it’s all about the music.

Fast-Paced Fine Dining

Getaway Cafe and Provisions in the Riverlights community, from the creators of Southerly Biscuit Company in Carolina Beach, proves that casual, quick dining and an upscale menu can work together.

Fashion That Feeds

Shop styles for social good via Half United, a brand passionate about fighting global hunger and making the world a better place.

Sweet Deals

Junior League of Wilmington will host its 69th Annual Bargain Sale on March 3 and 4.

European-Style Living in Wilmington

There are beautiful homes, and then there are homes that are works of art, and that is what you’ll find at 6207 Fox Run Road in Wilmington. At this one-of-a-kind, fully custom home, scale, symmetry and grandiosity come together harmoniously, creating a contemporary estate that feels like it has existed throughout the centuries.

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.


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