Wilmington is not a popular destination but definitely more popular for the area. It's small and quiet. There are no major hotels around but more bed and breakfasts.
The Cape Fear Coast is what the area is more commonly known for. It's comprised of the Wilmington area and along the rest of the coast including the beaches and tip of North Carolina that fades into the Atlantic Ocean.
It's nice that the area has water. It's fun to sit by it and watch the big ships in the distance. They also offer a steamboat ride/tour that even has a dinner included for the evening trips.
Fondest memory: There's so much to see here. It is a small area but plan to spend a few days here!
Favorite thing: The more well known publication locals look at is Encore. It's chock full of articles and listings of events and views around Wilmington. You can pick it up anywhere in the city. It usually comes out every Wednesday and covers a week's worth of information. I tend to check out the column, "News of the Weird." Whenever I go into Priddy Boy's Sandwich Shop, most of the people eating solo are munching on their Juniorboys and reading Encore.
Favorite thing: Every Thursday, the Wilmington Morning Star adds a supplement to its day's edition highlighting activities in and around the city. Currents is a good start to see what events are taking place for the following week. You can either get it with the paper or seperately at various locations. I usually end up getting it at Perkins.
Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau. This should be your first stop if you need general info and advice about what to see and do in the area.
Located at 3rd and Princess.
(there's another information point at the end of Market Street by the river)
Favorite thing: The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a major university, but this is much more than just a college town. However, you will notice a youthful spirit around here with plenty of artist, bars and coffee houses to keep the young at heart of all ages happy.
With the webcam link below you can peek ahead to see the weather conditions at Wilmington.
The camera is located in the suburb of Myrtle Grove.
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Favorite thing: Instead of looking at all these travel brochures, the best way to find out what's going on is to check out the local publications in Wilmington. The most obvious is looking at the Wilmington Morning Star (Sundays: Star News, I have no idea why they change the name on Sunday). It costs 50 cents, though, if you go to the mall food court, there's some salesman giving the subscription pitch and when he's done, you can get a free newspaper. Or, in the UNC-W student union, there's a little stand, where you can pick up a free copy (ok, so I'm cheap). Surprisingly, it's owned by the New York Times. And, on an additional note, the late David Brinkley, the former ABC news anchor, got his start writing for the Morning Star.
Favorite thing: Wilmington's location of the banks of the Cape Fear River makes it a great place to stroll the riverbank or to cast a line and go fishing as these folks were doing when I decided to take a picture.
Favorite thing: This is a great map if you click on it to enlarge. It will give you a good overview of the Cape Fear Coast and will help you get your bearings.