Welcome back for the next part of last summer’s road trip through parts of North Carolina! In the previous post, we were traveling from Hendersonville and heading towards Wilmington. My husband and our daughter had both visited there a few times on summer mission trips, but I had never been to Wilmington before. (They kept tellimg me that I was going to love it. 🙂 )
We stayed the night in the Best Western Coastline hotel. I chose it because of its location…overlooking the river with easy access to the walkable Riverfront.
This was the view from our hotel room window. 🙂
(See what I mean about location?)
The hotel is located right next to the Wilmington Railroad Museum.
(Our daughter was still in “Disney mode” on this trip!)
The Riverwalk entrance wasn’t far from our hotel’s entrance, so the next day we spent a good portion of that day enjoying that area of Wilmington. Built in the 1980’s, the wooden boardwalk is about a mile long and runs alongside the Cape Fear River.
You can see the Battleship North Carolina across the river from there as well. We did not squeeze in a tour of it on this trip, but I am sure my husband would have especially loved it. We will have to make time for it on a return visit.
The USS Diligence was also docked there.
The Riverwalk is lit at night by those nostalgically designed lights there. This allows many people to get out and enjoy the area in the evening as well.
You stroll past homes, apartments, restaurants, and shops all along the river – some housed in historic warehouses.
There were sooo many cute shops in the Riverwalk district!
I loved the landscaping outside The George, one of the restaurants there.
Here’s a little peek inside:
But we did not dine at The George. Instead we made reservations at Elijah’s, the dark building you see in the next photo.
It was very “old nautical” in its decor
(which I loved. 🙂 )
It reminded me of some of the nautical decor at Disney World.
(Only this was the real-deal! 🙂 )
You can see a couple of our lunches.
(That’s my Black and Bleu Salad.)
After our meal we continued exploring the Riverwalk – especially the residential end.
At some point, we wandered up a block away from the Cape Fear River and started walking back on that street towards our hotel. The old homes there were simply beautiful!
The entire street seemed to have one gorgeous old home after another!
This historic area was really charming. We then came to a section of shops and restaurants housed in old brick buildings.
Ice cream anyone?
(Yes, of course! 🙂 )
The brickwork in this area of Wilmington was really beautiful!
And that brings us to the end of our time in Wilmington. We had spent that August day walking the Riverfront, so we grabbed a cold drink from back at our hotel and then hit the road again. We were leaving North Carolina for our next stop…
Charleston, South Carolina.
Hope you to see you back here for all the details on it soon!
Until next time…