A Weekend in Wilmington, NC (July 2020)
Back in mid-July, I took a weekend trip out to Wilmington, NC (about a 2 hour drive from where I'm currently located). It was fairly spontaneous and mainly driven by the proximity as well as the desire to visit a beach. We planned everything in less than a week so relied heavily on blog reviews. What I found though is that most bloggers seemed to be sponsored by the venues visited (a few of the below came up, and let's just say I have more mixed and honest opinions to share).
The room was basic, and honestly the water view is not worth the extra $20 per night (as it's also west facing, which means the room will be hot and drowned with sunlight in the afternoons). We took the historic view, which was still nice, and in fact if you can get the corner rooms on the North side of the building you will get a small window that also faces the water (highly recommend that). There's also really nice amenities such as the pool, although they also seemed a bit crowded.
The George is the most reviewed of any restaurant in the area, mainly for its prime location with plenty of outdoor seating right by the water. We went in for brunch on Sunday, as it was one of the few locations open by 11AM.
This battleship was docked right across from the Hilton Ballast, but alas the water taxi schedule seems to be in flux (normally you can just pick a ride for $7 roundtrip to and from the battleship from the downtown pier). So instead we had to drive out across one of the two bridges.
It was the perfect trip, but to be honest even 2 days felt a bit tough to fill with sufficient food and activities. The Downtown area is quite small, and it felt like we walked back and forth along the waterway about 10x looking for more things to do. The food options were good, but few places really stood out, and in fact Sunday morning brunch was near impossible (the few good spots had lengthy waits, and most places don't open til past noon).
Would definitely make the beach if you are a beach fan, and maybe take a tour of the USS NC if it's a cooler day out.
Skincare products used:
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- My lip color: https://amzn.to/2RncRxu
- My foundation: https://amzn.to/3ipCp99