Twin Stripe Travels: Wilmington, NC

wilmPhoto via the Wilmington Tourism Website

I’m rounding out the week with one more post about our beloved North Carolina. I’m not going to lie, writing this post made me a little homesick. Since I grew up in Wilmington, NC, I thought I’d share some of my favorite places so you can get a little local flavor. Wilmington is the sweetest town that has both a vibrant downtown and the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast if I do say so myself!

Dining for a night on the town

Brasserie du Soleil is my family’s go to place for a semi-fancy dinner. It’s a modeled after a French cafe so it’s always bustling and has a great atmosphere. They usually have great specials and cheese plates, but I always get the filet! Brasserie is also very close to Wrightsville Beach, so it’s great for a stroll before or after dinner!

Indochine, a Thai and Vietnamese fusion restaurant, is an old favorite. They have amazing food and it’s always packed since they don’t take reservations. Make sure to go on a clear evening because their outdoor seating is incredibly romantic and whimsical.

Rx Restaurant and Bar is a new one for me while some of these other recommendations are old standbys. I love that they have a new menu every single day. Their ingredients are about as local and fresh as you get. And it’s located in an old pharmacy!

If you’re looking for something more casual

Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn is my favorite place to eat in Wilmington. Their quirky barn is a landmark in Wilmington. The inside is covered with murals and you can choose your meal from a huge chalkboard wall and with specials like Tattoo Tuesday, you know it’s going to be a rocking place. They serve the best burritos in town and I dream about the homemade ginger peach salsa. This is the one place I always make sure to visit when I’m in town.  Other Mexican favorites include Las Olas and K38 Baja Grill.

I have been going to PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille since I was a kid. Their char-grilled burgers and super seasoned fries can’t be beat. And you know how much I love burgers. They have a location in each part of town now but they started with the college crowd over by University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Sweet and Savory is another staple near Wrightsville Beach. They are known for their delicious brunch and lunches. You can get any type of sandwich you can think of on their fresh baked bread. Don’t miss out on their homemade chips too. I’ve heard they make a mean bloody mary too, although I’m more of a mimosa girl.

Need coffee? Get a cup a joe from Port City Java.

A girl’s gotta shop

I’ve mentioned Edge of Urge a couple times here before, so you should know by now that a trip to Wilmington isn’t a good one without stopping in. Their unique signature pieces are handmade by shop owner, Jessie Williams. You can find other handmade goods including jewelry and other accessories at their downtown location. It’s pretty picturesque!

Hallelu is located on Wrightsville Beach Island and caters to the beach crowd. Think bohemian, beachy goddess wear.

Island Passage will keep you looking stylish whether you live downtown or at the beach. They’ve got a couple locations in Wilmington that have varying styles of clothes. It’s a great place for clothes, gifts, and accessories.

If you’re looking for surf shops check out Sweetwater, Hot Wax or Aussie Island.

Hollywood of the East Coast

Another special thing about Wilmington is the active movie industry. Sometimes Wilmington is called the Hollywood of the East Coast. My mom just texted me the other day to tell Mary-Louise Parker was in the neighborhood filming a new movie.

When I was growing up they filmed Dawson’s Creek practically in our backyard. You may have heard of a little show called One Tree Hill that was also filmed in Wilmington. It’s always exciting to hear about celebrities in town. If you’ve got the time, take a Hollywood East tour!

Thanks for taking a little trip to Wilmington with me. Thankfully I’ve taken Katie to most of these places so she can back me up!

Anyone traveling anywhere this weekend? If so, have fun!

alison

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