Greater Than a Tourist – Wilmington, NC- 50 Travel Tips from a Local
1. Start Your Morning With A Great Breakfast
There are several great options
when it comes to enjoying a nice breakfast in Wilmington. Whether you have a
sweet tooth, or a hankering for something more savory there are places for all
palates. In a rush? Grab a delicious Seahawk Bagel at local favorite
establishment Beach Bagels right before the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. In
the mood for M&M waffles with whipped cream? Venture onto the island and
check out the community staple Causeway Café. If you find yourself closer to
midtown then definitely stop into historic Jimbo’s for a traditional diner
breakfast filled with staples such as eggs, bacon, hash browns, and more –
located on College Road.
2. Grab a bag of local donuts
One thing in town that everyone can
agree on is that there is only one glazed donut that is worth the wait. They
are none other than the glazed donuts at Britt’s Donuts on the Carolina Beach
boardwalk. Less than a fifteen minute drive from the heart of Wilmington,
Carolina Beach is a popular destination for its shops and popular boardwalk. If
you do have your heart set on these donuts though, be sure to bring cash!
Britt’s often has a wait time between 30 minutes to an hour and they only
accept cash! Hours vary and they are only open seasonally between the end of
March through September. Don’t be discouraged by the wait, they are certainly
worth it and were rated the second best in the nation by the Small Business
Association of America.
3. Eating out on a budget
While Wilmington Is home to some
delicious upscale restaurants, you can eat very well without ever setting foot
in them. If you don’t feel like cooking there are still cheap options when
going out. Check out one of the cities many locations of The Trolley Stop for
their delicious hot dogs they have been serving up for years. In the mood for
something else? Try stopping by Islands Tacos after 5PM where tacos are only 1$
a piece. One of my other personal favorites is the Sawmill early bird special
served weekdays 3-5PM which serves up traditional home cooking favorites with
two sides and a drink for less than 10$.
4. Walk The Loop like a local
Wrightsville Beach is home to “The
Loop” which is a walking, jogging, and biking trail that runs along the island
and lasts for nearly two and a half miles. Along the loop you will find many
Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington locals walking their dogs, taking their
children to the park, and surfers on their way to the waves. Feel free to bring
your four legged friends and enjoy a nice refreshing walk along the breezy
island of Wrightsville Beach while you take in some of its natural beauty. To
enjoy this activity simply park at the Wrightsville Beach park and hop on at
one of several points of the loop that surrounds the park.
5. Stroll the Historic Downtown
The Historic Downtown area of Wilmington nestled along the Cape Fear River boasts some of the state’s most popular restaurants and attractions. There are many popular food items in this area ranging from street fare like hot dog vendors and pizza by the slice at I Love New York Pizza on Front Street, to fine dining such as tapas at Circa 1922 or sushi at Yosake. There are certainly plenty of good options to be had. After a nice meal, enjoy the famous Riverwalk which is a nice stroll down the river where you can browse the scenery or walk into several local shops. Pair this with numerous historic homes in the area dating back to the 1800’s and there are plenty of sights to take in and enjoy in this area for a nice afternoon or evening out.
Kevin Latshaw is a recent University of North Carolina Wilmington graduate who has lived in the area for nearly twenty years. Graduating with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Kevin has many varied interests. He loves to spend time outside with his two dogs Gus and Effy, as well as play golf and other sports.
Kevin enjoys spending his free time writing, traveling, and practicing photography. Kevin is an expert traveler who has photographed many hotspots across the United States and abroad. Internationally, Kevin has traveled and photographed such UNESCO recognized sites as Kiderdijk in The Netherlands and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland to briefly name a few.
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