This year, Spring Break took me to Wilmington, North Carolina. It was my first time in North Carolina and my first time spending ten hours in a car! We chose to cut our vacation short as while we were down there, COVID-19 just kept getting worse. While we only spent two days down there we certainly filled our days to the max. So here are my recommendations for the things to see in Wilmington.
Places to Eat
Flaming Amy’s Bowl is a retro-style all you can eat stir-fry place in Wilmington. Imagine Subway but instead you can create a rice, noodle, or burrito with all the toppings you could ever dream of! Not to mention they have at least fifteen sauces and you can even mix sauces. This was my favorite thing we ate all weekend and although we joked about going back every day to try something new, I have a feeling I would have gotten the same thing every time!
We also made it to Front Street Brewery in the downtown area. At Front Street I got to try something I had only seen on Facebook videos, jackfruit! I’ve seen so many videos of people preparing jackfruit either vegan or vegetarian but the thing is, it looks like meat! This was a BBQ jackfruit and even though I came nowhere close to finishing it, it was so good! My one disclaimer is that it definitely doesn’t have the same texture as meat. I’d like to try a buffalo style next! We didn’t get around to it but the have a free tour everyday at 3:15 and 4:15.
For dinner on our last night in Wilmington, we got ice cream at Kilwins. Nothing says you’re on vacation like spending the day at the beach and then having ice cream for dinner. I got “Wilmington Mud” and “Fudge Brownie” and then we took our ice cream cones to sit on the bench Nathan and Haley sat at on One Tree Hill.
And while I can’t speak to the food, we also stopped by the Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar before heading home from Carolina Beach. It was a pretty cool spot to enjoy the sunshine and the ocean views before heading back home.
Things to See
Our first stop was Battleship North Carolina. For someone that has had a huge fear of boats since we read about the Titanic in third grade, I love touring ships. I used to make it a point to tour the USS Cassin Young in Boston every Fourth of July so it only makes sense I had to see this one too. And this makes the Cassin Young look like a row boat! There were at least four floors below the main deck to explore and two or three above! It was unbelievable! My favorite part was the crew memories they had scattered throughout the rooms where you could learn what daily life was like.
Our next stop was the Bellamy Mansion. I also love touring old homes and this one was so gorgeous! This is considered an urban plantation, where the Bellamys had their main house, the slave quarters, and the carriage house fenced in one area on Market Street. This is a beautiful house with a lot of history to share. We did the audio tour on our phones but you can also take a live tour through the mansion as well.
People to Meet
Well, not quite. We took the ghost tour that ran out of Black Cat Magic. This was my second ghost tour and I actually got something out of it!
After years of watching Ghost Adventures, and then sleeping with the light on, I have become Zak Bagans. This tour had several spots they could take and our guide was a go with the flow kind of person. If she didn’t have recommendations, she said she had a few favorite places where she knew her “friends” were pretty active. Whenever she said a spot was pretty active you can bet I whipped out my phone and took a picture expecting it to look exactly like my pictures from our Albuquerque ghost tour- empty.
When we got back into the car we looked at my photos we noticed the little blue light and I was convinced it was a ghost. With the tour guide already gone, we drove down the street to where the tours left from hoping we hadn’t missed her for good so she could either tell us “probably not” or “yup that’s it”. And we hop out of the car, we probably freaked her out because we came from the other direction out of absolutely nowhere but she was a good sport about us essentially stalking her. When I showed her the pictures she said something along the lines of “oh yeah that’s my friends”. So there you have it, the story of how I became a ghost hunter.
So those are my favorite things from Wilmington, NC! I hope I’ll be able to go back some day and enjoy more of the city but that’s it for now!
Happy traveling (once we’re past social distancing)!