Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Our Weekend in Wilmington

My mom and I had a wonderful weekend in NC.  We spent most of the day Friday and Friday night in Wilmington, NC and on Saturday, we drove to Rose Hill, NC for an afternoon at the Duplin Winery.  I'll tell you more about our time at the Duplin Winery tomorrow.  Right now I want to fill you in on our Wilmington experience.  Get ready for picture overload! :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 My mom and I absolutely love Wilmington!  We didn't want to leave.  There's something about it that makes you want to stay there.  There is so much history there and the Riverwalk is absolutely beautiful.  The downtown area is so quaint and the people are so friendly.  There are also many different kinds of tours you can take so there is plenty to do.  There are horsedrawn tours, water tours, ghost tours, Hollywood tours and history tours.
 
 
Horsedrawn Tour
 
 
Water Tour
 
We stayed at The Wilmingtonian which is where Luke and I stayed when we went to Wilmington several years ago.  The Wilmingtonian is a great place to stay.  It's so much better than staying in a hotel.  It has the feeling of a bed and breakfast.  If you've ever stayed at a bed and breakfast, you know the rooms are much cleaner and the staff is so friendly.  The staff genuinely cares about making you feel comfortable and they want you to have a great time. 
 
When we first arrived in Wilmington, we immediately walked to the Riverwalk and had lunch at The Pilot House.  They serve the most delicious and incredibly moist cornbread muffins!  The taste is a cross between cornbread and hushpuppies.  I could have just eaten a basket of those for lunch and been a happy girl! 
 
The Pilot House Restaurant
 
 
 
For lunch, my mom and I shared the Hot Crab Dip and we both ordered salads.  The Hot Crab Dip was amazing!  It had horseradish in it which made it so unique from any other crab dip I've had before.  Luke and I are definitely going to have to try to recreate this some time. 
 
 
 
The Hot Crab Dip
 
After lunch, we continued exploring downtown Wilmington, checked into The Wilmingtonian and then drove to Wrightsville Beach.  Once we got back from the beach, we started getting ready for dinner. 
 
 
Wrightsville Beach
 
We had dinner at the Riverboat Landing which is on the corner Market Street.  The food was beyond AMAZING!!!!  For our appetizer, we ordered the Crispy Pickles.  They were better than any fried pickle I've ever had!  For dinner, my mom ordered the Riverboat Crab Cakes and I ordered the Char Grilled Tuna.  My mom loved the crab cakes.  They were very lightly battered...it looked like they used Panko breadcrumbs.  I can honestly say the Char Grilled Tuna that I ordered was the best tuna I've ever eaten.  It was perfectly cooked and seasoned and the avocado salsa fresca on top was so delicious.
 
 
Riverboat Landing Restaurant
 
 
 
 
 
 
The sun setting behind the battleship.
 
After dinner, we walked to Hell's Kitchen for a drink.  For those of you who used to watch "Dawson's Creek", this is the bar where they filmed the college bar screens. 
 
 
 
They claim this is the boat they used on Dawson's Creek.
 
 
Before we left Wilmington on Saturday, we shopped a little and enjoyed the Saturday Market.  You wouldn't believe all of the tents that were set up.  We stopped and checked out at least 15 - 20 tents and we didn't even see half them. 
 
 
 
 We had lunch at Elijah's Restaurant which is on the Riverwalk.  Mom and I both ordered the fish and chips which we really yummy but surprisingly, the batter wasn't a beer batter which is what is usually used for fish and chips.
 
 
Elijah's Restaurant
 
 
 
My prayers were answered...the weather couldn't have been more perfect!  We heard there were tornadoes and flooding throughout the entire state of NC on Friday but in Wilmington, we only saw a few clouds and had a sprinkle of rain that lasted about 30 seconds.  I'm so thankful for the way things worked out for us.
 
Tomorrow I'll tell you about our visit to the Duplin Winery. :)
 

3 comments:

Lois Hewitt said...

Loved everything about our wonderful weekend! You did an amazing job on this post! Love you!!

Jamie Ogletree said...

I'm so glad I was able to spend that time with you! I feel so fortunate for the perfect weekend we had! Love you, Mom!!!

Jocelyn said...

So awesome for you to be able to spend time with your mom in such a gorgeous place! :) Loved seeing all of your pics!

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