Pier at sunset in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach Day Trips

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Wilmigton residents don’t have to drive hundreds of miles out of the way or plan long vacations to see something new and exciting. If you’re looking for a change of scenery that won’t guzzle your gas, consider taking a day trip to some these fantastic nearby destinations. Calabash The quaint coastal town of Calabash is known from shore to shore as the “Seafood Capital of the World,” and with over 30 seafood restaurants and the…

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Hiking trails in Brunswick County, North Carolina with golden retreiver, Ted.

Hiking Trails in Brunswick County NC

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Although Brunswick County is best known for its chic beach towns, not many people know that is it also home to the largest number of rare plant species in the state, and they are all on display in some of these nearby nature trails. Green Swamp Preserve This 15,000 acre ecological treasure trove is located in the heart of Bunswick County, and its brilliant open savannas show off some of the most beautiful examples of…

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Wine grapes in the sun. Information on wineries outside of Wilmington, NC.

Wilmington Area Wineries

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North Carolina is the twelfth largest wine producing state in the US. The original wines produced in the state were from the Scuppernong variety of muscadine grapes, but today there are over 100 wineries around NC, producing wines of all types. There are a few wineries in town, and three within an hour drive of the Wilmington area, each offering tastings, tours, and unique local wines. Duplin Winery Duplin Winery, located to the North off…

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Driving on the beach around Freeman Park in Carolina Beach just south of Wilmington, NC.

Scenic Drives In and Around Wilmington, NC

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The Wilmington area offers a number of different opportunities to go off the beaten path for a scenic drive. While most of the area can be accessed driving up and down just a few main thoroughfares, there are a few much more enjoyable driving adventures. Drive on the Beach Driving on the beach is most definitely an adventure! And, it’s a great way to escape the crowds – and limited parking – that can be…

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View of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina in the fall.

The Best Fall Activities in Wilmington, NC

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Autumn is such a beautiful season here in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The sun still shines most days, we enjoy cool mornings and warm afternoons, the bugs start to disappear, and we can spend time outdoors without the ultra sweat-inducing humidity.  We don’t worry as much about slathering on the sunscreen or getting out early enough to beat the heat.  It seems to me that fall is a little more relaxed, with fun, active, outdoor activities…

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Pumpin picking around Wilmington, NC

Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking – Fall Activities in Wilmington NC

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During our first fall season after we had kids, I swore I had never been on so many hay rides collectively in my life!  Wilmington loves to celebrate our temperate fall season with fall festivals, hay rides, and pumpkin picking.  These are fun ways to celebrate with family, friends, and others in our community.  Most of the schools have their own fall festivals which are also fundraisers for the PTAs.  The kids absolutely love those. …

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