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WilmingtonNC.com is an officially unofficial website about Wilmington, North Carolina and the surrounding communities of Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and the neighboring counties. We live and work in Wilmington and Carolina Beach and we thought we’d put together a website based on our experiences in the community. Whether you live in the area or are planning a trip to our corner of Southeastern, North Carolina, we hope that you find some of the information here valuable.

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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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Valentines Day in Wilmington NC

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There’s no better place to be for Valentine’s Day than Wilmington, North Carolina. With generally moderate temperatures in February, couples can enjoy the spirit of winter without the unbearably cold temperatures. Plus, there are amazing accommodations, to-die-for restaurants, great music and clubs, beautiful beaches, and fun events geared for adults or the whole family (Check WhatsOnWilmington.com for a current list of events in the Wilmington area.) Here’s an itinerary idea for a special Valentine’s Day…

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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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Hugh McRae Park

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To contact Hugh McRae Park, please call (910) 798-7620. Hugh McRae Park in Wilmington, NC is a favorite of ours. We loved it when the kids were little because they have a great, age-appropriate playground for toddlers. And they also have a very cool, big playground for big kids. The only time this was hard was when one child was a toddler and the other was ready for the big playground. But we'd just split...
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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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Fire on the North End of Carolina Beach.

Fall Camping in Wilmington NC

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Fall is fast approaching, even though it may not feel like it yet.  With the onset of cooler temps comes more opportunities for outdoor activities that are just too hot for the summer. Summertime in Wilmington is all about finding the water – at the beach, at a pool, or on a boat.  It’s just too hot for almost anything else.  So fall brings some relief in terms of the temperatures as well as some…

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Kids getting ready for trick or treating on Halloween

Halloween Events in Wilmington NC

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UPDATE 2012 – I updated the links below to point to the events happening for Halloween in Wilmington, 2012.  Please be sure to leave a comment to let me know if I’ve missed something or if you would like to add an event.  Happy Halloween!! Wilmington loves spooky, scary Halloween events!  Besides a lot of family friendly events, there are also super-scary, gory haunted houses around town.  Here are some favorite events as well as…

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Entrance of the Copper Penny in Wilmington, NC

7 Reasons to Love The Copper Penny

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Our office is right around the corner from the Copper Penny ("the Penny") and we eat there about three times a month. Below is a list of seven reasons why we keep going back to the Cooper Penny for more: 1. Not Your Typical Pub Food - The Penny is not cheap but the food is not some bland craptastic bag of junk that went right from the freezer into the fryer and onto your...
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Warming up for tennis match at Empie Park in Wilmington

Empie Park in Wilmington

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To contact Empie Park, please call (910) 341-7852. Empie Park in Wilmington, NC - centrally located along Independence Blvd between Park Ave. and Wrightsville Ave - is a beautiful park with plenty to do for the whole family.  Recent upgrades and improvements to the park make it highly accessible via the Wilmington Cross City Trail and provide more activities for more people (and dogs!). Althea Gibson Tennis Complex Empie Park is the home of the...
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