One of the many perks of moving to a new state is finding new areas to road trip. Just a short drive north of Myrtle Beach is Wilmington, NC. Known for its charm and history, Downtown Wilmington was the first stop on our day trip. Spanning 230-blocks, it is one of the largest Historic Districts in the United States.
We walked up and down downtown taking in all the sights. The architecture of the historic buildings fascinated me! I have always had a love affair with unique architecture. Downtown Wilmington has plenty of unique architecture. I was in heaven!
Downtown Wilmington sits by the Cape Fear River. You can walk along the river on a one-mile long riverwalk. The Wilmington riverfront was voted one of the Best American Riverfronts by USA today. On a gorgeous day, it’s quite lovely to stroll along and take in the sights!
There are many restaurants along the riverfront. When the weather is right, it’s the perfect location for lunch outside. Each of these restaurants are dog friendly. Residents can walk their dogs along the riverfront then sit outside on one of the many restaurant patios to enjoy a meal.
Downtown Wilmington is not only bursting with history, it’s also full of art. Around the downtown area you can find these unique sculptures done by local artists. They were really cool!
You will notice that certain places in downtown are boarded up. However many of these boards have been painted with beautiful scenes. I couldn’t resist taking a quick snap in front of one!
Downtown Wilmington has a lot of unique shops and boutiques. One set of shops/vendors is in the City Market. You walk into a long building with local vendors stretched out before you with their tables of merchandise.
One of my favorite places we went to in Downtown Wilmington was Farm on Front. It’s a local grocery market that sells local items. We meandered into the store not sure what to expect. What we saw made me so excited! When you walk into the market if you go to the left you will notice a white fridge with 2 dispensers. They are filled with milk from a local farm. Grab a glass jar and get your fill!
Want some cookies to go with that milk? Stop by the bakery which boasts local baked goods.
Judd was thrilled to see that they also sold locally made apple butter. Of course he just had to buy a jar!
We spoke with one of the employees at Farm on Front about who they were and what they were about. They pride themselves on providing the community with Carolina based items. With the exception of a few imported cheeses, most of the items sold at Farm on Front were made in the Carolinas. You can read more about them here.
Downtown Wilmington did not disappoint! It was the perfect weekend getaway and we made it home in time for dinner!