When I originally planned my trip, I had a few stops that I wanted to make in North Carolina, but one of them was not Wilmington, until my dear friend, Liz, told me that Myrtle Beach was pretty touristy, and that I should go to Wilmington instead, and I’m so glad that I did!
I had a really long drive (the longest of my trip) from Nashville all the way to the coast! Wilmington is a place where many different movies and TV shows were filmed, and I can absolutely see why! It’s so beautiful! I got into town late in the evening and got to drive in along the river with the lights of downtown behind it. I finally made it to my Couchsurfing host’s house and settled in. She was a really great and helpful woman, and they even had a whole spare bedroom for me to stay in! They gave me a really great restaurant tip and I headed out early the next morning to explore a bit!
When I think of The South I always think of trees covered in Spanish Moss, which is exactly what I got on this beautiful drive into downtown Wilmington. Wilmington sets on Cape Fear River which flows on out to the Atlantic. It is an absolutely beautiful downtown area. I parked my car and made my way down to the Riverwalk, which was only more beautiful with river and the skies all different, gorgeous shades of blue.
I walked up and down the streets passing churches that have been established since the late 18th century. I really loved seeing all of these old buildings, cemeteries and looking up at the moss hanging down from the branches of the trees. I bought some amazing salted caramel fudge at a small shop that my host, Cindi, had recommended.
After exploring the city for a while, I decided to make a lunch stop, and Cindi and her son had both recommended The Copper Penny.
I wouldn’t call this a “budget traveler’s dream” or anything like that, but it was really, really delicious! I got the Honest Abe’s Chicken Sandwich and it was so massive that I had it for two meals that day! It was incredibly delicious and the atmosphere inside was really nice. The staff and decor was very playful and welcoming. I would agree with my hosts that this is a place to eat in Wilmington!
Chicken breast with roasted red peppers, pesto and cheese. Yum!
After lunch I made my way to Wrightsville Beach and it was beautiful!
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