Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
When I visit a new city for the first time I usually tend to just wander its streets without any agenda or destination, with stops along the way for closer inspection of museums, parks and gardens that look interesting. And this visit to Wilmington was no exception, as I wandered the streets aimlessly, starting at Front Street and then just working my way deeper into the historic district.
Antebellum architecture? Check!
Magnolia trees? Check!
Spanish moss? Check!
Other than the Bellamy Mansion, I can’t name any of the historic homes I might have seen on that walk, but they all looked historic to me, and perfectly exemplified the charms of the old south. The last stage of my meanderings took me to the downtown Riverwalk, with its great views of the Cape Fear River. It’s a nice stroll, with great people watching and numerous options for shopping and dinning. I spent some time shopping at the unique stores located in the historic cotton exchange, and then enjoyed a wonderful grilled salmon sandwich at The Copper Penny.
Many people travel to Wilmington for its beaches—Topsail, Wrightsville and Carolina—and rightfully so, as I can attest that they are prime Carolina beaches. Funnily enough, I have been to all three beaches in the past, all without ever setting foot in the city itself. Not on this visit though, as I was there for the antebellum city itself.