Monday, December 20, 2010

welcome to Wilmington...

 "No I cannot forget where it is that I come from
  I cannot forget the people who love me
  Yeah I can be myself here in this small town
  And people let me be just what I want to be."

"Small Town" by John (Cougar) Mellancamp

Here's a link to a nice (if slightly condescending) little article written about my town in the NEW YORK TIMES Travel Section, recently!  I think most of us who live here have always thought it's a pretty hip, pretty cool place to live and we really don't need any confirmation from New Yorkers, but it's still kinda cool!

Have we hit the big time?
If, after reading this, you decide you'd like to visit, let me know!  We have lots of great restaurants, bars and shopping, but it still has a small town atmosphere.  I love that almost anywhere I go I see someone I know.  Want to see more?  Okayyyy.....

The USS North Carolina, permanently docked on the far side of the river.

Tons of old homes - some dating back to the late 1700's.
Beautiful holiday decorations all over downtown, not just here on the riverfront.
And what would an old town be without the old cemeteries?  This one has gravestones from the 1700's.


  1. Wilmington looks like a darling town. I've never been there, but I was born in Raleigh. My mom, grandmother, aunt and some cousins still live there.
    I love North Carolina....the people are always so kind and you can't beat the barbeque and hush puppies!


    P.S. Cool graveyard shot!

  2. Are those crabcakes
    with the Manhattan?
    They look awesome!

    I can't believe that
    Greek Revival house
    with the huge porch
    over the wrap around
    porch. I've never seen
    anything like that. So


  3. Adrienne - I remember you mentioned that your mom lives in Raleigh. That's another great town to visit - my daughter has been living there since she went to NCSU a few years ago!
    Steve - Yep, those are crab cakes - that is a fabulous restaurant and it's right next door to the building I work in! We have a lot of wonderful old houses here in town and many of them are huge. A lot of Greek Revivals, too, because that was the "in" architecture of the heyday of Wilmington buildings downtown.