Maritime Market at Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island shoppers on the hunt for fresh fare and home cooked meals to go will fall in love with the local Maritime Market, a one-stop source for virtually everything under the sun, from fresh produce to...

621N4Th Gallery

Art lovers can check out of Wilmington’s up-and-comers with a visit to the 621N4Th Gallery – a local gallery that’s run by artists, and which provides studio space, office space, and a gallery venue...

8 A Fine Art Gallery

8 Fine Art Gallery is a chic little gallery that features a wealth of artworks from regional and local artists which pays homage to the coastal environment, or to its own little unique niche in the art world. The...

A Taste of Italy

A Taste of Italy has New York roots and a prime location in the heart of Wilmington along College Road – a combination that has helped solidify this market’s reputation as one of the best delis in the Port...

ACES Gallery

Art lovers who want to truly dive into the local and regional Cape Fear arts scene will want to make a stop at the ACES Gallery. Orchestrated and run by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, this...

Antiques of Old Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington is known for its collection of chic antique shops, and Antiques of Old Wilmington, which has a prime locale along Front Street just a block away from the Cape Fear River, is a convenient and...

Artful Living Group

Budding artists can feed a need to create, while art fans can peruse a number of works from talented regional creators, all with a visit to Carolina Beach’s own Artful Living Group. This fun center for creativity...

Artshak Studio and Gallery

The Artshak Studio and Gallery is a cool destination for historic Southport art lovers with a unique setting that’s housed within a barn-style but still coastal building on the edges of the downtown area. Easy to...

Atlantic Seafood

The small and slightly inland community of Hampstead is regionally known as the “Seafood Capital of North Carolina” and this reputation is alive and well thanks to popular local seafood markets, like...

Boo and Roo's

Boo & Roo’s is a fun and funky little gift shop that brings a little burst of modern appeal to classic southern style. Featuring a wealth of apparel, accessories, artworks, jewelry, and everything in between...

Bottega Art & Wine

In Wilmington, the arts scene and the nightlife scene effortlessly combine, and this cool coupling is perfectly apparent at the invitingly chic Bottega Art & Wine. Voted "Best Art Gallery" by Encore Magazine Readers...

Bullfrog Corner

Visitors of all ages will love rooting through the treasures found within Bullfrog Corner - a cluttered but endlessly fascinating gift shop that’s found in the heart of Southport. Located just a stone’s...

Cameron Art Museum

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Cameron Art Museum has grown over the past five decades into one of coastal North Carolina's premier collections of regional, national and international art, filling...

Cape Fear Games

Cape Fear Games is miles above the standard gaming store, thanks to an impressive collection of board games, cards, sports equipment, and regular special events that attract board game fans and players of all genres...

Cape Fear Wine & Beer

Beer and wine lovers will be in a casual and locally cool heaven when they pay a visit to Cape Fear Wine & Beer – a longstanding local bar and beverage shop that has been raising the bar for beer fans for...

Carmike 16

Wilmington visitors who want to spend a rainy afternoon taking in the newest summer blockbuster can make a date with the Carmike 16 movie theater. Offering multiple screens, which includes 3D and jumbo screens, this...

Carolina Table Salt & Company

The Carolina Table Salt & Company started as a simple salt venture, with locally grown salt that was used to spice up family pig pickins’ and low country meals like shrimp and grits. Today, the small seasoning...

Castle Corner Antiques

Castle Corner Antiques is an endearing little antique shop that’s nicely cluttered with a wide range of collectables. With everything from centuries-old glassware to local North Carolina pottery, treasure hunters...

Charles Jones African Art

No artful exploration of Wilmington is complete without a visit to the acclaimed Charles Jones African Art. This local institution has been in business for more than 25 years, and features an extensive collection of...

Coral Tree Salon and Day Spa

Take a break from the seashore and the busy Ocean Isle Beach scene, and enjoy a day of relaxing and being utterly pampered with a visit to the Coral Tree Salon and Day Spa. Featuring a full array of services that range...

Franklin Square Gallery

Franklin Square Gallery perfectly combines Southport’s inherent love of art, culture, and history, thanks to both a unique setting and a collection of acclaimed regional and local artists that are clearly inspired...

Giant

Giant is a unique experience for coffee and film buffs in the heart of film-obsessed Wilmington. Located next to the famed EUE Screen Gem studios, and featuring meeting rooms and an on-site movie theater that plays...

Good Hops Brewing

Beach-goers who are in the mood for an ice cold brew after a full day on the beach, and who also appreciate a taste of something locally crafted and just a little different, will appreciate Carolina Beach’s own...

Haag & Sons Seafood

For many Oak Island vacationers, the biggest draw of a coastal vacation is the option to pick up a wealth of local Cape Fear seafood to enjoy at home on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove top, and the home grown...

Howe Outrageous Fine Arts & Crafts

Howe Outrageous Fine Arts & Crafts is a fun and funky art gallery and gift shop that’s an easy-to-reach destination for visitors who are strolling through this historic downtown streets. Located in a cute and...

Keg and Egg

The Keg and Egg is a craft beer emporium with a big Pittsburgh-style influence which, when combined, creates a hearty menu that is sure to appease beer fans and hungry patrons alike. This unique beer garden and sandwich...

Literary History Walking Tour

Literary fans and writers will adore the Literary History Walking Tour - a cool tour that explores the streets of Downtown Wilmington from the point of view of some of the globe’s most famous scribes. Working in...

Lovey’s Natural Foods & Cafe

Lovey’s Natural Foods & Café is a dream destination for vegetarians, health-conscious eaters, and anyone who craves a healthy meal or an array of natural and organic goodies. Located along Military...

Maggys Antiques and Collectibles

Antique hunters will enjoy a big dose of history both inside and out at the charming and unique Maggys Antiques and Collectibles. Stuffed with a number of pieces that can range from furnishings to jewelry, this eclectic...

Michael Moore Antiques

Downtown Wilmington is a favorite destination for avid antique fans, and Michael Moore Antiques is a gem in a long line of downtown stores that are bursting with vintage treasures. Found within a simple, one-story brick...

Mike’s Fresh Seafood

Mike’s Fresh Seafood is located along a busy section of Market Street, but is often overlooked by seafood fans as its rustic exterior and convenience-store vibe might not register with visitors who are looking for...

NC Plantation Antiques

Though it might not look like much from the outside, the charmingly small NC Plantation Antiques is home to a treasure trove of vintage treasures that spans generations, and can cater to veritably every collector...

Northrop Antiques Mall

Southport is well known for its collection of art galleries, antique stores, and vintage shops, and visitors can enjoy a full sample of everything this coastal town has to offer in the “treasure hunting&rdquo...

Old Elegance Antiques

From the refined exterior to the treasure-lined shelves, Old Elegance Antiques is a local Southport shop that certainly lives up to its name. Found in the heart of the downtown area along Moore Street, and located just...

Olde Southport Village Shoppes

Olde Southport Village Shoppes is a perfectly charming collection of about a half dozen local stores and services that will delight downtown explorers of all interests. Located along Howe Street, on the outskirts of the...

Pine Valley Market

There’s a little something for everyone to savor at the Pine Valley Market. Centrally located along College Road, this modest-sized establishment specializes in catering, fresh meats, wine, prepared foods to feast...

Provision Company

For a cool cocktail to top off a long downtown exploration, or an easy-going and sunny meal to complement the waterfront surroundings, head to Southport’s Provision Company. Located on the edge of the Intracoastal...

Regal Mayfaire Cinemas

Enjoy a night at the movies in a thoroughly modern environment with a visit to Regal Mayfaire Cinemas – a state-of-the-art movie complex that’s located in the posh and entertaining Mayfaire Community of...

River to Sea Gallery

Head to the edge of the Cape Fear River in the heart of Downtown Wilmington to discover a treasure trove of artworks that are clearly inspired by the Port City’s historic and coastal environment. The River to Sea...

Saltwater Surf Art Gallery

Visitors who are strolling along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk can enjoy a colorful break from the sun and sand by stepping into the vibrantly inviting Saltwater Surf Art Gallery. Featuring a wealth of distinctively...

Southport Antiques

Southport Antiques is a charming antique shop that’s located just a block or so away from the waterfront on Historic Moore Street, which is home to a nice long line of country-style boutiques and vintage antique...

Sunset Beach Trading Company

Sunset Beach Trading Co is a “mom and pop” style shop that has veritably everything visitors need under the sun to enjoy a stellar vacation on Sunset Beach. Located on the oceanside of the bridge to the...

The Cigar Exchange

Take a load off from exploring the streets of Downtown Wilmington and settle in with a nice cigar at The Cigar Exchange. Known as the ultimate place to purchase and enjoy cigars in the heart of Wilmington, this friendly...

The Gallery of Fine Art

Experienced art collectors and everyday sightseers alike will be surprised to find the extensive and exceptional collection at Wilmington’s own The Gallery of Fine Art. Featuring multiple artists from around the...

The Sail Shop Tours

The Sail Shop is a centrally located surf, kayak, and sailing shop where Bald Head Island vacationers can sign up for lessons, take a guided tour, or load up on all the equipment they’ll need to have fun on and...

The Veggie Wagon

Healthy grub and decadent delicacies combine at The Veggie Wagon, a chic little veggie shack that’s stuffed with an abundance of local and regional goodies. Located just a block or so away from the ocean in the...

theArtWorks

The Port City is nothing if not creative and community-minded, and one of the chicest additions to the cultural landscape is theArtWorks - a planned art village that provides ample studio space, event venues, and...

Timeless Treasures Antique Store

Downtown Southport is home to more than its fair share of exceptional antique stores, and the picturesque Timeless Treasures is a fine addition to the shopping district of this waterfront region. Located along Moore...

Tokyo-Deli

Tokyo-Deli is easy to miss, but locals in-the-know are well aware of this little spot for exceptional Japanese cuisine. Located within a small shopping plaza along Carolina Beach Road, this tasty destination is part...

Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery

Enjoy a delicious taste of the laid-back and artful Southport life with a visit to the refreshing Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery. Much more than a traditional wine store, this wine shop and gallery features...

Uptown Market Antiques

Uptown Market Antiques may be outside of the Downton Wilmington antiques district, but it’s nonetheless worth a stop for its huge selection, ample space, and unique pieces – both big and small – that...

Cape Fear Shelling Guide

Cape Fear Shelling Guide

The Cape Fear shoreline is one of the most unique shorelines in North Carolina. Comprising of both hopping beach towns as well as delicate barrier islands that are completely undeveloped, the sheer diversity of the area beaches make them an enticing attraction for virtually any vacationer.

Cape Fear Museums

Cape Fear Museums

From the historic homes of Wilmington’s famed residents to coastal destinations that highlight the life of vacationers past, there’s a lot to uncover when it comes to the Cape Fear area’s many enticing museums. Spend a cloudy day learning something new, or start a vacation off right by uncovering the region in rich detail by ensuring that a trip to these local museums are on your vacation itinerary.