Coastal NC

VOL13ISS1 2017

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20 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 WILMINGTON Foodies can take a guided culinary tour or plan to visit during signature food festivals or spring and fall Restaurant Weeks. Wilmington's nearly 400 film/TV credits include "Ironman 3," "A Walk to Remember," "The Choice," and cult classics such as "Blue Velvet." Current productions include TNT's second season of "Good Behavior" starring Michelle Dockery and History Channel's "SIX." In 2018 "One Tree Hill" and "Dawson's Creek" will reach 15-and 20-year milestones, respectively. Learn more about Wilmington's 30-plus year film history at the Cape Fear Museum's exhibit, Starring Cape Fear! (through September 2017). There's also a guided Hollywood Location Walk of downtown TV/ movie locations or design a self-guided tour using the Hollywood East online film trail. A temperate climate, beaches, trails and parks and golf courses encourage outdoor fitness all year. Triathlete magazine ranks Wilmington as a "Best Place to Live" for its outdoor lifestyle. Sports events include 5k and10k races, marathons and triathlons, fishing and golf tournaments, standup paddleboard (Wilmington hosted the first SUP competition in 2015), beach volleyball, tennis, soccer, cycling and rowing competitions. Wilmington is one of 12 North Carolina cities designated a Bicycle Friendly Community. Art is alive in coastal city. Monthly Fourth Friday Gallery Night walks in Wilmington's River District are popular with visitors and locals. A dynamic performing arts scene encompasses music, dance, theatre, and film festivals at venues from historic Thalian Hall to 1,500- seat Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College, and UNC-Wilmington to outdoor amphitheaters and renovated historic buildings. The city is excited for the return of the Sundown Concert Series in Riverfront Park which kicks off its free concert series in May after a year-long hiatus. Music lovers listen to popular musical acts outdoors in Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater, a scenic 1200-seat venue, the Brooklyn Arts Center and The Throne Theater. Carolina history and art come together at The Cameron Art Museum with rotating exhibitions, ongoing classes and seasonal programs. Learn about the Wilmington area at three museums housed in historic homes at the Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright House and Latimer House. Visit the state's oldest history museum at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Stay overnight in a historic inn or bed-and-breakfast on the Select Registry list —The Verandas and Graystone Inn. The Verandas is a 151-year old Victorian Italianate home on a tree-lined street two blocks from the downtown waterfront and only four blocks to the historic shopping district. Graystone Inn, one of the most elegant mansions in Wilmington, was built in 1905-1906 by the family who founded the Wilmington/Weldon Railroad. Extensive renovations have returned the house to its original "turn of the century grandeur." If you're looking to experience the best the South has to offer, Wilmington fills the bill with history, arts, culture and natural beauty, all of which pair well with exceptional cuisine and booming craft beer scene. []

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