By Jennifer Levin
Wilmington
North Carolina
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Quaint yet exciting Wilmington, North Carolina has it all: ocean, riverfront, and urban culture. You can take a cruise in the port citys 300-year old harbor and take a horse-drawn carriage ride on the same day. You can take a tour of a large film studio or spend the day walking the grounds of Civil War battlefields. Exquisite food, winter and summer festivals, beaches, and historic ambiance characterize this Southern city.

To get to Wilmington by air, you will fly through the Wilmington International Airport (ILM). The airport services some of the major airlines out there to date. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or for an extended vacation, an overseas business trip or a sporting competition, your way here will be comfortable book your flight today (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php)! The airport is located just four miles from downtown Wilmington, which has many lovely hotels. When you have chosen an area of town to call home for a few days, book your hotel with EscapeWizard.com here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina lies on the Cape Fear River. Beach and water activities are abundant: consider visiting one of the several accessible beaches and spending a day relaxing, reading, and taking in the sounds and smells of a city on the water. Water-loving members of the population of Wilmington are lucky they live between the river and the ocean.  Visitors can surf and swim in the Atlantic Ocean and then find fresh seafood for dinner in one of Wilmingtons many restaurants.

In Wilmingtons historic downtown center, there is a one mile-long Riverwalk. EscapeWizard.com recommends to make sure to check out this most popular of tourist attractions.

The Cape Fear Coast area of Wilmington boasts three popular beaches, cobblestone streets, and beautiful parks; there are museums in which to meander and to learn, and shops in which to browse and perhaps bring home a souvenir to a friend or loved one. You can book a cottage by the beach, a condo, or even a room in a historic home turned bed and breakfast, wake up late, eat eggs or grits while looking at the water, or the people moving below you on the street.

Visit the theater and banking neighborhood to check out the local architecture and scout for ideas for evening entertainment. The bronze and granite Confederate Memorial is located in downtown Wilmington. EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit, especially if you are interested in the Civil War. If more recent history captures your attention, check out a popular destination for tourists and residents alike: the USS Carolina, a famous World War II battleship. A water taxi ferries visitors to and from the ship.

If you want to visit the South to see the ornate mansions and lush gardens residing in your mind from composite images of films and memories, make sure to visit one of Wilmingtons historic homes. The Bellamy Mansion has been converted into a museum, is open to the public for tours and has more than twenty rooms. Make time in the morning or late afternoon for a trip to Airlie Gardens; breathe in the sweet smells of azaleas and camellias while you stroll among the magnificent oak trees that populate the Gardens€™ grounds.

The pretty Southern city of Wilmington is charming and seductive. But like all large cities, its charm is augmented by the brilliance and the ferocity of its urban planners and designers, its students, its athletes, and its workers. Come and see what Wilmington can offer you!
Hotels in Wilmington
By Julia Ali
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC
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The Hilton Wilmington Riverside rests on the east end of Cape Fear’s riverfront. With a convenient location in downtown Wilmington, diverse shopping, dining, tours, attractions, and nightlife are all within walking distance from the hotel. The Hilton Wilmington Riverside makes travel easy, servicing a complimentary shuttle from Wilmington International Airport. For those with vehicles, the hotel provides valet and self-parking services. Check in begins at 3 p.m.

The Hilton Wilmington Riverside has several room and suite options for its guests. Guest Rooms provide the choice between 1 king bed, or two double beds. Those staying in these rooms can pick a riverside view, or a historic view. Suites feature historic city views and come with options as well. Suite guests can choose from the Executive suite, offering a king sized bed, or the Junior Suite, equipped with two double beds. Both suites have an added parlour room for comfort and entertainment, also offering extra space with sofa bed.  All of the Hilton Wilmington Riverside guest rooms contain an LCD HDTV, complimentary high-speed internet, work station, and coffee maker.

Hilton Wilmington Riverside offers great amenities including various on-site dining experiences, outdoor pool, a business and fitness center. Hilton Wilmington Riverside restaurants include: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, sporting a lengthy wine list, delicious steak and seafood. Innovations is the hotel’s casual and stylish restaurant, serving great American cuisine. Thirdly, the hotel has a cafe where guests can enjoy Starbucks drinks and quick snacks.

Check out time at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside is at 12 p.m. (noon). Front desk can assist by guiding you to the best attractions and entertainment in Cape Fear’s scenic riverfront.  To stay in the beautiful downtown riverside city and enjoy the wonderful rooms and amenities that the Hilton Wilmington Riverside has to offer, book with us at Escape Wizard! Click the following link to find low prices: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Cheers!
Hotels in Wilmington
By Sarah Isakson
Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire, NC
6732 Swan Mill Road, Wilmington, NC
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Homewood Suites by Hilton® Wilmington-Mayfaire is conveniently located right in the center of Mayfaire Town Center, close to Wrightsville Beach as well as the commercial district. You will be a short walk away from a variety of restaurants, entertainment, businesses and shops. It is the perfect location for enjoying the many attractions of the area. This award-winning hotel is only 6 miles from the Wilmington International Airport. Complimentary parking is available and check in is at 4 p.m.

This extended stay hotel provides a choice of studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom suites. All provide separate living and sleeping areas. Hearing and mobility accessible suites are available and service animals are welcome. Suites are equipped with kitchens featuring full sized refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and microwaves. Make use of the complimentary grocery shopping service to have everything you need for a home cooked meal delivered to your door. Each room features high-speed internet access and cable TV.

Guests can start the day with a complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast seven days a week. You will also be treated to a small meal and refreshing beverage in the evenings, Monday through Thursday. For those looking for recreation, a heated pool and fitness room are available. Bicycles can be rented from the hotel and you can even enjoy a round of golf from the poolside golf course. If here on business, state of the art meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center are available complete with printing, copying and audio/visual equipment rental. For the convenience of guests there is a 24- hour Pavilion Pantry Market, baggage storage, coin laundry and laundry service.

Outstanding amenities, accessibility and convenience make the Homewood Suites Wilmington/Mayfaire Town Center the perfect home away from home. Check out time is 12 p.m. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and let EscapeWizard.com help with your booking today.
Hotels in Wilmington
By Shaina Amienyi
Holiday Inn Express Wilmington
160 Van Campen Boulevard, Wilmington, NC
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When looking for hotels in Wilmington, choose the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. From when you check-in at 3pm to noon when you checkout, you are sure to enjoy this conveniently located hotel. It is situated between Historic Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and is less than one mile from UNC-Wilmington.

The hotel has been renovated and offers comfortable accommodations, and 45 of its 131 rooms are suites. Whether you choose a room with one king bed or two queen beds, your room will come with a 32-inch TV with premium cable, including HBO and pay-per-view. You and your family and friends can play video games and use the video for checking out of the hotel. Enjoy refreshments while you watch TV or play games. All rooms include a coffee maker, tea maker, microwave, and fridge.

It is easy to continue your routine workouts at this hotel, which provides a well-equipped fitness center with state-of-the-art machines. Take your pick of a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical for cardio workouts. If you want to tone your muscles, you have the option of using medicine balls, free weights, the PowerCrunch 600, or the Body Craft universal weight system. You can use the outdoor pool for exercise, too, or to have fun in the water. The hotel provides a whirlpool for you to relax in.

This hotel serves Holiday Inn's trademark Express Start Breakfast Bar, featuring omelets, bacon, biscuits, yogurt, and other hot and cold food items. When you are ready for lunch or dinner, you can visit one of several nearby restaurants.

This is a great hotel for business guests as it is close to companies such as General Electric, Verizon Wireless, and Corning. Furthermore, the hotel can accommodate meetings of up to 150 people in its 1,600 square feet of meeting rooms and up to 15 people in its executive boarding room. Business guests will have all the equipment they need to run an effective meeting, including projectors, a microphone, a DVD player, and more.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Wilmington provides guests with everything they need in comfortable, spacious rooms. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book this hotel.