Romantic Retreat

A curated weekend getaway to North Carolina's Wrightsville Beach and Historic Downtown Wilmington

Given the close quarters many of us have maintained in recent months the concept of leaving the kids behind for a weekend escape sounds blissful. Departing one largely tourist-driven location for another captivating destination could get tricky, so we took the guesswork out of things. Wilmington, North Carolina is less than a five-hour drive from Williamsburg and packed with plenty for two.

The first stop is at home base. For this trip, The Hive Wilmington serves as your “hive away from home.” This unique and artfully designed destination offers a five-sense experience for each of their fourteen rooms on property. Drop the bags, refuel, and head over to the local Satellite Bar and Lounge for a cocktail after the journey. Wake up to a delicious craft coffee and bite to eat at Bespoke Coffee and Dry Goods before getting sized for a surfboard or paddle board at Savage Surfboards and a morning riding surf at Crystal Pier in Wrightsville Beach.

After a couple hours of carving waves, Poe’s Tavern will have just the right eats to curb the most ravenous appetite. Their Tell-Tale burgers and appetizers are sure to hold you over for a walk through Airlie Gardens' famous August Art Exhibit or the famous Wilmywood region of town. Either choice would make for some fun photos to share with the family once you get back home. Pop into Old Books on Front Street to peruse a few treasures to bring home just before grabbing dinner. A trip to the beach would almost be a waste without sampling local seafood. Enjoy surf or turf, with just the right amount of class, at the award-winning Cape Fear Seafood Company. A relaxing sandy sunset stroll along the beach would bookend an excellent trip

Amenities List: spa-like luxury, aromatherapy, original art, craft coffee, paddle boarding, premiere gardens, historic downtown

+ The Hive Wilmington is located on the north end, inside Cape Fear University campus grounds, and offers tranquility that goes great with a few of the complimentary snacks and beverages included with your stay. Better than a mini-bar, guests will find sundries that complement the refreshments chilling in their refrigerator.

+ Enjoy a sunset film, live music, and signature cocktails with your partner at the Satellite Bar and Lounge before retiring for the evening.

+ Veteran Kenny Briel launched Savage Surfboards in 1982. He and Shawn O’Donnell know the sweetest spots for novice to advanced surfers and are glad to share their favorites if you are passing through.

+ Stroll Airlie Gardens which boasts exquisite scenery across sixty-seven acres of historic garden or walk Hollywood East sections of town that have been host to the sets of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and Iron Man 3.

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