Over this past weekend, I had the good fortune to be able to slip off for a girls’ weekend to the beautiful town of Wilmington, NC. What fun it was to get away for a few days, to relax, have fun, take in the sights, and eat out at great restaurants. And did I mention shopping? Well, let me tell you, we shopped and shopped and shopped, until we could shop no more. There was just no end of fabulous places to go. In fact, we ran out of time before we ran out of shops. Guess that just means I’ll have to go back soon.
Would you like to come visit with me?
All in all, Kathy and I managed to stop at 17 antiques and thrift stores in only one and a half days. Our first afternoon was spent on Market Street, with stop number one here at Cape Fear Antique Center.
I’ve got my game face on. Shall we go inside?
This place is big with over 12,000 sq. feet of floor space. If you’re looking for furniture, this is a great stop. I still managed to find a few smaller knick-knackies to bring home. Oh, you know I did.
My favorite shop of the day was the Ivy Cottage, an absolute bonanza of consignment treasures housed in 4 separate buildings. 4 separate buildings, I tell ya!
Dinner was along the Cape Fear Waterfront, at the Caprice Bistro, Wilmington’s top rated restaurant.
I immediately fell in love with this place. The scenic riverfront location and the historic building with original paneling and pressed tin ceilings are gorgeous, and the food is magnificent. We were given the front table by the window, which was the best spot in the house.
Through the windows we could watch the horse-drawn carriages and steal peeks of the USS North Carolina battleship permanently docked across the river from downtown Wilmington.
I ordered the house special, a local catch called a Trigger fish. And boy, oh boy, was it out of this world good.
And dessert was cream puffs with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Hope you enjoyed this small visit to Wilmington with me. I have more to share with you soon, but I’ll save that for another time……..
after I get something to eat!!
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