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One of my favorite places

I moved away a few years back but try and get back for visits. It’s home and I love it, full of... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Nice town for walking

My husband and I stayed at the Embassy suites in the downtown area. We did not need a car for our... read more

Reviewed January 31, 2019
Janet W
Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed February 8, 2019 via mobile

I moved away a few years back but try and get back for visits. It’s home and I love it, full of life in summer, bars, shops, restaurants and cafes. Love the ghost walk too! Spotting lots of Dawson creek places too!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

My husband and I stayed at the Embassy suites in the downtown area. We did not need a car for our entire trip. We were able to walk to all the restaurants and shops with ease. We also went to the symphony at the Wilson...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 25, 2019 via mobile

Downtown was better than expected. Lot of bars and some clubs with good restaurants all over the streets

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

Whenever family or friends come to town, visiting downtown is a must. There are tons of places to eat or grab a drink, and with buildings like the Cotton Exchange you can shop local and handmade goods like fudge, candles, clothing, and more! The nightlife...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

With a fun and funky downtown, Wilmington NC is a charming reminder of what so many other port cities used to be, when the business were mostly locally owned and the restaurants independently run. Surrounded by more than 300 blocks of historic homes, downtown is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Lots to see. Museums/restaurants-street performers. & CHEAP PARKING,(2-4hrs. -$3).. Do a little research-lots a hidden NOOKS & crannies.Cotton exchange brings U back a hundred years. Been there 20Xs

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Ronald K
Reviewed November 8, 2018

We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived (Nov. 2018). Even though weeks have passed since the hurricane, Wilmington was hit so badly, we weren't sure how things would be. There are some repairs still being done as you can see the equipment in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank traveler19401994
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The shops in the Cotton Exchange are worth visiting as they are not ones one would see in most commercial malls.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Downtown is pretty, has a lot to offer. Clothing stores feature vintage, outdoor, high end, low end, souvenir T-shirts. Many eateries from sandwiches to French cuisine, a variety of bars from locals hangout spots to a piano bar. And plenty of shopping. There is a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

Downtown Wilmington is constantly being renovated and upgraded. Such a grand place to take a tour; trolley rides, horse drawn carriage rides, great eats, ice cream shoppes, speciality stores, the river walk along the Cape Fear River, and so much more. Visit the historic Cotton...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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June 21, 2018|
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Response from mikaylasb | Reviewed this property |
You definitly need a car. The strip on the water where most of the shops are you dont need a car. but if youre not staying right on the downtown strip with the shops, then a car is needed. You also have to drive to the... More
April 27, 2018|
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Response from Gizmomom919 | Reviewed this property |
I recommend using the parking garage on Market Street, which will be your best bet cost wise. Parking on the street is not as bad as the kiosk parking lots, which are very pricey. If there is an event going on down on the... More
April 3, 2017|
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Response from EileenKaz | Reviewed this property |
The Cotton Exchange has some cute little shops.