After a lot of nights in typical business hotels I decided having Wilmington as part of my territory was a great excuse to mix work with a little vacation ambiance. One stay at Camellia Cottage and I've become a regular. The innkeepers are wonderful folks—they're hospitable and available without being overbearing (a negative at some B&Bs I've experienced). Breakfast is always a gourmet experience with Paula in the kitchen (she's a bonafide pastry chef). I've stayed in all the rooms—the biggest is on the main floor and doesn't require using steps—and my favorite has become "my bedroom" away from home. There's great dining on the waterfront a short walk away. A glass of wine on the porch overlooking the garden front yard is the perfect end to a work day. It's nice to be able to look forward to a business trip—and I'm planning a leisure trip there soon with my family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once home to artist Henry MacMillan, The Camellia Cottage is a high-peaked, Queen Anne shingle house featuring four guest rooms. A long veranda, painted by a local artist, provides a view of the lush garden of azaleas, magnolias, ferns and camellias. Here, great food, gracious service and a friendly atmosphere make for a relaxing guest experience. Greet each morning with coffee at your door and a sumptuous breakfast of fruit, homemade pastries and entree. Paula’s stint as a hotel pastry chef ensures a delightful dining experience. The Crane Suite features an ornate, metal bed, carved fireplace and vibrant color. Formerly the sun room, the bath and dressing area is filled with lush tropical plants. Henry’s Room, featuring a canopy bed and fireplace, reflects the stateliness found in two of Henry’s paintings hanging in the house. Jane’s Room is named after Henry’s mother and features floral designs and vintage photos complementing the four-post bed and fireplace. In the Tuscany Room, the golden glow of the walls and large windows make you think you’re in an Italian villa. Enjoy the fireplace from the whimsical iron bed or soak in the claw-foot tub with a glass of Chianti. ... more less