Arts / Culture / History, North Carolina

Top Tourist Sites in Wilmington, NC

Most Popular Sites in the Wilmington Area

The Greater Wilmington Business Bureau produces a fun book of lists that includes the most popular attractions, most exclusive restaurants, top employers, etc. in the Wilmington area. In the 2012 Book of Lists, the top 10 most popular attractions (ranked in order ) in the Wilmington area are:

  1. Ft. Fisher
  2. N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher
  3. Battleship NC
  4. Airlie Gardens
  5. Popular Grove Plantation
  6. Wilmington’s Children’s Museum
  7. Wilmington Sharks Baseball
  8. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  9. Arboretum
  10. Cameron Art Museum

Check tomorrow’s post for the top ten most Exclusive Restaurants in the area!

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Beaufort, NC, ties for Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Town”

Budget Travel’s 7th Annual “Coolest Small Towns” Contest

Hammondsport, NY, and Beaufort, NC, have been locked in a month-long, neck-to-neck  battle for Budget Travel’s  2012 “Coolest Small Town” in America.  The voting was so intense–with more than 360,000 votes cast–that although Beaufort was technically ahead by a few votes when the voting cut off at midnight Jan. 31st, the site  crashed, causing many last-minute voters to be locked out. The final count was Beaufort 36.2 percent and Hammondsport 36.0 percent. However, because of the crash and the closeness of the vote, the editors declared a tie!

Best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks, who encouraged fans to vote for Beaufort via a Tweet, promised to give away a few signed novels if they won! (Wonder who gets them?)

The contest was open to towns with populations under 10,000. Last year’s winner was Lewisburg, WV. In total, 647 towns were nominated with Weaverville, CA, coming in third, after Beaufort and Hammondsport. 

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Food and Wine, North Carolina

Chocolate–Food of the Gods

Valentine’s Day and Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner,  most gift-givers know that chocolate ranks right up there with roses as the most romantic gift one can give! But did you know that this traditional gift of love, with the botanical name of Thebroma cacao, means “Food of the Gods”? Continue reading “Chocolate–Food of the Gods”

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Beaufort, NC, leading in “America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012” contest

Help put Beaufort, NC, on the national radar!

With less than 48 hours left to vote, Beaufort is in the lead in “America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012” contest in Budget Travel Magazine. However, the lead is by a small margin and they’re  in need of one last push.  Winning this contest would be huge for tourism to North Carolina, so add your vote by clicking on the link below, go to the magazine and add your vote. And encourage your friends to vote! Any online or social media mentions you could post would be great. Continue reading “Beaufort, NC, leading in “America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012” contest”