My wife and I have been here almost a dozen times. It is by far one of our favorite places in NC and the historical district is truly a bustling center of activity and has facinating points all around. There are a famous diners, restaraunts, shops, and Wilmington is home of the hit tv series "One Tree Hill" (my wife is more excited about that anicdote then me). Make sure you get some ice cream from the place off the main strip (you will know when you see it) and the shops are truly unique. I was able to purchase African furniture pieces from the Una Luna tribe as one Gentleman ownes and operates a Tribal Exhibit. The best part it that he travels to these places and actually spends time with the people. He stopped and spoke with us about how they made each item and even showed us pictures of him in Zimbabwe with them. There are numerous oppritunities to get imported merchendise and foods here. I got some excellent Olive Oil imported from Sicily last time I visited.
These shops and resturaunts are a bit expensive but nothing more than you would expect for a upper class cultural district. You can make your day affordable if you want to and still come out with a great time of walking, enjoying the beautiful arcitecture and the harbour with a coffee. Defanitely a great place to ferquent time and time again especially for couples.
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