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Wilmington, A Historical Waterfront Attraction


Wilmington, located on the Cape Fear River, is the perfect place to visit for a long weekend and a central location from which to explore the area.

Those looking for a quiet and comfortable getaway will find both at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Situated on the Cape Fear River, the hotel is just behind the Cotton Exchange and within close proximity of great restaurants and attractions.

Port of Wilmington
The Cotton Exchange provides a glimpse of a by-gone era when ships and paddle wheelers traveled the river to the Port of Wilmington to deliver and receive goods. The eight buildings that today make up the exchange have a rich history in commerce and trade. The Sprunt Building was home to a flour and hominy mill and later, when rebuilt, housed a cotton exchange, as well as a cotton export business that shipped to mainland Europe, England and America. The Granary was home to a cornmeal, grits and hominy milling company, while the Dahnhardt Building was the site of a wholesale grocer and peanut cleaning businesses, as well as a saloon.

In the 1970s, the historic cotton exchange was preserved. Today, 30 specialty shops and restaurants occupy buildings, which are connected by lushly landscaped courtyards and brick walkways. The exchange features a German, Italian and Victorian-style restaurant.

For those seeking artwork or a unique souvenir, visit The Golden Gallery. For more than 25 years, artist Mary Ellen Golden has showcased her beautiful watercolor prints at the Cotton Exchange. She has captured much of North Carolina's coast on paper, as well as scenes of life on the tobacco farm. John W. Golden, a folksinger and storyteller, also documents life through his photography.

World War II Memorial
Battleship North Carolina, moored across from downtown, is a World War II memorial and a museum showcasing the history of all ships named North Carolina. Open year-round, this particular vessel saw combat in the Pacific during World War II.

For a nice lunch or dinner, we suggest the Pilot House Restaurant. Located in Chandler's Wharf, it sits directly on the Cape Fear River and offers indoor, as well as outdoor dining. Southern regional cooking is available. It’s a leisurely walk from the hotel.

Day trips to Southpoint, allow visitors to take the ferry across to the island to explore Fort Fisher, as well as the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.



301 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 763-5900
(910) 772-9988

The Cotton Exchange
321 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 343-9896
307 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-4651

#2 Anne Street, Chandler's Wharf
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 343-0200

Photos Courtesy: North Carolina Travel and Tourism - Downtown Wilmington; North Carolina Travel and Tourism - Battleship North Carolina