Historic Wilmington and the Graystone Inn

The end of spring and the land has awakened, with flowers recklessly blooming in the thick of the plush green grass.  Chickadees high in every blossoming tree whistle, “Phoeboe,” while dancing mayflies will see the sunset to their last.

Memorial Day Weekend, we took a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina to stay at the historic Graystone Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The home was built in 1905-1906 and gracefully furnished with turn of the century style.  The parlor, sitting room, music room, dining room, and library make up the ground floor, while the magnificent hand-carved oak, Renaissance-style staircase rises 3 stories.  Each room has its own private bath with fine cotton linens and towels.  We stayed in the St. Thomas room on the second floor. The room boasts an intricately carved fireplace and a mini sun room reading niche with original window seats.

Our first day in Wilmington, we visited the USS North Carolina Battleship.  As we toured each floor, we envisioned the daily life and combat the United
States Navy faced in the Pacific during World War II.  There are 9 levels to explore and it took us a little over 2 hours to walk the entire ship.

After visiting the battleship, we stopped in historic downtown Wilmington for beer and appetizers at Front Street Brewery.  This is the only restaurant in Wilmington with its own brewery.  Downtown Wilmington has many live theatres, museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants.  Walking the one-mile Riverwalk and taking a horsedrawn carriage tour are also popular activities located along the Cape Fear River.

Before dinner, we drove through the historic Oakdale Cemetery, and then we took a walk around our neighborhood to admire  many of the beautiful, stately mansions.  Some of the homes offer tours, like the Bellamy Mansion (pictured above) and the Latimer House (pictured below). 

Our Romantic Escape package that we booked through the Graystone Inn Bed and Breakfast included two nights accommodations, champagne in our room upon arrival, evening wine in the library, a gourmet breakfast served each morning in the dining room, and a delicious dinner for two at Deluxe located a few blocks and walking distance from the inn.  At night, we relaxed in our incredibly clean and comfortable bedroom, watching movies and catching up on some of our favorite television series.

Our second day in Wilmington, we explored Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  We spent the day body surfing, reading books, napping, and throwing a football in the surf.  Before heading back to Wilmington, we practiced our birding skills at Audubon North Carolina’s Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area, a breeding and feeding habitat for Black Skimmers, Common Terns, Least Terns, Wilson’s Plover, and Piping Plover.

The Graystone Inn Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay in historic downtown Wilmington.  Everything was so clean and comfortable that it felt as if we were visiting a home away from home.  I still think about the delicious french toast with lime filling that we had for breakfast in the morning.  We hope to visit again one day soon.

Did you know?

Wilmington is the home of the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California.  Movies such as A Walk to Remember, Weekend at Bernie’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Empire Records, Cape Fear, Black Knight, 28 Days, The Crow, Nights in Rodanthe, as well as television shows such as Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and Eastbound & Down have been produced there.

Graystone Inn Bed and Breakfast

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