For our annual Christmas trip, our family is taking a few days to enjoy the historic city of Wilmington, NC. After getting settled in our hotel suite on Friday, we made our way to the historic downtown area to enjoy a cup of clam chowder and a panini on the River Walk. Friday evening we enjoyed a meal at Michael’s Seafood after finding our way out to Carolina Beach. We will have to return again because Carolina Beach has many interesting sights to see, not to mention all of the restaurants we didn’t get a chance to sample.
Yesterday, Christmas Eve morning, we drove to Oak Island and relaxed at Fishy Fishywhile having a light lunch.
Later in the day, we toured the USS North Carolina. If you have never toured a battleship, or even if you have, don’t miss this one when you are here. Being below the decks and seeing how the sailors lived during their tour in the Pacific arena during WWII was an eye-opener. The historic mansions, some of which are now inns and bed and breakfast places, are decorated beautifully. Driving by while the trees glow from the inside is a beautiful sight. The countless historic churches have beautiful stained glass windows that glow from the lights within.
Today, we are busy with Christmas activities in our suite preparing and eating our Christmas meal.
Later in the day – we left the suite and took a drive to Wrightsville Beach, a few miles to the east. Darkness was coming, but we were able to enjoy the lights along the way. These snapshots are quick ones, but they show the different street light decorations here along the beach… every now and then we see a snowman, but mostly we see sand dollars, star fish, dolphin and sea creatures done up in lights.
They all say the same thing…. Merry Christmas!