Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Vacation

Did you know that Wilmington, NC is just a little over 3 hours away from one of the Top 10 Zoos in the country? Tripadvisor has ranked Riverbanks Zoo and Garden the 4th best zoo in the United States and we are lucky enough to be within driving distance. Imagine our excitement when we learned about a Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Labor Day Special offered by the Wingate by Wyndham Harbison hotel! You and your loved one can enjoy a romantic Labor Day Weekend getaway or you can take the entire family along for a Labor Day vacation. After a day at Riverbanks Zoo, explore additional Columbia attractions such as the beautiful Lake Murray, EdVenture Children's Museum, and the South Carolina State House. Plus, Columbia offers great restaurants, shopping, tours and more. Check out these amazing package details below and start making your travel plans today!

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Package
Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, where you can see more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Hang with the monkeys, watch the 200 pound lions, and take your turn feeding the giraffes. When the sun goes down and the animals are done playing, head back to the Wingate Harbison hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening at one of Columbia's favorite hotels.

The Wingate Harbison Riverbanks Zoo Package includes:
  • 2 Tickets to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
  • A spacious guest room equipped with a microwave & refrigerator
  • Free Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Use of the outdoor pool and fitness center
  • Free access to Gold's Gym
  • Additional discount zoo tickets can be purchased at hotel if needed

Enjoy this special holiday package provided by the Wingate by Wyndham Harbison hotel in Columbia, South Carolina for only $79 per night. That is $30 off the regular $109 package rate. Call the Wingate Harbison hotel today at 800-826-5570 to make your reservation. Mention the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Labor Day Weekend special to get this incredible discount rate. The Wingate Harbison Riveranks Zoo Labor Day Weekend Special is available August 31, 2012 - September 3, 2012. It is not valid with any other promotions or discounts.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wilmington NC Hotels

Choosing the right hotel can be a difficult task, especially when you are visiting a new city for the very first time. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, it is important to find a hotel that offers comfortable and safe accommodations so that you can make the very most of your trip. Wilmington, North Carolina features beautiful scenery, captivating history, and entertaining attractions. Let us help you find a hotel that will meet all of your travel needs and allow you to experience everything that this remarkable city has to offer. Check out the hotels listed below and start making your travel plans today!

Holiday Inn Wilmington
5032 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405 
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The Holiday Inn Wilmington is a contemporary, full service hotel that sits perfectly between six incredible beaches and historic downtown Wilmington. This beautiful hotel provides a central location, great customer service and excellent hotel amenities.

Holiday Inn Wilmington hotel amenities include:
  • Free High Speed Wired & Wireless Internet Access
  • Microwave & Refrigerator in each Guest Room
  • 37" Color HDTV 
  • Evening Reception Monday - Thursday evenings featuring complimentary food and adult beverages to registered guests
  • Morning USA Today Delivered to Your Room
  • Indoor Pool 
  • ... And more! Read this full list of Holiday Inn Wilmington Amenities.
Call the Holiday Inn Wilmington today at 866-893-2703 to make your hotel reservation. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy this Wilmington hotel.

Staybridge Suites Wilmington
5010 New Centre Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
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Looking for a hotel room with a full kitchen or multiple bedrooms? The Staybridge Suites is designed for you! This extended stay Wilmington hotel meets the needs of leisure and business travelers spending one night, one week, one month, or even a year in Wilmington, NC!

Staybridge Suites Wilmington hotel amenities include:
  • Free Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Guest rooms offer a fully furnished kitchen including a microwave, fridge, stove, dishwasher, cooking utensils and pots and pans
  • Evening Social Monday - Friday featuring complimentary hot food and adult beverages
  • 42" LCD Television with Cable
  • Free Newspaper Monday - Friday
  • Indoor Pool & Fitness Center
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free Parking
  • ... And more! Read this full list of Staybridge Suites Wilmington Amenities.

Call the Staybridge Suites Wilmington at 866-875-7770 to make your hotel reservation today. This Wilmington hotel makes the perfect home away from home while you are spending time in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Now that the hard part is done and your North Carolina hotel room is booked, let's start planning the fun stuff! Check out our website to find lists of Wilmington attractions and restaurants. We look forward to seeing you soon in Wilmington, North Carolina! Contact us today if you have any questions about the Wilmington area. 

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Events on Labor Day Weekend in Wilmington NC

Labor Day Weekend is an exciting time of year in Wilmington, North Carolina. After all, who doesn't get excited about a three day weekend? This year, Labor Day will be observed on September 3, 2012 and we want to help you plan a perfect weekend of celebrations with family and friends. Enjoy free local events and activities, visit some of Wilmington's most popular attractions, or plan a weekend getaway to explore a nearby city! Find out what's happening over Labor Day Weekend and start making plans today. Have any questions? Contact us so that we can help you plan a memorable 2012 Labor Day Weekend. 

Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaway
Did you know that Wilmington is only a few hours away from the 4th BEST ZOO in the country? Visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden this weekend and stay at a luxurious Columbia hotel for ONLY $79. This great price includes TWO FREE zoo tickets, free breakfast, free internet, and use of the outdoor pool! This special rate is $30 off their regular zoo package rate. Book your travel plans today so that you can take advantage of this awesome Labor Day special! Click here for more information!

Fireworks By The Sea and Gazebo Entertainment
August 31, 2012
Fireworks always add an extra special touch of excitement to North Carolina holiday celebrations. Kick off your Labor Day Weekend with a spectacular and FREE fireworks show near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Gazebo Entertainment begins at 6:30PM and the fireworks show is scheduled for approximately 9:00PM. Eastbound will provide a free, live performance of modern country and blues music for the Gazebo Entertainment. This is the final Fireworks By The Sea show of the season, so do not miss your chance to participate in this incredible Wilmington event!

Carolina Beach Farmers Market
September 1, 2012
Carolina Beach Farmers Market supports grow local, buy local, play local. Both residents and visitors are invited to come together with local food producers and artisans this Labor Day Weekend. Explore the Farmers Market to find a variety of locally grown and produced plants, vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, soaps, dog cookies, baked goods and fine arts & crafts. Learn more at

Free Movies by the Lake
September 2, 2012 - Journey 2
Free North Carolina Labor Day Weekend event! Carolina Beach Lake Park presents a free movie by the lake on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. This summertime treat is perfect for adults and kids alike. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy, and more are for sales at the movies for a very reasonable price. You can also bring your own food & beverages. Call 910-458-8434 for additional information.

Battleship North Carolina
USS North Carolina is one of Wilmington's most popular local attractions. If you have not had an opportunity to visit this wonderful North Carolina attraction, plan your first trip for this long Labor Day Weekend. Battleship North Carolina sits across the river from downtown Wilmington, inviting visitors to walk her decks. This incredible Wilmington attraction allows visitors to envision the daily life and fierce combat that her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Learn more at

North Carolina Beaches
Wilmington is home to several beautiful beaches along the North Carolina Coast. Spend Labor Day Weekend 2012 relaxing in the sun, kayaking, flying a kite, paddle boarding, and more at these popular Wilmington beaches.

Wilmington, North Carolina Visitors
If you are visiting Wilmington for this special holiday weekend, we invite you to stay with our local hotel partners. Centrally located between historic downtown and Wilmington's favorite beaches, these hotels allow visitors to experience everything that Wilmington, NC has to offer at very affordable rates. Call the Holiday Inn Wilmington at 866-893-2703 or the Staybridge Suites Wilmington at 866-875-7770 to make your reservations today.

2012 Labor Day Weekend Vacation Getaway
Time for a weekend getaway? Spend this long holiday weekend in a nearby city with family, friends, and loved ones. Read the Charleston, South Carolina Labor Day Weekend blog entry and the Columbia, South Carolina Labor Day Weekend blog entry to find out what's happening in these nearby cities. Choose the city that interests you and start making your travel plans today!

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wilmington North Carolina Events - August 2012

Events in Wilmington NC this August 2012 feature the very best of Wilmington sports, Wilmington theatre, Wilmington concerts, Wilmington tours and more. Cheer for the Wilmington baseball team, enjoy free Wilmington fireworks and concerts, and audition for one of Wilmington's upcoming theatrical performances. There are activities and events for people of all ages and interests. Take a glance at the list of upcoming events below and start making plans today. We even included a unique Weekend Getaway opportunity to one of our favorite nearby cities! Contact us today if we are missing your favorite Wilmington event or attraction!

Wilmington Sharks Baseball 
August 2, 2012 at 7:00PM
It's the last game of the 2012 Wilmington Shark's baseball season. Grab your friends and join Sharky Shark at Legion Stadium to cheer on the Wilmington Sharks as they challenge the Thomasville Hitoms. Call 910-343-5621 to purchase your tickets today.
Free Fireworks by the Sea
August 2 - Snack Cracker
August 9 - Emily Minor Band
August 16 - Bibis Ellison Band
August 23 - Radio Flyer
August 31 - Eastbound
Carolina Beach Boardwalk presents FREE Wilmington fireworks during the summer months. Weather permitting, visitors will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show and live gazebo entertainment every week during the month of August. Gazebo entertainment begins at 6:30PM and the fireworks start at approximately 9PM. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.

The Dixie Swim Club
August 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 2012
5 Southern Women, whose friendships began years ago on their college swim team, meet for a long weekend every August to catch up. Their lives unfold over a period of 33 years as they rely on one another to get through life's challenges. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends rally 'round their own with strength and love, taking this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. Plus, opening night on August 2nd is Pay-What-You-Can Night. Patrons will be able to choose their own ticket prices with just a $5 minimum so that no matter what walk of life, everyone has the opportunity to purchase an affordable theatre ticket. For more details, read about the current season at Big Dawg Productions.  

Downtown Sundown Concert Series
August 3, 2012 - Yellow Dub Marine (Beatles Reggae Tribute)
August 10, 2012 - The Breakfast Club (America's Favorite 1980's Tribute Band)
August 17, 2012 - Tuesday's Gone (The Ultimate Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd)
August 24, 2012 - The Dave Matthews Tribute Band
August 31, 2012 - Slippery When Wet (The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute)
Free live music in downtown Wilmington will be available every week until August 31st. Beer and wine are available for purchase so bring your ID. Half of the proceeds from wristband sales benefit a different charitable organization each night. Call 910-763-7349 for more details.  

The World Goes 'Round
August 3-5, 2012
Cameron Art Museum presents The World Goes 'Round. 'Sometimes you're happy and sometimes you're sad - but the world goes 'round'. Life (with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams) is the subject of this stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The vast range of human experience is explored in song after impeccable song by one of Broadway's most daring and successful teams and masters of the heart-grabbing Broadway showstopper. Call 800-595-4849 or 910-264-2602 to get your tickets today.

Free Wilmington Movies by the Lake
August 5 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 12 - Mars Needs Moms
August 19 - Happy Feet Two
August 26 - Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
Free Wilmington movies are offered Sunday nights throughout the summer at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Bring your chairs and relax on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. This summertime treat is perfect for adults and kids alike. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and more are available for sale. Call 910-458-8434 for more information.

The Lion in Winter Auditions
August 6 - 7, 2012
Want to participate in one of Wilmington's local productions? Auditions for 'The Lion in Winter', directed by Robb Mann and produced by Big Dawg Productions, will be held at 7PM on August 6th and 7th at the Community Arts Center at 120 South 2nd Street. Call 910-540-4962 with questions.  

Jazz at the Mansion - Dixieland All Stars
August 10, 2012
Jazz at the Mansion is a local favorite that you will not want to miss! Concerts take place behind Bellamy Mansion with the porch and patio as the stage. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Check out the Bellamy Mansion calendar for more information.

Brooklyn Arts Wedding Show
August 12, 2012 at 4PM
Get ready to hang with Wilmington's brides-to-be! The Brooklyn Arts Wedding Show will have 4 shows - every hour on the hour, with a limit of 75 brides per show. Everyone will have ample time to meet the vendors, find inspiration, hear live music, taste fabulous food, and see the latest wedding fashions, trends and styles presented as actual weddings throughout the venue. Check out the Brooklyn Arts Wedding Show schedule for more information.

Oakdale Cemetery Tours
August 18, 2012 at 10AM
Take a step back in time to a pivotal moment in Wilmington's history 150 years ago on this day when the Yellow Fever Epidemic began. This is a Wilmington tour that you will not want to miss. For more information, read the Oakdale Cemetery Tour Schedule. 

16th Lumina Daze
August 26 2012
The Lumina Daze Festival in Wilmington, NC features shag, jazz, and big band music including the Wilmington Big Band, Dixieland All-Stars, and The Imitations. Enjoy a live auction that includes a UNCW Seahawk Mascot for a party, Stand Up Paddleboard, Golf Lessons with Pro Drew Pearsall, Shrimperoo with Walt Lackey for 10 people and more. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Lumina daze event page for more details.

Weekend Getaway 
August 24 - 26, 2012
Visit Columbia, South Carolina for the Famously Hot Music Festival coming up this August 2012. Enjoy three days of live music in the heart of Columbia at Finlay Park. Make a reservation today at one of these Columbia SC hotels and then purchase your Famously Hot Music Festival Tickets. Here is a quick glance at the concert schedule:
  • August 24, 2012 - EOTO, Savoy, Eliot Lipp, Archnemesis, and Minnesota 
  • August 25, 2012 - Collective Soul, Buckcherry, Filter, Seven Mary Three, and Eve 6 
  • August 26 2012 - Lonestar, Corey Smith, Pat Green, Josh Thompson, and Julie Roberts

Danielle Snyder
Wilmington NC Events