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My husband and I (we're in our mid-30s, if that matters) will spend one night in Wilmington, NC at the end of the month and are looking for a few tips. The Chowhounds have never steered us wrong in our travels before, so we're hoping for you're help again.

First, we're trying to find a great B&B that serves an impressive breakfast. There are two places in our price range that look good and we wonder if any of the Chowhounds can help us with our decision.

www.rosehill.com
www.frontstreetinn.com

Second, we've been told there is a local wine or liqueur that is amazing and sold in Wilmington shops, but we weren't able to get any details beyond that. Anyone have any idea what this might be? The friend who suggested it is traveling and "off the grid" for the next two weeks.

And, of course, we'll take any and all recommendations for lunch, dinner and drink (we like cozy, casual and somewhat healthy) -- or even a terrific local snack -- options, though it seems like there are plenty 'round these boards!

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  1. Verandah's is a really nice B&B in downtown Wilmington, but don't know how expensive it is. The owners are very nice also. As far as the wine; are you referring to Muscadine wine. It's supposed to have great health benefits. Don't know who sells any locally. You might want to check with some of the local wine shops. The Wine Sampler in Anderson Square; Divine Wines just passed Monkey Junction. Even Harris Teeter and Lowe's Foods carry NC wines.

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    1. re: Ando

      Ando! Thank you for getting me the name of the wine. I'm reading about it right now and can't wait to try it.

    2. Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately the Rose Hill and The Front Street Inn are the only two in our price range.

      The dinner and entertainment tips look great. SB Grille looks excellent and I'm excited to find a playhouse in Wilmington.

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      1. re: jandazza

        My friends loved staying at Front Street Inn. South Beach is okay but, maybe not worth the trip from downtown. There are some posters who think it is the end all, but, maybe not all they say it is. Good, yes, but, not fantastic. Downtown, Caprice or Big Thai if food is the focus of what you want. Catch is a definate for a great lunch.

      2. Jandazza, my family always stay in the Front Street Inn when they visit and they love it. We've stayed there ourselves for an anniversary and it's lovely. The decor isn't very traditional for most B&Bs around here. It's a little more modern and funkier, which is one of the things we love about it. Their breakfasts are not a big sit-down affair, though. They're more buffet style - help yourself to whole wheat toast or bagels, fresh fruit, granola, etc.

        Don't miss eating at Catch on Princess Street for lunch. Keith Rhodes has gotten a lot of accolades on this list and elsewhere for his creative take on local ingredients. It's a don't miss downtown.

        For a drink, I might recommend Chelsea's, right down the street from Front Street Inn on the corner of Front and Market. The food isn't really great, but the atmosphere is nice and they have a nice wine selection and a good bar.

        For dinners, you can certainly browse the boards for Wilmington - there are a lot of local favorites listed, but here are my favorites right now:

        Marc's on Market - a little upscale but very reasonably priced - great food and nice atmosphere. It's a little off the beaten path, up toward Ogden, but worth it.

        Zooi Bistro - Excellent food and an excellent bar. They make a mean mojito there and the rabbit is outstanding. They're in the Forum off Military Cutoff.

        Mason's Haunt - Another place kind of off the main roads, but worth it. It's at 3317 Masonboro Loop Road. Elegant atmosphere, the food isn't the most creative, but excellent quality. And I found the prices very reasonable.

        Deluxe - My favorite downtown place.

        NIkki's Sushi - Another place for a good lunch, if you like sushi. We think they're the best sushi in town.

        There are many others, but that ought to give you a few to look at. Enjoy your stay!

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        Marc's On Market
        7213 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28411

        Catch
        215 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401

        Nikki's Fresh Gourmet
        16 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

        Chelsea's Downtown
        1 S Front St, Wilmington, NC

        Zooi Euro Bistro
        1121 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington, NC

        Mason's Haunt
        3317 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC

        1. Muscadine wine, as Ando references, is made with red/purple grapes, there's also a white, that's made with another variety of muscadine, called a Scuppernong; you may have heard someone refer to Scuppernong wine. One of the best vineyards making muscadine and scuppernong wines is actually quite close to Wilmington, in a small town called Rose Hill. The vineyard is called Duplin Winery, and is only about a 1/2 hour-45 minutes outside Wilmington. All their wines are made with different varieties of muscadines. You can generally find their wines at any grocery or wine shop anywhere in North Carolina.
          www.duplinwinery.com