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It seems to have weathered the storm well

We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived (Nov. 2018). Even though weeks have passed since the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Cotton Exchange

The shops in the Cotton Exchange are worth visiting as they are not ones one would see in most... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Southern Shores, North Carolina
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Went to the Cotton Exchange shops to start with a lot of neat little shops. We rode the trolley guided tour of Wilmington which was fascinating and entertaining. Ate at RIverboat Bar and Grill on the waterfront for a late lunch. Eclectic restaurant with decent...More

4  Thank Richard L
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 April 2013

There is too much crime near the central downtown area. It is ok and can be pretty during the day, and there are some fun bars to visit at night, but there is not a whole lot for families with children/teens to do during the...More

3  Thank anonymous p
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All reviews the river front street small city community college great town cotton exchange cute shops water front horse drawn cobblestone streets market st shops and restaurants live here the cape fear river walk around historic district great place to visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived (Nov. 2018). Even though weeks have passed since the hurricane, Wilmington was hit so badly, we weren't sure how things would be. There are some repairs still being done as you can see the equipment in...More

Thank A M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shops in the Cotton Exchange are worth visiting as they are not ones one would see in most commercial malls.

Thank Maldree
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Downtown is pretty, has a lot to offer. Clothing stores feature vintage, outdoor, high end, low end, souvenir T-shirts. Many eateries from sandwiches to French cuisine, a variety of bars from locals hangout spots to a piano bar. And plenty of shopping. There is a...More

Thank 4_the_luv_of_Luis
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Downtown Wilmington is constantly being renovated and upgraded. Such a grand place to take a tour; trolley rides, horse drawn carriage rides, great eats, ice cream shoppes, speciality stores, the river walk along the Cape Fear River, and so much more. Visit the historic Cotton...More

2  Thank dixiemay2018
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Wilmington NC is an awesome place to vacation. Stay close to downtown, which has a variety of great restaurants, shops and all can be walked to. Also, you are right on the Cape Fear river, and can sit and enjoy the river sites. If you...More

Thank buffalogmgso
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Downtown Wilmington is full of artsy shops and gorgeous architecture. Old buildings and homes that are absolutely breath-taking! Dining is also great and the craft market is nice too.

Thank pppnikki
Reviewed 24 August 2018

The best part about downtown is the riverfront area. There's a nice boardwalk on the water with restaurants and shops nearby.

1  Thank juliegI6249SD
Reviewed 5 August 2018

The downtown area is historic and due to this, relatively small. While a number of reviewers speak to the parking meters being scarce, there are a number of public lots that work very well if you are willing to walk a couple of blocks. It...More

Thank AngeloS160
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Because Wilmington is growing and many enjoy a city near the water, it is a place to get your feet wet at a local beach, usually within minutes, and later, put on your heels and go on a date with a friend or spouse!

Thank MGracie2015
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Everything about Wilmington was inviting. We had a very short time in the historical area, just enough to let us know that we shall return. Loved the old buildings and I want to learn more about the city's history.

Thank Jim C
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22 June 2018|
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Response from mikaylasb | Reviewed this property |
You'll definitely need a car unless you plan on taking uber. There's the one 'downtown' area thats full of shops, restaurants, bars etc. and you won't need a car if you stay literally right in that area. Don't worry about... More
28 April 2018|
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Response from Gizmomom919 | Reviewed this property |
I recommend using the parking garage on Market Street, which will be your best bet cost wise. Parking on the street is not as bad as the kiosk parking lots, which are very pricey. If there is an event going on down on the... More
4 April 2017|
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Response from EileenKaz | Reviewed this property |
The Cotton Exchange has some cute little shops.