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Old 07-08-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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Wife and I want to go to the beach for the weekend. Do you think we should stay in the wilmington area or the wrightsville beach area. We most likely would hang out at beach during day and would do some dinner/drinks before heading to bed for the night. Opinions?
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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I have stayed on market street in the town area plenty of times and found finding a room at the right place easy cause theres plenty to pick from . the motel 6 was clean and its only a few minutes to the wrightsville beach .
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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we stayed at wrightsville and brought our bikes so we could cycle thru wilmington...

i'd still pick wrightsville due to open door in hotel during night without worrying about safety.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:59 AM
 
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wife and i want to go to the beach for the weekend. Do you think we should stay in the wilmington area or the wrightsville beach area. We most likely would hang out at beach during day and would do some dinner/drinks before heading to bed for the night. Opinions?
definitely wrightsville beach for many reasons with safety being at the top of the list.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:21 AM
 
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I'd stay at the beach, b/c you should get a parking space with your room; otherwise, you'll have to fight for a space, and there are fees for parking. Much easier to walk out onto the beach from your room and not deal with that hassle. Downtown (west of 3rd St. to River) would be first choice if you do choose to stay downtown. IF you just go there for dinner, there is limited street parking but some parking garages. Caffe Phoenix does have its own parking across the street. Ruths Chris is at the Hilton. Have a great time.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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I agree with NCSC, the parking space and having a shower nearby so that after a day at the beach you can rinse off before getting back into your car are both great benefits.

If you opt to stay in Wilmington, be sure to get at least one roll of quarters before heading into Wrightsville. All the public spots are metered and I'm pretty sure it cost a quarter for every 10 minutes. Dollar bills are not taken. There's also the option to pay $20 or so for all day in a private lot but that's really a premium price if you only intend to spend 4-5 hrs on the beach which would only be 6-8 dollars at the meter.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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We just got back from vacation in Wilmington. We spent most of our time at the beach. We stayed at the Days Inn on Market Street because it was dog friendly and we travelled with our Miniature Pinscher. If I was travelling without a dog and money wasn't an issue, I'd stay right on Wrightsville Beach. I'm not sure how much that would cost, but it was only about $60 a night to stay at the Days Inn on Market Street. Parking in the Beach access lots costs $10 per day. I thought that was reasonable. For dining, we really enjoyed Boca Bay. They have a Mon-Thurs menu that has an awesome salad (large enough for 2), an entree (I'd recommend the Filet if you like red meat), and a dessert all for $20. Also, the Grouper is great if you like fish, but it's not on the special menu. There are lots of good places to eat, but we found them more expensive.
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