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Old 01-18-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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My husband and I live in Charlotte and we're thinking of moving to the Wilmington area to be closer to the water. We've heard that the largest city near Wilmington is Raleigh, and that it's 2 hours away.

What does Raleigh have to offer? Would we be able to do a day trip to Raleigh and shop/see the sights during the day and go to a play or a concert/show at night? That's just one example of things we like to do.

My hesitation on moving to the Wilmington area is that it might be too removed from things to do once you leave the city. If Raleigh has a lot to offer though, it may be worth considering making the move to the Wilmington area.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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We wanted the same, but decided at this point in our lives (two professionals, with two school age girls) it was best that we "station" in Raliegh and day trip to Wilmington! We can day trip there, Myrtle Beach and Williamsburg...all cities we love!
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Raleigh has much to offer, but why move to a coastal community if you can't stand to be away from city life?
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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Thanks Priorityonecb and CHTransplant. We know that we'd prefer our home base be closer to the water. We love what Wilmington has to offer, and we just want to know that if we do go to that area of the state, we'll still have the chance to do things in the city too.

What does Raleigh have in terms of things to do on a day trip or a night out?
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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Theater, museums, shopping...for some reason I don't see Raleigh as a day trip destination. I'm not really sure why.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:11 PM
 
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What does Raleigh have in terms of things to do on a day trip or a night out?
Pretty much the same things as Charlotte, save for a couple of pro sports teams (although we do have hockey).
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:18 PM
 
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My husband would love to go to hockey games!
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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We do day trips from Raleigh to Wrightsville Beach in the summer (and every year we swear we will rent a place at the beach for like a week, but it never happens so we continue to day trip, but anyway). The drive is 2+ hours, but relatively easy.

As for Raleigh, and things to do.

Downtown raleigh is really fun to explore and wander (we play tourist in our own city all the time). There's fun boutiques and antique-vintagey stores. Great restaurants. The museums are fun: NC Museum of Natural Science, NC Museum of History and Marbles Kids Museum are all downtown in walkable neighborhoods. The NC Museum of Art is not downtown, but right off the beltline. The Carolina Hurricanes as well, are not downtown or in a walkable place. The Progress Energy Center is downtown and is home to the symphony, ballet and Broadway Series South. Cameron village is a great boutique shopping destination (there's lots of shopping here--Crabtree Valley Mall has everything and if it doesn't Streets at Southpoint in Durham has everything else). Of course there's also all the college sporting events and various outdoor events in the summer (concerts, street fairs etc.). Durham has alot of the same types of cultural events (Durham Balls, Durham Performing Arts Center, etc), but is even farther from Wilmington.

Oh, First friday in downtown raleigh (first friday of every month) all the art spaces are open late and some stores and of course bars and restaurants are usually hoppin'.

There is not a shortage of things to do here (which is why we live here) but would you really want to drive back to Wilmington at 10:30pm after a show or a hockey game?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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Zoe.... we moved to Raleigh from Wilmington 2+ years ago. We would move back to Wilmington in a heartbeat if it were possible (job brought us here). We had many friends here while we were living in Wilm and made the drive up and back on I-40 quite often. Its really not a bad drive and you could easily come to Raleigh for the day to shop, see a sporting event or hit the museums. As with anything else, it just depends on what you're looking for. If being near the water is where you want to live, you can't really beat Wilmington. The people are laid back and friendly, not many "big name" stores in terms of shopping, but lots of variety downtown, great restaurants, and you never know when you might come upon a movie or tv show being filmed around town!
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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Hi Zoe, I too am a transplant from Wilmington. We lived in Wilm for 9 years before a job move relocated us. We like it here ok but leave every weekend to be near the water (we bought a tiny house in Beaufort, NC). Wilmington has grown so much! It's great to live in. It's got the historic charm downtown and the river, with Thalian Hall there for music/shows. There are terrific restaurants downtown and in Wrightsville Beach. The beaches are beautiful but parking can be hard to find at Wrightsville. We spent our beach days at Carolina Beach -- parking is much easier (or at least it was!) and actually used to drive our 4x4 onto the "North End" to the beach.

You should be able to find everything you need in Wilmington, even shopping these days. You may want to take road trips for concerts (outdoor pavilions, RBC Center, Museum of Art) to Raleigh. If there were jobs to be had there we'd probably move back. Hope this helps!
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