Stay at one of our Holiday Inn® hotels in Wilmington, North Carolina, to discover this historic port city on the Cape Fear River. You’ll be in easy reach of the Fort Fisher Civil War battleground and the atmospheric gardens of sleepy plantation homes.
Guests of our Wilmington hotels can tour the battleship USS North Carolina. Duck into the ship’s tight quarters to imagine how sailors waged and won dozens of battles on the Pacific front in World War II. At the graceful antebellum Orton Plantation gardens, amble among pink and purple azaleas beneath the shade of live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. In the Butterfly House at Airlie Gardens, kids delight in spotting hundreds of delicate butterflies floating among the flowers and ferns. Our hotels in Wilmington are a short drive from Fort Fisher, site of the 1865 naval battle that sealed the Confederacy’s fate in the American Civil War. The gentle waves lapping white-sand Kure Beach nearby are perfect for swimming, while lush Carolina Beach State Park harbors rare Venus flytraps.
Our Wilmington hotels are close to the historic downtown, dense with modest colonial row houses and grand Italianate mansions. Window-shop among the early 20th-century brick warehouses of the Cotton Exchange, each filled with unique clothing and gift boutiques. Tuck into a Southern dinner of fried catfish and hush puppies at a restaurant in the Exchange or along Front Street. After dinner, follow the locals to a nearby bar for a game of pool and an icy draught beer.
Book our Wilmington hotels in April, when the city’s gardens burst into radiant pastel hues during the North Carolina Azalea Festival, or in October, when concerts, street fairs and fireworks fill the Cape Fear Riverwalk promenade for Riverfest.