Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our 2nd Anniversary Trip

Vacation is now over, and it's back to work I go.  Wha wha wha.  T and I spent the last several days in Wilmington, NC celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary.  When we got married, we made a goal to visit a different state for each wedding anniversary.  Both of us have traveled a decent amount outside of the US, but neither one of us have traveled that much within our own country.   Last year we started the tradition with our Nashville trip, and this year we knocked out North Carolina with a trip to Wilmington.

We had an absolute blast.  I found this waterfront condo on airbnb for $89/night.  The location was great; it was walking distance from all of the restaurants we wanted to try.  Earlier this summer I reached out to Heather of Port City Prescription and Elise of Cheers Y'all to get the scoop on the best places to try, and they seriously hooked me up.  T and I ate (and drank) like kings. 

Our condo had 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, an an open area with a small kitchen and den. It was just what we needed for the two of us.  There was also a large balcony that overlooked the USS North Carolina, so the views were incredible.  It was absolutely perfect for what we needed, and the price was unbeatable. 

the bedroom

the den

view from our porch
before dinner on our first night

Oysters from the Shuckin' Shack

my first donut from Britt's the iconic donut shop in Carolina Beach

hotdogs from the Trolly Stop in Wrightsville beach

getting our culture in with a tour of the USS North Carolina

ferry ride over to Southport

we had a wonderful lunch at the Provision Company

the best conch fritters I ever did have

My favorite day of our vacation was Saturday, when we took the ferry over to Southport. Southport is such a cool, laid back town. It's gotten a lot of attention recently because that's where the movie Safe Haven was filmed. A lot of other movies have been filmed there too, like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer Catch, Nights in Rodanthe, and A Walk To Remember.  My Uncle has lived in Southport for a while, and was the City Manager for almost 15 years.  He gave us a list of some cool places to go, and we spent the day exploring.  We also visited a park bench that was dedicated to my grandparents.  I've never been to my grandparents' grave site because it's about a 7 hour drive away from Greenville.  Getting to visit this bench was really special, because it's the closest I've felt to them since they passed.  We had such a great time celebrating two years in North Carolina, and we're already planning on what state we'll hit next year.  Suggestions are appreciated!


  1. What a wonderful trip! Happy two years!! My husband lived in Wilmington when I first met him, so I've spent a lot of time there.

  2. My vote...Kansas City for the ultimate BBQ experiences. Pork, brisket, sausages, ribs, you name it, they have it. Lots of websites dedicated to it. Haven't been there myself yet, but it is on the list.

  3. We were in Southport over the weekend. Ate at the Frying Pan. Delish and great view. Took the ferry to Bald Head Island for the day. Ya'll should check that place out sometime!!

  4. So glad you loved Wilmington! That condo looks like the hookup- what beautiful views! And we actually got to go the the Provision Company Saturday night with Matt's parents. By far, our favorite Southport joint. Happy Anniversary!

    Heather | Port City Prescription

  5. Looks like y'all had a great trip to the coast! Happy 2nd Anniversary :)

  6. So fun! Love both those girls and someday I am going to impose in Heather ;)

  7. Looks like a wonderful trip!! Such a fun idea to visit different states for each anniversary!

  8. It looks like y'all did eat well! I love the Trolley Stop in Wrightsville Beach. But I think the thing I love most about Wilmington is all of the fresh seafood!!!

  9. Looks like a wonderful trip! My boyfriend and I were in Raleigh around the same time --LOVE North Carolina. Just like you guys, we've both traveled a lot around the world, but not so much in the states. We're thinking our trip next year would be to Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head. Would love to visit Wilmington in the future, though! Have you thought about NY (if you haven't already been)? Best city in my opinion, but i'm bias :)


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