Wilmington Cultural Highlights: Galleries

The Wilmington area is rich with culture and heritage, the diverse and friendly community is a combination of southern hospitality and relaxed beach lifestyle. Influenced by the changing tides, and currents of countless visitors, this area is a melting pot of creativity, free expression, and an independent spirit. In this series, we want to highlight and celebrate the local attributes that continue to shape this area we know and love. Below are some galleries supporting local and regional artists who are inspired by the natural and historic beauty surrounding us. 

Cameron Art Museum – CAM provides art education, exhibitions, and dynamic public programs of both historical and contemporary significance, within a 42,000 sq.-ft. state of the art building that serves as a cultural gathering place that strives to enrich the lives of visitors and the community. 

Art in Bloom Gallery – The gallery is located in historic downtown, and presents an eclectic mix of original paintings, ceramics, sculpture, blown glass, mosaics, photography, jewelry, and mixed media from emerging as well as established artists.

The Art Works – The Art Village is a combination art studio and gallery, with private space for meetings, classes, and events. 

Charles Jones African Art – This gallery has been in the community for over 25 years, displaying an extensive and varied collection of traditional African art. 

Acme Art Studios – Located on North 5th Ave, this combination gallery and work studio is part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Night. 

Bottega. The casual and fun art gallery that not only hosts events but also serves wine and beer. What more could you ask for?!

New Elements Gallery. This gallery located downtown has been featuring a wide variety of work from regional and nationally recognized artists. 

To learn where you can build your dream home and to be part of this creative community click here for current incentives and enjoy living in one of our specially curated neighborhoods. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey and relish in the bountiful culture Wilmington offers. 

Wilmington Breakfast Spots

It’s breakfast time, from shrimp and grits to scratch made biscuits, the options for a delicious start to your day are abundant. Whether you are looking for a leisurely brunch or a quick treat, maybe you want to discover a new gem or to kick start your day with “the usual”, no matter what you crave, Wilmington has something for all appetites.  

Drift Coffee & KitchenServing up premium coffee and breakfast alike, Drift is serving healthy, delicious foods at several locations in the area. Great for a quick to-go breakfast or a leisurely bite.

Famous Toastery of Wilmington. Breakfast and lunch, and brunch served all day! From traditional offerings to those with a modern twist, the menu and full bar will be sure to please any guest. 

Savorez. Latin American fusion dishes served in a snug, brightly painted space with a vibrant and friendly ambiance. Sunday Brunch from 10AM – 2PM and be sure to try the pan frances with fried Cuban bread!  

The Basics. Serving up creative spins on traditional Southern cuisine in a comfortable bistro setting.

Goody Goody Omelet House. This Wilmington staple has been serving signature Spanish omelets for over 30 years. Whether it’s your first time or you are a regular, everyone is family at Goody Goody. 

Our Crepes & More. For a real French Crepe experience, visit this family owned and operated restaurant. 

Brunches. This laid-back eatery offers breakfast classics, burritos, bowls, plus mimosas and cocktails! 

Vicious Biscuit. Is bringing elevated biscuits to the must-eat meal of the day. 

If you are like us, you’re ready to get out there to sample all of these tasty breakfast spots. See one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington, NC area, click to view our current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Top Things for Kids in Wilmington

Hip-Hip-Hooray! Kid fun found here. Besides the obvious (the beach!) there’s a ton to do around our area that kids of all ages will love. Here are a few fun spots you should definitely try out even if the weather isn’t exactly cooperating. 

The Children’s Museum. Discover, play, and get hands-on learning through engaging and informative exhibits and activities. Families will enjoy the historic charm of downtown as pre-school to elementary aged children will find plenty of opportunities to explore and better understand the arts, sciences, and culture throughinteractive and age-appropriate activities. Get tickets and learn more here.

Long Leaf Park. Centrally located and offering up picnic shelters, a fully accessible playground and the seasonal splashpad, this park has it all. Visit their website for more information. 

Wilmington Railroad Museum. From real life-size caboose to explore to a collection of displays, the Museum teaches about railroad history and offers fun interactive activities. For hours and prices click here

Battleship NC. Experience the daily life and fierce combat the crew of this quiet and majestic battleship endured in WWII. For more information and to plan your visit, click here

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Connecting you to the natural world, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers visitors a chance to explore marine life and various aquatic environments like salt marshes, tidal pools, and an open ocean exhibit. Watch a family of otters play, feel stingrays glide past your finger tips, and come face to face with sea turtles and sharks. Plan your visit your visit today.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Amusement Park. Enjoy a seaside amusement park with rides, games food and fun for all ages. Stay up-to-date here.

Polar Ice Wilmington. Ice skating and winter weather go hand in hand. Polar Ice offers public skating, lessons and entertainment for the whole family. Warm up with some hot chocolate and let the kids play arcade games while you skate. Click here for more information

Jungle Rapids. If you are looking for a complete family entertainment center, Jungle Rapids is the stop for you. Although Jungle Rapids is known for its water activities and Go-Karts, they also have a large arcade with other indoor activities, there is sure to be plenty of ways for the whole family to have fun. 

Trampoline ParksFlip N Fly is a 28,000 square foot state of the art facility with wall-to-wall trampolines. From foam pits, rope courses, basketball hoops and trampolines, Defy Gravity offers a park for extreme air sports. Click here for more information and hours

BowlingTen Pin Alley is not only home to bowling, but also billiards, an arcade and restaurant, what more could the family need on a rainy day?! Cardinal Lanes Shipyard offers kid programs and Cardinal Lanes Beach Bowl also has arcade games and you can enjoy food, drinks and beer. 

And for those days you don’t feel like leaving the house. Learn where you can build your dream home (that has that rec room you need) in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina. Click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Garden Calendar – January Checklist

January marks the start of new beginnings and the excitement of a new garden season. It’s the perfect time to reflect on where you have been and where you’re headed, and the garden should be no different. January is a great time to plan and prepare for your garden to come. Below are some tips to hopefully have you reaping the reward of all your hard work. 

Start Indoors. Give those houseplants a cleaning. Wipe down dust that settles on leaves, clogging the “pores” and preventing light penetration as well as gas and moisture exchange. 

Start a Garden Journal. Jot down notes about what happened in your garden last year, and plan for what you want to see in the year ahead. Make notes of which varieties of flowers and vegetables do best and which do poorly in your garden. 

Order Seeds. With your goals in mind, plan your seed order. This is an exciting time to think of all the new possibilities that await your garden. Now it’s time to gather your seed starting equipment and make sure everything is properly sterilized. 

Tool Care. Use this time to take sharpen blades, make necessary repairs, and oil moving parts. This is also a great time to try out one of those DIY garden projects you’ve been thinking about, like a cold frame or wood pallet raised garden.   

Plant. The Wilmington, NC area enjoys a mild temperate climate and are in USDA Zone 8, affording us a long growing season. January is a great time to plant micro-greens on your countertop. Start seeds for flowers and herbs with long germination periods or get a start on some cool weather crops like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions, and parsley. 

Find Your Perfect Home. If you are ready to get your hands dirty. McAdams Homes offers specially curated communities in the Wilmington area, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey and get to planting.

Wilmington Area Dining Guide

Anyone familiar with the Wilmington, North Carolina knows how much growth the area has experienced, and this popular destination has attracted chefs from all walks of life ready to offer up some of their most delicious recipes. New restaurants and bars seem to pop up all the time and we hope this growing list will be your guide to some of the area’s tastiest offerings. 

Porters Neck

Bridgewater Wines + DinesBridgewater Wines offers customers wines from around the world at all price points. They invite you to browse their extensive selection of wines in an inviting, comfortable environment or stay and enjoy a glass at the wine bar. This is a great place to relax and sample the specially crafted menu that not only pairs with but enhances the wines.

Cape Fear Seafood Co. Specializing in regional seafood, signature dishes, fresh ingredients and hand-crafted cocktails, this lunch and dinner restaurant offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Our State Magazine recognized them as one of five restaurants in NC to try Shrimp & Grits. From the saltimbocca to the kid’s menu, every appetite will find something delicious. 

K38 Baja Grill. Delicious drinks, fresh ingredients, and a relaxed beach vibe – K38 is offering up authentic Baja cuisine. Wait until you taste their chips and salsa!

Kornerstone Bistro. This neighborhood bistro, specializing in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, offers award winning dishes and weekly specials. Be sure to check out their casual and inviting atmosphere.

P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille. The ‘fresh not frozen’ approach is why these burgers and fries are award winning. Stop in and build your own today!

Hampstead

Burney’s Sweets and More. Whether it’s the most delicious, glazed croissants or a breakfast sandwich you are craving – Burney’s if offering up some delectable delights!

Burrito Shak. A restaurant with the simple goal of putting quality ingredients into inspired recipes in a quick dining atmosphere. 

Jebby’s on 17. A staple of Hampstead, Jebby’s serves up daily lunch and dinner specials including chicken pot pie, shrimp ‘n grits, fried chicken and so much more. 

Nineteen Bar and Restaurant. Located at the Olde Point Golf and Country Club, this restaurant is open year-round to the public and offers a variety of lunch and dinner options. 

Downtown Wilmington

Caprice Bistro. This bistro serves up delicious and authentic French fare in an intimate atmosphere. Be sure to indulge at the upstairs martini bar. 

The Fork ‘N’ Cork. Gourmet burgers, next level mac-n-cheese, and other palate pleasing pleasures in this quaint, brick walled restaurant. 

The German Café. Set in a casual, welcoming environment, this family owned operation is serving up the best of German cuisine along with house-made deserts. 

Rebellion. Here you’ll enjoy great food and great libations. From the tray of nachos to the yummy wings and mouth-watering burgers, and the extensive list of whiskeys, bourbons and other spirits. 

Savorez. Latin American fusion dishes served in a snug, brightly painted space with a vibrant and friendly ambiance. The lobster ceviche won’t disappoint. 

Midtown Wilmington

Double Happiness Chinese Restaurant. Serving up the most delicious and authentic Chinese dishes surrounded with traditional décor and formal touches with a welcoming ambiance.

Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn. “Hot, fast, cheap, and easy.” Their name and tag say it all! For an eclectic dining experience and gut busting burritos this is your spot.  

Indochine Restaurant. Thai and Vietnamese dishes served in an exotic, authentic setting with outdoor gardens and gazebos. 

Mac’s Speed Shop. Serving up Southern fare, live music, and cold drinks. 

Tandoori Bites. Welcoming staff and casual atmosphere, where you can enjoy classic Indian dishes. 

Carolina Beach

El Cazador Mexican Restaurant. Offering up authentic Mexican food and experience you will not soon forget. 

Havana’s Restaurant. Enjoy this cozy cottage setting as you dine on seafood and other assorted dishes. 

Hang Ten Grill. This laid-back, surf inspired hangout is serving up burgers, other handhelds, seafood, and weekend breakfasts. 

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. A great casual beachfront stop offering coastal cuisine with ocean views and live music at the Tiki Bar. 

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar.  This unique restaurant grew out of a vision for a local establishment that families of all ages can enjoy a great meal, served up fresh with creative cocktails in an environment that exudes relaxation. The casual atmosphere with its friendly and helpful staff has made many patrons feel very much at home, be they locals or visitors.

If you are like us, you’re ready to get out there to sample all of these tasty offerings. See one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click to view our current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Working Out in Wilmington

There’s no denying that the Wilmington area with its mild winter climate and coastal surroundings offers up year-round opportunity to stay active. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, getting yourself ready for bathing suit season or you just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Wilmington offers plenty of great options to get yourself where you want to be.

  • O2 Fitness – With multiple locations, state-of-the-art equipment, group classes and personalized training – O2 Fitness is a great place to start your fitness journey.
  • Orangetheory Fitness – Orangetheory is a combination of science, coaching, and technology aimed to get total-body results. With studios nationwide, mobile app, flexible classes, and no long term contracts, Orangetheory might be your new favorite “gym”.
  • Axis Fitness Training – With locations that include Downtown Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Hampstead – Axis Fitness is there to meet all your fitness needs. With group training classes, personal training sessions and 24/7 access, Axis will help with body composition, athletic performance, and injury prevention.  
  • Pilates – With a goal of coordinating the mind, body, and spirit – Pilates routines balance, strengthen, and create flexibility in the body. Some of Wilmington’s studios include In Balance Pilates Studio and Club Pilates.
  • Boxing – Fitness boxing is a great aerobic exercise with a host of health benefits, from increasing muscle and bone strength to improving balance, lifting your mood and gets your heart pumping. Check out these gyms in Wilmington – Port City Boxing & FitnessLegends Boxing, and Cape Fear Boxing 

Another great spot to keep in shape is at your home gym in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here to view our current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

UPDATE to Project List of Wilmington Area

As 2022 comes to an end, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on the progress that has been made to the projects we highlighted at the beginning of the year. 

Project Grace. This project is being revisited after a setback on the state level. New Hanover County is still in the process of redeveloping a portion of the downtown block that includes the Public Library, a parking deck and adjacent lot. The county hopes to make progress sometime in 2023. Learn more here

County Government Center Redevelopment. The nearly completed New Hanover County Government Center site is expected to be open early 2023, with tentative ribbon cuttings in February. The newly designed facility will include county offices with Emergency Operations and 911 Center. The project also includes a park as well as private development on site to help generate tax revenue for the city and county. Learn more about this project.

ILM Terminal Expansion. Anyone who has traveled out of Wilmington International Airport (ILM) has noticed the changes, the airport expansion is underway. Air service is growing for Wilmington residents and visitors as well, with additional routes from Avelo and Sun Country Airlines. Learn more about the expansion plans here

Growth and expansion are all around us and it’s easy to see why. Our mild winter climate, active outdoor lifestyle, and remote working, make the Wilmington area a popular destination. To learn more about our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina. Click here for current incentives and see where we are building. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Simple Cleaning Resolutions

Life gets busy and we all could use more hacks to make it simpler. With the New Year right around the corner, we wanted to offer some easy ways to start the year off with home cleaning resolutions. A clean and tidy home not only improves your home’s aesthetic but can also promote peace of mind. 

Everything in its place. Easy enough, right?! When everyone in the family knows where the designated spot for an item is, the house is easier to clean and keep organized. 

“One In, One Out” Rule. One of the easiest ways to keep your house less cluttered is to implement this rule. For every new item that comes in, get rid of something old. This can be difficult at first, but a small price to pay for a tidy home. 

Clean Room by Room. Whether it’s be putting away Christmas decorations, cleaning up needles that have dropped from your tree or cleaning up after a holiday party. It’s easy to just to keep going and do a deep-clean of the rest of your home. Tackle rooms with the most foot traffic first. Vacuum, scrub, rinse and repeat throughout your home until it feels new again. Then every quarter do another deep clean. 

Set aside time to declutter. Make time each day to straighten up and stay on top of messes. Maybe it’s a 5-minute timer before bed or right after you wake up, designate a specific time to tidy things up, and see how much you can accomplish while the clock is running. 

Make your bed. Set the tone for a productive day by making your bed in the morning. This simple act can also give you a sense of order and calm. It’s also a small act of self-care – sending a message to yourself that you are worth it. 

We hope these simple steps will help turn your McAdams Home into a calm and relaxing oasis for your family. To learn more about one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Staples for Your Southern Pantry

We are admittedly biased; we think that Southern-style food is second to none. Aptly known as comfort food, there is no denying that the belly-stuffing recipes that come out of a Southern kitchen start with ingredients not found in any ol’ pantry. Below are some staples for a soul warming food pantry.

Cheerwine. Born in the Carolinas, Cheerwine’s sharp cherry (amongst other flavors) give the soda its distinct taste and does wonders for all types of foods, from adding great cherry flavor to brownies or an intriguing twist on barbecued chicken

Duke’s Mayonnaise. What was started as delectable spread used on sandwiches to feed soldiers during WWI has turned into a Southern tradition. The family recipe has been continued for the past 100 years and just tastes more homemade. Visit the Duke’s blog for recipes, we recommend trying the Ham and Swiss Sliders or the Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn), and of course you can never go wrong with Duke’s on a tomato sandwich! 

Saltines. For an added salty crunch use saltines instead of breadcrumbs – they are great for fried foods, casserole toppings, meatball fillings and even sweet treats. Try this Cheesy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, or for those feeling more adventurous – this Spiced Dark Chocolate Cherry Saltine Toffee.

Mt. Olive Pickles. Whether it’s added to salads of all sorts: chicken, potato or seafood, placed on a burger or used as a brine, these pickles out of North Carolina have been wowing tastebuds for over 90 years. Try this Pickle Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich

Texas Pete Hot Sauce. This hot sauce is a must for fried chicken or fried eggs and is another product born in North Carolina. These Glazed Pork Chops are sure to be a family favorite. 

The importance of a well-stocked pantry cannot be overstated and although it is far from comprehensive, we hope the above list helps get your McAdams Home ready for some Southern cooking. If you are looking for a home that works perfectly for your lifestyle, contact us today. To find the perfect home and to start making lasting family memories, see our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. 

Our Favorite Wilmington Food Trucks

Whether it’s a festival, farmers’ market, hardware store, or your favorite brewery, if you are in the Wilmington area, you are sure to find some great eats. Food trucks seem to be everywhere and are sometimes just as much of the draw to a place. Like many cities, Wilmington’s food truck industry has grown, combine that with the many talented chefs in the area and it’s no wonder their popularity has rocketed. From pizza to banh mi, tacos, or wild game – Wilmington’s food truck scene is serving up delicious offerings certain to please any appetite. Below are some crowd favorites. 

Grimm Burger. This food truck serves up some of the best smash burgers and fries in town. From spicy to specialty and kids’ burgers, this is truly a local favorite.  

WilmyWoodie. Customers love this food truck specializing in delicious wood fire brick-oven pizzas made from the freshest ingredients. Be sure to check out their next stop and get one of the gourmet pizzas they are slinging out. 

Pepe’s Taco Truck. This authentic Mexican food truck is serving up traditional dishes and favorites from tacos to tortas, quesadillas and burritos. Be sure to find them in town.  

The Chrome Gnome. Sibling food truck to the Platypus and Gnome, Wilmington’s distinct wild game restaurant. 

Mommiez. Offering up southern staples with handmade care. 

Wheelz Pizza. If you’re in the mood for sourdough Brooklyn style pizza look no further. It’s delicious and can be found at many of your favorite breweries.  

Donut Bus. For those with a sweet tooth, the delicious mini donuts being served up are worth the calories. 

If you are like us, you’re ready to get out there to sample some of these tasty offerings. See one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click to view our current incentives. Or if you own a preferred lot, you can choose from our portfolio of floor plans to personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.