Top 5 Wilmington Wine Shops

*Clink of glasses* “Cheers” to the end of a long day or just getting together with friends – no matter the occasion, if you are in the Wilmington area, you are sure to find some of the best wines from around the world. From neighborhood bottle shops to intimate bars – here are some of our favorite spots to grab your favorite wine or learn about new varietals.

  • Bridgewater Wines + Dines – Now with a Porters Neck location near the Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bridgewater Wines offers customers wines from around the world at all price points. Browse 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! 
  • The Wine Sampler – This locally owned wine & craft beer shop offers over 700 wines to choose from at all price points. Come in & shop for bottles or stay and enjoy a glass of wine. They also have a Winestation offering 28 choices by the ounce, two ounce or five ounce pours.  Relax in their casual environment and let the professionally trained staff help you find the perfect wine! Local delivery is available as well. 
  • Red Bank Wine – Located in the new Bradley Creek Station on Oleander Drive, Red Bank is a premier wine store. Locally owned and operated since 2004, the store offers world class wines, from major producers to allocated boutique family vineyards. And if you are looking for something more unique, be sure to check out “The Vault” – their temperature-controlled, glass-walled wine room. 
  • Total Wine & More – Total Wine offers a large selection of wine and beer at a great price. Join them for educational classes and events, free weekly tastings, or to  talk with wine and beer experts. They even offer Delivery and Curbside Pickup via their website and mobile app.
  • Palate Bottle Shop and Garden – Just a few blocks from the Live Oak Bank Pavilion in the North Fourth District, you’ll find thoughtfully curated wine and beer in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. This friendly and inviting space offers something weekly from live music and specially curated events, pop-up markets, wine tastings and more. 

If you are like us, you’re already thirsty and ready to get out there to sample some of these tasty offerings from around the world. We think one of the best places to try a new bottle is in a McAdams home! We build beautiful homes in 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.

Top 10 Wilmington Breweries

Anyone that’s been in the Wilmington area very long knows that the beer scene is here is booming, and as a result, it’s easier than ever to raise a glass and toast a fantastic day with a home-grown brew. With a wealth of delicious breweries to choose from, you are sure to find a delectable libation for any palate. Here are our Top 10 Favorite Breweries in Wilmington: 

  • Front St. Brewery – Wilmington’s original brewery, Front St. offers award winning beer, great food, and daily tours of the brewery. And if you want more than beer, they have the largest whiskey selection on the East Coast and their pulled-chicken nachos are a must!  
  • Wilmington Brewing Company – Set in the heart of Wilmington and born out of their love of beer, Wilmington Brewing Company started as a homebrew supply store and has grown into one of the best breweries in the state. Anywhere you go in Wilmington you’ll find their flagship beer, Tropical Lightning.    
  • Flytrap Brewing – Located in the Brooklyn Arts District, Flytrap is an exceptional micro-brewery, specializing in American and Belgian style ales. Enjoy a pint in their beer garden, listening to live music, sampling the food truck or peruse one of their artisan markets. 
  • Waterline Brewing Company – Nestled right near the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, Waterline offers a range of handcrafted ales and seasonal brews. Enjoy live music, food trucks and weekly events. 
  • New Anthem Beer Project – Offering two locations (Dock St. and Greenfield St.), New Anthem offers beer lovers a unique take on farmhouse beers and much more. 
  • Edward Teach Brewery – Inspired by the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, the brewery taps into the history of the area and offers up some great beers. Be sure to taste Teaches Peaches, a well-balanced ale with a hint of fruit. 
  • Hi Wire Brewing – The pet and family friendly tap room offers up an expansive list of ales, cider and wine. Enjoy multiple games, feast your eyes on the vibrant murals and relax in the beer garden. 
  • Flying Machine Brewing Company – Located in midtown Wilmington, Flying Machine’s taproom features over 30 taps of beer, ciders, and wine, various food trucks as well as multiple patio options. 
  • Wrightsville Beach Brewery – Serving up fresh, local seafood and craft beer, this brewpub has a great beer garden with live music and weekly events. 

If you are like us, you’re already thirsty and ready to find your favorite brew. We’d love to help you build a sweet home 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.

Loans to Help Purchase Your McAdams Home

There are a number of loans to choose from when purchasing a home, so it’s important to understand each type before you decide. Depending on the type of mortgage you choose, you’ll have different requirements that influence your rate, loan terms and your lender. Here’s some advice that we hope will help you navigate the twists and turns of the home loan process and have you kicking back and enjoying your new McAdams home in no time. 

Requirements to get a mortgage. Taking the time to carefully review your finances, including your monthly income and debts, credit score and your estimated down payment all factor in to determining the type of mortgage you qualify for:

Conventional mortgages. Although this is the most common type of mortgage, they do have stricter regulations on your credit score and your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. Conventional loans are a good choice for most borrowers who want to take advantage of lower interest rates with a larger down payment. If you can’t provide at least 3% down and you’re eligible, you could consider a USDA loan or a VA loan.

Fixed-rate mortgages. This type of loan has the same interest rate and principal/interest payment throughout the duration of the loan. The amount you pay per month may fluctuate due to changes in property tax and insurance rates, but for the most part, fixed-rate mortgages offer you a very predictable monthly payment. A fixed-rate mortgage might be a better choice for you if you’re currently living in your “forever home.” A fixed interest rate gives you a better idea of how much you’ll pay each month for your mortgage payment, which can help you budget and plan for the long term. 

Adjustable-rate mortgages. This type of loan is the opposite of a fixed-rate mortgage is an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). ARMs are 30-year loans with interest rates that change depending on how market rates move. Adjustable-rate loans can be a good choice if you plan to buy a starter home before moving to your forever home. You can easily take advantage and save money if you don’t plan to live in your home throughout the loan’s full term.

Government-backed loans. Each government-backed loan has specific criteria you need to meet in order to qualify along with unique benefits, but you may be able to save on interest or down payment requirements, depending on your eligibility. These type of loans include: FHAVA and USDA.

Applying for a home loan can feel daunting and deciding which type of mortgage best suits your needs early on will help direct you to the type of home you can afford. As a prospective home buyer, it’s just as important to research different types of mortgages as it is the neighborhood where you want to live. At McAdams Homes, we know that applying for a home loan can be complicated, so we offer specially curated communities in the Wilmington, NC 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!

Gems of Coastal NC

From the beaches to the historical landmarks, the Wilmington area offers new adventures around every corner. Looking for the perfect wave to surf? Perhaps you want a day of shopping with friends at eclectic boutiques? Or you want to enjoy a cocktail and a sunset view as you overlook the Cape Fear River? The Wilmington area offers all this and so much more. So, as we hold on to the remaining days of summer, here are a few of our recommendations for some of the can’t miss gems of the Wilmington area. 

Fort Fisher is known for its historical significance, impressive beach, and truly special aquarium. Less known are the Coquina Rocks that are only visible at low tide. These mounds of clumped shells have hardened over the years from surface exposure and radiate green from the algae that covers them, so be careful when traversing this area. 

Whether it’s a day trip or a family vacation, taking the ferry to Bald Head Island feels like being transported to a whole new world. Greeting visitors and travelers alike for over 200 years, Old Baldy no longer serves as an official navigational aid; however, it is the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina. 

The Wilmington area has a great music scene, from the many bars that offer live music to the Live Oak Bank Pavilion with capacity for over seven thousand people. Fortunately, we also have the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Park, better known as Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, this magic venue offers an intimate show with an amazing backdrop.

Take a stroll down the Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington and be sure to stop in the Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center, go to the rooftop bar called aView. Relax with a cocktail (or 2) and enjoy the tapas menu as you lookout over the expansive views of the Cape Fear River.

It’s easy to squeeze every last moment out of summer when you call Wilmington home. Click here for current incentives and build your dream home in one of our specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina. 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.

Real Estate Voted Best Investment

Homeownership has long been part of the “American dream” and based on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years running now. For those that own a home, it’s clear that there are considerable benefits both emotionally and financially. Not only does buying a home help with long-term stability but it is one of the best ways to increase your net worth and grow your wealth over time. 

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a home, rest assured when inflation is high like we are seeing these days, owning a home is a powerful financial tool. Rising inflation means the price of everything is increasing across the board. When you purchase a home and lock in a monthly housing payment, you are essentially shielding yourself from increases to one of your biggest expenses each month. If you are renting, you are not protected from these increases, especially as rent costs continue to rise.  

With the rise of inflation, home prices rise too. Your house is an asset that typically increases in value over time, as there will always be a demand for housing. Rising home values is giving homeowners a significant boost to their equity, and by extension their net worth. Homeownership is a powerful investment and an asset to help you achieve other life goals. 

Don’t miss out on this chance to grow your wealth and make a long-term investment that is sure to benefit your family for generations to come. Now is the time to visit McAdams Homes, we offer specially curated communities in the Wilmington Area of North Carolina, click here for current incentives. Or if you own a preferred homesite, 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 start building your household wealth.

Floor Plan: Introducing The Magnolia

Boasting 1,841 heated square feet, four bedrooms with two and a half baths, The Magnolia is a well-appointed attached home. With its inviting front porch and craftsman exterior details, this charming home is sure to fit all your family’s needs. 

As you walk through the front door, your eyes are drawn to the great room that connects to the thoughtfully designed dining and kitchen areas. The beautiful open design seamlessly blends the living areas and offers a fireplace as the main focal point. The main level living is complete with a well-appointed owner’s suite that offers a sizeable walk-in closet and dual vanities. An optional bath upgrade is also available with a soaking tub and walk-in shower. 

The Magnolia’s upstairs offers three bedrooms, a bathroom, and an additional laundry area. If the lock and leave lifestyle is appealing to you or if you want to enjoy maintenance free living, then The Magnolia is the home for you! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, 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!

Floor Plan: Introducing The Seaspray

Boasting 1,915 heated square feet, four bedrooms with two and a half baths, The Seaspray is the perfect home for any family. With its inviting front porch, alternate elevation and great curb appeal, this home is sure to wow family, friends, and neighbors alike. 

As you walk through the front door, your eyes are drawn to the great room that connects to the thoughtfully designed kitchen and dining areas. The beautiful open design seamlessly blends the living areas and offers an optional fireplace as the main focal point and access to the walkout patio. The well-appointed main floor owner’s suite is complete with a sizeable walk-in closet and dual vanities. Depending on your family’s needs, the optional bathroom configuration offers a walk-in shower and soaking tub. The laundry area is also conveniently located near the garage. 

The Seaspray’s upstairs offers families various options with the loft area, bathroom and three well sized bedrooms and bonus room that could be used as an office or rec room. If charm and space are your desire, then The Seaspray is the home for you! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, 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.

Live Music Venues in the Wilmington Area

The Wilmington area benefits from a year-round live music scene that is as varied as our community. From country stars to indie rock groups and symphonic tributes, the variety of musical acts and venues in the area is impressive. You’ll find outdoor venues and amphitheaters, concert halls, pubs featuring local acts and more, with music festivals to suit every taste held throughout the year. There’s never a shortage of venues to experience live music here on the coast and below is a list of our some of our favorite spots to let your hair down and dance! 

  • Live at Ted’s – Ted’s is a 62-seat intimate listening room and bar. Their mission is to bring local, regional, and acts from abroad to Wilmington. 
  • The Rusty Nail – Known as one of the premier blues venues, you’ll enjoy incredible live music inside or outside on the patio. 
  • Beale Street Barber Shop – From the funky artwork to the Elvis inspired décor, enjoy eclectic sounds from the only barber with a live music stage. 
  • The Palm Room – This historic Wrightsville Beach bar offers friendly faces, ice cold beer and great live music from touring bands to local talent. 
  • Odell Williamson Auditorium – The 1,500 seat performing arts facility at Brunswick Community College is not only an educational resource but also used as a cultural enrichment for the community. 
  • Bourgie Nights – (Pronounced “BOO-ZHEE”) the lounge hosts traveling and local musicians in an intimate listening room environment. An ideal space for discovering your next favorite artist. 
  • The Wilson Center – Offering a variety of shows from dance companies, comedians, live music, and theater acts, the Wilson Center offers entertainment all year long. 
  • Waterline Brewing Company – This family and pet-friendly taproom offers a rustic and historic atmosphere with an outdoor stage hosting local musicians. 
  • Bellamy Mansion Museum – On the second Thursday of each month May through September, enjoy concerts on the lawn of the Bellamy at 6:30pm. Performers range from solo songstresses to big bands with a little bit of something for every jazz lover.
  • Wrightsville Beach Brewery – Not only do they offer craft beer and great food, but guests can also enjoy weekly live music lineups. 

Ready to make a move to the Wilmington area and start enjoying the local music scene? Learn where you can build your dream home, 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 plansto personalize with numerous design options. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey.

Summer Blooms

Summer in North Carolina is a time when your garden delivers an array of color and texture, not to mention attracting beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds. Whether you plant summer-blooming perennials or annuals that bloom all summer, your yard will be a sea of color. When planning your garden landscape, you can choose from a variety of options, from tall flowering plants, small flowering shrubs, or gorgeous blooming ground cover plants. If you’re looking for the best flowers that offer a parade of color all summer long, check out these easy-to-care-for bright, colorful blooms that will be garden stunners for years to come.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)—A tall flowering plant with bright yellow flowers that last all summer.

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)—True annual flowers that bloom from spring to fall. This plant has large, showy, colorful blooms that last from late spring until frost.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)—These flowering perennials have feathery foliage, fragrant showy flowers, and a long blooming time. 

Ornamental Onions (Allium)—Producing purple globe-shaped flowers on the end of a long stem, these perennials are excellent for cut flower displays or for dried flower arrangements. 

Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi)—Ice plants are ideal for providing colorful ground cover in hot, dry, sun-parched gardens. These evergreen succulents produce a plethora of purple-pink flowers. 

Lantana (Lantana Camara)—These sun loving clusters of brightly colored blooms can be yellow, orange, white, red, pink, and purple. Growing as shrubs or as creeping groundcover, Lantana is a beautiful low maintenance perennial. 

Dahlia—Perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall. This plant has large, showy, colorful blooms that last from late spring until frost.

Coneflower (Echinacea)—The plant has large blossoms with a long flowering time from summer to fall.

Petunias—Colorful annual plants that grow in full sun and bloom continuously from spring until fall.

Lavender—A small flowering shrub that blooms all summer and comes back every year.

Hydrangeas—Large flowering perennial shrub with showy flowers that bloom year on year and last all summer long.

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)—Low maintenance, sun-loving shrub that flowers relentlessly throughout summer.

Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata)—Perennial flowering plant with dazzling fragrant blossoms that bloom all summer until fall.

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum)—Flowering groundcover plant for full sun that creates a carpet of purple from early summer.

Bee balm (Monarda)—One of the showiest summer-blooming perennials with spiky red flowers that last until the fall.

Now you just need to get started planting! Come 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. Contact us today to get started on your new home journey and enjoy the summer blooms of your new McAdams Home!

Floor Plan: Introducing The Wren

Boasting just over 2,300 heated square feet, and featuring four bedrooms with two and a half baths, The Wrenis thoughtfully designed and sure to be a favorite. With its inviting front porch, multiple alternative elevations (Elev. E and Elev. F), sideload garage, and great curb appeal, this home is sure to impress and meet all your family’s needs. 

As you walk through the front door, your eyes are drawn to the great room that offers an optional fireplace as the main focal point. Just off the living area is a thoughtfully designed kitchen that connects to a dining room, or the space could be used as an office/study. The beautiful kitchen seamlessly blends into the casual dining area and gives access to the walkout patio, conveniently located powder room and two-car garage.

The Wren’s upstairs offers includes a well-appointed owner’s suite complete with two sizeable walk-in closets, dual vanities, walk-in shower, and soaking tub. The laundry area is conveniently located upstairs as well. Three well sized bedrooms complete the upstairs and offer great space for guests or your growing family. If space clean lines are your desire, then The Wren is the home for you! 

Learn where you can build your dream home, 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.