Wilmington, North Carolina, recently named North Carolina’s most popular city, is the queen of spring. In late March and early April, after thawing from the few winter days that dip below 40, which inevitably sends locals hunting for wool sweaters and puffer jackets, the city comes alive in both official and unofficial celebration. Starting late March, spring-blooming Camellia Japonicas hang heavy and full, flopping shades of pink, coral, and red from their extended branches next to beach cottages and historic downtown homes. And, azaleas are spring’s fireworks, speckling nearly every landscape just in time for the world-renowned Azalea Festival in April. If you’ve never been one of 60,000+ Azalea Fest attendees, you’ll definitely want to venture to Wilmington to discover it, and if you’ve been, then you’ll likely be back.
Greenfield Lake, Wilmington’s bite-sized ‘central park,’ is home of the annual Azalea Festival ribbon cutting, and is an electrified Monet painting in early spring, filled with nearly every color in nature’s palette. From March on, Wilmington-area beaches – Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure – are covered with little ones braving the water, brightly-colored beach chairs, and a summer-like attendance on good days. Downtown streets are full of energy with people buzzing in and out of shops on sunny days, strolling along the riverfront, or enjoying lunch on patios.
SUP (stand up paddleboard) enthusiasts and surfers of all ages dot the coast and waterways year-round, and bikers, runners, and outdoor lovers are always on the scene. On the coast, though, there’s always time for putting your feet up in the hammock, swing, or Adirondack chair of your choice in between workouts or for no reason at all.
No matter the time of year, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous days in North Carolina’s most popular city. Whether you want to soak up the sun in retirement or jump into an active lifestyle community, there’s a place for everyone in and around Wilmington.
Choose communities that you are interested in visiting:
At Compass Pointe, you’re not far from the beach or the excitement of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. And the excitement and relaxing lifestyle you’ll find behind its gates…well, you can expect nothing but the best. Take in the scenery playing a round of golf on the championship course or kayaking through the marshes. Stay fit in the exercise facility, and enjoy a meal in the full service restaurant. Whatever is on your agenda, you’ll find it here. Enjoy a 3-day/2-night stay with dinner for two, activities, tour of the community and builder showcase homes, all for $149.
just minutes from historic Wilmington and not far from beautiful beaches, Brunswick Forest is a 4,500-acre wooded retreat—on the coast. Here, days are filled with rounds of golf, tennis or pickleball, strolls along paths and trails, swimming and more. Not to mention a wide range of home designs to suit your dreams. Experience this community on a 3-day/2-night stay with accommodations, a customized tour of Wilmington, VIP tour of the community, round of golf, access to the Fitness and Wellness center and amenities and lunch for $199.
Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas
Boasting a desirable location between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach and near charming Southport, Palmetto Creek is a relaxing beach retreat. The community plays to an active lifestyle, offering walking trails, kayaking, tennis, a fitness center and so much more. Nature lovers will enjoy the boardwalk that winds through the Palmetto Grove Preserve, and in just 10 minutes you can have your toes in the ocean. What’s not to love? Enjoy a 3-day/2-night stay with deluxe accommodations, lunch and a tour of Southport and the community for just $149.
TidalWalk, a Wilmington premier master-planned community, brings to life the coastal lifestyle vision. Here life is close to the Atlantic Ocean, with sand and salty air not far from your doorstep. The gated community features a top-notch amenity center, with zero-entry pool, fitness center and clubhouse for all your big gatherings. You can also enjoy a private beach, island and dock, as well as Intracoastal Waterway access for all your water activity needs. Contact TidalWalk for information and about discovery packages.
St. James Plantation
St. James Plantation, a gated community along the Intracoastal Waterway in Southport, offers a relaxing beach lifestyle and first-class amenities. You can spend your days hiking, biking, boating, playing golf or tennis or soaking up the sun at the private, oceanfront beach club. Your options are endless, so you can design your days your way. Experience the charm of this seaside community on a 3-day/2-night stay with accommodations, round of golf for 2 or $50 certificate for dinner, and access to the private beach club and amenities for $249.
Summerhouse on Everett Bay
Summerhouse on Everett Bay is your coastal dream come true. It’s perfectly situated between beautiful Topsail Island and historic Wilmington, NC, and filled with luxurious amenities that only enhance your lifestyle. Kayak down the Intracoastal Waterway, relax by the pool at the Clubhouse and enjoy a picnic lunch while breathing in the salty air. Choose from 3-day/2-night accommodations for $99 or 4-day/3-night accommodations for $149 with boat and guided property tours and ‘locals’ favorite dining, and experience Summerhouse for yourself.
The Bluffs on the Cape Fear
At The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, you’re not far from one of the East Coast’s favorite cities: Wilmington, North Carolina. Located in Leland, North Carolina, there’s all the modern conveniences you need, mixed in with close proximity to beaches and luxurious amenities. Take a dip in the resort-style pool, play a game of tennis or cast a line at the lake’s fishing pier. The Private Beach Club on Oak Island provides full access to the ocean, and offers the perfect place for gatherings and private parties. Contact The Bluffs on the Cape Fear for discovery tour details.
The community of Waterbridge brings you a luxurious waterfront lifestyle, right in SC’s famous Myrtle Beach. Its notable scenery—80 acres of lakes and natural areas—creates the perfect backdrop for its cottage-style homes. A signature swimming pool offers relaxation on another level, with landscaped island, jetted spa and swim-up refreshment center. The sand volleyball court and Palmetto Lake and Boat Launch amp up the beach lifestyle: sun, sand and water activities. Contact Waterbridge for discovery package details.
Imagine lush landscaping, exquisite amenities and resort coastal living, and you’ll find yourself at Grande Dunes. Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, you’re surrounded by gorgeous water views that are also easily accessible. Whether you indulge in a game of golf or tennis, a relaxing swim or a day on the beach, you can do it here. And when you venture outside the gates, Myrtle Beach is teeming with attractions and activities for you to experience. Enjoy 3-day/2-night accommodations, membership access, dining and private tour for $495.
When it comes to finding your dream home, Logan Developers is ready to help. They offer a variety of floorplans, ensuring that they can match your home with your lifestyle. And what’s even better is your dream home can be in your dream location, whether that’s in a community in South Carolina or North Carolina. Wherever your homesite, Logan Developers is committed to building the home you’ve always wanted. Contact them for discovery package details, and see all they have to offer.
Bill Clark Homes
Bill Clark’s newest division, Legacy Homes ensures that the home designs match the homebuyer’s lifestyle. Whether you decide to purchase a completed home, find your ideal floorplan or design a custom home, Legacy Homes is waiting to help. And the best part is, you can have your dream home in your dream neighborhood, whether that’s Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe or St. James Plantation. Contact Legacy Homes by Bill Clark for details about a discovery package, and come see one of their homes for yourself. It could end up being home sweet home.
Whether you’re picturing resort-style living or a peaceful retreat, Tribute Homes can build your ideal home. They build with the active adult in mind within some of the most prestigious communities on Carolina’s coast and the Charlotte, North Carolina area. And the best part, every detail of your home is tailored to your vision. On a 2-night stay in one of their homes for $110 in Charlotte and $250 Coast, you can explore communities like Edgewater, Golf View at Stonebridge, Lighthouse Cove, Meadowlands, St. James Plantation and Brunswick Forest.