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wisconsin_fan81
O.K. so, our beach resorts. Wilmington is nothing if not a beach town first, and naturally, we have a handful of so so resorts to decide from. Not as many as you might think, but I guess that's what we have Myrtle Beach for. But here goes anyways with our short list of oceanfront resorts:
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort
Rooms: 184
amenities: oceanfront, pools, indoor and outdoor, restaurant, 24 hour desk, conference room, grocery/convenience store, atm, wi-fi, spa, poolside bar, free parking, rooms have 32 inch flat screen tvs, cd players, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, you know, all the basics, plus some.

price: between $200 and $300 a night at the highest (all rooms are checked memorial day weekend- the highest price usually all season)

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
down the other end of the beach from Sunspree
Amenities: oceanfront, pools indoor and outdoor, bar/lounge, conference room, room service, shop, room amenties fairly comparable to Sunspree.

Price: $189 to $329 a night


Let this be proof of why the best way to see Wrightsville beach is through your own personally rented condo. C'mon big hotel companies: build us a mega resort! not one of those ones in Myrtle Beach where the rooms are only so-so, but one like Atlantis in the Bahamas!

Sigh....let us continue with a much cooler and newer resort.
CAROLINA BEACH

Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach
New, 10 floor, 144 room resort, that may actually be the nicest hotel of all in New Hanover County. Includes pools inside and out, oceanfront views, restaurant, room service, wifi and in rooms, separate tubs and showers, video games, balconies, and the norm. IT may not be the Ritz-Carlton, but it IS this author's pick of where to stay in Wilmington, even over the Hilton Riverside.

Price: $209-$224 a night
starlagurl
Cool, it's always nice to have real information from real local people. Thanks!
wisconsin_fan81
No problem. Condo rental is really the way to go, though. I lived for 3 years in a condo my mother owned right on the beach in Carolina Beach, and there is nothing like falling asleep and waking up to the sounds and smell of the ocean! I'll add some local condo rental places for both beaches.
wisconsin_fan81
Here are some vacation property rental companies and sites. I personally would recommend either the shell Island area of Wrightsville Beach, or Kure Beach, however keep in mind that they are also going to be the more expensive. Happy Shopping and maybe i'll see you on the beach...just look for the beached whale with 3rd degree burns!

www.intracoastalrentals.com
www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Wrightsville-Beach-North-Carolina.html
This whole page has good info, actually
Used this to book honeymoon in Budapest...great site generally.

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