Experience the Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour

Spring is in the air, and for the Wilmington area that means that the Azalea Festival is in bloom! If you’ve never visited southeastern North Carolina during this fun-filled weekend, there is plenty to see and do – enough that most of us can’t possibly get around to everything on the schedule. But if you happen to be a history buff, or a lover of architecture, then you won’t want to miss the Historic Home Tour!

Historical Roots

Presented by the Historic Wilmington Foundation, the tour has been taking festival goers across the threshold of some of the oldest and most eclectic homes in Wilmington for years. From cottages to mansions – even sometimes a notable church or public building – the foundation provides a varied selection in order to give you the best sampling of historic life in Wilmington. Each home is monitored by docents, which are ready to answer visitor questions and share unique bits of information on each of the city’s featured pieces of history.

The Present

This year, the area’s largest home tour begins Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Daniel-Poisson House (315 S Front St.). The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be attended by city officials, local residences, and visitors to the festival before the tours officially start. Tours run between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, before the 2018 Azalea Festival draws to a close.

The best part about your ticket is that you can use it on either day of the weekend, or even both if you decide you need more exposure to Wilmington’s architectural history! All proceeds go toward supporting the Historic Wilmington Foundation and its preservation efforts in the region.

The First Stop

The Daniel-Poisson House is one of many homes opened to visitors in the annual event. Located on historic South Front Street – near the Hannah Block Historic USO Building and many other local favorites – this home showcases a classic style and the quintessential southern front porch. Other Wilmington homes chosen for the tour have similar charms, but each is unique and has its own story. Don’t miss the chance to hear each one this spring when you visit our neighborhoods!

Spring Break Necessities

When springtime rolls around, it’s impossible not to embrace a little time off once it’s offered. Here at the beach, we know how nice a break from school and work can be; between the sand, the surf, and the sunshine, ours is a region known for natural beauty and seaside communities just begging to be explored! So while you’re dreaming about all that our coastlines have to offer, make sure to pack all the essentials for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation experience.

Beach gear

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forget all your beach day needs when you pack for your spring break getaway! Where some waters might still be a bit chilly, our beaches have a fairly quick turnaround from winter to spring temperatures. If nothing else, the sand will be nice and comfortable on bright, sunny days.  

Sweater weather

Remember how we said that the sun comes out and warms everything up in March and April? Well, sometimes the evenings may still bring on a slight breeze or a spring rain shower that ushers in cooler temperatures. In those instances, you might be glad we suggested you bring along a light sweater or jacket, just in case.

Good walking shoes

With so much to see and experience in the coastal towns and cities themselves, the last thing you want is to continually worry about wrecking your favorite flip-flops on your daily excursions. We suggest bringing along a trusty pair of sneakers you feel confident walking in so you can fully enjoy your exploration of all that the North Carolina coast has to offer. And if you’re planning to come in April, you’ll definitely want to have decent footwear, because the renowned Azalea Festival will be in full swing starting on the 11th!

Capture the moment

No vacation would be complete without the pictures to prove it. Before you leave and hit the open road, double check that you have your camera (or at least your smartphone) on hand and ready to go with any necessary chargers and accessories. You and your friends will appreciate having the memories, and you can enjoy getting your favorite scenery from every possible angle.

If you’re still planning your spring break getaway, or even looking ahead to summer, contact us at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals for a wide selection of accommodations as well as tips for staying in the area!

5 Reasons to Spring Break in Wilmington

By this time of year, a lot of us are already dreaming of spring and summer sunshine, salt air, and the distant roaring of churning ocean waves. Winter may get you down, but it’s also the season in which you should go ahead and start planning spring trips, like plenty of students do with spring break in mind! For us, there’s no better location than here on North Carolina’s coast, and Wilmington lends itself well to a fun stay.

The weather

North Carolina in the spring features lots of sunshine, some cooler mornings and evenings, and pleasant afternoons. In other words, it’s ideal weather for soaking up some sun on the beach, taking a stroll downtown, or just relaxing at one of Wilmington’s fantastic restaurants with a refreshing cocktail.

Rainy day alternatives  

The weather may be mostly amenable in the springtime, but if you’ve ever visited a beach town before then you know that a little rain is to be expected sometimes. When clouds move in on your plans, Wilmington still has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment! It’s a city rich in history and the arts, so feel free to browse the Cape Fear Museum, the collections in the Cameron Art Museum, or the unique shops in the Cotton Exchange.

The sand and the surf

The center of Wilmington is only minutes from Wrightsville and Carolina beaches, so if you want all the fun of staying downtown, the coast is still easily accessible. During most popular spring break times, the water can still be a tad chilly in the early parts of the day, but the soft white sand gets plenty warm in the sunshine!

Southern hospitality

Our region is famous for its charm and welcoming environment. As a vacation town, Wilmington is a pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of larger cities and busy school schedules. And while it still has plenty to offer in the way of business and attractions, you can be sure that you and your travel companions will be able to relax and take in the atmosphere on those days where a lazy afternoon is just what you need.

The local eats  

When you’re on vacation, you more than likely want to absorb as much local flavor as you can. Here in Wilmington, you won’t have to go far! Our town has tons of original restaurants, niche bars, and local hangouts for you to sample regional recipes and seafood specialties. Not sure what to try first? No problem! Sometimes all it takes is a jaunt into the different downtown areas to make your choice, but you can browse online ahead of time and do a little planning, too. Just don’t get overwhelmed by all Wilmington has to offer, and try to taste a bit of everything during your stay!

Whether you’re new to the area or a returning vacationer, consider enjoying spring break here with us! To get you started, Intracoastal Vacation Rentals has some stellar housing selections for you and any friends that want to tag along. Take a look at our website, or give us a call and we’ll help you find the best location for your vacation.