Take a Secret Garden Tour in Historic Downtown Wilmington

Secret Garden Tour And Downtown Art & Antique Walk Showcase Art, Antiques And Natural Beauty

Historic Downtown Wilmington’s vibrant riverfront offers more than 200 shops, restaurants, attractions, galleries, museums, and theaters. On September 8 and 9, the Historic District provides a charming backdrop for two events that complement the destination’s architecture, history, and natural beauty: the 3rd Annual Secret Garden Tour (September 8-9) and the 5th Annual Art & Antique Walk (September 9).

Thirteen of Old Wilmington’s private gardens will be on display during the Secret Garden Tour. These hidden gardens complement beautifully restored homes that exude the charm of Old Wilmington. On Friday and Saturday morning at 10am until 4pm, visitors are invited to stroll around the Historic District and tour elegantly manicured gardens, many of which have never before been open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine on Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9). Secret Garden tickets cost $15 each (until Sept. 1) or $18 each (after Sept. 1). Bag lunches, catered by Jester’s Java, are available (at a moderate cost) in Victoria’s Tea Room at the Latimer House. All proceeds benefit the Latimer House Gardens and the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. In Wilmington, tickets are available at the Latimer House Museum, The Fisherman’s Wife, Everyday Gourmet, The Plant Place, Transplanted Garden, Ladybugs, Barnes & Noble, and NewCastle Antique Center. Locations outside Wilmington include: Curb Appeal (Southport) and Linda’s Fashions (Carolina Beach). Tours begin at the Latimer House Museum (126 S. Third Street). For more information on the Secret Garden Tour, please call 910-762-0492 or visit www.latimerhouse.org.

On Saturday, September 9, from 10am until 5pm, downtown merchants will host the 5th Annual Art & Antique Walk, a juried show featuring more than 40 area vendors. Treasures on display along Historic Wilmington’s Front Street include one-of-a-kind paintings, photographs, handmade jewelry, sculptures and antiques from New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties. This year’s event includes an Emerging Artists area that features up-and-coming artists. The event is free. Rain date is Sunday, September 10. The Art & Antique Walk is presented by Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) and Town & Country Real Estate. Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event and free parking is available in nearby City parking decks. For more information on the Art & Antique Walk please call 910-251-0727, or visit www.dbawilmington.com .

Arrive early and enjoy the sights, sounds and attractions along the Cape Fear Riverfront. Tour exquisite late summer/early fall gardens and browse to your heart’s content at the Art & Antique Walk. Explore the 230+ block National Register Historic District via trolley car, horse-drawn carriage or guided walking tour. Visit history and specialty museums, tour historic homes and landmarks. Indulge at an ice cream, candy or coffee shop. Board the Henrietta III riverboat for a narrated cruise. Take a river taxi over to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Behold spectacular sunsets over the Cape Fear River. Dine along the Riverwalk and after dinner, take a ghost walk, pub crawl, or a tour of movie locations. Enjoy Wilmington’s live music and theatre scenes, and at day’s end, bunk in at one of more than 20 bed-and-breakfast inns or at a riverfront or oceanfront hotel. All this is located just minutes away from 31 miles of beautiful island beaches at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. For a free Visitors Guide to Historic Wilmington & NC’s Cape Fear Coast, call 1-866-266-9690 or visit www.gocapefearcoast.com for package deals, specials, and a complete calendar of events.

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