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Reserve a room in one of the following romantic getaways in Wilmington, NC, for the perfect couples’ retreat! From hotels with rooftops to bed and breakfasts in historic inns, our guide reveals the dreamiest of accommodations for Valentine’s Day trips, honeymoon escapes, and cute weekend vacations.
Dreamy Wilmington Romantic Getaways
Couples who enjoy having entertainment on their doorstep, or should I say rooftop, might want to consider the Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront (9 Estell Lee Pl), as this is where the lively Cloud9 bar is located.
The seasonal rooftop bar hosts a lineup of local musical talent while serving drinks to locals and visitors; it is also a popular spot with bachelorette parties.
Rooms come in a mix of queen, king, and studio and feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and some have river views.
Guests have access to the hotel swimming pool, fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast.
Parking is close to the hotel, as are many of the city’s historic attractions, such as the Wilmington Railroad Museum.
Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center
Located close to the Embassy Suites, Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center (501 Nutt St) is another option to consider for romantic places in Wilmington.
Many couples who stay here spend a lot of time at the hotel as there is a cool outdoor area with fire pits, a rooftop bar with views, and a social space with a pool table.
Rooms offer a mix of queen and king beds and feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and breakfast can be added for an additional fee.
However, if you plan to dine out, Aloft is less than a 7-minute walk to Front Street or 15 minutes to the Riverwalk, where you’ll find lots of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; see The Basics restaurant for seasonal menus.
Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Another Cape Fear River accommodation is the Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (301 North Water Street).
Rooms range from double to suites, and feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a coffeemaker.
Some have views over the river.
Couples can work out at the gym in the morning, laze by the hotel swimming pool all afternoon, then snuggle up by the fire pit at night; plus, there are three dining options on-site.
Hotel Ballast Wilmington is less than a minute’s walk to Front Street’s entertainment; for more things to do at night, see our helpful travel guide.
Moving away from the riverfront and its skyscraper hotels, we arrive at Arrive Wilmington (101 S 2nd St), which is located in a storied building that was once used as a convent.
Guests love all the different communal spaces, like the outdoor courtyard area with fire pits and a gazebo bar, and even if you don’t choose to stay here with your other half, you can still reserve a table at the Dram Yard restaurant.
Very tastefully decorated rooms are a mix of doubles and suites and feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and some have patios.
This is a pet-friendly hotel.
ARRIVE is close to Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, Latimer House, and the Riverwalk.
Front Street Inn
If your idea of romantic hotels in Wilmington is more on the bed and breakfast style of accommodation, the award-winning Front Street Inn (215 S Front Street) might be “the one.”
Built in 1923, this 2-story red brick building was once used by the Salvation Army.
Today it offers 13 rooms with unique decorations.
Rooms come in a mix of queen and king beds and feature air conditioning, a minifridge, a coffeemaker, and a TV, with some suites including a fireplace and/or a balcony.
Breakfast is served at a bed and breakfast close by called the Verandas, which we have personally reviewed, and it is delicious!
Parking is available at Front Street Inn, and it is included in the price.
Check availability at Expedia.
Verandas Bed and Breakfast
We have personally spent the night as a couple at Verandas Bed and Breakfast (202 Nun Street).
The popular B&B is located in a historic Victorian Italianate mansion constructed in 1853 by shipbuilder Benjamin Beery.
Guests can book period-style rooms with four poster beds, which also feature air conditioning and a TV.
Communal areas such as the living room, games room, and porches can be used throughout the day, and a hearty breakfast is served in the dining room.
We appreciated how accommodating the staff is, and that parking is also included in the price.
If you reserve a room, be sure to take the spiral steps up to the top of the house to see the cool, nautical-like lookout.
Check availability and Expedia.
C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast
Another historic home opening up its doors for romantic stays is the C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast (412 S 3rd Street).
Nominated the best bed and breakfast in the US by USA Today, this B&B is located in an 1893 Queen Ann-style house, built for a wholesale grocery merchant and a commission cotton merchant called Charles W. Worth.
It is the longest-operating bed and breakfast in historic Wilmington.
Guests can choose from seven rooms with king or queen beds that feature air conditioning, a smart TV, and a mini refrigerator.
Some rooms have claw-foot tubs for the ultimate romantic getaway!
Like the Verandas, breakfast is served in the dining room.
C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast is just two blocks from Front Street and three from the Riverwalk.
Check availability at Expedia.
Dreamers by DW
If you and your partner prefer a more contemporary accommodation option with a big focus on interior design, take a look at Dreamers by DW (118 S Fourth Street).
With its muted tones, subtle decor, and curved furniture, Dreamers’ aesthetic is worth a space on every budding designer’s mood board!
Guests can select one of five rooms that start at 260 sq ft and feature air conditioning, a Roku TV, and a tub with a rain shower.
Visitors also have access to the private garden, hammock, and rocking chairs, which are ideal for spending an hour or two reading a book in the sun.
Although not a traditional Wilmington B&B, a complimentary vegan breakfast is also included.
Street parking is close to the hotel.
Location-wise, Dreamers by DW is three blocks from Wilmington’s Riverwalk and less than a 15-minute walk to Front Street for its brewery, bars, and bookstore.
The Graystone Inn (100 S 3rd St) is one of the most popular places to stay in Wilmington.
The house was built around 1905 by Elizabeth Haywood Bridgers, widow of Preston L. Bridgers, a local merchant, and son of Robert Rufus Bridgers, past president of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway and founder of the Wilmington/Weldon Railroad.
Many of the rooms feature claw foot tubs and ornate fireplaces, as well as four-poster beds.
If visiting for a special occasion, it is worth noting that you can request wine or champagne and chocolates or cookies delivered to the room!
Guests can use the outdoor veranda, the sitting room, the library, which has a fireplace, and the lounge with piano.
Uniquely, reservations also include an evening reception with wine and appetizers as well as breakfast in the morning.
If couples really love their stay, they can book the whole house for a wedding ceremony and stay!
The Graystone Inn is close to Thalian Hall for shows and Bellamy Mansion Museum, where you can learn about everyone who lived in the home – including the enslaved domestic staff.
Find out more about the best bed and breakfasts in Wilmington.
A home from home, The Hive (505 North 2nd Street) has 15 suites with fully equipped kitchens for couples who like to dine in.
Rooms crafted by local designer Robin Hertzog feature air conditioning, a comfortable bed, a lounge with a flat-screen TV and satellite channels, and a terrace.
Guests love The Hive’s location near bars like Flytrap Brewery, entertainment spots such as Dead Crow Comedy Room, and the urban Bijou Park.
Whether you are looking for a dreamy bed and breakfast or a romantic hotel in Wilmington, there are great options for every type of travel and trip!
Which accommodation will you book? Tell us in the comments.