Wrightsville Beach Abode's Local Guide

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Wrightsville Beach Abode's Local Guide

Food scene
Just around the corner from The Sunsetter, The Workshop is a concept café that integrates the owners’ love for great espresso with their passion for fossil shark teeth and jewelry. After admiring the vast collection of great white, tiger shark, and megalodon teeth in the cases inside, we recommend pairing one of their fresh-baked almond pastries with an espresso con panna and dining on the patio.
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The Workshop
86 Waynick Blvd
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Just around the corner from The Sunsetter, The Workshop is a concept café that integrates the owners’ love for great espresso with their passion for fossil shark teeth and jewelry. After admiring the vast collection of great white, tiger shark, and megalodon teeth in the cases inside, we recommend pairing one of their fresh-baked almond pastries with an espresso con panna and dining on the patio.
Named after a hidden beach break in California, Tower 7 serves Baja-style Mexican food in a lively atmosphere. Even the most casual taco lovers would be remiss to skip this one—locals come for the world-class chicken taquitos and stay for the buzzy margaritas.
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Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill
4 North Lumina Avenue
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Named after a hidden beach break in California, Tower 7 serves Baja-style Mexican food in a lively atmosphere. Even the most casual taco lovers would be remiss to skip this one—locals come for the world-class chicken taquitos and stay for the buzzy margaritas.
Craving a wellness shot or superfood smoothie after a long night of cocktails on the roof? A stone’s throw away down North Lumina Avenue, Adapt Kitchen + Juice Bar offers nutritionally dense, organically sourced options that are as delicious as they are alkalizing. Menu highlights include the Blue Majik Smoothie Bowl and the Poke En Fuego.
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Adapt Kitchen and Juice Bar
32 N Lumina Ave
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Craving a wellness shot or superfood smoothie after a long night of cocktails on the roof? A stone’s throw away down North Lumina Avenue, Adapt Kitchen + Juice Bar offers nutritionally dense, organically sourced options that are as delicious as they are alkalizing. Menu highlights include the Blue Majik Smoothie Bowl and the Poke En Fuego.
Originally established in 1918, Robert’s Grocery is the oldest shop on Wrightsville Beach. Famous for its chicken salad, Robert’s has a huge selection of NC-sourced snacks and sauces, as well as the coldest beer on the island. Grab a house-made soup or dessert from the full-service deli and pick up some produce for breakfast tomorrow, because even a hundred years later, it remains the only grocery store on the island
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Roberts Market LLC
32 North Lumina Avenue
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Originally established in 1918, Robert’s Grocery is the oldest shop on Wrightsville Beach. Famous for its chicken salad, Robert’s has a huge selection of NC-sourced snacks and sauces, as well as the coldest beer on the island. Grab a house-made soup or dessert from the full-service deli and pick up some produce for breakfast tomorrow, because even a hundred years later, it remains the only grocery store on the island
If you’re craving burgers, Poe’s Tavern is the place to go. Choose from 11 different half-pounders with toppings like sweet pepper goat cheese, Charleston-style crab cakes, and applewood bacon, and pair with one of their four signature salads. Vegetarians can sub out beef for an equally delicious black bean option.
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Poe's Tavern - Wrightsville Beach
212 Causeway Dr
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If you’re craving burgers, Poe’s Tavern is the place to go. Choose from 11 different half-pounders with toppings like sweet pepper goat cheese, Charleston-style crab cakes, and applewood bacon, and pair with one of their four signature salads. Vegetarians can sub out beef for an equally delicious black bean option.
One of the most sustainability-focused restaurants in North Carolina, Ceviche’s is unique in their offering of authentic Panamanian cuisine and unmatched tropical drinks. The coastal, white-and-lime aesthetic is inspired by the owner’s childhood deep-sea fishing, mango-picking, and barrel surfing in Central America, and the result is a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere that feels intrinsically local. If you’re still hungry after drinks and tapas, we recommend the ancho chocolate pot de crème for dessert. It’s 100% as magical as it sounds.
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Ceviche's
7210 Wrightsville Avenue
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One of the most sustainability-focused restaurants in North Carolina, Ceviche’s is unique in their offering of authentic Panamanian cuisine and unmatched tropical drinks. The coastal, white-and-lime aesthetic is inspired by the owner’s childhood deep-sea fishing, mango-picking, and barrel surfing in Central America, and the result is a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere that feels intrinsically local. If you’re still hungry after drinks and tapas, we recommend the ancho chocolate pot de crème for dessert. It’s 100% as magical as it sounds.
Brasserie du Soleil is Wilmington’s finest French restaurant. Open late for lunch and dinner, their extensive menu includes pâté, escargot, cheese plates, bouillabaisse, and steak au poivre, as well as the best pommes frites you’ll try outside of Paris. The moody atmosphere is perfect for sipping fine wine with new friends, and if it’s a special occasion, be sure to ask for the crème trio for dessert. You won’t regret it.
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Brasserie du Soleil
1908 Eastwood Rd
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Brasserie du Soleil is Wilmington’s finest French restaurant. Open late for lunch and dinner, their extensive menu includes pâté, escargot, cheese plates, bouillabaisse, and steak au poivre, as well as the best pommes frites you’ll try outside of Paris. The moody atmosphere is perfect for sipping fine wine with new friends, and if it’s a special occasion, be sure to ask for the crème trio for dessert. You won’t regret it.
At once casual and elegant, Port Land Grille is our favorite surf-and-turf restaurant west of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Armed with a keen knowledge of every dish and a dash of southern charm, the servers can help you choose from an array free-range meats and wood-grilled seafood, most of which are sourced from sustainable farms and fisheries. An extensive wine by the glass list highlights some under-the-radar selections from California, Washington, and Oregon.
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Port Land Grille
1908 Eastwood Road
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At once casual and elegant, Port Land Grille is our favorite surf-and-turf restaurant west of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. Armed with a keen knowledge of every dish and a dash of southern charm, the servers can help you choose from an array free-range meats and wood-grilled seafood, most of which are sourced from sustainable farms and fisheries. An extensive wine by the glass list highlights some under-the-radar selections from California, Washington, and Oregon.
If you can’t get enough of the coffee at The Sunsetter, a trip to Casa Blanca Coffee Roasters should definitely be at the top of your to-do list. Since the 1950s, what was once a single-family home sat unfulfilled on Market Street, waiting to be transformed it into the Moroccan-inspired, coffee-lover’s paradise that it is today. From expertly roasted beans to a perfectly brewed final product, you should feel good ordering anything from the menu, knowing you’re getting the very best. And for the cream cheese and lox lovers out there, you’re especially in luck: ask for a slice of smoked salmon toast and head out to the patio while you wait. (Hint: it won’t be long.) All coffees are roasted in-house by owner and head roaster Marissa Ruehle.
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Casa Blanca Coffee Roasters
7409 Market St
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If you can’t get enough of the coffee at The Sunsetter, a trip to Casa Blanca Coffee Roasters should definitely be at the top of your to-do list. Since the 1950s, what was once a single-family home sat unfulfilled on Market Street, waiting to be transformed it into the Moroccan-inspired, coffee-lover’s paradise that it is today. From expertly roasted beans to a perfectly brewed final product, you should feel good ordering anything from the menu, knowing you’re getting the very best. And for the cream cheese and lox lovers out there, you’re especially in luck: ask for a slice of smoked salmon toast and head out to the patio while you wait. (Hint: it won’t be long.) All coffees are roasted in-house by owner and head roaster Marissa Ruehle.
Libations
Family-owned and operated, Lighthouse Beer + Wine opened in 1998 as a bottle shop. In addition to stocking over 700 bottles of wine and keeping 12 ever-rotating beers on draft, Lighthouse also offers an extensive keg list and 200 different singles. The friendly staff will help you navigate your palate and pick the perfect glass, can, or bottle to enjoy out back with some takeout. Bonus: the beer garden is pet-friendly, with plenty of shade and water bowls for Lighthouse’s furry friends.
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Lighthouse Beer & Wine
220 Causeway Drive
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Family-owned and operated, Lighthouse Beer + Wine opened in 1998 as a bottle shop. In addition to stocking over 700 bottles of wine and keeping 12 ever-rotating beers on draft, Lighthouse also offers an extensive keg list and 200 different singles. The friendly staff will help you navigate your palate and pick the perfect glass, can, or bottle to enjoy out back with some takeout. Bonus: the beer garden is pet-friendly, with plenty of shade and water bowls for Lighthouse’s furry friends.
Shopping
Directly underneath The Sunsetter, Hallelu Clothing Company epitomizes surfer-girl chic. This women’s boutique offers contemporary clothing, accessories, and swimwear with an easily Instagrammable flair.
Hallelu
84 Waynick Boulevard
Directly underneath The Sunsetter, Hallelu Clothing Company epitomizes surfer-girl chic. This women’s boutique offers contemporary clothing, accessories, and swimwear with an easily Instagrammable flair.
Conveniently located minutes from Wrightsville Beach, Oliver Clothing is a mainstay in the local retail landscape. Since their doors opened in 2002, they’ve specialized in designer denim—think: Citizens of Humanity, Frame, and Mother Denim—and luxury fashion with an edge. With options for both men and women, Oliver is the perfect place to find your new favorite pair of jeans or Golden Goose sneakers.
Oliver
1055 Military Cutoff Road
Conveniently located minutes from Wrightsville Beach, Oliver Clothing is a mainstay in the local retail landscape. Since their doors opened in 2002, they’ve specialized in designer denim—think: Citizens of Humanity, Frame, and Mother Denim—and luxury fashion with an edge. With options for both men and women, Oliver is the perfect place to find your new favorite pair of jeans or Golden Goose sneakers.
Gentlemen’s Corner is a one-stop shop for elevated menswear and accessories. Whether you’re in need of some everyday basics or a made-to-measure suit jacket, the GC team will tailor the entire shopping experience around your specific needs and preferences.
Gentlemen's Corner
1900 Eastwood Road
Gentlemen’s Corner is a one-stop shop for elevated menswear and accessories. Whether you’re in need of some everyday basics or a made-to-measure suit jacket, the GC team will tailor the entire shopping experience around your specific needs and preferences.
With more than 20 locations from Virginia to Texas, Monkee’s is known across the southeast for their fun, feminine selection of clothing and accessories. At the Wilmington location, you can shop southern style staples from Tory Burch and Mignonne Gavigan, as well as vintage finds from Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Monkee's of Wilmington
1900 Eastwood Road
With more than 20 locations from Virginia to Texas, Monkee’s is known across the southeast for their fun, feminine selection of clothing and accessories. At the Wilmington location, you can shop southern style staples from Tory Burch and Mignonne Gavigan, as well as vintage finds from Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Beanie + Cecil is a luxury womenswear boutique featuring both established and emerging designers. A quick peek at their brand catalogue reveals a tightly curated selection from the likes of Isabel Marant, Ulla Johnson, Tibi, and Mara Hoffman.
Beanie + Cecil
1904 Eastwood Road
Beanie + Cecil is a luxury womenswear boutique featuring both established and emerging designers. A quick peek at their brand catalogue reveals a tightly curated selection from the likes of Isabel Marant, Ulla Johnson, Tibi, and Mara Hoffman.
Airlie Moon is known for its cheerful selection of unique gifts from local and indie designers, stocking everything from soy-wax candles and hand-milled soaps to handwoven light fixtures and gorgeous artbooks. And while it’s the perfect place to pick up a gift or souvenir, there’s also a great selection of everyday home essentials, like crisp linens and quilted throws.
Airlie Moon
1908 Eastwood Road
Airlie Moon is known for its cheerful selection of unique gifts from local and indie designers, stocking everything from soy-wax candles and hand-milled soaps to handwoven light fixtures and gorgeous artbooks. And while it’s the perfect place to pick up a gift or souvenir, there’s also a great selection of everyday home essentials, like crisp linens and quilted throws.
Sightseeing
If you’re anything like us, you came to Wrightsville Beach to get the most out of life on the water, and you don’t want waste a second. Well, we’ve got you covered—just take the River to Sea bikeway straight to Wrightsville SUP and work with one of their team members to customize your perfect adventure. Get your feet wet with lessons from surf-obsessed instructors, or rent your own stand-up paddleboard, outrigger canoe, or kayak for the weekend, and explore the North Carolina waterways on your own
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Wrightsville SUP
96 W Salisbury St
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If you’re anything like us, you came to Wrightsville Beach to get the most out of life on the water, and you don’t want waste a second. Well, we’ve got you covered—just take the River to Sea bikeway straight to Wrightsville SUP and work with one of their team members to customize your perfect adventure. Get your feet wet with lessons from surf-obsessed instructors, or rent your own stand-up paddleboard, outrigger canoe, or kayak for the weekend, and explore the North Carolina waterways on your own
Summer Rest Trail starts at Port City Chop House and winds through the woods to a beautiful neighborhood overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. At only 0.7 miles, it’s a short, leisurely walk, but it connects to the sidewalks along the Wrightsville Beach bridge and eventually the Loop.
Summer Rest Trail
423 Summer Rest Road
Summer Rest Trail starts at Port City Chop House and winds through the woods to a beautiful neighborhood overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. At only 0.7 miles, it’s a short, leisurely walk, but it connects to the sidewalks along the Wrightsville Beach bridge and eventually the Loop.
Located right off Oleander Drive, Airlie Gardens features 67 acres of mighty live oaks, glassy green ponds, and azaleas as far as the eye can see. Families flock to this green oasis to see over 200 different species of birds, and couples stroll under the pergola hand-in-hand. The self-guided walking tour will take you through several formal gardens, a rainbow bottle chapel, and one of the loveliest butterfly houses in the state.
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Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
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Located right off Oleander Drive, Airlie Gardens features 67 acres of mighty live oaks, glassy green ponds, and azaleas as far as the eye can see. Families flock to this green oasis to see over 200 different species of birds, and couples stroll under the pergola hand-in-hand. The self-guided walking tour will take you through several formal gardens, a rainbow bottle chapel, and one of the loveliest butterfly houses in the state.
Beauty
A three minutes’ drive from The Sunsetter, LV Nail Salon is one of our favorite spots in Wilmington to indulge in a little self-care. No matter how specific your nail preferences—acrylic, gel, dip! almond, oval, square! —their team can customize your mani-pedi to your exact tastes and wishes. The complimentary refreshments are an added treat
L V Nail Spa
7205 Wrightsville Avenue
A three minutes’ drive from The Sunsetter, LV Nail Salon is one of our favorite spots in Wilmington to indulge in a little self-care. No matter how specific your nail preferences—acrylic, gel, dip! almond, oval, square! —their team can customize your mani-pedi to your exact tastes and wishes. The complimentary refreshments are an added treat
Short on time? 40 minutes (and only $40) at Set Blowout Bar and you’ll never have a bad hair day again. Choose from one of four signature blowouts (Classic, Sleek, Polished, or Beachy)—or ask to see the drybar menu of braids, buns, and top-knots—and leave the rest to the experts. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and jet off to dinner with amazing hair! Add-on services for blowouts include a luxurious Oribe conditioning treatment and a 10-minute scalp massage.
Set Blowout Bar
7205 Wrightsville Ave
Short on time? 40 minutes (and only $40) at Set Blowout Bar and you’ll never have a bad hair day again. Choose from one of four signature blowouts (Classic, Sleek, Polished, or Beachy)—or ask to see the drybar menu of braids, buns, and top-knots—and leave the rest to the experts. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and jet off to dinner with amazing hair! Add-on services for blowouts include a luxurious Oribe conditioning treatment and a 10-minute scalp massage.
Harbour Salon & Spa offers a wide variety of aesthetic and massage services for men, women, and children. Whether you’re in need of a deep-cleansing facial, a therapeutic massage, or an emergency lash fill-in, the friendly staff at Harbour have you covered. Be sure to check their website for monthly specials and new client discounts.
Harbour Club Day Spa and Salon
1904 Eastwood Road
Harbour Salon & Spa offers a wide variety of aesthetic and massage services for men, women, and children. Whether you’re in need of a deep-cleansing facial, a therapeutic massage, or an emergency lash fill-in, the friendly staff at Harbour have you covered. Be sure to check their website for monthly specials and new client discounts.
Health & Wellness
Located right next door to Oliver Clothing, E-Motion Yoga is a mission-driven studio that combines movement and spirituality to support you on your wellness journey. If you’re short on time, book a class or personal training session for an immediate physical reset and endorphin rush. If you have a little longer, one of their instructors can help you identify and work toward more specific wellness goals, in addition to creating you a blueprint for inner and outer transformation. Oh yeah, and they also carry Bkrs—pronounced “beakers,” in case you were wondering—which are quite possibly the chicest water bottles in existence.
E•MOTION Yoga | Pilates | Barre
1055 Military Cutoff Road
Located right next door to Oliver Clothing, E-Motion Yoga is a mission-driven studio that combines movement and spirituality to support you on your wellness journey. If you’re short on time, book a class or personal training session for an immediate physical reset and endorphin rush. If you have a little longer, one of their instructors can help you identify and work toward more specific wellness goals, in addition to creating you a blueprint for inner and outer transformation. Oh yeah, and they also carry Bkrs—pronounced “beakers,” in case you were wondering—which are quite possibly the chicest water bottles in existence.