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Wilmington sits near the coast of North Carolina, and right on the Cape Fear River (yes, it is the inspiration of the fictional movie). The trendy downtown is known for being the filming destination of other flicks and shows, like One Tree Hill. But it’s that perfect balance of city travelers love to discover, since coffee shops, cafes and refined eateries are around every corner. The Airbnb game is solid, with inland options that can accommodate big families, ones closer to Wrightsville Beach, and some that sit against the river with the best views. Not only are most of our picks affordable, but they are some of the coolest around.
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A former carriage house has been magically transformed into a modern escape, that still holds on to the antique feel. A small subway tiled kitchen is met with rich wood floors, beamed ceilings and an interior barn door. It’s picture-perfect.
Modern meets elegance within a condo that sits right behind the buzzing River Walk, where you’ll find places to eat or grab a drink. Of course, this means you are truly in the heart of Wilmington. But you don’t even have to leave your rental to enjoy balcony views of the Cape Fear River.
Lofts kind of epitomize the feel of downtown Wilmington. The industrial rustic vibes are met with a wave of modernity that has the ability to make one feel hip and artistic by just simply being there. Quartz countertops, original brick walls and age-old heart of pine flooring leave this apartment beaming with character.
With the ability to house 12 guests, this home is an “easy on the wallet” choice for families wanting a mix of nearby Wrightsville Beach, and downtown. Traditional rooms exude a polished southern design, with glistening floors, upscale bathrooms, and plenty of home-like touches. The pool, complete with water slide, adds that paradise edge.
Very “Little House on the Prairie”, but with many modern conveniences, the rustic simplicity of this wee cabin it too precious to handle. A king-size bed sits under the additional sleeping space in the loft, and a few basics like a small fridge and teapot create somewhat of a kitchen. Glorious wood encapsulates the space, and it is oh so cozy. Yes, unlike days on the prairie, there’s a full indoor bathroom.
A bohemian mismatch of modern and classic, this humble yet quite detailed dwelling is located in trendy South Front, just minutes from downtown. While the colorful yet updated kitchen is a fine place to prep a meal, pizzerias, cafes and breweries are proximal to the whimsical nest.
Colors, details and artistry define the building that once was the 1914 Historic McClellan Livery building, a type of carriage house. From tin ceilings to masterful paintings, the space is a gust of new wind that will stimulate and relax at the same time. Walk right out the door to downtown attractions, and just leave the car in the provided parking space the entire time.
Brick, copper, chunky wood flooring—it’s definitely another loft. Always classic, elegant and warm, lofts ideally fit into the area. While in the commons area it feels like a cool coffee shop, the bed and bath offer a spa-like an ambience. Walk to all the main attractions.
One upon a time, this Castle Street Antique and Arts district located apartment once housed firemen who used horses and buggies when rushing to nearby fires. Today, the brick structure with a fitting fire engine red door is a chic apartment still featuring plenty of the old accents and materials. Totally unusual, a stay at the firehouse is memorable, and it’s close to all the coffee shops and so on.
Tucked in a nook surrounded by green plants, a privacy fence and twinkling lights is an old school Airstream in all its metal glory. The interior is up to date with wood floors and basic yet modern touches. Guests find this Airbnb to be spacious, as it’s the largest model available. Both the beach and downtown are easily within reach.
A bridge crosses over a steep incline to reach the treehouse-style abode that sits amongst the Wilmington tree line. Towering wooden ceilings creat a cozy and open sense at the same time. Designed to bring nature inside, you’ll notice pieces of polished tree trunk being used as a bathroom sink, and other natural touches. Bring a paddle board, because a launching point is just a minute away.
A little simpler than our other Airstream pick, this 1960s era trailer certainly doesn’t lack in character. Since spending early life as a camper, it’s since served as a boutique surf shack, something that’s still evident in the aesthetics. When booking, you’ll need to have picked a designated camping spot for the trailer to be delivered to—the choice is yours.