Escape to the Mighty Five in Utah: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Travel and destination photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just visited five national parks in Utah, where he encountered the surreal tableau of arches, alcoves, hoodoos, and epic canyons.

Arches National Park. Photos courtesy T.J. Drechsel

UTAH — The Mighty Five, as it is referred to by adventure seekers from around the globe, is fast becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in America. Five of the country’s most beautiful national parks are all located in a small geographical area within the state of Utah, yet each one is so […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Lighthouses near Wilmington

They have helped ships navigate the treacherous waters off the North Carolina coast for centuries and even though GPS and other modern navigational aids now play a more crucial role in marine life, these famous lighthouses still serve as iconic symbols of America’s past.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Wilmington area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road. Oak Island Lighthouse From Wilmington: Click here for driving […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Morrow Mountain State Park and Town Creek Indian Mound

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Barrett Carter as she and her family find the 'perfect' camping spot. With 4,500 acres of park, there are over 15 miles of trails, vacation cabins, tent sites, a lake and plenty of history.

Morrow Mountain State Park. (Photos courtesy Allison Carter)

Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Wilmington area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road. The kids are running around – dirty, free, burying […]

After running from Virginia Beach to Wilmington, Ashley Horner is headed to Haiti for a 230-mile charity run

“Haiti has always been in my heart,” said Horner, a mother of three from Virginia Beach, who will be raising awareness and funds for the Maison Fortune Orphanage and Primary School in Hinche, Haiti.

Ashley Horner with children from the Maison Fortune Orphanage and Primary School located in Hinche, Haiti in December. (Photo courtesy Ashley Horner)

Five days. That is how long it took pro fitness competitor Ashley Horner to run from Virginia Beach to Wilmington, N.C., last year. But she wasn’t doing her best Forrest Gump impression. She embarked on the 280-mile journey to support the Unbroken Movement Foundation that she started, and to raise money for the Benefited Safe […]

All Aboard: Riverboat cruises are ‘the next big thing’ for travelers from Wilmington

As opposed to typical ocean cruise ships, which usually have long buffet lines and jam-packed pool decks, riverboat cruises offer a more intimate experience. Which is something desired by the older crowd.

“Riverboats are more inclusive and more of a luxury line, so naturally, it attracts more older and accomplished travelers,” said Jessica Rendall, owner of AnyCruise Travel in Wilmington. (Photo courtesy Pat Kirkman)

With exciting international itineraries, high-tech amenities provided onboard and extra time to explore, riverboat cruises are catching on among the travelers from Wilmington. This is not a new phenomenon — river cruises have been in business for decades — but more modern ships are now visiting more locations around the world that ocean-going vessels cannot […]

Europe? Check. Asia? Check. Former UNC-Wilmington students are now driving across Africa

Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden bought a truck and started their African adventure last July with no end in sight. “We will continue to travel until we find a place to call home,” they wrote on their blog.

Wilmington resident Cameron Seagle, right, and his girlfriend Natasha Alden, airborne, have been traveling the world for the past four years. (The World Pursuit instagram)

That moment when adventure, vacation and escapism becomes normal life. For Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden, it happened more than four years ago. Shortly after graduating from UNC-Wilmington, they did not frame the brand-new diploma and start that typical young-professional job hunt. Nope. Instead, they went online and booked the cheapest airfare to Europe they […]

When it comes to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and food, always listen to the locals

Po’ Boy sandwiches, freshly-shucked oysters and those famous beignets … Tom Mahnken, who works in Wilmington, offers his advice on where to eat when visiting the Crescent City just in time for Mardi Gras.

The famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy CafeDuMonde.com)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our vice president of Creative Services. It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans as more and more […]

Headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Here is some solid music advice

Look past Bourbon Street to experience the real city, writes musician Tom Mahnken, who works in Wilmington and has visited the Big Easy more times than he can count (or remember).

During the Mardi Gras carnival season, there will be more than 70 parades in and around New Orleans, from small affairs to large shindigs that rival Super Bowl halftime shows for their pageantry and music. (Photo courtesy Tom Mahnken)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services. Mardi Gras is coming to New Orleans on Feb. 28, so […]

Escape to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Carter as she and her husband escape from a haunted bed & breakfast, trespass at an old distillery after hours and learn that in Kentucky, bourbon is the language.

Jim Beam American Stillhouse. (Photo courtesy Allison Carter)

Bourbon country, Kentucky — it is the mecca of all things wonderful about the caramel-colored vanilla-flavored craft liquor. During one gorgeous weekend this past fall, my husband and I traveled from Wilmington to partake in what spoils bourbon country had. Leaving the kids with family, we took off on a much-anticipated getaway along the famous […]

Veggie Wagon owner Max Sussman finds inspiration after culinary trip to Mexico

The Wilmington resident ignored ‘negative’ news about drug cartels, brushed up on his Spanish and was oblivious to a Shawshank Redemption reference during his hot pursuit of traditional Mexican food.

The view from the Sussmans' villa atop Ixtapa, Mexico. (Photo courtesy Max Sussman)

Max Sussman knows food. The co-owner of the Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach works with it everyday and, even when he goes on vacation, he can’t help himself. So when the Virginia Beach native and his wife, April, visited Mexico last month with some friends, the Sussmans made sure to immerse themselves in the language, […]