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, […]

Escape to Poland: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow musician Tom Mahnken, who works in Wilmington, as he documents his trip to Poznan, Poland in June 2011. He was on an international musical tour in the former communist country with a group of 75- to 90 year-old people who sang Rock and Roll songs.

Poznan, Poland in all of its glory. (Photo courtesy F. Alex Johnson)

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. Yes, I was in glorious former communist Poland. The people of […]

Local travel agents ‘are useful again’ and seeing more business

Instead of falling down that travel wormhole on the worldwide web, residents in Wilmington are starting to look for a local solution when it comes to planning and executing their travel dreams.


Name your own price for that hotel stay. Be sure to compare all those rental car quotes. Then scour the Internet for hours looking for reviews, advice and the best travel package deal imaginable. Does this sound familiar? For the last two decades, this is how many American consumers planned their trips to Europe, the […]

Escape to New York City: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow Wilmington resident Allison Carter as she celebrates her mother’s birthday with a food tour in Greenwich Village while sampling the very best pizza, cheese, wine and risotto balls the Big Apple has to offer.

Greenwich Village in New York City. (Photos courtesy Allison Carter)

Food can take you on a journey: through the past, into the present, and off to the future. As your taste buds are tempted, tantalized and satiated, you are there and that is somewhere else. It is why our society is obsessed with food and it is why the Food Network exists. Food can transport. […]

Escape to Utah: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Travel and destination photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just returned from Park City, Utah where he brought in the New Year alongside a few celebrities from Dancing With The Stars.

Flying over the Rocky Mountains.

It was his fifth visit to the Rocky Mountains, but once again, T.J. Drechsel was reminded why that spectacular view from the airplane window never gets old. “When you cross the plains in Kansas and start flying into Colorado, the contrast in landscape is just beautiful,” said Drechsel, a travel and destination photographer from Wilmington, […]

Wilmington International Airport flying high after record year

" ... as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want to talk about it out loud, of course, until the final numbers came in the other day.”


WILMINGTON – Wilmington International Airport (ILM) had a record-breaking year in 2016, beating its previous record set in 2010. Airport Director Julie Wilsey told Port City Daily, “We were pretty confident in November that we would beat 2015, but as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want […]

Monday blues? Plan that trip to Wilmington right now

No matter your budget, the type of getaway or 'staycation' you seek, we have updated advice and suggestions on how you can stay in Port City, what to do when you get there and where to eat.


WHERE TO STAY On a budget: Atlantic Towers is a seaside eleven-story condominium complex that offers unique one- and two-bedroom suites with private balconies. Just outside Wilmington in Carolina Beach, amenities include an oceanfront outdoor pool, indoor heated pool, gazebo with a sundeck and grilling area. Family: The Hilton Wilmington Riverside is the only […]

Escape to Yosemite National Park: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Travel and destination photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just returned from one of the most popular national parks in America where he documented the season's first majestic snowfall.


For T.J. Drechsel, living on the beautiful coast of North Carolina is a special thing. He loves where he lives, especially in the summer months. Often though his wanderlust kicks in during the off-season months. This year, among many destinations, the Wilmington resident traveled to the famed central coast of California where he had the […]

Willing to travel for food and drink: Breweries in Wilmington and beyond

Wilmington and the surrounding areas have an emerging craft brew scene and everyone likes to drink locally, so let break down three of the best and then see how they compare globally. Cheers.


1 Flytrap Brewing | Directions Why you should visit: Named after the Venus flytrap whose native habitat is within a 60-mile radius of Wilmington. Flytrap Brewing, located in the Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington, is a neighborhood brewery that offers a large selection of beer to choose from, serving signature brews as well […]

UNC-Wilmington director returns from Russia, with love

Right on the heels of the U.S. presidential election, Panda Powell visited the country last month to preserve relations and help build their university’s research administration capabilities.

UNC-Wilmington's Panda Powell, top left, meets with faculty and students in Russia. Courtesy photo

Timing is everything. The same logic applies when you travel to a foreign land. When Wilmington resident Panda Powell rode trains in Moscow, ate at restaurants in St. Petersburg and conversed with colleagues at several different colleges in Russia, she said she was not treated differently just because she was an American. The Director of […]