Wilmington Coastal Living

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wilmington downtownFor coastal retirement communities, Wilmington, N.C. should be your location of choice. At Cambridge Village of Wilmington, just 1.3 miles from the historic drawbridge at the yacht club of Wrightsville beach, you can take advantage of the wealth of attractions the coastal town provides, reveling in its rich history of swashbuckling pirates, port trade and Civil War blockade runners. And you can’t miss its natural beauty, world class shopping and dining and vibrant cultural arts scene. Contact us today to schedule your visit!

Incorporated in 1739, Wilmington boasts a National Register Historic District that covers a swath of 230 blocks. There is a real sense of tradition and preservation; you can soak in its history on the cobblestone streets of Antebellum homes, enjoy the hush of the moss-draped live oaks, take a relaxing walk along the Cape Fear River, tap your toes to live music. After that, visit charming boutiques and eateries or spend the day on the beach.


The port city, with its beauty, charm and storied past is home to beach-lovers, adventure seekers, movie buffs, artists and historians. And just maybe, as the newest member of Cambridge Village at Wilmington’s coastal retirement community, you’ll soon call it home, too.
Coastal Senior Living in Wilmington N.C.

With its history, water, and exciting attractions, it’s no wonder seniors like you choose coastal retirement communities in Wilmington N.C. In Wilmington, coastal senior living is as good as it gets! And Cambridge Village at Wilmington, located mere minutes from the beach, affords its residents premier access to the heart of the city and its treasures. Click on the links below to explore all that the port city of Wilmington has to offer!

Historical Attractions:

Poplar Grove Plantation

History comes alive at this preserved homestead of a thriving Victorian-era farming family. One of the oldest maintained peanut plantations in North Carolina, Poplar Grove Plantation, a National Historic Register, offers daily tours, live demonstrations of the workings of a typical 1800s plantation, farm animals and exhibits.

Battleship North Carolina

Immerse yourself in the lives and stories of sailors from 70 years ago, who fought fiercely in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Recapture the feeling of pulse-pounding combat as you walk the decks searching for enemy aircraft, steer the ship, start her engines and fire her guns.

Burgwin-Wright House Museum

Painstakingly restored, this charming property is a historical and architectural gemstone. The oldest museum house in the Southeastern part of the state, it boasts restored Georgian architecture, 18th and early 19th century fine furnishings and formal gardens and an orchard with historically accurate shrubbery. Tour the property, learn about the people who lived there, and don’t forget to take a peek at the dungeon!

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour

“Scary, creepy and mostly ghostly tales! Chills and Thrills await you at the one of the most historic and haunted locations in Wilmington. Tours 7 days a week. Call for times.”
Outdoor Recreation:

Wrightsville Beach

Beautiful is the word for it: stretches of white sand, glistening water, salt in the air. As North Carolina’s most accessible beach from I-40, Wrightsville beach beckons, offering enviable opportunity for swimming, boating, sunbathing, beachcombing and fishing.

Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve

Thanks to the foresight of one Mrs. Bluethenthal and the biologists at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, this 10-acre plot of winding nature trails was dedicated as an inviolate preserve in 1973. It houses the most diverse collection of ecological wildlife on campus, and you can enjoy songbirds, wildflowers, and vibrant foliage among other things.

Halyburton Park

When the grandkids visit, this is the perfect place for your family to enjoy the great outdoors. It features a 58-acre nature preserve, a 1.5 mile walking/biking trail, playgrounds and picnic shelters. If you’re feeling brainy, you can stop by the environmental education and events center,as well.

Live Line Charters

For this hands-on fishing experience, all you’ll need to bring is a “ready-to-fish attitude”; Live Line specializes in deep water jigging for all species, Gulfstream trolling for blue water species and live bait techniques. The charter includes tackle, ice and supplies, fish cleaning services, and an N.C. Saltwater Fishing License.

Shopping and Dining:

The Forum

“At The Forum, charming boutiques sit side-by-side with fine dining, sidewalk bistros and gourmet cafes. Shoppers can choose from a wide array of gifts, women’s fashions, jewelry, antiques, imported furniture, handmade papers and gourmet foods.”

Blue Moon Gift Shops

At this one-of-a-kind establishment you can peruse pottery, artwork, hand-crafted jewelry, clothes, decor, garden accents, gourmet fudge,etc. With over 100 independent retailers and artisans under its roof, Blue Moon offers a little something for everyone.

Burchetta Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery

This popular studio offers tours, glass blowing lessons, art glass events and custom products from glassware and bottles to blown glass lighting and glass lamp shades.

Cultural Arts

Cameron Art Museum

If you’re a lover of the arts, this is the place for you. “The Cameron Art Museum features two centuries of N.C. and U.S. art, boasting one of the world’s major collections of the romantic color prints of Mary Cassatt.” The museum also provides classes, workshops, programs and demonstrations.

Big Dawg Productions

“Founded in 1995, this non-profit theatre company has been committed to producing entertaining, thought-provoking, and socially responsible theater, with an emphasis on education and the promotion of the performing arts.”

Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

This beautiful and historic theatre, one of the oldest in the nation, hosts 250 performances and events every year, including live music, ballet, theatre, film screenings, awards ceremonies, lectures and charity events.

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