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Friday May 30th To Courtyard Wilmington Downtown Historic District

Dinner at Pilot House

Rooms also available at lower rates for other good hotels through

http://www.hotwire.com

and

http://www.priceline.com

Saturday the 31st LUNCH

- Front Street Brewery (http://www.frontstreetbrewery.com/menu/index.php)

- The George Restaurant (http://thegeorgerestaurant.com/index.php?page=lunch)

- LeCatalan (http://www.lecatalan.com/winebar.html)

Saturday AFTERNOON OPTION:

Drive to to Southport, browse around for a couple of hours, then ferry (North Carolina Ferry Schedule (http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf)) back to Fort Fischer and on up the beach to Oceanic Restaurant on Wrightsville Beach. Park on the road (FREE after 6:00 pm) to walk on the beach to Masonboro Inlet to watch the boats coming in and out.

Oceanic's pier has reopened for outdoor dining with tables accommodating about 70 guests, and more tables are coming along with awnings by mid-May.

Meet for drinks and appetizers and salads or dinner at Oceanic Restaurant (http://maps.google.com/local_url?dq=Oceanic+Restaurant,+South+Lumina+Avenue,+Wrightsville+Beach,+NC&q=http://oceanicrestaurant.com/&oi=miw&sa=X&ct=miw_link&cd=1&cad=homepage,cid:6783518671528512629&ei=anSNUZHrLfKCxQGSoYAg&s=ANYYN7kD5gPy-7-L7kcVcqiUF6xXwcxhVQ)

Saturday NIGHT: Drive back to Raleigh (2 hours)

OR

Saturday OVERNIGHT OPTION: Holiday Inn Sunspree (plus Sunday Brunch)

(FYI: Rates go up mid-June and drop again from September throughout Fall)

OTHER OPTIONS:

Fort Fischer (http://www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/) (Not as large as Fort Macon at Atlantic Beach near Beaufort)

Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. It protected the vital trading routes of the port at Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1861 until its capture by the Union in 1865.

Area (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=614&q=fort+fisher+museum+area&sa=X&ei=fVmNUf2VJdKG0QH92YD4AQ&ved=0CO0BEOgTKAEwDg): 200 acres (81 ha)Opened (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=614&q=fort+fisher+museum+opened&sa=X&ei=fVmNUf2VJdKG0QH92YD4AQ&ved=0CPABEOgTKAEwDg): 1861Address (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=614&q=fort+fisher+museum+address&sa=X&ei=fVmNUf2VJdKG0QH92YD4AQ&ved=0CPMBEOgTKAEwDg): 1610 Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, NC 28449Hours (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=614&q=fort+fisher+museum+hours&sa=X&ei=fVmNUf2VJdKG0QH92YD4AQ&ved=0CPYBEOgTMA4): Friday hours 9:00 am–5:00 pmPhone (https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=614&q=fort+fisher+museum+phone&sa=X&ei=fVmNUf2VJdKG0QH92YD4AQ&ved=0CPkBEOgTMA4): (910) 458-5538

Fort Fischer Aquariam (http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher)

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located on US 421 approximately 15 miles south of Wilmington, just beyond Kure Beach.

GPS: 33°57’46”N, 77°55’32”W
Street address:
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

North Carolina Ferry Division: NCDOT: Ferry Division (http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/ferryroutes/#0)

North Carolina Ferry Schedule (http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf)

To Southport, take the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry.
For ferry schedule, call 910-457-6942 or toll free at 1-800-BYFERRY.

Lower priced Wrightsville and Wilmington area accommodations can be found at:

http://www.priceline.com -- let us know if you try it and find out what hotel they have on Wrightsville Beach

NOTE: No limit, because it is up to you to make your own overnight and carpool arrangements. You can contact each other by clicking on the person's name and using e-mail.