Meet Wendy

Want to know what it's like to retire in Wilmington?

I moved to NC almost a year ago and love it!  My residences have previously included Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My husband and I have 4 children ages 27-22 who reside in North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts and Illinois.  I am a nurse currently not employed while I still get settled in. My hobbies include walking, running, biking, playing pickle ball, reading and going to the beach.

So Wendy, what about Wilmington initially appealed to you?

We purchased a piece of property in a development 10 years ago. We knew that the weather, the proximity to the coast, the various activities (especially golfing and boating) which are readily available would be very appealing.  Because Wilmington is a college town, UNCW is located here, there is always an opportunity to watch college sports or catch a Hammerheads soccer game. A quick drive to the town of Southport allows for walking the quaint historic streets, shopping in the many boutiques and art galleries, or dining in some fine restaurants. The town hosts an annual 4th of July celebration which attracts over 40,000 people for its fabulous parade and fireworks display over the Cape Fear River.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

The only problem living near Wilmington is the airport. It is a very nice, small airport and there are many flights, but none are direct. At times a two and a half hour drive to Raleigh is necessary to get good fares and flights.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

In all honesty, I wasn't expecting to feel so content. Having moved away from immediate family and long time friends, I already feel so at home with the warmth and congeniality of many friends I have met.

If you ever left Wilmington, what would you miss the most?

If I left here, I would miss the very frequent trips to the beach and my recently acquired love of pickle ball which has grown rapidly here.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

My advice to anyone moving here would be to get ready for visitors. People, especially those in the Northeast, love to come to Coastal NC to visit!

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