Sunday, March 28, 2010;
All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.
Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Figure Eight Island or Wrightsville Beach? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of April 9-12 (we're skipping Easter weekend).
Delta and US Airways have one-stop flights from Reagan National to Wilmington, N.C., with fares starting at a little over $370 round trip. Wrightsville Beach is 10 miles from Wilmington.
WHERE TO STAY
Figure Eight Realty house rentals
Nightly rates for spacious three- or four-bedroom oceanfront houses on this private island start at $425 with a three-night minimum.
275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 800-541-1161
Rooms at this beachfront hotel start at $139 per night, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
Brasserie du Soleil
1908 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-2226
A boisterous French brasserie filled with dark wood and pressed tin ceilings. Entrees range from a $9.95 burger to a $24 sauteed duck breast.
2025 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-1887
A popular local hangout serving an eclectic mix of small plates, including spring rolls and shrimp and grits. Plates $4-$17.
Marc's on Market
7213 Market St., Wilmington, 910-686-6465
Contemporary spot serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Entrees from $16.
WHAT TO DO
1900 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-0900
A charming collection of shops, restaurants and salons.
6801 Parker Farm Rd., Wilmington, 910-256-2545
Bike rentals $20 a day, $100 for a full week. Bikes can be delivered to your rental house for an extra fee.
Hook, Line and Paddle
15 Bridge Rd., Wilmington, 877-915-2925
Single kayak rentals for $55 a day. The company also offers guided tours, starting at $50 for a two-hour trip.
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