While we were vacationing in Topsail we took two separate trips to Wilmington. One day the entire family went for a little stroll through downtown Wilmington on the Riverfront, shopping at the Cotton Exchange and lunch at Dockside in Wrightsville. Before lunch we strolled along the riverfront and saw the Battleship as well as the Coastguard docked. We were intrigued with the “stickers” on the side of the ship and asked one of the crew getting on the ship and he confirmed the marijuana stickers were the number of drug busts that had done and the six round ones above that were for cocaine. All the others are other awards. It was really cool to see how proud they all were. For lunch we headed over to Wrightsville Beach to Dockside for lunch. It was hot, so we ate inside on the 2nd floor with a perfect view of the Inter-coastal Waterway. They even had a decent selection of beer, which I definitely enjoyed with my crab cake sandwich. While walking from the Cotton Exchange towards the Riverfront we came across Front Street Brewery. We actually had intentions of coming back, but made solid plans once we saw the place and their menu.
On our way home, we took the long detour and stopped at Front Street for a sample tasting and we loved the Scottish Ale so much we each had a pint. Knowing we’d be getting home late, we decided to try two appetizers for lunch so we could eat local rather than fast food off 40. The homemade salsa had just the right amount of heat, but the best was the Buffalo Blue Cheese sticks – Amazing! We had plans to eat dinner at my mom’s since we were picking up Freddie since they doggie-sat for us, so we picked up a growler of the Scottish for everyone to enjoy! It was the perfect ending to a perfect week at the beach.