Archive for July, 2014

Romance Anyone?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Feeling romantic? Make a reservation here at the Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast in wonderful Wilmington NC for any of the following dates:

August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, or 21

and get complimentary champagne and homemade chocolate in your room.

Mention the Week Night Romance Special when making your reservation and you’ll be on your way to rekindling the romance!

More Wilmington Burgers

Monday, July 21st, 2014

On February 4, 2011 we posted a blog about the great burgers available in Wilmington NC restaurants. At that time, we honored Hell’s Kitchen, Nikki’s and PT Grill for their tasty and varietous burgies. After going out to lunch yesterday we have to add another restaurant to this list — the Fork n Cork on Market Street (where Slice of Life used to be; don’t worry–Slice of Life moved across the street to much larger quarters.)

Try reading these burger descriptions without the saliva starting to flow! Paula had a Bacon Jam and Pimento Cheese Burger. For the uninitiated, bacon jam is a happy combination of lotsa bacon, molasses, coffee and bourbon reduced to a dreamy gooey mess! Add in the pimento cheese and a plate of perfectly fried fries and you are on the stairway to heaven.

Following on the bacon theme, and paying homage to his love of peanut butter, Steven ordered the Kreider Burger, which featured ample portions of both of these on top of a medium-well cooked burger.Yes, I said peanut butter.

We briefly experienced burger heaven and we just had to tell the rest of the world about it. The Fork n Cork is just blocks away from Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast so we will return to try other burgers there when the next burger fix has us in its grips.


Friday, July 11th, 2014

You know Hollywood. You may even have heard of Bollywood. But, do you ever think about Wilmywood? We do. All the time.

Not many folks know we have the third largest film studio in the country right here in Wilmington. (It’s near the airport and they give tours on Saturdays while there are ongoing productions in town.) They have been filming here for almost 30 years — movies, TV series, documentaries, commercials. It’s really picked up the last 3 or 4 years and it really is fun to be around!

This month they are filming for “The Longest Drive”, starring Alan Alda and Clint Eastwood’s boy. There has been a fleet of 1940s cars and trucks parked on 4th Street and Orange Street outside our inn intermittently and people in 1940s garb coming out of the synagogue at 4th and Market. We had to move our car one day but it was worth the inconvenience to be right in the middle of the action. We look forward to watching this one at the movies next year.

Last summer, they filmed a short segment for the Sleepy Hollow TV series in the alley next to our house. The scene took place in the 1780s in New York state so they had to make a few changes…the alley asphalt was covered with wood chips and the palm tree was covered with a net that had oak leaves attached to it. Ah, the magic of the movies. Actually, the day-long prep for the scene was far more interesting than the actual filming — 20 repetitions of a twenty second scene.

Then there was a scene from the One Tree Hill TV series filmed on our front porch. Ask us to tell you that story at the breakfast table at Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast the next time you are here for a visit to Wilmywood.

Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast Featured in July Issue of Salt Magazine

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Sometimes opportunity just falls from the sky into your lap. That’s what happened to us recently when Ashley Wahl called to say she wants to do an article on Camellia Cottage Bed and Breakfast for Salt Magazine in Wilmington. She said it’s their dog issue and each month they do one article on a house so it makes sense to do one on a B&B in town that has a dog and welcomes dogs. That’s us!

Sparky, Paula and Steve spent a few fun hours with Ashley and her photographer Rick and the result can be found online at We are on p.58 of the July issue, which has a great dog pic on the cover. (We were hoping Sparky would be the cover dog…oh well) We are grateful to Salt Magazine for featuring us. Take a look — you might see some things from our inn that you recognize and some people and a dog.