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Battleship USS NC, Airlie Gardens & Fort Fisher in Wilmington, North Carolina

Best things to do in Wilmington NC - Pat Stoy - Cape Fear Riverwalk by Kevin Dunlap on Unsplash

I’m really excited to interview Patrick Stoy of MC Mortgage Group about Wilmington, North Carolina. Patrick’s tips for the best things to do in Wilmington are awesome because he visited Wilmington in 1996 and never wanted to leave after experiencing life on the coast. He returned home and moved here six months later to start his family and mortgage business.

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Hit the beach and enjoy the waves. Photo by Wentao Liu on Unsplash

Wilmington, North Carolina

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Take a tour of the city on a horse-drawn trolley. Photo by Wentao Liu on Unsplash.

Getting around Wilmington

The local airport is Wilmington International Airport (ILM), which is about a 15-minute ride to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.


Pat recommends renting a car so you can easily travel to all the sites in the area. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz. He also says that Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.

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Best things to do in Wilmington NC - Pat Stoy - Eating oysters at Seabird

Eating oysters at Seabird.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Patrick Stoy about Wilmington, North Carolina. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Green dots = best things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Wilmington, North Carolina

Who is Patrick Stoy?

Patrick Stoy is the Founder and President of MC Mortgage Group, a multi-branch mortgage brokerage company based out of North Carolina. Since he started his business, Pat has partnered with thousands of people helping them achieve their lifelong dream of owning a home. Pat’s keen abilities and sincere desire to help people are the factors that separate him from his peers. This client-centric focus is why he is a recognized leader in the North Carolina residential mortgage industry.

Pat is devoted to the community and loves where he lives. He and his wife Laura have two wonderful children, Jacob who is 21, and Piper Ann who is 5.

Best things to do in Wilmington NC - Pat Stoy his wife and daughter in wildflowers near the town center

Pat, his wife, and their daughter posing in wildflowers near the town center.

Here are a few of his YouTube videos:

You can connect with Patrick on his website and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Pergola Garden at Airlie Gardens. Photo by Avi Waxman on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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  1. Super breakdown here Lee and Patrick. We visited Wilmington a year or so ago to be with my cousin who’ve lived there for 5 years. 2 words: Mellow Mushroom.


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      Glad that you enjoyed yourself in Wilmington. Mellow Mushroom is a good pizza spot. I didn’t realize they were a regional chain until I saw them in a couple different cities. Their garlic cheesy bread is delicious.

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