It is kind of cliché but it was a dream of Margi’s to own a bed and breakfast. Thinking it would be a good early retirement project, Doug said “why wait, let’s do it now!” And 21 years later they are innkeepers extraordinaire. They love what they do and get a kick out of “exceeding guest expectations” such as a surprise bottle of Champagne for an anniversary celebration or unexpected tickets to one of their favorite museums or tours. Working as a team in the kitchen, Doug and Margi present two courses for breakfast to a table full of guests sharing their adventures in Wilmington. They serve with fresh fruit, homemade muffins, juice and locally roasted Guatemalan coffee. The second course may be eggs Florentine, artichoke mushroom quiche, stuffed French toast or banana upside down pancake. You can find coffee brewing in the kitchen at 7:30 am; come in and get it! Wilmington is a great river town but also a beach town as four beaches are just 15 to 30 minutes close. They offer beach towels and chairs if you are going to the beach. Just ask!

Margi & Doug Erickson, owners of the C.W. Worth House, an historic North Carolina bed and breakfast.
Margi & Doug Erickson, owners of the C.W. Worth House, an historic North Carolina bed and breakfast.

How do the experiences you offer give guests a unique perspective on history, people or culture of your region?

We offer packages in partnership with several local tours from an intimate carriage ride to an eco-tour on the Cape Fear River, or a walking tour through historic downtown and historic mansions.

How have the experiences that you offer evolved since their inception?

We find guests enjoy the convenience of a package and so over the years we offer more diverse choices of packages.

What is one detail of an experience you provide that may go unnoticed by guests, but which you feel is important?

A tour on the Cape Fear River opens a guests eyes to not only the beauty of the river but its rich history dating back before the revolutionary war.

What do you wish every guest knew as they consider participating in the experiences you offer?

A stay at a bed and breakfast is an opportunity to meet like minded people traveling from all over the world or you may even meet folks from your own neighborhood! A stay at a bed and breakfast offers the personal touch of on-site hosts.

What is one travel trend that really excites you?

Bed and breakfasts are a safe alternative to hotels and most often offer complimentary items such as breakfast, parking, internet access, snacks and refreshments.

A room in a turret – that is the Azalea Suite. The king plantation bed is surrounded by the curve of the windows in the large turret
A room in a turret – that is the Azalea Suite. The king plantation bed is surrounded by the curve of the windows in the large turret

What sets C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast apart from other bed and breakfasts?

We offer romantic getaways, unique experiences, provide personal concierge to every guest and always strive to exceed expectations. We pay attention to detail to make sure guest’s needs are met. We share our own favorite things to do and restaurants in town and guests appreciate that.

What is one insiders tip to getting the most out of an experiential travel vacation?

Ask your B&B or Inn hosts for their favorite things to do in town, maybe it’s theater, craft breweries, farm to table restaurants, the best beaches, day trips—you name it, I’m sure your hosts can steer you in the right direction!

What is one strategy that has helped your business to grow?

Again, we are very much attuned to our guests needs and receive great compliments for our efforts. That is very rewarding. Guests refer us to their friends and family and return year after year. We also cater to mid-week business travelers, local university guests and now offer a small wedding package.

What is one personal habit that has helped you to be successful?

We are very detail oriented to which guests comment all the time how we have thought of everything.

Please share one instance where a guest had a moving or emotional reaction to the experience you provided to them.

Recently a young man in the military proposed to his girlfriend at our B&B. He requested one of our romantic packages to add to the celebration. They were so happy to share their news with other guests at the breakfast table.

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