Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast

517 Orange Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Innkeeper(s): Jay Gartrell
  • Introduction

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, front view

    We have renovated the Sanibel Suite which is now open with a new look and upgraded accommodations.

    For reservations and information, please call Jay Gartrell at (910) 772-9929, text 910-471-9929, or email him at Please include your telephone number.


    is a lovely Queen Anne style home that was built in 1897 by Frederick and Minnie Hashagan, who lived in residence there until 1922. Seven fireplaces with their original mantlepieces, mouldings and stained glass windows are some of the original details that are still in place. This blend makes comfortable, well-appointed rooms for guests.

    Front Porch at the Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast

    Enjoy a good night's sleep and waken to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee. After a hearty Southern breakfast take a short 5-minute stroll past lovely historic homes to the bustling Riverwalk. Browse through antique shops, art galleries and other unique stores that line the streets. If the beach is your destination, we are a short drive, about 15-minutes, to some of the loveliest beaches in the U.S., including Wrightsville, Kure, Carolina Beaches, Fort Fisher, Southport and Orton Plantation.

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, Back Veranda

    We are a short, 5-minute stroll, to the Cape Fear Riverwalk and other interesting downtown attractions.

    Thalian Hall · Cape Fear River · St. John's Museum

    Cape Fear Museum · The Bellamy Mansion · Many Cafes and Restaurants

    Coastline Convention Center · The Cotton Exchange · Chandler's Wharf · U.S.S. North Carolina

    Great Shopping · Riverfront Park · Public Library

    Blue Heaven Features




  • Foyer, Dining Room and Parlor Pictures

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, foyer

    The restored interior features a beautiful original hand carved staircase and foyer, original North Carolina heartpine floors, 10 foot ceilings, original wainscotting and trim and 7 fireplaces - some with original mantles.

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, living room

    The beautifully detailed home has been restored almost to the original layout and has been furnished with unique pieces found in local galleries and antique shops. Each room has its own unique appeal accented by interesting prints or original artwork.

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, dining room

  • How to Find Us

    From the south (Hwy. 74-76-17): after crossing the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge bear left to downtown. Turn left onto Third Street. Proceed Six blocks to Orange Street. Turn right and go to the corner of Sixth Street. Blue Heaven is the fifth house on the left; 517 Orange Street.

    From the north or west: Take I-40 to Hwy. 17 (Market Street) south into the Historic District. Turn left onto Sixth Street. Proceed two blocks to Orange Street. The house is on the right corner, 517 Orange Street.

  • Web Site Links

    All the sites of Wilmington’s downtown Historic District are an easy walk from Blue Heaven!

    Dozens of attractions within a 10-minute stroll of Blue Heaven include:

    Bellamy Mansion

    Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

    Children’s Museum of Wilmington

    Horsedrawn Tours Wilmington NC

    New Elements Gallery

    Thalian Hall

    Wilmington Water Tours

    You can reach popular sites like the USS Battleship North Carolina, Cameron Art Museum, Screen Gems Studios, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington& in about 10 minutes or less by car!

    Battleship USS North Carolina

    Cameron Art Museum

    Screen Gems Studio Tours

    University of North Carolina Wilmington

    About a half-hour drive takes you to one of our four unique public beaches, Airlie Gardens, or Revolutionary War and Civil War sites:

    Airlie Gardens

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