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Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast

517 Orange Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Innkeeper(s): Jay Gartrell
  • Foyer, Dining Room and Parlor Pictures

    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.

    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.

  • Introduction


    is a lovely Queen Anne style home built in 1897. The wrap-around front porch, upstairs sleeping porch, seven fireplaces with their original mantlepieces, stained glass windows and heart pine floors are some of the original details that are still in use. A blend of historic charm plus WIFI, cable TV, AC and central climate control produce comfortable, well-appointed rooms for our guests.

    Enjoy a good night's sleep and awake to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee. After a hearty Southern breakfast take a short stroll past lovely historic homes to the bustling Riverwalk restaurants and stores. Browse through antique shops, art galleries and other unique stores of the Historic District. If the beach is your destination, we are a short drive to some of the best seashore in the U.S., including Wrightsville, Kure, Carolina, and Fort Fisher beaches

    You may take an easy walk to attractions such as:

    Cape Fear Riverwalk ·Thalian Hall · Wilmington Water Tours · Cape Fear Museum ·

    Bellamy Mansion · U.S.S. North Carolina via the Busy Bee water taxi ·

    Burgwin-Wright House, residence of English General Cornwallis

    Fine dining restaurrants · Cotton Exchange· Chandler's Wharf ·

    Blue Heaven Bed and Breakfast Features:





    ****For fastest reservations and information, please call Jay Gartrell at (910) 772-9929 or text 910-471-9929.Please leave your telephone number and a message.

    You may alsoemail[email protected]***

  • 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

    Cotton Exchange

    Thalian Hall

    Wilmington Water Tours

    Battleship USS North Carolina

    Cameron Art Museum

    Screen Gems Studio Tours

    University of North Carolina Wilmington Gardens

    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.

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