BBOnline Member SINCE 1997

Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast

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

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, front view

    BLUE HEAVEN

    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.

    Front Porch at the Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast

    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

    Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast, Back Veranda

    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:

    LARGE ROOMS AND SUITES-SOME WITH FIREPLACES · KING or QUEEN BEDS · WRAP AROUND PORCH

    WIFI · CABLE TV · AC ·

    FULL COOKED BREAKFAST--MENU CHANGES DAILY

    EXTENDED STAY RATES AVAILABLE

    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 also email blueheaven_bbnc@yahoo.com.   

  • 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 http://www.bellamymansion.org/

    Cape Fear Museum of History and Science http://www.capefearmuseum.com/

    Children’s Museum of Wilmington http://www.playwilmington.org/

    Horsedrawn Tours Wilmington NC http://www.horsedrawntours.com/

    Cotton Exchange http://www.shopcottonexchange.com

    Thalian Hall http://www.thalianhall.org/

    Wilmington Water Tours http://www.wilmingtonwatertours.net/

    Battleship USS North Carolina http://www.battleshipnc.com/

    Cameron Art Museum  http://www.cameronartmuseum.com/

    Screen Gems Studio Tours http://www.screengemsstudios.com/nc/

    University of North Carolina Wilmington http://uncw.edu/Airlie Gardens http://www.airliegardens.org/

    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.