the best breakfast stops in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington didn't disappoint on any level. The weather was good, the scenery was great, and the breakfast scene was awesome. Wilmington was basically what I imagine Missoula, Montana's East Coast love-child to be.  

Here are the top 3 spots I recommend based on my short stay in 'Tree Hill.'

Bitty + Beau's Coffee Co. //

If I could make one single recommendation for anywhere to brunch in Wilmington it would be Bitty + Beau's Coffee Co. This coffee shop hires individuals with mental or developmental disabilities. You will not find another coffee shop that puts you in a better mood.

The employees working on the morning we dropped by were dancing behind the counter and had the most positive attitudes, even early in the morning.  I recommend the cinnamon roll! 

Wake'N'Bake Donuts //

This donut shop offers a vegan selection {which I always love} in addition to freshly baked donuts with a creative twist. I recommend the 'Pebble Rock' donut with a sweet milk glaze, coated in Fruity Pebbles cereal. We went to the Carolina Beach location, but the original store is located in the downtown area. 

24 South Coffee House //

I stumbled upon this baby on my way to the famous Wilmington Riverwalk. The best part is that it's a dog-friendly spot! Which means you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a muffin in the company of your four-legged pal. 

*Alternative option: Wrightsville Beach

If all else fails, may I suggest you bring a morning picnic to the ever-gorgeous Wrightsville Beach? It was the first time I've ever felt like the Atlantic could maybe give the Pacific a run for her money.

But...who are we kidding? The Pacific still kicks her ass.