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Award Winning Location and Resort

Award Winning Resort

The Blockade Runner has won numerous awards over the years from major publications, community organizations and civic groups. We are proud to be recognized for being a place that our guests and the community recognize as a leader in hospitality, culinary and sustainability.

Resort Awards

• Ranked #3 in Southern Living' South's Best Resorts (2022)
• EAST Oceanfront Dining is a Best Place to Eat in Wrightsville Beach – Charlotte Observer (2022)
• Top Eco-Friendly Resort in US, Canada & Caribbean – Getting on Travel (2022)
• One of 22 Best Beach Resorts for Every Budget – TODAY (2022)
• Named Best Beach Resort – Wake Living (2022, 2021)
• Named Best Hotel – Wilmington Magazine (2022, 2021, 2020)
• AAA Inspector’s Best Housekeeping Award – AAA (2020)
• Top 15 Rated Resorts in North Carolina – Planet Ware (2020)

EAST Dining Awards

• Best Overall - Taste of Wrightsville Beach(2022)
• Best Savory Dish - Taste of Wrightsville Beach(2022)
• Best Sweet Dish– Taste of Wrightsville Beach (2022)
• 2nd Place Overall - Taste of Wrightsville Beach(2021)
• Best Savory Dish - Taste of Wrightsville Beach(2021)
• Best Dish: People's Choice - Taste of Wrightsville Beach (2021)

Wrightsville Beach Awards

• Named #4 on the list of 30 Most Magical Getaways in the US – Coastal Living (2022)
• #4 on the list of 6 Underrated Beach Getaways – AFAR (2022)
• One of 24 Best Beaches in the US – Conde Nast Traveler (2022)
• #9 on the list of 10 Best Spring Break Destinations in the US – Travel + Leisure (2022)
• One of the 25 Best Beaches in the US – Travel + Leisure (2022)
• One of the South’s Best Beach Towns – Southern Living (2022)
• One of 25 Best North Carolina Day Trips – VacationIdea (2022)
• Included on list of Best Beaches – MSN (2021)

Wilmington Awards

• A Top 10 City in the US - Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards (2022)
• Best Riverwalk – USA TODAY 10 Best (2021)
• The South’s Best City on the Rise – Southern Living (2021)
• One of the South’s Best Cities – Southern Living (2020)
• #8 in the list of Best Places to Live and Work as a Movie Maker – Movie Maker Magazine (2022)
• Wilmington made Yelp’s list of ‘Small Town, Big Flavor’ as a 2022 Foodie City – Yelp (2022)