- William Graham Foundation President (80)
- Kathryn Graham College Professor (64)
Visit beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina
Bill and I are newlyweds after meeting as widowers. We restored a two bedroom condo in an old warehouse right on the Cape Fear River. We are both of or near retirement age, but will never be still for that long. We are dedicated runners, and have swapped homes many times. The photo is taken on the river with our home in the background. The riverfront is the number one tourist attraction in Wilmington....why visit it when you can live on it? This is the only building built right on the Riverwalk, an almost 2 mile boardwalk along the Cape Fear River.
We are runners but can do that anywhere in the world.
We just finished an exchange with the Grahams and it was awesome. Their home is immaculate and aside from being historically significant, It could not be located any better. Right on the water in the middle of the historic district, it is surrounded by great restaurants and interesting attractions. Bill and Kathryn were very helpful in providing information about the area. If you are lucky enough to do an exchange with them it will surely be the benchmark by which you judge all your future trades. We could not be more pleased with our visit.
Our stay at Kathryn & Bill’s home in Wilmington exceeded our wildest expectations. Originally we’d hoped to swap for a house on the beach to be near the site of a friend’s wedding. Kathryn & Bill’s home is w-a-a-a-y-y-y better than a beach house. And they are great hosts. We exchanged e-mails regularly before and during our house swap and spoke a couple of times by phone. In a few months, we’ll be getting together for dinner when they come to Washington for a reunion. Their home is in a recently converted warehouse on the Cape Fear River. Their balcony hangs over a boardwalk along the river, and we used it to watch a fireboat imitating the fountains of The Bellagio in Las Vegas, US Marines cruising up the river on maneuvers, boats ferrying tourists upstream and back, pelicans and egrets, plus countless fishing boats, sailboats and barges. Even if there’s no river traffic, it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun set with a glass of wine or to greet the day with a cup of coffee and a bowl of fruit. Three blocks from the Grahams’ front door are four of the city’s top restaurants and two oyster bars of some renown. Plus there’s Kilwin’s ice cream and chocolate shop, two very nice coffee shops (not Starbucks), three top-notch pubs and a wonderful breakfast place called The Dixie Grill. Walk a little farther and you can tour the city’s historic neighborhoods. Or catch a ferry across the river and tour the USS North Carolina, a much-decorated World War II battleship. The Grahams’ home is comfortable and beautifully decorated. Each room has a ceiling fan and the air conditioning system works very well. Except for the absence of a television, it has all the modern conveniences. There’s a Bose sound system with a mind-numbing array of stations. Or you can go out on the balcony (see above) or the beach, about 25 minutes away. They also left our home in perfect condition. Top grades!
We spent a wonderful long weekend in this beautiful Georgetown home....the best location in Washington DC. We especially loved the gorgeous back yard....perfect for reading the paper in the morning and cocktails in the afternoon. The house is comfortable and well equipped, and public transportation is convenient. The Henry's could not have been more accommodating....leaving us closet space, tourism information and the all important parking space. We walked everywhere in Georgetown and even downtown Washington. We feel like we know the Henry's...a wonderful home and a wonderful time for us. And they left our home in North Carolina in perfect condition. I cannot recommend this property highly enough!
Kathryn and Bills home is just perfect. In a historic building right on the water in the heart of Wilmington. Could you ask for more? Great restaurants everywhere and the surrounding area has an abundance of interesting and historic places to visit. If you are lucky enough to get an exchange with them you will judge all your future exchanges by that one. We very much enjoyed meeting them and hope to see them again in the future.
We are loving our stay here in Little Switzerland! The leaves are still beautiful, the air is clear and everything is peaceful! The Blue Ridge Parkway is right nearby, and Asheville has fantastic restaurants. Bob and Judy could not be nicer or more accommodating. Our little house has everything we need and more, and also great wireless internet, a surprise out here in the mountains. Hiking around the area is a pleasure, and driving is lots of fun. I think I could live here! And, would love to see it in the snow season.