A Day In Tree Hill, North Carolina

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

When it comes to TV shows, I may watch a lot of them but only a few really capture my attention and love. Like many other females my age, One Tree Hill did that for several years and became a staple to my weeknights while I was in school. When One Tree Hill ended, as did some of my heart. Dramatic? Maybe. True? Absolutely. In fact, OTH is one of the first things me and one of my best friends bonded over, so when we were talking about making our way to Myrtle Beach and realize that Wilmington was kind of sort of on our way home, we knew we needed to make it work.

Wilmington, North Carolina, also known as Tree Hill, still has many resemblances to the show, and some of the buildings are still around. We didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of time here (actually- yes we did, but we couldn’t) since we were on our way home, so we hit some of the big landmarks. Eventually we hope to make it back to do a full day tour and see all of the sights.

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

Our first stop- The Bench. This is where Haley met Nathan to study and he gave her a Cracker Jack box. We were a little nervous that we wouldn’t be able to find it, quickly realizing that the signatures ALL around the bench make it obvious. This bench is right next to the Visitors Center along the Riverwalk. The lady at the Visitors desk was full of knowledge about everything we should do and see, and she gave us coupons with a map.

Next we walked by Black Cat Records, which is still a store and now sells records along with touristy items. We had a coupon, but the nice lady told us that Krazy Mikes was the place to go to purchase One Tree Hill goodies. Thankfully it was right across the street. We spent a good 20 minutes trying to find the perfect One Tree Hill items to purchase.

We then made our way down the road to what used to be Karen’s cafe & Clothes Over Bros. This was the only disappointment of the day because it’s now a sporting goods store. The only thing left of the building from the show are the doors and windows. No awning, no tables, no desk. Just a photo on the counter of what each looked like.

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

To cheer ourselves up a bit, it was time to get tattoos! I mentioned this is my vlog, but this is how it happened. Gina, Jenn and I were all talking about our love for One Tree Hill and how it meant a lot to us. We were all so excited to step foot in Tree Hill and couldn’t wait to get there. One of us jokingly suggested getting “23” tattoos to match the one Haley has, but since hers is a tramp stamp, we laughed it off. Then another one of us said wait, we could always get 23 but somewhere else on our bodies. We tossed the idea around all weekend, and Cara found a place in downtown Wilmington to make it happen. Thankfully, they were open and had time to tattoo all 4 of us. Friends that get spare of the moment tattoos with you are the best.

After our tattoos, we needed some drinks so we had a great meal and good beers at the Front Street Brewery. Then headed to our car to travel to the houses. We only made it to three of them, but again there are more in our future! First, we went to Brookes House, which was about 10 minutes out of the way, but worth it!

Brooke’s house- 2341 Tattersalls Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

Peyton and Haley’s houses are right next to each other, which worked our really well. We took photos in front of them and remembered amazing scenes from these locations, like the Nathan and Haley kiss in the rain from in front of her house, or the girl fight in Peytons front yard. Oh the memories…it’s like we were there!

Peyton- 1901 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28405

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

Haley- 1811 Chestnut St., Wilmington, NC 28405

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

Our last stop was the bride from the opening credits. We had heard that this was in a risky neighborhood, which seemed like it could be so, but we went anyway. We survived and I am so glad we stopped. This is another piece of history in Tree Hill and had signatures of fans from all over it. With only 2 hours in Wilmington (minus the tattoo time) I would say we made out pretty well. I can’t wait to go back!

What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond What To See In Tree Hill, North Carolina To Travel And Beyond

Did you watch One Tree Hill? Who was your favorite?

  • http://kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com Kaitlyn Danielle

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post! One Tree Hill is one of my all time favorites!! I’ll definitely be pinning this and sharing it with all my friends so we can visit sometime. And a tattoo to top it off?! That’s awesome.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      We had so much fun and I can’t wait to get back to Wilmington to see more!

  • http://blondersideoflife.com/ Kelsey Sheron

    Oh my gosh I’ve been to Wilmington 3 times because of OTH!! I may be slightly obsessed lol I was lucky enough to go the first time when they were still filming so got to take a studio tour and watch them film a scene at Clothes over Bros! So glad you had fun!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am so jealous!! I can’t wait to go back. That is SO cool that you were able to be there when they were still filming!

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    LOVE! I noticed some of the spots from OTH when I was in Wilmington but since no one I was with was a fan of the show, I didn’t get to see too many :( I love that you were able to find those houses!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It would be so much fun to go back and explore more of the area. It’s all so beautiful!

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    I would love to do this, too. My husband and I are actually going to Asheville next month, but Asheville and Wilmington are on completely different sides of the state. :( I do have a few friends that were into OTH, too, so it would be awesome to take a girl’s weekend and do this.
    I hate that Karen’s/Clothes Over Bros is a sporting good store now. Boo!
    My favorite was probably Haley, but I did love them all.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You should totally get together some girls and take a trip to see all of the OTH sites! I loved that most of them were still up to see, but was so sad to see Karen’s Cafe is gone.

      • http://www.apaperarrow.com Kayla Whitter

        Yeah. I hate that it’s gone. It was such a staple in the show! But this definitely something I’d love to plan in the future!

  • Jen

    I absolutely love Wilmington, it’s such a beautiful place!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It really is!! I would love to visit for a longer amount of time!!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Omg I would have CRIED going across that bridge!!!

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea Jacobs


    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Isn’t it awesome!! I would love to go back and explore more of the area.

  • Bailey

    I’m just getting into One Tree Hill and I love it! If my husband gets stationed in North Carolina, a trip to Wilmington to visit all the sights is on my “must do” list!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Ahhh!! That would be the best place to be stationed. I would love to visit for a longer amount of time.

  • http://kathleennorris.blogspot.com Kathleen Norris

    I LOVE One Tree Hill! In fact I made this exact trip back in 2009! They were still filming at that time though so we got to see Clothes Over Bros in all it’s glory. AND the icing on the cake at then end of the day was that as we drove by Clothes Over Bros one more time, Sophia Bush was outside taking pictures and signing autographs with fans! We pushed our way to the front and I was able to snap a picture with her. It’s my one and only celeb encounter and it was amazing! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is SO cool!!! She was my favorite in the later seasons. I would love to go back and explore some more. I think it’s time for a OTH reunion :)

  • https://beneaththefireworksblog.wordpress.com/ Erika Powell

    Yes! I loved One Tree Hill so much. I go to Wilmington a bunch but have never tracked down these places. I really need to. Love Haley’s house, so cute!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was so cool to see all of these sites! There were so many more that we didn’t have the chance to visit- next time for sure!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Ugh, looks like SO much fun! I’ve never watched One Tree Hill, but I guess I should get into it now!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You should totally watch it!! OTH was such great show and it was on for so long.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    So I totally remember watching OTH during the first few seasons, but then I kind of stopped. That’s so awesome that you got to visit the town that some of it was filmed in! I would totally do the same thing if I was near the town that inspired Gilmore Girls!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I watched it with my mom when it first started and then started watching it with friends. I loved it and was so upset when it ended. I would love to see the real Stars Hollow. The WB lot will have to do though 😉

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    While I’ve never really watched one tree hill, I can totally understand being able to experience something you loved that was filmed in real life. Looks like a fun girls outing

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      OTH was one of my favorite shows so it was really cool to see so many filming locations. One thing I thought was really cool was that it was actual places instead of all on a set like Gilmore Girls or similar shows.

  • Megan

    So So So jealous! I have wanted to visit Wilmington for the tour so badly but its never been in the cards. You’ve just inspired me to for sure make it happen. I’m so glad you had a blast <3

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You would love it!! If they ever have a reunion there a trip needs to happen!

  • http://lifeweimagined.blogspot.com Laura Powell

    It looks like you ladies had SO much fun! What a great way to spend time together and bond even more over your love for OTH. I’ve never watched all of the episodes of the show but it totally makes me want to go back and watch the whole thing start to finish!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Once you finish Greys (again) you should watch OTH! I really think you would like all of it.

  • Laurie Carpenito

    Just to let you know for future trips, the building you have pegged as Karen’s Café and Clothes Over Bros, is incorrect. That building lies on the corner of Front St. and Grace St. I know, my office use to be on the third floor of THE building. What a great trip for y’all to take. Please come back and enjoy all Wilmington has to offer. I promise you, the beaches are beautiful. Puts MB to shame!

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