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Featured Wedding

A recent wedding at City Club was featured on Southern Bride & Groom’s blog.  Check out the full post HERE






City Club Buys St. Thomas Preservation Hall

StThomasExteriorWe are expanding!  Check out the press release below and the link to the Star-News article for the full story:
City Club of Wilmington expands downtown footprint.
Acquisition of nearby historic building/event space will enhance offerings  
Wilmington, NC: City Club Partners acquire downtown event center St. Thomas Preservation Hall at 208 Dock St. for an undisclosed figure. Jonathan Weiss and David Topping made their 2nd purchase in Historic Downtown Wilmington on Aug. 29th through their holding company TopWeiss, LLC (which also owns the deRosset House at 23 S. 2nd St., home to The City Club of Wilmington).
City Club’s new general manager Poppy Tugwell will continue to run St. Thomas as one of Historic Downtown’s premier event and wedding venues.  “I am excited to be a part of the City Club and even more so with the addition of Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. We will continue to offer the same superior service to our City Club Members as well as our new Saint Thomas event clients”, Tugwell said.  Those interested in booking weddings or events should contact Poppy at 910.343.1880 ext 210 or Photo gallery of St. Thomas –
Weiss and Topping are also partnered in several successful multi-family apartment complexes together.  With their history of “hands on” supervision combined with the vast experience of The City Club staff, brides and event clients have reason to be excited about this addition.  “David and I are thrilled about the latest addition to our portfolio. The City Club and St. Thomas were both built in the 1840’s and we were in dire need of a large event venue…it seemed like a perfect fit. With the recent addition of many more hotel rooms and the fact that there is no need for out of town guests to rent a car, Historic Downtown Wilmington has become the perfect location to host a wedding,” Weiss said. 
About City Club of Wilmington: City Club is a private dining/social club and wedding/event venue located inside the de Rosset mansion in the heart of  historic downtown Wilmington.  The property also includes lush, tiered gardens and 6 luxurious suites to accommodate overnight guests.  Find out more at

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Happenings Around the Club

Well summer 2014 is in full effect and wonderful things are happening in and around City Club of Wilmington!  The club was recently named BEST wedding reception venue by Wilmington Magazine!!  Make sure to check out the complete list of area businesses.

Next, our gardens have been AMAZING this summer thanks to Dagmar Cooley of Dagmar’s Designs & Landscapes!  We are excited to announce that Dagmar has opened the “Bloom Room” right here on City Club property!  See full details here.


Last but certainly not least, the 4th Annual Great Gatsby event is fast approaching!! We are excited to offer something we have never offered before with this event.  Stay tuned for details…


City Club of Wilmington for The Ultimate Southern Wedding


The City Club of Wilmington, located in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC, is a grand home with beautiful terraced gardens that is the perfect environment for the ultimate southern wedding. City Club has the feeling of a historic mansion but with the amenities of a professional kitchen, an amazing culinary team, 2 full bars with top bartenders, an efficient staff, plus 6 beautiful bedroom suites that reflect the gracious age of the mansion but are equipped with all the modern comforts.

For information on how to book a wedding or special event, call Poppy Tugwell at (910) 343-1880 Ext. 210

Courtyards and Cobblestones: Wilmington’s Premier Wedding Tour

Picture0006Though the current rain and chills may obscure the fact, spring is right around the corner. With the spring comes wedding season, and many happy couples preparing to tie the knot find themselves drawn to the Port City’s oak-lined streets and lush historic homes. Our own beloved De Rosset House host dozens of weddings every year, and City Club has proven time and again to be the perfect venue for couples seeking both modern sophistication and classic Southern charm.

This weekend, City Club is proud to be part of Courtyards and Cobblestones, an event which showcases the best wedding venues and vendors that Wilmington has to offer. A guided tour of six themed ceremony and reception sites across the Historic District, Courtyards and Cobblestones is a must for anyone planning a wedding. It provides the opportunity to mingle with Wilmington’s best wedding planners, vendors, caterers, and artists while reviewing unique and picturesque locations.

Tickets are still available as of this writing, but they are going fast so take advantage of the chance to make your wedding the social event of the season. More information can be found at


The Inn at City Club

Whether it happened while you were enjoying a meal in the dining room, a drink at the bar, or a leisurely afternoon on the porch, we’ve all had the same thought: what would it have been like to live in the de Rosset house during its heyday? There’s something welcoming about this building, exuding the ease and comfort of an earlier time and an open, family atmosphere.   Coupled with the relaxed luxuries offered by City Club, the idea of a life at the de Rosset house is tempting indeed.

Full time residence will have to remain a dream, but a taste of that dream life has become a reality.  City Club of Wilmington proudly welcomes its new sister business, the Inn at City Club.  A residential portion of the house, remodeled as apartments during the First World War, has evolved again and become a luxurious boutique hotel.  Featuring five guest suites, The Inn offers a number of amenities:  gas fireplaces, antique furnishings, modern luxury bathrooms, and access to the Club’s dining facilities.  Open to both club members and those not yet initiated, The Inn is a celebration of refined living, set within walking distance of downtown Wilmington’s many exciting entertainment options.

The Inn is the brainchild of Jonathan Weiss, the owner of City Club and a man with a deep understanding of hospitality and good living.  “We set out to create luxurious accommodations that made you feel like you were staying at The Grand Hotel in 1912, and I feel that we have achieved that goal.” Weiss said in a recent exclusive interview, “Our overnight guests enjoy the service of a 24 hour on call Concierge as well as temporary Membership to The City Club for the duration of their stay.”   Through careful attention to detail, The Inn at City Club has become the perfect destination for the discerning traveler, or the ideal lodging for an out of town guest.

The Inn is open for business, and currently accepting reservations—just in time for the holidays.  Interested parties should contact City Club of Wilmington’s Member Services Office for reservations at 910.343.1880 ext 206.

Come join us at the bar when you arrive.  We always look forward to meeting new friends and introducing them to Greg’s classic cocktails.

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