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Most Relaxing Destination

Posted January 30, 2008

What is the most relaxing destination in North Carolina?

Please vote and we'll tally the numbers.

Maybe for you it is Ocracoke. It's a long haul but very relaxing at the end of the journey. There's not a whole lot to do except consume bountiful quantities of fresh seafood, kick back in a beach lounger with a book and listen to the gulls and waves.

Maybe it's Bald Head Island with its absence of car traffic and dense maritime forest dripping with Spanish Moss.

Maybe it is Roan Mountain shrouded in Appalachian clouds but ablaze with Catawba rhododendron in late June.

Don't let me sway you. Stand up for your own Most Relaxing Destination where you can count on good sleep, beautiful scenery and a gentle yet soul stirring experience.


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  • Broker - Back from Lurking Jan 30, 2008

    I'm torn between Mountains and Sea (that's why I live in the middle!). Summers on Beech Mtn. reward you with peace, quiet and cool, crisp air. Late spring and early fall are best in Hatteras, Ocracoke and "Down East" - especially Cedar Island, Sea Level and Harker's Island. Early Spring in Charleston, SC is wonderful when the azaleas are blooming over the cyprus gardens. But when it comes to winter, I'm interested in warmth: Barbados! :)

  • prmoose Jan 30, 2008

    Burke Buddy, Two favorites quickly come to mind. Nothing is more peaceful and inspirational than McRae Meadow at Grandfather. The second has a small hike associated with it, but the view from Green Knob, just under Mt. Mitchell, is breath-taking.

  • sillyauntdi Jan 30, 2008

    I'm a coastal child, having grown up in New Bern. I love the beach...any of them. However, I have family in the mountains around Brevard. I still go there to "get away" for a while, even though I stay with family. The Pisgah National Forest has amazing places to visit...Pink Beds, Looking Glass Falls, the fish hatchery, the Cradle of Foresty. I love to go there! My aunt has undeveloped woodlands behind her house and a mountain lion used to come visit her yard. I heard it "scream" one night when I was little. She has raccoons that come up on the deck each night to be fed. Just watch out for the rattlesnakes!

  • MaplesMom Jan 30, 2008

    Asheville. Between Ridgecrest, Biltmore Estate, Grovepark Inn, the glorious views, the mountian air. Life doesn't get much better than sitting on a rocking chair in Asheville, NC. And at the age of 33, I'm a youngin'!!!

  • happy Jan 30, 2008

    I'm with jcsmom...I grew up in Yancey County and gotto enjoy all the quiet and peacefulness of the mountains in and around that area. Since I moved here, I would have to say Ocracoke is my favorite....though I don't want to applaud it too much. I don't want to ruin it's wonderful ability to remain secluded!

  • Pineview Style Jan 30, 2008

    The Crystal Coast (Atlantic Beach & Emerald Isle)

    Although Lake Gaston comes a close second. With family there, it's makes for a cheap getaway for me!

  • Weetie Jan 30, 2008

    Any where in the North Carolina Mountains...from Asheville to Brevard and all in between!

  • no more - no less Jan 30, 2008

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • janneholbro Jan 30, 2008

    I have to agree that Sunset Beach is a wonderful place. I am so sad they are getting rid of the famous swinging bridge and replacing it with a huge bridge. I love to sit on the porch and watch the boats on the Intercoastal Waterway.

  • jcsmom Jan 30, 2008

    It's really a toss up for me. I grew up at the base of Mount Mitchell, so the mountains will always hold a special place for me. However, the best vacation I have ever had was to Ocracoke Island a couple years ago. We went in October, so the restaurants were still open, but there were very few people there. We could bike almost anywhere we wanted to see.




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