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Perfect North Carolina Vacation

Posted April 16, 2008

Just curious - where are you going on vacation this year? Have higher gasoline prices affected your travel plans? Are you limiting yourself to an in-state getaway? Has the economic downturn put a pinch on your vacation budget? I would appreciate your comments.

Perhaps a little creativity will help stretch for vacation dollar this year. I'd like to give a prize to the Carolina Conversations blogger who lays out the most interesting and innovative seven day vacation plan for 2008. The winner will get a choice of one of my CDs or DVD.

Whether you're a frugal vagabond or free spending sojourner we would love to get your ideas on the Perfect North Carolina Vacation for 2008.


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  • ReallyBigYawn Apr 16, 2008

    This is just a suggestion and I know it affects the economy of tourist areas but why not spend your money on your home area? Build on to the deck and maybe add in a hot tub. Take time off to relax at home and get things done you would otherwise put off. This actually reduces stress. No I'm not a spa/hot tub salesman but this is what my wife and I plan to do instead of renting a cabin in the mountains. A hot tub is easy to keep and can continue to be a get-a-way after you go back to work.

  • TurnEveryStone Apr 16, 2008

    Thanks for the good question, Bill. My wife and I have enjoyed several great North Carolina vacations and plan to do it again this year. One year we spent the 4th of July week in the Salisbury area where more than one local told us, “Nobody comes to Salisbury for a vacation!” But, we did, and it was great. We ate in fantastic restaurants, visited the nearby NC Railroad Museum, and spent a fun day at the Faith 4th of July Festival in nearby Faith, NC. Another year, a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Dillsboro provided a good night’s rest and easy commute to the Smokey Mountain Railroad station for a fantastic afternoon ride along the Nantahala River. We even made it a double-header and rode the evening Dinner Train along the same tracks. It was well worth the price of admission. Last year we took a short vacation to Wilmington with a detour along the way for a night’s stay at Duplin County’s “Squires Inn” after about the best meal this side of Raleigh in the Country Sq

  • vsusu2002 Apr 16, 2008

    My husband will be taking two trips this year. Our North Carolina 2008 fall trip will be to Boone North Carolina mountains. We plan to visit the beautiful Grandfather mountain and other sites to see what the mountains has to offer. Though out first trip will be in a state with a lot of theme parks and people, we are choosing North Carolina mountains to wind down, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenary.

  • eyesblue Apr 16, 2008

    While the bulk of our vacation will be at Va Beach, we always make a point to take a different route for the return trip. This year we'll cross back into NC on HWY 168, take a right hand turn at Barco, and head to Eliz City, Edenton, Williamston, Washington, and onto to New Bern. The plan is to go east instead of toward home from New Bern, and take in the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, have a seafood dinner in Morehead City, and spend the night in Havelock. On Sat morning we'll head to New Bern to take in the sights there for the day before heading on US 70 back toward Clayton...and home. We've made this trip twice before...and took vastly different routes seeing new places and sites...exploring parts of NC I'd only read about.

  • amyddoyle Apr 16, 2008

    We are looking into renting a Portsmouth Island, NC home for a couple of weeks. Our last trips were either just for the day or primitive camping. The primitive shacks would be OK too, but a house all to ourselves on the other end of the island would be very relaxing IMO.

    Of course there is nothing like catching you own dinner either surf fishing, clamming, crabbing, etc. It sure tastes better when you have to work for it!!! Hopefully we can fit a kayak/canoe or 2 on the boat along w/ some beekeeper's head gear for the skeeters. LOL...

  • carolinamissy Apr 16, 2008

    We are going to Duck NC for a week in August and then on a trip to Maggie Valley Cherokee and Pegion Forge, TN in September for five days to the Rod Run can't wait!!!

  • rogerkneebend Apr 16, 2008

    I hear that Ocracoke Island is still a deserted beach (in a way) and that would be heaven for me. And if someone can recommend a place that has very little crowds, that would be appreciated!

  • tennispro Apr 16, 2008

    Oh sorry , I forgot you meant NC vacation spot!! Wrightsville Beach of course and shagging at NOrth Myrtle at Fat Harolds Beach Club!!

  • tennispro Apr 16, 2008

    Since my daugter is graduating from college this year we are going to fly to an island maybe st Kitts? We are going with a good friend and her daughter and another mom and daughter whom I have never met. A girls trip for some fun in the sun! I still wanna go to turks and caicos!!

  • ajstarrrn Apr 16, 2008

    We always take a few "mini" vacations every summer to Oak Island and Topsail Island. Both are relatively quiet and peaceful beaches. We have spent a week the past two summers in Pigeon Forge TN. We got 3 day park passes last year and really enjoyed Dollywood and Splash Country, and also the Dixie Stampede. There are a lot of attractions in this area, but the atmosphere isn't quite as "wild" as places like Myrtle Beach. We will likely make this trip again despite the rising gas prices. We'll just have to work a little harder and save a little more money this time!! (Sorry if this was strictly for NC vacations!!-Pigeon Forge is such a cool place (and so is Gatlinburg)**




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