The Tarheel State has a lot more going for it than its boys in Carolina blue: It’s a great place to vacation with the family.
From North Carolina vacation rentals on the coast to mountain cabins, the state appeals to tripsters seeking the comforts of roomy verandas and cozy fireplaces. If you’re looking for glitz, this wouldn’t be the place to escape, which is perfectly fine when you’ve graduated from velvet ropes to diaper lounges.
If the cottage above catches your eye (And why wouldn’t it, priced at only $133 a night through the first week of May), you’ll be discovering one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets: Topsail Island, a sleepy beach community where board shorts and tank tops are the uniform and friends meet at a neighborhood pool.
But the owner described it best.
“Close your eyes and feel the warm summer breeze caress your face as you listen to the wind and the rhythmic rumble of the breaking waves, the scream of a gull as he dives for a minnow, the laughter and splashing of the children in the surf.”
If that doesn’t say family vacation, I don’t know what does.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.