We are thinking about a vacation in North Carolina in the later half of July. I would love to hear anyone’s experiences or recommendations for cool places to see and places to stay. We would like to spend a good deal of time on the beach. Laid back…low key.



  1. Ed said,

    January 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Native North Carolinian Sage from Musings is your guy for advice. He grew up along the coast.

  2. D R Zinn said,

    January 9, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Wilmington. Tons of historic things to see and do, and close to several beaches.

  3. January 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Not to be missed if you like seafood: Tony's Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead City: ago my great-great grandfather sailed away from that beach after giving his wife the high sign that he thought conditions were favorable to make it to the Caribbean. He was gone for a few months, with her wondering all the time where he was and if he'd ever make it back. He did. :-)I'm a whitewater boater, so if you're thinking of cooling off on your way east, stop by the Nantahala Outdoor Center and raft the Nantahala: and maybe hike a little of the Appalachian Trail.Stay right up the road (easy walking distance but away from the crowd) at the sweet little Lost Mine Campground, with a creek view at almost every camp site and quiet time all the time: Homesteader has been staying there since I was just a kid. I really appreciate that he introduced me to it! When I was getting IV treatment for Lyme, the hostess even gave us a corner lot so I could set up my drip at night without scaring the kids. (Everyone wanted to know where I got the cool lantern holder until they saw the IV bag hanging from it.)The Biltmore really is gorgeous. The craftsmanship is worth the trip.'s the best I know!

  4. January 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Wait! there's more! Sylva is great for crafts and crafted beer, like the Kilted Gnome, which is worth traveling through Sylva. At least the batch was that I had. 🙂

  5. January 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Here's the web site for Kilted Gnome Scottish Ale:

  6. sage said,

    January 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Ed sent me over here! There's a lot to see if you're on the coast. You are going at the most expensive time of the year. For best housing, you might trip Topsoil or Carolina Beach, both have older cottages as well as condos. The Brunswick County beaches also have lots of cottages, but many are new and large (in 2006, my brothers and I rented a 5 bedroom/4 bath for about $3600, if I remember correctly–it was big and on the water)The Wilmington area does have a lot to see and do, especially if you're interested in history. You can take a ferry from Brunswick County beaches to Fort Fisher and on up to Wilmington. If you're in Wilmington, there is the Battleship North Carolina, a great tour especially if the day isn't good beach weather. Also, if you go further north (near Atlantic Beach or the Outer Banks, there is a wonderful Maritime Museum in Beaufort (not far from the Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead, I agree with Ozarkhomesteader, that's a place to eat! Calabash is also a place many people go to for seafood (in Brunswick County). Like Sanitary Fish Market, the boats come into the back of the restaurants. Let me know if you have specific questions. This year will mark 30 years since I lived in the area, but I do get back a time or two a year.

  7. Woody said,

    January 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Thanks all!

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