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Recent North Carolina reviews

  • Anniversary trip

    "This rental was a last minute idea and was my second call. After the first choice rental didn't happen I called to book this cabin. I'm glad the first one fell through because this cabin was awesome. This place was clean and had all of the conveniences of home. My wife and I was looking for a place to get away and just relax and we found it. This rental is close to Boone and Banner Elk so there is plenty to do. Although this cabin is not in a secluded spot it was still very quiet and relaxing. Earl and Barbara, property managers, were very nice and easy to work with. We will definitely be booking this place again."
    Guest: Eric K. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 13, 2014
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  • GREAT HOUSE!!! GREAT ISLAND!!!

    "Tides N Knots was just what we needed!! A nice clean house, right on the ocean!! The elevator was an added bonus in getting everything upstairs!! The decks were great for relaxing with a drink after a long day at the beach and for watching the dolphins!! We saw lots of them!! Great restaurants were close by and lots of activities on and right off the island!! Even had an a skating rink that brought back memories of being a child!! We also enjoyed crabbing and fishing off piers close by!! The owner was very helpful and honest!! My husband lost his wallet on our last day! we were devastated!! But before we could even get off the island, the owner called me and said housekeeping had found his wallet!! What a relief!! If you are looking for a big, clean, house right on the ocean, Tides N Knots is right what you are looking for!! We will be back for sure!!"
    Guest: lisa s. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 29, 2014
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  • LOVE HOLDEN

    "This is our 5 th time renting this unit and as usaual it was a pleasure! Everything was clean and in order and the one issue we had was delt with by the owner quickly! We consider this our little piece of Holden and have already reserved the unit again for next year! Thank you Jane for opening up your beautiful little unit to us year after year!"
    Guest: LOVE HOLDEN Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 4, 2014
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  • Perfect Getaway...A home away from home!

    "My husband and I just got back from our stay and cannot think of anything that was not perfect about this house. The owner is very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The house was absolutely pristine when we arrived - it smelled clean and there was not a speck of dirt to be found! Some bonus amenities we noticed that may be helpful to anyone considering staying here: -In the kitchen, there is a microwave and oven combo, stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, fridge/freezer, plus there is a washer/dryer - all of which came in handy during our stay. -If you are a Carolina fan, you will love the golf cart! -The couch is super comfy and great for relaxing at night. The TVs were very high quality (I did not spend much time watching TV, but we were there during the Masters so my husband did) -The house is just a brief (less than 5 mins) bike or golf cart ride away from the beaches and the Shoals Club. It was about a 10 minute golf cart ride from the BHI Club/Marina side of the island. -The house is 3 stories with the kitchen/living area on the middle floor and a bathroom attached to each of the bedrooms, which are on the top and bottom floors – if there had been another couple staying with us, we would have each had our own private space and would not have felt like we were intruding the way you often do when all the bedrooms on are on the same floor. -The bathrooms both had spacious walk-in showers. -If you are a golfer, it is definitely worth it to buy a temporary membership to the BHI club so you can play golf. We went out first thing in the morning and it was so peaceful and the course was gorgeous. Afterwards, we stopped by the Pelicatessen for drinks and lunch, which was delicious (FYI if you have a gluten allergy, they have several GF bread options!) -The house is very quiet and private – there were others staying in the homes around us and we never heard anything. We really enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to staying here again! We would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet, comfy, relaxing place to rest after spending the day exploring this amazing island!"
    Guest: eco_nico Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 17, 2014
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North Carolina Travel Tips

North Carolina is a gorgeous coastal state with an interesting history, plenty of nature and many awesome sites for travelers. Here are some of the top things to do and see during your travels to the Tarheel State:

Raleigh

North Carolina’s capital and second-largest city is known as The City of Oaks for its abundance of oak trees, and there’s plenty to do and see here:

Museums

Check out the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for interesting exhibits and a peek at scientists at work in the Nature Research Center. The North Carolina Museum of Art is another free gem. See works spanning 5,000 years back and let the kids explore sculptures in the surrounding nature trails at Museum Park. The fountains in the beautiful Rodin Courtyard are also a must-see. Visit North Carolina Museum of History, also free, to see the state’s story from 18th century clay pottery to the Wright Brothers’ historic flights. The Marbles Kids Museum isn’t free but has plenty of interactive exhibits for learning through play, including a near-life-size chess game, a faux pizza shop and a massive pirate ship replica.

Nature

- Take a walk among the flowers at the JC Raulston Arboretum or the Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden. The acres and acres of blooms, plants and hiking trails at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in nearby Chapel Hill are also a must-visit.

- Ride the train and carousel and rent paddle boats in Pullen Park, just east of North Carolina State’s north campus.

- Go bicycling, hiking and horseback riding in Umstead State Park in northwest Raleigh.

- Hike Bobbitt Hole Trail or kayak on a rushing river in 3900 acres of hills, oaks and scenic beauty in Eno River State Park.

Charlotte

North Carolina’s largest city is the home of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, and there’s plenty to do and see in the Queen City:

What to Do

- Go wild at the 105-acre Carowinds water and theme park, which has something for everyone.

- Engage in hands-on science and technology projects and see a science-themed documentary at Discovery Place in Uptown.

- Stroll in scenic, 98-acre Freedom Park and be on the lookout for beautiful butterflies and birds.

- Be adventurous! Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center to go whitewater rafting on the nearby Catawba River, zipline or take a ropes course through the trees and try your hand - or rather feet - at stand-up paddleboarding.

- Spend time with the kids at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. It’s technically a library, but there are toys, exhibits, computer games and a theater. Check the schedule and buy tickets to one of many excellent traveling theater companies’ shows.

- Bike near the creek in scenic and relaxing Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

- Catch a Carolina Panthers NFL game at Bank of America Stadium.

What to See

- Check out the massive collection of art at the Mint Museum in Uptown. One of the most interesting exhibits is the collection of American and European textiles and costumes.

- Pay a visit to Carolina Raptor Center in northwest suburb Huntersville to learn about raptors - the hawk-like bird, not the dinosaur - and meet some of the resident orphan or injured raptors.

- Learn about African American history, art and culture at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture.

- Take a hike and look for creatures native to North Carolina at the McDowell Nature Center and Preserve.

- See early planes up close and learn the history of flight and North Carolina’s important role in it at the Carolina Aviation Museum

- View exhibits about Charlotte’s post-Civil War history at the Levine Museum of the New South.

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks are a popular visitor destination due to their natural beauty and shore location. Here are some excellent things to do and see on the Outer Banks:

- Take a lighthouse tour. Visit Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - the nation’s tallest - which had to be moved inland for preservation. On a cool day or during the early morning hours,climb to the top for gorgeous coastal views. Other lighthouses worth a visit include the one at Currituck Beach - supposedly haunted due to its dark history, the one on Bodie Island just south of Nags Head and Ocracoke Island’s lighthouse.

- Hit the miles of beautiful beaches! Frisco Beach on Hatteras Island is one of the best. Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is a great place to climb the dunes and watch the sunset and Currituck Beach is perfect for sunbathing and horseback riding.

- Learn about the area’s history of shipwrecks - and even see some remnants - at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on Hatteras Island. The structure itself is worth a view as it was made from part of an old boat’s hull.

- Stroll through the marine forest on the wooden boardwalk of the Estuarine Nature Walk in Corolla.

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