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Recent North Carolina property reviews

  • House with everything

    "We just got back from renting this house and it was wonderful. This was our first trip to Holden but will not be our last. Steve was great to work with as we did a payment plan with him. The house has everything you need. You only need to bring a few clothes. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking. The beds are very comfortable and the house is very clean. Although the weather was not the best; rained a lot, the house has books, games and a covered back area to sit and enjoy the view. We also enjoyed fishing off the dock and even caught a few. We ate at Castaways Raw Bar one night which was downtown near the bridge; great service and great food. We also visited the Ice cream shop on the beach and it was good. Overall this is a great house and we had a great vacation! Highly recommend this house."
    Guest: Becky Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 11, 2014
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  • Ready to Retire

    "Wonderful Condo that exceeded expectations. Every thing you need for a wonderful vacation. The location is perfect. Close to several awesome beaches (Sunset and Ocean Isle) and close enough to Myrtle Beach to enjoy all the amenities but stay out of the crowd. Would recommend this place to anyone! Kitchen is fully equipped if you want to stay in for meals. Close to many restaurants if you want to go out. Thank you so much for the opportunity for us to stay here. My only complaint...why can't we just stay here forever!? I'm so ready to retire!"
    Guest: Larissa O. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 13, 2014
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  • Birthday Staycation!

    "As a resident of Asheville and the manager of a popular luxury hotel I rarely have time to get away and enjoy a vacation during our busy summer season. I decided on Lake Lure due to it's beautiful scenery, close proximity to Asheville, ( only 42 min. away) and all of the activities the town has to offer. from the moment I interacted with the homeowners I knew this cabin was a good choice. Jenny, the owner, was professional and extremely gracious in accommodating our needs....Hotel Managers are picky you should know, we spend all day perfecting your stay with us so you can only imagine what we expect when staying somewhere ourselves!! the cabin was private, spacious, spotless and the layout was terrific for multiple couples. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was fully stocked with everything to cook, dine and entertain and the pool table was a big hit with the guys. We celebrated my Birthday Sat. by using the outdoor grill for a great cookout with farm fresh meats and veggies from nearby Hickory Nut Gap Farms. Friends and family came in waves from Asheville and the surrounding areas throughout the weekend and a few wouldn't leave because they loved the cabin so much! We paddled kayaks on the lake after dinner to witness an incredible sunset, such a great way to unwind. I was impressed at how close to the marina and Lake Lure Beach we were. (1 mile at the most.) Shortly after we dropped our boats at the cabin then went back into town to dance the night away at a small local venue. the Rumbling Bald Resort passes came in great use as well. We had breakfast poolside the next day, lunch on the beach that afternoon then rented a pontoon boat for some fun on the water. The pontoon boat is the BEST way to see Lake Lure and worth every penny!! We picked up appetizers from the dock at Larkins on The Lake then found a pretty cove to snack and swim for the rest of the afternoon. We headed back to the cabin and the guys headed a pool tournament while the ladies prepared the grill for dinner. We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings with a short after dinner walk around the neighborhood and managed to catch another beautiful sunset over the lake. We loved it and we will be back!!! Do yourself a favor and rent this cabin, you won't be disappointed!"
    Guest: Donna A. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 20, 2014
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  • Excellent Mountain Getaway

    "My family stayed at the Highlander Cabin recently for a family wedding. The cabin was wonderful, 5 bedrooms, clean, scenic and safe. The property was well-maintained and the information/photos clearly represented the cabin. Any questions we had were quickly answered. I would definitely recommend this property as a place to stay if visiting the area!!"
    Guest: Laverne Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 27, 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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