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Recent North Carolina property reviews

  • Stay here for the winter! (or anytime really)

    "My husband and I stayed in this house for 3 months during the winter, through the holidays. It was absolutely perfect! The weather in OBX in the winter is a little chilly but it is a great time of year to be there. Every thing is peaceful, you can go on long walks on the beach for miles before you see another person, all of the things like jeep tours are easy to book and less expensive. Corolla is such a wonderful place filled with really great people in the off season! The house was amazing, we could stay there and not leave for days if we really wanted to. It has everything you need to live for a week or 3 months! We even decorated for the holidays when our family came to visit. We loved the new xbox with kinnect! It was nice for the days where it was just a little too cold to be outside for long, we could still get some activity in. The owners were really nice and attentive to anything we needed during our stay, and have done a really nice job with the house. The hottub was a great bonus, even on the coldest nights, and while we did not get to use the pool, there is a lot of room for a lot of people in the pool area, lots of deck chairs, a nice grill and a nice table and chairs. The walk to the beach is fast - just around the corner and you are on the sand, we could hear the ocean from the deck. All in all this is the perfect house for anyone looking for a great place to stay, you won't regret it."
    Guest: constantine travels Date of Stay: October 2010 Review Submitted: March 30, 2011
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  • Awesome Mountain Trip

    "This was our first time to the Great Smokies. We typically hike near Brevard, NC and decided to try this area. We arrived on Saturday 8/9/14 and left on Sunday 8/17/14. The cabin was wonderful. It had all of the amenities that you could need or ask for. The hot tub was a hit with the kids. There were 6 of us, ages ranged from 53 to 16, and the cabin was plenty big for all of us to get around and not be in anyone's way. The view is somewhat blocked by the trees around the cabin, but it didn't bother us. It was refreshing to wake up and look out and see the mountains and be surrounded by nature sounds. Other cabins are along the road, but never saw one person nor heard any sounds. The fire pit was a hit, and it was a plus that there was wood to be used. We travelled to a lot of areas, Joyce Kilmer, Tale of the Dragon, Cade's Cove, Clingman's Dome, Newfound Gap, Deep Creek, Snowbird Creek, Tsali, Twenty Mile. There are plenty of hiking trails in and around these areas. Access to the cabin, is quite a steep hill, we had 2 vehicles, a Ford Taurus and a Honda Accord. We had no problem getting up the hill, just a little slow. We came fully stocked and but still had to make a couple of trips to the grocery store in Robbinsville, about 15 minutes away. One caution is Graham County is a dry county, so if you run out of spirits, you need to travel to the next county. You can tell that the owners take great pride in their property. They are very easy to work with, very responsive stay was comfortable. I would definitely recommend this cabin to anyone who is interested in hiking, exploring or just sitting back reading, enjoying the scenery, hot tub, fireplaces, etc."
    Guest: Padezanin Family Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 19, 2014
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  • Very pleased!

    "We stayed in this lovely condo for almost a month and loved every day we were there. We especially enjoyed the lovely screened-in porch, and since this was a corner unit we had a lovely view. The kitchen was very well equipped and the management team were there to quickly help us when we had a few questions. The condo was very nicely furnished and the beds were very comfortable. We would definitely stay here again if we ever get back to lovely North Carolina!"
    Guest: Jean Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: October 5, 2013
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  • A Special Place for Family and Friends

    "For the past 5 years our dearest friends and their families come from far and wide to meet at Burgenest for a week of great fun and conversation, music and board games, and delicious food. The house provides the perfect venue for gathering...whether it be on the large screened porch, spacious deck with hot tub, lovely great room and adjoining dining room. The views are breathtaking; hiking is an obvious option. For a day out, it is a short ride to Brevard, NC where there are abundant choices for shopping and eating out. The house is clean and well-maintained. The property listing including photos are accurate and up to date. I highly recommend visiting this lovely home."
    Guest: Burgenest Fan Date of Stay: August 2011 Review Submitted: February 13, 2012
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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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