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Recent North Carolina reviews

  • Great Place for a long weekend

    "Duck Soup was a great rental. The house was very easy to get to, easy to get in and very clean when we arrived. The furniture in the general areas was nice and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked and had a lot of items to assist with cooking. It was also nice to have the grill. The downstairs shower was great for the dogs to be able to rinse the sand off down there. Also it being fenced in was really nice to just let the dogs out back. VERY close to restaurants, some even within walking distance. If you are going to be going to the beach often and bringing a lot of stuff (coolers, umbrellas, etc.) i'd suggest bringing a wagon or using the car to drop them off at the walkway to the beach. It looks like it would be a quick easy walk but when it's hot and humid it becomes tiring fast. The only complaint is that the beds are a little stiff and we didn't very well because of this. Wasn't expecting too much though so not a deal breaker."
    Guest: OSUBUCKS1226 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 2014
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  • Very relaxing weekend...

    "LOVE the creek! It's so clean that we could watch the trout swimming around! Love the sound of the water! Love that every single room has a view of the creek! Love the flat, grassy yard for the dogs. Loved that the porch wrapped on two sides of the house so you could always find some shade. The king size bed in the master was very comfortable and the sheets were nice! Everything you could possibly want in a kitchen was there! Very clean. We ate all our meals out on the deck. Wifi was good. TV was sufficient. It was smaller than we are used to but it didn't bother me at all. The proximity to the Parkway, to Boone, and to Blowing Rock was great! Elk Creek Road was fun to drive on. Very windy. It's close to the road but because there are so few cars, you feel like you are the only ones in the world. Very relaxing! Wish we had seen some more wildlife but we did see the trout and a heron that landed in the creek one morning. They even had toilet paper and paper towels there when we arrived. The rocker recliners were comfy and so were the rockers on the front porch. No regrets. Went motorcycle riding on the Parkway one day and horseback riding the next. Always came back by mid afternoon so we could enjoy the farmhouse and the creek."
    Guest: Dudley R. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
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  • Paradise redefined

    "This was our third visit to this fabulous mountain getaway. The cool, peaceful and beautiful surroundings make this our favorite place to escape the Florida heat. The owners have thought of everything to make their guests feel completely comfortable and were so wonderful to work with. One of the things that I love about the house is the open floorplan with light coming through the skylights and windows. It is decorated beautifully and there is a lake view from almost every room. You get the sense that there is a lot of love in this place and it makes you feel safe, relaxed and happy. We enjoyed using the kayaks and the rowboat every day and the dogs enjoyed swimming after us in the lake. We hiked Whiteside Mt and went to all the areas with waterfalls and got some beautiful photographs. One day we took the dogs with us for lunch at The Ugly Dog Pub in Highlands. It was a fun place and they were so nice to the canine guests. Another fun night was had at Madison's outside on the terrace for dinner. I am already thinking about a return visit to this mountain paradise next year."
    Guest: Miss Ellie Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 6, 2014
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  • Great beach in front of the house.

    "We had assumed the laundry facilities would be inside the house. They are under the house in a walled off room. You need to go outside to get there. The hot tub is under the house also. We did enjoy it, however. Not all of the pictures are recent. We went for 2 weeks. The first week a lot of the cookware was on the other side. It was hard to cook. We didn't know it was there until the cleaning staff came the next week. We took sand toys but didn't get them out. There are a lot of toys. It wasn't exactly what we expected but it is fine."
    Guest: Lana B. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 28, 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:


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:


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.


- 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.


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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