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Old 10-17-2016, 08:34 PM
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I've been on this forum for years, and I have a "feel" for many of the posters, their tastes, etc., which is why I am posting this here:

I love the ocean, and spent most of my life a mile or two (or five), from the water's edge. I am not a beach person in the Southern sense (I don't look to hang on the beach all day); I like the smell of salt water; plant life, natural features, etc., of ocean towns.

As to my interests, I like Gaston County; appreciate small town life, villages, general stores, history, farms, etc.

Would a day trip to New Bern/Oriental fit what I am looking for? If so, is there a preferred route? Any towns to watch out for, in terms of speedtraps?

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:39 PM
 
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New Bern is a very nice place to visit, but I think that would be a tough day trip. It's easily a 5 hour drive from Charlotte.

If you want to want to see the beach on a day trip, I recommend the Charleston area. That's more like a 3 - 3.5 hour drive.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:51 PM
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New Bern is a very nice place to visit, but I think that would be a tough day trip. It's easily a 5 hour drive from Charlotte.

If you want to want to see the beach on a day trip, I recommend the Charleston area. That's more like a 3 - 3.5 hour drive.
Appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I dunno why, but I never took to Charleston. I can see why it's a popular destination, but...

Can you tell me more about New Bern? Appreciate the tip that it's a 5+ hour ride; I'll go on a weekend then .
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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I would do a weekend trip and check out New Bern and Washington in the same trip. Have a meal at Chef and the Farmer in Kinston on the way there or home.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:31 PM
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I would do a weekend trip and check out New Bern and Washington in the same trip. Have a meal at Chef and the Farmer in Kinston on the way there or home.
Thanks so much for the suggestion!
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:36 PM
 
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Appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I dunno why, but I never took to Charleston. I can see why it's a popular destination, but...

Can you tell me more about New Bern? Appreciate the tip that it's a 5+ hour ride; I'll go on a weekend then .
New Bern was the British capital of North Carolina. Lots of history. The Tryon Palace is worth a visit by anyone interested in NC History. Unfortunately, one gets an appreciation of how geographically large that NC is once you try to get there from CLT. I once took a trip from Elizabeth City to Myrtle Beach via the coastal roads, and it was easily a two day tip.

For a Beach visit, I recommend a stay in nearby Morehead City and/or Atlantic Beach. If you have time, take the ferry from Cedar Island to Okracoke Island. It's quite unique. You will be on an island 30+ miles out in the Atlantic ocean.

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Old 10-17-2016, 09:54 PM
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New Bern was the British capital of North Carolina. Lots of history. The Tryon Palace is worth a visit by anyone interested in NC History. Unfortunately, one gets an appreciation of how geographically large that NC is once you try to get there from CLT. I once took a trip from Elizabeth City to Myrtle Beach via the coastal roads, and it was easily a two day tip.

For a Beach visit, I recommend a stay in nearby Morehead City and/or Atlantic Beach. If you have time, take the ferry from Cedar Island to Okracoke Island. It's quite unique. You will be on an island 30+ miles out in the Atlantic ocean.
Many thanks for the wonderful suggestions
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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Beaufort, NC is a great little town, too. There are lots of cute little shops, great restaurants and so peaceful. You can go on a charter boat to see the wild horses and spend the day on the water.

I agree, it is not a day trip but a great weekend trip. Enoy!
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:28 AM
 
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Southport and/or Wilmington (well both might be tough) might be doable in a day.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:33 AM
 
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I agree Beaufort would be better than New Bern, but is a looong way for a day trip. And Southport would make a much more feasible, and still fun and interesting, day trip.
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