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Old 02-11-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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We are planning a trip (4 people) over to the coast for about 4 days/nights. Looking for recommendations for a nice clean quiet (off the highway) hotel to stay centrally located so we can go to Greenville, Oriental, Shallotte, maybe Southport, Wilmington. Should we stay in Wilmington?

Like Hampton Inns generally; but looking for suggestions. Don't need or want a resort hotel, we are going end of March. Thanks !
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Dear Quilterchick.... just stayed at the Wingate Wyndham in Southport in December, nicest, cleanest hotel we have stayed at, brand new and absolutely spotless, beautiful rooms, free breakfast, internet room, pool, etc, just one minute from the bayfront restaurants.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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I can't recommend a hotel, but the closest you'll get to centrally located for that spread is Jacksonville. About 1.5 hrs or less to all of the places you listed. All the hotels are going to be right on US hwy 17,24, or Western Blvd, none of which is a location like you described. For the number of days you are staying look for a vacation rental in Sneads Ferry or Swansboro. With Swansboro being the best compromise outside of Jacksonville. That'll let you take a gander at Beaufort as well, should you choose. Some hidden gems on the backside of Carteret county along the intracoastal waterway.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Good call on macjr82's part to suggest Jacksonville as your central location. If hotel rates are anything like real estate prices then you'll find J'ville to be cost effective too.
The only negative is that the places you will be visiting like Oriental, Southport, Crystal Coast are all seaport/waterfront towns. Although J'ville is up towards the head end of New River-It really isn't the same as the others. Jacksonville is also home to Marine Corps Air Station Camp LeJune. You'll probably be treated to an unofficial air show if you stay there.
Bill
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Dear Quilterchick.... just stayed at the Wingate Wyndham in Southport in December, nicest, cleanest hotel we have stayed at, brand new and absolutely spotless, beautiful rooms, free breakfast, internet room, pool, etc, just one minute from the bayfront restaurants.
Thank you, will definitely check that one !
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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I can't recommend a hotel, but the closest you'll get to centrally located for that spread is Jacksonville. About 1.5 hrs or less to all of the places you listed. All the hotels are going to be right on US hwy 17,24, or Western Blvd, none of which is a location like you described. For the number of days you are staying look for a vacation rental in Sneads Ferry or Swansboro. With Swansboro being the best compromise outside of Jacksonville. That'll let you take a gander at Beaufort as well, should you choose. Some hidden gems on the backside of Carteret county along the intracoastal waterway.

Oooooh, Mac, tell me about those hidden gems please. Beaufort is interesting too. Thanks !
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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Good call on macjr82's part to suggest Jacksonville as your central location. If hotel rates are anything like real estate prices then you'll find J'ville to be cost effective too.
The only negative is that the places you will be visiting like Oriental, Southport, Crystal Coast are all seaport/waterfront towns. Although J'ville is up towards the head end of New River-It really isn't the same as the others. Jacksonville is also home to Marine Corps Air Station Camp LeJune. You'll probably be treated to an unofficial air show if you stay there.
Bill

Thank you Bill, we realize that narrowing down the travel in between towns is necessary, and this is a preliminary trip so my friends can get a "feel" for where they may want to settle in, not on the water, but "close enough". Not a house hunting trip yet, just a tour of the areas. Staying in Jacksonville is a possiblity too, would that be better than staying somewhere around Greenville? or ?
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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If I was trying to pull off that trip, I would stay in New Bern for two days, cover Oriental,Greenville, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. Then I would move to a hotel in the Wilmington area for the next two days to cover Southport, Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. That would make it a more managable trip.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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If I was trying to pull off that trip, I would stay in New Bern for two days, cover Oriental,Greenville, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. Then I would move to a hotel in the Wilmington area for the next two days to cover Southport, Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. That would make it a more managable trip.
That sounds perfect Connie ... we are trying to cover too much territory to be grounded in one place. thanks ! And I am not crazy about looking anywhere near the military base.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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The military around Morehead is responsible for all the growth in that area, they are ramping up. That is why there are so many more year around resturants and stores. It has made the area more popular for year around living for everyone. Good luck.
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