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Old 02-22-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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Hello,

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Charlotte in 2 weeks and would like to spend a couple days on the coast. I am looking for a cute town near the ocean with boutique shopping and cafes. Something similar to Ithaca, NY, Westfield, Haddonfield or Summit NJ. Any suggestions?

In addition, if you know of any towns inland similar to this description I would love those suggestions as well.

Thanks!
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:23 AM
 
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Living in Westfield for the past 20+ years..... just visited Southport, NC and IMHO it is as you described in your quest... very Stone Harbor-ish with many waterfront restaurants.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Maryland outside DC
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My wife and I visited New Bern about a year ago, thought it was quite nice. Here's some pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22001166@N00/sets/72157622136357237/ (broken link)

If you get to South Carolina, Beaufort is a small gem, and Charleston is one of my favorite cities.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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Carteret County. Morehead City/Beaufort specifically, is listed in the 100 best small art towns. These and New Bern can be explored together in a weekend
Amazon.com: The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air, and Affordable Living (9781562614058): John Villani: Books
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:16 PM
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New Bern's primary street just won an award or something about being cool. Like the earlier poster stated, you can explore NB for most of the morning, then go down to Beaufort, eat lunch on the water if weather is nice, and look over Beaufort and MHC in the afternoon.

I would recommend The Chelsea in New Bern for Dinner. Awesome. As are several others, by the way.
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