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Old 07-18-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We have a rare weekend where our son will be going away with a friend and we want to take a weekend trip to the beach. We have not been to the beach since we've moved here so we have no idea which beach meets our criteria. We're heading from the Raleigh area and we'd like to keep the trip within or around 3 hours. Having said that, what we're looking for:

Hotels closest to the beach. Doesn't have to be "on" the beach (although that would be OK) but fairly close.

Nightlife on or near the beach.

Preferably more of an upscale type of crowd. Not stuffy suit and tie types but not ripped t-shirts and obnoxious types. In other words we want to relax yet still have a good time, know what I mean?

A friend recommended Wrightsville beach but I didn't see much on the map for nightlife and hotels. I know even almighty google can be hit or miss so that is why I'm reaching out for real opinions.

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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The beaches on the Carolina shores aren't as built up and "night lifey" as other places. We stayed at the Blockade Runner on Wrightsville Beach http://blockade-runner.com/ a few times and really liked it. Nice restaurant, decent bar, and kind of upscale by beach standards.

Plus at Wrightsville you will be closer to the downtown Wilmington area that DOES have a number of places to go at night. You could take a taxi downtown, have a nice evening, and return to the Blockade Runner and be right on the beach the next day. Or have dinner on the pier at the Oceanic, if that might be something you'd like.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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I would second Blockade Runner in that it is within walking distance to Wrightsville Beach area stuff...whereas the Holiday Inn Sunspree is not.

I would recommend Tower 7 at Wrightsville and South Beach Grill. There are a few other bars/restaurants that you can hit earlier than later...as later is more of a college crowd. They can be fun earlier.

Carolina Beach has a Marriott and Boardwalk and can be fun, but you have to loosen the reigns on high expectations. Its a party atmosphere there...and some legendary spots like the Fat Pelican and one of my favorites, Seawitch.
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