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Old 09-13-2008, 05:09 AM
 
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Hello, all. We would like to visit the coast from Raleigh ( though we're originally from southern California) in November. We love being outside, discovering eclectic type restaurants ( vegetarian ), festivals, and have 2 small kids ( 1 and 2 1/2 ) that need to have fun, too.
Any thoughts of where we could spend a couple days? Looking online all the small areas are toted as family friendly, but I know you folks know exactly where to go!
I'd appreciate any input!
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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probably the only place that you will find what you are looking for would be in wilmington, as it is really the only city on the coast.

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Hello, all. We would like to visit the coast from Raleigh ( though we're originally from southern California) in November. We love being outside, discovering eclectic type restaurants ( vegetarian ), festivals, and have 2 small kids ( 1 and 2 1/2 ) that need to have fun, too.
Any thoughts of where we could spend a couple days? Looking online all the small areas are toted as family friendly, but I know you folks know exactly where to go!
I'd appreciate any input!
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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Default Family Vacation

Our favorite place to vacation in the off season is Myrtle Beach. Still good restaurants open, motel/hotel rates so much cheaper and weather still warm during the days.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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You will find more places open down at Myrtle Beach but if you are just planning on watching the sunrise over the coast and read a good book then NC lower beaches are the ones for you.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: southport,nc
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myrtle beach state park is by far the best and cheapest place for a family vacation. the weather is fabulous in november, because the humidity is down. you can stay in a cabin or apartment right on the beach for, I believe it is $60 now. cheap. there are tons and tons of restaurants, and loads of things to do.

wilmington is a nasty, dirty city with not much to do, imho. I live in between the two.
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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November's a great time for a coastal NC vacation--great weather, no crowds. I'd raise my hand for Carteret County--Beaufort, Emerald Isle or thereabouts.

Why?

Well, it's easy on adults and given your little ones are one and 2.5, you can bring them to the beach, give them some sand-moving tools and turn them loose to build forts, castles--or bury one another.

All the while, you and partner can rest easy in your beach chairs, gaze out to sea and catch up on your beach books. Easy Peasy, no muss no fuss.

For further amusement, you can swing over to the nearby nifty Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores and wow the kids and yourself with petting the rays (de-stung) and have close encounters with the sharks and otters---fun for all ages. And of course, you'll find tons of food from shrimp burgers to gourmet for those nights you don't feel like cooking or don't want to order in.

Be sure to check out the Big Oak Barbecue Drive In for their shrimp burgers, BBQ and cinnamon apple sticks...or entire fish meal plates.

After you're fed, thrilled by the fish and wind-blown by the sea, you can retreat to your beach rental and power nap--just what the parents of two young-un's needs--and hopefully the kids are tired from moving tons of sand and will sleep, too.

Perhaps not a high-power, glitzy vacation, but very restorative and memory-making. What's not to like?

Last edited by LittleDolphin; 10-01-2008 at 02:14 PM.. Reason: corrections, typo
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