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Old 10-22-2013, 04:27 AM
 
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I plan to take my daughter away for a girl's overnight. I plan to have a few surprises up my sleeve for her for her birthday. I would like for it to be no more than a two hour drive away from Raleigh, preferably less. It needs to be inexpensive, on the quieter side, maybe near the beach, and have some inexpensive places where she and I can eat while we are there. Any ideas?
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Beaufort?
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:30 AM
 
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"inexpensive" is a relative term, but what about something historical like:

Old Salem
Williamsburg
Monticello (more like four hours, I think)

Or if that's not your speed, I've heard a few friends who really like going to Wolf-Lodge in Charlotte. Not totally inexpensive, but once you're there, it's fairly self contained, and there are ample options for other activities and/or food. (and Charlotte is a great city for any age).

Or just a hotel near something cool:
Duke Chapel
Orchards and a cool fall festival wherever it may be
DT Raleigh (plenty to do)
etc.
etc.
etc.



Just brainstorming, hoping it will give some ideas, or lead to some of your own...
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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wilmington
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Greensboro is within easy distance and you can take the train there! The O. Henry does a very nice afternoon tea. Green Hill is currently having an exhibit about animation.

Some hotels provide loaner bikes for exploring the Greenway too.

Edit: Meant this to be a general reply - not a reply about Willmington!

Last edited by cat_link; 10-22-2013 at 08:45 AM.. Reason: clarification
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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Well, it's not exactly quiet and it's a tiny bit farther out, but a lot of people I know take their kids to Myrtle Beach for fun and good times.

I'm ducking tomatoes big-time here, but Myrtle has a Medieval Times. If you've never been, it's good, corny fun and something kids usually remember for a long time.

Failing that, I would second the Wilmington area, especially if you can stay at a place down near the waterfront. Cute little boutiques, good restaurants, ice cream at Kilwin's, perhaps a little cariage ride through town ... and of course Wrightsville Beach is nearby.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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I plan to take my daughter away for a girl's overnight. I plan to have a few surprises up my sleeve for her for her birthday. I would like for it to be no more than a two hour drive away from Raleigh, preferably less. It needs to be inexpensive, on the quieter side, maybe near the beach, and have some inexpensive places where she and I can eat while we are there. Any ideas?

We don't live near you however, I used to take my daughter to one of our local hotels and spend a Saturday night. Just the girls and we would do what we wanted from there, be it shopping, swimming at the pool at the hotel, going to get primped and pretty at the beauty shop we used.
It didn't matter what we did and she really didn't care if we even left the hotel, it was our time together away from Dad and the boys and it was always fun and special.

Dad would do the same thing with the boys separately so they each had their own special time.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Well, it's not exactly quiet and it's a tiny bit farther out, but a lot of people I know take their kids to Myrtle Beach for fun and good times.

I'm ducking tomatoes big-time here, but Myrtle has a Medieval Times. If you've never been, it's good, corny fun and something kids usually remember for a long time.

Failing that, I would second the Wilmington area, especially if you can stay at a place down near the waterfront. Cute little boutiques, good restaurants, ice cream at Kilwin's, perhaps a little cariage ride through town ... and of course Wrightsville Beach is nearby.
The Wilmington water front has some quient Bed and Breakfasts that make it walking distance.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Wilmington. Take her to the aquarium at Ft. Fisher. Take her on a ferry ride. Make it two nights, if possible.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Take her to the zoo in Asheboro. That night stay at Great Wolf lodge with the next day having fun on the indoor water slides. Remember, she's 12. Don't bring her up to your age level. You should go down to hers and have some fun, too!
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