Beach or Mountains?You are about 3 hours from either and both offer many options.
I would say Raleigh/ Cary is a beach oriented area with mos people oriented toward either the Wilmington or Morehead City areas, which are the most easily accessed. If you look through this forum you will get plenty of tips, and I really do not think you can go wrong.
For mountains, I would recommend the Boone/ Blowing Rock area where you will find real cabins, as well as a number of things to keep thee kids occupied, including Tweetsie Railroad, Price Lake, Mystery Hill and the gem mine next door ( which my grandkids love ) and numerous parks, hiking options, etc. It is a little over 3 hours but a relatively easy drive. These options are what make living here so great.
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