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should we include Wilmington in our road trip

My husband and I will be visiting from Australia in May. I'm putting together an itinerary/route from Savannah to Charlottesville. So far I have:

Savannah (2) Beaufort, Charleston (3) Georgetown, Wilmington, Asheville (2), Blueridge Parkway, Roanoke?, Charlottesville (2)

Should we include Wilmington or go directly to Asheville? I'm aware this is a Wilmington forum so you will have positive opinions about it. Would it be a special destination for us travelling half way across the world opposed to using that time to see another place?

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1. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

Wilmington's fun, but if you've got Charleston & Savannah, etc already on your list you might want to head west and see some new scenery around Asheville.

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2. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

Thank you - I've had the same advice from others.

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I second the above. Wilmington is a neat town and there's some great beach areas near town but I think after Savannah and Charleston you will be ready for the mountains. Be sure to visit Tybee and Foley Beach when you go to S&C. Enjoy your trip.

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4. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

Here's a few places to stop and rest on BRP near Asheville.

WAYNESVILLE.........

Big Mountain BBQ @ 79 Elysinia Avenue, Waynesville, NC 828 - 454 - 0720.

http://www.bigmountainbbq.com/

Bogart's Restaurant @ 303 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC 828 - 452 - 1313.

http://www.bogartswaynesville.com/

Chef's Table @ 30 Church Street, Waynesville, NC 828 - 452 - 6210.

www.classicwineseller.com/chefstable.htm

Clyde's Restaurant @ 2107 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC 828 - 456 - 9135.

Cork and Cleaver Steakhouse at The Waynesville Inn @ 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville, NC 828 - 456 - 5988.

http://www.thewaynesvilleinn.com/

Fat Buddie's Ribs and BBQ @ 193 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville, NC 828 - 456 - 6368.

http://www.fatbuddiesribsandbbq.com/

Lomo Grill @ 44 Church Street, Waynesville, NC 828 - 452 - 5222.

www.lomogrill.com/Lomo_Grill/Welcome.html

Maggie's Galley Oyster Bar @ 49 Howell Mill Road, Waynesville, NC 828 - 456 - 8945.

dininginthesmokies.com/_waynesv/wdmgobar.htm

Old Stone Inn Lodge and Restaurant @ 109 Dolan Road, Waynesville, NC 828 - 456 - 3333.

http://www.oldstoneinn.com/

Pisgah Inn @ 408 Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville, NC 828 - 235 - 8228. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY.

http://www.pisgahinn.com/

Sagebrush Steakhouse @ 895 Russ Avenue, Waynesville, NC 828 - 452 - 5822.

http://www.sagebrushsteakhouse.com/

Sweet Onion @ 39 Miller Street, Waynesville, NC 828 - 456 - 5559.

BALSAM.......

Balsam Mountain Inn and Restaurant @ 687 Springs Drive, Balsam, NC 828 - 456 - 9498.

http://www.balsammountaininn.com/

Blueys Beach...
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Thanks heaps, I know we'll be well fed. On our last trip to the US we decided we should be only ordering one meal and sharing. The portions are so big!

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6. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

While in Asheville, I highly recommend checking out some of the craft (micro) breweries. Very good beer can be found there in the mountains. I believe they have 9 different breweries. Two of my favorties are the Asheville brewing co and the Highland Brewing Co.

That is, if you even drink beer. If not, you're missing out.

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7. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

Wilmington is a wonderful place. We love the history, the little stores and restaurants, beach and river. But travelling so far and with limited time for all you want to see...perhaps you'd be interested if you are interested in the movie and tv show locations. Wilmington has been called Hollywood East. See if any on here interest you:

http://www.hollywoodnc.com/movies.htm

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8. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

mowinman, I drink wine (good) but my husband loves craft beers as well as wine so he'll really appreciate that tip!

explorer, we don't mind driving a little out of the way for unique places. That's what we want to experience rather than big cities. We like to absorb the culture, history, architecture and food. I thought we'd devote 2 weeks of our schedule to the South since we're taking the time to go there.

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9. Re: should we include Wilmington in our road trip

Marj H, you do realize that Asheville is way on the Western side of North Carolina, right?? Its more than a little out of the way of the rest of your

itinerary. Its about 6 hours from your final destination of Charlottesville, VA. (you aren't thinking of the smaller city of Asheboro are you?) Just want to clarify this. Asheville is a beautiful place, (as is Wilmington) so yes, if you have the time...go...enjoy!

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Yes thank you beachlady. We plan to drive some of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville really appeals. The reason for Charlottesville is that my son spent a few months working in the area and took his family a few years ago and really loved it. We will have about 5 weeks in the US and plan to drive to the New England area. Obviously I would still like advice on the best route and a lot of posters have suggested driving from Charleston to Asheville.