My husband and I would like to visit the Outer Banks, but we're overwhelmed with the choices. We haven't a clue where to stay and need some help. We've always been pleased with TA forum advice for our other trips, so once again, we're turning to TA for advice.
So that you all know what we are looking for: My husband and I are in our late 50's, retired, and love the beach. Our favorite destination is Hilton Head Island. We love the wide, flat beaches, bike trails, fresh seafood ... and the feeling of being near shopping, etc. without being smack dab in the middle of touristy stuff (arcades, casinos, etc.). We also like how quiet and away from the hustle and bustle HHI is once you get off 278, into the plantations. When we travel, we prefer to stay in hotels/motels because we travel to take it easy -- no cooking, cleaning --> no rental houses. We prefer to spend our time at our destinations enjoying the sights, etc. so we don't spend a lot of time in our rooms. And as such, we'd rather not pay for amenities or luxuries that we don't really need and pay for more nights/more trips. So budget-friendly lodging is important. We prefer to travel in May and September, mostly because lodging rates are more reasonable and beaches are less crowded, but because we're retired, we can travel pretty much whenever we choose.
Based on all that, where would be our best option to look to stay?