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OBX advice

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OBX advice

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?

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1. Re: OBX advice

If you are looking for a hotel/motel to stay in, that will limit your options since we have thousands of rental homes. You can get them with the sheets put on and you certainly don't have to cook in them. They are cleaned after you leave, just don't leave them all trashed up which should not be a problem.

Any place there is a hotel there is going to be touristy stuff near by since they are there to attract tourists and the tourist want to shop and do things other than sit on the beach and sit in the room. Hampton Inn in Corolla might be an option. Anything in Kitty Hawk to Nags Head will have lots and lots of shopping and restaurants near by (no casinos here) but Sept starts the slowdown of tourists so it is getting less crowded because the kids are back in school and less families come here. South of the Oregon Inlet on Hatteras Island will have few if any hotels, there will be some motels and bed and breakfasts places there. Ocracoke is pretty laid back but you are about 2+ hours from Nags Head and the choices there are much more limited. Fisherman and those wanting a quiet beach to sit on for days on end will find Ocracoke attractive.

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Hi SWIllinoisBeachLover-

The Outer Banks are beautiful, a great vacation destination - especially if you enjoy pristine beaches. If you like Hilton Head, then you'll probably like Wrightsville Beach. It has hotels (various costs depending on your needs) and it's a fairly nice area as opposed to the more honky-tonk type places such as Carolina Beach. Also, many areas of the Outer Banks only offer rentals (no hotels). Wrightsville Beach is close to Wilmington and all the shopping and other diversions you may enjoy.

Another great area is Emerald Isle, but there is not as much to do in that area other than hang out on the beach.

Another option may be to drive down through the Outer Banks, stopping in various communities along the way that offer hotel accommodations. A mini road trip would give you a chance to sample a wide variety of options for any future vacations you take. For more road tripping advice, check out www.planning-fun-road-trips.com/index.html .

Have a great vacation!

Tara

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Thanks for the prompt response.

That road trip through the Outer Banks sounds like fun!

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Where abouts from SW Illinois are you from? I grew up in Alton, near St Louis and went to Carbondale (SIU-C) but now live here on the Outer Banks. The company I work with has over 500 homes they rent to visitors here during the summer.

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I'm from Edwardsville. Went to SIU Edwardsville. I'd love to retire to North Carolina/South Carolina, but I don't think I could stand to be that far away from our grandkids. ;-)

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South Nags Head is a fairly quiet section. Close enough to the activities, but far from the crowds. The motesl will be located on Old Oregon Inlet Road. We've always rented a home, so I can't recommend any motels, sorry. I'd chose early September for my vacation. Still warm enough to swim and less kids.

Steve

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My last 3 months I went to SIU-E rather than back to SIU-C. Then went to work for Olin Corp in Alton and then out here and found my way to the Outer Banks.

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