We have traveled extensively throughout the Carolinas and neighboring states since moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. All of the places we visitited were found online on various vacation rental or B&B sites. Some were hits, some were misses. It would have been nice to get some personal recommendations from experienced travellers to help us avoid the "misses". This thought was really brought home when we bought our own vacation rental (see Above the River below) and I started advertising it on various sites. I felt that the ads for some of the other places really misrepresented what people would actually be getting. I had been burned by this type of ad both when renting and when viewing a house that was for sale - I guess everyone has. With that in mind, I decided to set up a page that would allow me to recommend places in which I have personally stayed and about which I felt strongly. It would have to be not just a nice place, but at a good value in an interesting location. 

Below are the favorite places - so far. Certainly I would consider them to be "VacationWorthy". I hope to be adding to this list as time goes by and would consider exchanges if you have an interesting place!

Above the River

Above the River: A Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin on the New River in Ashe County, North Carolina

This Beautiful cabin is in the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking a particularly beautiful section of the New River. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, sleeps 8, and has a fireplace, hot tub and family room with game table. It is just a short walk to the river and the cabin is surrounded by hiking trails. It sits in a serene, wooded setting which makes you feel like you are vacationing in a park! The cabin is just a few minutes from downtown West Jefferson, Glendale Springs and the Blue Ridge Parkway and 30 minutes from Boone.

We so fell in love with this place that we bought it!

Egret on the SOund

Egret on the Sound: Outer Banks, North Carolina

Michelle did such a good job of capturing the essance of her place that I will just plagerize her site!  - Egret is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage (sleeps 4) sitting directly on the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. It is a waterfront vacation rental without the high rental cost of waterfront at the beach. The cottage rental is sound side, with 8 miles between the water’s edge and the far side of the sound. The location is quiet and serene, where you’ll hear the sounds of wildlife and the water lapping against the shore rather than sounds of traffic. Egret is one of only 4 cottages on the point at Lasseters Landing. It far away from the crowds, but close enough to everything if you want a day’s outing.

Suzanne's Seaside Cottage

Suzanne's Seaside Cottage: Wild Dunes (Charleston Area), South Carolina

Wild Dunes is a gated resort on the Isle of Palms, a barrier island just 15 minutes north of Charleston. It is the perfect location to be able enjoy the beach by day and hop over to Charleston for dinner. I think we may have been one for the first people to enjoy Suzanne's place after she remodeled it. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath cottage, located just across the street from the beach access path and only a short walk to the community pool. The screened porch, overlooking a lagoon, is a perfect place to relax in the evenings. The hammock in the shade by the master bedroom is my choice for a nice nap! We loved this place! By the way, the pictures on her site do not do it justice.

Photo (c) 2007 Azalea Inn and Gardens/Adam Kuehl.  Used with permission to support Azalea Inn and Gardens, romantic Savannah bed and breakfast vacation, Savannah, GA

The Azalea Inn - Savannah, Georgia

The Azalea Inn is right on the edge of the historic district, by Forsythe Park. We parked the car there and just walked during our trip to Savannah. The Inn was beautifully decorated (as the pictures attest) and made us feel like we had stepped back in time. We were well taken care of by the innkeepers. The picture here of the porch reminds me of the time when came back from one of our long walks and my wife fell asleep in her chair while I went to get her some lemonade.

If you plan to go to Savannah, give the Azalea Inn a try, you will get a wonderful inn at a more reasonable rate than something closer in.

The Phillips-Yates-Snowden House

Phillips-Yates-Snowden House: Charleston, South Carolina

Jack and Annelise Simmons have a wonderful house very nicely located in the Battery section of Charleston. We enjoyed our stay in their bed and breakfast immensely and are looking forward to the time when we come back. As is the case for most B&Bs (at least from our perspective), the innkeepers make or break the trip. The Simmons definately "made" the trip for use making us feel very welcome, suggesting excellent dining options and filling us in about many of the comings and goings of Charleston that one would normally not pick up as a tourist. We have been to countless places in the Charleston area and this definately was a highlight.

Mountain Song Inn

Mountain Song Inn: Floyd, Virginia

From the moment we parked our car and saw the expansive view of mountains from this property, we know we were in for a nice stay. The inn is convenient to a very beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Parkway and to the quaint country town of Floyd, which is a must see. This part of Virginia just says "relaxation" and it allowed us to forget about our hectic lives in the city, if only for a few days. The innkeepers,  Dan and Tanya DuRant, opened their home to us and really made us feel welcome. The breakfasts that Tanya made were also very memorable. This trip to the mountains had such an effect on us that the started looking for our own place shortly after this trip.
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