Subject: Re: NC advice for New Member
Previous postings have confused South Carolina (Charleston, Beaufort and Middleton Plantation) for North Carolina. Marriott properties on the beach do not exist in North Carolina. Closest I know of is in Wilmington which is ~5 miles from Wrightsville Beach and ~2hrs from Raleigh. There is a string of nice, quiet islands south of Wilmington (Oak Island, Holden (our favorite!) and Ocean Isle) which have moderately priced houses and Condos for rent. North of Wilmington about 2hrs is Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort (pronounced bo'fort) and Cedar Island. You can take a ferry from Cedar Island over to Ocracoke Island which is the southern end of the Outer Banks. From there another ferry to Hatteras Island and ~2hrs drive north to Manteo. As far as history on the Coast...all of the above(especially Wilmington, Beaufort and the Outer Banks) have much to offer. Search for North Carolina tourism on the web for more info. the weather closely! September and October are active tropical storm and hurricane months.

Hope you have a good time in North Carolina! Mark and Mary Ann in Concord, NC