Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Brother Abroad

One of the high points of my brother's deployment is the two week R&R he gets at the halfway mark. Though the actual dates remain uncertain, for two weeks mid-summer, Paul will be home for quality time with his family, a few To-Dos my sister-in-law has in waiting, and, of course, some serious relaxation that doesn't involve a desert.

For the first week, we're all getting a beach house in one of the Carolinas (because he hasn't had enough of sand), and the second week belongs solely to his wife and children.

Though the halfway mark still seems too far away, the change in weather is encouraging, leading me to the point of all this: finding a vacation spot.

Any recommendations? The Carolinas are defintiely desirable since time is too precious to waste on travel. We've been on a lot of the sites for big rental houses, but I'm just as interested to know of perfect points for families....any suggestions would be great.

This is Day 71.


Julie Weaver said...

They are all family friendly beaches...not like the naked beach in NJ, so as long as we're mere yards from the ocean, the blender is whirring, the beer is cold, and the fridges stocked, all will be well.

There is an aquarium 10 minutes from Emerald Isle if we have a rainy day, but that's the beach I know. Don't really care about shopping and amenities as I will be body surfing in the Atlantic and canoodeling with Paul.

Samantha said...

We have friends who have a beach house in Nags Head, and we love it there, but it all depends on what you're looking for... do you want a lot of action, activities to do with the kids, etc., or is your primary focus the beach? Nags Head is not packed with a boardwalk, carnival rides, etc., but there is a great family friendly museum about 30 minutes away if you need a break from the surf and sand, and Jockey's Ridge with its enormous dunes is always fun to climb. There's also lots to see and do a car ride away all over the Outer Banks. A sentimental choice, perhaps, but we love it there.

One Maid A' Milking said...

Thanks for the recommendation...we definitely do not want a "hot spot", but wouldn't mind some reasonably close distractions. I think it's all about proximity to Paul and Julie's and an amazing house that can hold lots of kids, sun block, and margarita mixers.