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20 Best Cheap Weekend Getaways in North Carolina

Everybody loves week-long vacations with luxurious accommodations, fancy meals and endless amenities. But, sometimes, you just need to get away for some quick R&R without breaking your bank account. And if you’re in the North Carolina area, you’re in luck. Because the Tarheel State has plenty of cheap weekend getaways that will get your mind off of the hustle and bustle back home, without leaving you in debt at the end of it.

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, Kitty Hawk Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk
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Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, Kitty Hawk

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk is a budget-friendly hotel that’s between numerous Outer Banks attractions and has great beach access. Every room has a balcony at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, which is one of the best hotels in Outer Banks. Guests can enjoy the outdoor seasonal pool, year-round indoor pool, and all-day restaurant. From the hotel, the Wright Brothers Museum is 10 minutes away, and The Lost Colony is 35 minutes away. Other things that this hotel offers are a fitness center, business center, pet-friendly rooms, and room service. To help you stay within your budget, there are free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Key Amenities:

  • Outdoor seasonal pool and year-round indoor pool

  • Pet-friendly rooms with balconies

  • Free parking on-site

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront, Kill Devil Hills Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront
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Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront, Kill Devil Hills

Another idea for a cheap weekend getaway is the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront. This hotel offers oceanfront views of Nags Head and is located just off Highway 12 in Kill Devil Hills. It’s a top spot for a family vacation and beach getaway. When you stay here, you’ll have an indoor pool, restaurant, and rooms with balconies available. There are also pet-friendly rooms and rollaway beds and cribs available for small children. The parking and laundry facilities are free at the Ramada Plaza, and kids aged 17 and under stay free with an adult.

Key Amenities:

  • Kids under 17 stay free with adult

  • Indoor heated pool with jetted hot tub

  • Pet-friendly rooms with private balcony

Unscripted Durham, Durham A sleek design and progressive energy
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Unscripted Durham, Durham

Unscripted Durham is situated in a historic location in Durham, North Carolina and in the place where the Jack Tar Hotel operated in the 1960s. It has boutique hotel rooms, plus an all-day restaurant, a seasonal rooftop pool, and a cocktail lounge. Travelers can plan a cheap weekend getaway at the Unscripted Durham and explore all that the city has to offer. There’s a staycation package for locals that includes complimentary parking and deals at local businesses.

Key Amenities:

  • Seasonal rooftop pool

  • Cocktail lounge and all-day restaurant

  • Locals only staycation packages

Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska
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Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska is a magical, gorgeous place to visit near Asheville and a top choice for cheap weekend getaways. It’s a retreat center in the western North Carolina mountains and includes a historic inn, lakeside hotel, vacation rentals, trails, cruises, gardens, a golf course, and stunning views. A great way to experience this area is to stay at the Lambuth Inn, which is a historic inn that was built in 1921. There are seasonal lodging specials here to help you save money at certain times of the year. Lakeview rooms are available, plus access to the onsite fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool.

Key Amenities:

  • Historic Inn with lake view rooms

  • On-site golf course

  • Seasonal outdoor pool

The Terrace at Lake Junaluska Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake
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The Terrace at Lake Junaluska

A beautiful Lake Junaluska lodging option for your cheap weekend getaway is the Terrace Hotel. This is a contemporary hotel by the Harrell Center, Rose Walk, and Stuart Auditorium. Hot breakfast is included with your stay here. You’ll also have access to an outdoor pool, tennis and pickleball courts, a walking trail, gardens, an in-hotel fitness room, a larger fitness center, and 24/hour convenience center. The upgraded rooms have king-size and queen-size beds, as well as refrigerators, Wi-Fi, and TVs.

Key Amenities:

  • Hot breakfast included

  • Lakeside outdoor pool and walking trail

  • Tennis and pickleball courts

Comfort Inn South Oceanfront, Nags Head Comfort Inn South Oceanfront
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Comfort Inn South Oceanfront, Nags Head

A great way to save money during your North Carolina travels is to book a room at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront when you want to visit Nag’s Head, Manteo, and elsewhere on Roanoke Island. The hotel offers modern guest rooms that have refrigerators and microwaves. You’ll have free hot breakfasts each morning, plus a fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. When you stay here, you’ll be just three miles from fishing charters, nine miles from the North Carolina Aquarium, and 19 miles from Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Key Amenities:

  • Free daily hot breakfasts

  • Pet-friendly rooms with balcony

  • Seasonal outdoor pool and sun deck

Blockade Runner Beach Club, Wrightsville Beach Blockade Runner Beach Club
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Blockade Runner Beach Club, Wrightsville Beach

For over 50 years, the Blockade Runner Beach Club has been one of the most popular beach hotels on Wrightsville Beach, thanks to its charming boutique style and its long list of amenities, including a beachfront bar, an indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub, fitness center, oceanfront dining, and the Aquarium Bar, where you can unwind with your favorite cocktail while watching colorful fish and overlooking the hotel’s lush gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for the bunnies that like to hang out there too!

Key Amenities:

  • Aquarium Bar and beachfront bar

  • Indoor/outdoor pool

  • Sauna, hot tub and fitness center

Lakeview at Fontana - Soaking Cabana Resort, Bryson City Lakeview at Fontana - Soaking Cabana Resort
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Lakeview at Fontana - Soaking Cabana Resort, Bryson City

If you’d love a seaside escape to the Mediterranean, but you don’t have the time or budget for it, check out Lakeview at Fontana, a rustic chic inn and spa in Bryson City. Nestled on a forested property in the Great Smoky Mountains, this beautiful property is known as one of the most romantic in the state. It offers everything you could want in a relaxing getaway – lake views, a full-service spa, daily yoga classes, and even a Treetop Soaking Cabana. There are luxury spa services available, as well as yoga classes and unique amenities like Aveda bath products and French-press coffee with pastries each morning.

Key Amenities:

  • Spa with massages and yoga classes

  • Treetop soaking cabana

  • Daily coffee and pastries

Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club
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Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines

For an affordable golf getaway option at one of the best courses in the state, check out the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, where you can play a championship course that was designed by famous golf architect Donald Ross and was the first in the country to host four U.S. Women’s Open Championships. If you’re new to the game, you can also take lessons or just relax at one of the multiple on-site restaurants while your better half takes to the green. Guest rooms in the chalet-style lodge are affordable yet comfortable and feature amenities like free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and private terraces or balconies.

Key Amenities:

  • Championship golf course

  • Golf instruction available on-site

  • Chalet-style lodge with private terraces or balconies

The Islander Inn, Ocean Isle Beach The Islander Inn, Ocean Isle Beach
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The Islander Inn, Ocean Isle Beach

The Islander Inn is an oceanfront hotel that looks out to one of the most pristine beaches in North Carolina. It is a peaceful and quiet place to stay when you want to escape the crowds and have your own private area along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a fun place for both romantic getaways and family vacations. Perks of staying here are the oceanfront pool with sun deck, tiki bar with poolside service, heated indoor pool with jacuzzi, fitness room and daily complimentary breakfast. To save money on your vacation, take a look at the package deals offered for extended stays of five nights or more.

Key Amenities:

  • Oceanfront pool with sun deck

  • Daily complimentary deluxe breakfast

  • Tiki bar with poolside service

Ocean Isle Inn, Ocean Isle Beach Ocean Isle Inn
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Ocean Isle Inn, Ocean Isle Beach

Get away for the weekend without straying from your travel budget with a stay at the Ocean Isle Inn. This hotel is an oceanfront hotel with rooms that have views of the ocean or island. You can access shops, dining, and activities within walking distance of the hotel. To help you save money on your trip, the hotel offers continental breakfasts and indoor and outdoor pools. The outdoor pool area has sundecks, and the indoor pool area has an attached spa. You’ll be just steps from the sand and ocean when you stay in a clean and cozy room at the Ocean Isle Inn.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor pool with attached spa

  • Outdoor pool with sundeck

  • Daily continental breakfast

John Yancey Oceanfront Inn, Kill Devil Hills John Yancey Oceanfront Inn
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John Yancey Oceanfront Inn, Kill Devil Hills

The John Yancey Oceanfront Inn is a family-friendly weekend getaway destination that is at Milepost 10 in Kill Devil Hills. It offers direct beach access and pet-friendly rooms. To help you stay within your trip budget, the hotel will provide you with free breakfast and other resort amenities. There is a pool, playground and barbeque picnic area for guests to enjoy. Meanwhile, the Kill Devil Grill Restaurant is onsite. You can stay active with free passes to the Outer Banks YMCA, which offers a fitness center, sports courts, exercise classes, a skate park, an outdoor water park, and free babysitting. There’s even a dog run area at the hotel if you bring your pet along.

Key Amenities:

  • Direct beach access

  • Pet-friendly rooms with balconies

  • Pool, playground and barbecue area

Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront, Carolina Beach Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront
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Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront, Carolina Beach

Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront is located in a quaint little beach town – Carolina Beach. This beach is full of nostalgia and charm and features miles of beachfront, as well as a state park with hiking trails and an old-time style boardwalk, complete with restaurants, shops, amusement park rides, live music, and a giant Ferris wheel. This hotel is the perfect place to stay if you want to be in the middle of it all. From the oceanfront rooms with private balconies to The Bistro restaurant and on-site Starbucks, there are plenty of upscale amenities but at affordable prices.

Key Amenities:

  • Oceanfront rooms with private balconies

  • Located near Boardwalk

  • Indoor/outdoor seasonal pools

Historic Tapoco Lodge, Robbinsville Historic Tapoco Lodge
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Historic Tapoco Lodge, Robbinsville

Adventure is just around the corner when you book a cheap weekend getaway to the Historic Tapoco Lodge. There are often promotions offered here, such as booking two nights and getting the third night free. The lodge is located on 120 acres in the Nantahala National Forest region and along the banks of the Cheoah River. When you stay here, you can get outdoorsy and adventurous with kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and fishing. The Tapoco Tavern is onsite for pizza and beer after your exciting days out in the wilderness.

Key Amenities:

  • Lodge on Nantahala National Forest

  • Therapeutic spa packages

  • Private hiking trails

Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach
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Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach

No matter what time of year you’re looking to get away, the quaint seaside town of Wrightsville Beach is always a great choice. Not only are there miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy, but also lots of restaurants, local shops, and plenty of opportunities for some (free!) outdoor recreation, including “The Loop” – a 2.5-mile path that’s perfect for walking, biking, and running. The Holiday Inn Resort, located right on the oceanfront, provides comfortable guest rooms and amenities like a fitness center and swimming, while quaint cafes and restaurants offer delicious eats that will be easy on your wallet.

Key Amenities:

  • Oceanview rooms with balconies

  • Three pools and hammock garden

  • Direct beach access

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Waynesville Inn & Golf Club, Waynesville

The small North Carolina town of Waynesville is located about 30 miles southwest of Asheville in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. And if you’re looking for a quick mountain getaway with plenty to do, Waynesville Inn & Golf Club is the place to go. This historic resort has been an area favorite since 1926 and offers everything you need in one spot. In addition to relaxing rooms with beautiful mountain or golf course views, there are also 27 holes of championship golf right on-site, as well as a full-service spa and Tap Room restaurant.

Key Amenities:

  • Championship golf course on-site

  • Full-service spa

  • On-site Tap Room restaurant

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, Asheville Unwind after cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, Asheville

Save some money while you enjoy a quiet retreat at this Country Inn & Suites hotel. It is three miles from the Biltmore Estate and close to downtown Asheville too. Guests enjoy free hot breakfasts in the morning. There’s an indoor saltwater pool that you can swim in, plus a hot tub and free cookies in the lobby. The rooms have mini-fridges and microwaves so you can stock up on a few easy groceries and spend less going out to restaurants for every meal.

Key Amenities:

  • Free hot breakfast and cookies in lobby

  • Indoor saltwater pool and hot tub

  • Located three miles from Biltmore Estate

The Sea Ranch Resort, Kill Devil Hills Sea Ranch Resort & Beachside Bistro
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The Sea Ranch Resort, Kill Devil Hills

You can enjoy an affordable weekend getaway at the Sea Ranch Resort when you want to visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This hotel has a prime oceanfront location and is a family-friendly place where travelers come year after year. Among the accommodation options, the main building guest rooms tend to be cheaper than the oceanfront guest rooms or Sea Ranch condos. Enjoy a meal at the Beachside Bistro, which has a menu focusing on American coastal cuisine. Property amenities here include an enclosed and heated pool, fitness center, YMCA amenities, easy beach access, and pet-friendly rooms.

Key Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly condos and oceanfront guest rooms

  • Heated pool and fitness center

  • Easy beach access

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Islander Hotel & Resort, Emerald Isle

The Islander Hotel & Resort is a wonderful getaway destination for an affordable North Carolina vacation right along the coast. It is an oceanfront resort with a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms have flat-screen TVs and upscale bath amenities. With your stay here, you’ll have private beach access, an oceanfront pool, and adjacent volleyball courts to play on. Guests can also take advantage of complimentary bike rentals and beach chairs to cut down on travel costs during a beach trip.

Key Amenities:

  • Oceanfront pool and volleyball court

  • Private beach access

  • Complimentary bike rentals

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The Pepperberry Inn, Elizabeth City

The small northeastern North Carolina town of Elizabeth City is located right on the Pasquotank River and is often referred to as the “Harbor of Hospitality.” Stay at The Pepperberry Inn in the middle of the historic district and enjoy free breakfast each morning and a relaxing front porch with rocking chairs and porch swings. Then, take a short walk to the waterfront, where you can take a self-guided walking tour and then learn about the history of the area at the Museum of the Albemarle, all free of charge.

Key Amenities:

  • Breakfast included each morning

  • Front porch with rocking chairs and porch swings

  • Walking distance to waterfront and museum

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