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.
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No matter what time of year you’re looking to getaway, 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 for typically less than $100/night, while nearby spots like the Causeway Café and Trolly Stop offer delicious eats that will be easy on your wallet.
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, The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa 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’s also 27 holes of championship golf right on-site, as well as a full-service spa and Tap Room restaurant. And the best part of all, rooms run less than $100 a night!
For another affordable golf getaway option, check out the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC, 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 three 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.
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, NC. Nestled on a forested property in the Great Smoky Mountains, this beautiful property offers everything you could want in a relaxing getaway – lake views, a full-service spa, daily yoga classes and even a Treetop Soaking Cabana. Although the spa services can be a little pricey, yoga classes are only $15 a person and guest rooms run around $150 a night or less and include unique amenities like Aveda bath products, wine hour each evening and French-press coffee with pastries each morning.
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 for around $60/night and enjoy free Wi-Fi, 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.
For another year-round beach getaway that’s easy on the budget, check out the beautiful beach town of Ocean Isle. This small town isn’t commercialized and overcrowded like some other larger beach destinations, so you can enjoy spacious beaches, natural landscapes and laid back vibes. In addition to jet skiing, fishing, bike riding and sunbathing, there’s also the Museum of Coastal Carolina that costs less than $10 and the Ingram Planetarium, where admission is free. And at The Winds Resort Beach Club, you can enjoy a comfortable guest room or even a suite for less than $100/day, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools, lawn games, a fitness facility, picnic area, complimentary bicycles and an on-site restaurant and tiki bar.