Wednesday night October, 27,2010
We did not drive too far today, because of the fog and very nasty weather. I checked my motel discount coupon book and decided to stay in Statesville at the MASTERS INN. Our coupon rate was $38.99 plus tax and included a hot breakfast in the morning.
Other amenities included:
2 Double Beds
Table & two chairs
Free High Speed Wireless Internet
Cable TV with HBO
weak watered down coffee
juice machine not working
dry little donettes
But they had a great waffle iron to make your own mag waffles and supplied syrup
As we were staying in Hickory for three nights, I booked directly with the RED ROOF INN. We were given the rate of $52.19 per night which is pretty good since two of the nights were on the weekend.
Newly renovated rooms
Free local calls
Free long distance calls within the US
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
Computer desk & Chair
Small pets accepted
Complimentary gourmet coffee in the Lobby
We liked our room as it was clean and bright, but a few things were not in our room such as:
No Hairdryer (available at desk if needed)
No in-room coffeemaker
No microwave (though our friend's room did)
No continental breakfast
Not even a box of Kleenex
THE worst lumpy pillows - all of them.
Facilities are fine, campground is located just outside the Smokey Mountain National Park.
You can rent tubes there to go tubing down the creek.
The campsites have roofs over the tent areas ( some ) which is great, since it rains a lot in this area.
This campground is more expensive than the average campground , but very nice, and in a great location.
Just outside National Park!
4 days last october 2008. Very unfriendly and unsafe, door wide open when i arrived and no one in charge available but it was late so i just went to sleep and paid up the next day. Told there was virtually NO crime but my walkabout didnt support that concept (it is a city after all) Hired person at first refused me an extra blanket when weather turned cooler on fourth day. She was nasty in both meanings. A few other unfriendly and uninterested in hospitality moments so i will not return, may try some other ones in general area. Am considering relocation to general area from n georgia mountains to as far possibly as Mount Airy extreme north west north carolina. Would gladly trade my florida homestead for comparable in that area. Would have stayed there another two weeks as i liked some of what i saw in the general area but was so disgusted with the poor management and safety concerns. Am going back soon to try again but this time in campgrounds or the knoxville hostel i hear was very friendly and decent.
Nice city location, near major pentacostal style church with saturday very reasonable and good quality thrift shop which was helpful. Near health food store, and restaurants in haywood road area. Owner or manager, he would not say, trying to deal with drought with rain barrels and nice little garden. Clean enough with plastic covered sheets and rule of not bringing in your own blankets, (which i noticed was broken by others and i did have new blankets in my truck). A woman who works in china left behind a wire from her laptop and the manager refused to mail it to her, luckily, we got along well and I was able to mail it to her, she was very grateful. Paid helper made herself very scarce and i checked in four tired motorcycle guys and got them the info on local restaurants. persons working there didnt seem to know much about local area or attractions, hadnt been to cherokee, knew nothing at all about local nightspots. Luckily, local papers were stocked. Kitchen very clean with day crew, a mess with night crew. General unhelpful attitudes.
The hotel will lie to get you out. My family received a chemical burn from their indoor pool that was overly chlorinated. At check out the front desk stated that the manager on duty was the cook and could not assist me with my complaint. The clerk called his supervisor and then, THEY OFFERED to take one night of the bill of my mother's and my room. I later got a call from the general manager who states she has no intention on refunding my money. Do not stay at this hotel!!! Not only is the indoor pool overy clorinated, to the point the my throat hurt from breathing in the gas after only a few minutes after which I left the pool, but the management does not care about their guest and blames all problems on the corporate office.
I highly recommend staying at the Peppertree Atlantic Beach. They offerthe best in comfort and amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, picnic areas, and basketball and volleyball courts. I stayed in a discount two-bedroom guest villa that featured a full kitchen and private balcony. This discount Atlantic Beach Hotel is based on going on a 90 minute timeshare presentation, which was harmless and informative, and definitely worth the savings.
- Indoor and Outdoor Pools
- Kid's Pool
- Hot Tub
- Game Room
- Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard
- Barbecue Grills
- Videotape Rental
- Laundry facilities
- Children's playground
- Beauty Salon
- Meeting Room
This lovely B&B is in one of the beautiful old historic houses of Wilmington. Its location is excellent – in a quiet residential street but within easy walking distance from the downtown area and riverfront for evening drinking and dining.
Double room rates range from $125-$145 with discounts for multiple night stays.
The house is lovingly decorated with a mix of traditional Southern décor combined with authentic Polynesian artefacts, reflecting the tastes and interests of the owners (still the same couple as when we visited – I checked!) There are three guest rooms, all (unusually for a B&B) en suite, and all decorated in keeping with the character and age of the house but simply rather than chintzy. We had Katherine’s Room, which is lovely and light (large windows) and has possibly the biggest bathroom I’ve come across in a B&B. Breakfasts were excellent and generous, including some great home-made waffles.
Edwards of Ocracoke is a cluster of faded clapboard buildings on the edge of the central part of the village, a few hundred yards from the harbour area. Its location makes it a peaceful place to stay – somewhere to chill and forget about the normal pace of life. Edwards is also very conveniently situated for one of the nicest restaurants on Ocracoke, the Back Porch, and for the great breakfast espressos at the Ocracoke Coffee Co.
We rented one of the eight motel rooms, but there are also efficiencies and cottages. Our room was one of the smaller ones, described as a Bungalow Room, and had a queen bed and a private bath. There were a couple of rocking chairs on the covered porch, and being covered meant that we could relax here even when it rains – a great place to read a good book or write postcards. The porches of all these rooms overlook a quiet street so you can also just sit here and watch the slow pace of Ocracoke’s world going by.
Prices for the bungalow rooms currently range from $48.00 - $70.00. Larger rooms overlooking the courtyard (with barbeque facilities) cost $59.00 - $87.00, while efficiencies go up to $97, and cottages rent at up to $695 a week in peak season.
We spent the night here after our visit to Grandfather Mountain. It’s in an excellent location in the middle of Blowing Rock village, has clean comfortable rooms at good value prices, a pretty garden with a welcoming swing and friendly owners (looking at the website it appears to be still under the same ownership as when we visited back in July 2000). Our one criticism was the style of the décor, which is chintzy in the extreme and seemed very out of place in what is basically a “mom and pop” motel. Check out Chris’s photo of the wreath that hung above our bed to see what I mean! And watch out for the bizarre collection of soft toys in the office, presented as if they were hunting trophies! Still I wouldn’t let that put you off as the motel is great in every other respect – and who knows, maybe you’ll like the décor more than we did.
Current rates (in season) range from $59.95 - $139.95.
We enjoyed an evening swing on the seat in the pretty garden - a good way to unwind after a day's driving
We spent a couple of nights in this Inn, which despite its name is actually a sizeable concern with a large number of rooms. These all have porches or balconies with stunning views of the mountain scenery and furnished with two rocking chairs so you can relax and enjoy those views. For us these views were one of the Inn’s main selling points. The others were its excellent location just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at its highest point (the elevation of the Inn is 5,000 feet), and the good dining facilities – very good local produce served in a room with those same wonderful views.
On the subject of eating [one of my favourite topics as regular visitors to my pages will know ;)] I enjoyed dishes such as lemon-baked local trout and crab-cakes. Current prices have appetisers around $5 and mains mostly in the region of $11.
As for rooms, the current price for a standard room is $89 – and yes, all rooms do have that view!
By the way, as is usual in and around the US National Parks, the Pisgah Inn operates under a concessions contract with the National Park Service. You should also note that it’s open from March 27th to November 3rd only.
The view - we loved seeing it at different times of day, but it was particularly great to wake up to scenery like this.
Nice hotel. My flight was late so I already arrived late. I picked up my car and within 20 minutes found the Centrum Parkway exit. Once off the exit ramp I easily found the Comfort Suite and the clerk was friendly even though he was getting off his shift in 10 minutes.
This hotel was outstanding for being so far from big cities and I encourage anyone traveling through Williamston to the outer banks and requiring a place to stay to overnight here.
AAA gives it a 3 diamond rating.
The night front desk clerk is Victoria Ortiz and was extremely helpful and cheerful. She even tracked down a fork and knife when I had to order take out from the restuarant next door. The breakfast buffet was outstanding with yougurt, milk, coffee, tea, bagels, fresh fruit, sausage bisquits, toast, waffles, etc.
The hotel is also right across the street from an Equestrian Center where a rodeo was being held the weekend of my stay.
This place was great! Although I was put up here by my former police department (and didn't have to pay)!! The view over the sound is breathtaking, and the staff here is really nice and helpful. The rooms were sparkling clean, and the breakfast was really good. I personally recommend this place should you decide to go to Beaufort.
View of the sound, boat docks, hot tubs, and a beautiful lobby with decorative nautical items.
Harbor Inn is ideal, locatated on Silver Lake harbor, single rooms, suites, and even 3rd floor apartments available. Clean, neat, friendly...........beyond a doubt......bicycles for rent, or a days fishing charter...........early morning breakfast on the water...............
Friendly, responsive............just can't say enough...............little secret, they got a washer, and a dryer available................kwim.
I recommennd this campground if you have a tent because it is small (next to getting a backcountry permit, its as quiet as you can get). It is located next to a scenic stream, and large RVs and other units are not allowed. Only 12 sites are available. Reservatons are not accepted for these sites, but can be made for group camping. If this is full, the nearby Cosby campground should have an opening. Camping in the park is primitive by design. Ten campgrounds operate in the entire park. Besides sites nestled in the woods and along rivers, all campgrounds provide cold running water and flush toilets. No hook-ups are available in the Park. Cut and paste this link into your browser: [http://www.great.smoky.mountains.national-park.com/camping.htm#camp] for a useful website listing the campgrounds, number of sites and locations throughout the park.
The most outstanding feature is the proximity to whitewater rafting, fly fishing and a great hike to a swimming hole (Midnight hole) a rock house, and Mouse Creek Falls. See my travelogue for additional photos. The price is about $12 per night per campsite. A maximum of 6 persons is allowed at each site. This is a seasonal campsite. The National Park website below has downloadable maps of the park, trail maps, and of the campsite. Read the bear regulations when you plan your trip for proper food storage.
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