A trip through the Carolinas
We had decided to relocate from Virginia, but we had not yet settled on where we wanted to move to, and we had read a number of interersting articles about the Carolinas. So we decided to combine a trip of investigation, with some R&R and some fun. Since we had never spent any time in either North or South Carolina, we thought that planning to spend time in various locations in both states would be appropriate.
The first area we decided to investigate was Beaufort, NC. We liked the idea of maybe being next to the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and Pamlico Sound on the north side.
After we finished exploring Beaufort, we drove down to the City of Wilmington and checked into the Riverview Suites Hotel. Right on the river, close to a number of restaurants & shops.
Wilmington NC & USS North Carolina
Our hotel was directly across a channel where the USS North Carolina was moored. It is a "living museum" and me being an ex-Navy guy, told the family that we ought to go over and visit the ship.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Because Beaufort, SC was another area that we were interested in potentially moving to, we took a look at some properties for sale.
Beaufort is a city on Port Royal Island, one of South Carolina’s coastal Sea Islands. It’s known for its antebellum mansions, especially in the downtown historic district.
We returned to Virginia with the mind-set that the areas we had visited were not areas that we were interested in. In most of the areas, the school systems were not highly rated and life in a small southern town is quite a bit different than what our children had been used to in Virginia.
Since we had been visiting Florida frequently, this trip made up our minds that our next move was going to be to Sarasota.
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