When families start planning vacations, many look beyond hotels and turn to VRBO properties or timeshare rentals because hotels just don't work as well for their needs. Vacations can be expensive for families, especially when you are eating out for every meal and scheduling activities to keep everyone entertained all day. You know I love a hotel more than anyone, but I have never stayed longer than five nights in a hotel with my family. And by night five with all us in one space, we're ready to come home.
Vacation ownership resorts, or timeshares as some refer to them as, have come a long way through the years. Brands like Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Disney all offer vacation packages for families to buy into for several weeks a year. I would check into any Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Disney timeshare in a heartbeat. I've also now discovered that I've checked into a resort in North Carolina and didn't realize it was a timeshare property until I began researching this piece. I found a website called SellMyTimeshareNow.com which has an inventory of over 45,000 timeshare rentals and timeshare resales in its database, and so I decided to begin my research there.
The inventory on this site is amazing. Some are really high-end like the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, whereas some resorts are just average and budget-friendly. My #OutaboutNC community on Instagram is for all travel budgets, and below are some that are available for rent in North Carolina to help plan your stay. I personally really like the Chetola Resort.
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock is a great vacation resort in the North Carolina mountains. It has a kid's club, indoor pool, and it is a lovely resort. It's so close to Tweetsie Railroad and is next door to great shopping outlets. Blowing Rock is one of my favorite N.C. towns.
Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire ValleyThis resort in the mountains near Cashiers, North Carolina is great for mountain living. I adore the nearby town of Highlands and the Old Edwards Inn and Spa if you want a spa excursion while staying here. In the winter, this is a great ski hotel and in the summer, it has a resort pool.
Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Harbour New Bern, North Carolina is a charming waterfront town. It has quaint shops and fresh local cuisine. New Bern is North Carolina's first state capital, and there are some beautiful homes along the Neuse River. This resort offers tennis, swimming and boating.
Barrier Island's Ocean Pines Beach Duck, North Carolina in the Outer Banks has a lot to offer the vacationer. You can read our OuterBanks guide to learn even more about this area. This particular resort has an indoor pool, a private beach, and other recreational amenities.
Peppertree Atlantic Beach This part of North Carolina is considered the Southern Outer Banks. I passed this resort just last weekend, but I was staying in a hotel instead. It is oceanfront and has a resort pool. The area around it is quite nice. The Crystal Coast has so much offer. Check out our guide in our North Carolina section. And be sure to go to Beaufort, North Carolina and book a tour with Port City Tour Company. They will offer Pirate walks during the day and have ghost tours at night. They also offer trips to Shackleford. I think it would be great fun for the family.
Here are some other vacation planning links to help you plan your North Carolina vacation.