Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

The Best Seaside Cottage Rentals

If a quaint little place on the beach sounds like an ideal vacation plan, book now and start counting down the days.

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The Island Guesthouse & Cottages, Manteo, Roanoke Island, North Carolina
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The Island Guesthouse & Cottages, Manteo, Roanoke Island, North Carolina

Simple, beachy-bright cottage rentals sit on perhaps the East Coast’s most down-to-earth stretch of beautiful white sands and uncongested roads. The 11-room guesthouse is beside the highway, but the three cottages fit on two lots a block away in a quiet residential neighborhood. There’s Pamlico Sound water in every direction on the narrow island.

Field trip: Drive about 20 minutes to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for miles of empty beaches.

Night out: The 1587, the restaurant of the Tranquil House Inn in historic Manteo, calls the fresh daily catch the “Freestyle Fish,” and there’s almost always local tuna steak.

Rates: $125–$285 for cottages; 252/473-2434 or theislandmotel.com

 

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