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Summary

This 11-day family road trip through North Carolina covers Raleigh, Kinston, Ocracoke Island, and Duck, offering a blend of cultural, historical, and leisure activities. From the initial flight to Raleigh to the final departure, each day is packed with unique experiences, local dining, and accommodations that cater to family needs. Highlights include exploring the Outer Banks, engaging in local arts and dining scenes, and enjoying the natural beauty of North Carolina's coast.

🛫 Day 1: Arrival in Raleigh

The journey begins with a flight to Raleigh, followed by dinner and an unexpected thunderstorm that changes pool plans.

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🏨 Homewood Suites Raleigh/Cary

Comfortable accommodation for the first night's stay. The hotel offers spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, and evening socials on select days.

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Tips

Check weather conditions for pool use.

🍽️ MacGregor Draft House

MacGregor Draft House is a popular spot offering a wide selection of craft beers and a diverse menu featuring pub fare and American classics. The cozy ambiance and friendly service make it a great choice for a relaxed dinner.

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Tips

Try their signature Mac & Cheese paired with a local craft beer for a satisfying dining experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (919) 461-1633
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 107 Edinburgh S Dr, Cary, NC 27511
🔗   Profiles: Facebook

🌳 Day 2: Exploring Kinston

A day filled with local culture, from a coffeehouse visit to an art walk and a kid-friendly brewery tour.

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🏨 The O’Neill Hotel

The O’Neill Hotel is a charming place for rest in Kinston, offering a blend of historic charm and modern comfort. Nestled in the heart of downtown, it provides a perfect retreat after a day of exploration.

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Tips

Plan for a nap time to refresh in the cozy ambiance of The O’Neill Hotel.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +12522081130
🌐   Website: http://the-oneil.com/
📍   Address: 200 N Queen St, Kinston, NC 28501

🍽️ Chef and the Farmer

Chef and the Farmer is a renowned dining experience in Kinston, known for its innovative Southern cuisine and commitment to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant's inviting atmosphere and exceptional service make it a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

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Tips

Make reservations in advance to secure a delightful culinary journey at Chef and the Farmer.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (252) 208-2433
🌐   Website: http://www.vivianhoward.com/chef-the-farmer/
📍   Address: 120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501
🔗   Profiles: LinkedIn Instagram Facebook

🌊 Day 3: Journey to Ocracoke Island

Transition day featuring a ferry ride to Ocracoke Island, beach play, and local dining.

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🏨 Ocracoke Harbor Inn

Ocracoke Harbor Inn is a charming and welcoming accommodation nestled on the picturesque Ocracoke Island. With its cozy rooms and friendly staff, it offers a perfect retreat for travelers seeking a peaceful and comfortable stay amidst the island's natural beauty.

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Tips

Don't miss the opportunity to unwind on the inn's scenic porch, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor and savor the tranquility of the surroundings.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +12529285731
🌐   Website: http://www.ocracokeharborinn.com/
📍   Address: 144 Silver Lake Dr, Ocracoke, NC 27960
🔗   Profiles: Instagram

🍽️ 1718 Brewing

1718 Brewing is a must-visit for those looking to indulge in a delightful dining experience paired with locally crafted brews. Situated in the heart of Ocracoke, this brewery offers a warm and inviting ambiance, making it an ideal spot to savor delicious meals and sample a variety of artisanal beers, each with its own unique flavor profile.

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Tips

Take the time to chat with the friendly staff, who are passionate about their craft and are more than happy to recommend beer pairings that perfectly complement the flavors of your meal.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (252) 928-2337
🌐   Website: https://www.facebook.com/1718-Brewing-Ocracoke-1586776001596783/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 1129 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram

🌴 Day 4: Ocracoke Island Adventure

A full day of exploration on Ocracoke Island, from biking to historical sites and enjoying local cuisine.

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🍴 The Slushy Stand

Start the day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and indulge in a delightful array of flavors of ice cream to end the day on a sweet note.

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Tips

Rent bikes here for island touring and make sure to try their signature slushies for a refreshing treat during your exploration.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (252) 928-1878
🌐   Website: http://www.theslushystand.com/
📍   Address: 473 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
🔗   Profiles: LinkedIn Facebook

🍽️ Jolly Roger Pub & Marina

Enjoy a picturesque dinner with a stunning view of the marina, creating a perfect ambiance for a memorable dining experience.

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Tips

Don't miss the opportunity to savor the local seafood specialties while taking in the tranquil surroundings of the marina.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (252) 928-3703
📍   Address: 410 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960
🔗   Profiles: Facebook

Day 7: Duck's Leisure Day

A relaxing day in Duck with coffee, miniature golf, beach play, and a concert on the green.

Red Sky Cafe

Evening dining in Duck.

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Tips

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (252) 261-8646
🌐   Website: http://redskycafe.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 1197 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram YouTube

Day 8: Duck's Stormy Evening

Plans change due to weather, leading to a cozy dinner and storm watching.

The Village Table & Tavern

Due to the unexpected weather, The Village Table & Tavern provided a warm and inviting atmosphere for a delightful dinner experience. The restaurant's charming ambiance and delectable cuisine made for a perfect evening despite the change in plans.

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Tips

It's advisable to make a reservation in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure a table at this popular dining spot. The Village Table & Tavern offers a diverse menu with options to suit various dietary preferences, ensuring a satisfying dining experience for all patrons.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (252) 715-1414
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 45 min to 1.5 hr
📍   Address: 1314 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram

🚗 Day 10: Return to Raleigh

  • A day of travel back to Raleigh, filled with stops for local attractions and dining.

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🏨 Homewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree Valley

Homewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree Valley offers a comfortable and convenient accommodation option for the final night in Raleigh. With spacious suites and modern amenities, it provides a relaxing retreat after a day of exploration.

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Tips

Consider taking advantage of the hotel's complimentary evening socials and enjoy a relaxing evening with fellow travelers.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +19197851131
🌐   Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/rducthw-homewood-suites-raleigh-crabtree-valley/?SEO_id=GMB-AMER-HG-RDUCTHW&y_source=1_MjA4NDQ4NC03MTUtbG9jYXRpb24ud2Vic2l0ZQ%3D%3D
📍   Address: 5400 Homewood Banks Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612

🍽 Beasley’s Chicken & Honey

Beasley’s Chicken & Honey in Raleigh is a must-visit for a delightful dining experience. Known for its mouthwatering fried chicken and delectable honey, this restaurant offers a cozy and welcoming ambiance, perfect for savoring a delicious meal.

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Tips

Be sure to try their famous chicken and waffles for a unique and satisfying culinary experience. Arrive early to avoid long wait times, especially during peak hours.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (919) 322-0127
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 45 min to 1.5 hr
📍   Address: 237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
🔗   Profiles: Instagram LinkedIn

🌆 Day 11: Raleigh Exploration & Departure

Final day in Raleigh with a self-guided tour, museum visit, and the journey back home.

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🏛️ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a captivating and educational experience for visitors of all ages. With its diverse exhibits and interactive displays, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the natural world, making it a must-visit destination for families and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Tips

Make sure to check out the impressive collection of dinosaur fossils and the live animal exhibits, which provide a unique opportunity to observe and learn about various species in their natural habitats.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (919) 707-9800
🌐   Website: http://naturalsciences.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2.5 hours
📍   Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
🔗   Profiles: YouTube X (Twitter) Facebook

🍔 Chuck’s

Chuck’s is the perfect spot to savor a delicious lunch before heading to the airport. Known for its mouthwatering burgers, crispy fries, and indulgent tater tots, this eatery promises a satisfying culinary experience that will leave you fueled and ready for your journey home.

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Tips

Don't miss the opportunity to customize your burger with an array of delectable toppings and sauces, adding a personal touch to your dining experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (919) 322-0126
📍   Address: 237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
🔗   Profiles: Instagram