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Travel ideas in N. Carolina needed.
Will be there in late Sept.
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Date: 8/20/06 1:51 PM

A friend and I will be taking a road trip the last week in Sept. and are trying to narrow down what we wanted to see and do. I heard about the Outer Banks, Asheville, furniture shopping in the Highpoint area but details are hard to find. I'm hoping those of you who live there can offer some suggestions about your state. Sewing and fabric shopping are high on our wish list, of course! How is the weather that time of year? Thanks in advance.

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Date: 8/20/06 6:42 PM

Oh, the last week in September will be lovely! The worst of the humidity should be gone, but the weather will still be plenty warm. Warm as in comfortable, not warm as in hot! This is such a beautiful state, the only drawback is that it's a long way from the mountains to the coast.

I'm not a beach person, so I'm rooting for a mountain trip. Late September is just before the high season, so room rates should be reasonable, and rooms available. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful, and goes through Asheville. Asheville is also right off of 40. It's a very artsy town, and has the famous Biltmore house (really an all day visit, certainly no less than half a day) and you can stay at the Grove Park Inn if you are flush enough. And for a bit of relaxation you can stop in at Waechter's Silk Shop. Small, but nothing is ordinary in that shop. They have lovely designer fabrics and are quite helpful. You can antique shop, eat wonderful food and take day trips to various parks and lakes in the area. Heck, I'd live there if I could!

Of course, there are lots of charming towns in the mountains, and so many lovely places. Lake Lure is where Dirty Dancing was filmed, and Chimney Rock is where Last of the Mohicans was filmed, or so I've heard. There will be fresh mountain apples for sale, too.

If you head over to the coast there are great fabric stores along the way. Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Gastonia is large (ok, huge) with a wide variety of fabrics, notions, trim, etc. They focus on moderately priced fabrics. In Charlotte, actually Pineville, there is Diva Couture. Tiny, but with a gorgeous selection of designer fabrics. Expect to pay top dollar there.

There are a few nice shops in the Raleigh/Durham area, including Mulberry Silks. That's too far for me to travel to easily, so I don't have much info on them.

Your trip sounds wonderful. If you need any more info, please let me know and I'll help you out as much as I can.

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Date: 8/20/06 10:11 PM

Thanks for your reply. We would really like to make it to the beach for a day and maybe drive the Outer Banks with a ferry ride. Is the weather warm enough at that time? Is this doable.

We like to get off the beaten path wherever we go. We've met such nice people, had great food, stayed in neat places, and learned so much this way. Any suggestions anywhere in the state?

You mentioned distances - How long is the drive from Asheville to Hatteras for example? Are we trying to do too much in 9 days? We will start out just north of Cincinnati.

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Date: 8/20/06 10:44 PM

If you don't do at least part of your east-west trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you'll be missing the most beautiful scenery in the Eastern US. Yes, it's slow-going (45 mph), but in this case, the journey IS the destination.

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Date: 8/20/06 10:59 PM

Hi Karla,

The Parkway is on the list, but probably only part of it. Which part is the most scenic in your opinion?

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Date: 8/21/06 9:37 PM

After looking at mapquest, it looks like a good drive down from Cincinnati to Asheville. Asheville really is a good base to spend several days in. You can drive a good bit of the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit many small towns in the area. When you want to drive to Hatteras, 40 takes you a good way over to the coast. (There is no freeway all the way over) Maquest gives it at 9 hours from Asheville to Hatteras, and that sounds about right. 40 also takes you through both Hickory and very close to High Point which have large furniture malls. There is more furniture in High Point than in Hickory, but if you go to Furniture Land South in High Point you may never be seen again. You will also go through the Raleigh/Durham area with it's smattering of fabric shops.

OTOH, if you are a Mayberry/Andy Williams fan, you can go north on 77 to Mount Airy, which is the town Mayberry is based on. It's a fun, kitschy way to spend a day. And, there is a fabric shop in town, right on Main Street. The lady apparently gets mill ends and much of it is sold by the pound. I got some great flocked acrylic interlock and embroidered eyelet interlock and a really cool black knit. She has everything from curtain to swimsuit fabric, etc. Some stuff is by the yard priced, but my 8 or 9 yards of fabric cost about $3/yard.

Just another idea in case you're interested. Oh, and yes it will be warm enough to enjoy the Outer Banks in late September. As long as a hurricane doesn't come along to spoil the fun, you'll have a wonderful time.

Hopefully this will link you to Mapquest with the route from Asheville to Hatteras displayed. North Carolina

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Date: 8/21/06 10:46 PM

Thanks for the info. We are looking forward to this trip.

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Date: 8/25/06 10:42 PM

Here is the webpage of Mulberry Silks in NC: http://www.mulberrysilks.net/index.htm

I used to shop there when I lived near Chapel Hill. I miss their high quality fabrics. They seem to be running a sale now.

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Date: 9/2/06 7:01 PM

You will love NC. I live in Hendersonville which is about 20 miles south of Asheville (and I would have to go through A'ville to get to the Outer Banks or to do any fabric shopping other than Wal-Mart.)
My sister lives near the Outer Banks. She is about 45 minutes inland from Nags Head. I can get to her house in about 6 hours - they have put in a new road on the other side of Raleigh that took about 45 minutes off of the travel.
I spent a week on the Outer Banks this summer. We stayed in Duck and loved it. I have also been to Nags Head. Several years ago, we stayed down in New Bern. I have never been to Hatteras. I know nothing about fabric shopping as I did not get to really do any shopping at all while I was out there.
I love the mountains. In this area we have the Carl Sandburg house, Chimney Rock, lots of little shops and antique stores, and the Flat Rock Playhouse if you are interested in catching a play.
Hope you enjoy your trip which ever end of NC you end up on.
Tammy

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Date: 9/29/06 10:51 PM

Ok, when you get back, please let us know where you went, what you saw, what you loved, etc. Any fabric finds?

I started to type that I hoped you had a good trip, then I thought how silly! Of course you did if you came to North Carolina!

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