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When we think about vacations the first thought is usually budget.  However, after tackling that obstacle we turn our attention to the search for the best place to unwind and relax.  And, to help with that, well known publication Travel + Leisure put together a list of the 10 best small towns on the East coast.  So, in scanning the list I noticed the North Carolina town of Hot Springs, North Carolina received a nod.

Hot Springs, North Carolina definitely sounds like the spot to visit if you want to really “get away,” so to speak.  Travel + Leisure points out that the area takes its name from the natural hot springs that make it enticing.  The publication suggests a stay at Broadwing Farm Cabins.  They mention the options visitors have when it comes to outdoor adventure in Hot Springs, North Carolina.  So, whether you decide to explore the outdoors with a hike or kick back with a beer at Iron Horse Station the appeal of this small town attracts vacationers.

And, the Hot Springs Resort and Spa website offers up that the town is “beaming with natural charm.”  Also, their resort features jetted tubs that offer a flow of the “world famous natural hot mineral waters.”   Wow, what a way to lean into the natural surroundings!   Many believe the natural mineral content of the waters is healing and therapeutic.  Plus, visitors find the Hot Springs Campground with rustic camping cabins and tent sites alluring.   Although, you would definitely find me in the jetted tubs at the spa the majority of the time.

So, next time you start to plan a getaway consider Hot Springs, North Carolina.  And, find out for yourself why Travel + Leisure recognized this North Carolina town as one of the “10 Best Small Towns on the East Coast.”

This North Carolina Town Was Named Among US News Best Coastal Small Towns

There are few things I love more than historic coastal towns. Whether the New England charm of Newport Rhode Island, the southern hospitality of Charleston or Savannah, or a classic California beach town like Santa Cruz. Fishing boats, quaint shops, beachside rollercoasters, live oaks, I love them all. So naturally, this list drew me in. It’s USA Today’s “Best Coastal Small Towns”.  And one North Carolina coastal small town was actually featured on the list.

This list is part of USA Today’s recently released “10 best” campaign. Readers were able to vote for their favorites in a wide variety of categories. One of those categories was “Best Coastal Small Towns”. I’ve never ventured to the Outer Banks, the home of North Carolinas mention. But this town often gets a lot of love. In fact, it was also included in last year’s iteration of this list. I guess I’ll have to add it to my North Carolina bucket list.  But not just the Carolina towns drew me in. I’d honestly love to visit each town on this list. The picturesque views, calmness of the water, but also diversity of locales and experiences of every town are intriguing.  You’ve got locations from the northeast, west coast, gulf, and the east coast.

View the full article here or keep reading to see which North Carolina town made the US News Best Coastal Small Towns list. I’ve also included some of my favorite small towns in North Carolina and beyond.

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