Our children are 19 and 21. For the past few years we have taken them on a trip for Christmas. We chose this beach front property at the advice of a friend who found a vacation rental on VRBO. While it is the offseason for beach going, we enjoy a quiet relaxing environment without commercialism, tourist traps, etc., to do "nothing" -The kids are fresh out of finals, and the parents need an escape from reality and the day to day grind. Walking into this house was immediately refreshing! It is so bright, so clean, and so accommodating. We didn't even need much of the space and could have easily brought another family along. (Which we may do during a peak season to share expenses, this would be a great place anytime of year) The views were spectacular, the sound of the rolling waves was wonderful to wake up to, and fall asleep to. We liked to sit and read and sip wine most of the time. The dolphins gave us a show every day! We sat on the balcony and watched the most gorgeous sunset while we ate our dinner on Christmas day. We walked the beach for miles, all the way to Fort Macon one day, watched the storm clouds touch the water, and stood in the sand under the stars in awe. It was so much better Than any gift we could open. Joyce was helpful telling us places to eat, as we are foodies, where to shop, and get groceries. Many places were closed due to the season, but we didn't miss a thing. There are quaint shops, an aquarium nearby, many good restaurants, (Circa 81 Tapas and cocktails was great!) Harris Teeter and the Food Lion were good for groceries.
I will say, the top steps were so clean, they were very slick and my daughter fell down the top flight, and we ended up visiting the E.R. that night. (We didn't see an emergency kit or cold packs in the house, which I reccommend) She was sore, but ok. So wear slippers with grip or go barefoot, no socks! ? I also wished for a pair of binoculars to see across the ocean or just nib down the beach. ? My husband and I travel a lot, we've stayed in many places. This one was tops! We loved it! Do not hesitate to book this property!