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Lucked into a week at Marriott's Harbour Point at Shelter Cove for 5/22-5/29/2021 with a re-trade week

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So excited to go to Hilton Head Island again.

I don't mind driving somewhere else different that is within a few hundred miles (100-400) of Hilton Head. What do you recommend?

I love history, museums, and everything Civil War, Revolutionary War, and just anything else you can imagine.

I was thinking of North Carolina and Kitty Hawk, but that is a tough exchange for any time of year. I could enter a request, but I am trying to grab something that I can get with a retrade week. I have too many.

Maybe Virginia wouldn't be a crazy drive. I loved Williamsburg.

Ideas for me? Probably would go the week before this to another location.
 

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Does Tybee island still have a timeshare ?? Or how about Charleston or nearby Kiawah ?
 

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Charleston and/or Savannah would be good choices. Williamsburg, if you don't mind driving (it is not really close) and if you have children, Bush Gardens would be a good day or two if the water park is open.
 

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The outer banks isn't busy at all in May. The water is still too cold, but the weather will be awesome. I would definitely look at that as an option. There are a lot of condos for rent outside of the timeshares we all know about. Many are very reasonable that time of year. If you are looking at a timeshare, I would suggest looking for Barrier Island Station in Duck.
 

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Let's talk about the driving. Williamsburg is an easy, but long drive, and there shouldn't be that much traffic in May. OBX is would seem to be closer, but it's actually the same distance since you have to drive west to go south. You could also fly into Charlotte and spend a week at Foxrun at Lake Lure. It's about 90 minutes from the airport to Lake Lure. Then it's a fairly easy 4 hour drive on almost all interstate. You could fly back from the Hilton Head airport on the island through Atlanta (Delta) or Charlotte (Charlotte) back to Denver.
 

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If you're thinking Virginia, you can't beat Richmond for history! No nearby timeshares, though. We spent a few days there and focused on the Petersburg battlefield area, toured the Capitol and Monument Ave. Wish we'd had more time (sigh)...
 

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Rick's brother used to call us, "driving fools," because we would drive to San Francisco/San Jose/ Oakland in one long day for a visit, then we would stay one night in a hotel, and then back home again the next evening (driving through the night).

We don't do that kind of driving anymore, but we did drive to Orlando in January and stayed three nights in hotels on the way there, four on the way home, so we could see The Ark Encounter, which was cool. It was also COLD in Kentucky in January but the Ark is heated. We live in Denver, so Orlando is easily 1,800 miles of driving.

We loved driving through the south to Orlando. Driving through Kansas is just boring, but we had to do that on the way home. That is going to be a repeat trip over the next year or two.

Flying right now is cheap, so we fly next time (which is supposed to be May 17-31). I bought a little speaker for our car to plug my tablet into, and we listened to Audible books, which kept Rick from being bored on the road. Our car is too old for Sirius radio, and I don't miss it myself. I like listening to books during long drives.

Rick might even want to drive our car and not fly for this trip to Hilton Head. We have a plan to wear out our car. It's got 180,000 miles on it, and we are looking for an excuse to get a new one, but so far it is great and runs like it did when it was new. It sure looks old (2003 Avalon). Paint chips, dings and other issues, but the interior is still that nice leather, and the sunroof doesn't leak. It's never been in an accident (knock on wood). We were hoping to give our car to our granddaughter (she is 13), but she doesn't want our old car. She is nuts. It's a nice car.

Lake Lure sounds like a great idea. I have always wanted to go there and see Foxrun in person. Rick would like it. We would do some drives and some walks. History, though? Maybe being near Asheville, there could be some history. I have a niece that lives in Winston Salem. She just moved there. Maybe my aunt would go with us to visit her granddaughter, who also just moved to the same area.

Richmond is less than an hour from Williamsburg, so maybe a few nights in a hotel? I have lots of hotel points. I was sort of thinking Myrtle Beach for a while, but we just went there last year. And our grandkids went with us, so I would just miss them the entire time.
 

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Charleston and/or Savannah would be good choices. Williamsburg, if you don't mind driving (it is not really close) and if you have children, Bush Gardens would be a good day or two if the water park is open.
We are 65, so no kids. :)
 

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Since you don't mind driving, Williamsburg would be a good outpost for day trips also. Petersburg (Civil War), Monticello (Jefferson's home), Yorktown (Revolutionary War) are all two hours or less from Williamsburg. Norfolk has a good navy/nautical museum, and the Mariner's Museum in Newport News are worth seeing. Of course there are Jamestown and Williamsburg and the historic plantations.

Lake Lure is close to Asheville (Biltmore), and Greenville, SC (an up and coming small town). Pigeon Forge is only two hours away.

Back to the Charleston idea.......tons of history there including plantations and war history. One of the greatest American cities IMO.

It's funny....I don't mind driving either. It just takes up a lot of time. My dream is to drive across country and back for about 45 days of sight seeing, etc. I have a ton of Marriott points and enough timeshares to make it pretty fun. A few more years to go.
 

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Rick wants to drive, and we haven't been to Branson for years, so that may be a first stop for us, a week in Branson. Then we would go to Nashville, probably with our Wyndham Points, then to Hilton Head. I am pretty excited we made some decisions. And only one night at a hotel on the road. The next year, Williamsburg, Richmond, and probably Virginia Beach.
 

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I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this but I’ll bet that the resort will be closed in May.
 

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I'm having trouble just remembering what day it is....
 
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