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Title: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on January 27, 2011, 10:12:54 PM
My brother is getting married later this year.  He wants to rent a house for everyone to stay in, so something with 8+ bedrooms.  I know such house exist in NC on the Outer Banks, we go there every couple of years.  He's looking for some place different, but is having trouble finding places.

Criteria:
Big house
Oceanfront or close to it
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida (not gulf coast)

Anyone have any ideas?  We're looking in the Wilmington NC area, Topsail Beach and such, but could use suggestions on other nice areas with monstrous beach houses.

It's not required, but if there is a good brewery or five nearby that would be awesome.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: MDixon on January 27, 2011, 10:33:37 PM
Man the coast of the Carolinas and GA just ain't the best place for tons of brews.

If I wanted beauty and solitude I'd head for Jeckyll Island, GA. Spanish Moss and all that jazz. I'm pretty sure there are some homes for rent.

As far as SC, Charleston has a pretty good beer culture running nowadays.

If you wanted beer centric I'd skip the beach and head for the mountains, Asheville, NC would be an awesome area for a wedding party. A trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway will rejuvenate the soul and Asheville is one thirsty place with plenty to soak up. I've never met anyone who has visited Asheville who didn't want to go back. That would be my suggestion or pick a nice beach house and get the beer on the way there.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tumarkin on January 27, 2011, 10:36:59 PM
You might look at Tybee Island ...which is Savannah Beach. It's a half hour from Savannah. Not a great beer town, but Moon River is a decent brewpub/restaurant and there are a number of decent beer bars in walking distance around downtown. Very picturesque.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: Mark G on January 27, 2011, 10:41:55 PM
Holden Beach, NC is my favorite spot... http://www.holden-beach.com/Content/default.asp (http://www.holden-beach.com/Content/default.asp)  It's about 30-40 minutes south along the coast from Wilmington. Lots of rentals available, but book soon as the best and biggest ones go quick. I can't say I remember any breweries, but I'm usually there with all our kids, so don't get much of a chance to look. A great bar with wonderful seafood is Dock Street Oyster Bar in Wilmington. Check them out while you're there... http://dockstreetoysterbar.net/ (http://dockstreetoysterbar.net/)
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: MDixon on January 27, 2011, 11:05:48 PM
FWIW - Wilmington has one brewpub and a couple of decent places for draft.

Savannah was also a thought I had, several good places for draft. Moon River can get super duper crowded and touristy with crazy long waits. Savannah is a beautiful place to visit.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 12:00:16 AM
Thanks guys!  Jekyll and Tybee don't seem to have the giant houses we're looking for, but Holden has some options.   Any more ideas, keep them coming please. :)

I know what you mean about the beer Mike, but we'll bring our own.  The bride wants beach, the bride gets beach.  The beer centric is just what I want, and I'm just the officiant. ;)
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tumarkin on January 28, 2011, 12:10:27 AM
Tybee has some pretty large places. I'd sort of thought about planning a club trip up there but it never happened. Don't have the links anymore, but some googling of beach house rentals should turn them up.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 01:07:54 AM
There's big and then there's BIG.

We need 8 bedrooms minimum, and that assumes that one of the bedrooms has room for 6 kids under 10.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tom on January 28, 2011, 01:45:05 AM
We usually do 2 houses. One for adults, one for kids.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: weithman5 on January 28, 2011, 02:08:49 AM
Wait.  You're letting your brother get married? :'(
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: jeffy on January 28, 2011, 02:16:41 AM
My brother has used VRBO.com (vacation rentals by owners) with good results on the coast of N. Carolina and Delaware.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: MDixon on January 28, 2011, 02:24:35 AM
A quickie Savannah search using Jeff's site came up with only 8K per week
http://www.vrbo.com/149328

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Sure the bride couldn't be talked into Asheville...course I went to TX to please my bride...
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: jeffy on January 28, 2011, 02:38:30 AM
A quickie Savannah search using Jeff's site came up with only 8K per week
http://www.vrbo.com/149328

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Sure the bride couldn't be talked into Asheville...course I went to TX to please my bride...

I've seen that house.  No way is it worth more than 6K per week.  Even if it is haunted.

We've stayed on the outer banks pretty cheap in off season - after mid September, but everything tends to close down at the same time that the rates drop.  So, not much beer or restaurant action, but the beaches are nice and quiet.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 07:13:33 AM
We usually do 2 houses. One for adults, one for kids.
The oldest kid is 10 I think.  :)  Maybe for Grandparents and kids ;D

Wait.  You're letting your brother get married? :'(
At least this time around she's not a raving b****. ;)

Thanks Jeff, vrbo has a lot of stuff and i like the search functions.  I don't know what he's going to decide, but I'm partial to NC's Southern Coast.  I haven't been down there.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: jeffy on January 28, 2011, 12:20:18 PM
We usually do 2 houses. One for adults, one for kids.
The oldest kid is 10 I think.  :)  Maybe for Grandparents and kids ;D

Wait.  You're letting your brother get married? :'(
At least this time around she's not a raving b****. ;)

Thanks Jeff, vrbo has a lot of stuff and i like the search functions.  I don't know what he's going to decide, but I'm partial to NC's Southern Coast.  I haven't been down there.

We rented a house in Corrola a few years ago 100 yards from the ocean for what I think I remember was less than $350 for a week, but it was the late half of September when the rates drop.  The house was up on stilts and had at least three bedrooms.  Pretty nice, but lots of driving was necessary, since there's really only one road.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 05:42:58 PM
We rented a house in Corrola a few years ago 100 yards from the ocean for what I think I remember was less than $350 for a week, but it was the late half of September when the rates drop.  The house was up on stilts and had at least three bedrooms.  Pretty nice, but lots of driving was necessary, since there's really only one road.
He keeps sending me links to houses near Corolla, in the 4x4 area. ::)  That will be great, like it won't be expensive enough for us to fly across the country, then we need to rent a 4wd truck to get to the house.  I guess that is the price I pay for living somewhere awesome.  He still lives in NJ ;D 

We've been to the Outer Banks a lot, but not in that area.  Still, it would be nice to go somewhere else.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: MDixon on January 28, 2011, 08:22:39 PM
Show her this ;)
http://www.vrbo.com/338854
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on January 28, 2011, 08:26:45 PM
I'll send it on, but when I asked where they WANT to be here is the message I got in return:

Beach
Warm
Big House
With Family
We don't care <meaning they don't care what city it is in>
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on February 04, 2011, 05:27:49 PM
My brother settled on a place and reserved it, a nice big place in North Topsail Beach, NC.

Thanks for the help everyone, we looked at a lot of great 9+ BR places up and down the coast but it came down to availability, it seems like you need to plan for these houses WELL in advance.  It didn't hurt that the price of the one he picked was great.

http://www.vrbo.com/328973
The marketing is a little annoying, they list it as an 11 BR place, but 2 of the "bedrooms" are pull out couches in the living rooms.  But it is plenty big for us, and the pull outs will be nice if some of the potential drop-ins show up.
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: maxieboy on February 06, 2011, 01:07:57 AM
Nice! What days will it be best for me to "drop in"?   ;D
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on February 06, 2011, 07:04:14 AM
Nice! What days will it be best for me to "drop in"?   ;D
How much beer are you binging? :)
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: realbeerguy on February 14, 2011, 01:39:21 AM
A little late to the party, but did you look at Hilton Head?
Title: Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
Post by: tschmidlin on February 14, 2011, 06:47:46 AM
We did, didn't find anything that looked big enough.  I like that area, it's been a long time since I've been down there.