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Best Holiday Escapes Near Charlotte

December 8, 2012 6:00 AM

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The holiday’s can be magical and a perfect time to take a vacation, especially if being at home all season just won’t cut it for you and yours. Families are always looking for unique holiday vacation destinations to make those lasting memories, and you can’t do better locally than these Charlotte-area destinations.

Cedar Crest Inn
674 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 252-1389

Price: from $99

Cedar Crest Inn will be filled with holiday décor and cheer this year in an idyllic location with a scenic view the whole family will love. Regardless of where your needs or tastes lie, there is a room to match any style and budget. Whether you desire a traditional B&B experience with Victorian decor or a lavishly decorated modern and private room, Cedar Crest Inn has it all.

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Francis Marion Hotel
387 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-0600

Price: from $149

Enjoy the tradition of riding through the beautiful streets of Charleston, S.C., with tall mugs of house-brewed hot cocoa. Your package includes elegant accommodations and views of the Holy City, two Francis Marion mugs filled with hot cocoa and a carriage ride through Charleston’s famed historic district with a friendly driver guiding you right into nostalgic holiday cheer.

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Great Wolf Lodge Concord
10175 Weddington Road
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 549-8206

Price: from $189

In December, Great Wolf Lodge Concord hosts Snowland, in which kids attend North Pole University (and get a diploma for practicing the chimney slide), decorate their own tree, visit Santa, play at Santa’s Workshop and compete in the Polar Bear Race. There’s also Scoops Kids Spa for when they’re tired, and Camp Cub Club (no parents allowed). Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge makes winter warmer than ever. Special rates apply for the Wolf Den, KidKamp, Majestic Bear and Loft Fireplace Suites. The Wolf Den and KidKamp rooms offer kids a private, cave-themed “wolf den” to sleep in. They rough it with movies and Nintendo on their own 20-inch flat screen TV.

Valle Crucis Bed & Breakfast

2171 Broadstone Road Valley
Crucis, NC 28691
(828) 963-2525

Price: from $139

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Valle Crucis Bed & Breakfast offers unique lodging perfect for a North Carolina mountain vacation just minutes from Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. Valle Crucis Bed & Breakfast overlooks the spectacular views of this historic valley. Start a tradition and make memories by selecting and cutting down your very own Christmas tree here this holiday season. Stop by the nearby a nearby Christmas tree farm that will assist you with this wonderful experience.

1898 Waverly Inn
783 N. Main St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 693-9193

Price: from $54

Beautifully prepared for Christmas, this place comes complete with decorated trees. Eat breakfast each morning on site, and then relax and not worry about cleaning up. Holiday music will be played in the dining room to keep you in the spirit. Open your gifts in the privacy of your room, or use one of the common areas to spread out. The longer you stay the more you save. Specials must be booked by phone (not valid on online reservations).

Carolyn Taylor, lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two kids. She has a M.A. in Marketing and has worked in Public Relations and Marketing in both the Washington, DC and Charlotte Area. She has written for several non-profit associations and her work has been seen on several Web sites. She has also choreographed several fashion shows, photo shoots, and ad placements using visual marketing campaigns. Her work can be found at

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