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Insta Q&A: Meeting Family Halfway

Christina Talcott

What do you do when half your family lives in one city, half in another, and neither side wants to make the long trek to get together over the holidays? If you're like reader Carol Dollarhide of Rockville, you compromise and meet somewhere in the middle. Carol writes:

My husband and I live in the D.C. area. My son and his family live in Atlanta. Last year, instead of visiting at one of our homes during the days just after Christmas, we met at Asheville, N.C. and toured Biltmore. It was a spectacular thing to do together for a couple of days. We stayed nearby at a Residence Inn, which allowed them to bring their dog. This year we'd like to do the same sort of thing, somewhere about halfway between D.C. and Atlanta. I'm sure there must be some wonderful options with holiday festivities that we could all enjoy, but I haven't been able to pin anything down. We'd like to make this a tradition, so any ideas you have would be great.

As always (or at least, on Insta Q&A Wednesdays), I turn to the Q&A crowd for advice and suggestions. Where should the Dollarhides go for their post-Christmas get-together? Admittedly, it's a bit late to make plans for this year, but maybe the crummy economy will make reservations easier. Or they can tuck the info away for next year.

I'm a huge fan of the beach in winter, so one thought I had was North Carolina's Outer Banks. House rentals would be affordable, and there's a surprising amount going on -- from stalwarts like the Wright Brothers Museum to seasonal festivities. There's a Christmas show that runs through Dec. 31, and museums and a replica sailing ship on Roanoke Island.

This also might be a good time to explore Wilmington, N.C., or the colonial town of Beaufort -- but I'm not sure how hospitable those places are in winter. Anyone out there got firsthand experience -- or other ideas for Carol and her crew?

By Christina Talcott |  December 17, 2008; 7:50 AM ET  | Category:  Family Travel , Insta-Q&A , K.C. Summers , Travel Logistics , Winter Activities , holiday travel
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this is closer to DC, but what about Williamsburg?

Posted by: chiquita2 | December 17, 2008 11:44 AM

How about Lake Lure in NC? There's a beautiful lakeside inn/ that I'm guessing would be beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Posted by: until | December 17, 2008 1:08 PM

Old Salem NC was featured in Southern Living. Looks like a folksier Williamsburg, and they have seem to have holiday activities. oldsalem dot org

Posted by: jpisces | December 17, 2008 1:31 PM

Beaufort would be nice - the new NC Aquarium is nearby. You also have the maritime museum, birdwatching, and the ghost walk. Restaurants close super-early in the off-season, but when they are open they have really good (half-price) specials during the week.

Posted by: mvm_ffx | December 17, 2008 1:37 PM

If you are looking at midway points that are equidistant between the two you could look in North Carolina, SW Virginia, and Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina.

Are you looking at just driving or flying?

I dont know what your interests are
Maybe you each choose a location alternaating each year.

Posted by: djp98374 | December 17, 2008 2:21 PM

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