Emerald Isle
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A home away from home in Emerald Isle
With vacation rentals gaining as much attention as Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, it’s hard to decide on which rental company to side with. I typically stay at hotels but my recent experience in North Carolina’s Emerald Isle with Flipkey exceeded expectations with the fizz-pop reminiscent of a great Champagne. My friends and I wanted a week-long vacation (the day after Christmas to New Year’s) and naturally, every popular place was booked. In the end, we settled on Emerald Isle, part of North Carolina’s Inner Banks. The week-long rental cost us (two families) $1400 for a furnished two bedroom apartment, and we thought that was a great deal, considering what we would have paid for hotel rooms during that time of year. If we played poker, this was a Full House. The furniture was bright and nautical-themed (coral patterns on the living room sofa; elegant crane statues everywhere; a wicker dining table with a recessed top filled with seashells and starfish and covered with a glass top…this was a bit like ogling a living aquarium each time we ate). The plush beds, amply-stocked kitchen with mint condition pots and pans especially wowed me, since my last rental was (you guessed it) filled with worn implements. There were a healthy supply of oven mitts, dishrags and plenty of soap, and a washer and dryer with enough laundry detergent to do our loads for a month. In the end, we were truly grateful to unlock someone else’s doors and find ourselves (surprisingly) at home.
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