1 . Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Fish off the pier, watch dolphins swim by and enjoy the stunning sunset at dawn. At our No.1 pick you’ll be able to experience a tropical island beach the way they used to be – uncrowded, unhurried and unforgettable.

Whether traveling for the week or weekend, the Ocean Isle Inn provides the ultimate tropical island getaway on Ocean Isle Beach. Ocean Isle Beach provides access to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and scenic marshlands as well as nearby coastal towns such as Myrtle Beach. In 2008, Ocean Isle Beach was honored as the nation’s Best Restored Beach. Visit the world-famous Fishing Village of Calabash to dine. Watch the night stars at the island’s Planetarium. This quiet Inn offers modern seaside luxuries – plush bedding, private balconies and hand-made furniture – that are fit for royalty. Play in the waves tumbling onto shore. Plan your wedding on the beach! Walk down the beach towards your magical moment. A trip to the Ocean Isle Inn is the intimate, relaxing vacation that you’ve been waiting for. With its coastal locale and perfect year-round weather, you can see why the Ocean Isle Inn lands at our No.1 spot. Your vacation starts now!

Population

426

Getting there

From Myrtle Beach, SC/areas south: Take Hwy 17N to Mile Marker 10. Turn turn right onto Ocean Isle Beach Highway. Follow this until you cross the bridge and see the ocean. At the stop sign, turn right. Ocean Isle Inn is first property on your left.

Fun facts

Old Baldy – the state’s oldest remaining lighthouse – is open for tours daily on Bald Head Island.

2 . Point Lookout Resort & Conf. Center

Northport, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 980 - 7539

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Situated on 387 acres overlooking Penobscot Bay in mid-coast Maine, the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center is a luxurious wooded retreat for year-round adventure.

Featuring four-star accommodations, over 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a state-of-the-art fitness center, the Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center is the perfect destination for families and fitness. Open all year long, the resort offers miles of wooded hiking trails ranging in difficulty. The private beach on the bay is also available. For a little leisure time, check out the 10-pin bowling alley and arcade. The New England town offers unparalleled recreation including skiing at the Camden Snow Bowl and hiking at Acadia National Park. Sea kayaking and white water rafting down the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers are a popular recreational activity. For family entertainment, at the beginning of August, attend the Maine Lobster Festival featuring cooking contests, kids events and over 20,000 pounds of lobster. Whether you’re looking for a family getaway or a fitness retreat, the Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center offers luxury accommodations and amenities along with an active social calendar to keep everyone busy.

Address

67 Atlantic Hwy, PO Box 119, Lincolnville, ME 04849

Fun facts

Mixed martial artist Tim Boetsch and political activist Eli Pariser were both born in Lincolnville.

Population

2,042

3 . Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conf. Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 967 - 0745

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Located at the spectacular meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center offers the finest tennis facilities and largest conference space in the region.

View spectacular sunsets from your guest suite, stroll along the beach and play tennis at Virginia Beach’s award-winning tennis club. Whether visiting for a week or weekend, you’ll experience a complete Virginia Beach vacation. Rent one of the resort’s complimentary bicycles or spend the day at Busch Gardens or the Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Tennis lovers will enjoy playing at the Virginia Beach Tennis Club, voted Member Organization of the Year. Play for 1.5 hours on over 36 indoor or outdoor tennis courts. Need a space for a business convention? Look no further. Unlike any other hotel in the area, the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel offers 295 luxury suites for travelers and enough meeting space to accommodate any size conference. The resort even offers airport shuttle service! You and your guests will experience exceptional service at this luxury resort. Plan your next vacation or business excursion to the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center surrounding yourself amongst pristine beach and a relaxing ambiance!

Getting there

From Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia, take 95 South to 64 East (near Richmond). Follow 64 East across Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Take Exit 282 (Northampton Boulevard) and bear right.

Fun facts

Each year Virginia Beach hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship.

Population

440,415

4 . Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 786 - 9032

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Your Atlantic Ocean oasis awaits at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel! This amenity-rich paradise combines laid-back beach life with ornate Victorian furnishings. Stay in and pamper yourself, catch a tan on the sun-soaked beach, and enjoy the wealth of onsite activities. Beach bummers will find bliss here!

Think of the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel as a beach house with 84 bedrooms. Draped in Victorian splendor, this beachfront getaway is furnished with authentic Victorian antiques. Enjoy views of the wandering Atlantic Ocean waves from your private balcony, unwind in the heated indoor-outdoor spa, and soak in your whirlpool bathtub. Adding a modern flair to the Old World feel, internet access, cable television, and DVD players keep you current. Sip on tea or coffee in the lush garden before enjoying a delicious meal at the onsite Victoria's Restaurant! Once you've had your share of relaxation, seek recreation when you head to the beach. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean or just admire it while lying on a complimentary beach towel. When the sun is shining, join musician Jeff Irwin on the boardwalk patio and tap your toes to his swinging piano music! The little ones will love kids' activities like arts and crafts and the parents will enjoy sipping cocktails in the Plaza Pub!

Address

2 Olive Ave & the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Highlights

Settle into serenity at The Plaza Pub, which showcases comfortable leather chairs, drink specials, delicious appetizers, and a flat-screen television!

Related Onsite Offerings

Drift away at Victoria's Restaurant, which offers an intimate setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Sip on traditional Victorian tea or savor a delicious meal!

5 . Marenas Resort

Sunny Isles, Florida

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Our No. 5 pick belongs to the Marenas Resort, a luxurious all-suite beachfront hotel in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Halfway between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, you’ll experience supreme luxury combined with South Florida hospitality.

Marenas Resort’s personalized concierge services gives individual attention a whole new meaning. Let the resort’s staff stock your suite with your favorite beverages and snacks and book all of your activities in advance before your arrival. Find amazing shopping specials, skip the crowds at Metrozoo and get into popular South Beach nightclubs. Stay in spacious luxury suites complete with private balconies overlooking Biscayne Bay or the scintillating skyline. Lounge at the oceanfront pool while sipping on beverages from the Pool Bar. Indulge yourself at the European-style spa choosing from a variety of treatments and services. Enjoy the casually chic Caracol Restaurante, featuring contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, while dining underneath a starry night on the alfresco dining terrace. Spend the day in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale shopping, dining or sightseeing. Experience luxury in a new way. Travel to beautiful Central Florida for a lavish getaway with friends or family. With impeccable service and natural beauty surrounding you, you may never want to leave this idyllic stretch.

Population

19,540

Fun facts

Sunny Isles Beach is the sister city of Netanya, Israel.

Address

18683 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

6 . The Yachtsman Lodge and Marina

Kennebunkport, Maine

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 967 - 2511

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Vacation at a luxury inn where every guest room features its own private patio overlooking the Kennebunk River. Experience relaxation and serenity during your Maine vacation to The Yachtsman Lodge and Marina.

Discover the historic seaside town Kennebunkport Village during your stay at The Yachtsman Lodge and Marina. This quiet shipbuilding and fishing village has fast become a popular tourist destination. Stay in one of the inn’s stylish rooms designed to reflect the interior of a yacht. Step through the glass doors onto your private patio overlooking the marina and river. Whether you’re traveling on a romantic holiday or a weekend escape, while you’re in Kennebunkport explore pristine beaches, shop in Dock Square or try your hand at fishing. Rejuvenate and relax at one of Kennebunkport’s many spas, some of Maine’s finest offerings. Sample the freshest regional cuisine featuring the best of Maine and New England. And of course, try the lobster any which way you like it. Head out to the marina, where you may be able to persuade fishermen to let you catch your own lobsters. Plan your next Atlantic Coast vacation to Kennebunkport, a beautiful and historic seaside town in Maine. Ultimate relaxation awaits you.

Population

3,720

Fun facts

Kennebunkport, Maine is the location of the summer home of former US President George H.W. Bush. Many world leaders have stayed in the town including Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev as guests to the former president.

Getting there

Take route 95 to Maine. Then from the Maine Turnpike (I-95), take Exit 25 (formerly Exit 3) to Kennebunk. Follow Rt. 35 south for seven miles to Kennebunkport. Turn left at the intersection of Rt. 35 and Rt. 9 onto Rt. 9. Drive over the bridge into the center of town (Dock Square) then turn right there onto Ocean Avenue. Continue for 1/4 mile and The Yachtsman Lodge is on the right.

7 . Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 475 - 2631

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Soak up the sun on the pristine beaches surrounding the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, our No. 7 pick. This SC resort is your ultimate destination for a thrilling family vacation.

Your family will stay in your own private and secluded beach villa offering views of the resort or Atlantic Ocean. Each spacious villa features modern amenities and a private balcony for peaceful mornings. Are you an avid tennis player? The resort offers 10 lighted courts, a pro shop and an on-site tennis pro to help you with your game! Kids enjoy pool and beach Olympics, sand castle building contests, splash contests and more! Heading off the resort, Hilton Head Island is a world-class destination featuring more than 14 miles of beach. Between Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC, Hilton Head Island has a historic lighthouse, shopping, dining and PGA-caliber golf! Choose from over 200 restaurants to tantalize your taste buds. Golf at The Links of Harbor Town, a stop of the PGA tour! Enjoy fun in the sun at the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort! With plenty of activities and gorgeous accommodations, you’ll always find something to do.

Average temperature

Low: 57°F, high 75°F

Fun facts

The owner of the Atlanta Falcons & Home Depot, Arthur Blank, owns a home on Hilton Head Island. John Cougar Mellencamp lives on Hilton Head Island.

Population

75,504

8 . Sea Palms Resort

St. Simons Island, Georgia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 841 - 6268

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Make your vacation to St. Simons Island, a part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, perfect with a stay at Sea Palms Resort. At its heart, this is a full-service resort offering a bevy of amenities and activities. The resort has the soul of an inn featuring wine and cheese socials as well as cozy accommodations.

Whether you’re traveling for business, a family vacation or a wedding, you’ll discover that the Sea Palms Resort has enough activities to fill each day. Enjoy two restaurants, three golf courses, three tennis courts, three pools and more. Not to mention the resort is found on one of the most gorgeous islands off the Georgia coast! Dine on tasty Southern cuisine, golf one of the 27-hole course or relax on you’re suite’s private balcony enjoying stunning views. Helicopter tours are available to take you on a trip above the Golden Isles. Visit the Lighthouse Museum, a historic landmark filled with fascinating stories of its keepers. Fall asleep fulfilled on each suite’s plush bedding. Come vacation at the Sea Palms Resort and you’ll experience the perfect island vacation! The resort’s amiable staff is available to make your dream vacation a reality.

Average temperature

Low 67.8°F, high: 75.6°F

Fun facts

Professional baseball players John Smoltz and Adam Wainwright own homes on St. Simons Island.

9 . Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Vero Beach, Florida

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Sunshine, palm trees and a stunning oceanfront locale define the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa experience. This AAA four-diamond resort, located on Central Florida’s Treasure Coast, lands on our list at No.9.

Travel to the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, for a family vacation, business meeting or your dream wedding. The resort offers a luxurious comfortable destination complete with West-Indies-style décor and contemporary amenities to meet your every need. Experience relaxation with in-room spa services. Host an evening wine night with friends or business associates. Enjoy the outdoor oceanfront pool and pristine stretch of beach that kids will love. Nearby you’ll find family-friendly attractions such as the Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge and Sebastian Inlet State Park. The resort offers KimptonKids – a selection of services and amenities that will keep your kids entertained. The luxury resort also boasts a variety of venues (indoor & outdoor) to host your business meeting or wedding. Let the veteran staff accommodate your needs so that you’re event goes smoothly. Experience casual relaxation at the luxurious Vero Beach Hotel and Spa. Located between Palm Beach and Orlando, the resort even allows pets in their suites!

Population

16,939

Average temperature

Low: 66°F, high: 82°F

Getting there

From Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Go northeast toward Aviation Blvd. Take a slight right onto Aviation Blvd. Turn right at SR-5/US-1. Take a slight left to stay on SR-5/US-1. Take a slight right at 8th Ave./SR-6/SR-60/US-1. Turn left at 20th St./SR-60, continuing to follow 20th St./SR-60. Turn left at Indian River Blvd./SR-60, continuing to follow SR-60. Turn left at Ocean Dr. Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is on the right at 3500 Ocean Dr.

10 . North Beach Plantation

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 561 - 1811

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Rounding out our Top 10 is the North Beach Plantation of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Situated on a 7-½ acre ‘island’ between the ocean and White Point Swash, the resort is an architectural work of art, reminiscent of the famous Atlantis Resort in the Caribbean.

Surrounded by a stunning waterpark complete with outdoor fountains, swimming pools, a swim up pool bar and cabanas, the North Beach Plantation is a powerful oceanfront presence. Stay in the luxurious condos featuring modern amenities and large balconies. Book your tee time at one of the many of Myrtle Beach golf courses. Let the resort’s congenial staff help you choose a course that matches your skill level and desires. Head into town and dine at numerous restaurants around town. Don’t know where to go? Ask the seasoned staff about their favorite restaurant choices. Indulge yourself at the world-class Cinzia Spa for the ultimate in relaxation and pampering. Achieve optimal health, fitness and well-being all while finding your inner Zen. Experience one of the greatest vacations you’ll ever take at North Beach Plantation! For supreme luxury and leisure, make sure to check out the resort’s specials and packages!

Average temperature

Average air temp, 64°F. Average water temp, 66°

Fun facts

Myrtle Beach is the home of Vanna White – Wheel of Fortune personality, and it’s the sister city of Pinamar, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina; Keighley, West Yorkshire UK; Burlington, Ontario, Canada and Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.

Population

15,816

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