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Which would you choose?

By: 2boysmom
10/19/2019 6:09 PM

Last summer, we were able to add 3 nights on to our rental at the beginning of our trip just a few days before we left. We were there 10 nights, and it was great! We lucked out, the house didn't rent the week prior to ours, which is what we were hoping would happen but couldn't count on. The extra nights cost more than we thought it would and more than we had planned for, but it worked out.

We would like to have a trip longer than a week again this summer, and it was a little harder to plan time off work and such not knowing that we were leaving on Wednesday until 3 days before we left (I get it, but it would have been nice to know earlier). I doubt we have extra money to throw at a rental a few days before we leave this year, we are going to have to know what we're doing and plan for it. It looks like we have two options this summer:

#1 - typical one-week rental in a nicer/bigger house, similar to the one we stayed in last year that we absolutely loved. Not oceanfront but beach access directly across the street, community pool, good location in SNH. House had everything week needed and several extras that were nice to have.

#2 - full two-week rental in a house that is smaller and more basic. Between the highways in NH,a nice beach-box house that we have stayed in once before and it was fine; that was for a Thanksgiving trip. This house was clean had everything we need but no extras. For beach access, we had to go to the corner in either direction, and then one block to the Beach Road, with access directly across Beach Road.

We are easy to please, and the smaller house doesn't bother us. Both are pet friendly, the smaller one has 3 bedrooms while the bigger one has 4, but we are a family of 4 so either is fine. We don't have any physical issues, it isn't a big deal to walk further (or drive) to the beach access for us.

I'm not sure if our college-age son will go, regardless of how long we stay. He doesn't care for the beach, never has, and he might want to stay home. He came with us last year but he spent a lot of time at the house if he didn't want to do what we were doing. We won't force him to go, I have no problem with him staying home without us. He will have his car, and we will leave my husband's car at home, so if we go for 2 weeks, he could come down later if he wanted to (we could also take 2 cars down and he could come home when he was ready). He is hoping to get a summer job, and that may require him to stay behind anyway. I'm trying not to let this sway my decision either way because there is no way to know ahead of time what he will want to do. The rest of us will not skip vacation if he doesn't want to go. We could go somewhere else, which we are also considering, but the trip he would like to do is not in the budget.

So which would you choose?

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By: Kdgarner
10/19/2019 6:21 PM

We fly in a few days early, check into the Sea Foam, and soak up Nags Head. Then on check in day we head to Hatteras for a week. On check out day we start early and meander on the way back to Norfolk. Getting to and from the Banks is a project for really long distance folks. But it's so worth it.

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By: old greybeard
10/19/2019 7:15 PM

2 weeks is the way to go. We’ve been doing it for several years and the relaxation is more than 2x as deep.

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By: nehall
10/19/2019 9:04 PM

I'd go for the two weeks.

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By: jfalba
10/19/2019 9:10 PM

Smaller house 2 weeks. I miss the little bungalows with no thrills.

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By: Mstaszew
10/19/2019 9:21 PM

Two weeks, hands down. Years ago we started two week trips and as mentioned before it’s more than the sum of its parts. Just be sure to remind yourself you do have to leave eventually and you can’t put off all you plan to do else you’ll just be a beach bum the whole time... which is nice, too.

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By: obxmini
10/19/2019 9:57 PM

Two weeks. Rainbow Fish Star

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By: Aliphatic
10/19/2019 10:12 PM

My favorite OBX vacation of all time wasn't oceanfront, the house didn't have an elevator or an icemaker, and I didn't have a brand new fancy sports car rental for the week.

Sometimes you can find joy that will stay in your heart for a lifetime without the oceanfront mansion and the fancy cars.

I vote for 2 weeks.

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By: Crunch
10/19/2019 10:35 PM

2+ weeks, for sure. Takes a week to chill out, and then we start to really enjoy it the 2nd week.

We have the same issue with a daughter who will be going to college next fall. We've more or less decided, too, not to let that influence our vacation plans unnecessarily.

I like to go down a few days early, unplug, unwind, relax on the beach, get in vacation mode.

Essentially two full days to get there and get back, plus several days to get everything and everybody packed up and out of here, so I want to make the most of it while I'm there.

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By: Squid Pro Quo
10/19/2019 10:48 PM

It takes me at least one week to get relaxed. The second week is the vacation!

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By: judyk
10/19/2019 10:58 PM

I’d go for 2 eeeks if price is not prohibitive. And if possible I’d stay in the same house. The checking out and back in is not appealing to me and takes time to do all that. Like 1/2 a day just wasted moving here to there and resettling. As others have said, it disrupts the vacation-y vibe as well. Ahhh...2 weeks! Then you don’t feel like you’re just beginning to settle into the aura, and then you gotta leave.

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By: Koronin
10/19/2019 11:34 PM

You can always do one week and add a few days at a hotel either before or after as well.

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By: jdj1991
10/20/2019 7:59 AM

Another vote for two weeks!

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By: Whaler9818
10/20/2019 8:14 AM

Two weeks, why trade a couple of 'extras' for a couple of extra days while on Vacation.
What is most important to 'y'all', a couple of extras, or extra 'OBX' days?

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By: 2boysmom
10/20/2019 8:38 AM

You can always do one week and add a few days at a hotel either before or after as well.

Koronin


We've thought about this too, but our dogs are not good hotel guests. They bark way too much for that.

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By: Robert
10/20/2019 9:25 AM

If the one week was an oceanfront place then the decision would be harder for me to choose. But with your choices, hands down, two weeks. As others have said, you don't get into vaca mode until you get into your second week.

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By: fredneckians
10/20/2019 11:55 AM

Easy choice. Two Weeks! There is something magic about the extra week. Plenty of time to do things other than go to the beach without feeling rushed or that you are missing out on beach time.

I'm thinking based on your initial question you are already leaning into two weeks.

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By: 2boysmom
10/20/2019 12:09 PM

Easy choice. Two Weeks! There is something magic about the extra week. Plenty of time to do things other than go to the beach without feeling rushed or that you are missing out on beach time.

I'm thinking based on your initial question you are already leaning into two weeks.

fredneckians


I am leaning towards two weeks, I'm not sure what my hesitancy is.

The rates aren't out for the larger house yet, but we aren't tied to that house. There are several we like that are similar, but the rent is set for the smaller one. Going by what we paid last year, it will be within $200-$300 of being the same price for either trip.

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By: J4yDubs
10/20/2019 12:47 PM

If the one week was an oceanfront place then the decision would be harder for me to choose. But with your choices, hands down, two weeks. As others have said, you don't get into vaca mode until you get into your second week.

Robert

This. If #1 was oceanfront, then that's the way I'd go. There something special about overlooking the beach from a deck and being able to just walk over to it at anytime.

I'd go for #2 in your list.

John

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By: 2boysmom
10/20/2019 2:17 PM

2+ weeks, for sure. Takes a week to chill out, and then we start to really enjoy it the 2nd week.

We have the same issue with a daughter who will be going to college next fall. We've more or less decided, too, not to let that influence our vacation plans unnecessarily.

I like to go down a few days early, unplug, unwind, relax on the beach, get in vacation mode.

Essentially two full days to get there and get back, plus several days to get everything and everybody packed up and out of here, so I want to make the most of it while I'm there.

Crunch


I am glad my son isn't the only one, but I think leaving him behind for 2 weeks might be a big part of my hesitancy. Unless he can't go because of a job, it will be up to him, but it is still kind of hard to think about. He goes to school a few hours away we have only seen him twice since AugustI love that he is loving school, but I do miss him.

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By: Crunch
10/20/2019 3:24 PM

Invite a friend or cousin of his to join him?

That made a huge difference to our daughter this year. We may have some variation on that theme next year.

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By: Laszlo
10/21/2019 10:06 AM

Their is nothing like two weeks. When I had my boat we rented a waterfront / canal front home with a dock. We did this for 6 years in a row. Its really nice to head to the beach the second weekend instead of packing up and leaving

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By: MichiganJulia
10/21/2019 11:17 AM

We're doing 3 weeks next year!! Started out years ago with 1 week. Went too fast & spent too much time driving there & back from Michigan. Then went to 2 weeks...much better, but still hated to leave at the end of 2. So...…….next year we've reserved 3 weeks. Just can't get enough, I guess!!! Love Frisco oceanfront.

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By: Crunch
10/21/2019 1:35 PM

Same here, Julia. We usually do 2.6 weeks. Everybody is usually ready to go home by then and face Manhattan traffic and parking!

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By: outerbanksbill
10/21/2019 4:49 PM

2 weeks on the beach always beats 1.

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