I stumbled upon this site while trying to plan a road trip from VA to NC. Here's the deal, we're traveling from NYC to VA to visit relatives and then since it's not so very far away, we decided that we'd tack NC onto the trip. Why NC? We think we might want to retire there in 20 yrs or so. Yes, I'm a planner. We were thinking of buying a small (2-3 BR) house, co-op, condo sometime in the next 3-5 yrs and renting it out until the time comes for us to pack up and head south.
We'd like to do a couple of things on this trip: 1) Check out the Triangle, since we're not sure where we want to live (Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham?), and 2) Make the trip memorable for our children (1 pre-schooler & 1 early middle schooler, big split in age, I know) Take in the sites and such.
As we look towards retirement, we really want to be someplace with milder winters than NYC and since we're in the thick of the rat race, we'd like to settle somewhere with a pace slightly slower than warp 9. We love the beach, but don't want to deal with the kinds of storms that hit the coastline. Although we'll be retired when we make the move, I can't really see us slowing down completely. The plan is for me to teach part-time (hence the Triangle area, lots of colleges, right?) and DH would like to open a barber shop or some other small business.
So I'm asking for advice on the trip we'll be taking in two weeks (what town to stay in, good places to eat, sites, etc.) and suggestions for where to look for retirement properties. I can't see us being old folks, even when we are, so I'm not interested in settling in a town with a large population of nothern retirees. We like to get out and go to movies, plays, festivals, the occasional museum. Hope that's enough info.