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Clayton Bartizal, business development manager at resortandlodges.com, said recently various teams of writers and editors write “top 10” articles once or twice each month based on social media reviews, price ranges, the size of the units and how resorts meet customers’ needs.
“We get a lot of [website] traffic from that,” Bartizal said. “It’s a lot of great free traffic our partners get.”
While many of the sites chosen are advertising partners with resortandlodges, many are not, he said.
Brunswick Plantation, Calabash
“Though our No. 2 pick is tucked inland a little ways in beautiful Calabash, N.C., its location grants you the benefit of choice—just minutes away from the soft sands of Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Myrtle Beach. Brunswick Plantation Resort is a beach vacation without the crowds.
“Spend an afternoon on any of these stunning North Carolina beaches—make sandcastles, get a tan, go whale watching. But then come home to a private condo, away from the hype.”
Ocean Isle Inn, Ocean Isle Beach
“Our No. 3 pick lets you embrace the island attitude: Lean back in your lounge chair, sink your toes in the sand, let the sun warm your skin, listen to the waves roll onto the shore. Ocean Isle Inn provides hassle-free North Carolina beach vacations.
“Wake up to a complimentary breakfast at the inn’s seaside garden. Once the sun warms the sand, it’s merely steps to the seven-mile stretch of beach.”
In a separate poll, resortandlodges.com also named the Ocean Isle Inn the top resort on the Atlantic Coast:
“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.”
According to Bartizal, the categories are targeted to different consumers, so the top choices are different for each one.
Sea Trail Resort, Sunset Beach
“Our No. 6 pick is just one mile away from Sunset Beach, voted the No. 1 beach in North Carolina by Duke University. Sea Trail Resort offers a variety of quiet villa-style suites and condos, perfect for your next N.C. beach vacation.
“Located between historic Wilmington, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., Sea Trail Resort features an outdoor swimming pool with Tiki Bar, a state-of-the-art spa, and three spectacular golf courses, which earned Sea Trail Resort placement in Golf World’s “Top 50 Golf Resorts.”
Sloane Realty Vacations, Ocean Isle and Sunset beaches
“At our next pick, you can choose a vacation rental that enhances your specific type of beach vacation. Want a luxurious house right on the beach? An apartment on a canal with a private dock? Sloane Realty Vacations can provide a vacation rental just for you.”
Bald Head Island Limited,
“Capping off our top 10 is a serene island haven. Board the ferry for a 20-minute ride to Bald Head Island—where cars are replaced with golf carts and almost any direction you travel leads to quality beaches. Bald Head Island Limited gives you a truly relaxed island vacation.”