CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We traveled more than a thousand miles across both North and South Carolina to search out the most unique vacations we could find. Whether you want to get away for one or two nights, with the family or just a couples trip, we have narrowed an impressive list of possibilities down to four favorites.
Watch the video on this page to get a sense of what each trip is like and click the links below for more detail, including cost information.
The Inn at Celebrity Dairy: Spend a few nights on a working goat farm. Nearly 100 goats live here and produce the milk that is the main ingredient for the homemade goat cheese and ice cream made on site. The Inn has several unique rooms and meals are served family style. Guests are able to visit the goat barn and we're told the goats like their ears scratched.
Camp on board the USS Yorktown: This aircraft carrier now sits in Charleston Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, SC. It is open to the public for tours but it has also offered a sleep-away camp for nearly 35 years. Mainly visited by church and scout groups, all you need is a group of at least ten (adults and children, properly supervised) to book a camping experience. Campers get a sense of what live is like on board a US Navy ship as they sleep and eat just like sailors would have on board when the ship was underway. They also take classes in subjects like aviation and navigation. We're told most campers like to spend their time on the flight deck.
Edisto River Treehouses: Take a self-guided canoe trip down the Edisto River starting at Carolina Heritage Outfitters in Canadys, SC. It is one of the most beautiful scenic trips in the state. A few hours down-river you'll stop at one of three tree houses hidden in the woods. The small one sleeps 2-4 people. A medium-sized house sleeps 4-6 people. The largest tree house will sleep up to 8. There's no electricity. You bring your own bed sheets and food. You use an outhouse. Those who return time and again, however, say they love how secluded and quiet an experience it is. They lounge on the porch listening to the sounds of the river passing by and the various birds and animals who live in the neighborhood.
Clear Creek Ranch: It is a five star resort just a couple of hours away from Charlotte. If you've ever wanted to stay at a "dude ranch" but you haven't been able to get to, say, Wyoming, this may be the place for you. Dozens of horses live on the ranch and the price of your accommodations includes two trail rides every day. Meals are served family style with the staff mingling with guests and an old fashioned dinner bell calls everyone to the table. There are activities for adults and kids and a "Cantina" on the property next to the main house. It is only minutes from waterfalls, a golf course, and has one of the best views of the North Carolina mountains you'll ever see.