My husband and I are driving from south Florida to Newport News, VA over the Christmas holidays. We have the time to stop off along the way and would like to spend a few days along the NC coast. Two main questions.
1) Should we drive the whole route along the water via Charleston, Wilmington, New Bern, etc.? And if we do, don't we have to take the ferries from both Cedar Island and then Ocracoke? Is this doable in a day from Charleston? The alternative I think is to stick to I95 to Rocky Mount and then head east to Nags Head. But if we stay on Hatteras, this would then mean driving all the way down. Which route would be recommended?
2) Would love some suggestions on places to stay that will be open the week between Christmas and New Years. We definitely prefer B&B's to hotel or motels. One promising place is the Inn on Pamlico Sound, but we're open to ideas.