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Old 07-13-2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Affluent areas of North and South Carolina?

I want to vacation/visit either North Carolina or South Carolina and I want to hang out in affluent cities and towns with rich people. The areas don't necessarily have to be near the beach but it doesn't hurt. I'd prefer to stay away from college towns unless that's also where affluent people live.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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Hilton Head SC is pretty rich.
Charleston seemed pretty affluent by the beach.

Haven't been to NC.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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I am not sure I have ever been to a city or town with nothing but rich people...
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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charleston, greenville, lake murray in columbia, hilton head island...that's about it for sc


asheville/hendersonville up in the mountains in NC is a nice area also
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #5
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I want to vacation/visit either North Carolina or South Carolina and I want to hang out in affluent cities and towns with rich people. The areas don't necessarily have to be near the beach but it doesn't hurt. I'd prefer to stay away from college towns unless that's also where affluent people live.
Hilton Head, SC? That's all I got.

It's pretty nice, I guess.

edit: yeah, charleston is nice.

Greenville? Since when is that the place to be?
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:39 PM   #6
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Charlotte, NC is a big rich city... Banking HQ's, Manufacturing plants, Corporate HQ's, etc...

Not that bad of a drive to the beach but you have the luxury lake area's in the NW part of Mecklenburg County.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:41 PM   #7
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:42 PM   #8
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Charlotte, NC is a big rich city... Banking HQ's, Manufacturing plants, Corporate HQ's, etc...

Not that bad of a drive to the beach but you have the luxury lake area's in the NW part of Mecklenburg County.
there are lakes, but that's about it, a whitewater center that's well known i guess... i wouldn't bother coming here lots of fancy eats downtown, but that's most every major city
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:44 PM   #9
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Wrightsville Beach is about as expensive as it gets in NC.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:45 PM   #10
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Yeah, Lake Norman area is nice...the White water center is awesome to get drunk at. But, not anything awe inspiring in Charlotte that you really can't find anywhere else. At least that's what I've seen when I've visited.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:46 PM   #11
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:00 PM   #12
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Charlotte, NC is a big rich city... Banking HQ's, Manufacturing plants, Corporate HQ's, etc...

Not that bad of a drive to the beach but you have the luxury lake area's in the NW part of Mecklenburg County.
No... not really. If you're a NASCAR fan, it might be fun to head up to Concord, Mooresville, etc and check out the NASCAR shops.... but that's really about it. We're still not really a tourism destination unless you like roundy-round racing or, as others have pointed out, whitewater. Probably not going to find too many "rich people" to hang out with either. I know they exist, but you don't see them out in public very often.

If you really want to visit NC, go to Asheville.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:03 PM   #13
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No... not really. If you're a NASCAR fan, it might be fun to head up to Concord, Mooresville, etc and check out the NASCAR shops.... but that's really about it. We're still not really a tourism destination unless you like roundy-round racing or, as others have pointed out, whitewater. Probably not going to find too many "rich people" to hang out with either. I know they exist, but you don't see them out in public very often.

If you really want to visit NC, go to Asheville.
you know, i have like 8 friends who are from there, and i have never been. supposed to be a great little hippie town
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:07 PM   #14
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As far as vacationing goes, Hilton Head would be the spot. I'm from lexington and rich here isn't rich everywhere. $500,000 will get you 6500 sqft on lake murray and in new york it will get you 1200 sqft in a high rise with no parking.
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you know, i have like 8 friends who are from there, and i have never been. supposed to be a great little hippie town
Beautiful scenery, lots of great things nearby, and a ton of microbreweries if that's your deal. You should head up that way one day. Start in Lake Lure, go up Chimney Rock (where they used to run a hillclimb), then drive 74 up to Asheville, or 64 toward Brevard. Go see Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, and drive the Parkway. Go see Biltmore if you have time (and preferably a female with you.... wimmenz love Biltmore). If you're the gambling type, head up to Cherokee to the casino.

We're heading up Labor Day weekend to hang out with some friends up there. We've rented a cabin... we're doing the Highlands Brewery tour on Friday, Biltmore on Saturday, and probably just chilling around the house on Sunday. It's a nice place to have so nearby
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No... not really. If you're a NASCAR fan, it might be fun to head up to Concord, Mooresville, etc and check out the NASCAR shops.... but that's really about it. We're still not really a tourism destination unless you like roundy-round racing or, as others have pointed out, whitewater. Probably not going to find too many "rich people" to hang out with either. I know they exist, but you don't see them out in public very often.

If you really want to visit NC, go to Asheville.
Try South Park, Myers Park, Ballantyne...

They're not pleasant to be around though really. A lot of snobbery in this town.

Asheville's awesome. I'd live there if I could earn half of what I do here.
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Try South Park, Myers Park, Ballantyne...

They're not pleasant to be around though really. A lot of snobbery in this town.
The guys that come out to Cars & Coffee are pretty tolerable. I try to avoid THOSE parts of town for the reason you've just outlined, though
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:52 PM   #18
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I want to vacation/visit either North Carolina or South Carolina and I want to hang out in affluent cities and towns with rich people. The areas don't necessarily have to be near the beach but it doesn't hurt. I'd prefer to stay away from college towns unless that's also where affluent people live.
Are you planning a robbery?
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Wrightsville Beach is about as expensive as it gets in NC.

Try Figure 8 if you want to see the big money.

Oh thats right, unless you are a property owner there you can't get on the island
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I will throw in one disclaimer about Hilton Head from a friend that used to work there, although having never visited I cannot verify firsthand....

Hilton Head is mostly populated by retired, wealthy, golfers. Just to the south in Savannah, GA... you have young artsy students attending SCAD. If you're not one of those... you're probably not going to fit in. My buddy wasn't thrilled with the fact that he was 32... basically the only 30-something around, and limited to hanging out at bars with college kids or golf courses with retirees.
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I will throw in one disclaimer about Hilton Head from a friend that used to work there, although having never visited I cannot verify firsthand....

Hilton Head is mostly populated by retired, wealthy, golfers. Just to the south in Savannah, GA... you have young artsy students attending SCAD. If you're not one of those... you're probably not going to fit in. My buddy wasn't thrilled with the fact that he was 32... basically the only 30-something around, and limited to hanging out at bars with college kids or golf courses with retirees.
Just about everything closes at about 9PM, too... except the diner. It's a great island to crash at or go and do NOTHING but golf and chill on the beach or at your hotel / timeshare / whatever, but that's really about it. Besides Savannah and Chahlston both being quite close.
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