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Old Fort area
Information for Marion, Lake James, Linville Falls, Little Switzerland, Old Fort and surrounding areas.
Enjoy an authentic coastal experience on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, with waters of crystalline purity bordering sandy, sparkling beaches. From…
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A small, hometown motel with a 1950s flavor. Open year round. Conveniently located on US 70 West in Marion.
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