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A charming village center, exclusive shops and exquisite dining have made <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/beaches/articles/southampton-new-york">Southhampton</a> a perfect blend of sprawling beaches, private estates and just enough places to “be seen” to satisfy the upper crust. Visitors looking to escape to the Atlantic are drawn to its 7-plus miles of unspoiled shoreline, windswept dunes and waving grasses.

Stretching for 130 miles along the Atlantic coast, <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/north-carolina/articles/things-to-do-on-the-outer-banks">North Carolina�s Outer Banks</a> are a skinny strip of barrier islands whose hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf on one side and gentle sound on the other. Visitors looking for an old-school family vacation should check out Duck, an upscale residential rental community along the northern reaches of the Outer Banks. This town…